First female Missouri education commissioner named

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 10:40 a.m. CDT; updated 12:37 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chris Nicastro will serve as Missouri's first female education commissioner, officials announced Thursday.

Nicastro, the Hazelwood School District superintendent, is to begin her duties Aug. 1 with an annual salary of $185,400.

She replaces Commissioner Kent King, who died Jan. 7.

Bert Schulte of Columbia, who was also a finalist for the position, has served as interim commissioner.


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Thomas Green July 2, 2009 | 12:06 p.m.

Missouri needs to trim their state budget and the state commissioner gets paid a mind-boggling salary of $185,400 a year. Oh my, I am sure many state officials could trim their salaries by 10 or 15% and still have plenty of money to live on and truly help the state with some of their budget issues.

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