Copperas Cove Independent School District Superintendent Joe Burns is one of several area administrators making more than the average salary of Texas superintendents, according to the Texas Education Agency.

Burns earns $189,943 per year, as reported to the TEA.

The amount listed on Burns’ most recent contract with the Cove school district is $178,000 per year, according to Wendy Sledd, CCISD spokeswoman.

Data on superintendent salaries is provided annually to the TEA by the school districts. The current average salary for a superintendent is $146,073.

The difference in amounts may be because benefits are included in the amount reported to the TEA, said DeEtta Culbertson, TEA spokeswoman.

“It’s what the district submits,” Culbertson said as far as the superintendent salaries posted on the TEA website.

CCISD did not give either the superintendent or other district employees a raise for the 2017-2018 school year, Sledd said.

The Killeen Independent School District reported Superintendent John Craft’s salary as $254,918 per year as of 2017.

KISD gave their employees and the superintendent a 2.5 percent raise for the 2017-2018 school year, according to Terry Abbott, chief communications officer.

Superintendents in Belton and Temple received a 2 percent raise this year, similar to the state average of 2.9 percent.

The Texas Association of School Boards recently reported the average pay increase for continuing superintendents in Texas was 2.9 percent for the 2017-2018 school year. This data came from a survey of superintendent salaries and benefits conducted by TASB and the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Superintendent Robin Battershell of Temple Independent School District and Superintendent Susan Kincannon of Belton Independent School District both received raises of 2 percent this year.

“Dr. Battershell’s salary is $211,916, which is a 2 percent increase from last year,” Temple ISD spokesman Matthew LeBlanc said.

Kincannon’s salary was increased to $195,000. She has been superintendent since January 2011, replacing Vivian Baker.

“At the conclusion of her tenure as Superintendent (December 2010), Dr. Vivian Baker was making $160,000 annually,” Belton ISD spokeswoman Elizabeth Cox said.

Battershell is retiring at the end of this year, her 10th as Temple ISD’s superintendent.

Superintendents in rural districts make an average of $101,227, according to the TEA.

Those in urban districts make an average of $314,366.

The Texas Education Agency considers 459 of the state’s public school districts to be rural.

School superintendents in Texas have an average of seven years’ experience as a superintendent, and have held their current jobs for an average of four years. Most have served in only one school district.

Ninety-four Texas districts hired a new superintendent for the current school year.

Of those, 69 percent hired someone who had not been a superintendent before.

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