Long Island schools supt makes over $405,000

June 7, 2011 8:38:33 AM PDT
A Long Island schools superintendent is taking some flak for getting a big pay hike. Her base salary is more than $405,000 a year.

Newsday says Carole Hankin of Syosset got a raise of more than $18,000 before the school year. It's prompted criticism since it appeared recently on a state Education Department website.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has cited Hankin's salary as an example of wasteful school spending.

Hankin - who's in her 21st year as superintendent - tells Newsday that she's learned not to pay too much attention to critics.

The district has a high academic reputation. A PTA official, Susan Parker, says Hankin has done a great job.