District 46 Board of Education approves four administrator contracts, salary increases

Prairie Grove School District 46 Superintendent John Bute listens to a conversation about a proposed facility master plan at a special meeting Monday, August 6,2018 in Prairie Grove.
Prairie Grove School District 46 Superintendent John Bute listens to a conversation about a proposed facility master plan at a special meeting Monday, August 6,2018 in Prairie Grove.

The Prairie Grove School District 46 Board approved four administrator contracts at its meeting Tuesday night, with salary increases included in all of them.

Director of Student Services Rachel Keesey is set to make $115,122 in the 2020-21 school year under her new contract. This is up $24,512 from what she made last year, according to the administrator and teacher salary and benefits report from August 2019.

Superintendent John Bute said Keesey will be working more days as part of the contract, going from 215 days to 260 days a year.

Bute said Keesey had been working those extra days and those hours without the compensation, so this new contract then corrects the number of days she worked.

“If you did the math on it on the number of days worked one year to the number of days worked the next year, it’s the same 2½% pay raise we recommended for all administrative contracts on the docket tonight,” Bute said at Tuesday’s meeting.

Keesey’s job description was modified to reflect these changes at Tuesday’s meeting as well.

Because the district withdrew from the Special Education District of McHenry County, the director of student services is now required to be the person who made all the reports to the state.

“There was a lot of work and meetings that take place in the summer time,” Bute said.

Chief Financial Officer Kevin Werner, who made $127,920 in the 2019 school year, according to the salary and benefits report, will have a salary of $134,395 for 2020-2021 under the new contract.

Elementary principal Martha Maggiore is set to receive a salary increase of $5,376 from what she made in the 2019 school year. Maggiore will make $111,575 in the upcoming school year, compared with $106,199 in 2019.

Technology Director Scott Martin’s annual salary for the 2020-21 school year is $88,182 under the new contract and he also is named as assistant principal/dean of students of the district. In 2019, he made $83,933 according to the salary and benefits report.

Bute said in Martin’s updated job description as technology director, they added a number of dugies at the building level.

Regarding Martin’s new job title as assistant principal/dean of students, Bute said the district reviewed it with him.

“We have a need,” Bute said. “Unfortunately, people get sick, people are for whatever reason out of the building.”

Bute added that it is helpful for staff to know there’s somebody they can go to right away in this instance.

“Having that other body available to them for a need with a student would be appropriate,” he said.

In each of the contracts, there is a provision stating that salary increases in the later years of the agreement are to be equal to the percentage increase of the annual Consumer Price Index used under the Property Tax Extension Limitations Law for the levy for the previous year. The increase shall not be less than 2.5% or greater than 3.5%, according to the terms of the contract.

Also provided for in the contracts is four “performance stipends” for the administrator. Every performance goal an administrator meets will give them a $1,000 noncumulative salary stipend. These performance goals will be measured annually by Bute.

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