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Goertzen blasted for citing salary of $266,040 superintendent

Provincial Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen is dismissing claims he inappropriately singled out Manitoba’s highest-paid superintendent over her salary, as the NDP seeks a committee investigation.

The Winnipeg School Division is demanding an apology from Goertzen, who deflected a question about closing an educational resource library Thursday by saying in the legislature WSD teachers instead “should be concerned about” how much their top public servant makes.

Chief Superintendent Pauline Clarke made $266,040 in the 2016-17 school year.

Goertzen had falsely claimed that was she “almost makes as much as the prime minister,” whose salary is $347,400.

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Provincial Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen is dismissing claims he inappropriately singled out Manitoba’s highest-paid superintendent over her salary, as the NDP seeks a committee investigation.

The Winnipeg School Division is demanding an apology from Goertzen, who deflected a question about closing an educational resource library Thursday by saying in the legislature WSD teachers instead "should be concerned about" how much their top public servant makes.

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen deflected a question about closing an educational resource library Thursday by saying in the legislature WSD teachers instead “should be concerned about” how much their top public servant makes. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)</p>

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen deflected a question about closing an educational resource library Thursday by saying in the legislature WSD teachers instead “should be concerned about” how much their top public servant makes. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Chief Superintendent Pauline Clarke made $266,040 in the 2016-17 school year.

Goertzen had falsely claimed that was she "almost makes as much as the prime minister," whose salary is $347,400.

The WSD demanded an apology Friday morning. Trustee Lisa Naylor, who chairs the personnel committee, said it was "unprecedented" to have a minister launch "a personal attack on a public servant" who did not seek public office.

"It’s completely unacceptable," she said.

Goertzen told reporters Friday he was simply discussing school-division costs, and noted that media have also questioned whether superintendents are overpaid.

"I've raised issues around administrative costs around the board," he said.

WSD also claimed in a news release that the superintendent "cannot speak in their own defence," but later clarified it would be unconventional for Clarke to speak out.

The school board has asked Speaker Myrna Driedger to have Goertzen apologize. On Friday, NDP MLA Matt Wiebe also sought an apology in the legislature, because Clarke could not defend herself in the house.

Goertzen dismissed that claim, instead accusing the NDP of "making a mockery of the legislature" with multiple points of privilege that stalled Friday proceedings.

Wiebe asked Driedger to have a committee study the issue; the Speaker will consider that request and report back to the Legislature, possibly next week.

Board chair Chris Broughton noted on Twitter that Clarke is the only female superintendent, though she is also the highest-paid one on the province.

Naylor would not say whether she believes Clarke’s gender motivated Goertzen, and said Clarke’s salary is commensurate to someone with her experience, in running a school board much larger than others in the city.

All six of Winnipeg’s school boards have raised their superintendents’ salaries over the past five years, most by roughly 10 per cent. In 2012, Clarke’s salary was on-par with her colleague leading the Louis Riel School Division. Both divisions have raised their superintendents' salaries; Clarke's compensation is now $38,700 higher than her LRSD counterpart.

dylan.robertson@freepress.mb.ca

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