“We had researched that pretty thoroughly,” Moats said. “There was an opportunity for us to reallocate part of that salary to other personnel.” Moats added that he thinks Klein is an outstanding employee, but the issue is too much administration. He believes the district is too “top heavy” and would like to see more money allocated for those who work directly with students in the classroom.
Cassandra Murra has been hired to take over as superintendent for Flack at the end of the year. Her total pay is actually $5,829 higher than Flack’s. Flack’s pay totals $164,377.80. Murra’s will be $170,206.80. Flack believes that the district will see a reduction in personnel costs of $400,000 when all available positions have been filled.
Murra has been in contact with board members in the search for a new high school principal and to fill the assistant middle school principal position. She has not been paid by the district yet, according to Mobley. Her contract begins July 1, but the board has allowed her to be involved in the interview process for these administrative positions.
“So far she has not made any employment recommendations,” Mobley said. The district is focused on finding a new high school principal. When one is in place, the search will shift to activities director.
In other personnel actions Monday night, the board approved the transfers of Angie Dingeman from third grade at Northstar to the special education classroom at West and Sue Kauzlarich from superintendent’s secretary to West secretary.
Troy Rider’s resignation was also approved. Flack said the district has already been advertising for his replacement as PE teacher and head varsity football coach.