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This letter is in reference to: 20 Highest Paid District 200 Administrators
Thanks for talking with me this morning and changing the title of the last column on the graph. The more I think about this, the more it still bothers me. I think if you're going to list administrators' salaries, even "Total Compensation" while more accurate, still is somewhat misleading. I am guessing from the district's perspective, that's the total cost to them for a particular employee. Although, frankly, since it doesn't explain what those "other benefits" are, I can't even confirm that number is accurate. But here's why I think it's still misleading. I work in business, as do most people who will likely read your article. If the Patch were to list the highest salaries of business men/women in the area, would they include the mandatory Social Security payments required to be paid by their employers, etc? I don't think so. There's a cost of doing business that companies/school districts absorb. If you were to tell someone what you make per year, would you add in what your company pays on your behalf for benefits and taxes? I don't. I would look at box #1 on my W2---that's my salary.
I don't have a problem with these things being listed, I just don't think they should be included in a graph titled "Salaries".