Here are the top earners at the Vancouver school district

For the first time in at least three years, no employees with Vancouver school district earned north of the elusive $200,000 mark.

But it was close.

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According to the district’s statement of financial information (SOFI), deputy superintendent David Nelson topped all earners in the 2018 school year at $198,188.

The SOFI report covers the period running July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, which explains why current superintendent Suzanne Hoffman’s earnings sat at $121,302. Hoffman began her tenure in Vancouver in early January 2018.

Former superintendent Scott Robinson made well over $200,000, according to the previous two SOFI reports. For the fiscal year running July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, Robinson earned $261,630. The 2015-2016 fiscal year saw Robinson’s reported earnings listed at $243,763. Robinson resigned in the summer of 2017.

Issued towards the end of each year, the SOFI report lists all employees who earned in excess of $75,000 along with their expenses.

The eight trustees each earned $17,894, while board chair Janet Fraser made $19,384.

Principals at schools across the city made, on average, in the range of $100,000 to $130,000. Some trades workers — electricians, painters, steamfitters, plumbers, for example — earned between $80,000 and $90,000. Those figures are on par with teachers’ salaries in some cases.

After Nelson, the top nine earners include:

  • $186,243 — John Lewis, former acting superintendent 
  • $180,418 — Janson Ho, project office director
  • $174,221— Govan Keng, home instruction, secondary
  • $173,805 — Thomas Emanouilidis, special education, secondary
  • $172,916 — Robert Schindel, associate superintendent
  • $172,415 — Nancy Brennan, associate superintendent
  • $165,904 — John David Green, secretary treasurer
  • $152,555 — Magdalena Kassis, director of instruction
  • $150,023 — Lisa Landry, assistant secretary treasurer

Iris Leung, the district’s program coordinator for international education, claimed far and away the highest expense totals at $14,177.

“She is required travel extensively to recruit international students to the district and the majority of her expenses relate to that endeavour,” explained district spokesperson Jiana Chow.








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