When I reported on Superintendent Heath Morrison's new administrative appointments Tuesday night, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools didn't have salary information available for the new jobs in central administration.
They are: $160,000 a year for Chief Academic Officer Brian Schultz; $126,900 for Akeshia Craven-Howell, assistant superintendent of school options, innovation and design; and $111,000 for Michele Mason, executive director of leadership. They join two new zone superintendents Morrison added earlier this month, as he revamps administration to provide better support for schools.
Following up on Wednesday's post about Opportunity Culture in Project LIFT, the consultants from Public Impact who are leading that effort sent me a link to their own blog projecting the benefits for 31 schools around the nation that piloted Opportunity Culture jobs last year. That would include the four in CMS' Project LIFT.
You might wonder how these numbers can be so striking -- for instance, $290,000 to $900,000 per teacher in additional lifetime pay -- when Project LIFT Zone Superintendent Denise Watts says the jobs are changing and evolving so much that it's hard to nail down local specifics. The Public Impact report takes 2013-14 data and extrapolates on the assumption that all schools "implement their models fully over three years." Watts' report indicates it may be tough to forecast what will happen in those three years. After Tuesday night's meeting, she checked on the status of the 19 who took opportunity culture jobs last year. Ten will continue in those jobs, five will be in different opportunity culture jobs, three lost those jobs when their schools redesigned the plans and one retired.
Meanwhile, the two Charlotte holdouts to the Observer's salary request have said they'll provide the information. Sugar Creek has already sent their full list and Lincoln Charter's director says that school's is coming soon. We'll update the charter school database as soon as Lincoln's information arrives. I asked both school leaders how much they paid lawyer Richard Vinroot to fight disclosure; both said they have yet to receive the bill.
Update: Salaries for nine districts surrounding Mecklenburg County went online today. Thanks to database reporter Gavin Off for rounding up that information.