Following a positive evaluation, the Charter School Authorizer Board approved a $5,000 salary increase for executive director Marian Schutte.

Schutte’s annual salary after the increase is $105,000.

The board discussed the annual performance evaluation of Schutte in executive session at its Dec. 5 meeting. According to board minutes, Schutte’s “overall satisfactory job performance” warranted an increase in her salary.

The executive director is responsible for providing research and policy analysis on issues to the board, developing and implementing the organizational structure required to operate the office, providing support through the process of authorizing new charter schools, publishing an annual report of the state’s existing charter schools, among other duties.


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Kate Royals is a Jackson native and returned to Mississippi Today as the lead education reporter after serving in the same capacity from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, she was a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger covering education and state government. She won awards for her investigative work, including stories about the state’s campaign finance laws and prison system. She was a news producer at MassLive in Springfield, Mass., after graduating from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communications with a master’s degree in communications.