Pay for one district superintendent in Illinois tops $400,000

Feb. 2, 2009
Newspaper analysis identifies state's highest-paid administrators
A school superintendent inNiles Township, Ill., made $411,500 last year -- a record in a year that saw top public elementary and high school administrators' pay climb past $400,000 in Illinois for the first time. Niles Township High School District 219 Superintendent Neil Codell topped the list of teacher and administrator compensation at every public school in Illinois last school year, based on records kept by the state Board of Education. As in years past, most of the highest-paid administrators were at or near retirement and saw their final compensation swollen by annuities, bonuses and perks. To read The Chicago Sun-Times article, click here.

RELATED: Denver Public Schools may have gotten lucky when the board hired a wealthy, altruistic superintendent willing to work below market value. New superintendent Tom Boasberg will earn a base salary of $170,000 a year, with the chance of a $50,000 bonus if certain goals are met. Boasberg's pay is the 17th-highest among Colorado superintendents, yet he leads the state's second-largest district with plenty of problems — low academic achievement, a high dropout rate and a large number of students learning English as a second language.
To read The Denver Post article, click here.

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