Superintendent tops Mayfield Central School District highest earners list

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Superintendent Christopher Harper topped the list of earners in the Mayfield Central School District, according to data obtained via a Freedom of Information Law Request. Administrators and teachers made up the rest of the list.

  • Christopher Harper, superintendent, total pay $162,408.00
  • John Bishop, PreK-12 executive principal, total pay $144,225
  • Patricia Paser, elementary school interim associate principal, total pay $110,200
  • Lauren Lozier, school psychologist, total pay $108,762.34
  • Jon Caraco, athletic director, total pay $107,377
  • Jennifer Sanford, director of student services, total pay $100,254.10
  • Jill Fonda, junior/senior high school business teacher, $98,060.01
  • Kimberly McKeough, fifth grade teacher, total pay $96,465.40
  • Jill Sheldon, junior/senior high school special education teacher, total pay $96,344.73
  • Kristine Goodemote, junior/senior high school special education teacher, total pay $93,373.68

Harper declined to comment.

Bishop was previously superintendent of the Fort Plain Central School District and was named interim principal in August of 2021, according to the district website. The website did not make clear when he took over the role permanently, but minutes from an August 2022 school board meeting show him approved as a Lead Evaluators of teachers.

Paser was appointed to her interim role in August of 2021, and reprised the role for the current school year. She previously served as assistant to the superintendent in the Schenectady School District for 10 years before retiring from the role in early 2021.

Caraco also serves as the head coach for the varsity boys’ soccer team.

McKeough advised the homework club for fifth graders during the 2022-23 school year, according to minutes from a Sept. 22 school board meeting. Those minutes also indicate Jill Sheldon advised the student council.

Minutes from an Aug. 22 school board meeting name business teacher Jill Fonda as co-advisor to the Investment Club.

The most recent data from the New York State Education department states that in the 2021-22 school year, 835 students were enrolled in grades K-12. It is similar in size to the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District, which had 703 students enrolled in 2021-22 and where superintendent Adam Heroth made $153,125 in total pay.


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