Saturday July 27, 2003 -- Posted at 5:48 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --More than half the 308 school districts in Arkansas pay their superintendents more money than the Governor earned last year. Figures from the state Education Department show that 161 districts' superintendents made more than Governor Huckabee's 71-thousand, 738 dollars in 2001-02.
Many superintendents of rural districts say they're battling the idea of school consolidation because they're concerned about preserving the small-town quality of life. But also at stake are many superintendent posts and the power that comes with them. In many cases, the school district is the town's largest employer, with its leader a de facto chief executive officer.