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Here's a Look at Teacher Salaries in School District 304

Geneva School District 304 teacher salaries show that 360 of 404 full-time teachers earned $50,000 or more base salary in 2011.

When Brian Burns addressed the School Board on Monday night, he joked that he could hardly wait to read his salary number the next day on Geneva Patch.

A reader—Donna Mead—did something like that by adding a screen shot of a spreadsheet showing teachers' compensation to .

I deleted the screen shot because it did not contain headers to show the context of the numbers or name a source. Mead later added a comment that included the Illinois State Board of Education website as well as instructions on how to find the numbers by clicking on "Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits."

The top Geneva teachers' salaries are present here in the chart below.

It includes only the top 322 full-time teacher salaries in Geneva because that's the limit that the Patch content management system allows. I removed employee names from the list, because the purpose of this article is to provide data, not point fingers at individuals' earnings. 

Teachers in Geneva schools have a "step and lane" compensation. That means a teacher's salary increases according to the number of years served as well as the level of education the teacher achieves. A step-and-lane spreadsheet is provided on the 2009 Geneva Education Association Contract located on the District 304 website. A PDF of the contract is included with this article.

Administrators and teachers have not said what aspects of compensation are on the bargaining table.

Of the 404 full-time teachers' salaries listed in the ISBE chart, 360 earned a base salary of $50,000 or more in 2011. The breakdown is:

  • $100,000 or more — 47
  • $90,000-$99,999 — 30
  • $80,000-$89,999 — 39
  • $70,000-$79,999 — 87
  • $60,000-$69,999 — 72
  • $50,000-$59,999 — 85
  • $40,000-$49,999 — 36
  • $30,000-$39,999 — 8

 

Teacher Information 
(From 2011 Report Card unless otherwise noted)

  • Number of Certified Staff (June 2011 Count): 423
  • Average Teaching Experience: 14.3 years
  • Teachers with Master’s Degrees or Above: 80.6 percent
  • Average Teacher Salary: $72,305
  • Student to Elementary Teacher Ratio: 18.0/1
  • Student to Secondary Teacher Ratio: 20.6/1

2011 Top Teachers' Salaries
Geneva School District 304 

0 Job Description 2011 Base Salary  FTE Retirement Other Benefits 1 DRIVER EDUCATION  123,954.88 1 3094.86 12744.96 2 INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY  123,330.06 1 3049.11 12570.72 3 MATH  122,156.00 1 0 12570.72 4 SOCIAL STUDIES  119,770.00 1 0 6411.12 5 SPECIAL EDUCATION  118,727.88 1 3094.86 6483.84 6 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  117,351.00 1 0 12570.72 7 PHYSICS  110,926.88 1 3094.86 6483.84 8 BUSINESS EDUCATION  110,926.88 1 3094.86 12570.72 9 SCIENCE  110,926.88 1 3094.86 6483.84 10 LIBRARIAN  110,926.88 1 3094.86 12570.72 11 LANGUAGE ARTS  110,926.88 1 3094.86 12570.72 12 GRADE 1  110,926.88 1 3094.86 6483.84 13 SPECIAL EDUCATION  110,301.06 1 3049.11 6483.84 14 LIBRARIAN  109,550.00 1 0 12570.72 15 SCIENCE  108,988.00 1 0 621.44 16 GRADE 5  108,810.56 1 2959.65 6483.84 17 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  108,153.00 1 0 6483.84 18 GRADE 5  107,911.00 1 0 621.44 19 LANGUAGE ARTS  107,645.00 1 0 12570.72 20 GRADE 1  107,521.00 1 0 12744.96 21 SPECIAL EDUCATION  106,585.00 1 0 6337.44 22 TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION  106,421.00 1 0 12744.96 23 SOCIAL STUDIES  105,969.00 1 0 12570.72 24 SCIENCE  105,706.00 1 0 12720.72 25 MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL  105,493.00 1 0 6483.84 26 GRADE 2  105,493.00 1 0 6864.72 27 SOCIAL STUDIES  105,493.00 1 0 12570.72 28 ART  105,493.00 1 0 12744.96 29 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  105,493.00 1 0 12570.72 30 STUDENT ASSISTANCE COORDINATOR  105,493.00 1 0 12744.96 31 TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION  105,493.00 1 0 12570.72 32 GRADE 3  105,493.00 1 0 6483.84 33 SPECIAL EDUCATION  105,493.00 1 0 6483.84 34 LIBRARIAN  105,493.00 1 0 6483.84 35 SOCIAL STUDIES  105,493.00 1 0 6483.84 36 MATH  104,993.00 1 6299.58 6483.84 37 MATH  104,993.00 1 6299.58 6483.84 38 GRADE 2  104,993.00 1 6299.58 6864.72 39 KINDERGARTEN SAC  104,993.00 1 0 12744.96 40 MUSICVOCAL  104,993.00 1 6299.58 12744.96 41 LIBRARIAN  103,441.00 1 0 572.96 42 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  103,441.00 1 0 621.44 43 MUSIC VOCAL  103,155.00 1 0 6459.6 44 SCIENCE  101,518.00 1 0 12546.48 45 SCIENCE  100,406.00 1 0 12546.48 46 GRADE 3  100,406.00 1 0 6864.72 47 SPECIAL EDUCATION  100,406.00 1 0 12570.72 48 GRADE 4  99,936.00 1 0 12546.48 49 SOCIAL STUDIES  98,922.00 1 0 597.2 50 LIBRARIAN  98,922.00 1 0 12720.72 51  GRADE 4  98,922.00 1 0 6459.6 52 GRADE 4  98,135.06 1 2737.97 12720.72 53 GRADE 2  97,944.00 1 0 12546.48 54 GRADE 5  96,983.00 1 5720.7 12546.48 55 SPECIAL EDUCATION  96,670.46 1 2553.45 6459.6 56 GUIDANCE COUNSELOR  95,804.92 1 2672.96 6459.6 56 PSYCHOLOGIST  94,944.00 1 0 6459.6 58 LANGUAGE ARTS  94,944.00 1 0 6459.6 59 SPECIAL EDUCATION  94,944.00 1 0 6459.6 60 GRADE 2  94,944.00 1 0 909.12 61 SOCIAL STUDIES  94,536.00 1 0 12720.72 62 ACCELERATION/ENRICHMENT  93,662.00 1 0 6411.12 63 SOCIAL STUDIES  93,243.00 1 0 6288.96 64 SPECIAL EDUCATION  92,742.00 1 0 12720.72 65 MATH  92,492.00 1 0 6459.6 66 GUIDANCE COUNSELOR  92,492.00 1 0 6840.48 67 SCIENCE  92,492.00 1 0 6264.72 68 KINDERGARTEN  92,492.00 1 0 6840.48 69 SOCIAL WORKER  92,492.00 1 0 12546.48 70 LANGUAGE ARTS  92,492.00 1 0 12720.78 71 ENGLISH  91,990.00 1 0 548.72 72 ACCELERATION ENRICHMENT  91,975.00 1 0 6459.6 73 MUSICINSTRUMENTAL  91,576.00 1 0 12696.48 74 GRADE 2  90,353.00 1 0 6840.48 75 STUDY SKILLS  90,117.00 1 0 597.2 76 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  90,103.00 1 0 597.2 77 ART  90,103.00 1 0 12720.72 78 GUIDANCE COUNSELOR  88,752.00 1 0 12720.78 79 SPECIAL EDUCATION  88,635.00 1 0 597.2 80 ENGLISH  88,172.00 1 0 572.96 81 SPECIAL EDUCATION  88,077.00 1 0 12546.48 82 MATH  87,827.00 1 0 6313.2 83 GRADE 3  87,827.00 1 0 12546.48 84 PSYCHOLOGIST  87,777.00 1 0 6459.6 85 SCIENCE  87,481.00 1 0 597.2 86 GRADE 5  87,273.00 1 0 6840.48 87 SPECIAL EDUCATION  87,084.00 1 0 6459.6 88 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  86,690.00 1 0 6313.2 89 MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL  86,505.00 1 0 12522.24 90 ENGLISH  86,154.00 1 0 12720.78 91 SCIENCE  85,676.00 1 0 597.2 92 TECHNOLOGY FACILITATOR  85,510.00 1 0 6459.6 93 SPECIAL EDUCATION/SAC  84,272.00 1 0 6694.08 94 GRADE 4  84,082.00 1 0 6313.2 95 ENGLISH  83,541.00 1 0 6435.36 96 MATH  83,429.00 1 0 12720.72 97 KINDERGARTEN  83,302.00 1 0 12720.72 98 SPECIAL EDUCATION  83,302.00 1 0 12720.72 99 GRADE 2  83,302.00 1 0 12545.48 100  KINDERGARTEN  83,302.00 1 0 597.2 101 FOREIGN LANGUAGESPANISH  83,241.00 1 0 597.2 102 LANGUAGE ARTS  82,474.00 1 0 597.2 103 MUSIC VOCAL  82,045.26 1 2205.36 12141.36 104 FOREIGN LANGUAGESPANISH  81,747.00 1 0 6435.36 105 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  81,669.00 1 0 572.96 106 ENGLISH  81,616.00 1 0 12672.24 107 SCIENCE  81,444.00 1 0 909.12 108 MATH  81,342.00 1 0 12696.48 109 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  81,151.00 1 0 597.2 110 MATH  81,151.00 1 0 12720.72 111 GRADE 3  80,968.10 1 2259.01 12546.48 112 ENGLISH  80,966.00 1 0 6288.96 113 GRADE 5  80,880.00 1 0 597.2 114 SCIENCE  80,829.00 1 0 6288.96 115 MUSICINSTRUMENTAL  80,774.00 1 0 12720.72 116 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  80,430.00 1 0 6288.96 117 MATH  79,796.00 1 0 12696.48 118  SCIENCE  79,506.00 1 0 6435.36 119 ACCELERATION/ENRICHMENT  79,445.00 1 0 12546.48 120 SOCIAL STUDIES  79,425.00 1 0 12696.48 121 GRADE 5  79,080.00 1 0 597.2 122 SCIENCE  79,055.00 1 0 12720.72 123 GRADE 1  79,055.00 1 0 6411.12 124 SOCIAL WORKER  79,055.00 1 0 6459.6 125 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE  79,055.00 1 0 6459.6 126 TECHNOLOGY FACILITATOR  79,055.00 1 0 6313.2 127 ACCELERATION ENRICHMENT  79,055.00 1 0 12720.78 128 GRADE 1  79,055.00 1 0 621.44 129 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST  79,055.00 1 0 597.2 130 ART  79,055.00 1 0 12546.48 131 SPECIAL EDUCATION  79,055.00 1 0 12546.48 132 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  78,926.00 1 0 12720.72 133 GRADE 5  78,924.00 1 0 12720.72 134 MUSICVOCAL  78,782.00 1 0 12696.48 135 SOCIAL STUDIES  78,548.00 1 0 12522.24 136 MATH  78,536.00 1 0 6459.6 137 ENGLISH  78,414.00 1 0 12696.48 138 SOCIAL STUDIES  78,102.00 1 0 6288.96 139 MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL  77,990.00 1 0 12546.48 140 BUSINESS EDUCATION  77,990.00 1 0 6313.2 141 SOCIAL STUDIES  77,677.00 1 0 12720.72 142 MATH  77,543.00 1 0 12522.24 143 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FRENCH  77,452.00 1 0 572.96 144 GRADE 2  77,144.00 1 0 6435.36 145 GRADE 3  77,013.00 1 0 12720.72 146 NURSE  77,013.00 1 0 12546.48 147 GRADE 3  77,013.00 1 0 6459.6 148 PSYCHOLOGIST  77,013.00 1 0 6459.6 149 LANGUAGE ARTS  77,013.00 1 0 6459.6 150 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE  76,975.00 1 0 6459.5 151 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST  76,676.00 1 0 572.96 152 MATH  76,598.00 1 0 6435.36 153 SCIENCE  76,208.00 1 0 12696.48 154 MATH  76,078.00 1 0 597.2 155 SCIENCE  76,070.00 1 0 12522.24 156 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  75,951.00 1 0 12696.48 157 NURSE  75,739.00 1 0 6362.4 158 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  75,731.00 1 0 6435.36 159 GUIDANCE COUNSELOR  75,602.00 1 0 12522.24 160 GRADE 3  75,569.00 1 0 6840.48 161 SPECIAL EDUCATION  75,569.00 1 0 6459.6 162 FOREIGN LANGUAGESPANISH  75,527.00 1 0 12696.48 163 GRADE 5  75,388.00 1 0 12696.48 164 GRADE 3  75,335.26 1 2101.85 6435.36 165 SOCIAL STUDIES  75,299.00 1 0 12696.48 166 GRADE 5  75,115.00 1 0 504 167 READING INTERVENTION  75,025.00 1 0 12522.24 168 SPECIAL EDUCATION  75,025.00 1 0 6840.48 169 GRADE 3  75,025.00 1 0 6459.6 170 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST  75,025.00 1 0 597.2 171 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST  75,025.00 1 0 6313.2 172 SPECIAL EDUCATION  74,767.00 1 4486.02 6435.36 173 MATH  74,423.00 1 0 6288.96 174 BUSINESS EDUCATION  74,405.00 1 0 6288.96 175 ENGLISH  74,200.00 1 0 6435.36 176 GRADE 2  74,200.00 1 0 6669.84 177 SPECIAL EDUCATION  74,179.00 1 0 572.96 178 ACCELERATION/ENRICHMENT  73,945.00 1 0 884.88 179 MUSICINSTRUMENTAL  73,418.00 1 0 572.96 180 LANGUAGE ARTS  73,337.00 1 0 6435.36 181 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST  73,337.00 1 0 12522.24 182 LIBRARIAN  73,087.00 1 0 6435.36 183 LANGUAGE ARTS  73,087.00 1 0 12696.48 184 SPECIAL EDUCATION  73,087.00 1 0 12696.48 185 SPECIAL EDUCATION  73,087.00 1 0 6288.96 186 GRADE 1  73,087.00 1 0 6288.96 187 SPECIAL EDUCATION  73,087.00 1 0 12696.48 188 GRADE 3  73,087.00 1 0 6435.36 189 MATH  73,087.00 1 0 12720.72 190 HEALTH  72,872.00 1 0 6435.36 191 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE  72,706.00 1 0 6435.36 192 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  72,214.00 1 0 6288.96 193 LANGUAGE ARTS  72,066.00 1 0 12696.48 194 ART  71,740.00 1 0 6435.36 195 SOCIAL WORKER  71,701.00 1 0 6435.36 196 GRADE 2  71,200.00 1 0 6435.36 197 MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL  71,200.00 1 0 572.96 198 SPECIAL EDUCATION/SAC  71,200.00 1 0 12696.48 199 GUIDANCE COUNSELOR  71,200.00 1 0 6435.36 200 SOCIAL STUDIES  71,200.00 1 0 6435.36 201 GRADE 1  71,200.00 1 0 12522.24 202 KINDERGARTEN  71,200.00 1 0 6435.36 203 HEALTH  70,236.00 1 0 6435.36 204 GRADE 3  69,751.00 1 0 12522.24 205 GRADE 5  69,492.00 1 0 12696.48 206 SOCIAL STUDIES  69,387.00 1 0 12696.48 207 ART  69,368.00 1 0 6435.36 208 SPECIAL EDUCATION  69,361.00 1 0 572.96 209 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE  69,361.00 1 0 12522.24 210 SOCIAL WORKER  69,361.00 1 0 12696.48 211 SCIENCE  69,336.00 1 0 12696.48 212 GRADE 5  68,974.00 1 0 6288.96 213 FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPANISH  68,832.00 1 0 12696.48 214 MATH  68,623.00 1 0 12696.48 215 MUSICINSTRUMENTAL  67,954.00 1 0 6288.96 216 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  67,618.00 1 0 6816.24 217 SOCIAL STUDIES  67,570.00 1 0 12522.24 218 GRADE 2  67,570.00 1 0 12696.48 219 ENGLISH  67,570.00 1 0 6435.36 220 SOCIAL WORKER SAC  67,570.00 1 0 12696.48 221 LANGUAGE ARTS  67,570.00 1 0 12522.24 222 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  67,506.00 1 0 6435.36 223 ACCELERATION/ENRICHMENT  67,246.00 1 0 12696.48 224 GRADE 4  67,246.00 1 0 12696.48 225 LANGUAGE ARTS  67,175.00 1 0 6288.96 226 MUSICVOCAL  67,125.00 1 0 6435.36 227 MUSICVOCAL  66,908.07 1 0 572.96 228 PSYCHOLOGIST  66,075.00 1 0 597.2 229 GRADE 4  65,825.00 1 0 12696.48 230 SPECIAL EDUCATION  65,825.00 1 0 6288.96 231 GRADE 2  65,825.00 1 0 572.96 232 SPECIAL EDUCATION  65,825.00 1 0 6669.84 233 LIBRARIAN  65,825.00 1 0 6483.84 234 KINDERGARTEN  65,825.00 1 0 12522.24 235 ENGLISH  65,357.00 1 0 12522.24 236 SCIENCE  65,263.00 1 0 6288.96 237 SPECIAL EDUCATION  64,983.00 1 0 12696.48 238 GRADE 3  64,515.00 1 0 6435.36 239 GRADE 1  64,515.00 1 0 572.96 240 GRADE 5  64,497.00 1 0 6435.36 241 SOCIAL STUDIES  64,160.00 1 0 12522.24 242 GRADE 2  64,125.00 1 0 12522.24 243 GRADE 3  64,125.00 1 0 12696.48 244 SPECIAL EDUCATION  64,125.00 1 0 12522.24 245 MATH  64,063.00 1 0 12696.48 246 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  63,361.00 1 0 6435.36 247 GRADE 5  62,923.00 1 0 12141.36 248 PSYCHOLOGIST  62,859.00 1 0 6288.96 249 GRADE 4  62,610.00 1 0 6435.36 250 READING SPECIALIST  62,469.00 1 0 6288.96 251 GRADE 1  62,469.00 1 0 6288.96 251 LANGUAGE ARTS  62,469.00 1 0 12522.24 253 MATH  62,469.00 1 0 12696.48 254 MATH  62,469.00 1 0 12696.48 255 KINDERGARTEN  62,469.00 1 0 12522.24 256 SCIENCE  62,469.00 1 0 572.96 257 SPECIAL EDUCATION  62,469.00 1 0 12522.24 258 SOCIAL WORKER  62,469.00 1 0 12522.24 259 LANGUAGE ARTS  62,045.00 1 0 6435.36 260 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE  62,017.00 1 0 6288.96 261 FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPANISH  61,886.00 1 0 12696.48 262 ENGLISH  61,320.00 1 0 572.96 263 GRADE 4  61,183.36 1 0 6435.36 264 GRADE 1  61,076.00 1 0 504 265 INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY  61,050.00 1 0 6435.36 266 GRADE 3  60,856.00 1 0 6288.96 267 SPECIAL EDUCATION  60,856.00 1 0 572.96 268 GRADE 4  60,856.00 1 0 12522.24 269 PSYCHOLOGIST  60,344.00 1 0 12522.24 270 SCIENCE  60,245.00 1 0 6435.36 271 GRADE 4  60,182.27 1 0 12522.24 272 SPECIAL EDUCATION  60,174.00 1 0 12522.24 273 MUSICVOCAL  60,143.00 1 0 6288.96 274 GRADE 4  60,065.00 1 0 12696.48 275 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  60,034.00 1 0 6435.36 276 MATH  59,851.00 1 0 12696.48 277 SOCIAL WORKER  59,725.57 1 0 6459.6 278 SCIENCE  59,635.00 1 0 12696.48 279 FOREIGN LANGUAGE GERMAN  59,470.00 1 0 12696.48 280 SCIENCE  59,383.00 1 0 6435.36 281 ENGLISH  59,314.00 1 0 6435.36 282 GRADE 5  59,314.00 1 0 12696.48 283 GRADE 5  59,314.00 1 0 6435.36 284 LANGUAGE ARTS  59,285.00 1 0 6435.36 285 GRADE 3  59,285.00 1 0 6435.36 286 GUIDANCE COUNSELOR  59,245.00 1 0 6435.36 287 MATH  59,100.00 1 0 6435.36 288 SCIENCE  59,022.00 1 0 12696.48 289 TV PRODUCTION  58,866.00 1 0 12744.96 290 SPECIAL EDUCATION/SAC  58,534.00 1 0 12696.48 291 SOCIAL STUDIES  58,387.00 1 0 6435.36 292 GRADE 5  58,194.40 1 0 12546.48 293 MATH  58,100.00 1 0 12672.24 294 SPECIAL EDUCATION  58,004.00 1 0 6816.24 295 READING SPECIALIST  57,754.00 1 0 12696.48 296 MATH  57,754.00 1 0 6435.36 296 GRADE 4  57,754.00 1 0 12141.36 298 KINDERGARTEN  57,754.00 1 0 504 299 ENGLISH  56,564.00 1 0 6816.24 300 GRADE 1  56,512.00 1 0 6288.96 301 MUSIC VOCAL  56,394.00 1 0 6288.96 302 NURSE  56,262.00 1 0 572.96 303 LANGUAGE ARTS  56,262.00 1 0 572.96 304 GRADE 1  56,262.00 1 0 572.96 305 SOCIAL STUDIES  56,262.00 1 0 572.96 306 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING  56,262.00 1 0 6435.36 307 GRADE 4  56,262.00 1 0 12623.52 308 FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE  56,262.00 1 0 12522.24 309 GRADE 2  56,262.00 1 0 572.96 310 READING SPECIALIST  56,262.00 1 0 12696.48 311 MATH  56,124.00 1 0 6435.36 312 SCIENCE  55,665.00 1 0 6288.96 313 STUDY SKILLS  55,604.00 1 0 6435.36 314 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  55,168.00 1 0 6264.72 315 SOCIAL STUDIES  55,136.00 1 0 572.96 316 SCIENCE  55,136.00 1 0 12696.48 317 SOCIAL STUDIES  54,809.00 1 0 572.96 318 GRADE 1  54,809.00 1 0 6435.36 319 GRADE 4  54,809.00 1 0 6435.36 320 GRADE 4  54,809.00 1 0 6435.36 321 GRADE 1  54,809.00 1 0 548.72 322 SPECIAL EDUCATION  54,809.00 1 0 6288.96
Jeff Muranyi August 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM
John R you need to drink more of the kool-aid! PLEASE don't try to BS me, When you include sick days, holidays, personal days, we are lucky if the teachers work 7 months of the year. Just because a teacher has a Masters degree does not make them a good teacher, even if their a lousy teacher you still can't fire them because of the union! I am even a union member but this is bankrupting the state and the taxpayers. In my opinion, fire them all and start over!!
David August 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Ahh the last great vestige of cluelessness. The teachers union clearly doesn't get it and they're soon going to learn that their fantasy career and benefits are coming to a close. I have no problem paying teachers what their worth and clearly the data provided tells us that's happening in spades. I have a problem contributing to a system that makes it impossible to pay on merit rather than political muscle. Especially one (most public schools) that continues year after year to put out a lousy product which falls farther and farther behind on the world stage. We live in a time when global competition forces companies to run as lean as possible. In response they've reduced their workforces keeping only the most productive employees who are left to do the jobs or 2 or 3 of their now unemployed colleagues without pay raises and benefits. This is called the private sector! In todays business invironment there's no more room for the mediocre. They're now the unemployed! The irony is that because of the lousy product our teachers continue produce MOST of our students will fall into the mediocre category and I'm supposed to reward that? I get that district 304 is highly rated. From the pay I see they are being compensated fairly.
Julie August 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Are you related to the Krug who works for 304 and makes the salary copy and pasted as posted on family taxpayer website?? That is a very nice amount of money and a lot more than many, many other working Americans! Krug, Marline $100,948
Max August 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Hpw about we give "the person in charge of keeping the constitution protected for the [USA] and preserving the free world," a big raise when he actually does any of those things? Maybe even a percentage of the profits any time the country isn't spending more than it takes in? But then, maybe we should stick to the topic of D-304 teacher compensation....
Paul Bryant August 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
You are looking at this from the standpoint of the employee (the teacher) and not the employer (the taxpayer). As the employer (the taxpayer), we need to look at the entire package, not just the base salary. If our tax dollars stop paying for benefits, then we can then talk about just the base salary. As far as the masters degress, where's the research that proves having a masters makes for a better teacher? I'll give you a hint - there is none. Why? Because many of the masters degrees obtained are not focused on specific areas, i.e. special education, math, etc., but on administration. Our educators are getting educated on how to be administrators, not on how to be better educators. We need to change the system to be in line with the private sector - increases based on results - not longevity. Just because you've taken up space doesn't mean you should get an increase. What have you done beyond the norm to merit an increase? We also need to end the benefits gravy train. No longer 100% funded by taxpayers who are already under the gun staring down over $300 million in debt. It's an employers market now with so many people out of work and a floundering economy. We need be united as the employers and hold the line at a minimum.
Max August 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Do not be led astray by these arguments about individual income and family expenditures -- they are childish. You don't know how much I make nor what I've done for it. I don't really care about your income, or what teachers do to earn theirs, except as it relates to the market for their services and the ability of the community to fund their compensation. D-304 teachers have been and remain, under a contract still in force, well enough compensated that for every current position there are multiple applicants waiting to take on the job. There is not a reason in the world to increase either pay or benefits for any teaching positions in D-304 at this time. In fact, given the current state of the economy and local property values, the School Board should instead by demanding an across-the-board cut of at least 15% in total compensation. If we had a Board with any backbone, that's exactly what they'd be doing, instead of entertaining teacher union complaints. I see no reason for the board to continue to attempt good-faith bargaining with a union so selfishly out of touch with reality.
Kathy Zang August 30, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Morning, A total benefit package has been listed as my compensation in the private jobs that I have held. It is the norm, and it is the total the company is paying you. I have even had one add in the social security compensation they pay for me. So I want to look at the total amount for comparison purposes. I think we have a good school district. Not great, but good. I think the environment is part of any job, and this is a good environment, bordering on great to work in. Parents are involved in parenting in Geneva. BTW, my daughter had Mr. Burns as a teacher, and still speaks of the things he taught her. We parents know who the effective teachers are. I still remember who the effective teachers were when I was in school. My daughter has gone on to get her master's degree and has published a novel. Education and good teachers are valuable to me. I have friends who teach in private schools. They are compensated at a lower rate, without the same insurance benefits, and without the top equipment to work with. Why would they do such a thing? Because unless they can get a job in an area similar to Geneva, they don't want to deal with the environment. Poorly disciplined children who won't behave or do their work and parents who do not expect things from their children. Working in Geneva is the gravy job. You teachers are coming to me asking for a raise. On what grounds? As your boss, I will say that "fairness" will not be part of my decision.
Sue Warren August 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I hope all the whiners are getting in line for those vacant teaching positions they are suggesting there be. After all, it's an easy job, 7-8 months a year, 6 hrs. a day, and a fantastic salary with great benefits. Why not get a teaching job in Geneva and join the gravy train you are suggesting. BTW Julie - Why did you quit teaching after only 8 years?
Julie August 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Are you kidding me, Sue? The line is very, very long already. Do you know how many great people are turned away after interviewing? Thousands! Not that I need to answer your question, but I left because I was having my first child. After having the rest of my kids, the door was always open for me to return. The simple truth was I needed to make more money so I went a different route. I didn't cry to AID about the need for more money because I knew they didn't have it AND it was morally wrong to do so. I still don't make more than 60% of 304, but I really like my job and that matters to me, so I'll keep it. Teaching is not an easy job, I never said that.
Justa H. August 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
As you can read in the news, http://tinyurl.com/8jkag97 there is increasing tension across the country between union demands and the willingness of school boards and the ability for taxpayers to meet those demands. The “best and final” positions in Illinois school districts may give some insight into what the positions are with respect to the CUSD 304 negotiations. http://tinyurl.com/4yyuwm5 For those Teachers who did not appear at the school board meeting, are they disenchanted with the ROI on their union dues, or do they lack solidarity with their teaching brethren, or do they simply think lime green tshirts are a fashion faux pas? Just think of how many teachers could be added across the state if the $42 million dollars in union dues paid to the Illinois Education Association was reinvested in classrooms and teaching. http://tinyurl.com/8f3ubf7
Bob McQuillan August 30, 2012 at 04:52 PM
John R Where would you like to record the $3.1 million that was spent on benefits in the 2010-2011 school year? And that amount increased in the 2011-12 school year but hasn't been reported yet. These are real numbers that can't be ignored . Salary is salary and total compensation is total compensation. On a percentage basis, health care costs are increasing much more than salaries. Also, once a contract is done it does not mean that you are entitled to the same or more compensation in the next contract. During very difficult economic times, the terms of the 2010-12 Geneva teachers contract were honored by both sides. The NEW contract does not automatically follow the terms of the OLD contract. No one is disrespecting the role that teachers provide to the community but there is a cost to that role. It appears, from teacher comments, that is what is in question. Part of the equation to determine what is fair to all parties is supply and demand. Strictly from that point of view, supply is clearly higher than demand. The school board members take an oath to be good financial stewards of the taxpayers who they represent. On this issue, the school board is doing what the majority of taxpayers expect them to do.
James Cullen August 30, 2012 at 05:18 PM
James Cullen If James Carville were to characterize the teachers’ total compensation package, he would say, “It’s the pensions, stupid!” That’s the hidden cancer that is afflicting Illinois’ children, families and all citizens. All except the Privileged Class of government union members, including the largest group, the union teachers. The cancer continues to grow every day, and will be economically lethal for the future citizens of Illinois, particularly today’s students. The public pensions are slowly but surely turning Illinois into Greece. It’s all about the children. Read my post “Geneva’s Union Teachers Show it’s East to Retire Early on a Pension of $ 75,000+ Per Year” on this website, for some facts and insights that a certain group hopes the citizens don’t learn.
Robert Mann August 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The state Labor Relations Act approves of strike action by organized teachers to resolve labor disputes that cannot be achieved by adult negotiations. Ground rules: an agreement need not be in effect in order to conduct school operations; neither side is required to agree to a proposal; the board may replace a striker temporarily and possibily permanently. Strikers need not be paid salaries or insurance benefits . Partial strikes by slow down, sit-in or sick-in, mass picketing and blocking of ingress/egress are illegal and may justify termination of employment; the union must publicize its position on the issues before legal strike action may take place. So, in line with state policy, lets not fool around any longer with costuming and posturing, endless closed-door discussions and lame comparisons with private sector employments, appeals for 'justice' or status arguments. Let the dissatisfied, disaffected and disgruntled teachers hit the bricks, let the board try to recruit replacements willing to cross a picket line, and let the issues be resolved by the means endorsed by Illinois state law since 1983. A strike would be a teriffic teaching moment not only for the community, but for the students, as well.
Jan August 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
What planet do YOU live on? ANYONE who has a SALARIED job in the private sector works those kinds of hours an amount of the time. And most folks in the private sector don't have those kinds of benefits. And those private sector folks? They get a couple of weeks off a year, max, if they choose to take them. Own a business? Those kinds of numbers NEVER happen unless you are widly successful. Why? Because you employ other people and all the fees and taxes that go along with it. Should teachers make a decent salary? Sure. An obscene one such as I see here? No way.
G.Ryan August 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Yes, and as a registered nurse I too work with the patient, families and physicians. So what is your point here? These teachers knew what they were getting into and if they don't like it they can LEAVE. Let them WALK. They are getting paid a GRAND pay scale. These unions have somehow labeled them as SUPERIOR to other industries and that my friend is just not so. Come on rounds with me and I can show you hard work but we don't whine and whimper like you teachers do!
Kathy August 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The beauty is that since I am paying you, I don't have to shadow you in order to decide that what you provide isn't worth what you are asking in return.
Arthur Dietrich August 30, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The proposal is quite simple: since the money trees have died in the taxpayers' backyards the new contract should have no raises for teachers. Teachers must also contribute 50% of their pre-tax dollars to a health benefits plan. That's for starters. These are real tough times for every tax payer so everyone needs to make sacrifices to make things work.
G.Ryan August 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM
"If "We" lose sight of this fact then "we" are in danger of failing the ones who count on us the most the children?" Who is the "we" you are referring to? Excuse me, Mr. Rice but the "children" are not the communities responsibility it is the parents. We the taxpayers have been getting ripped off with this government inflated entitlement bureaucracy called teacher's pensions and salaries along with the administrations salary dynasty too long. Enough is enough. It is not all about the children, it is all about GREED and a HELP YOURSELF MENTALITY. And now they want MORE. Time to cut their ADDICTIONS along with their "Superiority Complex" and union cult.
Wes August 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Well said, Robert. The union stranglehold stops here and stops now. If we can make stand, other communities may follow suit.
Dwight Swartwood August 31, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Teachers are called to their profession. They want to help make a better world. For a workplace we build them wonderful environmentally perfect buildings with open and light classrooms, provide teachers aids and pretty lounges to relax in. We supply them with the latest and best technology so their work will be easer. And we surround them with the maximum in support, many levels of oversight, deans, counselors, phycologist, researchers, administrators, on and on. Starting to see a trend? We have so many overlapping layers of administration and teachers, yet our kids remember perhaps one good teacher who inspired them. What about all those other people, didn't they inspire? We have to think about streamlining things, reducing the layers as well as cutting salaries. The Geneva School says they have build this monstrosity for the kids. It sure seems they built if for themselves. It's high time to thin-out and lean-out the Geneva School System. Our students will do better for it.
Fozzie Dabear August 31, 2012 at 02:01 PM
It is worth noting that most of the staff is getting paid about half of what that guy on the top of the list is getting paid.
Donna Mead August 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM
While we are at it, let's give tax vouchers to taxpayers so they can enroll the children in any school they please. "Choice" is one word that American's hold dear, and yet it is considered a curse word when applied to government controlled education. As Condi Rice stated just two nights ago... to paraphrase....School choice, the option to attend a school NOT in your neighborhood ...is the civil rights issue of our time." She was speaking primarily about inner city schools, not communities like Geneva where the exodus would be rather minimal. The hideous nature of this Government education system to forcefully capture your tax dollars, and then provide NO real choice of provider short of selling one's home, needs to change. I feel so bad for inner city parents in particular who are the real victims of this self serving, Teacher's Union supported restrictions upon freedom of choice, and elimination of competition in the educational process.
Donna Mead August 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Fozzie, at times, I do wonder how long the line would be for the position of Superintendent in a Camelot school district such as Genva. A $244,000.00 total employment package should draw quite a few applicants, possibly even applicants with fiscal management skills. The only person, directly responsible to the board is the Superintendent. If Dr. Mutchler was more responsible with taxpayer dollars, groups like TaxFacts would not exist and teachers would have fiscal and educational leadership and not the narrow focus of their unions. This is what a highly paid CEO is supposed to do, manage the key processes of the enterprise. Instead, it's business (tax-to-the-max & spend) as usual under Dr. Mutchler. Interviewed and hired personally by one of our most longstanding, current, tax-and-spend board members, who was (and still is) involved with the school district vender subsidized PAC. The same PAC which pushed huge Bond expenditures upon the taxpayers. One of the most significant skills demonstrated by our Superintendent Dr. Mutchler is his ability to stay under the radar. The LEADER AND HIGHEST PAID PERSON AT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT has not even been mentioned in these threads? This is partly because at the expensive retreats that he attends, he learns how to "manage" disgruntled taxpayers (at taxpayer expense) how to avoid situations which would put him in the line of fire. For 244k, he needs to show his face, and present his position to the public.
Julie August 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
EXCELLENT point! I would like to see him at most of the meetings. Any cuts should start here. Not freezes, CUTS for Admin! Both of my kids have come home and asked about the green shirts, also. Mr. Mutchler, if our kids have to abide by certain dress rules, then so should your employees. If not, then waste more instruction time by holding an assembly, with the Union Rep present, explaining to all of "our children" what the shirts stand for.
G.Ryan August 31, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Dr. Mutchler? Or do you mean King Mutchler? No, King Mutchler will not do anything to upset his MONARCHY. Wake up folks, this MONARCHY already takes approximately 70% of our tax dollars and they want MORE. We work for them and we are their slaves. Their motto is"its all for the children" so they can get what they want. Start cutting the KING and his COURT salaries and GIVE THEM NO MORE!!!
Kathy September 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The district administration is top heavy and bloated. Let's make sure to view this as a separate issue, however. The message to the school board is firstly, in their contract negotiations, no raises for the teachers for the next three years. THEN, they need to address cutting the administration costs, starting with the guy at the top. Fiscal responsibility is the school board's priority right now.
Rick Anderson September 01, 2012 at 11:15 PM
When Mr. Grosso ran for school board years ago, he made an observation that he thought the administration was on the top heavy side. Now that Mr. Grosso has been on the school board for a few terms, we have yet to find out if he was correct, wrong, or swayed differently about his observation. Or are we to assume that "it is what it is."
OutSpoken1 September 03, 2012 at 03:14 PM
My question is ..... do all teachers complete individualized weekly lesson plans? Or do they use the same ones year after year? While I was an aide in my child's classroom I recall making copies of the same material to be taught for THE FOLLOWING YEAR. I don't think a whole lot of planning went into this on a weekly basis.
John R September 04, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Sorry I don't have time to respond to all of you. Let me just say that when you all include benefits and then proclaim that the starting salary for a first year geneva teacher is $70,000 I think that's misleading. Bob does a good job in saying that those higher numbers include benefits but not all of you are as clear. I think using the higher number, without clarification, is meant to sensatinalize teacher pay. And I don't think that's fair. Sandra, if you get elected to the school board then you can go after the "step and lane" model which we currently use for compensating our educators. Until then it's the model in place so that's the basis of negotiations. Thier not going to throw it out the window at this point in the negotiations. So your just gonna have to get your head around it for now. Rice
Gary September 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
John, any other information you have about the current state of negotiations would be great - please share

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