At a glance: Three school districts pay too much to administrators

Three school districts paid too much for administrative costs this year, according to the state Education Department. The districts face fines equal to the amount they overpaid their administrators.

Oklahoman Modified: January 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

• Farris Public School, in Atoka County, went over by nearly $10,000. Administrative costs were too high because of the superintendent's salary, said Nancy Hughes, executive director of financial accounting for the state Education Department. Hughes said the district also exceeded the legal limit in 2006 and 2007. Superintendent Wes Watson earns $100,000 a year, according to state data. He serves as superintendent, principal, counselor and librarian for the school. Watson wrote a letter to the state Board of Education, stating that low administration limits have put undue pressure on small districts. “The actions of the state and the state department of education has created an unfair atmosphere for small school districts to operate in,” he wrote. Farris received an F under the new state school evaluation system.

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