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FWCS captures top spots on school earnings list

The list of top-paid public school employees in Allen County for 2013 includes many familiar faces, with the majority of top earners from Fort Wayne Community Schools.

FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson is first on the list, earning $217,139.76 in 2013.

The Journal Gazette generated the top 10 list by acquiring salary information through public records requests from the four local school districts.

Typically, the first four slots are reserved for superintendents from FWCS and East Allen, Southwest Allen and Northwest Allen county schools.

This year, however, a change in leadership at EACS pushed FWCS’s Chief Financial Officer Kathy Friend to the fourth spot.

Former EACS Superintendent Karyle Green left March 1 in a mutual agreement with the board.

The agreement included a compensation package of more than $200,000 because Green agreed to leave immediately instead of finishing her contract through June 30.

EACS Superintendent Ken Folks didn’t make the list this year because he joined the district in July, earning $69,904.56 for roughly the last half of the year.

According to his contract, he is set to earn a base salary of $140,000 in his first year. He will also earn $5,000 a year in annuity payments, a $10,800 car allowance and about $700 for a phone allowance.

Also missing from the list is FWCS’ chief academic officer.

Steve Cobb, the previous chief academic officer, resigned in April 2013 to become superintendent of Quincy Community Schools in Illinois.

New to the list this year are two FWCS faces – Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Pamela Musick and North Side High School Principal Chad Hissong.

Musick, No. 7 on the list, joined the district for a partial year in 2012 and oversees the district’s 34 elementary schools.

According to salary data, Musick earned $128,185.97 last year.

Hissong, who holds the final spot, is the only high school principal to make the top 10 list.

Last year, he made $118,101.99 – more than any other high school principal in the area. Hissong came to FWCS in 2008.