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Crystal Lake School District 47 Board OKs 5-year contract for Superintendent Kathy Hinz

The Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Board approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent Kathy Hinz.
The Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Board approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent Kathy Hinz.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Board approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent Kathy Hinz.

Hinz will receive an annual salary of $190,000, and each contract year, she can receive a minimum raise of 1.9 percent and a maximum raise of 2.75 percent, according to board documents.

​Hinz earned $181,578.75 during the 2016-17 school year, District 47 spokeswoman Denise Barr said.

Board President Rob Fetzner said five years is a customary contract term for a superintendent who is exceeding expectations. He also said the contract term will allow Hinz time to implement the district’s new strategic plan.

Additionally, Hinz can receive bonuses contingent on performance goals and the financial strength of the district. The board will vote on the bonus each year.

The contract will run from July 1 to June 30, 2023, and was approved, 7-0, at a meeting Monday.

Performance goals focus on student growth and achievement, learning environment, work environment, family and community partnerships and resource efficiencies.

Under Hinz’s leadership, District 47 has implemented a districtwide curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics; a one-to-one middle school technology initiative; social-emotional learning programs; and the district’s new strategic planning initiative, according to a news release from the district.

Hinz, who has served as superintendent since mid-2013, has spent her entire 21-year career in education with the district. 

She began her career with District 47 in 1996, starting as a school psychologist. She then served at the district level as a special education administrator and assistant superintendent of professional development and student services.

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