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Salaries set for three school administrators
Base salaries locked for three years, but officials can earn bonuses

by Lyle R. Rolfe

6/5/2014

Oswego School District Board members approved salaries and performance goals for the district's top three administrators last week in a 6-1 vote.

They are for Dr. Paul O'Malley, associate superintendent; Dr. Judy Minor, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning; and Dr. John Sparlin, assistant superintendent for administrative services.

All three documents were approved following a two-hour closed session during a special board meeting.

The base salary for each of the administrators is locked for the next three years, but each can earn up to $7,200 in bonuses by completing performance goals set by Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt.

O'Malley's base salary is $180,000, not including the district's contribution on his behalf to the Teacher's Retirement System (TRS).

He will receive $1,200 for each of six performance goals completed on time.

O'Malley's first initiative is to research and prepare a recommended safety crisis and security plan and present it to the board by March.

He also must prepare a recommended energy efficiency and maintenance audit and present it to the board by February.

O'Malley must also research and prepare a multi-year budget plan including revenue projections, estimated costs and protected student enrollment.

To attain this goal, he must present a financial plan for the 2015-16 school year and a multi-year budget plan to the board by April.

He must prepare the FY15 budget and justify the budget to the board, administrative leadership team, union and association leadership team and to a minimum of three community, civic or other approved organizations. The board presentation must be made by September and the other three presentations during next winter or the spring of 2015.

O'Malley must research and prepare a county sales tax referendum proposal and present it to the board by December.

The last initiative, on leadership, must be met by February. It is to advise and support the superintendent's vision; work to collaborate and partner with leadership team; and advise the superintendent and work to ensure that matters related to board-approved goals are completed.

Additional merit bonuses will be determined in February 2016 and February 2017 for those years.

Minor's and Sparlin's base salaries are $155,000, not including the district's contribution to TRS.

Sparlin's first initiative is for staffing. The goal is to conduct an administrative salary range study with an objective to create ranges for all administrative positions. By creating ranges for their base salaries, the subjectivity of what an administrator will make as they recruit new administrators will be addressed, according to the goal.

Current administrators will also know what their salary will be from year-to-year with a cap on the position they hold.

Sparlin must present the salary range study at the All Principals Meeting in November. An informational presentation to the board will be made at the December meeting.

A second staffing goal will be to create and finalize a personnel audit of secondary schools with an objective to determine equitable staffing ratios for all non-certified and administrative positions in those schools.

Sparlin must present the audit to the secondary principals in February and to the board in March.

A goal for strategic planning will be to take an active role in the oversight of the district's strategic planning with an objective to explain to the administrators, how he will implement the plan. Sparlin must make quarterly reports on this goal to the administrators' team by April.

One personnel goal will be to create a substitute teacher plan that will increase the fill rate for daily substitutes. The objective will be to create a system to keep from having employees internally subbing in the schools. Sparlin must make monthly presentations on the goal to administrators at all principals meetings through January, and he must present his substitute teacher plan to the board by February.

A second personnel goal is to create an administrator handbook that can be used as a guide for current and future administrators. It must be presented to all principals by December.

His last goal is on leadership. Sparlin must advise and support the superintendent's vision; work to collaborate with and partner with the leadership team; and advise the superintendent and work to ensure that the board-approved goals are completed.

To accomplish this, he must present the superintendent with a portfolio of work to support this goal by February.

The goals for additional merit bonuses will be set by February 2016 and 2017.

Minor's first three goals cover teaching and learning.

The first goal is to research and prepare a recommendation for a district-wide student homework and exam policy. This will include procedures for grading homework; returning graded and non-graded student work; and weighting exams toward a student's overall grade.

She must present this goal along with administrative procedures to the board and to the Teaching and Learning Committee by February.

The second goal is to research and prepare an Elementary World Language program and present it to the board by November.

The third goal is to research and prepare a proposal for elementary and secondary times to start and end school for the 2015-16 school year and present it to the board by December.

Her goal for technology is to research and prepare a multi-year technology plan and complete it by January so it can be presented for board approval and submission to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Her personnel goal is to recommend how to use the ISBE recommendations to help improve the EL (English Learners) programming and to prepare recommendations for future EL programming.

She must provide the board and the ISBE with a report by December on how the transition of EL students and programming it to home school students will be done.

And, she must identify staffing needs for future EL programming by February.

Minor's last goal is on leadership.

She must advise and support the superintendent's vision; work to collaborate and partner with the leadership team; and advise the superintendent and work to ensure that matters related to the board-approved goals are completed.

The goals for additional merit bonuses will be set by February 2016 and 2017.






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