The Rockwood Board of Education has voted to extend Superintendent Bruce Borchers’ contract through June 30, 2016. The vote on Feb. 24 was 4-3 for the contract extension.
Board members voting to extend Borchers’ contract were: Janet Strate, Matt Doell, Steve Banton and Keith Kinder. Bill Brown, Sherri Rogers and Steve Smith voted against the extension.
Board president Janet Strate stated, “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.”
Bill Brown noted, “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.”
According to Strate, Borchers approached the Board earlier in the year about his not accepting a salary increase if given a contract extension. Borchers’ current salary is $234,600.
Borchers became Rockwood’s superintendent July 1, 2010.
With nearly 22,000 students, Rockwood is the largest school district in St. Louis County. In the county, school superintendents generally hold three-year contracts. 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.