Chase in line for raise tonight

For the first time, part of her review will be in public.
Monday, May 14, 2007 | 1:22 a.m. CDT; updated 8:40 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008
Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase is set to receive a raise and a contract extension when the school board meets tonight.

And for the first time, part of Chase’s salary review will take place in public.

Chase has received a raise and extension on her three-year contract each year since she was hired in 2003. Last year, she was given a 6 percent raise, bringing her salary to $190,800.

Board members will meet at 6:15 p.m. in a closed session to discuss Chase’s performance. Each board member has filled out an appraisal of Chase’s work.

Then the meeting will open to the public at 7 p.m. as the board looks at Chase’s salary in the context of the budget and what superintendents in comparable districts make, said board President Karla DeSpain.

In previous years, Chase’s entire salary review was conducted in closed session.

Committee appointments will also be made at the meeting. New member Jan Mees will be named to the communications and calendar committees and as a representative to the Columbia Public Schools Foundation and the Columbia/Boone County Community Partnership.

The board will select two delegates and one alternate to the Missouri School Boards’ Association.

The board will also finalize the timeline for review of applicants and selection of a new member. Don Ludwig, who announced he was stepping down after his wife, Sally Beth Lyon, was named an assistant superintendent, will remain on the board through June.

Following the meeting, members will hold a second closed session regarding additional personnel issues and real estate.

DeSpain said the board has “got to get moving on the schools,” after voters approved a $60 million bond issue April 3.

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