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Salaries Increased, Bonuses Removed From Oswego District 308 Superintendents' Contracts

Apr 26, 2015 07:02PM ● By Steven Jack

Oswego School District 308’s top four administrators are set to receive increases to their base salaries for the next school year, but gone are the days of performance-based bonuses. 

In new modified contracts to be voted upon by the School Board Monday night, Superintendent Matthew Wendt will receive a $25,000 annual increase to his base salary of $225,000 to $250,000. Associate Superintendent Paul O’Malley and assistant superintendents Judy Minor and John Sprarlin will each receive $5,000 annual increases. O’Malley’s new annual salary will be $185,000 with Minor and Sparlin each earning $160,000.

Board President Bill Walsh said Sunday even though the administrators may receive base salary increases, they are actually taking potential pay cuts because their performance-based bonuses have been erased. 

If all of Wendt's bonuses were to be paid out in the remaining four years of his current contract, the superintendent stands to make a total of about $61,000 less, while O’Malley, Minor and Sparlin will receive about $2,500 less annually, Walsh said. The terms of the new contracts also state that at no time may the salaries of the top four administrators be cut.

“We heard from the community that they don’t like performance-based contracts,” Walsh said. “So, we worked with Dr. Wendt to re-structure his contract. I think this shows he’s committed to the district.”

At their last meeting on April 13, the School Board voted 6-1 for administrator contract extensions and to give Wendt discretion in dolling out a total of $300,000 in salary increases to be given among about 80 district administrators for 2015-16.

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According to district documents, the district’s 12 directors will receive anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 annual increases. The district’s nine assistant directors will receive anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000.

The 15 elementary school principals will receive anywhere from a $1,500 to $5,000 increase. Their assistant principals will receive anywhere from $4,500 to $5,500 raises. 

All five junior high principals will receive $3,000, while their assistants will receive anywhere from $3,500 to $4,750.

Oswego High School Principal Mike Wayne will receive a $3,000 increase and all high school assistant principals will receive a $5,500 raise. The high schools’ six deans will receive anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000, and the two athletic directors will each receive $4,000 increases. 

Incoming School Board member Brad Banks previously expressed concern over the contract extensions and increases for O’Malley, Sparlin and Minor. Fellow incoming board member Lauri Doyle took to her public Facebook page over the weekend to also voice her displeasure at the timing of the new contracts. 

"These contracts will be voted on by the board on Monday April 27, by board members who have not been able to garner enough public support to retain their seats,” Doyle wrote. “Since this board is angry about the turn of events election night, they are trying to make these decisions out of spite with little concern for the welfare of the community.”

Doyle also urged administrators to not sign the new contracts with the district. 

“If our administrators want to show our community that they really are with us, and have the intent to be part of our educational community and want to provide the best education to our kids, that they want to show us that we can begin to trust them, they can easily do that by refusing to sign amended contracts and instead, keep what they have previously received. … Then we can work together as a new board to look at contract changes for upper level administration over the summer, as our district usually times this event.” 

The School Board will vote on the salary increases at their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Community Room at Oswego East High School.