Who makes the most money in the Wake County school system?
That's one of the questions that the Charlotte Observe looked at as part of a Sunday article on six-figures salaries in Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Wake had 99 employees making at least $100,000 with 60 of them being principals.
Like Wake, CMS is also cutting back on the number of six-figure salaries. CMS had 85 this year, compared to 104 in 2010, 103 in 2009 and 90 in 2008.
As part of the report, the Observer also posted the top 20 salaries in both Wake and CMS. The top 20 in Wake are:
1. Superintendent Anthony Tata, $255,164.
2. Chief Academic Officer Donna Hargens, $148,965.
3. Chief Business Officer David Neter, $150,831.
4. Chief Facilities and Operations Officer Don Haydon Jr., $150,666.
5. Chief Area Superintendent Danny Barnes, $145,072.
6. Southeast Raleigh High Principal Beulah Wright, $141,757.
7. Southern Wake Area Superintendent Lloyd Gardner, $134,760.
8. Athens Drive High Principal William Crockett Jr., $130,969.
9. Panther Creek High Principal Rodney Nelson, $130,969.
10. Green Hope High Principal James Hedrick, $128,945.
11. Northern Wake Area Superintendent Ann Hooker, $128,343.
12. Southwestern Wake Area Superintendent Julye Mizelle, $127,246.
12. Assistant Superintendent (Evaluation and Research) David Holdzkom, $127,246.
14. Chief of Staff Terri Cobb, $126,149.
14. Chief Communications Officer Michael Evans, $126,149.
16. Millbrook High Principal Dana King, $125,984.
17. Wake Forest-Rolesville High Principal Tina Hoots, $124,816.
18. Assistant Superintendent (Student Services) Marvin Connelly Jr., $123,955.
19. Middle Creek High Principal John Williams, $123,514.
20. Sanderson High Principal Gregory Decker, $123,080.
The top 20 basically is comprised of Tata and his leadership team and several high school principals.
I've been told that the amount for Tata is different from the $250,000 in his base contract because he declined the health and dental coverage. It was converted into pay. Tata presumably is using the health coverage he received from his 28 years in the U.S. Army.
It's not too surprising that you've got high school principals in the top 20. The salary schedules are weighted toward principals of larger schools and when you facto in year of experience, the pay mounts.
In the past, some high school principals have taken pay cuts to work in Central Office or gotten exemptions to let them keep their higher salaries.