Missouri Association of School Administrators | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Association of School Administrators

Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri’s top public school leaders are getting larger salary bumps than the teachers they’re overseeing, according to an audit from state auditor Nicole Galloway.

The audit released Monday found a large gap in the pay range of superintendents which is not always based on district size. Overall, superintendent pay is up 31 percent from 12 years ago, according to the auditor. During that same time, teacher salaries increased 22 percent.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - What does Missouri need to do to push its schools into the top tier nationwide?

A new report out from the organizations that represent the state's public school boards and school administrators has a blueprint that echoes many of the recommendations that education officials have been making for years: Better early-childhood training. Stronger preparation and support for teachers. Higher expectations. A culture of success. Financial support to make these goals a reality.