The Shawnee Mission district has released the contracts for three new assistant superintendents approved by the school board Monday.
Under the agreements, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Dr. Rick Atha and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Dr. Douglas Sumner will each be paid a salary of $174,000. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Christy Ziegler, who is currently Shawnee Mission’s STEM director, will be paid $142,537. Though Dr. Michelle Hubbard has been shifted to Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership from the Human Resources position for which she was hired, her contract, with a salary of $164,076 remains in place.
The contracts were not included in the public packet made available before Monday’s meeting and were not made available to the media until Thursday.
The hires come as part of a major restructuring of the district’s central office personnel. When Superintendent Jim Hinson first presented the new organizational chart in January, he indicated that changes throughout the district — including the possibility of moving some non-central office administration positions back into the classroom — would save the district $1.5 million per year. On Monday, he indicated that the cabinet-level hirings the board approved Monday represented a savings of $80,000.
Asked to clarify where the savings came from, district spokeswoman Leigh Anne Neal said the $80,000 figure is just a portion of the overall savings.
“When Dr. Hinson first presented the restructured organizational chart at the board meeting in January, he indicated the information he was sharing represented the first layer of changes,” Neal wrote. “During that meeting, he referenced an anticipated savings of approximately $1.5 million. I believe that was an overall estimate of savings. Information about additional layers of restructuring is yet to be presented. The superintendent has stated he will present additional information at the Feb. 23 board meeting. I believe the $80,000 savings represents a portion of the overall savings Dr. Hinson anticipates from the overall restructuring plan.”
Atha’s contract, which is representative of those for all four assistant superintendents, is embedded below.