Eagle County – School District Salaries–Inflated?

by Keeping you Informed

Our Eagle County Public School District’s Superintendent – Dr. Sandra Smyser (photo) – serves sandra-smyserat the pleasure of your Elected School Board.  It is that Board that approves Dr. Smyser’s annual salary, benefits and contract.

Do you believe Dr. Smyser – is being compensated fairly at $192,384.74/yr. plus bonus? (Click Here)  Smyser’s salary number from last year – 2011.

The ECT thought our readers might like to see how other (close by) Public School Superintendents are compensated.

Case in point…the Roaring Fork School District (RE-1 includes Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Carbondale) recently hired their new Public School Superintendent – Dr. Rob Stein.


No doubt Dr. Stein’s contract includes a Bonus based on his performance in RE1.  Per below Dr. Stein’s salary is a $7,000/yr increase over the previous Superintendents.


ECT extends our “hat-tip” to Glenwood Spring’s Post Independent newspaper for bringing Dr. Stein’s public record salary numbers to light.  For a complete copy of that Article from the Post Independent (Click Here)

FACTOID:  For the overwhelming number of Eagle County Property Tax payers….our Eagle County Public School District (RE-50J) has the Highest Mill Levy (21.601) on your annual Property Tax bill…that assures our School District (RE-50J) the largest “itemized amount” on your bill goes to them.

FACTOID:  Because of our School District’s $233 Million dollars (Click Here) of outstanding School District Bond Debt – it also means our District can (they just did) automatically increase our Mill Levy number (because of dropping Property Tax values).  TABOR (read: voting) does not apply to the District’s legal obligation to pay the required debt service on that existing Bond Debt.

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