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D159 Leaders: What Were They Paid in 2012?

Administration for Mokena School District 159 leads the district's students, staff and faculty throughout the year. Take a look at what those leaders earned during FY2012—and what they could potentially earn in FY2013.

As the budget deficit for District 159 dwindles, salaries for district administrators could see a bump in the next fiscal year, according to the district's proposed budget for FY2013.

Although the board has yet to approve the new budget, board members got a glimpse during its July 18 meeting.

Included in the preliminary budget, were the proposed salaries for district administrators, including Superintendent Steve Stein, Assistant Superindent of Instruction Dr. Charles Vitton, the open Business Manager position and more.

Below are the FY2012 unaudited salaries for all administrators and the proposed salaries for the FY2013 year. Note that the salary of the Director of Student services reflects only 120 days of work, and not the entire year for FY2012. The FY2013 number reflects an entire year of work within the district.

Stein noted that all salaries within the district, excluding his, are being raised by at least 2 percent. 

"What the board agreed to, and this was in the board packet a month or so ago, was a 2-percent incresase for non-certified staff," Stein said. "That reflects the same increase that the teachers will be getting for next year. Then for administrators that have been in the district, excluding myself ... they also receive a 2-percent increase, as well."

Position FY2012 Salary Projected FY2013 Salary Superintendent $120,000 $130,000 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction $105,000 $109,502 Director of Business Operations $79,550 $100,000 Director of Student Services $60,000 $100,000 Director of Technology $55,000 $56,1000 Director of Transportation $52,447 $54,225 Director of Food Services $37,669 $38,999 Director of Building and Grounds $62,294 $63,540

All budgeted numbers for the FY13 are still awaiting approval by the Board of Education and are subject to change. 

Jim S July 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Board of Education please check the math because something does not add up here. If the administrators are getting only a 2% increase, why is the average increase 14.47%? Why is the Director of Student Services getting a 67% increase; why is the director of Business Operations getting a 26% increase? Here we go again! If there is an extra $69K then lets use it on the kids! Time for those new board members to make good on the promise that got them elected.
happy and content July 27, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Those are pretty big leaps for Directors of Business Operations and Student Services....Could almost be enough to pay 2 teachers salaries!
Johnny on the spot July 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Why do we need tow more teachers enrollment is down again???? Are you kidding me we pay the directors of transportation and and building and grounds that much why does the Building and grounds guy need an assistant she rides around in the new truck and does jack .Why are they allowed to smoke on school grounds and in vehicles many many questions need to be answered here ?????I agree fully with you Jim S. lets spend more on the kids and less on peoples relatives and friends who need jobs or is it still ok to have an aunt and niece work for you last time I checked it said Welcome to Mokena not Chicago !!!!!!!!
Kirsten July 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
According to the article, the pay increase for Student Services reflects a yearly salary as opposed to only 120 days. Also, earlier this week, it was stated that the Business Operations salary was a budgeted amount for a new hire, not necessarily how much the new person would get. Not sure why the Asst Superintendent is looking at over 4% and the rest range from just under 2% to over 3%.
R.W.Voter July 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The last line of the article states that these are budgeted numbers awaiting approval from the board, so it is not cast in stone. There is a meeting on 1 Aug, I would hope that everyone who is concerned with this overspending would be there. Remember it is our money and the student population has been declining every year for the past number of years, but the costs have steadily risen. Why is that? I think we should all go to the meeting and find out. Thank you.
C. Martinez July 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Wednesday August 1st 7:00PM Mokena Elementary School, Band Room. People of Mokena. Come out to the school board meeting. Come out to know what's going on and voice your opinion. We need to move forward, not backwards. Please come to the board meeting.
REAGANRAISEDTAXES July 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Mokena voter. I was under the impression that this new board would get salaries under control. Are the board members more interested in moving into paid govt jobs?
Carmen Smallwood July 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I am unaware of how many other administrators are in Dist 159 --- Building Principals, Assistant Principals, etc., nor how many secretaties and support personnell assist them. Also it is impossible to evaluate salaries without knowing the hours worked and responsibilities of the job. If I recall correctly, in 1966 when I began my career in the district, we had a superintendent and only two principals. One of those principals also doubled as a full-time 5th grade teacher at Carpenter St School. Three fine secretaries helped these administrators handle their jobs well. We sure have grown. Carmen Windle Smallwood
Deborah Harvey July 27, 2012 at 08:45 PM
We have great schools with great teachers and administrators. Keep in mind, that if people are not getting competitive salaries they will go elsewhere. However, the Directors of Business Ops and Student Services are getting quite a hike. Perhaps those numbers should be reviewed. Enrollment may be down from what is was a few years ago, but due retirement, termination, etc. class sizes have definitely grown. My daughter's class had 31 kids last year. It's really very unfortunate since studies have shown that kids learn better when in smaller classes. You get what you pay for and our teachers deserve what they get and then some.
C. Martinez July 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
My calculations show a 25.71% increase for the Director of Business Operations and a 66.67% increase for the Director of Student Services. Is this correct?
R.W.Voter July 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I agree with you Carmen, I would really like to know how many gofers and administrative people they have and what they do. It seems we are kept in the dark for a reason. I would believe that the District is overgrown with aides and administrators. Just like the principals, if you are only covering two grades, what do you do with your day, and what is the salary of these principals. And there is always an assistant principal around here and there. Will we ever know? Thank you.
frustrated July 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Unless my calculations are wrong, the only person getting a 2% raise is the Director of Building and Grounds. Could someone please explain who proposes these salaries and how they came up with theses amounts? Maybe some of this new found money could be used towards busing fees or Schedule B activities. Also, if the figure used for the Director of Business Operations is just "a place holder" as Mr. Stein was quoted as saying, why not use a smaller number as that place holder and isn't Mr. John Troy taking over that position?
C. Martinez July 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I attached a photo showing the projected and actual calculations and percentages. It's next to the school logo picture. Please take a look at it and you will see the numbers and percentages don't align with what's being reported. I would like to know what's going on, please.
C. Martinez July 30, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Dear Mr. Markham, I would like to know why the purported 2% projected increase for district administration is not 2%. My calculations show only two people getting a 2% raise: the Director of Building and Grounds and Director of Technology. While the Director of Business Operations show a projected 25.71% increase and the Director of Student Services is getting a 66.67% increase. The numbers and percentages don't align with what's being reported. I would like to know what's going on. If there is extra money, shouldn't this money be used back into school programs or updating our bullying policies or just save it? I would like more explanation regarding the administration raises. Can you please explain so that I may better understand why this is happen the way it is? I will try to attach a photo of the calculations in this news thread, Can you please review and explain why some of the positions are getting an exorbitant increase? Please advise. Thank you.
Clarissa Tinsdale July 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Why isn't there a freeze on these already high salaries? How do we get across to these liars who "say 2% but increase 66%" that we are pissed? Madness. Take back our schools.
Clarissa Tinsdale July 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Print ALL the city administrators and public worker's salary for the whole town. Let's "spot the bloat".
patrick markham July 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
QUEST: Balance the budget, spend only what we have coming in, AND IMPROVE the educational experience of the students, children. Large challenge but IT CAN BE DONE! I am challenged to listen, respond and explain questions. I have no real venue, or way to create an open forum for all (Don’t get me wrong I truly appreciate this forum). Any ideas are welcome, how to create a real time or a weekly posting for all the community to interact and all the elected board members to interact. We HAVE changed the rules in the District board meetings; allowing for ALL public attending to comment on every vote the board makes prior to it making any given vote. I have limited space here so to recent questions: For “let’s do what’s” points, salaries etc. As your elected representative on the board, I say: ‘not on my watch”. However, I am not trying to speak for the board here, only as one elected representative. It should be known my position on business manager salary; I suggested a 25% DECREASE, NOT Increase. As to the rest of spending, I can only say given the proposed budget is NOT balanced and is Overspending. I will do my best to present a “balanced” budget for discussion at one of the upcoming board meetings. For C Tinsdale: YES publish ALL tax money spending! Let’s follow some of the Township members / County Board Members that have forged the way by putting the County Check Book online. BRAVO! Vigilance IS the price of good government;as is transparency
C. Martinez July 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Dear Mr. Markham, I would respectfully ask that you and the board probe into the proposed/projected district administration pay increases. If the pay increases are suppose to align with the teachers union pay rate increases (which I am to understand is 2% of base salary), the numbers don't make sense. I understand and am willing to accept a 2% increase for the district board administration, but some of the positions are way beyond that and I believe it's unacceptable, unwarranted and unmerited. All I want is for all of us to do what is right, good and in the best interest of our kids. I don't how anyone can justify giving the Director of Business Operations a projected 25.71% increase and the Director of Student Services a projected 66.67% increase while we are trying to get our district out of the negative. Even in the corporate world this type of pay raise does not happen. This whole scenario just does not seem like the correct path to take. I urge you and the board to investigate these projected pay raises and take the appropriate measures, corrections to get us back on the right path. Thank you for your communications and efforts. I greatly appreciate it.
Johnny on the spot July 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Stein is the one who stated publicly the last few meetings his suggestions on increases and who should get what !!!! point the finger at him and his pals who he would like to see appointed or get the job, He does this so he does'nt offend anyone or anybody when your playing ball you only want people you know on your team right Stein!!!!!! Rolinitis has suggested 11 people for hire but I don't see that getting reported ,Look at the maintenance department (buildings and grounds ) Marie and Ken have more friends and relatives working at the school then the whole city of Chicago. I say axe the department heads save that money put the business manager in charge of those departments and return that money to the school .Favoritism at its best . Troy already stated he would consider a much lower salary to help out what more do you people need to hear !!!!!!!!!! Worst mistake was appointing Stein to a position where he makes over $100,000.00 a year and then wants to bring in people he has known for years .Food co-op hows that working for you and no-one will tell me any different Hendricks got a kick back on that deal it is his child hood friend who run that place !!!!!
IIA Alumni July 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Please tell me that the Mokena D159 School Board is NOT like "Crook County". Because if it is...we the taxpayers are going to continue to suffer. We're all going to suffer, especially the children, which is very sad. If it's "that bad". It's going to take a lot to turn this around. I am really hoping that I am totally wrong about my theory.
C. Martinez August 01, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Please come out to the school board meeting tonight. Let's get involved, participate and do what's best for our kids. Tonight (Wednesday) 7:00PM MES BAND ROOM. See you there! Unity in community! Come out parents and community members of Mokena!
KC August 01, 2012 at 04:20 PM
It is interesting how they boosted the Director of Business Operations to $100K and the former board president (Mr. Troy) is now applying for it.
C. Martinez August 01, 2012 at 04:38 PM
KC: I too, am very concerned about the way things have unfolded regarding board positions and the proposed pay increases. Publicly, It doesn't look good. I am hoping that the board will be able to give us an explanation tonight, justifying the rate increases. I'm not sure if things are being misconstrued, but I would like an honest and forthcoming explanation. I think we deserve at least that much. The most important thing, for me, is that we make the utmost and best decisions that will benefit our kids. Give them the best that we can offer, because that's what our kids deserve. I hope that we all: school board, administration, teachers, parents and community members will come to that point of understanding. "Where Children Are The First Priority". That's what it says on the Mokena Public School emblem. Let's take this to our hearts and minds and do the right thing. Please take the time and extra effort to come out to the board meeting tonight. We need parents and community members to come to these board meetings. Please come out tonight.
It's me... August 01, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I'm going to be there tonight. Will they be voting on this decision behind closed doors as they do with most decisions!?
It's me... August 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I believe so.
It's me... August 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I say get rid of the very rude secretary at MES! Why is it you have to feel unwelcome in your child's school? That would be one salary gone.
It's me... August 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
If these people go anywhere else they'll see it's the same all over! The state has cut so much and the parents/taxpayers are the one's flipping the bill! How much more can the taxpayer pay? I don't know about you but, my family isn't wealthy!
It's me... August 01, 2012 at 06:02 PM
They want all these increases in salaries, but our fees have gone up, things have been taken away and now we have to pay for bus service! Bring back one of these things before giving someone making over 100,000 already a raise.
C. Martinez August 01, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hey everyone, please encourage your neighbors, friends and family to come out to the school board meeting tonight. This is important and we need to encourage the board to do the right thing.
Johnny on the spot August 02, 2012 at 11:15 PM
All over paid for the work they perform or ............... not perform ,seems to me why we need all the secretaries in the summer months and why every-time I pass MIS the lady in the red truck a school vehicle is smoking with three other janitors by the dumpsters closest to the library so much for the no smoking on school grounds Moores is always griping about and how come they can smoke in government vehicles because they all make close to $60k plus a year that why come on we have three buildings less then 700,000 square feet in all and we need all these foreman a director an assistant director with no jump in enrollment .The no brainer here is cut these people and give that money back to the children or better yest shave about a half- million and bring in a cleaning service like they do in #157 Frankfort look at that district they don't cut programs for the kids hummmmmmmmmmm wonders why we have so many chiefs and not enough Indians .Oh yeah to the foreman how is that new cement driveway they poured for you when they also poured the new sidewalks at the schools same cement trucks at both places at the same date and times some-one tell em there was not some kind of under the table deal is I 'll get you the job if you pour my new driveway as well yeah there is no favoritism going on here.Stein when you gonna interview Barb Germany for the open spot of business manager your pal's right ??? secrets shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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