Despite retirements and layoffs, the number of teachers and administrators earning more than $100,000 a year climbed 40 percent over the past five years, state records show.
Districts also had 12,000 fewer teachers and administrators between the 2008-09 school year and the 2012-13 school year, which ended June 30, according to data reviewed by Gannett’s Albany Bureau from the state Teachers’ Retirement System.
The cuts have largely come from the lower ranks as districts followed union rules to make cuts by seniority, leading to younger and less expensive teachers losing their positions. Schools have dealt with growing costs and limited revenue in recent years, coupled with a property-tax cap implemented last year.
Still, the records showed that the cuts haven’t slowed the number of high earners. School employees earning more than $100,000 grew from 32,505 to 45,627 over the five years.