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John Thompson, fired Clayton County school sup’t: $367,371


John Thompson, fired after just 11 months from his Clayton County post, ranked as the third-best-paid school superintendent in Georgia for 2009.

Thompson pocketed about $367,000 in the fiscal year ending June 30. He lost his job in March, less than a year after he’d been hired to turn the school system around and lead it back to accreditation.

Here’s the rest of the Top 10 superintendent salaries for 2009, courtesy of

  • $389,314 — Beverly Hall, Atlanta
  • $387,934 — J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett
  • $367,371 — John Thompson, Clayton County
  • $287,991 — Crawford Lewis, DeKalb County
  • $274,425 — Cindy Loe, Fulton County
  • $249,530 — Martha Patterson, Bibb County
  • $239,254 — Thomas Lockamy, Savannah-Chatham County
  • $236,129 — Donald Remillard, Douglas County
  • $232,602 — Dana T. Bedden, Richmond County
  • $227,853 — Emily Lembeck, Marietta





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2 Responses to “John Thompson, fired Clayton County school sup’t: $367,371”

  1. Dylieman says:

    These people are NOT worth this kind of money. The teachers are the ones with our children daily and are the ones shaping them for the future. A “top dog” is only as successful as those under them who are doing all the work. And Crawford Lewis and Beverly Hall are the ones who defended the cheaters. The best interests of our children and teachers is NOT their top priority. Just my two cents.

  2. Some Other Mike says:

    Note: Your link also refers to the AJC article.

    wrt this pay nonsense … It’s somewhat amusing to see the sudden scrutiny of school administration pay, as their budgets are lagging property values. Put simply: extremes and criminal behavior aside, anyone who bought into the real estate bubble shouldn’t complain about historical school system administration excess. It’s like complaining about maggots — they’re gross, but they’re only devouring dead economic flesh in the first place, so they serve a nominal purpose.

    However, Dekalb superintendent’s full-rate contract extension is damn near criminal, in light of the sinking real estate market (and property tax rolls).