Mehlville School District administrators to see pay hikes ranging from 1.62 percent to 5.18 percent

By MIKE ANTHONY

Administrative salary increases for the 2006-2007 school year ranging from 1.62 percent to 5.18 percent were approved last week by the Mehlville Board of Education.

The Board of Education previously had voted to name Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources A.D. McClain associate superintendent and approve a 10-percent salary hike for him. Board members voted 5-2 in a March 23 closed session to extend McClain’s two-year contract an additional year, name him associate superintendent and increase his salary to $126,360 from $114,877.85.

Voting to extend McClain’s contract were former President Rita Diekemper, former Vice President Bill Schornheuser, former Secretary Mike Heins, Cindy Christopher and Tom Correnti. Ken Leach, current board president, and Karl Frank Jr., current board vice president, were opposed.

Schornheuser and Heins were defeated in the April 4 election when Tom Diehl and Micheal Ocello were elected to the board.

For the 2004-2005 school year, McClain was paid $112,183.49. For the 2002-2003 school year, his salary was $107,848. The previous year, he was paid $104,000. For the 2000-2001 school year, McClain was paid $94,585.20. He began his duties in Mehlville during the 1999-2000 school year with a salary of $92,000.

In a May 25 closed session, administrative salaries were approved by the board in separate votes — 6-1 for Central Office administrators, excluding McClain, whose salary previously had been approved; 7-0 for Chief Financial Officer Stephen Keyser; and 6-1 for principals, assistant principals and directors. Frank cast the two dissenting votes.

Central Office salaries for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Connie Hurst-Bayless will be paid $117,750, a 2.5-percent increase from her current salary of $114,877.85. She was paid $112,183.49 for the 2004-2005 school year. For the 2002-2003 school year, her salary was $107,848. The previous year she was paid $104,000. During the 2000-2001 school year, Hurst-Bayless’ salary was $92,000. Before that, George Ann Fisher held the position during the 1999-2000 school year before retiring with a salary of $98,171.

• North Area Superintendent Eric Knost will be paid $110,770, a 4.5-percent increase from his current salary of $106,000. Knost previously served as principal of Oakville Senior High School and last year replaced Jane Reed, who retired. Reed, who became the district’s deputy superintendent July 1, 2003, received a compensation package totaling $130,575. Besides salary, Reed’s compensation included an additional 10 percent of her base salary for retirement and an in-district travel allowance of $400 per month — $4,800.

Reed became north area superintendent in 2000 and continued in that role in addition to her deputy superintendent responsibilities. For the 2002-2003 school year, Reed was paid $109,922 — a 3.7-percent increase from her 2001-2002 salary of $106,000. For the 2000-2001 school year, she was paid $102,000.

Reed replaced Kathleen Keusenkothen, who became the superintendent of the city of St. Charles School District. As area superintendent, Keusenkothen was paid $99,075.53. The previous year, Keusenkothen was paid $91,772.

• Keyser will be paid $111,300, a 5-percent increase over his current salary of $106,000. Keyser last year replaced Randy Charles, who became superintendent of the Hillsboro School District. Charles was paid $111,104.80. For the 2002-2003 school year, his salary was $106,811. The previous year, he was paid $103,000. Charles had served as Mehlville Senior High School principal with a salary of $99,410 and replaced Tom Foraker, who retired after the 2000-2001 school year with a salary of $92,282.

• Assistant Superintendent Cindy Lynch will be paid $104,395, a 1.62-percent increase over her current pay of $102,730.97. Her previous salary was $100,321.51. Lynch was awarded a 3.5-percent raise in December 2003 after earning an educational specialist degree. Before that, she was paid $96,928.96. For the 2002-2003 school year, she was paid $93,183. The previous year, she was paid $89,000. Lynch earned $83,455 during the 2000-2001 school year. She formerly served as executive director of pupil personnel services and earned $80,000 for the 1999-2000 school year.

• Executive Director of Human Resources Vicki VanLaere, who will assume the duties previously performed by McClain, will be paid $104,238. In a closed session April 10 before Diehl and Ocello were sworn in, the board voted 5-2 to name VanLaere to the post at a salary of $101,699. Frank and Leach were opposed. She now serves as principal at Oakville Middle School at a salary of $100,810.20.

Salaries of high school principals and assistant principals for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Vince Viviano, Mehlville Senior High principal, $111,840.70, up 4 percent from his previous salary of $107,544.17. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $106,028.70. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $104,189.29.

• William Scheffler, Oakville Senior High School principal, $108,486.15, up 4.07 percent from his previous salary of $104,243.26. He replaced Knost at the start of the current school year.

• Angelo Colona, Mehlville High assistant principal, $94,128.67, up 3.02 percent from his previous salary of $91,369.65. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $90,919.28. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $90,065.27.

• Denise Driscoll, Mehlville High assistant principal, $96,476.86, up 2.99 percent from her previous salary of $93,680.29. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $92,233.14. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $90,393.74.

• Sharon Mackay, Mehlville High assistant principal, $94,128.67, up 3.02 percent from her previous salary of $91,369.65. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $90,919.28. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $89,079.87.

• Robert Hicks, Mehlville High assistant principal, $87,084.12, up 4.36 percent from his previous salary of $83,447.42. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $82,050.71. Before that, Dave Mana held the post, retiring in December 2003.

• Janet Anthony, Oakville High assistant principal, $93,457.76, up 4.17 percent from her previous salary of $89,719.18. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $88,291.56. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $86,452.15.

• Jan Kellerman, Oakville High assistant principal, $94,128.67, up 3.02 percent from her previous salary of $91,369.65. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $89,933.88. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $88,094.48.

• Brian Lane, Oakville High assistant principal, $93,323.58, up 5.18 percent from his previous salary of $88,728.90. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $87,306.16. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $83,167.49.

• Arthur “Rocky” Streb, Oakville High assistant principal, $91,445.03, up 4.22 percent from his previous salary of $87,738.63. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $86,320.76. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $82,182.10.

Salaries of middle school principals for the 2006-2007 school year are:

• Michelle Condon, Bernard Middle principal, $103,588.50, up 4.82 percent from her previous salary of $98,829.74. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $97,357.21. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $93,218.54.

• Scott Hayes, Margaret Buerkle Middle principal, $99,697.23, up 4 percent from his previous salary of $95,858.91. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $94,401.02. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $93,218.54.

• Bob Linderer, Washington Middle principal, $103,722.69, up 3.91 percent from his previous salary of $99,820.02. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $98,342.60. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $96,503.20.

• Mike Salsman, Oakville Middle School principal, $95,336.31. The board had voted unanimously during a May 3 closed session to extend a two-year contract to Salsman at a salary of $92,599. Salsman, who served as the school’s assistant principal last year with a salary of $78,698.69, replaces VanLaere.

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

• Jeff Bresler, Rogers Elementary principal, $92,988.13, up 4.18 percent from his previous salary of $89,257.05. Bresler last year replaced Steve Brotherton, who became assistant superintendent for the Bayless School District. He previously had served as Bernard Middle assistant principal.

• Ellen Henneberry-Smith, Wohlwend Elementary principal, $103,387.23, up 2.89 percent from her previous salary of $100,480.20. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $99,984.93. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $99,130.92.

• Steve Langhorst, Bierbaum Accelerated Elementary principal, $102,380.87, up 3.94 percent from his previous salary of $98,499.65. For the 2004-2005 school year, he was paid $97,028.74. For the 2003-2004 school year, his salary was $95,189.33.

• Amanda Lewis, Oakville Elementary principal, $101,039.05, up 2.92 percent from her previous salary of $98,169.55. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $97,685.67. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $96,831.66.

• Tina Hale, Blades Elementary principal, $97,013.59. The board had voted 4-0 during a Feb. 28 closed session to extend a one-year contract for $94,209 to Hale. She replaces Connie Lohse, who retired. Lohse was paid $100,480.20 for the 2005-2006 school year.

• Jennifer Dasher, Beasley Elementary principal, $96,007.22, up 4.09 percent from her previous salary of $92,233.28. Dasher last year replaced Jan Walkonis, who retired.

• Scott Andrews, Hagemann Elementary principal, $99,361.77. During an April 10 closed session before Diehl and Ocello were sworn in, the board voted 5-2 to name Andrews principal for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years at a salary of $96,520. Leach and Frank were opposed. He replaces Bill Schiller, who is leaving Mehlville for a position in the Webster Groves School District. Schiller was paid $99,489.92 for the 2005-2006 school year.

• Joan Wiese, Trautwein Elementary principal, $103,387.23, up 2.89 percent from her previous salary of $100,480.20. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $99,984.93. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $98,145.53.

• Nancy Zitzmann, Point Elementary principal, $100,368.14, up 3.99 percent from her previous salary of $96,519.09. For the 2004-2005 school year, she was paid $95,057.95. For the 2003-2004 school year, her salary was $93,218.54.

• Sue Texier, Forder Elementary principal, $97,349.04, up 4.06 percent from her previous salary of $93,549. She replaced former Principal Dexter Schraer at the start of the 2004-2005 school year.

• Kathie Fuchs, principal of the Early Childhood Center, $98,355.41, up 4.04 percent from her previous salary of $94,539. Fuchs previously was the district’s early childhood director.