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Mehlville administrative salary hikes range from 0.86% to 4.98% for '04-'05


Administrative pay raises ranging from 0.86 percent to 4.98 percent for the 2004-2005 school year recently were approved by the Mehlville Board of Education.

But the salaries of seven Central Office administrators, including the superintendent, have been frozen.

The district's 48 certificated administrators collectively will be paid $4,297,152.03 during the 2004-2005 school year, down roughly 8.25 percent from last year's payroll of $4,683,195.87, according to the district's administrative salary projections.

Board members voted during a June 29 closed session to approve the administrative salaries for the coming school year. Board member Bill Schornheuser's motion to approve salaries was seconded by board member Tom Correnti and approved with a 7-0 vote, according to information released July 1 by Assistant Superintendent for Finance Randy Charles, who also serves as the district's chief financial officer.

The Call on July 1 asked Charles for a list of the 2004-2005 administrative salaries, but Charles did not provide the information in time for the Call's July 8 issue.

Overall, building administrators and certified directors will experience a 1.96 percent salary increase.

The district's superintendent, deputy superintendent, south area superintendent and four assistant superintendents collectively will receive total compensation of $825,568.29 for the 2004-2005 school year — the same amount they received during the 2003-2004 school year, which was up roughly 4.9 percent from the 2002-2003 total compensation of $786,797.

Mehlville Superintendent Tim Ricker and the other six Central Office administrators informed the Board of Education in March that they voluntarily would decline any pay increases for the coming school year — a virtually unprecedented action. Instead, the administrators requested that those funds be used for the remainder of the employees in the school district.

Early calculations by Charles indicated that the Central Office administrators' decision to decline pay increases could allow at least $15,000 to flow back into the salaries of other district employee groups.

When administrative salaries were approved last year, Ricker, who became superintendent July 1, 2003, received a compensation package totaling $153,200 for the 2003-2004 school year. Besides salary, his compensation also included an additional 10 percent of his base salary for retirement and an in-district travel allowance of $600 per month — $7,200 annually.

But when the Board of Education announced in January 2003 it had reached an agreement with Ricker to replace retiring Superintendent John Cary, Ricker's total compensation package was valued at $150,200, which included a base salary of $130,000, an additional 10 percent of his base salary for retirement and an in-district travel allowance of $600 per month.

For the 2002-2003 school year, Cary was paid $133,000 — a 3.91 percent increase from his 2001-2002 salary of $128,000. Cary also received an additional $13,300 — 10 percent of the annual salary amount — as compensation for retirement, and $500 per month for in-district travel, bringing his total compensation package to $152,300.

Ricker previously served as the district's south area superintendent, beginning in 2001. For the 2002-2003 school year, he was paid $108,885 — a 3.7 percent increase from his 2001-2002 salary of $105,000. He replaced Brent Underwood, who began serving as superintendent of the Webster Groves School District during the 2001-2002 school year. For the 1999-2000 school year, Underwood was paid $98,171. The previous year he was paid $90,600.

Deputy Superintendent Jane Reed's total compensation package remains at $130,575. Besides salary, Reed's compensation also includes an additional 10 percent of her base salary for retirement and an in-district travel allowance of $400 per month — $4,800 annually.

Reed served as the district's north area superintendent, beginning in 2000 and has continued that role in addition to her deputy superintendent responsibilities. For the 2002-2003 school year, Reed was paid $109,922 — a 3.7 percent increase from her 2001-2002 salary of $106,000. For the 2000-2001 school year, Reed was paid $102,000 and replaced Kathleen Keusenkothen. As area superintendent, Keusenkothen was paid $99,075.53. The previous year Keusenkothen was paid $91,772.

Salaries for other Central Office administrators for the 2004-2005 school year are:

• McClain, assistant superintendent for human resources, $112,183.49. That salary was up 4 percent from his 2002-2003 salary of $107,848. The previous year he was paid $104,000. For the 2000-2001 school year, McClain was paid $94,585.20. He began his duties in Mehlville during the 1999-2000 school year with a salary of $92,000.

• Connie Hurst, assistant superintendent for curriculum, $112,183.49. That salary was up 4 percent from her 2002-2003 salary of $107,848. The previous year she was paid $104,000. During the 2000-2001 school year, Hurst's salary was $92,000. Before that, during the 1999-2000 school year, George Ann Fisher held the position before retiring with a salary of $98,171.

• Randy Charles, assistant superintendent for finance and chief financial officer, $111,104.80. That salary was up 4 percent from his 2002-2003 salary of $106,811. The previous year he was paid $103,000. Charles had served as Mehlville Senior High School principal with a salary of $99,410 and replaced Tom Foraker, who retired after the 2000-2001 school year with a salary of $92,282.

• Keith Klusmeyer, south area superintendent, $106,000. Klusmeyer began his duties with Mehlville last year, filling the position vacated by Ricker.

• Cindy Lynch, assistant superintendent for student services, $100,806.11. The board voted in December to increase her salary 3.5 percent to $100,806.11 from her previously approved 2003-2004 salary of $96,928.96. Lynch received an educational specialist degree, which accounted for the second raise midyear, according to Patrick Wallace, school/community relations director.

Lynch's initial salary for the 2003-2004 school year was up 4 percent from her 2002-2003 salary of $93,183. The previous year she was paid $89,000. Lynch earned $83,455 during the 2000-2001 school year. She formerly served as executive director of pupil personnel services and earned $80,000 for the 1999-2000 school year.

Salaries approved for high school principals and assistant principals for the coming school year are:

• Vince Viviano, Mehlville Senior High principal, $106,028.70, up 1.77 percent from his 2003-2004 salary of $104,189.29.

• Angelo Colona, Mehlville High assistant principal, $90,919.28, up 0.95 percent from $90,065.27.

• Eric Knost, Oakville Senior High rincipal, $105,897.31, up 1.77 percent from $104,057.91.

• Denise Driscoll, Mehlville High assistant principal, $92,233.14, up 2.03 percent from $90,393.74.

• Sharon Mackay, Mehlville High assistant principal $90,919.28, up 2.06 percent from $89,079.87.

• Janet Anthony, Oakville Senior High assistant principal, $88,291.56, up 2.13 percent from $86,452.15.

• Jan Kellerman, Oakville High assistant principal, $89,933.88, up 2.09 percent from $88,094.48.

• Brian Lane, Oakville High assistant principal, $87,306.16, up 4.98 percent from $83,167.49.

• Arthur "Rocky" Streb, Oakville High assistant principal $84,021.50, up 2.24 percent from $82,182.10.

Salaries approved for middle school principals and assistant principals during the 2004-2005 school year are:

• Michelle Condon, Bernard Middle principal, $95,057.95, up 1.97 percent from the previous year's salary of $93,218.54.

• Scott Hayes, Margaret Buerkle Middle principal, $94,401.02, up 1.99 percent from $92,561.61.

• Bob Linderer, Washington Middle principal, $98,342.60, up 1.91 percent from $96,503.20.

• Vicki Van Laere, Oakville Middle principal, $99,328, up 1.89 percent from $97,488.59.

• Jeff Bresler, Bernard Middle assistant principal, $78,306.20, up 2.41 percent from $76,466.79.

• Mark Delaney, Margaret Buerkle Middle assistant principal, $78,306.20, up 2.41 percent from $76,466.79.

• Jay Holtmeyer, Oakville Middle assistant principal, $78,306.20, up 2.41 percent from $76,466.79.

• Andrew Loiterstein, Washington Middle assistant principal, $79,291.60, up 2.37 percent from $77,452.19.

Salaries for elementary principals and assistant principals for 2004-2005 are:

• Steve Brotherton, Rogers Elementary principal, $96,043.35, up 1.95 percent from $94,203.94.

• Ellen Henneberry-Smith, Wohlwend Elementary principal, $99,984.93, up 0.86 percent from $99,130.92.

• Steve Langhorst, Bierbaum Accelerated Elementary principal, $97,028.74, up 1.93 percent from $95,189.33.

• Amanda Lewis, Oakville Elementary principal, $97,685.67, up 0.88 percent from $96,831.66.

• Connie Lohse, Blades Elementary principal, $99,984.93, up 1.87 percent from $98,145.53.

• Jan Walkonis, Beasley Elementary principal, $98,014.14, up 1.91 percent from $96,174.73.

• Bill Schiller, Hagemann Elementary principal, $98,014.14, up 1.91 percent from $96,174.73.

• Joan Wiese, Trautwein Elementary principal, $99,984.93, up 1.87 percent from $98,145.53.

• Nancy Zitzmann, Point Elementary principal, $95,057.95, up 1.97 percent from $93,218.54 percent.

• Sue Texier, Forder Elementary principal, $89,802.50, up 17.95 percent from last year's salary of $76,138.33 as Bierbaum Accelerated assistant principal. Texier replaces former Forder principal Dexter Schraer, who was paid $92,890.08 during the 2003-2004 school year. Schraer retired this year, but will continue to serve the district for 550 hours as an elementary assistant principal and will be paid $37,288.

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