Lee McDade Has Top County School Salary Other Than Superintendent After Management Shakeup

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lee McDade has the top county school salary - other than Supt. Bryan Johnson - of those involved in a management shakeup.

Dr. McDade, who was an assistant superintendent in the prior administration, is now chief operating officer. His pay is $128,209.

Nakia Towns Edwards, who was brought in as chief of staff, is being paid $126,856. Officials said she replaced Keri Randolph, who was director of innovation and made $100,229.

Justin Robertson, chief schools officer, is making the same $121,001 as before.

Keith Fogleman, chief talent officer brought in to replace Stacy Stewart, is being paid $120,100. Ms. Stewart was making $118,480.

Another import, Don Hall, is chief business officer and is being paid $117,832. Officials said he is replacing Assistant Supt. of Operations Zac Brown, who made $119,054.

Marsha Drake, who was elevated to chief equity officer, got an increase from $106,226 to $117,263.

Jill Levine moved to chief of the Opportunity Zone and is being paid the same $115,886.

Stephanie Hinton was hired for the new position of director of teaching and learning. She is paid $113,155.

Garfield Adams replaced Margaret Abernathy as director of special education. He makes $106,854. Ms. Abernathy was paid $109,076.

Nathan Freeman is filling the new position of director of Future Ready Institutes at a salary of $98,882. Half of the position is grant funded.

Shannon Moody, director of Research and Accountability, receives $81,550, while replacing Kirk Kelly, who was paid $122,396.

Tim Hensley, communications coordinator, is paid $79,547. The post was formerly held by Amy Katcher, who was paid $61,474.

Mr. Hensley said of the moves, "Something to consider about the restructuring is that the board and community are certainly interested in changes in Hamilton County Schools and that is not just anecdotal - there is hard evidence of the desire for change.  For a new superintendent to come in and go about business in the same manner as in the past would be counter to successful organizational change. Chattanooga and Hamilton County have made it clear that the status quo is not what the community wants from its schools or school leaders.

"The community and the board want change in our schools to provide the educational opportunities reflective of the value of the Scenic City of the South. The development of a C-suite for the system to streamline leadership was a recommendation of the Community Transition Team involving key leaders from across the county.  It was also the recommendation from the Working Group representing Mayor Coppinger’s office."

He added, "All restructuring is designed to help children meet the challenges of the future and achieve the goal of Hamilton County Schools becoming the fastest improving school system in Tennessee." 






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