Lindbergh administrators’ pay hikes range from 2.74% to 6.39%

Overall, Lindbergh administrative pay up 4.25% from 2007-2008 school year

By MIKE ANTHONY

Lindbergh School District administrators received salary increases ranging from roughly 2.74 percent to 6.39 percent for the 2008-2009 school year.

Superintendent Jim Simpson, who began his duties July 1, is being paid $195,000 for the 2008-2009 school year. Simpson succeeded Jim Sandfort, who retired June 30 after serving as superintendent for 17 years.

Sandfort was paid $197,938 for the 2007-2008 school year, a nearly 5.6-percent increase over his 2006-2007 salary of $187,500.

Sandfort also received additional benefits, including paid family insurance and a monthly travel allowance, and Simpson now receives similar benefits.

The Board of Education voted in 2001 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. Benchmark districts are Kirkwood, Mehlville, Parkway, Pattonville and Rockwood.

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

Overall, administrative salaries for 2008-2009 increased by roughly 4.25 percent from last year.

Salaries of Central Office administrators for the 2008-2009 school year are:

• Assistant Superintendent for Finance Pat Lanane will be paid $146,000, a roughly 2.74-percent increase from the $142,100 he earned last year. He was paid $137,775 for the 2006-2007 school year, $133,400 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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 $134,513, a roughly 4.67-percent increase from the $128,505 he earned last year. He was paid $122,444 for the 2006-2007 school year, $115,568 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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 $135,072, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $127,487 she earned last year. She was paid $118,427 for the 2006-2007 school year, $110,447 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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 Instruction Kathy Bade will be paid $95,960, a roughly 4.67-percent increase from the $91,674 she earned last year. She was paid $87,350 for the 2006-2007 school year, $81,464 for the 2005-2006 school year and $77,251 for the 2004-2005 school year, the first year the position was a 12-month one.

• Director of Curriculum Chuck Triplett will be paid $93,712, a roughly 4.67-percent increase from the $89,527 he earned last year. He was paid $85,304 for the 2006-2007 school year.

• Director of Assessment and Student Services Tara Sparks will be paid $91,350, a roughly 4.67-percent in-crease from the $87,270 she earned last year. She was paid $83,154 for the 2006-2007 school year.

Triplett and Sparks were named to their posts in 2006 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.

Salaries of Lindbergh High School administrators for the 2008-2009 school year are:

• Principal Ron Helms will be paid $137,821, a roughly 4.67-percent increase from the $131,666 he earned last year. He was paid $125,456 for the 2006-2007 school year, $119,853 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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 $117,727, a roughly 3.18-percent increase from the $114,090 he earned last year. He was paid $110,365 for the 2006-2007 school year, $106,956 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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 Pamela Mason will be paid $91,910, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $86,748 she earned last year. She was paid $81,607 for the 2006-2007 school year, her first as assistant principal.

• Assistant Principal Stella Viehland will be paid $91,910, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $86,748 she earned last year. She was paid $81,607 for the 2006-2007 school year, her first as assistant principal.

• Assistant Principal Ryan Sherp will be paid $89,528, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $84,500 he earned last year, his first as assistant principal.

Salaries of Sperreng Middle School administrators for the 2008-2009 school year are:

• Principal Jennifer Tiller will be paid $112,382, a roughly 4.67-percent increase from the $107,363 she earned last year. She was paid $101,000 for the 2006-2007 school year, her first as principal.

• Assistant Principal David Kew will be paid $92,454, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $87,262 he earned last year. He was paid $84,413 for the 2006-2007 school year, $81,805 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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 $89,537, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $84,509 he earned last year. He was paid $79,500 for the 2006-2007 school year, his first as assistant principal.

• Assistant Principal Todd Morgan will be paid $87,847, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $82,914 he earned last year. He was paid $78,000 for the 2006-2007 school year, his first as assistant principal.

Salaries of elementary-school administrators for the 2008-2009 school year are:

• Crestwood Elementary Principal Scott Taylor will be paid $122,180, a roughly 4.67-percent increase over the $116,723 he earned last year. He was paid $109,834 for the 2006-2007 school year, $103,769 for the 2005-2006 school year, $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.

• Newly hired Kennerly Elementary Principal Suzanne Christopher will be paid $96,000. She succeeds Steve Suess, who retired. Suess, who also served as director of summer school, was paid $127,765 last year.

• Long Elementary Principal Brian McKenney will be paid $102,787, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $97,015 he earned last year. He was paid $90,499 for the 2006-2007 school year, $85,417 for the 2005-2006 school 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 $108,360, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $102,275 she earned last year. She was paid $96,214 for the 2006-2007 school year, $90,811 for the 2005-2006 school year. For the 2004-2005 school year, her first in the post, she was paid $86,115.

• Truman Elementary Principal Julie Hutchins will be paid $102,723, a roughly 6.39-percent increase from the $96,554 she earned last year. She was paid $92,000 for the 2006-2007 school year, her first as principal.

• Truman Assistant Principal Megan Stryjewski will be paid $79,463, a roughly 5.95-percent increase from the $75,000 she earned last year, her first in the post.