Law will change Miss. ed chief's salary structure

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has signed a bill to change the salary structure for future state superintendents of education.

Current law sets the superintendent’s pay at 90 percent of the salary paid to the commissioner of higher education. The College Board sets the commissioner’s pay.

The bill signed by Barbour on Wednesday will become law July 1. It erases that link and requires the state Board of Education to set the superintendent’s pay after the current superintendent, Tom Burnham, retires.

Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds is paid $341,250 and Burnham is paid $307,000.

Lawmakers say Mississippi’s higher education commissioner has the ninth-highest salary in the nation, and the state superintendent’s salary is the second-highest.

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The bill is Senate Bill 2684.