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Milford's Top 20 School Wage Earners List Results in Virtual Tie

Departures and arrivals shifted the list of the top 20 wage earners in the school district in Milford for 2011.


Just as departures on the city side of government in Milford altered the list of the , so have jostlings on the school side — to the point where the rankings for the year 2011 resulted in a virtual tie.

Assistant Superintendent R. Michael Cummings took the top spot on the schools side of wage earners with an income of roughly $157,500—barely edging out , who assumed her position in April. Cummings' income represented his additional time and service to the district while serving as acting superintendent from November of 2009 through March of 2011.  

The base salary for the position of superintendent of schools in Milford is $185,000. In Milford, Superintendent of Schools Feser earned close to $157,000 last year. 

The third highest ranking typically goes to the Deputy Superintendent of School Operations, a position that also saw a change in personnel. Former Deputy Superintendent of School Operations Philip G. Russell retired late in the year, passing .   

As such, John Barile, principal at , ranked number three on the wage earners list for 2011 with an income last year of just under $135,600. 

The bottom of the top 20 rankings was a dead heat. Caroline Keramis, who serves as principal of , and Carole Swift, principal, each earned incomes of $124,548.32.  

The full list, requested by Milford Patch of . and comprised entirely of adminstrators, is posted with this article. 

According to Deputy Superintendent Richetelli, the Board of Education determines the superintendent's salary as part of her annual evaluation. The adminstrators with whom the district negotiates belong to the Milford Association of School Administrators or MASA. 

The current contract with MASA expires June 30, 2013, Richetelli said.  

FRANK PRIVITI March 22, 2012 at 02:44 PM
IT'S TIME FOR THE TOP WAGE EARNERS TO EITHER TAKE A BIG PAY CUT OR A WAGE FREEZE FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ALONG WITH PAYING FOR THEIR MEDICAL INSURANCE AS WELL AND GIVE THE TAXPAYERS A BREAK. THEY SEEM TO FORGET WHO'S FOOTING THE BILL WHILE THEIR ALLOWED TO LIVE IN OTHER TOWNS AND CITIES.
Juniormints March 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
These salaries are a bit over the top, don't ya think?
Juniormints March 22, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I agree Frank!
Larissa Watt March 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM
It doesn't matter if they live in another town Frank. They serve our city.
Andrew Ziemba March 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Education, education, education... public schools are FOR PROFIT. I always hear that it is for the children. It's always the same excuse. Public schools are for THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THEM, for the UNION, and for the Politician to use as leverage while in office to ensure they look good.
JE March 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I don't see any link for the actual list, but all those mentioned in this article live in Milford - Feser, Cummings, Richetelli, Barile, Swift and Keramis.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
This is what you call a kleptocracy look up the definition and you will see the match. That aside the comeuppance is rapidly approaching our balance sheet continues to deteriorate and I do not think Blake is helping matters lets hope I am wrong we will see in Jan. http://www.ronpaultv.blogspot.com/2012/01/milfords-asset-erosion-tops-40-in-2011.html
Michael Brown March 24, 2012 at 07:45 PM
"This is what you call a kleptocracy . . ." What on earth are you refering to. Government workers getting paid equals theft? What's it called when someone bargains his candidacy for mayor for a paying job in the winning administration? Because thats what you did Rocco.
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 24, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Mike as usual its always a pleasure to hear from the bowels of the far left. I tried to stop the Deputy Mayor job from being the highest paid theft job in Milford Mr. Fornier ( a Cop) featured in the Patch Photo is retired and costs the city 240K a double dipping year! WTF. The cops investigate me (without a complaint) and then you and the kleptocrats call me unethical when THEY made the deal for themselves. Blake is too deep in bed with the legal lobby, read the articles referring to the Malloy intrusion into three Democratic races by usurping Bridgeport Law firms it was in the Hartford Courant and is a key topic at the MRTC website who correctly pointed out an undue and and unfair amount of consulting contracts are being directed to attorneys with the blessing of Attorney Bercham our new city Attorney. You were on the sewer commission why do lawyers get paid as consultants on sewers (do'nt answer that.)
Rocco Frank Milford Independents March 24, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I believe in a fair days work for a fair days pay as much as the next guy but what Blake did with the Deputy Mayor's job is unbeliavable and for you to condemn me along with the Police department is deplorable. You should be ashamed of yourself and your "dead asleep" political party. You are all a big dissappointment not just to the Independent Party but to a growing disenfranchised bunch who is slowing awakening to the antics of political parties in Milford. If it were up to me I would abolish both parties and have just names on a ballot like they do in Westport and most quality representative communities.
Jennifer Ibarra February 18, 2013 at 07:56 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/

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