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D-15 Superintendent Signs 5-Year Deal, Gets Raise

The District 15 school board approves five-year deal for Superintendent Scott Thompson that includes a 1.5 percent salary increase, the Daily Herald reports.

Palatine Township Elementary District 15 approved a 5-year deal that includes a 1.5 percent pay increase for Superintendent Scott Thompson Wednesday night.

With the 1.5 percent raise Thompson will make about $224,000 this year. Future changes to the superintendent’s salary will be based on performance evaluations at the end of each school year, the Daily Herald reports.

The superintendent's new contract, which runs through the 2016-17 school year also includes a termination clause. According to the Daily Herald, if the school board decides to part ways with Thompson before his contract expires, at the very most, District 15 would be responsible to pay eight months of his yearly salary.

Thompson accepted the pay increase this year after his salary was frozen for about a year. , the District 15 school board unanimously approved a three-year contract extension for Thompson along with a At that time, the District stopped contributing to the Teachers’ Retirement System on behalf of Thompson, which was about $22,000. Instead, Thompson’s was combined with pension contributions for a salary of $220,000 to run through July 2014.  

After a few extensions and now a 5-year contract, it's clear District 15 wants to hold on to their leader but the termination clause was put in place to protect the district from the problems it has faced in the past.

Before Thompson came in to lead the district, superintendent on June 30, 2010. As part of the separation agreement, the district agreed to pay Lukich’s .

Enough is enough September 14, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Palatine Library has to cut its budget, this guy gets a raise for what? The tax payers should have a vote as to what this guy makes, did we not learn our lesson with the last guy who made to much, but at least he had our schools at the top of their game, what has this guy done?
Kelly K September 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Oh yippee, I'm so glad my property tax is going toward giving this joker a raise. Fantastic! Superintendent jobs are the biggest scam there is. They sit around making six figures doing a whole lot of nothing while we the taxpayers in this lousy town are paying his bloated salary! That's just GREAT! That guy should be kissing our feet for paying him so much!
ppirates September 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Really our country/ states/town are all in bankruputcy or on there way there. This guy gets a huge paycheck for kissing the right people ass. I can't recall one good thing this guy has done. Get rid of him and put that money elsewhere there are plenty of top paid d15 employees that could pick up his slack if you call it that I would say he comes to work and does nothing.
Charles Johnson September 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
The following from the DH article is just mind boggling: "As was the case in Thompson’s former contract, District 15 isn’t contributing to the Teachers’ Retirement System on his behalf. It added the roughly $22,000 to his base salary instead, which could potentially save the district money if the state increases contribution requirements." There are two major problems with this strategy of moving compensation structure to "salary" from "TRS contributions". First, TRS has rules regarding the maximum salary increases a TRS participant can have during their last 4 years prior to retirement which is 6%, this increase to his salary was over 11%. I don't know Mr. Thompson's age, but if he chooses to retire in the next few years, the board has just put the district on the hook for major TRS penalties for increasing his salary in excess of the 6% limit. Second, the board thought they were avoiding potential exposure for increased pension contributions by eliminating the board's TRS contribution in the event that new pension reform requires an increase to the EMPLOYEE contribution rate. Unfortunately, the leading reform plan calls for an increase to the EMPLOYER contribution rate, starting at 1% and increasing by 1 percentage point every year until it reaches 7% or 8%. By inflating his base, all the board has done is potentially increased the amount they would have to pay for TRS assuming the state adopts what is on the drawing board. Can't anybody here play this game?
Scott September 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
PalRes - the new teachers contract calls for salary increases of 1.08, 2.08, 2.14 and 2.22 percent. Mr Thompson had a freeze last year; do you think he does not deserve at least something this year? What do you propose his raise should have been? I think many of the problems you describe can be attributed to the priorites of the prior board majorites.
Enough is enough September 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Papers its obvious that you have unlimited income and not living in the real world with those of us who have been on a salary freeze for 5 years. Do you even have children in district 15 schools right now? Try visiting paddock spend a few days in and observe and the get back. 10 years ago this was a proud district to be in people actually cared about our kids now no so much its all about their bottom line not the kids
So Sad September 16, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Well are we not surprised, in the school board meeting in April or May they were talking about how we needed to cut back so they had all these departments up on there little graph and who was having cuts and when we get to Adminastration well there was this big fat ZERO, that should have told us then no cuts from Admin. but we will sacrafice the children again they are young they will adapt. Well we can do two things we can sit by and cry and complain and nothing will be done or we can relook the School Board after all they are the ones who voted for and passed this. Make them accountable you really think they care if more money comes out of our pockets and into theirs. GET RID OF THE SCHOOL BOARD!!!!!!

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