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Was the School Board Right to OK Pay Raises?

Arguments can be made on both sides of this issue; take our poll and tell us what you think.

On Monday night, the board for administrators and non-union and non-certified staff retroactive to July 1, 2011.

There are compelling arguments on both sides. On the one hand, for the coming years so it's only fair that these employees receive an increase in salary and wages as well. On the other is a question of whether the district can afford it given that it's facing an estimated in the 2013 fiscal year and even larger deficits in the years after that.

In other words, it's a tough call either way. What do you think of the board's action? Take our poll below and weigh in.

Vera February 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
According to Harper's contract, he will get the largest raise of all employees - 3 percent. That's the minimum. The board can give him more if they choose to do so. But that vote never ended up in a press release so taxpayers don't know what John got and how much unused vacation he has been able to cash in, according to his contract.
Miguel Sanchez February 16, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Hello Plainfield Resident. I appreciate your well written posting. The two words used I found most compelling were the words "OUR" children. How should Plainfield Residents who do not have children react to this deficit spending? If they could move away, some would. However, many can't.
Involved Parent February 17, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Apparently those who comment on these stories don't let the facts stand in the way of their opinions.
Vera February 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Good points. So far, the taxpayers have voted into office: Roger Bonuchi - wife is director of technology Eric Gallt - wife is principal of Lincoln and their son got a summer job as a painter Rod Westfall - wife is secretary for principal at Plainfield East High School One can't blame these gentleman for their inside connections but one has to wonder how their families benefit and how the taxpayers lose in the end. And, when the board approved last year to give administrators free vacation days during winter break - who was that serving? Eventually, the board undid the vote a few weeks later. But if there wasn't a fuss about it - those free days probably would have remained, giving administrators a raise of sorts during a pay freeze. When a board member abstains from a vote - it's technically a yes. When a member passes, abstains or does not vote, that member is deemed to have concurred with the majority of those who voted, according to Illinois School Code. So that means even when Bonuchi and Gallt abstained on voting on the pay raises on Monday - they were essentially giving a nod of yes based on the majority that voted. Isn't there anyone who wants to run for school board who doesn't have a spouse working for the district? You would think so!
Vera February 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Thanks to CVSRich - we know that Darlene is actually getting a 6 percent raise for a couple of years. That's higher than Harper and he has worked for the district a lot longer.

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