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District 304 superintendent to get $16K raise over 4 years

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 30, 2014 8:28 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Geneva District 304 officials approved a raise of more than $16,000 over four years for its superintendent, according to action taken this week.

The board voted 5-2 this week to approve a 1.95 percent increase for Superintendent Kent Mutchler in each of the next four years of his contract. The changes were adjustments to his contract. Each pay increase will go into effect July 1, when the district's new fiscal year begins, officials said.

For the 2013-14 school year, Mutchler’s base salary is $203,720. In the 2014-15 contract year, his salary will be $207,693, a $3,973 increase.

For the 2015-16 contract year, his salary will be $211,743, an increase of $4,050. For the 2016-17 contract year, his salary will be $215,872, an increase of $4,129. And for the 2017-18 contract year, his salary will be $220,081, an increase of $4,209. 

In total, his salary increase over four years will be $16,361, according to information provided by district spokeswoman Kelley Munch.

Leslie Juby, a school board member, said in a text message that she voted against it because she does not support multi-year contracts.

Efforts to reach other school board members were unsuccessful.

In August 2013, Mutchler received an additional $9,000 into a tax-deferred annuity in his new contract, a recognition of his performance the previous year, according to the contract extension.

Mutchler gets $5,000 contributed to the tax-deferred annuity every year as part of his compensation, a 403D, comparable to a 401K in private industry, officials said. 

Board president Mark Grosso said at the time the additional money was a reflection of Mutchler’s good work, especially the state-required teacher evaluation process without hiring any extra employees to do it.

Mutchler was credited for the $375,000 Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools for a multiagency disaster training drill, and improvement in student academic achievement, Grosso had said.

The contract extension gave Mutchler a 2.5 percent pay increase to more than $203,720 for the 2013-14 school year. It also extended his five-year contract by one year to June 30, 2018. The previous contract listed his base salary as $198,751. 

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