Following state audit, perks given to local school superintendents exposed

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 6:35 AM

(KMOV) – After the Missouri State Auditor released his findings on school budgets, News 4 dug into the perks being given to local superintendents.

Generous perks are a part of the job for many superintendents but they don’t the whole story as to how much the executives are paid.

St. Louis City School Superintendent Kelvin Adams is paid $225,000 a year, and one of his perks is a monthly auto allowance of $800 which is another $9,600 dollars a year. 

“$800 a month for a vehicle…All we do is look at what happens around the state and it seemed to us to be excessive,” said state auditor Tom Schweich.

The monthly allowance is one of the highest in the Metro area, but Adams also runs the biggest district in the area, and is far from the highest paid. In fact, Kirkwood’s superintendent gets a smaller car allowance, but receives $31,000 a year more in salary for running a district that is one-sixth the size of St. Louis City.

Many superintendents can earn tens of thousands of dollars a year more through auto allowances, bonuses, and generous retirement contributions.

On Wednesday, as a result of the state audit, the focus was on Superintendent Adams, who admits the school board will be reviewing his compensation.

Superintendent Adams said “the board is looking at that....really what occurred is that the car that the superintendent had was costing the district approximately $800 and that was the basis for the $800 and so the board is obviously going back to look at that and will likely make some adjustment.”

A spokesman for the Saint Louis City School District said Superintendent Adams hasn't received a pay raise in six years, which helps put his car allowance in perspective.

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