• By Elisa Crouch

    St. Louis Superintendent Kelvin Adams has signed a contract extension to lead the city school system for another three years.

    The agreement, released by the district on Tuesday, is the fourth contract Adams has had with the district’s Special Administrative Board. His base salary is $225,000 — the same as it was when he was hired in 2008. The extension does allow for an $800 monthly car allowance, an increase from $300.

    His contract is set to expire on June 30, 2019.

    In January, Adams was named in several news accounts as one of two top contenders for the superintendent's job of the Los Angeles Unified School District. But sources close to Adams said he wasn’t excited about the prospect and was surprised to be named as a top favorite.

    Adams did not get that job. At the time, he spoke of his work in St. Louis, which has involved improving academics and graduation rates throughout the school system.

    “I enjoy the work we are doing and as far as I am concerned nothing has changed,” Adams said at the time. “We still have a lot of work to do to improve the outcome of our students.”