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Where have the City Hall administrators gone?

Sunday's story took a look at a few issues, including an update on the number of non-union central office administrators -- down from 28 to 20.

What happened to them?

Well, in the final months of Williams' tenure, four exempts left, and their positions were left vacant.

Dixon filled two of them, appointing former Performing Arts principal Darren Brown as executive director of human resources and Nathaniel J. Kuzma as an attorney. (Two positions in human resources -- those of Faren Gault-Wilson and Kara Murphy -- have been left vacant.)

Since Dixon became interim superintendent, she eliminated four other exempt positions. One administrator -- Erin Comerford, an executive administrator -- took a job outside the district.

Mark FrazierAnne Botticelli (former associate superintendent) and Mark Frazier (pictured at left, former lead community superintendent) took lower-paying union positions within the district, Botticelli as director of curriculum and Frazier as director of special education.

Botticelli took a $48,179 pay cut to her current salary of $84,821; Frazier's $37,778 pay cut took him down to $98,222.

Aubrey Lloyd became athletic director, rather than executive director of athletics -- a $36,003 pay cut, to $78,997.

(Under former Superintendent James Williams, Mike Mogavero became athletic director after he was removed as principal at Riverside High School, per federal rules regarding school turnarounds. Williams waited to move Mogavero until mid-way into that school year, when there were no principal positions open -- so Williams had moved Lloyd up to an exempt position and moved Mogavero into that newly created central office vacancy. This school year, Mogavero became principal of The Academy, the district's alternative high school. At that point, Dixon eliminated the exempt position that had been Lloyd's, and moved him back as athletic director.)

Dixon has left her own former central office position vacant, as well as that of Frances Wilson, whom Dixon appointed chief academic officer.


And then there were a few exempts whose contracts were scheduled to end over the past several months -- but they ended up with short-term contract extensions.

Among them was the six-month contract extension that Dixon gave to Elena Cala, special assistant to the superintendent (pictured at right). Cala's contract was due to expire in March.

Under Williams, Cala, along with Comerford, seemed often to be within a few paces of the superintendent, accompanying him to ribbon-cuttings, meetings and any other engagements that came up -- and, often, keeping the media away. Since Dixon took over, Cala has adopted a decidedly less confrontational, more collaborative approach.

- Mary Pasciak

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