Monday, April 25, 2011
(Editor's Note: The salary list was updated on 9/8/12 to reflect the personnel and salaries for the 2011 reporting period, the latest one currently available. Those who looked at the 2010 salary list will note that despite the economic crisis, they all got nice pay hikes over the past year.)
The little 607-student Fairview School District 72 in Skokie made big news last month when the Chicago Tribune disclosed that it was hoarding more taxpayers cash than any other in the entire state.
Fairview SD 72 has cash in the amount of 161% of its annual operating needs stuffed into its mattress. The Illinois State Board of Education says a school district is in good shape if it puts aside 25% for a rainy day. Fairview is apparently hunkering down for a flood of biblical proportions.
When the much maligned Sarah Palin's State of Alaska has too much tax revenue on its hands it does a very peculiar thing. It sends the excess back to the taxpayers.
Up there, they view the taxpayers' money as being the taxpayers' money.
Not so with the big spenders in Skokie's Fairview education establishment.
They view the taxpayers' money as being their money.
Little wonder given the fat payroll that they have to meet with their top-heavy administration and unionized teachers.
Posted below is a complete list of the 2010 teachers' and administrators' salaries for Fairview SD 72. It was compiled pursuant to a Freedom of Information suit by the Family Taxpayers Foundation.
(A spreadsheet with more details including years of service and teaching specialty can be seen at the FTF website by clicking on the teacher's name.)
Among the highlights of the salary report:
--- 4 administrators each pulling down more than 6 figures
--- A battalion of 7 "Learning Behavior Specialists" costing $418k
--- A $126k social studies teacher
--- A $94k singing teacher
--- An $85k nurse
--- A $90k guidance counselor
--- 2 Social workers and a psychologist divvying up $130k
--- 4 gym teachers, with one hauling down $90k
--- A $99k reading teacher
Most of these salaries are for 9 or 10 months on the job. Upon retirement, under the union contract's pension formula they will be able to haul down as much as 85% of the average of their highest 3 year's salaries, for the rest of their lives.
This completes the 2011 report of teachers' and administrators' salaries for Skokie Fairview School District 72.