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Top 10
The highest paid Allen County school employees are:
1. Wendy Robinson, FWCS superintendent…$210,034.52
2. Steve Yager, SACS superintendent…$190,750.00
3. Karyle Green, EACS superintendent…$159,472.84
4. Chris Himsel, NACS superintendent…$145,089.96
5. Kathy Friend, FWCS chief financial officer…$124,213.06
6. Steve Cobb, FWCS chief academic officer…$122,447.91
7. Debra Robbins, FWCS high school area administrator…$121,772.61
8. Rita Turflinger, FWCS middle school area administrator…$119,251.69
9. Charles Cammack, FWCS chief operations officer…$117,911.99
11. Jim Coplen, SACS business manager…$112,785.25
Source: School districts

2 of 4 Allen school bosses have accepted salary cuts


Little has changed in the 10 highest-paid public school employees listing in 2012 compared with 2011, except that most have received raises.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson leads the list, as she has for several years, with $210,035 in earnings in 2012, a $1,300 decrease from her earnings in 2011. Robinson, who leads the state’s largest school district, declined a base pay increase offered by the district school board based on her evaluation.

The Journal Gazette generated its top-10 list by acquiring salary information through public records requests from all Allen County public school districts, including charter schools. The earnings include base salaries, payments into retirement accounts, car allowances and other perks.

The top four slots go to the county’s four district superintendents. Besides Robinson, the top earners are Steve Yager of Southwest Allen County Schools; Karyle Green, formerly of East Allen County Schools, and Chris Himsel of Northwest Allen County Schools, in that order. Himsel and Robinson were the only two superintendents whose earnings decreased from the previous year, while Green and Yager both earned increases.

As of March 1, Green is no longer the district’s superintendent after receiving more than $200,000 to leave the district before her contract was to end June 30, 2014. Her earnings increased from 2011 because last year was the final year of a three-year increase in Green’s contract.

Last year, all SACS employees earned stipends of 2.5 percent, which accounts for Yager’s increase in earnings to $190,750.

According to Himsel’s contract, he was set to earn $155,000 annually, including base salary and an annuity. But he accepted a 3 percent pay cut in 2011, along with other employees in the district. The board extended his contract in July, agreeing to pay $145,000 annually plus $5,000 in annuity.