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Milford Schools' Top Twenty Wage Earners

The following list contains the top twenty Milford Public Schools wage earners in 2012.



The 2012 list of Milford Schools wage earners is very similar to the 2011 list, with the addition of former Milford Mayor James Richetelli, who joined the Board of Ed staff in November 2011, replacing Phil Russell.

Both of the teachers on the list are retirees. Their gross wages includes the severance they were paid.

The full list of top 20 Milford Schools wage earners is below, as well as in an attached PDF:

Name Title Gross Wages Elizabeth Feser Superintendent $192,307.70 R. Michael Cummings Assistant Superintendent $156,905.30 James Richetelli Chief Operations Officer $137,674.12 Francis Thompson High School Principal $136,959.62 John Barile High School Principal $135,848.09 Linda Scranton  Teacher (retired) $135,065.26 Catherine Williams Middle School Principal $133,377.43 Susan Kelleher Director of Pupil Personnel Services $132,845.67 Gordon Beinstein Middle School Principal $129,806.40 Vince Scarpetti Middle School Principal $129,806.40 Clifford Dudley Elementary Principal $127,960.87 Peter Testagrossa Teacher (retired) $127,804.97 Robert Davis Elementary Principal $126,730.79 Rosemarie Lacobelle Elementary Principal $126,730.79 Sean Smyth Elementary Principal $126,730.79 Carole Swift Elementary Principal $125,683.27 Caroline Keramis Elementary Principal $125,383.23 Sharon Kluchnick Supervisor-Special Education $122,886.49 Carol Scaramella Supervisor-Curriculum K-5/Reading $122,886.49 Christine Kennedy Supervisor-Special Education $121,691.22
Alex February 14, 2013 at 02:18 AM
No need to apologize. Your question was worth asking for sure, and, like I said in my response, I don't know that the explanation I provided accounts for what's going on in this particular situation. I'm just drawing upon what I know about retirement in Westport. We actually just moved here within the last two years, and I'm only now starting to get a feel for how things are being run (not bad, in my opinion). We've also have a pair of soon-to-be-school-aged kids, so we're starting to weigh our options educationally. We should probably be attending these meetings as well, but we've got similar obstacles preventing us from doing so. I also think that they could stand to be advertised a bit more (and maybe this is something worth complaining about...).
Aunty EM February 14, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Larry What does the principal at Lauralton Hall make compared to the other 2 high school principals ?
thomas February 14, 2013 at 04:17 PM
heathen instuctors teaching heathen kids, christians make a lot less teaching the bible.
Alex February 14, 2013 at 04:59 PM
wow...you just went there, didn't you? God bless your heart!
Braden C. Farnsworth February 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM
I taught in Milford for 35 years. The attacks on teachers and education in this community has been relentless, distasteful and for the most part, ignorant. Some things just never seem to change.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Mr Farnsworth, I agree with you. Sometimes it is like throwing Pearls before swine.
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM
If you choose to go to a college for 50K a year rather than one 10th of that is not the tax payer’s problem, it is YOURS! Most college graduates today will tell you that going to a place like Wake Forest is done simply for the honor of having that name on your wall & to hang with other beautiful looking rich kids. Not to mention YOUR gamble, NOT my responsibility. You are telling me that teachers care more now than then? Give me a break with the platitudes- "We care". I’d rather have a system that rates teachers & keeps the best & cuts the waste. That’s how we do it in the real world, & the employees NEVER make more than their bosses. Here's another joke- the argument that your September thru June work scheduled is Haphazard? "I know this may be hard to understand for someone who has never" had a real job where your BUTT is on the line based on your productivity, but we business owners don't "have a 'standard' work day when you can just drop everything & go home when it is quitting time" EITHER! & we do it on Saturdays & July & August too!. People in the private sector "often take work home, come in early, stay late" QUITE often! EVERY DAY!. How arrogant of you. & also, I LOVE how arrogant Milford people compare themselves to Wilton & Westport, etc. You WISH you were on that level. That's a whole different realm of which you cannot even enter in your dreams.... please.
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Can we now list the salaries of those, “workers”, in the Town Hall? I’d love to see what the Bon-Bon eaters are making over there.
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Leave it to a teacher to cry that you are being attacked. You think that YOU teachers are the only ones attacked? Welcome to the world BUDDY! WE ALL are attacked & heavily scrutinized! the difference is that WE close our doors or get fired when we are not viable. I can write a book...heck... a NOVEL!... filled with just the BS that teachers have done & told my children through the years...WHEW!
CuriousOrange February 17, 2013 at 01:09 PM
I wonder how many of the critics on this wall are ready to see their own incomes posted as targets for abuse.
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I make over 6 figures, I have no problem stating that....but its not an issue, and it speaks volumes about you and others, that haven't an understanding about the difference between the public sector and the private sector. I am in the private sector, and my decisions and income has nothing to do with you. What IS an issue, is that this country, its states, its cities, are all slowly going broke, and there is NO production!. Look around you!, what do you see? Your taxes going up and up and UP! and what are you getting for it? be honest! TELL ME? are you ... "OK" with the fact that all you have at the end of the day is knowing that your kids teachers... "Really Care"? While the City workers are all living in "Candyland"? while the residence are "dying"?
Jennifer Ibarra February 17, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Ed - 1. I'm sorry you really seem to resent teachers, it's saddening to me. 2.There are many tragic current events that demonstrate how deeply teachers care for their students. For you to attempt to make less of or to mock how teachers care is wrong on many levels, especially in light of these events. 3. Teachers are now evaluated on student academic performance. This is in the new education reform bill. 4. By your confused standards, I had a "real job" as a programmer for 10 years before I became a teacher. I was writing from my own experience that it was hard for me to understand a teacher's workload until I became one. Also, when I worked late or overtime in the private sector I received compensation in a monetary form such as in a bonus. The bonuses I receive now are children who feel confident and successful, and families who appreciate me. Teaching is one of the most "real" jobs I've ever had. It saddens me that you harbor so much resentment. I sincerely hope you find peace.
Jennifer Ibarra February 17, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Jennifer, I don’t “resent teachers", per se, I resent over paid/unproductive government workers & getting mailing requests for more financial donations. In regards to your comment that I ought not offer my opinion on city employees wages because some teachers were killed by a nutty kid near us? REALLY? That's not going to happen. You said: "Teachers are now evaluated on student academic performance. This is in the new education reform bill". Evaluated means? fired? no more tenure?. Oh good. give me the names of the teachers fired in Milford for low productivity. How about in the state? Ones that didn’t get their jobs right back? You said "when I worked late or overtime in the private sector I received compensation". Well, I don't get bonuses. I don't get double overtime pay or triple overtime. I cant save my sick days, or get them in financial compensation. I don't even HAVE sick days or vacation days!. My company has shown a good profit for over 30 years. THAT is production!. Weeping in my hands and asking for donations to help me offset my financial failures year after year isn’t an option. Im glad you feel warm & fuzzy about your job, that’s great. Give me a city that operates within a budget and produces. We tax payers or not dishing out our cash so that YOU can find peace.
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Jennifer... why would you feel a need to tell us you "Unsubscribe"? why not just do it? More symbolism?... I"m into substance... unless you haven't figured that out.
Jennifer Ibarra February 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Jennifer Ibarra February 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Ed, the "unsubscribe" comment was a joke. It's ok that you don't understand my humor. ;)
Ed P. February 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM
AH!.. Ok, i promise... I laughed THIS time! ;-) <see
Alex February 18, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Hey, Ed, what's the name of the company you own?
Jennifer Ibarra February 18, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Let's look at this another way. In order to decide of something is above or below a "fair market value" or to decide if someone is "overpaid," it is helpful to examine average salary data for comparable positions across Connecticut. The following link goes to a New haven Register article that has high, average, and low salaries for superintendents across Connecticut. Why not look at the data and draw a reasonable conclusion based on facts? Here is the link: http://nhregister.com/news/superintendents/
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Alex, how many sexual partners have you had and what are their names?
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 08:13 PM
"Fair market value"? you MUST be kidding me? So if every city and state in America is going bankrupt, we want to make sure that we pay everyone the same? I have a better option... Keep the viable people... FIRE the dead weight.
Jennifer Ibarra February 18, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Ed, I wasn't suggesting that we "pay everyone the same" and you know that. I can make your comments into a "data set" and draw the conclusion that you just like to make inflammatory comments and argue with people. Also, One can conclude that your comments are not based on fact. This would be an example of using data to draw a conclusion. I hope it is helpful to you. I know it was helpful to me. Anyway, I'm on vacation, are you using your work time to flame people? Now I'm just curious :)
Alex February 18, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I figured that you would be proud to identify the business you created, seeing as how you've been generous with your application of praise. You strike me as a real Horatio Alger, and you should be proud to have picked yourself up by your bootstraps without governmental assistance. You're a role model to us all, so drop the modesty and take a bow, sir.
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Whoa. You suggested looking at other wages in the state to come up with fair market value. did you not? If you don't want me to take YOU literally, then don't do it to me. I wasnt suggesting that we pay The Mayor the same as the janitor.... but you knew that, didnt you? Oh yes!!! Yes Jennifer! I dont believe ANYTHOING i said, Im just hear to make you upset Jennifer! its my life ambition! to tick off JENNIFER! I took the day off, benefit of an owner. Draw back is... I dont make any money today. But no one is effected by my choice.... but ME! Who is paying for your vacation?
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Jennifer..... in these incredibly bad financial times, don't you think it would be better to "clean house"? That's what we do in the private sector you know? its called "Taking care of Business!" and it works! it always has!. When financial times get bad we don't hire more workers and give them raises with money we dont have? should your priority really be to find the highest comparable wage to give someone? shouldn't you be looking for production? Or is it your plan to "create jobs"? for the sake of creating jobs? (Prefeably government jobs)
Ed P. February 18, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Alex, I ask you again.... Who were all your sexual partners and what are their names please?
Alex February 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I'm not sure I'm following your logic. I wasn't bragging about my sexual history. You, on the other hand, were touting your business savvy, which seems to warrant my request for additional information. Your request is perverse and completely inappropriate. I'd try to have it taken down, though I certainly won't be doing you that favor.
Ed P. February 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Alex said: "I'm not sure I'm following your logic. I wasn't bragging about my sexual history. You, on the other hand, were touting your business savvy, which seems to warrant my request for additional information. Your request is perverse and completely inappropriate. I'd try to have it taken down, though I certainly won't be doing you that favor". You want some help Little Alex? here ya go.... NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHO I AM OR WHERE MY FAMILY LIVES OR WORKS!. YOUR request is perverse and completely inappropriate ....to ME. Go stalk someone else.
Alex February 19, 2013 at 12:28 AM


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