Brigantine Schools Release Salary Data for 2014

See 2014/15 Brigantine School District SALARY data here. Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) received this information on Nov 12, 2014, in cooperation with Brigantine City Hall, Superintendent Brian Pruitt and Mayor Guenther. This public service helps local taxpayers evaluate our public school system.

The Brigantine Taxpayers Association continues to advocate for consolidation of Brigantine’s side-by-side schools, elementary and middle, into one Brigantine school. This would eliminate duplicated administrative costs, increase efficiency and reduce taxpayer burden.

Overview of Brigantine Education Expenses: 

  • Enrollment has declined to 683 students
  • Brigantine taxpayers pay $19,373 to educate each student
  • Brigantine school district employee count is 132
  • 30% of property taxes go to fund Brigantine schools
  • Payroll is $8.9 million. This number does not include benefits, pension, hourly wages.
  • Total operating budget for 2014/15 school year: $19.4 million
  • Brigantine taxpayers billed $20,500+ for each student sent to AC High School
  • Mayor Guenther appoints Brigantine school board (members unknown at this time)
  • Registered voters not permitted to vote on school budget issues
  • Brigantine is ‘sending district’ to Atlantic City High School
  • 5/1 Ratio: There is one paid employee for each of the 5 students in the Brigantine School District
  • Brigantine schools were rated 3 on a scale of 1-10. See Great Schools Rating here.

Comparable Local Education Expense:

  • Cost per pupil: Brigantine School- $19,373  (paid by taxpayers)
  • Cost per pupil: Atlantic City High School- $20,500+  (paid by taxpayers)
  • Cost per pupil: Holy Spirit High School- approx $8,000  (paid by individual family)
  • Cost per pupil: St Augustine approx- approx $15,000  (paid by individual family)
  • Cost per pupil: Haddonfield School District: $11,250
  • Cost per pupil: Atlantic County Institute of Technology- $15,000  (school run by Mayor Guenther)

The numbers below do not include benefits, pension, hourly wages:

 2014 / 15 Brigantine SchoolsSalary
Superintendent .
Pruitt, B$117,000.
Fox, K$92,275
Marrrandino, D$135,675
Houdart, J$105,000
Caratola, J$82,789
La Serra, B                  .$81,450
Tedeschi, J$81,450
 Urban, K$72,267
1st Grade 
Caprio, B$91,134
Jackson, M$75,592
Mitzel, L$86,841
Wittstock, S$85,009
2nd Grade                  
Campitelli, C$86,720
Karsko. L$52,125
Mayer, A$91,771
Miles, D$90,824
3rd Grade 
Amend, D$85,009
Hackney, S$92,091
Madamba, M$86,195
Porpora, S$56,776
4th Grade 
Jamison, A$54,023
Laielli, A$81,450
Ott. P$52,123
Tracy, J                    .$85,197
5th Grade
Wetzel, M$90,824
Antunes, K$85,197
Dalessio, E$89,880
Haneman, C$85,009
McCarron, L$66,723
6th Grade 
Magee, P$85,197
Murray,  S$85,197
7th & 8th Grade 
Boffa, M$61,627
Knoff, M$69,793
Milhous, K                .$85,646
Garufi, T$73,390
Roberts, R$52,123
DiGiovanni, L$85,646
Wilkinson, J$82,789
Carlen, C$72,117
Brestle, M$86,117
Scannell, J$86,117
Middle School Math 
 O’Kane, D$51,047
 Seaman, A$57,658
Special Education 
Benchoff, K$86,117
Caputo, G$85,009
Carrington, K$61,627
Derrickson, B$57,658
Hurtt, K$66,723
Lawn. M$85,197
McClure, C                 .$86,730
Serino, P$86,195
Sharp, K$81,450
Stoltzfus, P                  .$55,122
Learning Disabilities
Dalton, S$83,688
Glick, L$87,022
Kim, S$64,463
Elementary Science  
DiDomenico, M          $53,998
Basic Skills 
Clark, L$90,160
Frystak, E $53,658
Gifted And Talented 
Coyne, R$64,463
Early Childhood 
Piermattei, D$85,197
Widmann, D$85,009
Gregg, T                       $90,160
Grimley, K$61,627
PhysEd / Health
D’Amico, S                   $81,450
Doran, N$86,195
Pomatto, M$77,210
Elsayed, S$81,450
King, E$81,450
Lancaster, M$82,672
Baldwin, M$86,117
Booth, J$81,450
Tech Coordinator
Estlow, J$83,688
Rood, T$58,892
Social Worker
Zeck, J                          $85,009
Speech Correctionist 
Gormley, L$86,921
Willows, L$88,134
Student Services 
Barron-Geubtner, K$88,920
Smallwood, C$69,793
Curriculum Supervisor 
Luff, J$92,000
DiFonzo-Eafrati, M$52,647
Ortolf, C$85,197
STEM Teacher 
Pushman, A$51,647
Mancuso, A$34,999
Panis, S$38,089
Donofrio, D$37,784
DiBuonaventura, F$42,288
Fisher, J$63,581
Bonanni, J$42,384
Sooy, S$42,384
Rose, L$50,972
Ricciardelli, C$49,487
O’Neill, M$47,128
Roguszewski, J10.20 hr
 Ciaccio, V47,653
 Conn, E76,711
 Fetter, J29,050
 Fulmor, M83,045
 Heenan, M28,239
 La Vigna, P21.36hr
 Mankus, J33,111
 McGlone, J31,266
 Mingoia, J14.23hr
 Mule, M38,730
 Myers, S35,117
 Nicodemus, J40,790
 O’Brien, M40,790
 Zuber, P23,655
 Smith, W29,050
 Rossetti, F14.23hr
 Ricciardelli, R36,414
 Ricchini, D21.36hr
 Andros, D$27.063
 Colon, S$26,275
 Connor, E$33,306
 D’Alessandro. C$26,275
 Dunn, P$26,275
 Haefele, R$27,063
 Zappas, J$26,275
 Williams, K$26,275
 Snyder, E$33,306
 Pizza, M$27,063
 O’Brien, K$26,275
 McKenna, E$23.93hr
 McClaskey, D$26,275
 Marsella, D$33,306
 Huber, T$26,275
 Haney, M22.52 hr
 Herbein, K$33,306
 Heenan, B$33,306
 Leahy, P$26,275


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10 thoughts on “Brigantine Schools Release Salary Data for 2014”

  1. If $19,373 is the correct amount to educate each student in Brigantine per year, is this a true statement to say in your article that $19,373 is what Brigantine Taxpayers pay for each student”; or does Educational State Aid contribute to that cost, thus lowering the cost that Brigantine Taxpayers pay per student, to an actual correct amount?

    The recent salary data released by the BTA also included the year the employee was hired, which is not included in your article.
    This information is important to understand the differential in the salaries and the number of years in the district, and should always be included with the salary data.

  2. In New Jersey’s Educational system, the level of education/degrees that our educators (teachers and administrators) obtain directly reflects the employee’s value to a school system. This makes sense, and should also always be included when evaluating salary data.

    This info was provided recently by the BTA, but was also omitted in this article.

  3. ***This number does not include benefits, pension, hourly wages.***

    Wow… so what is the typical faculty/staff to student ratio? 5-1?
    Some noteworthy last names on that list for sure!
    Interesting that the school board is appointed and not voted on.

    So this is how one becomes a lifelong mayor, write taxpayer checks to indirectly buy votes for you and your cronies… ingenious!

  4. i would also like to see the level of education and how many years each employee has worked. It seems like a large number of employees for such a small number of students!

  5. “Lifelong Mayor”? That’s untrue. The Mayor’s term is four years, not “lifelong.” The voters choose their Mayor, and they have chosen. The Mayor is only in office as long as the majority of voters want him. Fred Hess

  6. based on this article, only 30% of Brigantine’s property taxes are going for education expenses – that’s pretty good compared to other municipalities which are higher throughout the state of NJ. Teacher’s salaries are public knowledge along with any state worker. These teachers are educated and deserve every penny they get – you do want good teachers teaching your kids – the kids are our future. A new teacher does not make what the salaries show for the tenured teachers (listed above) with years of experience. Shouldn’t a teacher that has taught for many years be entitled to pay increases over the years or do you think they should all be capped out at $40,000/year? Get real and accept that teachers are professionals, teach your kids, put many more hours in their day than you think – they just don’t start at 8am and finish at 3pm – most teachers have work still to do after dinner until 9-10pm doing their plans preparing for the next day or for the week.
    And moving on to the private schools and their tuitions. I attended Catholic school for 12 years – that was a choice and sacrifice by my parents. If anyone chooses to send their child to a private school, then yes, they should pay because they choose not to use the public school system. No money from the government (taxes) should even be given to any alternate education system – period. If you’re not happy with the present public school system, get involved – volunteer, join the PTA whether you have kids in school or not – and do more than just complain. The local schools are not just some government bureaucracy like the mysterious federal government – they are your town’s school system and not a babysitting service – they are willing to hear what you have to say – give it a try.

  7. Concerned parent of Brig North School student

    There is no curriculum in the North school! No syllabus for any of the classes. There are not sufficient books, and students cannot bring books home. The 8th grade high level Reading and Language Arts class just finished a 204 page Novel since the beginning of the year. One book in 5 months, but remember they do not read the book at home only in class. The teacher actually read them chapters out of the book. Why would an 8th grade teacher be reading the book to the students? ( Perhaps a lullaby should of accompanied the reading). Other schools in the areas 8th grade classes are reading books independently at home, in a quiet environment. They have read 3 novels already, along with typed reports about each book. There is no homework in many classes in 8th grade. There is no writing assignments in Reading and Language Arts. There is no language arts, other than vocabulary words. The vocabulary words are taught to the students not by the teacher but an online web site.. Our students NJ Ask scores reflect what our students are learning or lack of. Accountability is why they implemented these tests. Some of us ask our children what they did in each class on a daily basis. We know what’s going on.

  8. in response to concerned parent: my last comment was backing teachers – but if this is true in what you say, heads must roll starting at the top. all teachers should be held accountable but the accountability needs to start at the top. if the admin is not doing their job, then the system fails.
    great to hear what you have said and please follow through in finding out “why” this is happening – parents also make the difference in their children’s schools.

    1. Concerned parent

      Our politically appointed school board is not looking out for our students. They are there to protect the politically appointed staff. They have each other’s back. The students are not receiving the education that they are entitled to by law.. Hollywood Movies, independent computer time, substitutes at least 2-3 x a week who do not teach, teacher and staff meetings during our students class times- and teachers who are not teaching, or shall I say have mastered doing the bare minimal. Where is the accountability?? if you complain you get chastised by the administration, after all they know that the board has their back. The administrative staff have each other’s back. Let’s see how well the North school students do on the State testing? I feel sorry for our children, they are the ones not getting the education that we the taxpayers are paying almost $20,000 per student. A 5-1 staff ratio, and poor test grades, something needs to be done to correct this injustice.

      1. I am sorry but some of you people are not reading the article. It is not a 5 to 1 teacher to student ratio. It is a 5 to 1 paid staff member to student. That includes aides, nurses, custodians, administrators, lunch room staff, etc. Not just teachers. It is not a teachers responsibility to clean toilets, clean up throw up, feed them in the cafeteria. Some of you so called concerned tax payers are complaining just to complain. The state average on property taxes is much higher then our 30%. Be educated before you speak. National and state average is 35%. Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t 35% less then 30%?

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