THE HIGHEST-PAID ILLINOIS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS IN 2014

 

Salary--Reboot PhotoIf local school boards want to attract top talent to run their schools, they’ll need to pay top dollar.

As the amount of state and federal funding shrinks, school districts are relying more and more on local sources of revenue, most of which comes from property tax revenue. It’s not surprising the highest-paid administrators work for north suburban school districts where taxpayers pay some of the highest property taxes in the state.

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Listed below are the 25 Illinois school district superintendents who had the highest base salary during the 2013-2014 school year, according to the latest data from the Illinois State Board of Education. Salaries and information about each district follow the infographic, as well as a table with base pay for each district superintendent in the state; however, you’ll need to know the name of your local district’s superintendent to see what they earned last year.

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[Note: These salary figures only represent base pay]

1. Linda Yonke 

  • Salary: $336,350
  • District: New Trier Twp HSD 203
    • Schools: 2
    • Enrollment: 4,206

2. Edward Tivador

  • Salary: $316,616
  • District: Northbrook/Glenview School District 30
    • Schools: 3
    • Enrollment: 1,128

3. Joyce Carmine

  • Salary: $311,107
  • District: Park Forest SD 163
    • Schools: 6
    • Enrollment: 2,028

4. John Harper

  • Salary: $297,699.91
  • District: Plainfield School District 202 (retired July 2014)
    • Schools: 28
    • Enrollment: 27,885

*Currently the principal of Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox

5. Thomas Hagerman

  • Salary: $288,578.40
  • District: Winnetka SD 36 (left July 2014)
    • Schools: 5
    • Enrollment: 1,795

*Former district superintendent of River Forest SD 90 (left July 2011) and currently the district superintendent for Scarsdale Public Schools in New York.

6. Timothy Thomas

  • Salary: $280,000.14
  • District: Northern Suburban Special Education District

7. Eric Witherspoon

  • Salary: $277,067.60
  • District: Evanston Twp HSD 202
    • Schools: 1
    • Enrollment: 3,122

8. Loren May

  • Salary: $274,548
  • District: Marquardt SD 15
    • Schools: 5
    • Enrollment: 2,773

9. Jane Westerhold

  • Salary: $270,619.38
  • District: Des Plaines CCSD 62
    • Schools: 11
    • Enrollment: 4,839

10. Frances McTague

  • Salary: $268,823
  • District: Skokie SD 68 (retired June 2014)
    • Schools: 4
    • Enrollment: 1,824

11. Kathryn Birkett

  • Salary: $266,706
  • District: Indian Prairie CUSD 204 (retired June 2014)
    • Schools: 31
    • Enrollment: 28,117

12. John Rodgers

  • Salary: $264,250
  • District: Crete Monee CUSD 201U (retired July 2014)
    • Schools: 8
    • Enrollment: 4,872

13. Jon Nebor

  • Salary: $260,601
  • District: Indian Springs SD 109
    • Schools: 5
    • Enrollment: 2,850

14. Edward Von Mansfield

  • Salary: $260,434
  • District: Homewood Flossmoor CHSD 233
    • Schools: 1
    • Enrollment: 2,811

15. Thomas Leonard

  • Salary: $259,778.10
  • District: Barrington CUSD 220 (retired June 2014)
    • Schools: 11
    • Enrollment: 8,797

16. Kevin O’Mara

  • Salary: $257,500
  • District: Argo CHSD 217
    • Schools: 1
    • Enrollment: 1,870

17. Michael Simeck

  • Salary:  $257,500
  • District: Lake Forest CHSD 115
    • Schools: 1
    • Enrollment: 1,689

18. Blondean Davis

  • Salary: $256,813
  • District: Matteson ESD 162
    • Schools: 7
    • Enrollment: 3,076

19. Robert Lupo

  • Salary: $256,345
  • District: Ridgewood CHSD 234 (retired June 2014)
    • Schools: 1
    • Enrollment: 799

20. George Fornero

  • Salary: $255,845
  • District: Twp HSD 113 (retiring June 2015)
    • Schools: 2
    • Enrollment: 3,754

21. Gregory Wright

  • Salary: $250,410
  • District: Posen-Robbins ESD 143-5 (retired June 2014)
    • Schools: 5
    • Enrollment, 1,726

22. Judith Hackett

  • Salary: $250,000
  • District: Northwest Suburban Education Organization (NSSEO)

*Former assistant superintendent at Indian Prairie CUSD 204 (1993-2007)

23. Nanciann Gatta Perez

  • Salary: $248,000
  • District: Niles Twp CHSD 219
    • Schools: 2
    • Enrollment: 4,841

24. Steven Isoye

  • Salary: $247,943.27
  • District: Oak Park-River Forest SD 200
    • Schools: 1
    • Enrollment: 3,255

25. James Rydland

  • Salary: $247,538.43
  • District: Aurora West USD 129 (retired July 2014)
    • Schools: 15
    • Enrollment: 12,500

Sortable chart located in the attached link.

Original Article:  Reboot Illinois   http://www.rebootillinois.com/2015/04/08/editors-picks/kevin-hoffmanrebootillinois-com/the-highest-paid-illinois-school-superintendents-in-2014/35625/