Salaries: What CV Educators Make

Annual survey shows 33 Castro Valley school employees make more than $100,000 a year. The top two make more than $200,000 a year.

An annual survey shows that 216 of the 1,442 employees in the Castro Valley Unified School District made more than $75,000 last year in salary.

Of those, 33 earned more than $100,000 in 2010 and the top two district officials were over the $200,000 mark.

The salaries were released this week as part of a survey by the Bay Area News Group. The newspaper chain has published the salaries of most public employees in the Bay Area on its website.

For perspective, other sites with salary information include a Wall Street Journal survey of CEO compensation in 2009 that says Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Co. made $1.4 million and Larry Ellison of Oracle made $250,000. A site called city-data.com says the median household income in Castro Valley in 2008 was $76,197, compared to a statewide median of $61,154. Another site, SimplyHired.com, offers more detail about Castro Valley jobs and salaries.

Castro Valley School Superintendent Jim Negri said his district's salaries are comparable to districts of similar size.

In the neighboring San Lorenzo Unified School District, which has more than 1,700 employees, 40 workers last year were paid above the $100,000 level and three were paid more than $200,000.

"We tend to be comparable to other districts. We're not out of line," said Negri.

The superintendent pointed out that the district does not pay overtime to its top-level employees and also doesn't pick up the employee contribution to pension plans.

Negri has the top salary, taking in $239,697 last year. If you add in health benefits and district pension contributions, the compensation rises to $274,041.

Assistant Superintendent Michael Bush is next, earning $202,617 in 2010 with a total compensation package of $236,970.

Assistant Superintendent Sherri Beetz received $189,158 in salary last year and compensation worth $217,538.

Assistant Superintendent Margaret Macisaac earned $175,728 in salary and $202,571 in total compensation.

Eleven school principals earned more than $100,000 in salary.

The highest paid was Canyon Middle School Principal Mark Croghan, who took in $131,524 in salary in 2010.

Creekside Middle School Principal Mary Ann Degrazia earned $130,264 last year.

Negri said both principals have more than 30 years in the education field, most of them in Castro Valley.

Three teachers were in the six-figure range.

The highest paid was Diane De Young, a teacher at Canyon Middle School. She recieved $107,174.

Christopher Burns, a teacher at Castro Valley High School, was next with a 2010 salary of $106,895.

Another Canyon Middle School teacher, Jeanette La Montagne, received $100,233.

Negri said all three teachers are classroom veterans with advanced degrees.

He added that teachers, principals and other school employees should be paid fairly because of the important job they do.

"We're dealing with students. They're the future. This is an investment," he said.

The district's budget this year was about $90 million. Negri said they are anticipating a state funding cut of $349 per student in the next school year. The district sent out a dozen pink slips this spring to employees, notifying them they might be laid off this summer.

Darryl Ray April 28, 2011 at 02:15 PM
While I am a bit surprised at some of the salaries, they are probably in line with the private sector. I would like to know about all the salaries, at least see what the range is and what the average teacher salary is in CV compared to other districts. One concern I have is that the difference between "executives' salaries" and "workers' salaries" has been growing in the past decade or two.
Laura Jones April 28, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Frankly, teachers should be making far more money than they do. Yes, over $100K is a lot of money. A heck of a lot of money. But teachers should be compensated very well for bringing up the future, don't you think? Of course, we need to change the education system at the same time, so that the future is learning subject matter instead of learning to take a test.
lester friedman April 28, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Now we know where monies to the schools goes to.
Dirty Lawyer April 28, 2011 at 04:38 PM
110 k isn't a ton of money - not in today's world. Those teachers have been there for a LONG time, so I don't see 1ook out of the question.
Elle Anderson April 28, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Good teachers and school administrators should be paid for their knowledge, skills experience, and expertise. Bad teachers not pulling their weight--fire the lot of them! Then, hire good teachers and pay them well.
Bruce Skelly April 29, 2011 at 03:10 PM
I think that this information is an invasion to the privacy of the CVUSD employees. We could have had just as accurate picture if individuals were placed in broad bands of compensation, and average salary per group was given. Besides the comparison with other nearby districts, I would also like a comparison with the residents of Castro Valley. Almost got there with the median household income, but missed the mark with median income of CVUSD employees. How about an income comparison with Castro Valley residents who hold college degrees. Also when comparing pay, total compensation numbers should be used, because benefits vary so much between districts, and employers.
Lauren Edwards May 02, 2011 at 06:00 PM
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