(West Plains) – A reporter from the St. Joseph News-Press recently visited West Plains to talk with community members and officials to look for more information concerning their current school district superintendent and the former West Plains superintendent, Dr. Fred Czerwonka, who left the West Plains district last summer to work for St. Joseph.
Alonzo Weston is the education reporter for the St. Joseph News-Press. He told Ozark Radio News that the paper is looking for a well-rounded picture of their school district superintendent:
Czerwonka reportedly paid $250,000 in stipends to administrators, principals and assistant principals at the beginning of the school year. The AP reports that Czerwonka told the board that administrative salaries and morale were low when he took over, and the stipends were a temporary way to address those issues. Since then, he has been under fire from the community for what is seen as egregious and unnecessary spending, and from the school board for attempting to allocate funding without board approval.