Lindbergh Schools administrators, including Superintendent Jim Simpson, received a 2-percent salary increase for the 2013-2014 school year.
The 2-percent salary increase for administrators is the same raise teachers and classified staff received for the 2013-2014 school year.
Simpson is being paid $238,372, up from the $233,698 he earned for the 2012-2013 school year. That 1.78-percent increase was the same raise teachers and classified staff received.
The Board of Education voted earlier this year to extend Simpson’s contract through June 30, 2016.
As superintendent, Simpson is paid $650 per month for an automobile and cellular telephone expense allowance, according to the contract approved by the Board of Education.
In addition, the Board of Education purchases a long-term disability insurance policy for Simpson and funds the full premium for a term life insurance policy for the superintendent, with a benefit amount of $343,000.
For the 2010-2011 school year, Simpson received a 5-percent pay increase, but donated that amount — more than $10,000 — back to the district for student programs that were eliminated as a result of budget reductions.
Simpson has served as Lindbergh superintendent since July 1, 2008. He was head of the Joplin R-8 School District for seven years before coming to Lindbergh to succeed retiring Superintendent Jim Sandfort.
With the exception of the superintendent, administrators receive the same benefits as other district employees, such as an insurance package that includes health, hospitalization, dental, vision and life benefits.
Salaries of other Central Office administrators for the 2013-2014 school year are:
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Nancy Rathjen is being paid $150,051, up from $147,109. For the 2003-2004 school year, her first year with the district, she was paid $97,000.
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services Brian McKenney is being paid $136,680, up from $134,000. McKenney replaced Rick Francis, who retired in August 2012. Francis was paid $143,938 for the 2011-2012 school year.
McKenney formerly served as principal at Long Elementary and was paid $110,690 for the 2011-2012 year.
Assistant Superintendent for Finance Charles Triplett is being paid $134,640.
Triplett replaced Pat Lanane, who retired in September 2012. Lanane was paid $155,000 before his retirement.
Triplett formerly served as director of curriculum and student programs and was paid $100,278 for the 2011-2012 school year.
Director of Assessment and Student Services Jill Lawson is being paid $97,920.
Lawson was hired in July 2012 to replace Tara Sparks, who was named Truman Middle School principal, effective with the 2012-2013 school year.
For the 2011-2012 school year, Sparks was paid $97,751 as director of assessment and student services.
New Director of Instruction and Professional Development Amy Geurkink-Coats is being paid $96,000. She replaced Kathy Bade, who retired. Bade was paid $104,512 for the past school year.
Director of Curriculum and Student Programs Eric Cochran is being paid $88,740. Cochran replaced Triplett after Triplett was named assistant superintendent for finance last fall.
Salaries of Lindbergh High School administrators for the 2013-2014 school year are:
New Principal Andy Croley is being paid $135,000. Croley replaced Ron Helms, who retired.
For the previous school year, Helms was paid $150,725. For the 2001-2002 school year, Helm’s first year as principal, he was paid $99,000.
Assistant Principal Keith Luebbert is being paid $131,354, up from $128,778.
For the 2000-2001 school year, he was paid $89,849.
Assistant Principal Pamela Mason is being paid $102,536, up from $100,525. For the 2006-2007 school year, her first as assistant principal, she was paid $81,607.
Assistant Principal Ryan Sherp is being paid $99,456, up from $97,506. For the 2006-2007 school year, his first as assistant principal, Sherp was paid $84,500.
Assistant Principal Priscilla Frost is being paid $74,000.
She replaces Stella Viehland, who resigned in May. For the past school year, Viehland was paid $100,739.
Salaries of middle school administrators for the 2013-2014 school year are:
Sperreng Middle Principal Mark Eggers is being paid $125,087, up from $122,634.
For the 2010-2011 school year, he served as associate principal at Sperreng Middle and was paid $112,000.
Sparks, who serves as Truman Middle School principal, is being paid $111,180, up from $109,000. She replaced Jennifer Tiller, who was paid $121,032 for the 2011-2012 school year.
Sperreng Assistant Principal Clint Walker is being paid $88,740, up from $87,000 last year.
Truman Assistant Principal Mike Straatmann is being paid $87,000. Straatmann served as an administrative intern at Truman last year and was paid $72,264.
Salaries of elementary-school administrators for the 2013-2014 school year are:
Concord Elementary Principal Megan Stryjewski is being paid $106,189, up from $104,107. For the 2009-2010 school year, her first as principal at the former Truman Elementary, she was paid $97,500.
New Crestwood Elementary Principal Jodi Meese is being paid $100,000. She replaced Scott Taylor, who retired.
Taylor was paid $133,068 for the past school year. He had served as principal since the 2002-2003 school year, when he was paid $90,000.
Kennerly Elementary Principal Todd Morgan is being paid $103,020, up from $101,000. Last year was Morgan’s first year as Kennerly principal.
He replaced Suzanne Christopher, who was paid $102,726 for the 2011-2012 school year.
Long Elementary Principal Jana Parker is being paid $102,000, up from $100,000.
Last year was Parker’s first year as principal. She replaced McKenney.
Sappington Elementary Principal Craig Hamby is being paid $104,059, up from $102,019. For the 2010-2011 school year, his first as principal, he was paid $96,500.
Lindbergh’s salaries still rank among the lowest in the region, but the 2-percent salary increase for the 2013-2014 has helped to attract and retain quality educators, according to Board of Education President Kathleen Kienstra.
“We are extremely proud of the teachers and administrators who have led our district to have the No. 1 ranked academic achievement in Missouri for three consecutive years, and our goal is to maintain that top standing,” Kienstra stated in a district news release. “In order to do that, we must remain competitive with our benchmark districts, building a first-class team of leaders who run exceptional programs for students.”