Tags: Guilford County Schools
No Cuts In The School Salaries
May 26, 2011The school salary list is once again topped by Guilford County School Superintendent Mo Green at $250,000 a year.
Green is by far the highest salary on any of the four salary lists we publish, which along with Guilford County Schools are Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point. He hasn't gotten a raise but, unlike many employees in the private sector, he hasn't gotten a reduction in pay either.
Most of the salaries at the top of the list are within a dollar of where they were last year. It appears the computer is rounding the salaries off differently, but we believe the exact amount is the same.
Last year there was a three-way tie for second on the Guilford County Schools salary list, and one of the three was Chief Administrative Officer Eric Becoats at $155,872. Becoats left to become the superintendent of Durham Public Schools and his position has not been filled. So that leaves two tied for second: Sharon Ozment, chief financial officer, with a salary of $155,873; and Beth Folger, chief academic officer, at $155,873.
The other changes at the top of the list are that Chief Operations Office Leo Bobadilla and Regional Superintendent for the Enrichment Region Lewis Ferebee are both gone.
Andy LaRowe was promoted from executive director for facilities and construction management at $109,943 last year, to chief operations officer at $135,000 this year. Getting a promotion and a raise of over $25,000 is good any year, but in this economy it is outstanding. The schools don't seem to have realized that it is a buyer's market when it comes to hiring and promoting employees. In the private sector many employers are paying less to fill open positions. In the schools they are paying the same, which is better than paying more, which some other government entities are doing.
John Eldridge, the current superintendent of the Enrichment Region, didn't get quite as big a raise. He went from executive director of the Enrichment Region last year at $118,825 to $133,000 in his new position.
The top principal on the list is once again Noah Rogers at $137,637, followed by Principal Kathryn Rogers at $132,480.
The top employee with "teacher" in the title is Phillip Hampton, teacher Junior Reserve Office Training Corps/Navy, who is being paid $80,172. Last year Hampton's salary was $78,441. So when the government wasn't giving raises he got a raise of over $2,000. Spot-checking other teacher salaries it appears most are exactly the same as last year, but some of the other Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps teachers also received raises.
He is the only teacher on the list who has passed the $80,000 mark, but there are 20 teachers whose salaries are over $70,000.
It is also pertinent that teachers' salaries are based on a 10 month teaching contract, which means if you want to compare those salaries to salaries of other non-teaching government jobs or jobs in the private sector, you need to divide the salary by 10 and then multiply by 12. For instance, a salary of $70,000 for a teacher is equivalent to a salary of $84,000 at a 12-month-a-year job.
We started off printing the salaries of all school employees over $50,000. Then we jumped to all salaries over $60,000, and this year we are printing all salaries over $62,500. But all the school salaries are available online at rhinotimes.com.
Most of the abbreviations used seemed fairly self explanatory. But here are a couple that may held you figure out the rest.
IB MYP Cood: International Baccalaureate middle years program coordinator
EC Path-SI: Exceptional children speech/language pathologist
EC Tr Ocs: Teacher of record-occupational course of study
CTE: Career and technical education
MP: Mission Possible
Click here for a PDF list of all Guilford County Schools salaries