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Education

Shawnee Mission Reveals Details Of Superintendent’s $250,000 Salary

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Shawnee Mission Board of Education hired Michael Fulton to be the district's next superintendent for $250,000 a year, but the other details of his contract have been finalized.

Fulton will receive $1,000 a month car allowance "for the purpose of offsetting all necessary operating expenses for travel required to perform duties" in the Kansas City area. In addition, the district will also provide a yearly $24,000 tax-sheltered annuity.

Fulton will get 31 vacation days a year in addition to all days off students and staff get.

Fulton comes from the Pattonville district in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, where he was making $267,000 a year, according to state records.

How does this deal compare to former superintendent Jim Hinson's? Very favorably.

Hinson's final contract paid him $254,280 a year. He also received the same tax free annuity and $1,000 monthly car allowance.

Hinson was the first superintendent in Johnson County to crack a quarter million dollars or more a year, which has become the going rate for big Johnson County school districts.

John Allison, who started as superintendent at the Olathe school district in 2017, is making $250,000 per year with a $1,000 monthly car allowance and a $12,500 yearly tax free annuity.

Todd White signed for $230,000 a year with the Blue Valley school district in 2016. Blue Valley didn't immediately return a call asking about his 2017 pay.

Sam Zeff is KCUR's Metro Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @SamZeff.

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