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Rockwood's Superintendent Contract Extended Just as State Audit Results Are Expected

With nearly 22,000 students, Rockwood School District is the largest school district in St. Louis County. News of renewing Superintendent Bruce Borchers' contract comes days before Missouri Auditor's results about Rockwood will be released.

Rockwood School District Board of Education directors voted on Sunday to extend the district's Superintendent Bruce Borchers’ contract through June 30, 2016. The vote was 4-3 for the contract extension, according to a district news release made available Monday afternoon.

This board meeting originally would have been held Thursday, but was rescheduled to Sunday, based on inclement weather.

Borchers' contract extension comes just days before district residents will learn the discoveries of a Missouri auditoring team, who just finished an audit of the district: Rockwood State Audit Results to be Revealed Wednesday

The district's last state audit was conducted in 1994.

Board members voting to extend Borchers’ contract, according to the release, were: Janet Strate, Matt Doell, Steve Banton and Keith Kinder. Bill Brown, Sherri Rogers and Steve Smith voted against the extension.

Borchers became Rockwood’s superintendent July 1, 2010.

Board president Janet Strate stated in the release:  “Dr. Borchers has had a student achievement focus demonstrated by the implementation of the vision scorecards. We believe that student success should be at the forefront of our decisions.”

Strate said Borchers approached the board of directors earlier in the year about not accepting a salary increase if given a contract extension. Borchers’ current salary is $234,600. Last February, board directors gave him a 2 percent salary increase.

Bill Brown stated in the release:  “I don’t believe we can ignore the information and feedback we have received from our some of our staff and community members. They have made it clear it’s time for a fresh start and a change in direction.”

School boards review superintendent performance each year. When board members support the superintendent, they extend the contract by a year to keep it at three years.

Read related, previous articles:

Contract of Rockwood Superintendent Extended

Rockwood's Top Administrators Earn Less Than Parkway's Leaders

In St. Louis County, school superintendents generally hold three-year contracts.

Mike K February 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Nice headline. How can the state audit results expect that the RSD superintendent would get a raise and a contract extension? So, did Borchers give up the raise the board gave him now that he got his contract extension? The article says that he would. What I want to know is how will the sequester next month impact RSD.
Michael Rhodes February 26, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I heard that the state will lose about $12m with the sequester in education funding. Although that is a state wide number Rockwood will have some exposure. There are about 500 districts in Missouri (public). At an even breakdown each district could lose up to $22k in funding if the entire $12m is taken from the districts. Some of that amount might be in state education administration expenses or programs and might not be taken from the disctricts. I would expect the amount will also be prorated based on district size meanign that Rockwood, Parkway, and the larger districts will share a much larger burdon than a small district. The raise mentioned was in 2012 (a year ago) and he was willing to forgo any raise this year with an extension. I believe his contract has a yearly raise built into it that would have gone into effect next month with out this board action.
Michael Rhodes February 26, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Should have stated that I heard the $12m number on Fox 2 News this morning. It was part of their story on the impact that the sequester will have on Scott AFB civilian employees.
Rockwood 25 February 26, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Why not wait the week until the audit info was in hand? Perhaps time to change some more Board members.
Michael Rhodes February 26, 2013 at 07:37 PM
The district has already received the report and responded to any areas of concern. The public gets to see it tomorrow. According to what I have read that is standard procedure.
Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions February 27, 2013 at 04:04 AM
On Borchers contract extension: We’re disappointed. We’re disappointed that the Board continues to be so out-of-sync with the community in light of the overall negative comments about the Superintendent from the “Picture Rockwood” surveys. It’s a matter of trust and Dr. Borchers does not have the trust of the community. - By continuing to support Dr. Borchers, the Board is also losing the community’s trust.

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