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Superintendent of Schools Sees Raise for 2012-13 from State Step Increase

Cindy Beggs, administrative assistant to the superintendent, said that under the state step increase plan, every certified educator is eligible for a raise based on years of experience.

The following is salary information for the 2012-13 school year for Barrow County Schools top administrative officials. 

  • Superintendent Wanda Creel — $148,680
  • Assistant superintendent Jake Grant — $111,589
  • Chris Griner, executive director of business services — $101,726
  • Sherri Freeman, executive director of human resources — $94,283

A comparison to salary information obtained through the website open.georgia.gov for 2011 shows the superintendent will receive a salary increase of $2,178.84. Cindy Beggs, administrative assistant to the superintendent, said this is based on what the state of Georgia calls a "step increase." Under this plan, every certified educator is eligible for a raise based on years of experience, and the state determines every year whether step increases are funded. 

Salary comparisons between 2012-13 and 2011 indicate assistant superintendent Grant will see a salary decrease of $485.24. Beggs said that decrease is likely due to furlough days — there were five furlough days in 2011 and there are six in the 2012-13 school year. As Grant is not employed in a certified position, he was not eligible for a step increase like the one Creel received. 

The following salary information was obtained through the website open.georgia.gov for for 2008 through 2011. 

Barrow County School System administration 

Superintendent Wanda Creel

  • 2011 — $146,501.16 
  • 2010 — $41,884.94 from Barrow County School System and $99,793.13 from Houston County

Former superintendent Ron Saunders 

  • 2010 — $124,150.29
  • 2009 — $151,122.36 
  • 2008 — $150,531.42

Assistant superintendent Claire Miller — Note: Miller is no longer with the Barrow County School System as of the 2012-13 school year, having accepted a position with Oconee County Schools 

  • 2011 — $111,922.44
  • 2010 — $107,582.04
  • 2009 — $103,007.94
  • 2008 — $95,915

Assistant superintendent Jake Grant 

  • 2011 — $112,074.24
  • 2010 — $111,589.02
  • 2009 — $114,500.04
  • 2008 — $109,785.96

to view compensation for Barrow County Board of Education members from 2008 to 2011. 

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No Name September 07, 2012 at 12:18 PM
It is sad that they get pay raises while other Barrow County Employees get a pay cut!!!
Marne M September 08, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This has nothing to do with the Barrow County school budget or teachers pay -- it's a State-funded step plan that, as it notes, every certified educator is eligible for, so it's not like someone waived a magic wand and said, "Only Wanda Creel gets a raise" or the school board voted for it. Even with the state funds, she's not making as much as her male predecessor. I'm really curious to know what specific issues everyone seems to have with this woman. She was put in place during a terrible economic time. Tax revenues have gone down. State funds have been reduced. None-the-less, my child continues to receive an excellent education that includes art, music, physical education, computer lab, and the SCOPE program. I consider this a credit to the educators at her school, true, but also to the administrators, who keep everything running the best they can.

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