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Not many six-figure salaries in Pasco school district's payroll



As the Pasco County School Board looks for ways to cut expenses, it has received more than a few pointed suggestions that it slash pay for anyone making more than $99,999 by 10 percent.

A review of the district's current administrator salary list (see below) reveals cutting those eight salaries would save the district about $86,608 -- enough to pay for two brand new teachers with bachelor's degrees and no experience, with a little left over. (See the district's instructional pay schedule here. It hasn't changed in three years.)

If the district were to reduce the pay of all 335 people on the administrator list by 10 percent, it could save $2.39 million. That would include everyone from the lowest paid ESE specialist ($54,929) to the superintendent ($134,399). Some in the upper ranks will tell you they're working more than one job already for pay that hardly competes with a like position in the private sector. But the heat is on.

One other tidbit from the administrator salary list that jumped out: A couple of top-ranking officials earn less -- in one instance much less -- than people with much fewer responsibilities. ESE director Monica Verra makes $80,779 a year, while one of her department supervisors who she oversees makes $95,217 a year. It's because the district has set pay based on years of service rather than positions. 

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino said she is well aware of the disparity. But she's loath to make changes because of the budget pressures the district faces -- not the least of which is the push to cut administrator pay.


[Last modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 2:11pm]


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