PPS superintendent gets 4-year contract extension, 2 school board members vote no

PPS Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat
PPS Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 11:48 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria Public School’s Board of Education extended the contract with Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat for four more years, but she did not receive unanimous school board support.

The board voted 5-2 Monday night for the extension with members Anni Reinking and Chase Klaus voting no. Neither member explained their vote during the meeting, and Reinking declined comment later when she was contacted by 25 News. Klaus did not return a call requesting comment Friday night.

The district did not release information whether the contract extension calls for Kherat to receive pay raises. However, the district’s website shows Kherat’s base salary was $289,840.66 for the 2021-2022 school year. She received a $2,000 bonus and other benefits worth almost $23,000.

Kherat became superintendent of PPS in 2015. With the board’s action, Kherat will run the school system until mid-2026.