It is not Mark Murphy. This honor belongs to Brandywine Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick. According to a Delawareonline report issued today with a top ten list of the state’s highest paid employees, Holodick made $215,043.72 in 2014. Even our own Governor Markell ranked at 85th on the list with his income of $171,000.03. This seems like a very large salary for a district superintendent.
In 2014, Delaware Online listed all state employees making over $100,000. This list can be found here: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/04/05/data-top-state-salaries/7312283/
I went through the list for each charter and school district listed, and pulled out the following:
Noel Rodriguez, Academy of Dover, $119,432
Matthew Burrows, Appoquinimink, $152,660, 31 over $100k
Mark Holodick, Brandywine, $214,176, 71 over $100k
Kevin Fitzgerald, Caesar Rodney, $162,547, 26 over $100k
Robert Fulton, Cape Henlopen, $154,821, 32 over $100k
Michael Thomas, Capital, $199,564, 35 over $100k
Samuel Paoli, Charter School of Wilmington, $116,368, 3 over $100k
Freeman Williams, Christina, $192,088, 108 over $100k
Dorothy Linn, Colonial, $185,724, 54 over $100k
Charles Hughes, DE Academy of Public Safety, $129,433
Angela Dennis, Delaware College Prep, $115,448
Anthony Pullela, Delaware Military Academy, $111,777
David Ring, Delmar, $139,260, 3 over $100k
Mark Murphy, DOE, $160,144.92, 58 over $100k
Lamont Browne, EastSide Charter, $143,633
Tennell Brewington, Family Foundations Academy, $127,418, 2 over $100k
Susan Bunting, Indian River, $165,885, 21 over $100k
David Curry, Lake Forest, $147,374, 12 over $100k
John Ewald, Laurel, $138,660
Phyllis Koehl, Milford, $146,897, 14 over $100k
Linda Jennings, MOT Charter, $125,845, 3 over $100k
Victoria Gehrt, New Castle Co. Vo-Tech, $184,433, 43 over $100k
Greg Meece, Newark Charter School, $153,788, 4 over $100k
Nick Manolakos, Odyssey Charter, $115,423
Deborah Zych, Polytech, $152,365, 8 over $100k
Audrey Erschen, Providence Creek, $112,679
Mervin Daugherty, Red Clay, $174,931, 103 over $100k
Shawn Joseph, Seaford, $172,502.24, 12 over $100k
Deborah Wicks, Smyrna, $151,645, 17 over $100k
Allen Stafford, Sussex Academy, $106,604
Allen Lathbury, Sussex Tech, $164,361, 14 over $100k
Salome Thomas-EL, Thomas Edison Charter, $133,486
Heath Chasanov, Woodbridge, $135,544, 7 over $100k
It’s become obvious the number of districts and charter schools in Delaware has caused a great deal of money to go towards administrative positions. For a state with three counties, we have 19 school districts, and many charters. Even Matt Denn, now Attorney General, spoke out on this issue in 2012:
“A report issued by Lt. Gov. Matt Denn in 2012 found that if all school districts spent as much money on “direct educational services” as the top five, the state would free up an addition $2.1 million for classrooms.
“We’re still spending too much on administration versus classroom, both at the state level and at the district level,” said Denn, adding that districts should explore ways to share administrative functions.”
In my opinion, I completely agree with Denn’s position on this, as written by Matthew Albright for the News Journal in a link found here: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/04/05/state-employees-earned-k-last-year/7355333/
This state has an extreme amount of bloated salaries, but I don’t see the benefits for this money going to the students. Perhaps it’s time for more than just a look at Wilmington’s school districts…
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Forgive me here 🙂 but if you had a Holodick, it would probably take $215,043.72 to fill it up.
So when critics of DE public schools point to our per pupil spending, they’re really referring to per superintendent/school director spending?
How many DoE are earning $100,000 plus?
58 as of 2014, but that is Pre-Schwinn time, so I’m sure it’s increased.
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I don’t know if any of you have run a school, but I sure wouldn’t do it for anything under $120,000. Even that now seems too low.
and the number following, for example, Freeman Williams, 108…that means 108 people in that district/school earn over $100K. Maybe “earn” is not the right word, sorry….”get?”