West Chicago Elementary School District #33    
Dr. Ed Leman, Superintendent   Board of Education
312 E. Forest Avenue West Chicago, IL 60185   Dave Barclay, President
www.wegoed33.k12.il.us   Katrine Maguire Secretary
(630) 293-6000      Fax (630) 293-6088   Sharon L. Jones
Contact: Becky Koltz School/Community Relations Specialist   Deborah D. Ramsey
    (630) 293-6000 ext. 201   Chris Scheck
    koltzb@wegoed33.k12.il.us     Joseph Lach
Date:  29 June 2005     Sue Stibal

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The following are two descriptions of the action on administrative salaries taken by the District 33 School Board on June 9th.  The board should take up the issue of salary for Supt. Ed Leman on Thursday, 07 July 2005.  In case you are considering applying for the vacant position ( see BOARD OF EDUCATION VACANCY) please notice that a new member could have made the difference between a 7%+ raise and a 6%+ raise for the administrators, a difference of a the yearly salary of one aid.  We leave it to you to figure out the dollar value of the phone, travel allowance, extra vacation days off, extra personal days off, and the 20% bump in salary to increase retirement pay that will be given at 5 years of service rather than the old 13 years. 

June 9th Board Briefs June 9th Minutes Commentary by Lemon
Action After Closed Session

The Board of Education approved the following administration package for the 2005-2006 school year:

APPROVE ADMINISTRATIVE SALARY PACKAGE FOR 2005-2006 SCHOOL YEAR  

 

 

Motion by Maguire, second by Stibal to approve an increase in the administrative salary pool by 8% for the 2005-2006 school year. On roll call the  following members voted aye: Scheck, Barclay. Nays: Maguire, Stibal, Lach, Ramsey. Motion failed: ayes 2, nays 4. This appears to be part of a search for what what level of raise the board could agree to.  8% was too high, but not for Scheck and Barclay.  They were willing to go to 8%... almost three times the average national raise last year.
  • All administrators will phase in paying 20% of health insurance premiums

 

Motion by Maguire, second by Stibal to phase in health insurance premium sharing for administrators on the same schedule as the teachers as follows:
  1. 2005-2006 school year - pay 10% of insurance premium
  2. 2006-2007 school year - pay 15% of insurance premium
  3. 2007-2008 school year and beyond - pay 20% of insurance premium

On roll call the following members voted aye: Maguire, Stibal, Lach, Scheck, Ramsey, Barclay. Nays: none. Motion carried: ayes 6, nays 0.

 

Yes, 20%, but not until the 2006-2007 School year.  This is the same deal the teachers got and defensible on that basis.
  Motion by Ramsey, second by Scheck to approve an administrative benefits package as follows:  
1.  20 vacation days per year for 12 month administrators given upon hire, with an increase of one day per year beginning with the 11th year, up to 25 days; and up to 5 unused vacation days may carry over in the 13th month, but cannot accumulate, and are not compensated for, but will convert to sick days if unused

 

This doesn't look like a retirement issue, but may well be.  Some administrator may want the extra vacation days to convert to sick days which, at retirement, can be converted into an extra year of service which could raise the retirement income by 2.2%.
2.  to increase the in-district travel allowance from $300.00 per year to $350.00 per year Add $50.00 per administrator.
3.  provide and reimburse administrators for cell phones (approximately $400.00 per year Add $400.00 per administrator.
4.  increase personal days from 2 to 3 days per year The per diem varies from $172.59 to $478.93 ... Let's call this a $300 benefit.
On roll call the following members voted aye: Ramsey, Scheck, Stibal, Maguire, Barclay. Nays: Lach. Motion carried: ayes 5, nays 1. Call it $750.00 per administrator. 
  Motion by Maguire, second by Stibal to approve an increase in the administrative salary pool by 6% for the 2005-2006 school year. On roll call the following members voted aye: Maguire, Stibal, Lach,. Nays: Scheck, Ramsey, Barclay. Motion tied: ayes 3, nays 3. For Board members Scheck, Ransey, and Barclay, 6% wasn't good enough... although the national average is 3.1% and the teachers got 5%.
  • Up to 5% for salary increases
  • Up to 2% for adjustments to positions that are below market"

 

Motion by Lach, second by Scheck to approve an increase in the administrative salary pool by 7% for the 2005-2006 school year. On roll call the following members voted aye: Lach, Scheck, Ramsey, Barclay. Nays: Stibal, Maguire. Motion carried: ayes 4, nays 2. Increasing the pool by 7% does not necessarily mean every administrator gets 7%.  The average will be 7% with some getting less and some getting more.  The information from the briefs must have been discussed in closed session... hmmmmm?  It allows it to be stated as the same 5% the teachers got, except for the administrators underpaid compared to nearby schools... like all of our teachers are.
  Motion by Scheck, second by Ramsey to approve a retirement bonus for administrators currently giving notice of their intent to retire in June of 2007, a 20% salary bump to their base salary of their last year, with the same calculations and limitations as defined in the current teacher contract. On roll call the following members voted aye: Scheck, Ramsey, Stibal, Lach, Barclay. Nays: Maguire. Motion carried: ayes 5, nays 1. Once upon a time in a faraway land near here, loyal, long time employees were given this perk, justified by their having to warn the school a year early.  I shudder to think that five year vets are now to be considered long time employees.  This costs a lot more than a watch.  On a $90K administrator, it is $18,000 plus the TRS contribution of another about $1500 and the increased retirement is paid by the taxpayers of Illinois for the rest of their lives.