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Search for new special-education director put off

Kathleen Bodie

In an email to parents on Thursday, April 12, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie wrote that she has informed the School Committee that "we were unable to choose a director of special education following our search this year." Three finalists recently visited Arlington.

"We will conduct another search next year, but we are fortunate that our current interim director, Kathleen Lockyer, has agreed to serve another year," pending approval by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"As always, we will continue to focus on our ongoing Special Education initiatives and improvements," the statement concluded.

As a search for a permanent director of special education got underway last year, pay was an issue.

"We have been on the low side," Bodie told the School Committee on Thursday, Nov. 17. She said she will be looking in the range of $110,000 to $120,000.

Mark Ryder, who directed the department for three years and announced he was leaving in March for a nonprofit in Maine, was paid $110,000 a year.

The job description the committee approved last week does not state the salary.

The committee received a list of annual salaries paid to top administrators of special education in some Massachusetts school districts. Here is the list (at the end are explanations of what the varying asterisks mean):

Arlington: $110,000 *

Belmont: $120,923 *

Lexington: $135,194 *

Acton: $119,734 ***

Bedford: $92,745 ***

Boxborough: $96,663 ***

Brookline: $101,663-$136,000 ***

Carlisle: $122,400 ***

Concord: $133,900 ***

Dedham: $103,000 (260 days) **

Dover/Sherborn: $100-$105,000 (3 administrators of special education, 220 days) **

Framingham: $116,032 (12 months) **

Holliston: $113,300 (260 days) **

Hopkinton: $114,477 (225 days) **

Lincoln: 132,487 ***

Medfield: $116,500 (220 days) **

Medford: $103,000 *

Millis: $106,406 (260 days) **

Natick: $114.000-$130,000 (220.5 days) **

Needham: $123,814 (260 days) **

Newton: $130,000 ***

Norwood: $113,497 (260 days) **

Walpole: $88,000 (261 days) **

Watertown: $117,260 ***

Wayland: $122,148 (261 days) **

Wellesley: $131,078 (260 days) **

Weston: $125,065 (260 days) **

Westwood: $120,983 (225 days) **

*Winchester: $114,000 *

TEC: $110,000 (260 days) ** 

* Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Medford, Winchester data given by HR/payroll, Nov. 12, 2011

** Data with number of days is from TEC 

*** Data without number of days is from EDCO 


This story was first published at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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