We want your opinions

June 28, 2006

ISSUE:

Kevin M. Maxwell, the new county school superintendent, will earn an annual base salary of $225,000 under a four-year contract approved last week by the Board of Education. Maxwell, who will begin work Saturday, will be the fifth-highest-paid superintendent in Maryland, based on 2005-2006 salaries compiled by the state Department of Education.

Added provisions push Maxwell's total compensation package to about $275,000, according to the school system.

Eric J. Smith, who stepped down as superintendent last year, had a compensation package of about $300,000 annually.

YOUR VIEW:

Do you believe Maxwell is being appropriately paid to oversee a school system with about 75,000 students?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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