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Sunday, May 17, 2009

School Board Follies

My new favorite website, published a list of salaries related to employees for vaious school districts in the state. This is another "public record" that continues to be elusive. So, I decided to take a look at the newest propaganda from the School district and translate it.

First is the letter from the Superintendent, Jeffrey Simons. He makes $132,986.10 as of last year. That's about $65 an hour, if you count the summer. It's also 46% of what the library is asking for in additional funds.

Then there are the school board candidate statements. Since Mary Davis says she's not here with family, I'll assume the two Davis' on the payroll are not related. Chris Esposito is running. There is a Robert Esposito on the payroll. Not sure if there's any relation.

Since 5 people are running for 3 positions, it's pretty much rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. I have no recommendations.

And now, the back page:

Sherry Walczak is listed as Assistant Superintendent. No salary available from the website.
Ann McGowan is listed as Director of Business and Finace. No salary available from the website.

This website is starting to disappoint me. Anyway, the Board of Education has Charles Cashulette listed as Vice President. A Mary Cashulette is listed on the school payroll. There is also an Anderson on the payroll.

As usual, I support a no vote on the almost $100 million bugdet. A 3.5% contingency is more than enough now that Paterson is taking away STAR. Also, the library can get their damn money from the city instead of these cash grabs. Don't they make enough money from their capricious fines? Try buying 2 less computers per year and buy 100 new books instead.


  • At May 17, 2009 9:05 PM, Blogger Strikeslip said…

    Glad to see you are still posting!
    Have you checked out this website:

    I don't ever want to hear the whining about how poorly paid teachers (in public schools) are. When adjusted for the days actually worked, teachers are better paid than lawyers and engineers in government service, both of which involve much more difficult courses of study to be qualified.

  • At May 18, 2009 12:55 AM, Blogger RomeHater said…

    Engineers actually get paid close to the median income, which means they make as much as 1 out of every 2 random people. The Superintendent of Rome makes 4 times the median income.

    The average income of a Rome School District employee is $40,000 before benefits. That includes the 122 people who make between $5 and $10,000. The median income is $43,000, about 15% the national median income. And the district includes many non-teachers.

  • At May 31, 2009 1:52 PM, Blogger Rocha said…

    Thank you for this research! I would be eager to see more of it. This is they type of information that needs to be publicized more - I'll be writing about this post on my blog.


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