What the BCPSS bosses make
As everyone following developments in the Baltimore school system knows, there have been several high-profile administrative appointments lately (in addition to departures). In the hours immediately after many of these appointment announcements, as I've scrambled to compile a story on deadline, I've been unable to find out how much money the administrators will make in their new jobs. So a few weeks ago, I filed a request with the school system for the salaries I've not yet reported. I have them in hand now and will list them below, for the record.
And for the record, I'm not making a judgment one way or the other about whether these people are overpaid (that, dear readers, is for you to debate). On one hand, the school system is facing a $50 million budget shortfall for next year. On the other, Dr. Alonso needs to be surrounded by good people if he's going to have a chance of succeeding at reform, and top tier administrators in surrounding districts make comparably high salaries. Keep in mind also that a lot of administrative positions are being eliminated at the same time as the promotions and new hires.
Without further adue...
Gen. Bennie E. Williams, chief of staff to Andres Alonso: $168,945
Mary Minter, chief academic officer: $168,945
JoAnne Koehler, human resources officer: $168,945
Michael Sarbanes, executive director of partnerships, communications and community engagement (starting Feb. 19): $140,000
Irma Johnson, executive director of elementary and elementary/middle schools: $140,000
Roger Shaw, executive director of secondary schools: $140,000