Vancouver School District releases staff earnings report

Superintendent Scott Robinson tops the list at $243,000

Vancouver’s superintendent of schools was the lone district staffer to make north of $200,000 in the 2015-2016 fiscal year, according to documents released by the district earlier this month.

The district’s Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) report indicates Scott Robinson’s earnings came in at $243,763.64. Robinson, who is currently on medical leave, also claimed $15,153 in expenses.

The report lists all payments made to trustees and employees with remuneration exceeding $75,000 in the year from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. It defines remuneration as salary, wages, taxable benefits, payment into trust or any form of income deferral paid by the board to an employee. The report does not include
anything payable under a severance agreement.

Secondary school teacher James Mace was the second-highest earner on the list, at $192,986. School district staff did not explain Mace’s exact job title, other than to say he is a secondary school teacher. Mace landed in the number two spot in 2012 as well, and at that time, the Courier was told it was due to the several positions he held: a district teacher for the Vancouver Learning Network, as an adult education teacher and as a summer school teacher.

Official trustee Dianne Turner earned a salary of $192,192 from her former employer, the Delta School District.

Other district staffers in the top 10 include:

Rick Krowchuk, former secretary treasurer: $173,733.83  
Govan Keng, secondary school teacher: $173,154.57
Janet Stewart, former associate superintendent: $166,972.52  
Janson Ho, project office director for the Vancouver Project Office: $163,214.79
David Nelson, associate superintendent: $156,973.45
Peter Evans, principal at Maple Grove elementary: $155,766.88  
Robert Schindel, director of instruction: $149,257.30
Jim Stassinopoulos, secondary school teacher: $145,909.48

The job titles listed in the report cover up until June 30 of this year, and given the massive turnover at the district, some of those titles may no longer be accurate.

As for expense totals, Brian Kuhn’s total of $9,808 landed him in the second spot after Robinson.Kuhn is the district’s director of information learning technology, and a school board communications rep explained his totals related to “a number of out-of-country conferences” and a membership fee to a national I.T. association.

Former trustees Joy Alexander, Patti Bacchus, Chris Richardson, Stacy Robertson and Allan Wong made $26,975. Penny Noble made $26,963, Janet Fraser earned $26,987 and Fraser Ballantyne made $27,983. Former chair Mike Lombardi earned $28,161. Ballantyne’s expense total of $2,245 was the highest among elected officials.


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