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Principals among those on list of Lodi Unified School District top 20 wage earners

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Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 10:00 pm

Although most people may assume the highest-paid personnel in Lodi Unified are office administrators, a list recently provided to the News-Sentinel by the district shows that nearly half are school principals.

During the 2007-08 school year, the highest paid principal was James Davis of McNair High School in north Stockton, with an annual salary of $123,506.

But high school principals are not the only top-paid school site leaders. Delta Sierra Middle School Principal Irene Outlaw and Stephen Takemoto, former Morada Middle School principal, brought in more than $112,000 each last school year.

Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer said principal positions are hard to retain.

"I don't think we're out of line with other districts," she said of their salaries. "The principal's job is a huge responsiblity. It's a 24-hour job. They are on call at all times and are responsible for everything that goes on there."

Last year, the school board voted to eliminate some vice principal positions and had those remaining double up on schools. At Tuesday's meeting, trustees approved laying off two more vice principals.

At the top of the district-provided pay list is Len Casanega, former interim superintendent. The board voted him into the position until replacement Cathy Nichols-Washer was hired last summer, and he has since retired from the district.

During the 2007-08 school year, he earned $165,828, while Associate Superintendent Odie Douglas brought in $149,107.

The superintendent's cabinet rounds out the list of the top seven wage earners. Administration salaries include benefits.

Top Lodi Unified wage earners for 2007-08 school year

1. Len Casanega*, interim superintendent, $165,828.21
2. Odie Douglas, associate superintendent, $149,107.75
3. Doug Barge, chief business officer, $132,592.17
4. Barbara Johnston, assistant superintendent, $130,642.42
5. Catherine Pennington, assistant superintendent, $130,184.07
6. Art Hand, assistant superintendent, $129,267.42
7. Michael McKilligan, assistant superintendent, $124,632.16
8. Catherine Conrado, administrative director, $123,964.50
9. James Davis, high school principal, $123,506.16
10. Elliot Grauman, classified personnel director, $119,491.17
11. Bill Huyett, f-rmer superintendent, $118,437.71
12. Daryl Camp, high school principal, $117,915.40
13. Lisa Hayes, director of education support services, $117,754.64
14. William Toledo, continuation high school principal $116,289.26
15. Robert Rivas, continuation high school principal, $114,914.26
16. Steve Colwell, adult school principal, $114,789.59
17. Irene Outlaw, middle school principal, $113,055.25
18. Stephen Takemoto, middle school principal, $112,596.92
19. Bill Atterberry, high school principal, $112,593.25
20. Erik Sandstrom, high school principal, $111,676.59
* The board appointed former assistant superintendent of personnel Len Casanega interim superintendent in January 2008, a position he held until Cathy Nichols-Washer was hired last summer. She replaced Bill Huyett, who left the district for a similar job in Berkeley, and did not work an entire school year.
Source: Lodi Unified School District

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 6:35 am on Tue, Feb 24, 2009.


    Why not show the wages for this year? let's see the raises. Odie make $164,000 + this year so he got a raise when the district is talking about cutting teachers. Teachers need to talk to their Union and get them to have a voice. As a parent I have heard nothing from the teachers Union. I want to hear what they are going to do to make sure the teachers have a voice.

  • posted at 3:30 am on Tue, Feb 24, 2009.


    Lodian: Try this experiment. Write up a lesson for age appropriate kids to boil water. SAFELY! Be sure to use SDAIE methodology this is an EL district. Did you know that if you need a CLAD certificate to teach, you can live with a family in Mexico (TJ is okay) for two weeks, plus the fee for the family income and your in? http://coursecat.sdsu.edu/GB0607/ED4.pdfWhy not live in Lodi and do the same?

  • posted at 3:22 am on Tue, Feb 24, 2009.


    Teach24736- AND you would agree except that if you are a mechanical engineer with a masters degree you are not qualified to teach arithmetic, unless you first take a battery of CSET math tests. On the other hand, if you were a "Recreation major" taking a teacher prep program, you could have failed college alegbra but are legally allowed to teach it. A similar fate fell to noted HS calculus teacher Jaime Escalante, who also had many years of teaching experience, but had to appease the politicians at the CCTC by going back to school to "learn" what he already knew. His problem was that he was a Bolivian and not PC.

  • posted at 3:11 am on Tue, Feb 24, 2009.


    Lodian: Public schools taught me that lesson years ago. When they subborn low standards of behavior and academics for other children while sending their own children to private school, it makes you wonder why? There is information to learn that is helpful in some teacher credential classes, but 90% of the rest of the coursework is either pure speculation, wishful thinking or political indoctrination. There is little room for objective thought or any non-liberal ideas in most teacher education programs. It becomes a repetitive screech---about how "we are all EXACTLY the same", instead of "we all have opportunities, not guarantees".If you don't already have a teaching credential, it doesn't take much work or time to get one. They do have useful information but it is dished up with socialist or communist diatribe. If they could remove the liberal sarcasm, they could be inclusive. But the libs are in control, and they won't share. The multiple should be the first. It only takes one class and a test to get the single subject after getting the multiple subject. ITS NOT A BIG DEAL, if you can read!

  • posted at 5:27 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    I hate to say it, but I am really getting sick and tired of the public school system. The waste is staggering.

  • posted at 2:06 pm on Mon, Feb 23, 2009.


    Edumacation: that is "our" Odie. That is the same SEED.

  • posted at 2:50 pm on Sun, Feb 22, 2009.


    Giovanina- Good points! I ran an internet Google search on Odie Douglas and found this photo: http://www.wcwonline.org/content/view/479/198Is that "our" Odie Douglas? Is he the same "facilitator" of SEED. Is this the sdame SEED that was described by the Minnesota Family Institute as being anti-family? link here:

  • posted at 2:29 pm on Sun, Feb 22, 2009.


    The Lodi Unified school District currently has highly paid officials who have limited workloads.Example: The personnel department has had a teacher hiring freeze for a long time; At least until they found the money to pay a huge salary increase to the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel to become the temporary replacement for Supe Huyett. If this is true, why are there so many people in the certificated personnel department. What do teacher recruiters do when teachers are being laid off? What do all the big bucks helpers do, when teachers are being fired? Do they help the tecahers find a new job? Do they continue to do --- what exactly?

  • posted at 7:32 am on Sun, Feb 22, 2009.


    The Supe makes about 225,000 and 40,000 for her car plus free mileage. Odie comes over and mows her lawn on weekends.

  • posted at 7:28 am on Sun, Feb 22, 2009.


    Approximately ten years ago our then superintendent added the associate supt. position. In this lean budget time, is that really a position we need now? Remove that position and the current superintendent's new car and free gas mileage and you have four young teachers added to the class room. I think that is a good trade anytime. Exactly what is the job description of an associate supt.? How many supt. do you need? Me thinks we have to many bosses and not enough teachers. I'd like to see a few a few of them fat cats back in the classroom, or maybe not.

  • posted at 3:41 am on Sun, Feb 22, 2009.


    I do not think that the teachers are complaining about Principal salaries. Go to the district website, look at the salaries, lists the days worked, steps and columns. Giovanni hit it on the nose with the top Associate Supe, and the other Assistant Supes. All have directors under them. They keep changing the names to confuse all. I do not think that teachers, classified, counselors are complaining about the one that is in control of their site, it is the all the other outrageous positions that are not in direct contact with students. Confusion may not be present if anyone knew what these individuals actually did to earn justify their pay. How many jobs overlap?

  • posted at 4:47 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Giovanina- Thanks for the information. Your post(s) explained why a teacher that "they" tried to fire, was never fired. The spouse was the head cheese - in more ways than one. Don't mention the names. They would sue a fly for a dime. Some old ghosts of the past are still lurking about offering instructions and opinions. Thanks, you answered the mystery question of the past many years. How did a poorly regarded teacher survive to retirement? Answer: It (non-gender specific) had pull!The stars are now in alignment. Good job!

  • posted at 3:17 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    gray cloud, were it not for the terrible condition of our School District, I would thank you for your Leadership.

  • posted at 2:11 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Oh yeah, and if LODI USD is not mismanaging funds, why are they the ones with the crisis? Elk Grove has a 30 million dollar reserve.....but that's probably accrued after Odie Douglas left there to come here....

  • posted at 2:06 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    JBHIKER: http//www.lodiusd.net/images/stories/Budget/Budget%20Book%20Book%20PDF%20version.pdf

  • posted at 2:05 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Having been a former High School principal in another school district, I would not do it again for double what they are being paid. If you think its a lot of money, you are uninformed.

  • posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Bill Huyett- School SuperOdie Douglas- Assc SuperDennis Brown- Assc Super of Secondary; Later Barbara JohnstonPat Hill- Assc Super of Elementary; Later Catherine PenningtonThis is what it looked like when Odie was hired.

  • posted at 1:03 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Vickster wrote on Feb 19, 2009 1:25 PM:" Giovanina...Correct me if I am wrong, but the person who previously held Dr. Odie Douglas' position retired, then Dr. Douglas was hired, the position was not created for him. Right? "Incorrect, Rich Ferrara was Assc Super of K-12 schools. That postion was split in an Assc Super of Elementary and an Assoc Super of Secondary. Odie's positon never existed.Now Dr. Johnston is cut, and the 2 Assc Super positions are rejoined into Assc Super k-12, and Odie, who has the least seniority, gets it.

  • posted at 12:53 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Contrapasso: Where did you find that information? Can you lost a link? I found a budget but all the columns has ZERO DOLLARS in every column and the other link I was unauthorizedThanks

  • posted at 12:00 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    RU4REAL...obviously you're unaware that local Lodi schools ask kids to bring in paper products because its not coming in from the district...its being regarded as not necessary..and COMMONSENSE..i havent confirmed that 60%..but if it is 60 its still more than DUBYA...l0l..I'm sure you voted for that mistake..

  • posted at 11:53 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    y jefferson 617- You made a very good point. She looks good for all the "stress" of her day job!

  • posted at 11:47 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    RU4REAL 224- Thank you! For another good example of waste, fraud and abuse You made my point! Very good! General Motors, nine years ago, was the largest most profitable business in the USA.Today, with tens of thousands of overpaid and underworked bureaucrats are sucking on the dead carcass of a company that was $97/share in 2000, to a company that verges on Penny stock at todays closing of $2.00, we celebrate the mindless and selfish BUREAUCRAT.With hats in hand they rushed to Capitol hill to plead and whine for more FREE US taxpayer bailout money in their private multimillion dollar jets. Today they sulk and whine why Americans won't buy overpriced junk cars that can't compare with Japanese Imports. Oh YES! Selfish bureaucrats are really providing a useful service?Sound familiar? Our Fearless LUSD chief makes more than our governor. WHY? What do taxpayers get? MORE BUREAUCRACY! ...and lets fire some custodians and teachers that should help our kids learn to read?

  • posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    wowerzz....As long as you want to talk about the toilet, as of today, your man Obama's approval rating is down to 60%. Quite an accomplishment don't you think?

  • posted at 8:30 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    wowerzz,Wow...now that was profound. How about an encore? Come on, wowerzz, just one more little peek at your intellect?

  • posted at 8:24 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    edumacation,I guess in your world, based on the remarks made in your 8:49 AM post, General Motors should have no corporate headquarters because no one there actually builds cars?

  • posted at 8:10 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    the superintendent made 165k last year and now they don't even have money for toilet paper?.....c'mon now letz go to his house 2 take a dump....My man Obama is sick of wall st bonusezz...I'm sick of this list above!!!

  • posted at 7:25 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Giovanina...Correct me if I am wrong, but the person who previously held Dr. Odie Douglas' position retired, then Dr. Douglas was hired, the position was not created for him. Right?

  • posted at 7:05 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    You're right, Jennifer. I stand understandably chastized for my posting.

  • Jennifer Bonnett posted at 6:38 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.

    Jennifer Bonnett Posts: 4 Staff

    "Contrapasso," I will definitely check out what you are suggesting, and "edumaction", you bring up some good points. In case you weren't aware, another salary list was published a couple of weeks ago. Here's the link to the story, if you missed it. http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2009/02/09/news/1_salaries_090209.txtAnd, "Rhodie," Washer was not employed by the district in 2007-08 and that's why her name wasn't on this list. Check out the above link. Thanks for your comments.

  • posted at 5:28 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    There is one word for the salaries listed, OBSCENE.

  • posted at 4:59 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Not only have they left out Positions these are TERRIBLY deflated they are making way more than this!!

  • posted at 4:47 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Contrapasso: Good points! It's easy to tell what teachers do; ask your kids. What types of things can a person do in a job. There isn't much manual labor anymore, so lets think about it. In the ERC you could define work by how much gets done. We also need to explore the question why so many meetings?Here is a list: Typing, reading, walking, talking, listening. Lets distill that to the aggregate hourly pay of the employees within the ESC. Oops, that might be embarrasing.The Education code may micromnage some positions, but how can so many similar sized districts operate without the bloat of the LUSD?

  • posted at 3:15 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Edu: I actually sent each board member an email that said this: I propose that every district office administrator and all of his/her staff write a complete description of the duties he/she performs and provide tangible evidence that the function that he/she performs has a long-term positive impact on student performance. No reply.....

  • posted at 2:49 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    LNS Why don't you publish the salaries of the crowd of people hiding over at the ESC? The last I heard there were no students or classes in the building. Why are there so many people over there? What do they do all day, especially when most schools are closed for a vacation three months of the year?

  • posted at 2:40 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Lennie retired last year with a golden retirement handshake worth over one million dollars. It amazes me, a personnel clerk had the highest salary. Well, I guess we know what is important over at the ESC. I wonder if anyone related to the current Personnel Dept big shots will get laid off? Just wondering. Could that be a conflict of interest? Ohh the plans and schemes that are hatching in that building! We need to require everyone at the ESC to justify their pay. Lets see a daily detailed list of the REAL WORK that is accomplished. They don't want us to ask that question. It's party time! They are probbaly planning about which big shots get promoted to newly created jobs. But we must show interest in the budget by firing a few custodians, since they are classified. What we need to do is to hire MORE custodians so they can clean up the mess at the ESC. How many people is personnel hiring today?

  • posted at 2:01 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Wait a minute! Where is Washer's salary on this list? I think a few names and salaries may have been left off to protect the not so innocent.

  • posted at 1:45 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Jennifer: You should look at the actual budget on the LUSD website. The budget report for 2008-09 is there. I may be reading this wrong, but the teachers salaries add up to 109,193,785. The administrators and supervisors add up to 11,661,534. It would be interesting to see the ratio of administrators to teachers....then look at page 19 where the real dollars spent on the superintendent and associate superintendent are listed. It looks more like 416,107 for the super and 440,181 for the associate super. Kind of funny!!!

  • posted at 12:33 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Odie Douglas should have been on the chopping block. Bill Huyett created the position for his old Elk Grove buddy. Both were tossed from EGUSD. He should have been chopped. What was it that kept his name out of the conversation? Political correctness? ethnocentric activists? hmmm I wonder. They would have done better to keep Johnston.

  • posted at 12:17 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.


    Principals work about 205 days a year. They are also administrators. Their main job is to deal with disciplinary actions. They are very well compensated for what they do, just ask Susan Hitchcock



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