Wilton superintendent tops list of school salaries
With a $246,900 salary, representing a $4,900 increase over the previous year, Superintendent Kevin Smith is the Wilton Public School District’s top paid administrator of 2018-19.
The second highest paid administrator remains Assistant Superintendent Charles Smith, who saw an increase in salary from $191,532 to $197,182.
The following eight administrators made up the remainder of the top 10 list of highest-paid salaries in the school district:
Robert O’Donnell, Wilton High School principal: $187,446
Andrea Leonardi, assistant superintendent for special services: $185,310
Maria Coleman, human resources director: $179,827.91
Lauren Feltz, Middlebrook principal: $173,435.93
Jennifer Falcone, Cider Mill principal: $172,600
Kathryn Coon, Miller-Driscoll principal: $169,323.38
Donald Schels, Wilton High School associate principal: $161,885.50
Frances Kompar, director of digital learning: $161,528.25
O’Donnell’s salary reflects a $5,798 increase from last year, Leonardi’s reflects a $5,310 increase, Coleman’s reflects a $5,152.91 increase, Feltz’s reflects a $7,801.93 increase, Coon’s reflects a $6,081.38 increase, and Schels’ reflects a $7,622.50 increase.
Administrators in Wilton are contracted to either 205-days or 12-month work year, according to the Wilton Administrators and Supervisors Association contract, which expires June 30, 2020.
The special services director, assistant director of special services, and technology director each get a $250 travel allowance per month, according to the contract.
Newly hired administrators or those promoted to higher-paying administrator classifications are to be placed within the district’s set salary range, according to the contract. From there, they advance within the range and are paid at a salary fixed by the Board of Education that is no less than the maximum for their respective year of employment:
First year: No less than 7.5% below the maximum
Second year: No less than 5% below the maximum
Third year: No less than 2.5% below the maximum
Fourth year: No less than the maximum salary
The maximum position salaries for 2018-19 for administrators and supervisors hired on or after July 1, 2016, are as follows:
High school principal: $189,566
Middle school principal: $177,883
Elementary school principal: $173,665
Director of special services: $173,665
Associate high school principal: $165,670
Technology director: $165,670
Assistant high school principal: $160,360
Assistant director of special services: $159,299
Athletic director: $157,175
Preschool director: $153,988
Middle School dean (12-month contract): $153,458
Assistant elementary school principal: $143,900
Middle school dean (10-month contract): $138,010
The maximum salaries of administrators and supervisors hired prior to July 1, 2016, follow a different schedule. According to the contract, their salaries will “increase proportionally over a four-year period such that there is no difference between their current salary and annual ‘maximum salary’ by the start of the 2019-2020 year.”
In addition, administrators with either a Ph.D. or Ed.D. receive a annual $2,000 stipend, according to the contract.
According to Wilton’s teachers’ contract, which expires June 30, 2020, teachers are required to work a minimum of eight hours a day during a “normal work year” of 187 days.
Wilton teachers could earn between $47,828 and $121,048 during the 2018-19 year, depending on their education level and number of years working for the district.
For each additional year of work, a teacher receives a new level of base pay. The Wilton School District has a maximum of 10 steps for those with a bachelor’s degree, 14 steps for a master’s and up to 15 steps for sixth-year certificates and doctoral degrees. The salary schedule begins at Step 2.
A second-step teacher with a bachelor’s degree earned $47,828, while a 10th-step teacher with the same degree earned $71,948.
A second-step teacher with a master’s degree earned $53,147, while a 14th-step teacher with the same degree earned $98,013.
A second-step teacher with a sixth-year certificate earned $57,284, while a 15th-step teacher with the same degree earned $112,102.
A second-step teacher with a Ph.D. earned $63,035, while a 15th-step teacher with the same degree earned $121,048.
Teachers are also able to earn higher salaries as they earn additional graduate credits or advance degrees, and according to the contract, teachers not yet at a maximum step were advanced one step this school year.
Instructional leaders also receive the following stipends for extra days of work based on their categorized positions.
Category 1 — $16,206.28 for 15 extra days.
Category 2 — $12,963.87 for 12 extra days.
Category 3 — $9,722.89 for nine extra days.
Category 4 — $8,103.14 for seven and-a half extra days.
Category 5 — $6,481.94 for six extra days.
Category 6 — $4,861.44 for four and a half extra days.
Category 7 — $4,321.29 for four extra days.
The categories include the following positions:
Category 1 — Wilton High School applied arts, English, guidance, math, science, social studies, special education, technology, world language and NEASC instructional leaders, FAPA instructional leaders in the district, and special education leaders at Middlebrook, Cider Mill and Miller-Driscoll.
Category 2 — Wilton High School civic and social expectations instructional leaders, Miller-Driscoll grade-level leaders, district-level library/media instructional leaders, and Middlebrook team leaders, STRIDE (Students Turning Risks into Diverse Experiences) instructional leaders, and world language instructional leaders.
Category 3 — District-level physical education and health instructional leaders.
Category 4 — Technology instructional leaders at Middlebrook, Cider Mill and Miller-Driscoll.
Category 5 — Cider Mill unified arts and world language instructional leaders.
Category 6 — Cider Mill enrichment instructional leaders.
Category 7 — Cider Mill house/grade-level team leaders.
The teachers’ contract also includes stipends for five other positions:
TEAM program coordinator: $16,206.28 for 15 extra days.
District webmaster: $12,963.87 for 12 extra days.
Senior internship coordinator: $12,963.87 for 12 extra days.
SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) coordinator: $9,722.89 or nine extra days.
School webmaster: $6,481.94 for six extra days.
Under the teachers’ contract, a recognition payment of $300 will be paid on Feb. 1 of each fiscal year to each school district employee who earns his or her first master’s degree, and a teacher who obtains his or her national board of certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will receive a one-time recognition payment for $1,000.
Secretaries, clerks, aides
According to the secretaries, clerks and aides contract, which expires June 30, 2021, these district employees are paid hourly wages for either 52-week or 183- to 185-day work years. All 10-month employees will be paid in 22 equal paychecks during the 10-month work year.
The hourly wages for secretaries, clerks and aides in the district depend on the cluster their positions fall under:
Cluster A: Campus supervisors, general clerical aides, receptionists, and bus aides: $23.25 to $27.97.
Cluster B: Paraprofessionals, audiovisual assistants, library assistants, lab technicians, and Wilton High School copy center assistants: $23.58 to $28.47.
Cluster C: College and career center assistants and school, activities, guidance, athletics, special education, attendance and business office secretaries: $27.17 to $33.44.
Cluster D: Wilton High School audiovisual production technicians: $36.27.
Cluster E: Executive secretaries: $30.22 to $37.77.
Cluster F: Wilton High School registrar: $31.41 to $40.13.
Cluster G: Administrative assistants: $40.15.
According to the Wilton Custodians’ Union contract, which expires June 30, 2022:
The lead custodian earns $29.13 an hour.
Custodians earn between $23.18 and $25.76.
Head custodians earn between $27.45 and $30.50.
Maintenance staff earn between $28.47 and $31.63.
These hourly salary rates come with general wage increases of 2% for the 2018-19 year.
Custodial staff who do not use sick, personal business, serious illness in the immediate family, and bereavement leave days during an entire school year receive a “perfect attendance” bonus of $500, and those who use fewer than three leave days receive a bonus of $250.