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Cuomo aims to cap school bosses' pay
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week will propose legislation to cap school superintendent's six-figure salaries as way to save school districts and their taxpayers $15 million.

Cuomo tells The Associated Press his cap would be based on student enrollment. His bill would provide for a salary of $125,000 for the smallest rural districts and up to $175,000 for the largest districts, often in wealthier suburbs.

Cuomo's bill would make superintendents subject to the cap once their current contract expires.

Currently, 31 percent of superintendents make over $179,000 with the highest being the Syosset schools superintendent on Long Island who is paid $386,868. Cuomo's proposal, should it be passed by the Legislature, could force lower salaries for 319 superintendents, nearly half of the top district administrators in the state.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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