Editor's note: We post this information because we know it is of interest to our readers, the taxpayers, whose property taxes are the largest source of income for the school district.
Follow the links below for a detailed look into each school district’s administrators’ compensation packages. The information is what was provided to employees in the past full year.
School districts are required by law to post, each year, itemized salary compensation reports for “every employee in the district holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity" on or before Oct. 1.
The reports must include base salary, bonuses, pension contributions, retirement increases, cost of health and life insurance, sick- and vacation-day payouts, annuities and any other compensation.
Most of the salary information listed below was reported to the Illinois State Board of Education for 2012 by District 202. Salary information for employees with asterisks (*) next to their names was obtained by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request due to staffing changes that meant their current positions or salaries were not reflected in the ISBE report.Name Title Base salary Other benefits Total John Harper Superintendent $270,446.33 $49,007.46 $319,453.79 Mark Heiss Director of Administration and Personnel - Elementary School $129,122.4 $34,192.33 $163,314.73 Robert Smith Principal - Plainfield Central High School $128,528.4 $34,167.42 $162,695.82 Craig Brown Director of Administration and Personnel - High School $127,372.63 $33,987.09 $161,359.72 Kathleen Baxter Principal - Crystal Lawns Elementary School $126,367.88 $23,409.44 $149,777.32 Anthony Manville Principal - Plainfield East High School $125,395.4 $33,799.5 $159,194.9 Mina Griffith Assistant Superintendent for Student Services $124,704.01 $33,718.3 $158,422.31 Glenn A. Wood* Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction $122,831.80 $37,326.33 $160,158.12 Daniel C. Thorse* Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel $122,831.80 $37,326.33 $160,158.12 Christian Rivara Principal - Indian Trail Middle School $122,808.40 $33,495.64 $156,304.04 Angela Smith* Assistant Superintendent - Business and Operations $120,469.65 $37,081.25 $157,550.90 Linda Casey Director of Instructional Technology and Media $120,378.20 $33,180.35 $153,558.55 Raymond Epperson Principal - Plainfield North High School $119,353 $33,089.75 $152,442.75 David Travis Principal - Plainfield South High School $119,353 $33,089.75 $152,442.75 Joan Woolwine Director of Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary/Middle School $119,049.60 $33,024.60 $152,074.20 Tod Schnowske Principal - Plainfield Academy $116,890.80 $32,800.65 $149,691.45 Stephen E. Diveley Principal - Heritage Grove Middle School $114,038.6 $32,465.58 $146,504.18 Patrick E. Flynn Principal - Drauden Point Middle School $114,038.6 $32,465.58 $146,504.18 Sharon Alexander Principal - Aux Sable Middle School $111,259.20 $32,139.20 $143,398.47 Ernestine Radomsky* Director of English Language Learners $108,667.30 $34,656.72 $143,324.02
Due to some staffing changes, some of the highest-paid administrators, as reported to ISBE, are no longer with the district. The following staffers are included in the ISBE report but have been replaced by lower-paid staff, according to the district, resulting in a monetary savings:
- Former Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations John Prince (replaced by Angela Smith), base salary $181,268
- Former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Carmen Ayala (replaced by Glenn Wood), base salary $159,755.20
- Former Director of English Language Learners Linda Hoste (replaced by Ernestine Radomsky), base salary $156,755.20
- Former Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene von Behren (replaced by Dan Thorse), base salary $156,755.20.
By hiring those staffers' replacements at a lower salary, the district will save about $158,000 in salary costs, according to district officials, which will offset the cost of hiring an associate superintendent. Former Plainfield Central High School Principal Lane Abrell was hired in December to serve as the associate superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year, making a base salary of $168,000.
He will become superintendent after John Harper retires in July 2014; at that point, his base salary will jump to $205,000.