• St. Louis Public Schools chief signs contract extension

    February 06, 2014 3:12 pm  •  

    St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams has agreed to a third contract with the city's struggling school system.

    The contract runs through June 2016, and keeps his salary at $225,000 a year -- the same that it's been since he was was hired six years ago.

    The extension was reached with the three-member Special Administrative Board, which hired Adams from New Orleans in 2008 and charged him with restoring credibility to St. Louis Public Schools. Since then, he has been credited with slow and steady improvements to the district.

    During his time as superintendent, the district has moved up from unaccredited to a provisional rating from the state for academics. But a new accreditation scoring system threatens that standing, with results from last August putting the district overall ranked as the second-worst performing in Missouri last year, receiving just 24.6 percent of the points available.

    Adams has already held the district's top job longer than six of his predecessors. After 2003, the post became a revolving door, with eight superintendents in six years.

    Jessica Bock covers K-12 education for the Post-Dispatch. Follow her on twitter @jessicabock