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St. Paul schools add new business administration post

There's a new administrative position in the St. Paul Public Schools: Superintendent Valeria Silva created the job of deputy of schools and business operations and appointed Michael Baumann to fill it.

Baumann has been the school district's chief business officer since 2009.

He'll be paid $167,000 in the new job, up from his previous salary was $144,803.00 

Silva's office said Baumann's role is now expanded to "focus on creating a seamless integration and coordination of central operations that support learning and achievement with the development and accountability of principal leaders on behalf of students."

To fill some of Baumann's old finance duties, Silva appointed Jacqueline Statum Allen to serve as interim executive director of finance, overseeing both the budget and comptroller functions. Allen, who recently was hired by the district to work on the Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan, had handled similar financial duties in the Chicago Schools in the past.

Allen's salary is now $103,782.

Said a statement from Silva:

By creating this new position and appointing an interim executive director, I have determined that this is the best move for our District in terms of leadership needs at this critical juncture.

The statement said she was referring to the upcoming levy referendum, the continued implementation of the Strong Schools, Strong Communities strategic plan and an aggressive plan to eliminate the District's achievement gap.

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