Jul 29, 2014

Top School Department Salaries in 2012

Here's a look at the highest-paid Peabody teachers, administrators and support staff in 2012.

Top School Department Salaries in 2012

[Editor's Note: We were remiss initially in not explaining the unusually high income for food services director in 2012. Janyce Harkins retired in October after 40 years with the Peabody Public Schools. Her actual salary for the job was $51,243, but she also received $52,740 in other earnings for 2012, which was due to an accumulation of unused sick days, vacation days or other benefits she was entitled to under her contract.]

We reported Tuesday who the overall top earners were on the city payroll for 2012, and today we take a look specifically at what Peabody school employees took home last year.

The incomes in the chart below, which lists the top 50 earners for the School Department, represent gross income, which would include salaries, longevity bonuses, stipends and other compensation.

Two people you'll notice missing from their usual spots on the list are the superintendent of schools and high school principal.

That's because Interim Superintendent Herb Levine stepped down mid-year as Joe Mastrocola came on-board as the new superintendent and Ed Sapienza retired mid-year.

Levine earned $103,412 (he also received stipends for other temporary positions he filled during the year elsewhere in the city) while Mastrocola earned $83,700.

Although Sapienza was hired back as an interim principal, he can only earn a percentage of his former salary due to his retirement (pension). He was paid $77,469 in 2012.


NameJob TitleEarningsRalph Ruocco High School AFJROTC $110,585 Todd Bucey Middle School Principal $108,610 Keith Kremer High School AFJROTC $106,586 Cara Murtagh Asst. Superintendent of Schools $106,301 David Keniston Schools Business Manager $106,250 Janyce Harkins Schools Food Service Director $103,983 Herbert Levine Interim Superintendent of Schools $103,412 Jennifer Smith High School Dean $103,398 Karen McGovern Middle School Housemaster $103,012 Peter Ginolfi Middle School Housemaster $100,912 Judith Maniatis High School Dean $100,169 Dennis Heenan Middle School Housemaster $100,069 Margaret Murphy Continuing Education Director $97,863 Jon Simmons Performing Arts Director $97,509 Philip Sheridan Athletics, PE & Health Director $97,366 Eric Buckley High School Assistant Principal $97,155 Seith Bedard Peabody Learning Academy Director $97,024 Maryellen McGrath South School Principal $95,297 Maria Ferri Vocational School Director $95,031 Elaine Metropolis Brown School Principal $94,676 William Krol High School Dean $94,399 Monique Nappi Welch School Principal $93,678 Antonio Braganca High School Guidance Director $92,530 Susan Smoller Middle School Media Specialist $92,271 Monica Bernell School Psychologist $91,955 Robert Gallant School Psychologist $91,955 Timothy Hynick School Psychologist $91,955 Tracey Oberlin School Psychologist $91,955 Donna Costa High School Business Dept. Head $91,841 Judith McNiff Burke School Principal $91,556 Sara Lacourciere Title I Supervisor $91,251 Thomas Cornacchio West School Principal $91,000 Katherine St. Peter Center School Principal $90,600 Joanne Pantapas Passos Avante Preschool Director $90,351 Janis Melanson Adjustment Counselor $89,747 Raymond Smoyer McCarthy School Principal $88,900 Neil Haggstrom High School Teacher $88,894 Michalene Hague High School English Dept. Head $87,583 Susan Cutler Middle School Special Education Teacher $87,154 Valerie Smyrnios-McCann IEP Chairperson $86,859 Jessica DiGianfelice High School Teacher $86,199 Kathleen Covino West School Assistant Principal $85,622 Melanie Coffin Carroll School Assistant Principal $85,606 Zhaneta Liti ESL District Coordinator $84,629 Tracy Smith Middle School Housemaster $84,177 Nicholas Cotoni School Custodian/Maintenance Supervisor $83,775 Joseph Mastrocola Superintendent of Schools $83,700 George Hyatt High School Teacher $83,647 Dorothea Kuchinsky Elementary Reading Specialist $83,605 John Baran High School Teacher $83,171

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