Top School Department Salaries in 2012

Here's a look at the highest-paid Peabody teachers, administrators and support staff in 2012.

[Editor's Note: We were remiss initially in not explaining the unusually high income for food services director in 2012. Janyce Harkins retired in October after 40 years with the Peabody Public Schools. Her actual salary for the job was $51,243, but she also received $52,740 in other earnings for 2012, which was due to an accumulation of unused sick days, vacation days or other benefits she was entitled to under her contract.]

We reported Tuesday who the overall top earners were on the city payroll for 2012, and today we take a look specifically at what Peabody school employees took home last year.

The incomes in the chart below, which lists the top 50 earners for the School Department, represent gross income, which would include salaries, longevity bonuses, stipends and other compensation.

Two people you'll notice missing from their usual spots on the list are the superintendent of schools and high school principal.

That's because Interim Superintendent Herb Levine stepped down mid-year as Joe Mastrocola came on-board as the new superintendent and Ed Sapienza retired mid-year.

Levine earned $103,412 (he also received stipends for other temporary positions he filled during the year elsewhere in the city) while Mastrocola earned $83,700.

Although Sapienza was hired back as an interim principal, he can only earn a percentage of his former salary due to his retirement (pension). He was paid $77,469 in 2012.


Name Job Title Earnings Ralph Ruocco High School AFJROTC $110,585 Todd Bucey Middle School Principal $108,610 Keith Kremer High School AFJROTC $106,586 Cara Murtagh Asst. Superintendent of Schools $106,301 David Keniston Schools Business Manager $106,250 Janyce Harkins Schools Food Service Director $103,983 Herbert Levine Interim Superintendent of Schools $103,412 Jennifer Smith High School Dean $103,398 Karen McGovern Middle School Housemaster $103,012 Peter Ginolfi Middle School Housemaster $100,912 Judith Maniatis High School Dean $100,169 Dennis Heenan Middle School Housemaster $100,069 Margaret Murphy Continuing Education Director $97,863 Jon Simmons Performing Arts Director $97,509 Philip Sheridan Athletics, PE & Health Director $97,366 Eric Buckley High School Assistant Principal $97,155 Seith Bedard Peabody Learning Academy Director $97,024 Maryellen McGrath South School Principal $95,297 Maria Ferri Vocational School Director $95,031 Elaine Metropolis Brown School Principal $94,676 William Krol High School Dean $94,399 Monique Nappi Welch School Principal $93,678 Antonio Braganca High School Guidance Director $92,530 Susan Smoller Middle School Media Specialist $92,271 Monica Bernell School Psychologist $91,955 Robert Gallant School Psychologist $91,955 Timothy Hynick School Psychologist $91,955 Tracey Oberlin School Psychologist $91,955 Donna Costa High School Business Dept. Head $91,841 Judith McNiff Burke School Principal $91,556 Sara Lacourciere Title I Supervisor $91,251 Thomas Cornacchio West School Principal $91,000 Katherine St. Peter Center School Principal $90,600 Joanne Pantapas Passos Avante Preschool Director $90,351 Janis Melanson Adjustment Counselor $89,747 Raymond Smoyer McCarthy School Principal $88,900 Neil Haggstrom High School Teacher $88,894 Michalene Hague High School English Dept. Head $87,583 Susan Cutler Middle School Special Education Teacher $87,154 Valerie Smyrnios-McCann IEP Chairperson $86,859 Jessica DiGianfelice High School Teacher $86,199 Kathleen Covino West School Assistant Principal $85,622 Melanie Coffin Carroll School Assistant Principal $85,606 Zhaneta Liti ESL District Coordinator $84,629 Tracy Smith Middle School Housemaster $84,177 Nicholas Cotoni School Custodian/Maintenance Supervisor $83,775 Joseph Mastrocola Superintendent of Schools $83,700 George Hyatt High School Teacher $83,647 Dorothea Kuchinsky Elementary Reading Specialist $83,605 John Baran High School Teacher $83,171
anon March 07, 2013 at 11:34 AM
$103,000 for the food service director?! Is that a joke? The woman has a high school education and runs one of the worst food service departments on the north shore! Who does she know to earn such an outrageous salary?????
Elena D. March 07, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Exactly my thought! I don't know her, nor do I know her background, but $103K for overseeing school cafeterias?! It is interesting to read these salaries when you continually hear that people in education are underpaid. There are teachers in the high school making over $80K!!!
David MacDonald March 07, 2013 at 01:55 PM
OMG, $80k, the nerve.....to be confined in that building with thousands of teenagers, no teacher should make LESS than $80k! Maybe that would motivate them to stay at in the district and help our children excel.
Russ March 07, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Question. What are the following: IEP Chairperson. Adjustment counselor Passos Avanti Preschool Director ROTC jobs. Are they paid by the federal govt.? Just asking. Pretty good paying positions though. Our tax dollars at work.
will March 07, 2013 at 02:44 PM
So the Peabody School System has how many School Psychologist's ?? 4 ?? is that Really needed ? I also question a Vocational Director at 95K per year ? Does Peabody Have that big of a Chapter 74 Voc Program to Warrant such a Position ?
karen gauthier March 07, 2013 at 04:58 PM
All of our teachers should be paid high salaries to do what they do on a daily basis. Our Vocational director needs to be making more, she oversees the whole program and is responsible for hiring qualified staff and also the funding for all the supplies and equipment needed so that these kids can learn a trade. She has also implented some new policies for these kids and my hat goes off to her.
Kathleen March 07, 2013 at 05:19 PM
I also don't know the Food Services Director, but it seems rather absurd to me that she is making $20K MORE than the Superintendent who has two masters degrees, or $10K more than a school principal or school psychologist, some of whom probably (or at least hopefully) have advanced degrees. Only in Peabody...
bjean March 07, 2013 at 05:52 PM
But the problem with this list is most of the people on it are not in the classrooms teaching our kids. They are "administrative". I would like to see less housemasters, directors, and co-ordinators. Give the teachers who are in class all day really teaching not "administering" the higher pay.
Kathleen March 07, 2013 at 06:05 PM
My sentiments exactly Bonnie-Jean. Too many chiefs and not enough indians...and please (anyone not you Bonnie-Jean) don't get on me about this statement with the whole politically correct thing...
John Castelluccio (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Just to shed some light on the situation with the food services director Janyce Harkins, she retired in October after 40 years with the Peabody Public Schools. Her actual salary for that job was $51,243, but she also received $52,740 in other earnings for 2012. That was due to an accumulation of unused sick days, vacation days or other benefits she was entitled to under her contract.
John Castelluccio (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Russ, to answer your questions: 1. The IEP Chairperson is generally tasked with assessing and overseeing Individual Education Plans for special education students and works within a team of special ed professionals in the district. There is one chairperson for every two or three schools and one for out-of-district students. 2. Adjustment counselors specifically work with special needs students and there is a relevant staffing mandate from the state. 3. Passos Avante is a preschool program run out of the South School. 4. As far as I'm aware, the federal government does pay some portion of the ROTC teachers' salaries, but I don't know what that is. They are essentially teachers as well as advisors for the program.


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