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Springfield Approves 3-Year Contract With New Superintendent

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Dr. John Jungmann's first day as superintendent for Springfield Public Schools will be July 1/Photo credit: Liberty Public

The Springfield Board of Education has finalized the contract terms of new superintendent Dr. John Jungmann.

The three-year employment contract finalized during the board’s executive session Thursday night includes a total compensation for the 2014-2015 school year of $257,001. That’s $35,000 more than the compensation of current superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder, who is retiring this spring.

In a news release, School Board President Kris Callen called the increase an important market adjustment.

"The superintendent's current salary was not competitive with other districts our size, so it was important to make that adjustment to attract the candidate who met our expectations and is capable of handling the unique responsibilities and challenges of this job," she explained.

Jungmann’s compensation package includes a base salaray of $230,000, and also factors in a $12,000 annuity, plus family health, dental, and group life insurance, as well as a $7,200 automobile allowance.

Dr. Jungmann, currently head of the Liberty School District, will begin his duties in Springfield on July 1. He was named the top finalist in late February. Earlier this week, Jungmann participated in two open forums to take questions from the public. The board approved his hire the following day.