What WE Know about Administrative Raises
(This is a correction of a June 11th item which
an 8% rather than a 7% increase.
We regret the error.)
The following items were apparently approved after the Closed Session at
Thursday night's school board meeting:
- The total bill for administrators' base salaries for 2004-2005 was
$1,498,880.00, ranging from $45,046 to $125,000 with wide variations in
education level, experience, number of days per year and per diem rate.
The median household income for the state of Illinois is $46,590 according
to the 2000 census. However, it should be noted that compared with
administrators in other DuPage schools, District 33 administrators are paid
- On the base, the board has approved a 7% raise. This will be the
average for the administrators. Some will receive more... some will
- Administrators, like the teachers, will be required to pay 10% of their
health insurance. To compensate for this, all administrators will receive a
1% increase in their base salary. Please note, the 10% is calculated
on the cost of their insurance. This depends on whether they have
family coverage. The 1% is on their base. It could be more than
the insurance cost, but for most will not be.
- All administrators will receive a 17% increase in their travel
allowance. (In fairness, I do not know when that was last increased.)
- All administrators will receive a $400 allowance for cell phones.
This is new this year.
- Prior to this year, administrators who had 17 years of service, after
announcing their retirement, have been given a 20% bump in their salary
during their last year. This increases the basis for their retirement
(average of best 5 of last 7 years of earnings) which raises their
retirement income by approximately 4%, which could be around $2500 per year
the rest of their life. Apparently we will have an
administrator or two retiring this year or next that have not met the 17
year requirement, because this is being lowered to 5 years. For that
person or persons, it will total a 20% raise this year.
This amounts to a 7% (formerly 8%),
$104,921.60 (formerly $119,910.40) (+ telephones + travel) expenditure (plus $30-40K for a couple
retirees possibly). Remember not that long ago when the board was
talking about raising class size and attempting to save $1.2 million?
Remember when I was still on the board and asking that the number of
administrators be decreased by one or two? Remember this $120K when
those decisions come up again next year... or a few years from now when the
school asks for a tax increase. Remember it next year year when they lay
off three or four rookies. Remember as they plead that they need money
for repairs and tell you it is "different funds" and can't be transferred and
they have maxed out their levy. Ask very specifically, "Could money used
for administrative raises have been levied into Working Cash or the Ed Fund and then transferred