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School Employees Earn Top Salaries in Darien

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien school administrators make the highest salaries of all town employees, with the Top 10 highest paid individuals earning a total of $1.7 million.

Superintendent Stephen Falcone is the highest paid town employee, pulling in $229,500 in the 2011-12 fiscal year. He is followed by Darien High School Principal Dan Haron, who makes $180,709 and assistant superintendents Judith Pandolfo and Matt Byrnes, who each make $178,836.

Town Administrator Karl Kilduff is the highest paid non-school employee and makes $151,510, according to information from the town's Finance Department. His salary ranks 14th on the overall list of Darien town employees.

Next on the list of the schools’ biggest earners are Middlesex Middle School Principal Debi Boccanfuso at $168,921 and Special Education Director Robin Pavia at $163,788. They are followed by Hindley Principal Rita Ferri and Ox Ridge Principal John Rechi, who each make $163,471. Pavia and Rechi are both retiring this year.

Rounding out the Top 10 are School Finance Director Richard Huot at $161,030, and DHS assistant principals Ellen Dunn and Michael Sullivan, who each make $157,081.

After Kilduff on the list of highest paid non-school employees are Public Works Director Bob Steeger at $142,926, Police Chief Duane Lovello at $141,686 and Finance Director Kathleen Buch at $140,362.

Police Capts. Fred Komm and Gary Pavia each earn $125,363. Parks and Recreation Director Sue Swiatek follows them with $112,903. Finishing up the Top 10 non-school employees are Human Resources Director Nancy Markey at $112,632, Planning and Zoning Director Jeremy Ginsberg at $111,474 and Town Assessor Anthony Homicki at $111,328.

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson is No. 34 on the list of highest earning non-school employees, receiving an $80,000 stipend.

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