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Rockwood Superintendent Knost turns down pay raise

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The head of the Rockwood School District was offered a three percent pay raise during a negotiation, but in a move some found surprising, Superintendent Eric Knost chose not to take the pay raise.

One of the St. Louis area's largest school districts, Rockwood has been helmed by Knost for nine months, who said he's not sure it's the right time to start talking about a salary increase.

"We have very high expectations for our students, we want to maintain those expectations," said Knost before a pep rally at Lafayette High School. "We want to support our robust curriculum and we want to take care of our facilities and move forward, I've balanced the budget."

Knost said he wants to focus on building the community's trust and uniting everyone to support the students, an attempt which Knost said has already been successful.

The Rockwood School Board did offer Knost one benefit he could not refuse: a contract extension which will now run through June 2018.

For now, Knost's salary will remain at $235,000 per year.

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