Oklahoma City School Board gives retroactive raise to Superintendent Karl Springer

The Oklahoma City School Board gave Superintendent Karl Springer a retroactive pay raise Monday night. Springer took a voluntary pay cut two years ago.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: February 8, 2012
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The Oklahoma City School Board voted late Monday to give Superintendent Karl Springer a retroactive pay raise.

Springer's salary will return to about $165,000, the same amount he earned two years ago.

Springer took a $25,000 voluntary pay cut in 2010, when workers at the district administration offices were laid off or furloughed.

His pay had stayed steady at $140,000 since, even though furloughs for the rest of the administrative staff ended July 1.

The salary increase will be retroactive to July 1, and Springer likely will receive back pay on his next paycheck, Oklahoma City School District spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said.

Springer asked the school board to leave his salary at $140,000, board Chairwoman Angela Monson said Tuesday afternoon, but board members felt a raise was the right thing to do.

“Karl has done a good job,” Monson said. “He's committed to our children, not because of the money, but because the work is important.”

Springer's benefits include health care, vacation and sick leave, life insurance and a $9,000 annual car allowance, said Gloria Wilson, benefits director for the district.

His contract also includes a stipulation that his salary will increase at the same rate of certified teachers when the teachers' union negotiates new contracts, Wilson said.

The school board evaluated Springer and gave him the retroactive pay raise in an executive session during the board's regular meeting Monday night.

With 42,000 students, Springer manages the state's largest school district.


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