Rockville Centre's superintendent tops school pay

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William H. Johnson, Rockville Centre School District superintendent,

William H. Johnson, Rockville Centre School District superintendent, was hired on Dec. 1, 1979 and earned a 2014-2015 salary of $323,248.00. Search the 2014-2015 public school employee pay database. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Long Island was home to the eight highest paid school administrators last academic year, according to a new report.

The top earning administrator was William H. Johnson, superintendent of the Rockville Centre Union Free School District, who was paid $567,248 in 2011-12, according to the Empire Center, an anti-tax think tank.

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Ranking second — and the only other administrator to be paid more than half a million dollars — was Carole Hankin, Syosset superintendent, who earned $506,015.

At $115,659, the Scarsdale School District in Westchester County had the highest average pay for an educator for the third straight year, the report said. Long Island schools had the highest average pay by region, $73,949.  All told, Long Island had 12 educators who were paid at least $300,000.

Here are the top 10 school employees in 2011-12 compensation, according to the report:

1. William H. Johnson, Rockville Centre, $567,248.
2. Carole Hankin, Syosset, $506,015.
3. Ranier W. Melucci, Merrick, $418,217.
4. Denise Ferencik, Amityville, $378,498.
5. Herb R. Brown, Oceanside, $374,077.
6. Henry Grishman, Jericho, $372,115.
7. Constance Clark-Snead, Westbury, $371,136.
8. Jeffrey Streitman, Syosset, $369,612.
9. Michael McGill, Scarsdale, $332,592.
10. Geoffrey N. Gordon, Port Washington, $316,922.

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