Board OKs pay increases for Mehlville administrators

School board approves pay increases for administrators; Murphy votes ‘no’

Chris Gaines

Chris Gaines

By Gloria Lloyd

After a pay freeze last year, every Mehlville School District administrator will receive a raise this year, except Superintendent Chris Gaines.

Gaines signed his new contract earlier this month. Like he did last year, Gaines will make $205,500 this year. Next year, he will make $210,000, and in the third year of the contract, he could receive an increase of ranging from zero percent to 6 percent.

The new contract closely follows Gaines’ current pact, which requires him to live full time in the district and grants him five weeks of vacation and 15 leave days each year.

Gaines’ initial contract in February 2015 paid health insurance benefits for him and his family under a legal interpretation that he was the district’s sole employee. But the new contract, like the revised contract last year, pays Gaines the same benefits that other employees receive.

Gaines’ new contract includes a clause that was also in his first contract that states he will be evaluated by February of the next year.

The board voted in late May to approve administrative raises 6-1, with board member Jamey Murphy opposed.

Salaries for Central Office administrators for the 2016-2017 school year are:

• Deputy Superintendent Brian Lane, $142,260. He was paid $139,471 last year. As an assistant superintendent, Lane was paid $124,471 the previous school year.

• Assistant Superintendent Jeff Bresler, $127,956. He was paid $120,456 last year. As executive director of student services, Bresler was paid $116,650 for the 2014-2015 school year.

• Assistant Superintendent Tina Plummer, $127,956. Plummer was paid $120,456 last year, up from $118,094 the previous year.

• Director of Communications John Wolff, $77,849. He was paid $75,060 last year, up from $73,588 the previous year.

• Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Catalana, $102,789. He was paid $100,000 last year, up from $91,000 the previous year as director of human resources.

• Chief Financial Officer Marshall Crutcher, $120,089. He was paid $117,300 last year, up from $115,000 the previous year, his first year replacing retired CFO Noel Knobloch.


Salaries of high school principals and assistant principals for the 2016-2017 school year are:

• Pollie Richardson, SCOPE/SSLCMS principal, $117,734. Richardson was paid $115,233 last year, up from $112,974 the previous year.

• Jan Kellerman, Oakville High principal, $123,347. She was paid $120,846 last year, up from $118,476 the previous year.

• Ross Bullington, Oakville High assistant principal, $96,851. He was paid $94,164 last year, up from $92,500 the previous year.

• Brian Brennan, Oakville High assistant principal, $96,665. He was paid $94,350 last year, up from $92,318 the previous year.

• Jason Buette, Oakville High assistant principal, is serving as an intern. His salary was not provided by the district.

• Denise Swanger, Mehlville High principal, $127,550. She was paid $125,049 last year, up from $122,597 the previous year.

• Jason Landherr, Mehlville High School assistant principal, $91,241. He was paid $88,740 last year, up from $87,000 the previous year.

• Andrew Ross, Mehlville High assistant principal, $89,501. He was paid $87,000 last year, up from $59,672 the previous year as an administrative intern.

• Greg Ruzicka, Mehlville High assistant principal, $87,000. He was paid $58,416 last year as an administrative intern.

Middle school principal salaries for 2016-2017 are:

• Lori Sullivan, Bernard Middle principal, $106,031. She was paid $103,530 last year, up from $101,500 two years ago.

• Lauren Cumming, Bernard assistant principal, is serving as an intern. Her salary was not provided by the district.

• Mike Salsman, Oakville Middle principal, $116,254. He was paid $113,753 last year, up from $111,523 two years ago.

• Patrick Bellinger, Oakville Middle assistant principal, $90,424. He was paid $87,923 last year, up from $86,199 two years ago.

• Jim Kern, Buerkle Middle principal, $106,021. He was paid $103,530 last year, up from $101,500 two years ago.

• Michelle Wood, assistant principal at Margaret Buerkle Middle, $83,501. She was paid $81,000 last year, up from $66,964 as an administrative intern two years ago.

• Adam Smith, Washington Middle principal, $110,736. He was paid $108,235 last year, up from $106,114 two years ago.

• Andrew Kuhnert, Washington Middle assistant principal, $83,501. He was paid $81,000 last year, up from $60,329 two years ago as an administrative intern.

Elementary school principal salaries are:

• Scott Andrews, Hagemann Elementary principal, $123,917. He was paid $121,416 last year, up from $115,114 two years ago.

• Jeremy Booker, Blades principal, $104,855. He was paid $102,354 last year, up from $96,425 two years ago.

• Patrick Keenoy, Rogers Elementary School principal, $102,329. He was paid $96,900 last year, up from $95,000 two years ago.

• Scott Clark, Forder Elementary principal, $107,160. He was paid $104,659 last year, up from $98,685 two years ago. Clark, the principal of the proposed school of innovation that could open for the 2017-2018 school year, is planning for the new school for no extra pay while also serving as principal at Forder.

• Andrea Deane, Beasley Elementary School principal, $102,329. She was paid $99,828 last year, up from $97,871 two years ago.

• Chad Dickemper, Oakville Elementary principal, $107,160. He was paid $104,659 last year, up from $98,685 two years ago.

• Shannon Pike, Point Elementary principal, $101,501. She was paid $99,000 last year, up from $95,625 the previous year as Mehlville High assistant principal.

• Shannon Henderson, Trautwein Elementary principal, $105,501. She was paid $99,000 last year.

• Dave Meschke, Wohlwend Elementary School principal, $111,029. He was paid $108,528 last year, up from $102,478 two years ago.

• Kristy Roberts, Bierbaum Elementary principal, $115,526. She was paid $113,025 last year, up from $110,809 two years ago.

• Whitney Maus, assistant principal splitting her time between Trautwein Elementary and Point Elementary, $83,501. She was paid $77,000 last year, up from $49,016 two years ago as an administrative intern.

• Kelly Roberts, Bierbaum Elementary assistant principal, $80,149. She was paid $77,648 last year, up from $76,125 two years ago.

• Laurie Tretter-Larkin, assistant principal at Blades Elementary, $81,501. She was paid $75,000 last year, up from $60,225 two years ago when she was a half-time administrative intern and half-time music teacher.

Certified director salaries for 2016-2017 are:

• Alicia Landers, director of curriculum technology, $100,394, up from $98,354 last year.

• Sherri Lange, director of federal programs, $95,217, up from $93,177 last year.

• Becky Czuppon, director of activities at Oakville High, $86,463, up from $84,423 last year.

• Ann Westbrook, director of early childhood, $85,325, up from $82,824 last year.

• Amanda Zink, director of secondary curriculum, $84,864, up from $82,824 last year.

• Sarah Fahrner, director of elementary curriculum, $79,688, up from $77,648 last year.

• Tim Champion, director of activities at Mehlville High, $74,460, up from $72,420 last year.

• Barb Ehlen, director of Parents as Teachers, $71,354. up from $69,314 last year.