Lindbergh administrative pay increases range from 3.2% to 12.4% for 2006-2007

By MIKE ANTHONY

Lindbergh School District administrators will receive salary increases ranging from nearly 3.2 percent to nearly 12.4 percent for the 2006-2007 school year.

As previously reported, the Board of Education recently reached an agreement with Superintendent Jim Sandfort to extend his contract through the 2007-2008 school year and grant him a nearly 8.7-percent salary increase for the 2006-2007 school year.

Sandfort, who has announced he will retire at the end of the 2007-2008 school year, will be paid $187,500 for the 2006-2007 school year. As superintendent, he also receives additional benefits, including paid family insurance and a monthly travel allowance.

The Board of Education voted in 2000 to adopt a 100-percent, performance-based compensation system to determine the salaries of all administrators except for the superintendent.

The system, based on those used in the private sector, ties compensation to performance and to an index based on the average of salaries paid by five “benchmark” school districts to ensure Lindbergh’s salaries remain competitive with districts competing for the same personnel.

The benchmark districts are Kirkwood, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville and Rock-wood.

With the exception of the superintendent, administrators receive the same benefits as other employees, such as an individual employee insurance package that includes health, hospitalization, dental, vision and life benefits.

Salaries of Central Office administrators for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Assistant Superintendent for Finance Pat Lanane will be paid $137,775, a nearly 3.3-percent increase from the $133,400 he earned last year. He was paid $122,945 for the 2004-2005 school year, $117,314 for the 2003-2004 school year, $111,200 for the 2002-2003 school year, $106,636 for the 2001-2002 school year and $101,545 for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Rick Francis will be paid $122,444, a 5.9-percent increase from the $115,568 he was paid last year. He was paid $109,599 for the 2004-2005 school year, $103,787 for the 2003-2004 school year and for the 2002-2003 school year, his first year with the district, he was paid $97,000.

• Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Nancy Rathjen will be paid $118,427, a 7.2-percent increase from the $110,447 she was paid last year. She was paid $103,596 for the 2004-2005 school year and $97,000 for the 2003-2004 school year, her first year with the district.

• Director of Facilities Karl Guyer will be paid $105,930, a nearly 4.7-percent increase from the $101,199 he earned last year. He was paid $97,041 for the 2004-2005 school year, $92,951 for the 2003-2004 school year, $88,107 for the 2002-2003 school year, $84,922 for the 2001-2002 school year and $80,878 for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Director of Instruction Kathy Bade will be paid $87,350, a 7.2-percent increase over the $81,464 she was paid last year.

• Director of Curriculum Chuck Triplett will be paid $85,304, a 12.2-percent increase over the $76,000 he was paid last year.

• Director of Assessment and Student Services Tara Sparks will be paid $83,154, a nearly 12.4-percent increase over the $74,000 she was paid last year.

Triplett and Sparks were named to their posts last year when the district took advantage of the departure of three employees, an assistant superintendent and two directors to reorganize its Central Office services at a savings of more than $120,000. Essentially, two people began doing the work that previously had been performed by three people when two divisions — Curriculum and Instruction and Special Services — were combined into one, Francis told the Call.

“… We weren’t sure that they would be able to handle the duties of what three people had been doing. Well, they have just been wonderful,” he said.

Given that, Francis said, “The board took a look at how effective the curriculum instruction department was this year, and so their raises are a little bit more than other administrators.”

Salaries of Lindbergh High School administrators for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Principal Ron Helms will be paid $125,456, a nearly 4.7-percent increase from the $119,853 he was paid last year. Helms was paid $114,929 for the 2004-2005 school year, $109,665 for the 2003-2004 school year, $103,950 for the 2002-2003 school year and $99,000 for the 2001-2002 school year — his first year as principal.

• Assistant Principal Keith Luebbert will be paid $110,365, a nearly 3.2-percent increase over the $106,956 he was paid last year. He was paid $103,920 for the 2004-2005 school year, $100,503 for the 2003-2004 school year, $96,872 for the 2002-2003 school year, $94,509 for the 2001-2002 school year and $89,849 for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Assistant Principal Frank Wood will be paid $105,339, a nearly 3.2-percent increase over the $102,085 he was paid last year. He was paid $99,187 for the 2004-2005 school year, $94,644 for the 2003-2004 school year, $89,712 for the 2002-2003 school year, $86,469 for the 2001-2002 school year and $82,273 for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Assistant Principal Pamela Mason will be paid $81,607. This is her first year as assistant principal.

• Assistant Principal Stella Viehland will be paid $81,607. Viehland last year was an administrative intern, working under a teacher’s contract plus 30 days at a salary of $44,252, according to Francis.

Salaries of Sperreng Middle School ad-ministrators for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Principal Jennifer Tiller, who will be paid $101,000. This is her first year as principal. She replaces Principal Robert Ayres, who retired. Ayres was paid $119,180 last year.

• Assistant Principal David Kew will be paid $84,413, a nearly 3.2-percent increase from the $81,805 he was paid last year. He was paid $78,444 for the 2004-2005 school year, $75,138 for the 2003-2004 school year, $70,886 for the 2002-2003 school year, $66,716 for the 2001-2002 school year and $62,940 for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Assistant Principal Paul Sharp will be paid $79,500. This is Sharp’s first year as assistant principal.

• Assistant Principal Todd Morgan will be paid $78,000. This is Morgan’s first year as assistant principal.

Salaries of elementary school administrators for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Kennerly Elementary Principal Steve Suess will be paid $123,594, a nearly 3.2-percent increase from the $119,776 he was paid last year. Suess, who also serves as director of summer school, was paid $114,855 for the 2004-2005 school year, $110,014 for the 2003-2004 school year, $105,531 for the 2002-2003 school year, $101,229 for the 2001-2002 school year and $96,098 for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Long Elementary Principal Brian McKenney will be paid $90,499, a 5.9-percent increase from the $85,417 he was paid last year. For the 2004-2005 school year, his first in the post, he was paid $81,000.

• Sappington Elementary Principal Mary Hogan will be paid $96,214, a 5.9-percent increase from the $90,811 she was paid last year. For the 2004-2005 school year, her first in the post, she was paid $86,115.

• Crestwood Elementary Principal Scott Taylor will be paid $109,834, a 5.8-percent increase from the $103,769 he was paid last year. He was paid $99,126 for the 2004-2005 school year, $94,948 for the 2003-2004 school year and $90,000 for the 2002-2003 school year, his first as principal.

• Truman Elementary Principal Julie Hutchins will be paid $92,000. This is her first year as principal. Her predecessor, Andrew Wright, was paid $89,087 last year.

• Truman Elementary Assistant Principal Laurie O’Leary will be paid $76,297 on a 12-month contract. O’Leary last year was paid $66,815 on an 11-month contract.