Fox 2 investigative reporter and corruptocrat-confronter Elliot Davis made another trip to the Fox district to attempt to talk to board members about the Critchlow scandal and the bloated administrative salaries. View the report here. He pulled together some good information, and I have captured a screen shot. This quantifies the dollars that the Fox school board shovels out to administrators:
To sum up a few later slides, here is a list of the number of assistant superintendents at some local districts compared to their student enrollment:
- Fox: 6 for 11,500 students
- Francis Howell: 4 for 17,000 students
- Rockwood: 2 for 21, 537 students
- Parkway: 2 for 17,500 students
As you can see, Fox has problems with both the salaries and the sheer number of administrators. One of the most recent administrators to hop on board the gravy train was Andy Arbeitman ($136,000 salary), who was previously given the ax as De Soto superintendent. He walked away, though, with $208,000. Maybe he is currently giving Dianne Critchlow some pointers in how to fleece the taxpayers. And he was hired unanimously; remember that when John Laughlin says we had a bad board then and a good board now (he was on the board when Arbeitman was hired). The board also recently (unanimously) hired as CFO John Brazeal ($165,000 salary), a guy who is tied in tight with Arnold government, having served as city administrator and council member (and consultant to a developer that was dealing with the city). One member of the school board is Dan Kroupa, who is Arnold’s treasurer. And Brazeal previously worked at Affton School District, where Arnold police chief Bob Shockey was once on the school board. So many connections.
And the best part of the Davis piece is this shot of board member Cheryl Hermann, who I deem to be most guilty of all current board members for the current problems due to her long tenure on the board (since 2000), fleeing into the ladies’ bathroom to avoid Davis’ questions. Remember this piece 9 months from now if Hermann dares to run for re-election.