by Mary Parrilli
KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 6-1 to amend Jeff Schuler’s contract of employment in order to give him a raise in pay, a one-time market correction.
Board member Tony Valente was the lone vote against the measure.
The amendment will set up Schuler’s pay at $175,000 for the period of July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.
Schuler’s base salary for the current fiscal year is $158,525.
The vote also included a provision that will give Schuler salary increases between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, and again between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, that will be over the prior year’s base salary “no less than the lesser of the annual consumer price index, or 3 percent.
“Even with this increase, Dr. Schuler remains the second-to-lowest-paid superintendent in the nine surrounding school districts,” School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said.
Most board members were in favor of the pay increase.
“I’m happy with Schuler. We are lucky to have him and we need to keep him,” School Board Vice President Elmer Gramley said.
Valente wasn’t as enthusiastic about Schuler’s pay raise.
“This is an astronomical raise, and I would like to see this money given back to our children,” he said.