‘Blame’ for superintendent’s pay increase ‘lies squarely on the board’

To the editor

I’m glad to see the negative responses concerning the outrageous pay increase for Mehlville Superintendent Terry Noble.

For a cash-strapped school district, this was one of the most irresponsible decisions the board members have ever made. If there are any readers of this paper that received more than a 10 percent raise in the last few years then please write in. I doubt there are any.

We’re all lucky to get any raises at all during this economy.

I don’t know Mr. Noble personally, but he seems to be a nice guy and have the best interests of the kids in mind.  Who knows, he may be the best superintendent in all the land, but he’s still not worth $226,000 per year — no one is.

I’ve read all the arguments for why it was done and while I understand the points, I’m still not buying it. I don’t fault Mr. Noble for accepting the offer.

If someone offered me that salary, I would jump at the chance.

The blame lies squarely on the board.

And don’t get me started on COMPASS II. I hope I’m wrong, but to me this just looks like another feel-good dog-and-pony show meant to soften all the residents to ask for another tax in-crease.

I think you just shot yourselves in the foot after this pay raise debacle. Any positive momentum gained over the last few years has just been erased.

It’s very disappointing.

Brett Feurer