Pinellas administrators get raises with their promotions
Superintendent Mike Grego has made quite a few changes to the top administration of the Pinellas County School District.
He promoted William Corbett to deputy superintendent. He made Pam Moore associate superintendent of teaching and learning, moving the department's former head, Bill Lawrence, to a director position. And he upgraded director positions for elementary, middle and high school education.
All of the administrators who were promoted have been given raises.
Corbett now earns $124,707 a year, a 21 percent change over his $102,956 salary last year as area superintendent. Pam Moore's salary has jumped to $105,743, compared to $97,910.
Rita Vasquez, who was the director of secondary education, also got a sizeable bump when she became executive director of high school education. She now earns $98,183, compared to last year's $87,664. Her old salary fell within the range for her new position, but the raise brings her up to the midpoint.
Bill Lawrence, who was demoted to director of student demographics, will earn the same salary, of $94,677. Melanie Marquez Parra, a district spokeswoman, said that employees who were demoted could keep the same salary if it fell within the salary range of the new position. Lawerence's salary is above the midpoint, but below the maximum for his new position.
Under former superintendent John Stewart, the district also gave raises to administrators who were promoted. Grego cut some administrative positions to pay for new ones. The district's turnaround officer, for instance, was eliminated.