School board approves contract extensions with district leaders Hinson and Southwick, pay remains the same

Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson.
Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson.

The Shawnee Mission Board of Education on Monday approved new contracts for Superintendent Jim Hinson and Deputy Superintendent Kenny Southwick that extend their employment with the district by a year, but included no changes to the compensation packages that were approved by the board in the summer of 2015.

The new contracts set Hinson’s and Southwick’s employment period with the district through June 30, 2020. The contracts approved by the board last December were good through June 2019.

The new contracts hold Hinson’s base salary at $254,280 per year. He also receives a $24,000 annual tax-sheltered annuity and a $1,000 per month automobile allowance. Southwick earns $195,500 per year and receives a $750 per month car allowance.

The raises Hinson and Southwick received in the summer of 2015 caused some controversy as they were approved by the board of education at the same time the district was decrying its financial situation amid the school funding battles in Topeka.