RPS Superintendent gets contract extension through 2022

Muñoz's annual salary set at $228,300.

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Michael Munoz, Rochester Public Schools Superintendent

Michael Muñoz will remain the superintendent of Rochester Public Schools through at least mid-2022.

The Rochester School Board approved Muñoz’s contract Tuesday with a 6-1 vote. Board member Melissa Amundsen voted against the contract’s approval, although she did not comment on the matter.

The contract initially was part of the board’s consent agenda, which includes a number of items such as meeting minutes, that can be approved as a group. Amundsen requested the contract be removed from the consent agenda so the board could vote on it separately.

The contract covers the period from July 1, 2021, until June 30, 2022. Heather Nessler, executive director of communications for the district, said the new contract for Muñoz begins when his current one ends.

The superintendent’s annual salary will be $228,300. In addition, the district will pay Muñoz a vehicle allowance of $600 per month for a year’s total of $7,200.


Nessler said the district did not have a digital copy of the superintendent’s current contract available for comparison purposes. However, she said the language of the new contract is identical to his existing contract except for the dates.

Munoz began his role as superintendent in 2011.

Jordan Shearer covers K-12 education for the Post Bulletin. A Rochester native, he graduated from Bemidji State University in 2013 before heading out to write for a small newsroom in the boonies of western Nebraska. Bringing things full circle, he returned to Rochester in 2020 just shy of a decade after leaving. Readers can reach Jordan at 507-285-7710 or
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