Reimagining Education

CEAM WATCHDOG INVESTIGATES: SCHOOL DISTRICTS’ LEADERS COST MISSOURI $60M ANNUALLY

Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2016 05:55 PM

Last year Missouri school districts spent an estimated combined total of over $60,000,000 in salaries, pension payments and other benefits to public school district Superintendents. Topping the list was Lee’s Summit Superintendent David McGehee whose annual salary, pension payments, annuity and allowed expenses total an estimated $396,000.

As part of the organization’s Watchdog, the Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) created the new Superintendent Contract Finder to aid parents and other stakeholders in accessing valuable information in an easy to understand format.

The Process: From June to October of 2015, CEAM sent letters to all 520 of Missouri’s traditional public school districts requesting copies of each district’s superintendent contracts under Missouri’s sunshine law. Fifteen districts did not comply with the request and several others provided contracts that are expired. In cases when information was outdated or not provided, CEAM searched for salary information through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as well as through a public schools salary finder created by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 2015.The Contract Finder includes information about each district’s enrollment and academic performance as well.

Of the 520 total districts 345 districts have 1,000 students or less and of those, 46 districts have less than 100 students. CEAM encourages parents, education stakeholders and taxpayers to explore their own district and reach out with questions at http://www.ceamteam.org//resources/missouri-superintendent-contract-information/. Look for CEAM’s monthly top 10 lists highlighting observations from the new Superintendent Contract Finder such as this month’s Top 10 Superintendent salaries coming soon.

CONTACT: Peter Franzen, 314-561-8644 or peter@ceamteam.org

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