Tri-Cities School Superintendent Salary Range: $219,000 to $233,000, Plus Benefits

School district superintendents' salaries in Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles public schools are all above the national average. Batavia is tops of the Tri-Cities, but with District 101 hiring from within, the number will soon drop significantly.

A quick look at superintendent salaries in Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles school districts shows all three earn more than $200,000 in base salary, and with benefits, the compensation package is even better.

Statistics on the Illinois State Board of Education website were updated recently to include salary numbers from the 2012 school year.

As you can see by the chart below, Batavia School District 101 Superintendent Jack Barshinger leads the league in the Tri-Cities with a $233,620 base salary, plus $7,300 in bonuses, $25,000 in annuities and $62,522.65 in other benefits, according to the ISBE.

Barshinger, of course, is set to retire at the end of the school year. Batavia High School Principal Dr. Lisa Hichens will take the helm as the district’s next superintendent. Hichens earned $139,241 in base salary as principal during the 2011-12 school year. Her principal replacement, current Assistant Principal JoAnne Smith, will earn an annual base salary of $127,000, according to the Feb. 26 Batavia Board Book meeting document.

All three of the superintendents get four to five weeks of paid vacation, and Geneva School District 304 Superintendent Kent Mutchler is eligible for a whopping 35 sick days, earning the "whopping" adjective in comparison to the 12 sick days for Barshinger and 13 for St. Charles School District 303 Superintendent Donald Schlomann.

Schlomann will retire in 2017 and recently signed a four-year contract beginning in 2013-14. The district will pay a 6 percent retirement incentive annuity for each of his final four years with the district.

The median expected salary for a school superintendent in the United States is $142,523, according to salary.com.


Tri-Cities School Superintendent Salaries


School Year District Name/RCDT Name Base Salary FTE Vacation Days Sick Days Bonuses Annuities Other Benefits 2012 Batavia USD 101 [31-045-1010-22]

Jack K. Barshinger


 $233,620 1.00 20 days 12 days $7,300 $25,000.00 $62,522.65 2012 St Charles CUSD 303 [31-045-3030-26]

Donald D. Schlomann

$229,326 1.00 21 days 13 days $0.00 $7,500.00 $52,101.29 2012 Geneva CUSD 304 [31-045-3040-26]

Kent D. Mutchler


$219,031 1.00 25 days 35 days $0.00 $5,000.00 $26,784.00


SOURCE: Illinois State Board of Education website

NEM950 March 10, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Teaching and/or administration is no easier nor harder than other careers. It depends on the individual, their skills, training, and interests. Every career has its share of difficulties and frustrations. But, teachers and administrators in the tri-cities seem to be able to retire much earlier than those in other industries. So, there is a silver lining.
Lou B. March 10, 2013 at 05:04 AM
So Niel, your statement that "The State of Illinois, and the employers do not pay for health insurance for retired teachers." is not entirely correct, based on your followup where you cite the following "Bachman" quote: “Obviously, when you are speaking about retired educators, they are paying a portion of their insurance,” he said." Can we agree that a "portion" of their insurance is being paid by retired teacher, the remainder is subsidized, reducing their out of pocket expenses.
D. Niel March 10, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Yep, Lou B. a portion of their insurance is covered by the State of Illinois. The point I was trying to make is that according to Quinn (and I am lifting this out of an article) about 90 percent of retired state employees – those who had 20 or more years on the job -- pay no premiums for their health insurance. However, retired teachers, contrary to popular opinion, pay for health care and they pay quite a bit. Working teachers pay into a fund to support the health care of retired teachers too. My first statement was inaccurate, I decided to check my comment and I added the next statement. I posted this comment because norm implied retired teachers do not pay for their medical insurance and that information is incorrect. But really, I thought the article was about the Superintendent pay and benefit packages, not teachers.
D. Niel March 10, 2013 at 05:17 AM
There is a craziness to what people want from teachers. People want to pay teachers as little as possible but they want the best teachers for our children. People want experienced teachers but they believe that young teachers are better than old teachers. I agree all careers have perks and challenges. Blaming teachers puts your eyes are on the wrong target, you need to look behind the curtain.
NEM950 March 10, 2013 at 05:55 AM
"All careers have perks and challenges". Early retirement - incentives to retire - sounds like a good deal! I do not think teachers or administrators are underpaid. They make good money around here, and it seems most have been able to retire young. Their jobs have challenges and frustrations just like everyone else's. After they do retire, they can be a sub, tutor, etc, using their experience to supplement their income if desired. And, sad to say, for every exceptional teacher, there is also a substandard one. The fact remains that administrators and teaching salaries come from the tax payers, so tax payers will be vocal about their salaries. If someone doesn't want their salary to be public record, then this line of work is not for them. "Blaming teachers" - for what? I'm not blaming teachers for anything. I'm just speaking the truth about their jobs and salaries. There are many perks in their line of work.


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