Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2005

Raises rare for USD 491 administrators

October 6, 2005

The war in Iraq scored a direct hit on Eudora USD 491's budget.

Eudora West Elementary Principal Rod Moyer's deployment to the Middle East accounted for a 10-percent increase in district administrative salaries for the 2005-2006 school year. But the report, which was released to The Eudora News in compliance with a state law that will sunset this year, indicates the salaries of most administrators, including Superintendent Marty Kobza, remained the same.

"If you compare our administrative cost as compared to the number of students and buildings I don't know if you'll find anyone with lower costs than we had," Kobza said.

Because of Moyer's call to duty, the district hired Jan Irby to head West Elementary. Her salary, $65,000, and Moyer's salary, as a building administrator, $68,722, account for 17 percent of the district's overall administrative budget.

Irby's salary is responsible for the majority of the spike in this year's administrative budget. The rest of the $73,995 increase comes as a raise to the district's consolidated plan director Janell Barnow's salary.

Barnow's job responsibilities incorporate a range of responsibilities from coordinating the district's work to improve assessment scores to coaching

teachers on how to best teach reading.

"She's the one that's helping set the foundation for everything that happens later when the assessments are given," Kobza said.

Barnow's responsibilities increased this year, Kobza said

"As we continue to grow, all of our administrator's responsibilities increase," he said.

The rest of the administrator salaries held steady from last year.

Kobza continues to earn $96,000 per year, while the district's principal's salaries range from $65,000 to $72,000.

Other paid administrators include the operations director, food and nutrition director, technology director, officer of academic affairs and the high school's activity director.

Their salaries range from $30,000 to $58,710.

The district allocated a total of $783,030 for administrative salaries. Last year's total was $709,035.

"As far as what we get with our administrative staff in regards to the number of students, what we have is very significant," Kobza said.

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