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Average Hamilton-Wenham Teacher Salary nearly $78K—Among Highest in State, Report Says

Teachers in the Hamilton-Wenham school system are among the highest paid, according to a recent report.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. Credit: Patch file photo
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. Credit: Patch file photo
The average teacher in the Hamilton-Wenham school system last year earned $77,909—the 52nd highest figure in the state, according to a new report by the Boston Business Journal.

The Concord-Carlisle school system last year earned $95,947, the highest average in the state. The community of Florida in western Massachusetts came in last with $35,497.

"There's really not much consistency among local towns and cities when it comes to teacher salaries and employment," the report, posted by the Journal's Craig Douglas, said. "Some communities are spending more than ever, while others are below where they were before the last recession."
Michelle Bailey May 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Children and families living in our community are not b u r d e n s. They are a blessing. Instead of worrying about the burden that families with children bring, let worry about nurturing the children that we have be blessed to have live among us. They remind us how wonderful it is when we share and play together nicely and how hurtful is is when people call us names, like a burden.
Jay Burnham May 25, 2014 at 06:25 AM
Wow…someone was feeling a little oversensitive yesterday. Bob Gray never referred to children and families as burdens. He said that TAXES are a burden. Which they are….to many families (with or without children). That was the point he and Carol were both making. It is wrong to deliberately distort their comments and it is unsound and irresponsible to pretend we can live on rainbows and sunshine.
Jay Burnham May 25, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Where was the sensitivity when seniors were called curmudgeons and anti-education and anti-pool? Or when they were told they could leave town if taxes are too high for them? Or when the suggestion was made to cut senior van service? Where are the kudos for all they have done, and continue to do, as volunteers and long established, caring and respected members of our community?
richard boroff May 26, 2014 at 05:47 PM
This is an interesting discussion. It is difficult when a property tax of $4800 is a burden for someone. On the other hand for example, to decrease the tax rate from 17.71 to 13.71 is about a 22.6% decrease. What would the decrease in services be? The change in the tax bill would be about $1200.00. Would this make a difference to the individual in financial trouble? And if someone cannot afford a $5000 tax bill is this only a symptom of other problem?. What else are they giving up? And as for the statement "And if they decide to sell and move on then that puts a further burden on the residents because what usually happens is that a young couple with children move in to further strain the school system with results in even higher taxes.", it certainly does say that children are a burden. The real problem is that we all need to pay for the education of these young children because they are the ones that are going to support our social security system. If someone paid into it and is over 70, they should be drawing about $1,000 to $1,300 per month in benefits. Two people in the family about doubles that. Then there should be a pension or other retirement income on which to draw. The educations system needs to educate our children so that they have the skills to make judgments about the future and plan for the changes. To cry today about our lack of planning yesterday does not cut it. We have to be responsible for what we as 70 year olds did or did not do in our earning years.1. There is a big difference between being "a long established, caring and respected members of our community" and someone who blames everyone else for their problems. And by the way, I know many 70 year olds who are either still working or volunteering their services at various places, including some at which they do hard physical work.
Carol A Mazzetta May 27, 2014 at 03:30 AM
While I agree on some of Mr. Boroffs points, let me state right now we don't blame anyone for the position we're in. As for social security, I was a stay at home Mom for a long time therefore I do not receive $1,000 a month nor do either one of us receive a pension. And yes, we are "long established " in our community! Our three children went to school here as well as several grandchildren so I think we've certainly payed our share in taxes without complaint I might add!

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