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
(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