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April 9, 2013

Hinson contract keeps Shawnee Mission superintendent post the third-highest paid in Kansas

Hinson’s three-year pact to pay more than $250,000 in salary and benefits

New Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Jim Hinson’s contract will pay him about $250,000 a year in salary and benefits, keeping the Shawnee Mission post the third-highest paid in Kansas.

Hinson, who will take over officially July 1, will earn a base salary of $217,950 a year. He will receive an additional annual contribution of $25,000 to a tax-sheltered annuity plus a $9,000-a-year car allowance.

Hinson also will soon be eligible to collect a pension from the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri. That system allows members to collect benefits once their years of service and their age combined equal 80. Benefits pay 2.5 percent of the retiree’s highest three-year average salary for every year of service. Hinson, who is 50, has been a Missouri educator since 1984, or some 28 years. He was earning a salary between $203,000 and $210,000 his last three years as superintendent of the Independence School District, state records show.

Hinson signed a three-year contract with Shawnee Mission through June 2016. The contract will renew automatically a year at a time unless the board gives written notice by Dec. 31 of each year that it will not renew the contract.

Current Shawnee Mission Superintendent Gene Johnson, who announced last year that he would retire June 30, was earning $254,299, including benefits, according to state records. The Blue Valley School District superintendent post, paying a total of $275,835 annually, and the Wichita Public Schools post, which pays $274,890, are the state’s highest paying posts.

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