School Administrator Salaries

In the 2013 school statistics article published Friday, Steve Reick, the man who took State Rep. Jack Franks’ margin down last year, asked for salary information for administrators.

The article on Friday had the first cost per classroom figures that I have seen published.

The administrator averages for each school district in McHenry County (District 300 is considered a Kane County school district), can be found below:

Average 2013 salaries for school administrators for districts in McHenry County.

Average 2013 salaries for school administrators for districts in McHenry County.



School Administrator Salaries — 6 Comments

  1. I see that District 158’s administrative salaries are at the bottom of the list.

    I find this to be interesting.

    We do get the “bang for the buck” here in D158 which is a unified district.

    Wish that all of the taxpayers, especially in Sun City, followed this site since so many of the seniors complain about supporting the school system and some also have negative opinions about the addition onto Huntley High School(which I believe was paid for by state money which was owed to D158).

    I do hope that D158’s Dr. Burkey follows this site so that he can utilize the information published over the past several days in dealing with complaints.

  2. Administrator salaries are not the sole component of administrative costs. Ancillary and support personnel are not factored in.

    Woodstock CUSD 200 is near the top, also a unified district.

    I think this chart points out how much money is spent—how big a piece of the education dollar pie–on goods and services which are not instructional.

  3. Thanks Steve!

    Just confirmation that some of these people are overpaid!

  4. Here is a worthwhile compare-and-contrast exercise:

    At one end of the spectrum is home schooling, at the other end is most egregious annual-cost-per-pupil spending by public schools.

    What is the quantifiable cost of home schooling?

    And to anticipate certain objections, what are the quantifiable costs of maintaining public sports and recreation facilities funded by tax dollars, which are accessible to home schooled students?

  5. Any comparison of salaries needs a years worked column to make a meaningful comparison.

    That is possible with the old Illinois State Board of Education Teacher Service Record.

    The new ISBE TSR does not list years worked, thus the reporting of teacher and administrator compensation statistics have regressed in Illinois.

    ISBE blames it on their new system which doesn’t require years work in data capture.

    Better Government Association salary database has a date started column for some employees but does not categorize employees by both employer name and (teacher or administrator); if the employee is categorized as teacher or administrator, the employer name is “all elementary/high school employees.”

    The result is to obtain equivalent data in the old TSR, FOIA is required, a time consuming affair compared to just clicking on a spreadsheet which already contains the data.

    So to just look at the above statistics and conclude that Huntley taxpayers are getting a good deal based on average administrator salary is not meaningful, because years worked are not listed.

    Huntley, Harvard, Johnsburg, and Woodstock are what’s known as unit districts, containing both elementary and high school.

    CHSD are high school districts.

    The rest are elementary districts.

    The source of the statistics should be listed.

    Once again the statistics almost certainly do not include the State of Illinois Contribution to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) pension fund, so the numbers are artificially low.

    There are other educational costs likely not included also, as the cost to educate a child includes a myriad of Federal, State, and Local sources of revenue and agencies.

    The cost to educate a child in the United States in general and Illinois more specifically is high compared to foreign countries, and the supporters of the current system always blame low income and poverty as the primary reason.

    Many people in the educational system know the system is broken, but it’s such a political mess involving Federal, State, and Local politics and unions that it’s very difficult to make meaningful headway.

    Joining the PTA and getting involved in the schools that way is important in that one learns more what’s happening in the schools and people outside the union need to counter their power, but the reality is such parents are not told the full truth about many financial matters and are easily mislead.

    Teachers are only required to do what’s in their collective bargaining agreement, for the most part.

    It’s very difficult due to Illinois collective bargaining law for administrators to effectively manage the schools.

    On the other hand their are administrators who abuse the system as well, so the need for union is there, although under different structure and rules than currently allowed by state law.

    Public education is a mess and the full truth is not known by most, it takes a lot of time and effort to educate oneself, resulting in statistics such as above that don’t tell the whole story.

    Whatever the original source of the statistics, they know or should know that years worked is an important component of such statistics, but don’t bother to post years worked.

    This is common in Illinois educational statistics and politics.

    So much of what they don’t tell you, that they should be telling, results in misleading information.

    Nowhere is that more true than pensions, but also educational statistics of how children are performing in the classroom.

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) knowingly dumbed down the ISAT test cut scores to make it seem like kids were doing better academically than they really were to help them meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) goals to get the most possible Federal revenue.

    So NCLB gets blamed, but that was a state decision to dumb down the tests which resulted in parents thinking their child was doing better than they really were.

    Another example of public education in the United States being a mess.

    Another example is teachers during parent teachers conferences not giving meaningful feedback to parents, either because they actually don’t know much about how the child is doing, or too lazy to make the effort to give good feedback, or administration discourages certain feedback, or the union has some influence, etc.

    There are some awesome parent teacher conferences.

    There are some awful parent teacher conferences.

    Teachers themselves know this.

    Both teachers get paid the same and advance the same based on Illinois collective bargaining law and school law, and the so called education reform laws have had minimal impact on that.

    Public education is a mess in the United States and Illinois and its probably not going to change much until parents get more involved and organized at the school district, regional, state, and Federal level to counter the teacher unions and special interests groups.

    Most school districts have no watchdog.

  6. I wish this was updated or if someone has a new link:

    Granted it’s “older” data but demonstrates (with REAL DATA) that the age-old mantra of teachers being paid slave wages is a fallacy in this area. I just want the folks singing the same old story “teachers are victims and chronically under-appreciated and underpaid” to be supported with facts.

    If you’re a teacher making six figures with a fantastic benefits package including a sweet retirement plan – it’s more akin to winning the Little Lotto than being on Food Stamps.

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