Administrator Salaries: How Do Nearby School Districts Stack Up?

Patch compares Naperville School District 203 salaries to what administrators are paid in Oswego 308, Valley View 365 and Plainfield 202 school districts.

Written by Melissa Sersland

Below, you'll find a chart comparing salary and benefit information for four school districts, including Naperville School District 203. 

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Follow the links below for a detailed look into each school district’s administrators’ compensation packages. The information is what was provided to employees in the past full year. 

School districts are required by law to post, each year, itemized salary compensation reports for “every employee in the district holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity" on or before Oct. 1.

The reports must include base salary, bonuses, pension contributions, retirement increases, cost of health and life insurance, sick- and vacation-day payouts, annuities and any other compensation. 

Although districts may have the same number of buildings and a similar student population, administrators’ titles and benefits differ—and school districts do not report compensation in a uniform way.

We encourage Patch readers to think of the chart as a glimpse into how a portion of their tax dollars are spent on area school administrators’ salaries.

Here's a look at the compensation in nearby comparable districts:

Valley View School District 365U 

Number of buildings: 20 

Student population: 17,758 (as of Sept. 7) 

Name Position Base Salary Other Benefits Total James Mitchem Jr Superintendent $191,345 $24,669 $216,014 Garrick Grizaffi Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services $171,000 $22,046 $193,046 Rachel Kinder Assistant Superintendent of Education 6-12 $130,673.00 $16,847 $147,520 Venus Smith Assistant Superintendent of Education K-5 $130,673 $13,558 $144,231

Oswego 308 

Number of buildings: 20 

Student population: 17,741 (pre-K through 12, as of Sept. 28) 

Name Base Salary TRS Pension Contribution Medicare TRS ER Constribution THIS



Matthew Wendt, Superintendent $225,000 $10,234.96 $3,483.41 $631.52 $1,753.01 $17,421.00 Paul O'Malley, Assistant Superintendent for Finance $180,000.04 $18,675.50 $2,924.30 $1,152.32 $3,198.68 $17,421.00 John Sparlin, Executive Director for Administrative Services $115,000.39 $11,931.61 $1,866.61 $736.21 $2,043.61 $15,806 Carla Johnson, Director of Teaching and Learning $114,528.37 $11,882.63 $1,859.06 $733.18 $2,035.22 $7,552 Misael Nascimento, Director of ELL, Dual Language, and AT Services $83,252.34 $8,637.66 $1,358.51 $532.96 $1,479.43 $17,366.19

Naperville 203 

Number of buildings: 21

Student population: 17,500 

Name Position Base Salary Reitrement Enhance Annuity Other Benefits Mark Mitrovich* Superintendent $282,899 $10,000 $25,387 David Zager CFO $179,854 $12,381 $5,103 $11,278 Kathleen Duncan Chief Academic Officer $171,937 $4,973 $4,940 Timothy Wierenga Assistant Superintendent for Assessment $147,236 $189 $22,208 Catherine Ryan Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education $148,096 $10,323

*Mitrovich is no longer the superintendent of Naperville 203. Dan Bridges is the new superintendent. Salary and benefits information for Bridges was not included in the 2011-2012 report. 

Plainfield 202 

Number of buildings: 30 

Student population: 28,823 (unofficial total as of Sept. 24)

Name Position Base Salary Retirement Enhancements Other Benefits John Harper Superintendent $270,446.33 $15,000 $49,007.46 Glenn Wood Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction $116,200 $32,689.85 Angela Smith Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations n/a n/a n/a Daniel Thorse Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel $129,122.40 $34,192.33 Mina Griffith Assistant Superintendent for Student Services $124,704.01 $33,718.30

Gerard Schilling October 09, 2012 at 01:11 PM
As is usually the case with bureaucracies there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians bleeding off money that should be spent on the children and their education. You neglected to mention the pensions these people get and when all these items are added together they are grossly overpaid for a 9 month a year job!


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