Rockwood's Top Administrators Earn Less Than Parkway's Leaders

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch feature enables readers to search public educators’ salaries.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released an online database feature for readers to search through the salaries of all public education employees in Missouri.

The feature shows the five top administrators of the earn more than the top five, with the exception of their district superintendents.

Rockwood’s top five paid administrators:

  • Bruce Borchers, superintendent: $230,000
  • Dennis Griffith, assistant superintendent: $138,100
  • Randal Smasal, associate superintendent of learning: $138,000
  • Kelvin McMillin, assistant superintendent for human resources: $131,823
  • James Wipke, executive director of secondary education: $125,150

Parkway’s top five paid administrators:

  • Keith Marty, superintendent: $220,000 (Recently approved $7,000 raise. Total: $227,000).
  • Bonnie Maxey, assistant superintendent (Retired in May 2012—38 years with the district): $167,530
  • Gary Mazzola, Parkway South principal (Retired—31 years in the district): $150,140
  • Kathy Blackmore, assistant superintendent for teaching, learning and accountability (retired in May 2012): $149,151
  • Jennifer Marquart, Parkway North principal: $143,456

NOTE: Both Keith Marty and Bruce Borchers received raises effective July 1 with the 2012-13 school year. . .

Smasal's duties were replaced with Karen Kieffer, executive director of Learning & Support Services; she is reported in the Post-Dispatch feature as earning $116,525 in her former position as principal of Wild Horse Elementary within the Rockwood District. 

Blackmore was replaced with Lisa Merideth, who is reported earning $105,673 as a central office administrator on the database. Parkway South's current principal is Patrice Aitch, who is reported as earning $114,819.

Searching for Borchers' other direct reports in this database revealed:

  • Kim Cranston, chief communications officer, $121,406
  • Tim Rooney, chief financial and legal officer, no records found; and his precedessor Shirley Broz also did not show in these online records
  • Steve Beatty, chief information officer, no records found
  • Will Blaylock, director of technology, no records found
  • Karen Hargadine, executive director of PreK–Elementary Education, $125,000

Many comments in the Post-Dispatch’s website showed anger at the Post’s releasing of the numbers, which nonetheless are of public record.

Tell us in our comments: What do you think of your top administrators' salaries? Do you think these figures should have been released?

Rockwood 25 September 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Parkway has some missing and their administrators with salary above Rockwood's seem to have an experience advantage. Super. Borchers brought former colleagues with him who did not have prior experience in similar positions, similar levels or experience within the district, yet gave them a huge pay raise over their previous salaries. Not to mention that before moving here for these positions, they were paid extremely well, while still working their former positions full-time, to "consult" for Rockwood. This isn't helping me trust him or the Board one bit more that they're handing current finances well so that I'll help pass an increase for the District.
Mike K September 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I agree with Rockwood25. Not to mention the automatic pension boosts that Borchers and his pals get after a few months of on-the-job training. Parkway has a different problem with many of their very experienced administrators retiring. So there will be a 'new guard' there soon, too.


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