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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Chelsea School District approves new superintendent at $128,000 salary

By Danielle Arndt

Andrew Ingall can finally begin transitioning into his new role at the helm of Chelsea School District.

On Monday, the Board of Education unanimously approved hiring Ingall, the current executive director of instruction, at a salary of $128,000.

Ingall will replace Superintendent David Killips when he retires June 31. Killips’ current salary is $137,000.

Killips, who has held the position for 10 years, said the board made an excellent choice selecting Ingall. Killips said Ingall was the middle school principal prior to being named executive director of instruction.

“He is a hard worker, dedicated and very strong in the instructional process,” Killips said. “He’ll learn fast and is pretty good with numbers.”

Chelsea is working on its budget for 2012-13, is negotiating with its teachers union and is processing retirement notices and will need to replace staff. Board President Steve Olsen said Ingall will become involved in these decisions.

Ingall also will need to start assembling his team, which could include shifting some personnel around and filling various positions, Olsen said. Olsen added he expects these decisions to be resolved within the next few weeks.

Board Secretary Anne Mann was absent from Monday’s meeting.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

Hiring from the "inside" and paying less. Unheard of. Good job Chelsea. Other School Boards and City/Village/County/State Boards please take note.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

What happened? Ann Arbor gave a huge jump in salary for a new superintendent. I think they used an excuse that no one could be found for less. Good work Chelsea. You were able to hire someone qualified and who knows your school district and at a respectable rate.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 1:13 a.m.

This pay is insane. I would start him off at no more than $127,000 so the contract lunch lady can make $8.00 an hour instead of $7.85. Go Bulldogs!


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:06 p.m.

Principals in Ontario, Canada make over $100 000/year. Makes sense a Super should make more.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 9:10 p.m.

Tough job, lots of hours, major responsibilities and trying to keep the peace with the board,teachers,parents and kids.

Jeff Frank

Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 2:10 p.m.

Have to agree. $128K to run a multi-million dollar enterprise with thousands of customers is not excessive.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:44 p.m.

I believe this is about the same salary that the Ann Arbor Chief of Police was getting. I find that interesting.