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Letter: It’s not really ‘all about the kids’

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 5:29 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Geneva taxpayers, your school district superintendent, Dr. Kent Mutchler, just got a raise and a new employee contract. If you aren’t aware, it’s no surprise, as it was discussed in a closed-door session and then approved when the public meeting was reconvened after the audience left.  

Here is what it includes:

• Employment from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2018;

• 100 percent of premiums paid for medical and dental for him and immediate family;

• A base salary of $203,720 for the 2013-14 school year, which is a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year (total compensation with benefits being higher than that);

• A term-life insurance policy in the amount of twice his base salary;

• A yearly $5,000 contribution to a tax-deferred annuity program;

• 100 percent payment of required contributions to the Illinois Teacher’s Retirement System and Teacher’s Health Insurance Security Fund;

• 30 sick days a year that can accumulate from year to year to an unlimited number;

• 4 paid personal days a year;

• 25 paid vacation days a year (10 of these days can rollover to the next year);

• 6½ vacation days a year that can be sold back to the district at the rate of 1/260th of his base salary (in 2013-14, that rate is $783.54 a day);

• In 2013, an additional $9,000 contribution to a tax-deferred annuity in recognition of 2012-13 performance;

• With prior consent of the board, Dr. Mutchler can undertake professional development;

• Paid membership fees for five different associations;

• $400 toward a yearly physical;

• $800 a month for travel expenses;

• And a two-year interest free loan to finance a vehicle purchased from the district.

Yes, you read that right, a two-year interest free car loan for an employee that is compensated more than $200,000 per year. If the teachers felt they were slapped in the face last year, how should taxpayers feel this year?

The school board will be voting on the 2013 tax levy in the next two months, with a possible maximum increase of 1.7 percent. Your taxes will increase because of ridiculous spending like Dr. Mutchler’s contract. It is time that residents demand the insanity stop.

Please attend the regular school board meetings Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. at Williamsburg Elementary School.

Because it is not “all about the kids.”

Bob McQuillan 

Geneva

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