County Commissioner Joe Bowser (below right) is critical of the Durham Public Schools board for proposing to cut 121 teaching and teaching assistant positions as a money-saving measure, rather than looking in other places.
Like the home office — where, he said, assistant superintendent positions have increased from two to six in recent years.
According to figures handed out at this morning's meeting between the school board and the county commissioners, in addition to Supernintendent Carl Harris, DPS has six assistant superintendents, a chief operating officer and a chief academic officer on the central administrative staff.
Those eight salaries range from $111,988.44 to $158,850.96.
There are 12 "executive directors," salaries ranging from $93,571.92 to $127,855.80.
There are 23 full-time "directors" whose pay runs from $63,213.12 to $97,321.56, and one half-time director at $53,514. Two directors have county-provided vehicles.
DPS pays civic club dues for the superindentent, the chief operating officer and the chief academic officer. Durham County has been paying civic club dues for about 11 executives, County Manager Mike Ruffin said this week, but is eliminating that perk.
"We've got to scale back," Bowser told the school board. "Look at your details as to what's going on. ...
"Don't just harp on teachers, because you've got employees throughout your organization that you can work with. ... You have not mentioned one single department to cut from other than the classroom, and that's not fair."