Framingham: 188 employees earned $100,000 or more last year July 8, 2016
Jim Haddadin 617-863-7144 Metrowest Daily News

FRAMINGHAM - From school principals to police officers, accountants and heavy equipment operators, a wide swath of public servants made the list of Framingham's top earners last year.

Salary records provided by the town indicate more than 3,200 people were compensated by the town during the 2015 calendar year. Among them were close to 190 town employees who earned $100,000 or more.

With an annual salary of more than $255,000, Superintendent Stacy Scott easily topped the list of highest paid employees, out-earning Town Manager Bob Halpin by close to $70,000.

Halpin was paid about $186,750 in 2015, while Police Chief Ken Ferguson - the third-highest paid employee - received about $180,650.

Looking farther down the list, public safety personnel were among the town's most well-compensated employees; 72 police officers and 27 firefighters received more than $100,000 last year.

However, not all of that money came from taxpayers. Police officers are eligible to work private details, allowing many of them to significantly increase their earnings. Nearly 100 police officers worked details last year, earning an average of close to $22,300 each, according to the town's salary records.

In the school department, 51 of the more than 2,200 employees on the payroll hit the $100,000 mark last year.

Among principals, Framingham High School's Elyse Torbert was the top earner last year, receiving a little more than $138,400.

Torbert assumed the role last year after her predecessor, Adam Goldberg, went on an extended medical leave, prompting controversy at the high school about his status.

Goldberg, who became principal at the start of the 2014-2015 school year, was compensated close to $79,500 between January and June 2015, according to town salary records. He stepped down after his contract expired at the end of the school year.

Among middle school principals, salaries ranged between about $120,500 and close to $123,000, with outgoing Fuller Middle School Principal Sharon Seyller leading the pack.

Salaries were generally lower for the principals of the district's elementary schools; most earned between about $110,500 and about $116,800, though two principals - Barbieri School's Susan McGilvray-Rivet and Potter Road School's Paula Del Prete - topped their counterparts, earning more than $125,000 each.

Framingham had more than 800 teachers on the payroll last year, earning an average salary of close to $64,000 each, according to the town's salary records. The school district employs an additional 119 assistant teachers, 90 special education aides, 45 classroom aides and a range of other education professionals.

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