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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

thefunkychicken March 02, 2013 at 04:38 PM
And home school your kids.
Lou B. March 02, 2013 at 06:29 PM
funkychicken.... We would be happy to home school, or better yet, pay for private school... can we have our tax dollars back, to fund our kid's education or do you prefer to continue to confiscate the money - for no value delivered.
norm March 02, 2013 at 07:02 PM
you are trying to be ignorant to the society...do your job teachers and don't scrap others and blackmailing parents with your absurd benefits.Do you have Job ? Than work for it within reasonable salaries and benefits ;don't expect tax payers to pay for it!.
norm March 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
80% of the property taxes going towards School district.I will welcome,to pay only 20% of the property taxes and worry about education after.I also pay for your medical benefits out of my property taxes.Don't forget it! Do I want to?
norm March 02, 2013 at 09:15 PM
80% out my property taxes goes towards School district...and I pay for your medical benefits..I would be glad to pay only 20% of the property taxes...and you be on your own..!!!!
thefunkychicken March 02, 2013 at 09:40 PM
You really need to find a anger management help.
Donna Mead March 02, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Three words for all of the overpaid, three month's of vacation, public sector education employees... "Air Traffic Controllers." Someday, someday soon.
thefunkychicken March 02, 2013 at 10:31 PM
The article was about Superintendent salary , not teachers. So should the commentary , but reading comprehension is a acquired skill.
Kev March 02, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I think most teachers here know they've got it pretty darn good - they probably don't appreciate a teacher's husband like "thefunkychicken" stirring the pot
St. Charles Teacher March 04, 2013 at 11:57 AM
You can use your voice to change the laws, but resenting people who made a career choice in education is silly. People choose education for lots of reasons, and a stable career field with a livable wage is one of them.
NEM950 March 04, 2013 at 12:48 PM
If folks think that teaching or school admin are the only careers that demand more than they did in the past, then some people need to wake up. Everyone I know works much more than their predecessors likely did, trying to hold onto a paying job so they are not laid off. The difference is that in teaching/admin, you can retire when you are in your mid-50's. Most people in industry cannot. And if you are a teacher/admin, you can always blame parents for something that goes with the job. (some kids want to learn and others do not) People choose other careers for the same thing - a stable career with livable wage. It's just not guaranteed as it is with most teaching gigs.
St. Charles Teacher March 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Check on that retirement age... Since 2011IL state law requires teachers to work till age 67 before receiving full pension. Things have changed lately, probably to mirror the private sector.
Wayne March 04, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Off topic a bit, but I'm hoping to see more about the upcoming school board election... in particular, I'd like to know which candidates are recommended by the TaxFacts organization?
NEM950 March 05, 2013 at 03:00 AM
RE: retirement age: Then, it seems, many of the local school staff must be readily able to retire before 67 because very few of them stick around that long....
Raymond Gibbons March 05, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Donna, Can you please explain your comment? Ray Retired Air Traffic Controller
Donna Mead March 05, 2013 at 04:54 PM
In 1981 Reagan fired PATCO (Air Traffic Controller Union) employees and decertified the union, surprising the liberal establishment, and sending a message to unions that it is unacceptable to use union power in a manner that is abusive toward the general population.
Raymond Gibbons March 06, 2013 at 05:07 AM
It is against federal law for ATC's to strike and if they do, they are fired. Your comparison to public sector educators does not apply.
Donna Mead March 06, 2013 at 12:02 PM
Raymond, I wasn't going that indepth with my analysis... but put more directly, decertify the union, fire these public sector employees and rehire the best and brightest back at market compensation rates. At the same time, reestablish working conditions such that the the length of the school year, and time in class, really is driven by student achievement and not by anachronistic union control of education.
D. Niel March 09, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Teachers pay for their medical when they retire. If you include your husband on the health insurance it costs more $$$$. The State of Illinois, and the employers do not pay for health insurance for retired teachers.
D. Niel March 09, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Become a teacher.... try it.
D. Niel March 09, 2013 at 05:59 PM
This applies to Tier II employees only. The law was put in place on new hires. The change was to reduce the pension obligation, not to mirror the private sector. People leave early, because the top level of pension is gained in 35 years of service. With many Union jobs (even in the private sector) the pension tops out, so if you add 22 year old plus 35 years of service you end up with a person who has a fully vested pension at 57 years of age. There are other teachers who come into the field latter in life, they leave without earning a full pension. Over the last number of years, the State and the local school districts have given incentives to encourage teachers to retire. By doing so they were able to hire less expensive young teachers. If you were given an incentive to retire, would you retire?
Lou B. March 09, 2013 at 06:21 PM
D. Nielsen says...."Teachers pay for their medical when they retire." My understanding is that upon retirement, health insurance his -heavily subsidized- by the State or TRS. Are you saying that Teachers do not receive any health insurance subsidy discount upon retirement? I think that Governor Quinn would be interested in that, since he tried to remove the expensive subsidy just last year.
D. Niel March 09, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Governor Quinn wanted retired State Employees to cover more of the cost of health care. Each retirement system has it's own deal. Some retired state employees pay $0 others such as teachers pay quite a bit,. Additionally working teachers pay a supplemental amount to support retired teachers health care out of their paychecks called THIS. THIS money is used to help retired teacher's pay for their health care.. Here is a quote, I found: In his budget speech, Quinn said about 90 percent of retired state employees – those who had 20 or more years on the job -- pay no premiums for their health insurance. Bachman said that benefit does not apply to retired educators. “Obviously, when you are speaking about retired educators, they are paying a portion of their insurance,” he said. This article further clarifies that teachers payments vary on multiple factors, the range named: $650 to $170 per month. The difference in the cost of the benefit depends on what health benefit the retiree chooses. Those under the age of 65 who do not receive Medicare must buy a comprehensive health care policy. If you are over 65 and you qualify to receive medicare, you might be purchasing a supplemental policy only.
D. Niel March 09, 2013 at 09:03 PM
norm, many teachers paid 20 years or more into Social Security. They might even have a spouse who paid into social security. Those teachers who have paid into social security but have not accumulated 30 years of credit will likely receive zero dollars. Those who are widowed will likely receive zero dollars from their deceased spouses social security. Not asking for tears, not asking for sympathy. I would just like to see that people who have strong opinions are basing those strong opinions on facts not feelings.
Lou B. March 09, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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.
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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