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D-300 official gets pay raise

CARPENTERSVILLE – District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy kept his promise of getting his doctorate, and the board rewarded him with a two-year contract extension that includes a $25,000 raise.

The district board approved, 6-0, the extension last week, shortly after endorsing the new, three-year teachers’ contract. Bregy now will receive a $200,000 annual salary through June 2017.

He had been earning $175,000, after officially starting July 2011 as superintendent for the sixth-largest school district in the state, which covers portions of McHenry and Kane counties. His original contract expires in 2015.

Board members asked Bregy to finish his doctoral work after they tapped the former Jacobs High School principal as the successor to former Superintendent Ken Arndt. Bregy did so this fall, graduating with a Ph.D. in education from Northern Illinois University.

“Part of our response was to give him the pay that we felt he would have had he been a doctorate, and he got a $25,000 raise,” board member Joe Stevens said.

The extension changes only Bregy’s salary. His benefits, such as sick pay and vacation time, are unchanged, Stevens said.

The superintendent earns 12 paid sick days and 20 paid vacation days as part of his original contract.

Bregy completed the course work for the doctorate while he still was principal at Jacobs. The board and Bregy agreed in writing before making him superintendent that he needed to finish his dissertation.

As superintendent, he completed his dissertation about the role of the principal and school administration manager. The topic relates to his work as principal and now superintendent, Stevens said.

The board also signed off on two other contracts for administrators and nonunion members. Both contracts are for one year, and each includes 3 percent raises. Administrative staff and clerks make up the non-union members.

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