An assistant superintendent for Wake County Public Schools in Cary, N.C., has been demoted but will continue to earn his annual salary of $131,122 to teach English, according to The News & Observer. David Holdzkom, whose contract runs through June 2013, will be the highest-paid teacher in Wake, reports the regional paper in North Carolina.
The superintendent Tony Tata told the paper that confidentiality issues prevent him from being able to discuss the reasons behind Holdzkom being reassigned. However, the The News Observer reports that Tata and the school board vice chairman have “expressed frustration about getting data from Holdzkom’s department on math placement.” Not all agreed with Holdzkom’s demotion. According to the paper, former school board member Lori Millberg said that removing Holdzkom from his position is “a loss to the system.”
Holdzkom, who is licensed to teach English, says he asked to go into the classroom when he was told he would not have an administrative position. “Teaching is honorable work,” said Holdzkom, as quoted in The News & Observer. “I am glad to do what I was trained to do.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.