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2232, 20 Jun 18

West Bend School Superintendent’s New Contract

The last super made $155k. It looks like the district is paying a premium.

June 19, 2018 – West Bend, WI – On May 29 the West Bend School District announced it hired Don Kirkegaard as the new Superintendent.

Kirkegaard is scheduled to start in the district July 9.  His contract is public record and posted below. Highlights include an annual salary of $175,000, moving expenses up to $15,000 and the “District shall annually contribute 6% of the Superintendent’s salary ($10,500) to a 403 (b) retirement account.


2232, 20 June 2018


  1. NHolland

    I wonder if he has a degree?…

  2. jjf

    Did you look and not find anything, NHolland?

    Kirkegaard earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from South Dakota State University, a master’s degree in school administration from Northern State University, and an educational specialist degree in school district administration from the University of South Dakota. He was named South Dakota Superintendent of the Year in 2009. In addition, Kirkegaard was a member of the South Dakota State Board of Education from 2007-2017, serving as president of the board from 2011-2017. He was an executive board member of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement from 1992-2006, and a member of the South Dakota Governor’s Educational Task Force in 2003.

  3. NHolland

    Sarcasm my friend, sarcasm! Related to a thread from the past week.

  4. NHolland

    Thread was “More jobs than Jobless”

  5. MjM

    A 20 % increase.  Ha!  And they say there’s no money for schools!

  6. jjf

    But when Scott Walker gives big raises to wet-behind-the-ears-but-related-to-donors underlings, that’s not tax dollars at work?

  7. MHMaley

    The Board would have been far better off paying the going rate for an experienced hire in the case of the last 2 Superintemdants .

    $25K a year to get an experienced superintendant to keep the school district out of the news except for positive things could well be a bargain .

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