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School board makes an adjustment to its figures

Friday, April 04, 2014   by: Michael Purvis

No, top administrators at the Algoma District School Board did not get raises last year despite what it says in the province’s Sunshine List, says the board.

Joe Santa Maria, superintendent of business, said a clerical error led to incorrect information being provided to the Ministry of Finance for himself and three other superintendents.

He said the ADSB has submitted the corrected data, but it may take some time for it to appear on the 2013 Public Sector Salary Disclosure list on the ministry's website.

The error appears to come down to taxable benefit amounts being included in the superintendents’ base salaries this year and was mentioned in an earlier report.

So, if one compares this year’s base salary on the report ($162,846.26) to last year’s ($155,904.84), there appears to be an increase of about $6,941 - equal to the taxable benefits column on the report.

Santa Maria said the extra money reported to the Ministry of Finance was never actually paid out to superintendents.

“We have fully complied with all legislation regarding salary wage freezes,” said Santa Maria.

Previous coverage of this story:

Sunshine List: Lottery and gaming edition

Province tells us who's raking in $100,000 or more (updated)

City reveals its top earners

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ROLAND_ROLLY 4/4/2014 2:59:59 PM Report

Joe Santa Maria, superintendent of business.....He should be looking for another job !!!

How could he have let the wrong figures go to the Ministry...makes one wonder what other 'mistakes' have been made ! Should it have been his accountablity to ensure that the 'correct' figures are released.

Where were the Trustees in this matter, do they not oversee this ?

LOL ... only in Sault Ste. Marie.

Why are there 6 superintendents for a shrinking board and with so many school closures over the past number of years.
Stan12 4/4/2014 3:31:08 PM Report

Well actually I feel worse now knowing that Joe Santa Maria, superintendent of business, makes those kind of mistakes!
Kind of begs the question what other errors has he made.
CTgasman 4/4/2014 4:45:28 PM Report

This really seems to be much ado about nothing...
tone44 4/4/2014 5:09:38 PM Report

Joe is a great guy and deserves every penny he makes. Trust me these superintendent jobs may come with a big salary but there always working. I see it first hand. The board is lucky to have someone like Joe. No one really has a reason to say these people make too much money. All of the school board is on a wage freeze including the people who barely make 40000 a year. Unlike our city staff who keep getting raises regardless of what is going on with the economy.
KFM 4/4/2014 5:50:01 PM Report

My question is if the government really wants to trim the fat from the education sector why do we have all the different school boards in the province anymore? All boards recieve the same funding now from the same pool so why are there 3 different boards (in the Sault) with a full compliment of superintendants? And if you look around the province each area has the same plus other boards. Inguess going after the front line workers is easier than going after the suites that have lost touch with the reality of educating kids and can only see as far as thier bank account.
Boomer4771 4/5/2014 1:12:41 AM Report

Typical management top heavy. Just like every Ministry in the government. Lots of managers doing nothing and making 6 figure incomes while every one else gets a wage freeze. Can't wait till elections.
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