Administrators in Lindbergh awarded 3.2-percent hikes

Central Office salaries total $1,043,809 for current year

Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson

By Mike Anthony

Lindbergh Schools administrators, including Superintendent Jim Simpson, received a 3.2-percent salary increase for the current school year.

The 3.2-percent raise for administrators is the same average salary increase teachers and classified staff received for the 2015-2016 school year.

Simpson is being paid $267,514, up from the $259,219 he earned for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board also purchases a long-term disability insurance policy for Simpson and funds the full premium for a term life insurance policy for the superintendent, with a benefit amount of $343,000.

For the 2010-2011 school year, Simpson received a 5-percent pay increase, but donated that amount — more than $10,000 — back to the district for student programs that were eliminated as a result of budget cuts.

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide the same health benefits to all employees. Because Simpson previously was the only school district employee to receive spousal health coverage, that benefit — totaling $8,940 — was removed and added to his base salary for the 2011-2012 school year.

Simpson has served as superintendent since July 1, 2008, when he was paid $195,000. The board recently extended his contract through June 30, 2018.

Salaries of other Central Office administrators for the 2015-2016 school year are:

• Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Nancy Rathjen is being paid $163,060, up from $158,004. For the 2003-2004 school year, her first year with the district, she was paid $97,000.

• Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services Brian McKenney is being paid $148,530, up from $143,924. McKenney replaced Rick Francis, who retired in August 2012. Francis was paid $143,938 for the 2011-2012 school year.

McKenney formerly served as principal at Long Elementary School and was paid $110,690 for the 2011-2012 year.

• Assistant Superintendent for Finance Charles Triplett is being paid $146,313, up from $141,776.

Triplett replaced Pat Lanane, who retired in September 2012. Lanane was paid $155,000 before his retirement. Triplett formerly served as director of curriculum and student programs and was paid $100,278 for the 2011-2012 school year.

• Director of Assessment and Student Services Jill Lawson is being paid $106,409, up from $103,110.

Lawson was hired in July 2012 to replace Tara Sparks, who was named Truman Middle School principal, effective with the 2012-2013 school year. For the 2011-2012 school year, Sparks was paid $97,751 as director of assessment and student services.

• Director of Instruction and Professional Development Megan Stryjewski is being paid $115,395. She previously served as Concord Elementary School principal and was paid $111,817.

Stryjewski replaced Amy Geurkink-Coats, who accepted a position with the Parkway School District. Geurkink-Coats was paid $101,088 last year. Stryjewski will be paid an additional $6,588 for extra duty as director of elementary education.

• Director of Curriculum and Student Programs Ronni Zagora is being paid $90,000. A former Lindbergh High teacher, she replaces Eric Cochran, who was named Lindbergh High principal. Cochran was paid $93,443 last year.

Combined, the superintendent, assistant superintendents and directors are being paid a total of $1,043,809 for the 2015-2016 school year, up from $1,000,564.

Salaries of Lindbergh High administrators for the current school year are:

• Cochran, who serves as principal, is being paid $120,000. He replaced Andy Croley, who resigned. Croley was paid $142,155 last year, his second in the position.

Croley replaced Ron Helms, who retired.

Helms was paid $150,725 for the 2012-2013 school year. For the 2001-2002 school year, Helms’ first year as principal, he was paid $99,000.

• Assistant Principal Pamela Mason is being paid $111,425, up from $107,970. For the 2006-2007 school year, her first as assistant principal, she was paid $81,607.

• Assistant Principal Priscilla Frost is being paid $92,880, up from $90,000 last year. As an intern the previous year, she was paid $74,000.

• Assistant Principal Mike Franklin is being paid $90,000 and Assistant Principal Matt Irvin is being paid $95,000. They replace Keith Luebbert, who was paid $138,316 last year, and Ryan Sherp, who was paid $104,727 last year.

Luebbert retired and Sherp was named Fox High School principal.

Salaries of middle school administrators for the 2015-2016 school year are:

• Sperreng Middle School Principal Mark Eggers is being paid $135,932, up from $131,717. For the 2010-2011 school year, he served as associate principal at Sperreng and was paid $112,000.

• Sparks, who serves as Truman Middle School principal, is being paid $120,819, up from $117,073. She replaced Jennifer Tiller, who was paid $121,032 for the 2011-2012 school year.

• Sperreng Assistant Principal Clint Walker is being paid $96,433, up from $93,443. He was an administrative intern for the 2011-2012 school year.

• Truman Assistant Principal Mike Straatmann is being paid $94,543, up from $91,611. He was an administrative intern for the 2012-2013 school year.

Salaries of elementary school administrators for the current school year are:

• Concord Elementary Principal Angie Moehlmann is being paid $104,000. She replaced Stryjewski.

Moehlmann served as assistant principal at Sappington Elementary School last year and was paid $87,000.

• Crestwood Elementary Principal Jodi Meese is being paid $108,670, up from $105,300. She has been principal since the 2013-2014 school year.

• Kennerly Elementary Principal Todd Morgan is being paid $111,951, up from $108,480. He has served as principal since the 2012-2013 school year.

• Long Elementary Principal Jana Parker is being paid $110,843, up from $107,406. She has served as principal since the 2012-2013 school year, replacing McKenney.

• Sappington Elementary Principal Craig Hamby is being paid $113,080, up from $109,574. He has served as principal since the 2010-2011 school year.

• Assistant Long Principal Patrick Schoenekase will be paid $87,000. He served as an administrative intern last year.

• Assistant Concord Principal Marco Mariscal will be paid $87,000. He served as an administrative intern last year.

• Assistant Sappington Principal Ta’Keshia Parker will be paid $76,000. She comes from the Kirkwood School District, where she was named that district’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.