As you read the story below, keep in mind that this is NOT an exception. It is the rule.
Outgoing Superintendent Connie Neale this year will cost district taxpayers more than $750,000.
Neale will get a raise when the recently negotiated Elgin Area School District U-46 teachers contract is approved at the Jan. 14 board meeting.
The raise will bring Neale’s total compensation this year to more than half a million dollars.
Neale has been living in Joplin, Mo., since she went on medical leave in September, yet remains on the district’s payroll.
Neale’s 2007-08 salary, like U-46 teachers, will increase by an automatic 3.8 percent raise. She’ll also get a raise for experience, called a step increase, of roughly 1.9 percent.
Together, that brings her salary up to $284,243.
She won’t collect her full salary, however. She’ll retire Feb. 25 and receive a prorated salary of $186,228.
Salary isn’t the only source of money pouring into Neale’s Missouri bank account. There still are annuity payments, bonuses, insurance costs, membership dues, paid expenses and pension costs.
It cost taxpayers $13,067 to move Neale’s things to Joplin. And an extra $400 to reset and relocate her grandfather and cuckoo clocks.
She gets a $650 monthly car allowance, which over eight months will total $5,200.
The district also will pay Neale’s membership dues to organizations including the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the American Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association for Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction. The total cost of yearly dues to these four groups is $1,173.
Add in health, disability and liability insurance costs; the district’s $44,000 yearly contribution to Neale’s annuity; a $26,302 retirement bonus; and nearly $50,000 in state pension costs and Neale’s 2007-08 package totals just over $535,000.
I’ve said it before, but it bears saying again. Neale is a pig. Administrators are a class of pigs. As a class, they education no one. They push paper for a living as they suck up funds better spent by elsewhere. They are greedy pigs. Taxpayers who don’t fight to gut this vile system are stupid rubes.
How do those silly liberal bumper stickers put it….? “If you’re not outraged, you aren’t paying attention.”