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2 Percent Raise for Dist. 202 Administrators, Support Staff

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Two weeks after passing the first surplus budget in five years, the District 202 board of education on Monday approved 2 percent, across-the-board raises for administrators and non-union support staff.

The raises are retroactive to July 1 and affect 130 staff members, according to the district.

“We are very proud of the hard work our administrators and non-union support staff members do every day,” Board of Education President Roger Bonuchi said in a statement released by District 202. “They have had to make the same personal and professional sacrifices, doing more with less over the last four years, just like our teachers and union support staff. They deserve the same consideration and respect as their peers."

Community Relations Director Tom Hernandez said the raises will cost about $204,000 — which is $102,000 less than the amount budgeted for salary increases. The 2013-14 budget included $306,000 in additional salary costs, which would have supported a 3 percent raise for administrators and non-union support staff, Hernandez said.

The new budget, approved Sept. 23, shows an operating fund surplus of $960,000. The surplus comes after five years of what the district has called austerity measures, including the elimination of 345 full-time teaching positions since 2009. The cuts slashed expenses by about $42 million. Other cost-cutting measures include a 2009 salary freeze and increased health care contributions for administrators and non-union support staff.

Prior to the 2 percent raise, administrators and support staff got a 2.5 percent salary increase in February 2012. But due to the salary freeze, Hernandez said, there has not been any net increase in pay for those job categories since 2009. In a press release, he said the February 2012 increase set salaries back to what employees would have gotten in 2011, according to the employee salary scale.

Teachers got a 2.55 percent raise last year and a 1.5 percent raise this year, according to Hernandez. Union support staff got a 2.6 percent increase last year and 2.2 percent this year.

Related: 
  • District 202 Budget Surplus for First Time in Five Years



Herc October 08, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Of course the poor Joe Smo doesn't get a raise, he gets laid off.
anonymous October 08, 2013 at 11:35 PM
not that they deserve it in the middle of a recession that has went on for 5 years now and with thousands losing jobs every day- but why never any stories about the cops and firefighters and streets and san workers and other govt employees getting raises of 2 or 3 or 4% a year. after the sh*tstorm of 3 years ago when the Herald-News published the City of Joliet employees' salaries you can be damned sure they were told to never publish that info again. the arrogance of our govt is quite astounding as is how out-of-touch they are.
Infamous Steve October 09, 2013 at 09:51 AM
I remember that. That's when you found out how many city employees were making over $100,000. I want to say it was over 12 and there were another 12 close to $100,000.
anonymous October 09, 2013 at 11:38 AM
I Steve- it was a lot more than that making $100-$200k
Herc October 09, 2013 at 05:38 PM
They should print it again, freedom of information act in case the Herald News doesn't know!

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