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Top Tens

The lists of the Top 10 Earners in town and in schools.

Schools Supt. Ralph Iassogna earned the most money in 2009-2010, and nine other educators fell in behind him to round out the top 10 earners in town.

District officials' salaries ranged from Iassogna's $191,692 to several school principals' salaries of $137,319, according figures released by the school district.

The administrators' salaries caught the eye of Town Council Member Tony Scinto, R-7, at a budget workshop in .

"I'm not saying it's wrong. It just looks bad," Scinto told school officials.

Iassogna replied that the town is following contracts, and that administrators in other towns make more. He has said he's refused two raises and put a third raise back into the district.

Topping the pay scale on the townside was Finance Director Maria Pires, at $117,104, followed closely behind by Police Chief Thomas Kiely with $113,554. Third was Public Works Director John Marsilio at $105,685.

Five police lieutenants made the bottom of the list with $89,476. First Selectman Tim Herbst makes $98,701.

Herbst has said his salary is at 2007 levels.

Finally, the top two delinquent taxpayers are Francis F. Daddario, owing $239,097, and Corporate Drive Business Park, $115,391. The town's tax rate is 24.54 mills, and a mill is $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The town has increased its collection of automobile, personal property and real estate taxes beyond 99 percent, said Town Treasurer John Ponzio.

Tax Collector Mary Moran said she and her staff of three full time workers and one part-time worker are talking to people personally about their debts.

She explained that Francis D'Addario owns land with cell phone towers on it. "It's been delinquent for a long time but we're trying to make an effort there. I don't give up," Moran said.

The Corporate Park debt rises from different offices in the complex, which contains numerous businesses, she added.

As for the rest, Moran said, "I'm making personal phone calls, trying to make arrangements."

While she cannot by law reduce interest, she can set up payment schedules.

"People feel that we care. We're trying to give it a personal touch," Moran said. 

Following is the list of top earners and tax delinquents:

Top 10 Education Earners:

  • Supt. Ralph Iassogna, $191,692
  • Asst. Supt. Gary Cialfi, $151,213
  • Principal Robert Tremaglio, $149,471
  • Principal Gary Kunschaft, $148,221
  • Principal Jacqueline Norcel, $138,069
  • Principal Robert Gabriel, $137,319
  • Principal Valerie Forshaw, $137,319
  • Principal Rosemary Seaman, $137,319
  • Principal Patricia Colello, $137,319
  • Principal Charlotte Janis, $137,319
  • Former Daniels Farm School Principal Gail Karwoski, $137,319
  • Principal Dana Pierce, $137,319

Top Townside Earners:

  • Finance Director Maria Pires, $117,104
  • Police Chief Thomas Kiely, $113,544
  • Public Works Director John Marsilio, $105,685
  • Deputy Police Chief Glenn Byrnes, $104,758
  • Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry, $104,758
  • First Selectman Tim Herbst, $98,701
  • Town Engineer Steve Savarese, $93,560
  • Police Lt. Ron Kirby, $89,476
  • Police Lt. Tom Savarese, $89,476
  • Police Lt. Scott Sikora, $89,476
  • Police Lt. Richard Applebaum, $89,476
  • Police Lt. Keith Golding, $89,476

Top 10 Tax Delinquents:

  • Francis F. D'Addario, $239,097
  • Corporate Drive Business Park, $115,391
  • MIT Partners, LLC, $44,867
  • Susan C. Fracker, $34,809
  • UOK LLC, $30,484
  • Viade Development LLC, $26,835
  • Professional Office of Trumbull In, $25,456
  • Michael A. and Helene B. Knopick, $24,902
  • Carmen Dileo, $24,341
  • Leonard Ballaro, $24,275
Concerned Parent April 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM
This is interesting stuff. I would be curious about total compensation as well. If I am not mistaken, a large part of the compensation for these public jobs is the non-salary benefits and long-term retirement pay that go along with it (retirement/pension compensation, bonuses, possible overtime, etc). Typical jobs will provide no pension or overtime pay, and if you are lucky they may match a few percentage points on a 401k contribution. Also, some of these jobs have built-in protection from job loss (through tenure), which is non-monetary but still a part of the overall benefit package. It's hard to compare apples to oranges. It's good to see that everyone on the list hsa an important role in the town.
Thomas Tesoro April 12, 2011 at 04:26 PM
This does not include Police overtime and as such is inaccurate.
JR April 12, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Mr. Leo, Did you seek out this story or were you sought out by the administration? Did you ask about overtime?
JD April 12, 2011 at 06:29 PM
If Mr.D'addrio has land with cell towers that he's not paying taxes on, can the town take it over for non payment and perhaps solve the cell tower issue?
Dismayed Trumbullite April 12, 2011 at 07:43 PM
After seeing these salaries thank goodness they're laying off paraprofessionals who impact the lives of students each and every day for 90% LESS PAY! That'll balance the budget.......
Carol Hudak April 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM
. . . and cafeteria workers. This list is apples - oranges. A lot of negotiation goes into a salary.
Carol Hudak April 13, 2011 at 04:11 AM
What a timely release of these salaries by Town Hall. Another transparent effort to try and pit one segment of town against another. And just in time for Thursday's Town Council vote on the budget.
I Love Trumbull April 13, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Carol, I think you may have missed my questions to you from another article: "Based on your above posts, am I correct to assume that all three of you are of the opinion that there is NOT one single position that can be eliminated on the BOE? Throughout the entire ranks? AND, based on your posts, there is not one position that has a salary that is high, out of line, can/should be reduced? Just curious.
Dismayed Trumbullite April 13, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Until there is some oversight on BOE cutbacks the only positions that will be eliminated are the underpaid cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals and school secretaries while the 'old boys club' will continue to give themselves raises on their ridiculously high salaries. There are numerous places BOE can cut that won't impact students but that won't happen with this regime.
jeff April 14, 2011 at 01:21 AM
I wish you would specify to whom you are referring as unfortunately if your right, it just appears as if you are make gross assumptions. What are the numerous places where the board can cut?
Dismayed Trumbullite April 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Jeff - First it's 'you're right'. :) Second, have you looked at the hierarchy at THS? What about all the administrators that NEVER see a student? I think the last place you look to cut are those that work day to day with the students of Trumbull. Take away the raises Mr. Iassogna just gave to his people at Long Hill and that would save multiple jobs. Believe me, I am not in Mark Smith's (or other extreme Republicans) corner at all, I just hate when I see good people who devote all their energies to students who make little money be the first on the chopping block while the highly paid administrators continue on their merry way. This is not the way a good Superintendent would run a school system. Just as one of his two secretaries.
JR April 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Your still not being specific. Tell us where you would cut $1 million. If you can, then you will only be $1.55 million away from the FS's proposed education budget. I'll get you started. A 10% salary reduction for the list above would get you $160k.
Dismayed Trumbullite April 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM
I'm not going to argue with you people. Again -- it's "YOU'RE". Did you go to a Trumbull school?? My point is that's a lot of money that needs to be cut and it is stupid, yes stupid, to cut people making $12/hr. That will save you much less than the $16k you mention and hurt the education process. When my children were at THS if there was a problem you'd start with the principal, who would send you to the House Principal, who would send you to the Dean of Students and on and on through administrators until you got help by - you guessed it - a paraprofessional or a secretary. And that, is my point.
JR April 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Grammar police. Nice deflection. No, I did not go to Trumbull schools. Since we are pointing out errors, I wrote $160k, not $16k. I agree with you. Leave the $12/hr people alone. Now tell me where YOU would cut.
Dismayed Trumbullite April 14, 2011 at 08:40 PM
JR - apologies for my mistake :) As a volunteer in the schools I am privy to observing their inner workings which have led me to this list. Elementary schools do not need full time math and reading specialists. They work with a negligible amount of students, usually right before CMT time. The rest of the year is spent 'interpreting' curriculum. Next would be the librarians. When a librarian sees students on average 9 hours a week and the rest of their time is spent who knows how, the position needs to be part time or cut. A paraprofessional can be hired for 1/10 the salary to check out books while a certified librarian travels between schools for lessons. Art teachers at the smaller schools could also be part time or travel between schools as they have a good amount of non-teaching time. TAG impacts a very small amount of students. In a good economy it's a wonderful program but not now. Lastly, do the smaller schools really need three custodians? I appreciate the fact you wish to leave the $12/hr employees alone as they were the ones who were always there for my children. Please understand I think the FS's BOE budget is ridiculous and damaging but there are places where cuts can be made responsibly. I don't want the students of Trumbull to get caught in the middle of a FS/BOE machismo standoff.
jose April 14, 2011 at 09:55 PM
I disagree and question your observations of what the math and reading specialists do. They primarily service students with difficulties so that those difficulties are addressed before they become huge discrepancies and likely identified learning disabilities. If you don't provide specialized interventions early, then you run the risk of adding the long term cost of special education. Parents and outside agenices are savy to ask for evaluations and unless the school can prove they can provide services in regular education, special education becomes the legal default. Keep in mind, students in special education have a higher per pupil expenditure than typical students. While I don't have a child in TAG, I would want the program to be available to those students who qualify. Just providing the minimum or programming for the average does nothing but lead to mediocrity, not the appropriate standard particularly in times that require a competitive advantage.
Dismayed Trumbullite April 14, 2011 at 10:19 PM
I understand that the theory of math/reading specialists is to service students. However from my observations over the years and years of being in the schools I can tell you this is done by interns and paraprofessionals for the most part (both of which are scheduled to be cut). If the specialists I observe worked with students for even a slight majority of the day, they would have never been on my list. I don't have to 'keep in mind' special education students, I live it. My point is there needs to be some give and take to service all students of Trumbull in the best way possible. Should we spend money for TAG that services a few students and eliminate a classroom teacher and increase class size? That's not for me to decide but I would think the education of an entire grade level would trump the 4 or 5 TAG students. I just think it's time for everyone to compromise and not be so entrenched in their positions or everyone will lose.
jose April 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Actually, they are being asked to do more under the Response to Intervention accountability movement and much more documentation is being required. It can't be done by non-certified staff and it is not feasible for the regular education classroom teacher to do it. You cannot rely on a wait-to-fail approach. It hurts the student and costs the taxpayer more in the long-run. I don't think it is about professionals being inflexible, that's where I think people's judgmentalneess shows. It is about the realities of delivering education in the modern era and what resources are needed to demonstrate accountability. It may no longer be sufficient for the para to deliver specialized interventions. Trumbull has always accomplished a lot with little and yet somehow there is a perception of a luxury of resources. As compared to?

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