New Hartford Central School District Superintendent Robert J. Nole was the highest-paid school district employee in the Mohawk Valley region during the 2013-14 school year, according to data posted today at SeeThroughNY.net.

Nole collected a total of $205,475 last year, not including benefits. The 20 highest-paid school district employees in the Mohawk Valley region, as well as the 50 highest-paid outside New York City, can be viewed here.

Outside New York City, the number of public school employees paid more than $100,000 has jumped from 32,914 in 2008-09 to 48,703 in 2013-14—a 48 percent increase over the last five years. The highest-paid school employee was Joseph Ogeka, Jr., assistant superintendent of Riverhead Central Schools, who was paid $376,340.

The newly updated database includes pay information for 367,867 employees, as reported to the New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014, and to the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014. Not reflected in the data are the costs of fringe benefits such as healthcare, pension contributions and other employee benefits.

SeeThroughNY is a government transparency project sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy. People can use the website to examine state and local government expenditures, including payrolls, pensions, state legislators’ office expenditures and pork barrel “member item” projects. SeeThroughNY also includes a benchmarking tool that allows users to compare property taxes in different jurisdictions across New York. The site was launched July 31, 2008.

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