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Wake schools administrator to teach English at $131K a year

Posted August 19, 2011

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— A Wake County Public School System administrator has been reassigned to teach English at Millbrook High School in Raleigh – and he'll keep his $131,000 annual salary.

David Holdzkom, who is keeping his salary, as stipulated in his contract, was the assistant superintendent of evaluation and research until Friday, when Superintendent Tony Tata removed him from the position.

School system administrators would not comment on the move because of personnel laws.

Holdzkom's move to the classroom comes a week after the district's longtime chief communications officer, Michael Evans, resigned.

Evans, whose annual salary was more than $125,000, has not said why he resigned, and a school system spokesman did not give a reason for his departure.

Several other employees at the school system’s central office have also been reassigned as part of Tata’s reorganization efforts.


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  • blessedmomof2 Aug 22, 2011

    You all do not even know the half.....this school system is going down the drain. Please pray that God has mercy on the innocent employees who have been working so hard to make a living and stay employed.

  • rlee1117 Aug 19, 2011

    lets see this guy makes enough to fund 3 teachers. my question how long has this contract been with this guy? I'm not saying to fire him but it seems like wake county has money to burn but not for teachers or raises. Who allowed this kind of contract anyway. Maybe we should be looking little closer at the people giving these contracts out . HEY WRAL CHECK ON THIS PLEASE!!!

  • Sunshine25 Aug 19, 2011

    The end of the story is that he shouldn't have been getting paid over $100,000 no matter what his job title was.... ESPECIALLY during this hard economic time where teaching and teaching aid positions are being cut/reduced. That 31,000 would pay for another teacher in the overcrowded classrooms of students.

  • Sunshine25 Aug 19, 2011

    Let's go over this one more time... NCAE has nothing to do with how much this man is getting paid. North Carolina does not have a teachers union. When you sign a contract to work you sign it with the COUNTY that you are working for. Not the state. Not NCAE. Not NEA. Anything higher than a teaching position has a negotiable contract. For instance you should note that there is no "set" pay grade for these higher county employees like there is for teachers. The guy is obviously smart enough to negotiate his contract in his favor. Probably realizing the instability of the WCPSS he made sure that part of his contract said that his salary could not be decreased even if his position was eliminated and he was forced to accept a lower position. I'm sure this man has tenure with the county - You can't really just "get rid of" someone with tenure and so by making that part of his contract they could make him a bus driver and he would still get the salary just not the fancy title.

  • scuse2 Aug 19, 2011

    read the N & O article....part of why he lost his position was because he made Tedesco mad....

  • anneonymousone Aug 19, 2011

    Yankee1, the NCAE that other commenters have posted about is the North Carolina Association of Educators, the state affiliate of the National Education Association.

    PlayFair and Johnnyplusthree, North Carolina is a Right to Work state. NCAE functions as a professional organization here, not as a union.

    CSmith8116, according to http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/fbs/finance/salary/schedules/2011-12schedules.pdf, a teacher with a master's degree and fifteen years of teaching experience would not make ~$80,000 a year, but thank you for the optimism. He or she would make $44,200 without National Board Certification, and $49,500 with National Board Certification, has not seen a pay step increase in a few years and will probably not see one next year.

  • lauraleigh Aug 19, 2011

    HOLY COW. From the Other Side of Stupid file, to be sure. No WONDER the area schools are in such dire economic straits!

  • jtd1969 Aug 19, 2011

    that's what all TEACHERS deserve to be paid!!!!!!

  • taylor3297 Aug 19, 2011

    Rebelyell55: Mr. Holdzkom is certified to teach high school English.

  • cantstandya Aug 19, 2011

    Another instance where the tax payers have no say in how their money is wasted,well it is easy to spend others money since they will not feel the pain.