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More than 200 Mt. Diablo district employees earn total compensation over $100,000

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 2:18 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

According to information released to the Contra Costa Times, the financially strapped Mt. Diablo school district paid 213 employees more than $100,000 in salary, benefits and other compensation in 2010. Three of these were paid a total of more than $200,000 each.

Here’s a rundown of the top dozen earners, out of 5,467 total full and part-time employees. They each cost the district more than $150,000 including base pay, other compensation such as overtime, gross pay, Medical Dental Vision (MDV), pension contributions and non-cash costs of employment:

1) Lawrence, S., Superintendent – Base: $219,063; Other cash: $28,088; Gross: $247,151; MDV: $16,659; Pension: $18,327; Non-cash costs: $12,144; Total: $294,281.

2) Rolen, G., General Counsel – Base: $170,351; Other cash: $6,658; Gross: $177,009; MDV: $18,173; Pension: $22,440; Non-cash costs: $15,239; Total: $232,861.

3) Pedersen, P., Asst Supt Admin Services (retired mid-year, rehired as consultant to oversee Measure C) – Base: $119,315; Other cash: $54,921; Gross: $174,237; MDV: $9,429; Pension: $11,768; Non-cash costs: $15,157; Total: $210,591.

4) Browne, M., Asst Supt Pupil Svcs/Spec Ed – Base: $143,034; Other cash: $12,466; Gross: $155,500; MDV: $7,948; Pension: $12,089; Non-cash costs: $7,386; Total: $182,923

5) Richards, B., CFO – Base: $132,100; Other cash: $1,080; Gross: $133,180; MDV: $14,339; Pension: $17,200; Non-cash costs: $13,118; Total: $177,836.

6) Lock, R., Asst Sup St Achiev & Schl Supp: Base: $135,625; Other cash: $2,500; Gross: $138,125; MDV: $14,339; Pension: $11,395; Non-cash costs: $6,620; Total: $170,479.

7) Cooksey, D., Assoc. Gen. Counsel – Base: $122,310; Other cash: $1,667; Gross: $123,977; MDV: $16,529; Pension: $16,142; Non-cash costs: $12,742; Total: $169,390.

8) Young, A., Assoc. Supt. (retired mid-year): Base: $92,110; Other cash: $56,623; Gross: $148,732; MDV: $4,636; Pension: $7,741; Non-cash costs: $7,227; Total: $168,337.

9) Estrada, J., Dir. Techn & Info Srvc – Base: $103,836; Other cash: $23,728; Gross: $127,564; MDV: $14,339; Pension: $13,520; Non-cash costs: $12,864; Total: $168,287.

10) Braun Martin, J., Asst Supt Personnel – Base: $118,939: Other cash: $13,330; Gross: $132,269; MDV: $18,173; Pension: $9,984; Non-cash costs: $6,392; Total: $166,818.

11) Esteban, S., Integrated Systems Project Mgr – Base and Gross: $116,148; MDV: $16,256; Pension: $15,122; Non-cash costs: $12,265; $159,792.

12) Durkee, J., Dir. Adult-Cont-Career Ed. – Base: $106,067; Other cash: $7,181; Gross: $113,248; MDV: $13,767; Pension: $13,940; Non-cash costs: $12,164: Total: $153,120.

Nine administrators cost the district between $140,000 and $150,000, including the highest paid principal in the district, Teresa McCormick, who runs Oak Grove Middle School in Concord. She earned $103,263 in base salary, plus $6,254 in other cash, $19,688 in health benefits, $9,035 in pension costs and $5,375 on non-cash costs, for a total of $143,614.

Eleven administrators cost the district between $130,000 and $139,000, including the highest paid school psychologist, M. Giambona, who earned $104,976 in base pay, plus $1,560 in other cash, $14,412 in health benefits, $8,789 in pension contributions and $5,191 in noncash costs for a total of $134,928.

Thirty-four administrators and other employees cost the district between $120,000 and $129,999. The majority of these were principals.

Fifty-five employees cost the district between $110,000 and $119,999 including the highest paid teacher, M. Constantineau, who earned $100,225 in base pay, plus $2,953 in other cash, $1,557 in health benefits,$8,512 in pension contributions and $4,967 in non-cash costs for a total of $118,214.

About 93 employees cost the district between $100,000 and $119,000. These included administrators, teachers, psychologists, special education therapists and behaviorists, maintenance and operations workers and the highest paid administrative assistant, C. Wilburn, who earned $54,732 base salary as a confidential administrative assistant in the Special Education and Student Services Division of the district office, plus $17,114 in other cash, $14,339 in health benefits, $7,126 in pension contributions and $7,940 in non-cash costs, for a total of $101,251.

As reported in today’s Contra Costa Times, the district also paid medical benefits to trustees, along with monthly stipends. Here’s a rundown of those costs for 2010:

Paul Strange: Stipend: $8,802; MDV: $18,138; Non-cash costs: $805; Total: $27,745.

Gary Eberhart: Stipend: $8,802; MDV: $17,854; Non-cash costs: $804; Total: $27,460.

Linda Mayo: Stipend: $8,802; MDV: $14,339; Non-cash costs: $801; Total: $23,942.

Richard (Dick) Allen: Stipend: $8,802; MDV: $14,209; Non-cash: $837; Total: $23,848.

Sherry Whitmarsh: Stipend: $8,802; MDV: $1,557; Non-cash costs: $978; Total: $11,338.

Allen and Strange stepped down from the board in November. They were replaced by Trustees Cheryl Hansen (who works full-time for the Contra Costa County Office of Education) and Lynne Dennler, a retired district teacher. Here’s how much they earned from the district as trustees in 2010:

Cheryl Hansen: Stipend: $717; Non-cash costs: $81; Total: $798.

Dennler, Lynne: Stipend: $717; MDV: $16; Non-cash costs: $35; Total: $768.

You can search the entire Mt. Diablo district salary database at http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area/2010.

Are you surprised by the number of employees who earned more than $100,000 in total compensation for 2010?

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  • Doctor J

    By just producing the total 2010 compensation, MDUSD is doing another shell game since the SASS administrators got all their raises starting July 1. And Lawrence really believes that taxpayers are going to approve more taxes to pay these outrageous salaries when other private employees have seen a salary reduction ? Lets also remember Lawrence didn’t start his job until February so his total annual compensation is much higher.

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    Does anyone know what an MDUSD teacher would typically receive for medical/dental/vision?

  • Linda

    I think they get approximately $6000 in the form of a stipend. They can use this for health coverage or extra salary.

  • Bryan

    The average teacher makes between 40-65,000 depending on experience. You can find the salary schedule at http://www.mdusd.org. We also can sign up for 330.00 a month for our 500.00 per month medical plans. The district covers dental and vision as well, I am not sure of the costs. We just agreed to 3 furlough days for this year, with one day deducted for our April, May, and June paychecks.

  • Doctor J

    So why is a teacher making over a $100,000 ?

  • Doctor J

    Why are over 200 people making over a $100,000 for working 9 months a year ?

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    I can’t see the justification for school board members receiving such expensive medical/dental/vision coverage, especially when it is so much more than what our fulltime teachers receive.

  • Frustrated by ignorance

    Doctor J,

    The article is misleading. The teacher listed as making over $100,000 is incorrect. The teacher’s salary is about $74,000+ as per the salary schedule. The salary listed includes a second job working in the after-school program. Even given that information, the teacher’s W2 was less than the amount quoted.

    Also, most of the district people on that list work more than 9 months.

  • Frustrated by ignorance

    It would be nice if all these facts were substantiated before being printed and all pertinent information included.

  • Bryan

    How can the super make almost $300,000 a year?

  • Wait a Minute

    This wastage of tax dollars are just more reasons for schools in the MDUSD to become Independant Conversion Charters and fire their district and keep the money where it belongs–in their school and classrooms.

    Looks like the Clayton HS petition will break open the dam.