Middletown Schools Head Makes 21% More than Predecessor

Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles makes more than most administrators leading similar-sized districts in Connecticut — and the board of education chair says that's right in line with state salaries.


The new superintendent of schools is making 21 percent more than her predecessor, and will be earning $219,113 by the end of her three-year contract, according to records obtained through a freedom of information from the board of education. 

Middletown Superintendent Patricia Charles’ three-year contract includes a salary of $205,000, along with a $6,500 mileage allowance. Her base salary is $187,000, plus an annuity contribution of $15,000 and a doctoral stipend of $3,000, according to her contract.

She also earns 25 vacation days per year, 17 sick and six personal days.

Gene Nocera, chair of the Middletown Board of Education, says the position was overdue for a pay increase.

“We moved the base salary up, which needed to be done anyway if Michael stayed. It’s in line with districts our size. In fact, there are some other districts that exceed ours.”

Charles joined Middletown Public Schools on Aug. 1, 2012, taking over for interim superintendent David Larson, who replaced seven-year superintendent of schools Michael Frechette. He left the district March 31, 2012.

Frechette’s contract afforded him a base salary of $157,480, a $3,000 annuity, doctoral stipend of $3,000 and a $6,500 mileage allowance.

According to a New Haven Register statewide superintendent of schools database, Charles oversees 5,113 students. Only 22 superintendents out of 187 make a salary greater than her.

That same database indicates the state’s highest-paid public schools head, Westport superintendent Elliott Landon, earns $285,077 in a district of 5,709 students.

Other Connecticut school districts similar in size to Middletown are: Cheshire, whose superintendent makes $153,772 with 5,006 students; Simsbury, whose school head oversees 4,932 students, earns $182,000; and New Milford, whose superintendent makes $196,124 in a district of 4,894 students.

During the next two years of Charles’ contract, her Ph.D. stipend and mileage allowance remain the same. For the 2013-2014 school year, her base salary increases to $191,675; and an annuity of $19,167.50. In 2014-2015, she will earn a base salary of $196,467 and a $19,646.70 annuity. 

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Wake up April 02, 2013 at 03:27 PM
The Insider reported these facts well before the contract was signed, why now are people waking up and is this being reported? Also her salary will climb exponentially the way the contract is written. Thanks Nocera and McKeon
CT Yankee April 02, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Is this an April Fool's joke? Seriously, Nocera can't be justifying this kind of outrageous salary comparing Middletown to Fairfield County school districts. Then again, maybe this is hush money so Charles will keep her mouth shut about Nocera's complicity in the case of the teacher who had sex with the special ed student.
CP April 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM
While I think it is outrageous for anyone to make that much money unless they run the country, I have to say that Dr. Charles works tirelessly. She lives, eats and breathes this job. She cares about the school district and EVERYONE in it. She has found ways to save money, so that money can be appropriated to the areas that it NEEDS to be. Her and Enza have given much needed hope to the people in this district. The BOE members must have seen this potential and didn't want to let her get away.
HC April 02, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Shame that money can't go to the people who actually teach the kids.
Gas Man April 02, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Nobody cares about the Insider miss.


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