Seventeen of the 25 highest-paid municipal employees work for school district, including Superintendent Dr. Mary Kolek, who tops the list with total wages earned in calendar year 2012 of $218,145, according to the New Canaan Finance Department.
Police also are represented well on the list, as five of those 25 highest-earning town workers are with the department, including three of the top four.
The town invests in its high-achieving schools. In the current fiscal year, two-thirds of New Canaan's taxpayer funds go to the Board of Education—$83.3 million out of $125.6 million. The figure includes operating, capital and debt service costs (see attached PDF).
The following list includes total gross wages for municipal employees, including overtime which drives pay for first responders.
Gross Pay Name Job Title $218,145 Mary Kolek Superintendent $208,921 William Ferri Police Lieutenant $182,001 John Milligan Poilce Sergeant $181,466 Jason Ferraro Police Sergeant $177,412 Bryan Luizzi High School Principal $168,597 Darlene Planka Director of Pupil Personnel $165,350 Alexandra Potts East School Principal $165,060 James George Police Lieutenant $165,059 David Abbey Superintendent $165,050 Greg Macedo Middle School Principal $162,559 Eugene Tiani Fire Captain $158,770 Jill Correnty West School Principal $157,964 William Sneath Director of Visual & Performing Arts $157,673 Joanne Rocco South School Principal $156,967 John Egan Athletic Director $156,912 Lawrence Sullivan High School Assistant Principal $154,298 Joseph Meehan Director of Finance & Operations $153,652 Mary Ann DeFelice Special Education Coordinator $153,599 Carole Pakkala Special Education Coordinator $153,232 Lizette D'Amico K-8 World Language ELL Co. $152,412 Wendy McConaghy Middle School Assistant Principal $152,112 Frederick Pickering Police Lieutenant $151,176 Robert Miller Director of Information & Technology $150,575 Kristene Woleck East School Assistant Principal $149,700 Ari Rothman High School Assistant Principal