Appoquinimink School District Salaries Over $100,000

The first in the FOIA series about districts and charters with employees making over $100,000 in annual salary goes to Appoquinimink School District.  Located in the Middletown/Odessa/Townsend part of Delaware, Appo is one of the fastest growing districts in the state.  Four years ago, they had 31 employees making over $100,000.  They now have 54.  Much of this is due to the huge increase in student enrollment and new schools in the district.  Things change with funding once you get past that 10,000 mark with student count because four years ago they had 9,750 students in the district.

Appoquinimink School District:

15 Schools

10,882 Students, 9,750 four years ago

54 Over $100k



African-American Students: 25.8%

American Indian: .3%

Asian: 5.3%

Hawaiian: .1%

Hispanic/Latino: 7.9%

White: 57%

Multi-Racial: 3.5%

English Language Learners: 3%

Low-Income: 13.2%

Special Education: 14%



Asia Ali-Hawkins, Assistant Principal, Redding M.S., $114,266

Lisa Ali-Turner, Instructional Coordinator, $105,229

Dominic Banks, Assistant Principal, Middletown H.S., $110,049

Christopher Beck, Assistant Principal, Appoquinimink H.S., $119,984

Brian Bell, Assistant Principal, Appoquinimink H.S., $106,507

Christina Boyd, Assistant Principal, Silver Lake , $103,002

Kimberly Brancato, Principal, Pre-School Center, $114,913

James Brignola, Technology Supervisor, $112,474

Keisha Brinkley, Principal, Appoquinimink H.S., $122,151

Matthew Burrows, Superintendent, $175,000 (four years ago his salary was $152,660)

Cynthia (Cyndi) Clay, Principal, Silver Lake E.S., $127,630

Kristina Colazzo, Assistant Principal, Redding M.S. , $110,394

Amanda Conley, Assistant Principal, Appoquinimink H.S., $101,842

Donald Davis Jr. , Principal, Townsend E.S., $124,184

Matthew Donovan, Principal, Middletown H.S. , $128,848

Beth Everett, Assistant Principal, Meredith M.S., $103,574

Mathias Fallis, Human Resources Director, $131,860

Rebecca Feathers, Principal, Brick Mill E.S., $121,636

Kimberly Gibbs, Assistant Principal, Meredith M.S., $103,022

Raymond Gravuer, Supervisor Special Programs, $131,860

Edmond Gurdo Jr., Principal, Bunker Hill, $113,355

Chet Hadley, Special Education Supervisor, $104,876

Robert Hershey, Executive Director Operations, $136,767

Nicholas Hoover, Principal, Meredith M.S. , $118,832

Kenneth Hutchins Jr., Assessment, Accountability, $116,375

Rachel Jaques, Assistant Principal, Old State E.S., $106,451

Amy Jones, Assistant Principal, Bunker Hill,  $104,192

Carolyn Joynt, Principal, Townsend Early Childhood Center, $108,543

Erin Kaplan, Supervisor Special Education, $100,973

Joseph Lahutsky, Assistant Principal, Middletown, $106,507

Charles Longfellow, Business/Finance Director, $136,767

Josette McCullough, Director Student Services, $131,860

Stacey McIntosh, Transportation Supervisor, $100,973

Lilian Miles, Public Relations Supervisor, $118,922

Rene Nolan, Principal, Old State E.S., $124,184

Deborah Panchisin, Executive Director PreK-12 & Adult Instruction, $136,767

Sharon Pepukayi, Assistant Superintendent K-5, $141,676

Veronica Perrine, Assistant Principal, Middletown, $123,672

Thomas Poehlmann, Principal, Waters M.S., $125,443

Kari Redding, Assistant Principal, Townsend, $106,451

Gina Robinson, Principal, Cedar Lane Early Childhood Center, $105,229

Gayle Rutter, Principal, Spring Meadow Early Childhood Center, $114,913

Edward Small, Principal, Redding M.S., $125,443

Christiana Smith, Assistant Principal, Appoquinimink H.S., $110,049

Melisa Stilwell, Principal, Cedar Lane E.S., $114,082

Suzanne Street, Assistant Principal, Olive Loss, $109,792

Lynn Streets, Assistant Principal, Middletown, $106,507

Jenine Thomas, Principal, Olive Loss E.S., $121,636

Janice Vander Decker, Supervisor School Nutrition, $118,922

Thomas Vari, Assistant Superintendent, 6-12, $134,657

Sarah Vieni-Vento, Assistant Principal, Waters M.S., $103,574

Albert (Al) Volpe, Supervisor Student Services, $118,922

Paul Walton, Coordinator Facilities & Maintenance, $109,083

Charlotte Webb, Instructional Coordinator, $101,816


Published by

Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

3 thoughts on “Appoquinimink School District Salaries Over $100,000”

  1. im not sure what the issue is, I’m a teacher in the Appo district and I don’t know all of these people but the names I recognize work three times as hard as us, every night, weekend, there giving up time with there families. They deserve whatever they get, if they made that salary at a bank no one would care,I know some schools are corrupt but not these.


    1. I do not agree that all Administrators or most Administrators are working 3 times harder then teachers. In fact, my money (no pun intended) is on the teachers working harder and under more extreme stress. Like most teachers, I also work nights and weekends on grading, lesson planning, training, supporting student functions AND also give up time with families….for about half the salary. Administrators are year round employees and oversee the management of schools and the district, so I do agree a higher salary is warranted, but I’m not sure that is the point. Exceptional De. is simply publishing the data, people can make their own interpretations. In today’s environment, more and more responsibilities are being pushed down or added to classroom teachers, in addition to actual teaching; however, not much additional salary. Also, Banks are mostly for-profit, corporations, they can pay whatever the market determines or what their board approves. Although they may be federally insured, banks are NOT federal or state government institutions (public, not for profit). Apples and oranges.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.