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Ten Highest Paid Avon Teachers in 2011

The following information was provided by the Avon Public Schools Business Office and is public record.

When municipal budgets are being developed, a common topic mentioned at public hearings is teacher salaries.

Who are the top paid teachers in ?

The Avon Public Schools Business Office provided Avon Patch with a list of the 10 highest paid teachers in 2011, between Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011.

In addition to salaries, these numbers include additional pay for other things like coaching, tutoring, mentoring, chaperoning school events, teaching in the Valley Alternative Academy and Alternative Learning Program, summer work, involvement in co-curricular programs, having perfect attendance, and degree and general stipends.

The total also accounts for any salary adjustments between the end of the 2010-2011 school year and the first part of the 2011-12 school year (July 1 to Dec. 31, 2011).

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Ten Highest Paid Teachers in 2011

Name Job Title Amount Paid in 2011 Notes 1. Albert Dadario Jr. Special education teacher, $123,227.02 Coach, Valley Alternative Academy/Alternative Learning Program
2. Jane Ellen Peregrin Director of school counseling, Avon High School $114,224.08 Valley Alternative Academy/Alternative Learning Program 3. John Salerni Science teacher, Avon High School $104,238.96 Web Master 4. Laurie Salva Science teacher, $102,644.44 Tutor, Mentor 5. Jeanine Labrosse Math teacher, Avon High School $102,613.01 Coach 6. Stuart Abrams Social studies teacher, Avon High School $101,172.56 Valley Alternative Academy/Alternative Learning Program 7. John Snyder Physical Education teacher, Avon Middle School $99,777.26 Coach 8. Joshua Glick Business education teacher, Avon High School $99,487.54 Coach 9. Peter O'Sullivan World language teacher, Avon High School $98,642.35 Coach 10. James Murray Math teacher, Avon High School $97,735.23 Coach
Mitchell Piper May 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Teacher's salaries are always brought up during the budgeting process by the ATA in a very negative manner. To provide fair and honest assessments you should include in your reporting the many years of service that these individuals have given to our community, the high level of education they have acquired, and the countless hours of additional training that they have obtained. For a comparable level of accomplishment in any other professional field these salaries would actually be seen as quite low. Simply putting out a salary is not a fair reflection of the services provided or the expertise the employee has obtained.
Susan Rietano Davey May 04, 2012 at 06:45 PM
So, Avon's top-earning teachers, many of whom hold advanced degrees and all of whom are long-time employees working a second job in the district, make low (or below) six-figure incomes. Why is this newsworthy? Is it because some folks in town consider this too high? Or is it because other folks KNOW that Avon's similarly schooled and skilled business (and other) professionals make far more in their private sector jobs?
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Thank you for reading Avon Patch. You both make very interesting points and I appreciate the feedback. This article is intended to be informational, not commentary, and does not imply whether the wages listed are too high, too low or just right. A teacher actually gave me this story idea, so I followed up on it since people talk about teacher pay a lot. It's also worth pointing out that these wages are for 2011 and are not connected to the proposed 2012-13 budget. Again, thanks for the feedback. Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Karen Cianci May 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Here is a great link about the continuing debate on teacher salaries: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110226104316AAuLYrB Excerpted here: "we SHOULD all get treated that well. I think that's the whole point. If we allow them to dismantle unions entirely, none of us will be treated that well, and the only thing that would mean is that the executive bonuses would go up, while the income and benefits of the middle class would go down. Instead of sounding envious and wanting us all to lose money we should be out there organizing for our right to a middle class life". My point: Teachers are the barometer for the middle class. Let's not cut off our nose to spite our faces.
Roy May 06, 2012 at 02:15 PM
By the way, Ms. Sawyer, you indicate that you got the list from the Avon Schools Business Office. Please confirm that you got the list DIRECTLY from the business office or did you get it from Mrs. Stahl's taxpayer's group who had inaccurate information?
Irwin Fletcher May 07, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I don't understand the issue with teacher salaries. Many people in the community make significantly more than our veteran teachers, yet it is our teacher's who make this community strong and a great place to live. Why has the focus been on teachers, and not administrator's? Clearly, the top 5 salaries and more belong to administrators, yet teacher's have become the focus. NEASC will be coming through next year and unfortunately find out that our schools do not provide the variety of education is necessary for the town's students. The town will see a wake-up call that doesn't need to happen. For years, this town has been reactive, rather than pro-active, and it will eventually bite us in the "butt." I think it's time to think ahead.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Roy, thank you for your question. I got the list from Interim Finance Director John Spang, of the Avon Public Schools Business Office. Irwin, to clarify, this list is just the highest paid teachers from 2011. We already ran a list of the highest paid school employees, which includes administrators. Here it is: http://patch.com/A-sv3H Thank you all for your comments and reading Avon Patch!
Adam May 08, 2012 at 01:14 AM
For taxpayers interested in transparency of what public officials earn, they can also search the following website: http://www.ctsunlight.org/. Since the information provided on this website is a result of a FOIA request, I have no reason to believe it is not accurate. I find it interesting that individuals would question Ms. Sawyer's motives in publishing this information. Simply put, if the wages, benefits and pension received by teachers are completely fair and reasonable, then why the comments below attacking the reporter for publishing the information? I certainly find the information to be newsworthy (considering I am paying part of teachers' salaries/benefits/pension), and frankly, no one is compelling you to read (much less purchase) the Avon Patch.
Adam May 08, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Karen: I was under the impression student performance was the justification for teacher salary. I guess that thin veil has been lifted for what is the real special interest pulling the levers of power. I find your cliche of a barometer puzzling. A barometer is an instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure. It does not actually change atmospheric pressure. In fact, a malfunctioning barometer can be harmful because it can mislead you into expecting fair weather when foul weather is the true forecast. It's already happening as illustrated by the comments on this page.
jen holzman January 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM
These salaries are not typical. You can have a masters degree and be at the top of you pay scale with a salary under 100k. Thats more the norm

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