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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
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 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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