Education

Nippersink School District 2 OKs raises for its teachers, administrators

Retiring principals get 6%; other administrators, teachers gets 3.6% raise

Nippersink District 2 Superintendent Tom Lind
Nippersink District 2 Superintendent Tom Lind

Nippersink School District 2’s Board has approved raises for its teachers and administrative staff.

Teachers will receive a 3.6% raise for the 2019-20 school year. Administrators were given the same, except for those who are retiring, District Superintendent Tom Lind said.

The board voted June 26 on the matter.

Jennifer Brunswick the, assistant special education director for the district, will earn $73,549 in the upcoming school year. Her previous salary was $70,720, according to district documents.

Spring Grove Elementary Principal Chris Pittman will make $112,281 in the upcoming year. His previous salary was $107,962, according to district documents.

Desiree Richards, associate principal of Nippersink Middle School, will make $75,171 in the upcoming year. Her previous salary was $72,280, according to district documents.

Lisa Kuhl, principal of Richmond Grade School, will earn $91,500 in the upcoming year. She is new to the district this year, Lind said.

Tom Molitor, principal of Nippersink Middle School, and Belinda Veillon, curriculum director, will receive 6% raises. The two are retiring, and the raises were part of their retirement agreements, Lind said. Veillon is retiring after the upcoming school year, he said.

Veillon will retire with a salary of $112,919 after the upcoming school year, where she will earn $106,527. Her previous salary was $100,498, according to district documents.

Molitor will earn $117,913 in the 2019-20 school year, up from his previous salary of $113,378, according to district documents. He plans to retire in the next three years, Lind said.

In 2018, state lawmakers placed a 3% cap on raises for teachers in their final four years. The cap was aimed to stem pension inflation.

Both Molitor and Veillon entered into retirement agreements prior to the cap being put in place, which is why they are entitled to the full 6% raise before retirement, Lind said,

The General Assembly recently voted to restore the 6% limit that had been in effect since 2005, however.

Nippersink District 2 is based in Richmond and consists of a grade, elementary and middle school. Total enrollment most recently was 1,160, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

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