Administrator Salaries: How Do Nearby School Districts Stack Up?

Patch compares Plainfield District 202 salaries to what administrators are paid in Oswego 308, Naperville 203 and Valley View school districts.

Below, you'll find a chart comparing salary and benefit information for four school districts, including Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202. 

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Follow the links below for a detailed look into each school district’s administrators’ compensation packages. The information is what was provided to employees in the past full year. 

School districts are required by law to post, each year, itemized salary compensation reports for “every employee in the district holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity" on or before Oct. 1.

The reports must include base salary, bonuses, pension contributions, retirement increases, cost of health and life insurance, sick- and vacation-day payouts, annuities and any other compensation. 

Although districts may have the same number of buildings and a similar student population, administrators’ titles and benefits differ—and school districts do not report compensation in a uniform way.

We encourage Patch readers to think of the chart as a glimpse into how a portion of their tax dollars are spent on area school administrators’ salaries.

Here's a look at the compensation in nearby comparable districts:

Valley View School District 365U 

Number of buildings: 20 

Student population: 17,758 (as of Sept. 7) 

Name Position Base Salary Other Benefits Total James Mitchem Jr Superintendent $191,345 $24,669 $216,014 Garrick Grizaffi Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services $171,000 $22,046 $193,046 Rachel Kinder Assistant Superintendent of Education 6-12 $130,673.00 $16,847 $147,520 Venus Smith Assistant Superintendent of Education K-5 $130,673 $13,558 $144,231

Oswego 308 

Number of buildings: 20 

Student population: 17,741 (pre-K through 12, as of Sept. 28) 

Name Base Salary TRS Pension Contribution Medicare TRS ER Constribution THIS



Matthew Wendt, Superintendent $225,000 $10,234.96 $3,483.41 $631.52 $1,753.01 $17,421.00 Paul O'Malley, Assistant Superintendent for Finance $180,000.04 $18,675.50 $2,924.30 $1,152.32 $3,198.68 $17,421.00 John Sparlin, Executive Director for Administrative Services $115,000.39 $11,931.61 $1,866.61 $736.21 $2,043.61 $15,806 Carla Johnson, Director of Teaching and Learning $114,528.37 $11,882.63 $1,859.06 $733.18 $2,035.22 $7,552 Misael Nascimento, Director of ELL, Dual Language, and AT Services $83,252.34 $8,637.66 $1,358.51 $532.96 $1,479.43 $17,366.19

Naperville 203 

Number of buildings: 21

Student population: 17,500 

Name Position Base Salary Reitrement Enhance Annuity Other Benefits Mark Mitrovich* Superintendent $282,899 $10,000 $25,387 David Zager CFO $179,854 $12,381 $5,103 $11,278 Kathleen Duncan Chief Academic Officer $171,937 $4,973 $4,940 Timothy Wierenga Assistant Superintendent for Assessment $147,236 $189 $22,208 Catherine Ryan Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education $148,096 $10,323

*Mitrovich is no longer the superintendent of Naperville 203. Dan Bridges is the new superintendent. Salary and benefits information for Bridges was not included in the 2011-2012 report. 

Plainfield 202 

Number of buildings: 30 

Student population: 28,823 (unofficial total as of Sept. 24)

Name Position Base Salary Retirement Enhancements Other Benefits John Harper Superintendent $270,446.33 $15,000 $49,007.46 Glenn Wood Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction $116,200 $32,689.85 Angela Smith Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations n/a n/a n/a Daniel Thorse Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel $129,122.40 $34,192.33 Mina Griffith Assistant Superintendent for Student Services $124,704.01 $33,718.30

ScienceTeach October 09, 2012 at 12:02 PM
In terms of the teachers'pay...it doesn't show the amount from extracurricular pay and extra duties, years experience, amount of education or full vs part time status. Administrators...years experience or exploitation of the "other benefits' Is that not available?
Annette October 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
These figures you see should be enough to make you sick. These administrators walk off with huge pensions worth millions of dollars. If getting around 225,000 a year when he retires isn't enough for John Harper he also gets a secondary retirement benefit that the taxpayers have been contributing 10,000-15,000 a year to for the past 12 years. He also gets a car allowance, health care for his family and a large amount of money each year to attend conferences and seminars.
Jimmy October 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Public "service" my @ss.
John Tips October 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Let's face it - our education system is broken! Over the years the gold pot at the end of the rainbow was kept full by us taxpayers who pay these exuberant salaries and benefits. Just as a comparison figure - I would like to ask Ms, Antinori to compare these salaries to school districts downstate, say the suburbs of Springfield and further South around Carbondale. I wish to know if salaries downstate are as exuberant as they are here? If Not - why not? How do schools downstate compare in test scores?
Vera October 09, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Next year, Plainfield School District will pay for two people to do one job - superintendent. So add another $200,000. I hope Patch showed up to yesterday's special board meeting at the Plainfield Police Department and plans to attend tomorrow's meeting there as well. People need to understand that the board's search for deputy superintendent is not normal. Local districts do not conduct searches like this - and Plainfield shouldn't either. Sending an invitation only for an interview? It's not a birthday party – the district is filling an important position that will lead to the superintendent job. The board is clearly picking a friend - someone they know who will hire their relatives and do what they want. I hope people who attend tonight's board meeting to complain about Rent, the musical, demand that the school board conduct a national search that actually includes posting the job on its website. And, that the committee to choose the deputy superintendent consist of regular folks in the district - not board members' friends and drinking partners. I hope the people who attend tonight's meeting at Bess Eichelberger School on Essington at 7:30 p.m. - also ask to be put on the committee to choose a deputy superintendent. It's time for the taxpayers to take charge and end nepotism on the school board. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a board member who didn’t have a family member getting a paycheck from the district?
Lisa S. October 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM
The taxpayers have not been funding the money...that's the problem. We all pay our taxes, but the money goes elsewhere. Teacher pensions have been woefully underfunded by the state pursuant to their obligation. They believe in 'Why pay today what you can spend on something else and put off until tommorrow '(and then ask the taxpayers to pony up for yet again!) Corruption is everywhere- Plainfield incldued. And if more people took note and got involved things could change.


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