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Huntley Community School Dist. 158 superintendent receives 5-year contract extension

Contract will pay $215,000 in 2016-17, 2.5 percent raise each year

HUNTLEY – The Huntley Community School District 158 Board of Education has approved a new contract for Superintendent John Burkey that will extend his employment through the 2021 school year.

The contract will pay Burkey $215,000 in the upcoming school year and calls for a 2.5 percent pay increase in each subsequent year of the contract.

According to a compensation report on District 158’s website, Burkey received a base salary of $201,290 in 2015. He also received $44,272 in other benefits, which include mental and dental insurance, life insurance and other costs.

His new contract, approved at a special board meeting Tuesday, also stipulates that Burkey could receive a performance payment of up to $10,000 a year if the board deems he has successfully completed the objectives in the district’s strategic plan during its annual review.

Burkey also will receive 20 vacation days annually, the contract said, the same amount he received in his last contract.

The superintendent is required, under the new contract, to annually evaluate student performance on standardized tests, curriculum completion, attendance and dropout rates; review the district’s curriculum; report to the board on his findings; and provide any recommendations for changes.

The superintendent may propose additional goals for himself at the board’s August meeting, and the board must review and establish any additional goals by October.

The new contract, which began Friday, replaces the contract Burkey received in 2012, which originally was to expire June 30, 2017.

Burkey has been District 158’s superintendent since 2006 and previously was an assistant superintendent at Dunlap School District 323 in Peoria, according to the district’s website.

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