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Wilton's Top 15 Paid School Employees

Figures include annuity, salary and auto allowance for Wilton public education employees for 2011-2012.

It’s no secret that people come to Wilton for an outstanding education and a plethora of educational facilities and technology; however, a high standard for education comes with a price. About eighty percent of the school budget goes to .

So how much are the top 15 Wilton public school employees making?

The top earner is often the highest ranking position: the superintendent. In comparison to neighboring towns, Wilton Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary Richards’ 2011-2012 compensation ($268,256) is higher than Weston Superintendent Colleen Palmer’s compensation ), Ridgefield’s superintendent Deborah Low’s salary ; please note that the Ridgefield article does not include annuity),  and Superintendent of Redding and Easton’s schools Michael Cicetti’s compensation ). Figures for comparable towns are for the 2010-2011 school year.


The following information has been supplied by Ken Post, the schools’ Director of Financial Planning.


Position 

Name 

# of Years as Admin 

2011-12 Salary

 Annuity

 Auto Allowance

 Total Compensation

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Gary Richards

7

$213,256

$49,000

$6,000

$268,256

Assistant Superintendent

Timothy Canty

13

$161,032

$8,000

$2,900

$171,932

Director Personnel & GA

Ellen Andrews

7

$151,548

$11,000

$2,900

$165,448

Principal, Middle School

Julia Harris

15

$149,846

$8,000

$0

$157,846

Director of   Special Services

Ann Paul

4

$148,281

$7,000

$0

$155,281

Director of Financial Planning

Kenneth Post

9

$140,828

$11,500

$2,900

$155,228

Principal, (Acting)

Robert O'Donnell

7

$147,287

$7,500

$0

$154,787

Principal,

Virginia Rico

14

$144,634

$8,000

$0

$152,634

Principal,

Cheryl Gerner

12

$143,500

$8,000

$0

$151,500

Assoc. Principal WHS (Acting)

Maria Coleman

3

$134,287

$6,500

$0

$140,787

Asst. Director of Special Servicess

Heidi Carlin

4

$128,268

$7,000

$2,900

$138,168

Dean, Middlebrook Middle School

Nancy Hasenauer

13

$130,115

$8,000

$0

$138,115

Assistant Principal, WHS

Linda Lyall

5

$130,365

$7,000

$0

$137,365

Dean, Middlebrook Middle School

Jory Higgins

12

$127,637

$8,000

$0

$135,637

Preschool Coordinator

Dr. Fred Rapczynski

4

$127,170

$7,000

$0

$134,170


Last week, the Board of Finance  $180,000 off of Wilton’s Board of Education 2012-2013  of 1.98 percent. Wilton residents had   on this increase during the most recent Board of Ed’s public budget presentation.

Wilton’s mill rate is expected to increase by  next year if Wiltonians approve both the school board’s and selectmen’s budgets during the annual town budget vote this May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the . 

Mike75 April 10, 2012 at 06:42 PM
How is it then that New Canaan, Westport and Darien all have mil rates and taxes substantially lower than Wilton? Their schools and services are just as good if not better than Wilton's. Don't we deserve an answer from our elected officials?
We R. Fortunate April 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
ETP - Of course it is fine if you stay. But whining is not "making it better for all of us" ... It is just whining ... and you don't even have the curtosy to bring cheese. Re-read your last 50 comments - that should get you back to about Monday afternoon - We pay too much - too many of this kind of job - back in the day we survived with only - blah blah blah - these do not "make it better - it just makes you seem grumpy and pining for days of yester-year. Run for Selectman, Board of Ed or Finance. BUT STOP GRIPING AND GRUMBLING ABOUT WHAT A BAD JOB EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING !
Eustace Tilley April 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
WRF We should meet for coffee to discuss the occasional benefits accrued by raising awareness of the issues affecting town governance and citizens. Its simply my firm opinion that government is too large, too intrusive and too inept...there is a better way and reporting on it at least identifies the risks of the 'status quo"
Wilton Parent April 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
ETP -Thank you for your efforts towards fiscal accountability and transparency, which can only result in the better outcomes for all Wilton residents, including students.
tired of wasted dollars April 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM
The reality is that equivalent private sector jobs pay less than they are getting paid by this town. Look up any salary survey for equivalent jobs. Not to mention that the vacation and sick day benefits for administration are far beyond anything in the private sector. Do any of you get 20 sick days per year? The administrators do. Do any of you get 90 sick days to draw upon the first day of your job? The administrators do.
Megan Abrahamsen April 10, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Dear "tired of wasted dollars" - I am truly interested. Please point me towards the relevant survey and let me know what private sector jobs you consider to be equivalent. I would consider the skills of a good school administrator to be similar to senior executive jobs (director of marketing, CFO, head of PR, director of HR) at companies with 1000 employees or more.
We R. Fortunate April 10, 2012 at 09:04 PM
... Its simply my firm opinion that government is too large, too intrusive and too inept... So vote The Bama (your fellow Community Organizer) out of office ! But you harp away on every fiscal issue without adding value just harping and whining. I can predict write now that next April you will be unhappy with the BoS & BoE proposed Budgets and shockingly the final BoF Budget. And again you will say too many of this not enough of that . 13 years ago we got by with this and that ... consider your Patch comments now written and published for next year's budget cycle. This will give you more time to dig deeper into the crisis of unliscensed dogs roaming the streets and parks.
Amo Probus April 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Let's try a system where everyone gets paid the same salary no matter what they do 'for a living.' That would end the conflict between the rich and poor, the educated and the dopey, the motivated and the lazy. Money would stop being a motivator and we could all chose professions that make us happy. Forget about keeping up with the Jones's, elite neighborhoods, excessive housing and mortgages that bedevil the paycheck. Under this new system, there is no need to pay taxes since the government can just print money and deposit it into our bank accounts. WRF, GD and MA won't have to trouble their heads learning about what goes wrong.
Amo Probus April 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Oh, and ETP could retire and write the great American novel...as a hobby since we can't pay him for it.
Wilton Teacher April 11, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Is there really someone advocating that we should mirror the private sector? I admit that I spend most of my evenings correcting papers and planning for the school day, but I don't think I have missed any headlines blaming teachers or administrators for the current economic situation. I think the "private sector" gets all the credit for that.
wilton42 April 11, 2012 at 01:09 AM
But there is plenty of blame for teachers and their unions for the current state of education in this country. Bad and unqualified teachers get to keep their jobs simply because they have seniority. At the same time, potentially more qualified and better quality young teachers lose their jobs simply because they are newer. If teachers want to be viewed and treated like other white collar, professional industries in this country they need to shed their outdated unions. No other profession so strongly resists being evaluated based on performance than teachers do. While the private sector is to blame for current economic conditions, the teacher union model in this country is not a shining example either.
Eustace Tilley April 11, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Here is a pretty thorough article that has a good summary of the major causes of the recession. I disagree with it 's attempt to place more blame on the democrats than the republicans...they both colluded with their special interests...but the key piece is the governments failed attempt to provide housing "for all"...you know, the equal outcome theory. Thanks to our Mr Dodd and Ma's Mr. Frank aide and abetted by government social zealots and private sector greed. Any disputes? http://heathenrepublican.blogspot.com/2011/07/who-and-what-caused-great-recession.html
Amo Probus April 11, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Yes, prices have gone up but the median household income in Wilton 12 years ago was $140k and in 2009 it was $171 for a 22% growth rate. Compare that to the 100% growth rate in the cost of town government. If that isn't bad enough for you, go to this web site http://www.usdebtclock.org/ As a taxpayer, your share of the US government debt is $138,000 and your share of unfunded liabilities is $1,044,000. Then add in local and CT debt....is that the legacy you want to bequeath to your children?
KPC April 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Agreed. These salaries seem quite in line and reasonable. As for the car allowance, one could certainly debate the cost of an allowance vs. having them use there on car for business and reimbursing them for the mileage and additional insurance they must carry. But either way, the town has to pay for some auto expense sense these employees have to drive from building to building and from meeting to meeting within the town/state. BTW, I would compare them to a senior exec, plant manager, or the like as well. No shocker here!
George 'S Fault April 11, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I thought we all agreed it was George Bush's fault and Messiah O'bama was going to fix it ? And that no way unemployment would rise above 8% on his watch. And Wilton Teacher - who do you think taught the wunderkind financial genuses the math to create RMBS and CDS leveraged products ?? I think the whole mess lies at the feet of a few 9th grade pre-calculus teachers !! No doubt ETP thinks it is all the fault of over-paid school administrators and a $6,000 car allowence. But I think most of us agree it is better to just stop reading his irrelevant posts.
Amo Probus April 11, 2012 at 03:01 PM
GSF Do you have any facts to support your sarcasm? or any useful comment? Its funny when factless folks start attacking the messenger instead of the issue
MrsT April 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
You make it sound as if you can get a job in the private sector at the drop of a hat--reality is that currently job openings are few and far apart!
Wilton Parent April 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It is all about value for our tax dollars, and it is entirely appropriate for residents and stakeholders to provide input and question where those dollars are being allocated. The list contained in the article alone, totals 17,600 dollars being spent on car allowances for 15 of the Top Paid Wilton School employees. The TOTAL amount for car allowances being paid by the district is probably higher, and perhaps could go towards satisfying the salary of a much needed Cider Mill Library Aide.
George 'S Fault April 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Amo Amas Amat - Don't you listen to 770 on your AM dial every afternoon ? Sean Hannity plays the Bama speech segment about Unemployment not going above 8% all the time !! And typically Messengers actually bring a message rather than repeating the same old tripe. ETP just keeps carring the same old bucket of fish to whatever the topics of the day are ... They spent to much, get paid too much, 12 years ago the budget was 33MM now it is 68 so it must be loaded with waste, taxes are too high so people aren't buying toothpaste or getting dog licenses ... and a partridge in a pear tree. To summarise ... Ridentem dicere verum quid vetat
Waste of Tax dollars April 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
In line and reasonable? Pre-School coordinator is paid $134,000 including annuity. The national average is $48,000 http://www.ehow.com/info_7754111_average-salaries-preschool-directors.html Even if you double the average because this is CT, that is still only $96,000, far below what Wilton pays! From the most recent CBIA compensation report HR directors in SW CT average $80,000, with the highest being paid $130,00. Wilton's personnel director is paid $162,00 with annuity. Add in the 20 sick days and other benefits they get, do you still think these salaries are in line with the private sector?
KPC April 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
http://swz.salary.com/SalaryWizard/Human-Resources-Director-Autonomous-Salary-Details.aspx Human Resources Director (Autonomous) U.S. National AveragesMedian Salary$140,377 Core Compensation Median % of Total Base Salary $140,377 66.7% Bonuses $18,025 8.6% Value of Benefits Social Security $8,918 4.2% 401K/403B $6,019 2.9% Disability $1,109 0.5% Healthcare $6,507 3.1% Pension $10,138 4.8% Time Off $19,496 9.3% Total Compensation $210,589 100%
Eustace Tilley April 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
GSF Are your teeth ok? Anyway, it was 33MM now its 74MM (not the 68MM you stated) so here we have an obvious case of GSF not reading the details...so I guess I have to solder on, why? simply because: Repetitio est mater studiorum with the hope it will sink in GD cheers!
JHP April 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
KPC, I do not know a single HR director that makes anywhere near that amount. They all make substantially less. But using the same site, i find that the Superintendents average is $140,000, so why is Wilton paying almost double the average?
Megan Abrahamsen April 11, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Just to clarify, “preschool coordinator” is a very vague job description for Dr. Rapczynski. He has a PhD and oversees special services for all children in Wilton from age three until they complete 2nd grade. This includes testing and services for speech, occupational therapy, developmental, and physical needs. He does not just work with children who are enrolled full time at Wilton Preschool services. He evaluates anyone in this age group that is a Wilton resident and provides recommendations and year round services for them. Basically, every preschool and parent in Wilton has Dr. Rapcsynski at their service. I have spoken with several families who choose to move to Wilton specifically for these services. It’s not quite the same as an “average” preschool director. I would say the job responsibilities are much more similar to the HR Director position that KPC has referenced.
JHP April 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Surrounding towns pay lower salaries for all these positions. So why does Wilton have to pay higher amounts? But I guess if we did not pay more than anyone else, we would not be able to justify having higher taxes than anyone else. I would be curious to hear from the realtors, how many people look at homes in Wilton than buy in a surrounding town because of taxes?
George 'S Fault April 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
ETP - just using your quote ... ETP 10:50 am on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 ... 12 years ago, the school budget was 33 million now its 74 million Last year the school spent 68 million ... But as they say ... adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit
George 'S Fault April 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Repetitio est mater studiorum ... But you certainly have mastered the "Repetion" part - not so sure on the mother of learning ...
Eustace Tilley April 11, 2012 at 09:37 PM
GSF You did not read the details! The school BUDGET was 33 million now 74 million...they SPENT 68 million last year! Geez, no wonder I have to repeat myself!
Eustace Tilley April 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
absentem laedit cum ebrio qui litigat not sure of the spelling but ... on the other hand, sobriety is its own reward (WC Fields) :)
Eustace Tilley April 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM
We seniors want an excellent school system Its in our interest just as much as its in the interests of parents and children. We are hoping BOE members will focus on curriculum development and course offerings that recognize students, not staff, come first. Why? simply because most of the unsustainable cost increases for the last dozen years or so have gone to staff salary and benefits. The $6,000,000 increase during the last two years is heading mostly to existing staff and we are hiring ONLY TWO new staff. That is unfair to students, parents and seniors. They could easily hire 12 new teachers (one for each grade) to reduce the important teacher-student ratio and bank the rest. I like the wireless investment since it enables the use of iPADS and other tablets that are certainly the most innovative classroom technologies since the chalkboard.

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