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CMS's Top 20 Best-Paid People

By Ann Doss Helms
ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

Here’s how CMS’s 20 best-paid people fared, with any changes from the previous year. All CMS employees took a half-percent pay cut through a furlough in spring 2009; that is not reflected in payroll numbers.

Peter Gorman

Superintendent.

$267,150 salary, $35,000 extra retirement contribution, no bonus (eligible for up to 10 percent).

Salary unchanged. Total compensation down 6 percent from 2009, when he received an $18,200 bonus.

Hugh Hattabaugh

Chief operating officer.

$169,900, no bonus (eligible for up to 10 percent).

Salary unchanged.

Ann Clark

Chief academic officer.

$169,638, no bonus (eligible for up to $10,000).

Salary unchanged.

Sheila Shirley

Chief financial officer.

$169,363, no bonus (eligible for up to $10,000).

Salary unchanged. Total compensation down 4 percent from 2009, when she received a $7,000 bonus.

Susan Johnson

Chief information officer.

$165,428, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Robert Avossa

Chief accountability officer.

$160,000 salary, no bonus (eligible for up to $10,000).

Salary up $18,685, or 13 percent, based on promotion. Making $9,363 less than predecessor.

Maureen Furr

Principal, South Mecklenburg High.

$155,677 salary, no bonus.

Salary unchanged. Total compensation down less than 1 percent from 2009, when she received a $527 bonus.

Guy Chamberlain

Associate superintendent, auxiliary services.

$148,813 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Christine Waggoner

Principal, South Charlotte Middle.

$145,981 salary; no bonus.

Salary unchanged. Total compensation down 1 percent from 2009, when she received a $1,703 bonus.

Joel Ritchie

Central area superintendent.

$144,230 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Andre Mayes

Deputy general counsel.

$143,549 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Up $33,600, or 31 percent, over 2009 because she is acting as general counsel. Making $3,549 more than predecessor.

Michael Mathews

Executive director, human resources consulting support.

$142,946 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Edward Ellis

Assistant principal, Providence High.

$142,874 salary, no bonus.

Salary unchanged. Total compensation down 1 percent from 2009, when he received a $1,703 bonus.

Thomas Spivey

Principal, Myers Park High.

$142,086 salary, no bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Jane Rhyne

Assistant superintendent, exceptional children.

$141,294 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Curtis Carroll

Achievement zone area superintendent.

$139,803 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Maurice Ambler

Chief human resources officer.

$138,918 salary, not eligible for bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Ronald Dixon

Principal, J.T. Williams Middle.

$132,368 salary, $5,600 bonus.

Salary unchanged.

Ron Thompson

Interim east area superintendent.

$137,738 salary; not eligible for bonus.

Salary up $69,863, or 103 percent, because of promotion and switch from part- to full-time. Making $17,457 less than predecessor.

Catherine Hammond

Principal, Thomasboro Elementary.

$127,961 salary, $8,531 bonus.

Salary unchanged.

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