Friday, July 10, 2015
R-8 pays $1 million for 10 leaders, splits $900,000 among 600 teachers
A review of salaries for the members of the district's so-called leadership team under "retired" superintendent C. J. Huff, shows that the 10 people on the team, including Huff and executive directors for anything and everything, raked in a total of $982,928 during the past year.
With Huff's $177,275 salary leading the way, the team includes five other people whose salaries top $100,000- Mark Barlass, Paul Barr, Jason Cravens, Jennifer Doshier and Lisa Orem.
The lowest salary on the leadership team belongs to the woman in charge of public relations for the school district, Kelli Price, but even she is making considerably more than many veteran teachers.
Thankfully, for those who think the district does not pay these distinguished leaders enough- the salary schedule approved by the Joplin R-8 Board of Education Wednesday night calls for the administrators to receive a $500 increase to their base, while classified workers, in other words those on the lower end of the totem pole, received no pay increases because they were "leading the market" in their job area.
That decision is based on the findings of a salary committee headed by Chief Operations Officer Tina Smith, who despite having no experience in education and contributing to the filing of several lawsuits by former employees who were let go after they made her aware of problems in the workplace, is making $86,858 annually.
The $982,928 per year made by the 10 leaders is more than the $900,000 CFO Paul Barr, who has the second biggest salary in the district at $120,403, put in the budget for pay increases for the district's approximately 600 teachers and that total included increases in the amount the teachers will have to pay for their health insurance.
It should be noted that this is the same team whose members pushed the board to pay $300,000 a couple of months ago for a testing regimen, which is specifically designed to help students succeed on the Common Core tests that Missouri officially eliminated earlier this week.
It is also the leadership team, backed by the Board of Education, which provided us with $8 million in might-as-well spending, for extra tennis courts, press boxes, artificial turf, and lighting for practice fields, and a track.
For two straight years, members of this leadership team, C. J. Huff and Paul Barr, submitted budget proposals that called for no step increases and bare minimum pay hikes for teachers. Both years, the board has given the teachers step increases and more money than the leadership team recommended, but nowhere near close to making up the amount of money the teachers have lost over the past few years, as teacher salaries were kept virtually the same while spending exploded in other areas.
Salaries for the Joplin R-8 leadership team for the past year are as follows:
C. J. Huff, superintendent, $177,275
Paul Barr, chief financial officer $120,403
Mark Barlass, executive director of student services $101,581
Jason Cravens, executive director of secondary education $101,198
Lisa Orem, student services coordinator $100,952
Jennier Doshier, executive director of elementary education $100,580
Tina Smith, chief operations officer $86,858
Eric Pitcher, technology director $73,011
Sarah Stevens, director of curriculum/instruction/assessment $73,011
Kelli Price, communications director $48,053
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