Lebo superintendent gets new 5-year contract

Published Sep 17, 2013 at 10:49 am (Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 10:49 am)

The Mt. Lebanon school board voted unanimously to approve a new five-year contract with superintendent Dr. Tim Steinhauer. The contract will be effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019. School board president Elaine Cappucci said the board’s deadline for awarding a new contract is technically January 2014. The board decided to act early because it was “very confident” it would like to continue working with Dr. Steinhauer.

“Hiring and supervising the work of the superintendent is the most important work the board does,” Cappucci said. “During Dr. Steinhauer’s tenure student achievement has improved and we have embarked on several long-term projects, including the high school renovation and the capital campaign. The salary we have offered is commensurate with his abilities.”

She added that the new contract was not discussed publicly at the Sept. 9 meeting because the board had not yet agreed on the terms of the contract.

“The new salary is a market rate for a district of our size and caliber,” Cappucci said.

The board did not disclose a salary figure in its resolution. Dr. Steinhauer’s salary is $163,776 for the 2013-2014 school year.

A June 2013 study of administrative salaries by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) found that of 499 superintendent positions for which data was available, the top salary for the 2011-2012 school year was $263,058. The average salary was $131,373 and the median salary $125,191. The study found 18 percent of superintendents were paid over $158,000.

“This is a humbling experience for any individual,” Steinhauer said. “I have the privilege to work for one of the best districts in the Commonwealth. I am surrounded by excellent people. A great group of administrators, a great group of educators. I am very proud to serve this district and the kids here.”

The board also approved the purchase of two software packages for its $6 million capital campaign. The first, DonorPro, is for managing prospect records. The second, FindWealth, identifies and ranks prospects according to giving capacity based on public records.

Campaign director Alyssa DeLuca said she had an alumni list of 18,000 prospects to be uploaded into DonorPro. She explained the records would need to be “cleaned up” before prospects could be solicited. Mailing addresses would need to be verified, for example.

DonorPro costs $6,555. In addition, there is a monthly fee of $180 and a per-record monthly fee of half a cent. For 18,000 records that would total about $90. FindWealth will be purchased at a discounted price of $8,999 for the first year.

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