Pay increases for District 200 administrators, support staff

Salary hikes range from 2.5 percent to 9 percent

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School received salary increases this week after the District 200 Board of Education approved the hikes.

The increases ranged from 2.5 percent for some to as high as 9 percent for others. The increases took effect on Monday, which is the start of fiscal year 2014. According to high school officials, the overall increase is less than a percent higher than FY 2013. OPRF administrators have received annual pay hikes over the last decade, including the superintendent, assistant superintendents and division chairs.

The D200 board approved the increases on June 27. Board member Sharon Patchak-Layman was the only board member voting against the increases, as she's done over the last few years. She said that the school should not be giving automatic annual pay hikes to administrators.

"I think we pay our administrators very well, and I think if you look at the base salary, it's a really good salary, and I appreciate all of the work they do. But I don't feel a need every year to increase salaries," Patchak-Layman said. "We have historically just either used an increase based on what others in the building may be getting or a slight adjustment based on added responsibilities or changes in job title.

"Those kinds of decisions put the district in a very difficult position when it's really the taxpayers who are paying the salaries."

Patchak-Layman urged the school to come up with a new model to compensate administrators. Some on the board agreed with her even though they voted for this latest increase.

"I also don't think a flat increase for the administration is the right direction," said board President John Phelan. "I do think we need to work in the coming year on a compensation philosophy to give our administration greater direction as to how we want our administrators compensated."

Phelan added that he'd like to see salaries based on the market and using incentives when the board thinks it is warranted.

"I think that's the type of direction that's been lacking and that's the kind of philosophy we need to put together over the course of the coming year," he said.

Newly-elected board members Jeff Weissglass and Steve Gevinson agreed a new "philosophy" is needed.

The board last week also approved 2.5 percent increases for "non-affiliated" personnel, which include support staff. Patchak-Layman voted against those increases as well for the same reason.

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Email: tdean@wjinc.com

Reader Comments

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muntz  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 11:19 AM

One of the Board goals this year was to "Develop a system of performance based evaluations and compensation for administrators." I'm guessing this goal was not met this year. And shouldn't this have been a Board goal in 1972?

muntz  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 10:56 AM

Actually, when comparing these new salaries to the salaries on the OPFRHS website, it looks like two of the Asst Sups received over 10% increases. Two Asst Prin received 8% raises. The new head of Finance and Ops makes $30K less than the outgoing one, but it seems the district is intent on redistributing those savings amongst themselves (or hiding the Asst Sup raises in teh gross budget $). There is simply too much admin and overhead in the district.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 9:56 AM

There's an iGov meeting at Village Hall at 9 am on Saturday (open to the public, of course), at which two representatives from each taxing body are present. One item on the agenda is "Opportunities For Intergovernmental Cost Savings." Honestly, saving a few bucks here and there by sharing staff or services aint gonna put a dent in property taxes when the elected officials of D200 vote for increases like this.

Resident from of the Real World  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 9:32 AM

This is obscene.

So much for the new board members  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 9:07 AM

STOP THE INSANITY!! PLEASE!

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 8:54 AM

9% increases. What was the board thinking.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 8:53 AM

"Newly-elected board members Jeff Weissglass and Steve Gevinson agreed a new "philosophy" is needed." But yet neither had the balls to vote against the increases. Need to remember that next time they would like my vote.

Grinchbert  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 7:53 AM

Let's pass a referendum installing a 3-year wage freeze for all D-97 employees. I think OP residents would need to ban with RF residents to do same for D-200. These people are under the delusion that they can't be replaced easily. They can.

Want to Stay in Oak Park from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2013 7:46 AM

I received my second installment property tax bill yesterday, it has increased over $400 from the previous year. D200 is 28% of total tax, D97 is over 34% of total tax. There is no relief unless our school boards address ALL costs now. Stating you will work on 'compensation philosophy' in the coming year is not why I voted for you Mr. Phelan.Thank you Ms. Patchak-Layman for understanding we are paying the salaries... and will be paying the pensions as well over the years. Enough already.

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