Superintendent does not deserve salary | Opinion | Lee's Summit Journal

Superintendent does not deserve salary | Opinion | Lee's Summit Journal



I don’t believe a $397,000 annual salary is warranted if Lee’s Summit is only the 10th largest district in the state, yet the School Board believes Dr. McGehee should be compensated as the highest paid superintendent in the state. I have supervised employees for over 20 years and reviews were always based upon performance. Based upon my research on the Lee’s Summit R-7 school district’s performance during Dr. McGehee’s tenure I have found the following on the students MAP data:
• LS R-7 was ranked in the top 4 or 5 out of 30 in 2007 (within districts of similar demographic make-up and size), the year after Dr. McGehee started with the school district.
• LS R-7 was ranked in the top 1 or 2 out of 22 in 2007 within the Kansas City metro utilizing the same data metrics as above with respect to language arts and math MAP data.
• Today, LS R-7 is ranked 9 or 11 out of 30 in 2014 (within districts of similar demographic make-up and size).
• Today, LS R-7 is ranked 5 or 7 out 22 in 2014 within the Kansas City metro utilizing the same data metrics as above with respect to language arts and math MAP data. (The following KC metro districts had never previously been ranked ahead of LS R-7: Blue Springs, Park Hill, Kearney, Ray-Pec, Grain Valley, Liberty in math and Park Hill, Kearney, Blue Springs and Liberty in language arts).
The overall growth from 2007 to 2014 during Dr. McGehee’s tenure is 13.1 in language arts and -2.9 in math. Nineteen of the 30 districts showed greater improvement in language arts than LS R-7
and 25 of the 30 districts showed greater improvement in math than LS R-7. My assessment of Dr. McGehee’s job performance regarding academic achievement does not warrant a $397,000 annual salary and definitely not the highest paid in the state of Missouri. I am basing this on my business experience in reviewing employees.

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