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Which Avon School Employees Were Paid the Most in 2012?

This list of the top 10 highest paid school employees was provided by the Avon Public Schools Finance Office and is public record.

Avon Superintendent of Schools Gary Mala was the highest paid school district employee in calendar year 2012.

He made a total of about $190,200 – including a $175,000 salary, $10,000 in annuity, $4,000 in travel allowances and $1,200 in expense account allowance, according to Avon Public Schools Finance Office records.

Jason Beaudin, who left his role as Avon High School principal to become assistant superintendent in Guilford, was the second highest paid employee last year ($148,668 total), followed by William Hickey ($144,157 total), the records state.

The school district's finance office released the following list of the 10 highest paid Avon school employees in 2012 per Patch's request.

10 Highest Paid Avon School Employees

Name, Job Title
Total Paid in 2012 Salary Annuity Travel Allowance Doctorate Other (Expense Account Allowance)
Retirement 1. Gary Mala, Avon superintendent $190,200 $175,000 $10,000 $4,000 $1,200 2. Jason Beaudin, former Avon High School principal $148,669 $145,315 $3,354 3. William Hickey, Avon director of pupil services $144,157 $133,803 $3,354 $2,000 $5,000 4. Marco Famiglietti, Avon Middle School principal $142,577 $139,222 $3,354 5. Crisanne Colgan, Roaring Brook School principal $140,033 $134,679 $3,354 2,000 6. Gail Dahling-Hench, Pine Grove School principal $138,034 $134,679 $3,354 7. Anne Watson, Thompson Brook School principal $138,034 $134,679 $3,354 8. John Spang, Avon Public Schools finance director $136,523 $134,273 $2,250 9. Donna Nestler-Rusack, Avon assistant superintendent $135,952 $128,154 $3,204 $2,764 $1,830 10. Robert Vojtek, former assistant high school principal through last August and currently district-wide technology coordinator for Avon school district $129,825 $124,471 $3,354 $2,000
Bill Baily February 21, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Explain why they should get a travel allowance .most of us commute to work everyday and have to pay our own expenses.i think it's time for some sweeping changes in Avon school system which is way to top heavy. We need to consolidate positions and take the savings and invest in our children's education .even consolidating one assistant principal position within the two schools would save over 100,000 it's time to act.
Liz Lukas February 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM
The positions with travel allowance (just 2) require frequent travel - it's not for commuting. I'm all for efficiencies but having responsibility for hundreds of student and dozens of staff at each school, how do you see reducing positions is going to make them more effective. It's not as if new positions have been added. The H.S. asst principal already is a "2-fer" because that person is also the technology coordinator for the whole system (see above article). You've not really made a case, Bill, for what the costs problems are. And if you've got some substance to add to the budget discussions, by all means please share with the BOE.
Bill Baily February 22, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Here's an idea lets cut out the travel expenses and stop having these individual's spend more time in our schools because from what your saying they don't have enough time to Perform there job duties which only is to better our children's education.
maureen conlin February 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Bill I am going to assume the travel is for conferences and other opportunities to learn about ways to improve our children's educational experience in Avon. Avon taxes r very reasonable, our teachers and administrators r far from overpaid....I don't see what ur issue is....
Liz Lukas February 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Let’s get clear here Bill – the 2 superintendent positions HAVE to go around town and the state and these costs seem to represent either care allowance or reimbursing mileage for required to the work IN AVON. Why focus on the minutia? By definition, the superintendent's cover every school and liasons with other districts. And, I assume you meant to say "start spending" not stop spending - that's exactly what the 2 referenced positions do. Hope you have good weekend.
Liz Lukas February 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM
*That was "car" allowance...
June huff February 24, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Maybe the town should buy then a car too. That's ridiculous all the schools are within a 5 mile radius .
Sue Henneberry February 24, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Avon school administrators’ salaries fall within the State range. A school administrator is a highly skilled employee licensed by the State to meet complex demands of the communities in which they work. The more productive conversation pertaining to the cost of education is to question why we are still using a 19th century funding model to pay for 21st century schools. Our over reliance on local property tax to fund public education is antiquated and unsustainable. We must seek solutions regionally and nationally.
Liz Lukas February 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Excellent point Sue. This site posts articles that, in many cases, do a disservice to the community. Many are low depth pieces comprised of polls and oddly selected info. (no context) available from Town websites. There are items that include selected info. from capital plans and town budgets that merely invite flippant comments from arm-chair experts. I wish the scenario was different, but time and time again, this site delivers thinly reported articles that don't really inform anyone. And then a poll is posted to solicit opinions from the ill-informed. How might this situation be rectified? Is there a better source of local information? Patch seemed like it might fill a legitimate need for local info. but it's sporadic at doing that well. Does anyone know if they employ anyone full time to cover one or more of our towns?
Joe Lucas February 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Here's an idea Liz if u don't like what is written here stop reading and making judge mental comments or better yet start your own blog and enlighten us all with your opioninated wisdom
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 01:08 PM
You have an interesting point, Sue! Would you like to write a Letter to the Editor about it? You can do so at Avon.patch.com/blog/apply. Liz, I'm a full-time employee covering Avon and so are the other local editors for each town. It's just me running the site. You have so many great ideas and I would like to invite you to blog on Local Voices (same link as above). Let me known if you'd like more information. I'd be happy to sit down with you sometime to chat about Patch and your story ideas. You can reach me with questions or concerns at Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com or 860-356-6339. Have a nice day! Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Liz Lukas February 28, 2013 at 01:40 PM
I appreciate the diplomatic response and good intentions. However, I think this site is isn't geared for constructive dialogue and not enough of its readers are looking for quality of content. I had hoped there's be more vitality and wish you good luck.
Liz Lukas February 28, 2013 at 01:41 PM
It would only encourage your brand of negativism. I'll stick to selected constructive criticism. If you don't ask for quality, and point out when it is lacking, you have to live with mediocrity.

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