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162 K-8 School District Employees Made Over $100K

New records show all the salaries of Redwood City School District employees.

One hundred and sixty-two employees in the made over $100,000 in salary and benefits in 2011 and six made over $150,000, according to data recently released by Bay Area News Group.

The online database was created as part of an ongoing public records project started by Bay Area News Group that has detailed the spending for 271 government agencies throughout the Bay Area.

The data shows the cost of salaries, medical insurance and retirement benefits and other compensation for more than 185,000 workers at counties, cities, special districts and school districts that released the information under the state public records act.

To compare, see of the highest paid city employees.

Some highlights for the Redwood City School District:

Out of the city's 1,429 full-time and part-time employees, Superintendent Jan Christensen made the most with a salary of $176,435 and a total compensation of $227,028. She is the only employee in the district to make more than $200,000.

The top 28 paid officials are all administrators, directors, principals and assistant principals.

The highest paid teacher—Gail Gregg— is a Special Education Teacher for the visually impaired with a salary of $86,640 and total compensation of $128,121.

In contrast, more recently hired teachers make a salary of $25,000 to $30,000.

Here is a breakdown, by total compensation, of the 25 top-paid district employees in 2011:

Name Title Salary Total Cost of Employment** Janet Christensen Superintendent $176, 435 $227,028 Raul Parungao Chief Business Official $157,590 $198,178 John Baker Deputy Superintendent $151,442 $182,383 Donald Dias Director of Maintenance & Operation $125,319 $157,166 Joshua Griffith Principal () $125,549 $151,458 Michelle Griffith Principal (Garfield) $125,549 $150,348 Linda Montes Principal () $125,549 $149,702 Philip Lind Principal () $125,549 $148,662 Raymond Dawley Principal () $125,549 $148,543 Rosemarie Perez Director of English Language $125,319 $148,345 Lynne Griffiths Principal () $124,000 $147,689 Warren Sedar Assistant Principal (Selby Lane) $125,549 $147,641 Cathy Okubo Principal () $125,549 $145,830 Gregory Land Principal () $120,975 $142,657 Joseph Siam Director of Technology $111,920 $142,316 Amanda Rothengast Principal () $118,025 $140,377 Patricia Girardi Principal () $115,147 $139,024 Kimberley Chen Controller - Accounting $107,444 $137,157 Ma Guadalupe Guzman Principal () $112,338 $135,998 Wendy Kelly Principal () $113,136 $134,828 Jane Yuster Director of Testing & Assessment $111,920 $133,874 Terese Talmage Director of Special Education $112,134 $133,142 Christine Hiltbrand Assistant Principal () $107,647 $132,150 Antonio Perez Prinicpal () $110,510 $131,374 Patricia Rivera Pelino Principal () $109,597 $130,893

**Total Cost of Employment includes overtime, other cash pay, employee contributions to medical, dental, vision, pension and deffered compensation, and miscellaneous payments.

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Rob Willett July 14, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Seriously? Why is this headline news?? A salary of $110K to $150K in the Bay Area that includes "Total Cost of Employment includes overtime, other cash pay, employee contributions to medical, dental, vision, pension and deffered compensation, and miscellaneous payments" hardly seems unreasonable. Especially considering that they are responsible for the health, safety, and education of our children.
Remember all the vacation time July 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It would be interesting to see how those salaries would look if scaled to assume a standard vacation time that most employees have such as two or three weeks off each year rather than the 15 or 16 weeks that teachers and other school personnel get each year.
Jo Mama July 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Overpaid. Especially for the skill level. Half the people on this list are not qualified to manage a fast food restaurant, let alone a school.
Been There July 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Nice looking salaries.....now lets see the list of salaries for the teachers that do ALL the dirty work!
Ann Huff July 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
These principals don't have 16 weeks of vacation. Its more like 8-9 weeks, spread throughout the year.
Joe tomatis July 14, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Nothing else better to write about stacie? This is all public record. Iove how you constantly stir the pot. Just like the time you listed the registered gun owners. Another one of your masterpieces. Keep up the good work. What's next garbage men, plumbers, doctors, mechanics, real estate agent? Please leave no stone unturned!
Buck Shaw July 14, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Joe; You have to take into account WHO the owner of the Patch is and that they only hire Left leaning people. Like candy to an obese baby, Like a moth to illegal fireworks, or a thirsty greenie to Hetch-Hetchy. If they can print controversy or the inuendo they will. " If it bleeds it leads" as the so called jounalists say....
Bret Baird July 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Please compare these salaries to neighboring districts like Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton and San Carlos. Maybe you will see why the Redwood City School District has lost up to 70 teachers in a single year?
Chris Manton July 14, 2012 at 06:22 PM
They seem to be underpaid for the job they do in the most expensive cost-of-living region in the nation outside of HI and NY
heartbroken July 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Days off are. NOT paid, by the way!
Alicia July 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Agree, let's see a comparison study to include average teacher pay, nearby counties, and so forth. All the facts help to deter bias. In Redwood City, there are some school that REQUIRE parent participation. Nice to get parents involved - but, required? Not sure about that. Full picture helps. Responsibility in reporting.
Nancy Krosse July 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Buck Shaw leave the fourth estate out of this. Just because it is an article that doesn't jell with your mind set does not mean the so-called "liberal media" is behind it.
JoAnn Smith July 14, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I agree w/ Rob on this one. As a retired educator myself, I've personally seen the kind of work that goes into many of these positions and frankly you couldn't pay me enough money to do these jobs! (Especially the VP positions!) People in the private sector with the same (or LESS) education are getting paid more than these people. Now whether or not EACH of these individuals is actually DOING what they're supposed to be doing and EARNING this money is another story. I don't know, but it seems to me that's where the actual story line is. Sorry, Stacie, but Rob's right - this article is a poor example of "headline news".
Jeff July 14, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Buck Shaw is a typical conservative.....we don't dare criticise the top earners, or educate ourselves to our city. Better we stay "stupid" and let the top 10% tell us how to think.
John Foley July 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Jo mama is right! One woman on the list was made a principal after she got rid on one of the BEST yard duty ppl at the middle school! She wanted an apology for something that never occurred!! A male was moved to a different school after he proved his incompetence in protecting staff from the known crazy parents. Another spends his time hunting the "expensive" teachers on false accusations from known troublemakers. The good old boys club is alive and well----and overpaid. Why the union leader would be pals with the other side---members should wonder.
Buck Shaw July 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Yet you still approved the parcet tax. Listening to the top 10% of good old boy school district pollitical machine. Including this "fourth estate". Listen to Mr. J. Foley he is right on about the schools. That crap goes on all the time. The number one thing should be education. I would settle for ALL students that can Read, Wright, Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Devide at high school level. I don't believe the school districts really have that in mind any more. All they ever say is more money will solve the problem. If it could, you got it, tripple the tax, no matter its worth it.
Bob Sanchez July 15, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The Uniion at the Redwood city school district is a joke they side with the other side 99 percent of the time and if say a teacher who was been wth the district a long time and is not doing her or his job stays there intill its time to Retire and the kids suffer and the school officals at the local schools dont care one bit they just sit behind there desks all day long and just do enought to earn there pay period
Chet Lane July 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I have no problem with teachers, principals, & our educators receiving a good salary. My problem is with the obscene amount that the police and especially fire personnel make (63 over $250,000) Much of this is in overtime expenses that are allowed at our expense. I challenge any of the overpaid police to justify being paid over $250,000 for the amount of work they do, such as riding around in patrol cars, or especially fire personnel, justifying that exorbitant amount for sitting around fire stations, cooking, cleaning, taking the engines out to buy groceries, etc. There is little or no issue with personal safety, so why are they paid so much? They are helping to bankrupt the city and need to correct the overtime rip-off scheme.
Philippe July 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Indeed please DO leave no stone unturned. Give us facts and leave opinions for the commenters. Keep them coming!
Bob Sanchez July 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
for those who say that police and fire are over paid i suggest take a ride along with them on a friday and sat nights and see where your tax dollars go they have to deal with gangs drunk people fights loud parties and other issues on Fire they dont just sit around the fire house they go out on public asst police on medical calls and if you have a family member who ill and needs assitance they respond i seen all of the above
Hamilton Woods July 16, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Police and Fireman are another story. Getting back to the educational overspending. The problem is that they have always said that Redwood City schools need better teachers and principals to be able to do a good job. They have even gone outside of the state to do the hiring. They also believe that by throwing more and more money towards education, that it will get better. Only problem with that is that there should be a lot more strict accountability. In some instances they have offered to pay housing for these people to relocate to Redwood City and receive such high yearly wages. Years back when one of my kids was attending a public school here in Redwood City, as President of the PTA I used to receive copies of a yearly report where all the schools in California were rated by way of student test scores. The school my kid was attending was not in last place, but it was in second to last place. Since then I really have not seen any major improvements in the Sequoia District schools, especially at the high school level. Yet every year, more and more money is being diverted somehow for these individuals to receive such high yearly wages.
Judi Mahoney July 17, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I have the distinct feeling Mr. Baird refuses to see the loss of "70 teachers" in a year as being partially the doing of the chief Bradford hunter. Years ago a now retired principal said at a staff mtg if a Columbine happened at our school, he hoped the shooter would take out a particular teacher he despised. When this teacher tried to get backing from the "union" to discipline such outlandish speech that all had heard, the union chose to do nothing because some members urged the rep to not support the teacher!! RCTA is a joke--- do members know they are supposed to be notified annually that they do not have to pay full dues? Of course NOT.
PI buzz March 29, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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