20 Highest Paid Administrators in District 308

The following information on the highest paid administrators in District 308 for the 2012-2013 school year was obtained from the District 308 website.

Oswego 308 has seen many new hires for the 2012-13 school year over the last couple of months.

With that in mind, here is a compiled list of the 20 highest paid administrators for the 2012-13 school year.

All of this information is public record and can be found at the District 308 website.  We post this information because we think it will be of interest to our readers, many of whom are taxpayers who foot the bill.

Patch has also created a searchable database for the 2010-2011 school year for all teachers and  administrators at any school in the state of Illinois, which can be used as a good comparison tool. 

Name Position Base Salary TRS Pension Contribution Total Annual Salary Matthew Wendt Superintendent  $225,000.00  $10,234.96  $235,234.96 Paul O'Malley Assistant Superintendent  $180,000.04  $18,675.50  $198,675.54 Jeffery Craig Oswego East High School Principal  $131,100.01  $13,601.99  $144,702.00 Ralph Kober Traugher Jr. High Principal  $121,482.66  $12,604.16  $134,086.82 Michael Wayne Oswego High School Principal  $121,248.17  $12,579.83  $133,828.00 John Sparlin Executive Director of Admin. Services  $115,000.39  $11,931.61  $126,932.00 Carla Johnson Director of Teaching and Learning  $114,528.37  $11,882.63  $126,411.00 Christine Nelson Director of Student Services  $95,130.00  $9,870.00  $105,000.00 David Brusack Lakewood Creek Elementary Principal  $92,150.17  $9,560.83  $101,711.00 Pamela Jensen Bednarcik Jr. High Principal  $90,250.28  $9,363.72  $99,614.00 Brent Anderson Murphy Jr. High Principal  $86,523.00  $8,977.00  $95,500.00 Shannon Lueders Thompson Jr. High Principal  $86,523.00  $8,977.00  $95,500.00 Christine Smith Long Beach Elementary Principal  $86,070.00  $8,930.00  $95,000.00 Jeffery Schafermeyer Boulder Hill Principal  $84,102.17  $8,725.83  $92,828.00 Allison Sulkson Wolf's Crossing Elementary Principal  $83,505.11  $8,663.89  $92,169.00 Darren Howard Oswego High School Athletic Director  $83,352.00  $8,648.00  $92,000.00 Misael Nascimento Director of ELL/Dual Lang. and AT  $83,252.34  $8,637.66  $91,890.00 Melinda Renier Homestead Elementary Principal  $83,252.34  $8,637.66  $91,890.00 Janet Demont Wheatlands Elementary Principal  $82,046.45  $8,512.55  $90,559.00 Jodi Ancel Old Post Elementary Principal  $81,730.26  $8,479.74  $90,210.00

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Steve S. October 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
So, since we all have so much time to discuss our educators salaries, how about everyone who posted a comment share their salary and job title, and let us all comment on those!! Oh wait, I guess with all the comments, we should assume you are all unemployed since you have so much time to spend on this discussion. Seriously, who are you to judge how much these folks get paid?!?!? Is your child getting a great education?? Mine is, and if yours isn't, you should start complaining at home, which is where the study habits begin!!!!
Intheknow October 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Steve, I think what you will find is a bunch of jealous people who would not last a week inthe classroom. i"m no teacher, but that is because i do not have the credentials. they don't just hand those out to anyone. People who work to achieve the credentials that teachers and administrators have understand the "value" that MUST be attached. In short, people, quit whining about the salaries of people whose job you are not qualifiied to do. Just accept it and be thankful that people want to work in our district
mike ellison October 29, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Typical liberal comment. There's a big difference between concept of the public paying someone's salary in the case of educators, and someone who is working in the private sector. The first example is one in which we as the public have no choice but to pay, so it is our business as to the actual salaries that are being paid. Do you actually think that is is none of our business to know where our money is going? Welcome to Russia.
mike ellison October 29, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I would easily last a week in the classroom and have had experience there. Any teacher who thinks they are worth their salary should feel free to negotiate their salary outside the pervue of the union umbrella and see how they end up getting paid. I'm self employed and have to prove my worth to my clients everyday and have no problem running my business subject to the free marketplace. I don't have to threaten my clients in order to command my fees. My clients gladly pay me for the results that I'm able to achieve. I don't get a group of my peers together to threaten our clients in our to prove our worth. We'll leave that to the public sector employees.
mike ellison October 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
"teachers work nights and weekends (grading, lesson planning, professional development) that more than make up for what you put forth as the norm in the private sector." That's a lot of BS. First of all, technology has allowed for more testing and grading to be completed on computers rather than doing it by hand. Furthermore, most schools give teachers time during the day that is not teaching time in order to grade papers. It's interesting how many teachers also are in the real estate bussines if they don't have any free time. And personal development is interesting too. How much more education does a grade school teacher need in order to be successful? There are far too many teachers who get advanced degrees when those degrees simply add nothing to the results that they obtain. There are many highly qualified people who have been laid off in the private sector because job security isn't guaranteed simply by having an advanced degree. Yet, it is common in the public sector to keep doling out more money for advanced degrees regardless of the success in the classroom. Again, your school teachers who are NEA members are part of a nationwide group with about a 25% dropout rate. And take a look at the District's report card and you can see quite clearly that neither high school has met federal education standards. That's all that matters. The teachers, irrespective of their credentials, are doing an awful job for a high price.
Reality October 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Mike, The demands on a grade school teacher are constantly changing and the need for professional development is strong. RtI, Common Core Standards, Gretchen Courtney Reading strategies, OWL, PBIS, (I can go on if you don't get the point) etc. etc. etc. Teachers don't just learn how to effectively integrate these new initiatives magically. They have to be trained and/or receive education on them. I don't really know the demands of your job...and you don't really know the demands of mine. Job security isn't guaranteed by having an advanced degree (or with tenure) anymore in Illinois. Read up on Senate Bill 7, which was passed last year. Graduation rates have actually trended upward since the 1980's. If you include students who take longer than 4 years to graduate and GED students, the dropout rate is 10.2%. This number has trended upward from 16.1% in 1980. I can cite my source if you wish. Do you blaim the NEA for this upward trend in graduation rates? Oswego District 308 has gone from 70% composite percentage of meets and exceeds on all testing in 2002 to 84% in 2011. NCLB says that 100% of students will meet or exceed by 2014. So by not hitting that goal...is Oswego a failure of a district?
Reality October 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM
FYI: Oswego 308 has a HS graduation rate of 93.8% (as of 2011)
Tom October 29, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The link below Is explains what teachers make!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU
Mel October 30, 2012 at 03:50 AM
This site has all the answers of who makes what... http://www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php
mike ellison October 30, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Reality- the teachers are part of the NEA and choose to be part of the NEA for negotiating their salary. Thus, they need to also accept the statistics of the nationwide results of the NEA. Can't have it both ways. If they want to join a national union and stick together with their buddies when it is to their benefit, then they also have to accept responsibilities for the results of their entire group.
mike ellison October 30, 2012 at 04:22 AM
"If you include students who take longer than 4 years to graduate and GED students," Did you read what you wrote? You think it's a success when someone takes longer than 4 years to graduate high school? You also want to take credit when someone gets a GED which could be many years later than when they were supposed to graduate? That's really grasping at straws in order to skew the numbers. You can interprete the failure of the schools to meet federal standards any way you want. I seem to remember most of the schools not meeting NCLB goals either, and there were all sorts of excuses for that too. Everything I need to know is in the school report cards and you are not doing a good job.
Tom October 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM
It is amazing when the economy is bad the private sector folks throws the public employees under the bus because they are being paid by taxes but when the economy comes back and all the private sector workers are making 2 to 3 times of what the public sector workers make then the world will be back to normal.
russ harrison October 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Who cares what Naperville or Plainfield or Chicago pays their school employees. Last time I checked, our teachers work in Oswego 308. If they want more money, go elsewhere. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. There are plenty of teachers and administrators that will gladly work for less than what our current staff is being paid. The salaries have been ratcheted up to a point where they simply are not sustainable. Its sucks to be truthful, but it is what it is. 308 uses the same search firms, (that get payed based upon the salary) and do not direct them to hire less expensive administration...well duh! Why would anyone do that if it meant less money for them? Teaching is both a vocation and a calling. If money is the primary reason a person enters the field of education, then we don't need them teaching our kids. Now that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay our teachers a decent wage and benefits, it simply means that we shouldn't feel we are competing with the surrounding districts and have to match their salaries. If you want to keep laying that game, just look at your tax bill and he amount that goes to the school. See if you really think its needed.That's what got us into the 225 grand a year Superintendent cycle in the first place! Let the other districts go broke or tax their citizens out of their homes,,,,we do not need to play that game.
Tom October 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM
The teachers in Oswego are doing a great job. My kids are getting a great education. NCLB is a law with good intention but impossible expectation. Any law that says all kids must be getting a 100% on reading, writing , arithmetic by a certain is date is obviously one that needs to be changed. NCLB has brought accountability into the equation and this year all administrators are now trained on how to evaluate. Yes you heard that correct that teachers have been getting evaluated by people who have not been specifically trained to do so. Using the apples to oranges comparisons that I have been reading, trying to compare private sector to public sector jobs (which isn't possible) NCLB in the private sector would be the equivalent of demanding all companies with 2 employees must have 3 million dollars in revenue by 2016 or else you will be taken over or shut down. Obviously that statement I just made is ridiculous just like demanding that all students need to be proficient to a perfect level is absurd. Teachers don't have control over many aspect of their environment like whether the student slept the night before, whether they ate, whether they saw their parents the night before, are they under the influence of drugs or 30 other variables out of their control. When teachers dare try to improve the environment they can control like class size they are instantly labeled selfish. I am NOT from the mentality of I am struggling with the economy so therefore everyone should suffer.
Intheknow October 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
"There are plenty of teachers and administrators that will gladly work for less than what our current staff is being paid." (you get what you pay for) "That's what got us into the 225 grand a year Superintendent cycle in the first place! " (try advertising this job at $125K per year and see the "quality" of candidate that applies. you get what you pay for) "If money is the primary reason a person enters the field of education, then we don't need them teaching our kids." (this is just ignorant) "Now that doesn't mean we shouldn't pay our teachers a decent wage and benefits, it simply means that we shouldn't feel we are competing with the surrounding districts and have to match their salaries." (who should determine what a decent wage is? you? that's laughable)
Always A Panther! October 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
To Mike Ellison- You said you could easily run a classroom and have experience there. Why did you get out of teaching? You have said yourself that teachers are overpaid and work low hours. Why leave that gig? By the way, you said you run your own business. Did you pay yourself for Monday, October 29, when you spent the entire day bashing people instead of working yourself? Do your employees think you are overpaid if you can spend an entire work day posting comments? You have a nice day Mike.
Reality October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
So you blame me for the nations graduation rates? Oswego District 308 has a HS graduation rate of 93.8% as of 2011. I teach in Oswego. Oswego District 308 has gone from 70% composite percentage of meets and exceeds on all testing in 2002 to 84% in 2011. Do you give that credit to the me? To the NEA? Can't have it both ways.
Reality October 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Per the school report cards that you get everything you need to know from...Oswego District 308 has gone from 70% composite percentage of meets and exceeds on all testing in 2002 to 84% in 2011. Does this data tell you I am not doing a good job?
Jack October 31, 2012 at 02:39 AM
There are two recent OHS grads at the Air Force Academy right now. I've heard both of them credit many of their teachers with part of what got them there. So Mike Ellison, I challenge your contention that 308 teachers are "doing an awful job..." And by the way, you seem to have A LOT of time on your hands for trolling through the internet looking to push your extreme right wing Tea Party agenda. I guess being self employed does give you some time for this. I hope your clients don't find out that your are not working for them 24/7.
ayar November 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Interesting that everybody seems to throw Oswego in with "Naperville" and "Plainfield". How about in comparison to our true neighbors, Yorkville, Plano and Sandwich ? how do we compare with them ?
ayar November 01, 2012 at 03:01 PM
As I recall, the "x" is pretty darn impressive in comparison to their also-year-round private sector counterparts
ayar November 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM
wait a minute, Steve. I thought we were talking about Managers [administration] not Educators [teachers]. I'm confused. Which is it ?
ayar November 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Anybody can last a week - try a month or three, make it 4th or 5th graders - don't forget you buy your own supplies. Remember, no bathroom breaks unless you can tag team with another teacher who's available. I'm being way too kind, make it Junior high. Okay, so you're a consultant by the sound of it. Let me put this in your terms: What's the going rate of a Corporate Trainer ? this is what they do. Now, according to Salary.com it's around 69K. I'm sure a lot of the teachers, especially the elementary ones, would love a crack at that kind of dough.
Martin November 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Oswego borders Montgomery, Aurora, and Plainfield on the east side. So why are the 'true' neighbors of Oswego, Sandwich (who doesn't even touch Oswego), Yorkville, and Plano? I specifically mentioned Naperville and Plainfield because that's who was in the recent article from the Patch.
Dan Hallahan November 02, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Mr. Ellison, I worked 28 years in the private sector, making well into 6 figures for most of that time, before opting to enter education. So please don't belittle me and many like me that did not just enter education to rip off the public! DH
William November 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
And, by the way, does anyone realize that Oswego teachers still do not have a contract for this year? The school board has kept this very, very quiet. Can you say "Geneva"?
JimmyJ November 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I haven't taken the time to read through all of the comments, I stopped at the point where the discussion turned into they make too much money vs. how much do you think they should make vs. how much should a doctor or lawyer make. A doctor or lawyer or you or I 9 unless you are in the public sector) are paid from taxpayer money. Administrators and teachers are paid by tax revenue. So the question really is if you feel they are underpaid, how much more do you want to pay in taxes to support their paycheck, yes we could find savings by cutting, but we never seem to agree on what to cut or how much to cut.
JimmyJ November 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I mistyped, i meant to say that a lawyer or doctor not in the public sector is not paid from tax revenue as are teachers and administrators.
Carol Anaski-Figurski December 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM
outragious consilidate
Jacqueline December 13, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I'm way behind on commenting here, but wanted to say thank you to Mr. Hallahan. My now 16 year old was in your class a few years ago. You've impacted his life in a very positive life changing way. I'm thankful you chose to teach.


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