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Demoted principals took hefty pay cuts, demoted administrators didn't



We reported last week that district administrators received raises with their promotions.

Administrators who were demoted could keep their salary if it fell within the range of the new position. Bill Lawrence, former head of teaching and learning, was one example. The Gradebook asked for others to see how it played out across a variety of administrative positions. It seems that district administrators kept their salaries when they were demoted, but principals didn't.

There weren't a lot of demotions this year. But here are a few examples:

Kathleen Young-Parker, who was director of elementary education, kept her salary, $81,200, despite her new position as principal at Cypress Woods Elementary. Her old salary is within the range of the new position, but is far more than the previous principal earned. Lisa Freeman, who has moved to Pinellas Park Elementary, was paid $68,562 at Cypress Woods.

Antelia Campbell, managing officer for middle school education, is becoming an assistant principal at Oak Grove Middle. She will keep her salary of $64,609. Campbell has been moved several times before and has taken pay cuts.

It was a much different story for the principals.

Two principals were demoted this year to assistant principal. Godfrey Watson, principal of Campbell Park Elementary, has been named assistant principal at Ridgecrest Elementary. His salary has been reduced to $49,757 from $69,590 - that $20,000 pay cut puts him a few hundred dollars above the absolute bottom of the new pay range. The top of the range is $66,646; midpoint is $60,152 and bottom is $49,023. 

The same thing happened to Kim Short, principal of Pinellas Park Elementary. She was named assistant principal of Fuguitt Elementary. Her salary now is $49,757 and had been $69,590.

[Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 2:43pm]


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