Congratulations to Muskego-Norway school district taxpayers

You have a Superintendent with real leadership skills.

MuskegoNOW is reporting that Joe Schroeder, Superintendent, and several other administrators OFFERED to take a pay freeze for the next budget year. Instead, administrators will have 5 more vacation days each year. The extra days move them from one half of the state average of 20 vacation days for their job type to the other half of 25 days.

That’s creative, and saves taxpayers over $70,000 in the upcoming budget. Dr. Schroeder’s salary stays fixed at $144,200. (By comparison, Elmbrook Superintendent Matt Gibson took a 4% pay raise last January to $153,466.)

Dr. Schroeder should sound familiar. He was the Principal for East for several years before leaving to work at CAO as an Assistant Superintendent. He left Elmbrook to take the helm at Muskego-Norway in the summer of 2007.


  1. BrkfldDad says:

    Frankly, I find this all to be a game. In a multi-million dollar operation, the freeze of an administrator’s pay is a dent in the bucket of potential savings they could really inact. If you look at it (assuming a 4% raise), he gave up $5,760 in raises to receive $2,770 in increased benefits. He’ll eventually get that raise some day, but those benefits are never given back, they are in perpetuity. Long run, he wins.

  2. Perhaps. But in the short run, it pulls the cash out of the budget. Chances are the 5 days would have been added down the road anyway. Educators, in general, have spectacular benefit packages.

    My understanding is that several administrators took the pay freeze in exchange for the extra vacation days.

  3. BrkfldDad says:

    Yeah, but the benefits pull those adminstrators out of their jobs for an extra five days. Not cash, but it means a less efficient/supervised operation – just as bad as lacking cash in my book 🙂

  4. Bdad – I double dog dare you to show up at CAO on any given day and find an efficient staff.

  5. BrkfldDad says:

    :). That’s one bet I know I won’t win.