Monday, April 25, 2011

CMS payroll update

Lots of people have been checking the 2011 CMS payroll since we posted it late last week. Apologies to those who couldn't get data for some schools; there was a glitch that we fixed this afternoon.

Every year, I hear from a few CMS employees who think the pay we've listed for them is too high. I'm checking on a couple of issues, but so far CMS says they ones they've reviewed are correct. As some commenters have noted, there hasn't been much change in teachers' pay in the last three years because the promised bumps for experience have been frozen.

As usual, I've gotten a question about why Edward Ellis, assistant principal at Vance High, is making more than most CMS principals. At $142,874 a year, he's outearning his own principal by more than $30,000. Ellis was principal at Waddell High until 2006, when Superintendent Peter Gorman reassigned him to be an assistant at Providence High. Ellis kept his principal's pay and works a 12-month contract, unlike most assistant principals. Principals with less experience tend to be lower on the pay scale.

I haven't gotten the Sue Gorman question yet, but given the persistence of the rumor that the superintendent's wife is making big bucks, I'll go ahead and deal with that. Sue Gorman doesn't show up on the payroll because her role with Parent University, an effort her husband created to help families support their kids' education, is as a volunteer.


Anonymous said...

So, when does Ellis's contract end? Over $142K? He obviously wasn't good enough as principal, so let's move him to another school so he can be ineffective there, and still make big bucks. Drives me crazy.

Anonymous said...

I think a really interesting story for you to investigate would be to find out how many teachers/staff that were part of the 'strategic staffing' initiative, actually stayed for the three years...that would give some insight as to what really matters in attracting good teachers.

Anonymous said...

Check out the various state salary databases at

How is it that Gorman makes more than the Governer and the State Superintendent combined? Who in the world thought he was worth so much?

You can also see that many of his other six figure salary employees have higher salaries than previously posted from the 2010 database. How is this possible when there was a salary freeze for CMS employees. Why would he ever leave? He gets plenty of money, retirement extras and everything he wants. The board allows him to walk all over them just as he walks all over the rest of the employees of CMS. He is sitting pretty and he knows it, while everyone else is made to look like a fool. There is so much upper level management waste at CMS that it is a joke. School level employees are the ones that truely matter and not managment. They are the ones working with the children on a daily basis.

This is the only district that teachers have to continually buy paper, pencils, and other needed supplies for the classroom since school's cannot even afford to give teacher's paper, printer toner, dry erase markers; etc. However, Gorman can spend 2 million dollars on testing that he thinks only takes 15 minutes. What an idiot...could he take one of them in 15 minutes? These tests took each individual K-2 student an hour, some students took up to an hour and a half. I guess the people who created them have not been in a classroom in many years or perhaps never worked within a classroom. Not to mention the tests had a great deal of material that correlated to the following grade's standards according the the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. We could go on for hours about the money that is continually wasted and not put where it the classroom.

On another note, when checking out the database above...look into Andrew Baxter's pay and job title? What the hell does that mean...human capital? That sure makes teacher's feel great about working here.

After doing a little research, unions can be formed in a right to work is just difficult to do. You have to do the following:

1. Decide if you want to form a new union or join a union that already exists.
2. Find the National Labor Relations Board office that has jurisdiction over your area. You can find a list of regional offices on the NLRB's website.
3. Get written evidence that your coworkers support forming a labor union by having them sign authorization cards. If you're forming a new union, a majority of workers have to sign the cards. If you're joining an existing union, at least 30 percent of workers have to sign.
4. File a petition with your regional NLRB office. Be sure to include the authorization cards your coworkers have signed.
5. Prepare to vote. The NLRB will sponsor an election for you and your coworkers to vote on whether or not to form a union. A majority of workers must be in favor of forming a labor union in order to move forward.
6. Receive union certification from the NLRB if the election results are in favor of a union. Once you receive certification, the union can negotiate on behalf of employees.

The North Carolina National Labor Relations Board is located in Winston-Salem.

Considering the current morale across the district, this difficult possibility doesn't seem like such a difficult reality.

Ann Doss Helms said...

By my tally, 75 of the 85 earning $100,000 plus had no change in salary. Of the rest, two were new to CMS, two took pay cuts because they left higher-paying interim jobs and six made more than last year.

Of the six whose annual pay rose, four got promotions (Denise/Sharmel Watts got the biggest bump, going up by just over $40,000 a year when she moved from Spaugh principal to area superintendent). One went from part-time to full-time and one spent part of the year in a higher-paying interim job.

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Anonymous said...

Isn't that just like a Union rep.? Thinking that a corrupt union can come in and straighten things out.... the only thing they straighten is how fast they get their hands on your money and return nothing in the form of a better education for the students. These people who keep asking for more money for these useless teachers have no clue. This school system has a way of allowing people with no teaching education of any kind, and they can't pass the state they allow them to bring in a portfolio of their work and then they can be approved to be a teacher....CMS absolutely stinks for the kids and it is a direction reflection on the faculty, staff, teachers.