UPDATED: 20 Highest Paid VVSD Administrators

Valley View School District 365U approved its annual administrator and teacher salary and benefits report Monday night.

The Valley View School District 365U school board approved its annual administrator and teacher salary and benefits report Monday night. School districts are required by state law to post the report by Oct. 1 each year. 

Editor's note: We post this information because we know it is of interest to our readers, the taxpayers, whose property taxes are the largest source of income for the school district. 

Compare Valley View with other districts in this 2011 article. Another article will be posted Wednesday with the 2012 information. You can view the 2011 Administrator Salary Compensation Report here. 

While the 2011 report breaks down benefits into specific insurance and pension information, the 2012 report does not break down the numbers into more specific information.

You can view the full 2012 VVSD report here.  

Name Position Base Salary Enhancements Other benefits Total James Mitchem Superintendent $191,345 $24,669 $216,014 Garrick Grizaffi Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services $171,000 $22,046 $193,046 Michael Lopez Facility Operations and Maint. Director $139,710 $9,920


Rachel Kinder Assistant Superintendent of Education 6-12 $130,673 $16,847 $147,520 Venus Smith Assistant Superintendent of Education K-5 $130,673 $13,558 $144,231 Fabby Williams Bolingbrook High School Principal $130,673 $13,558 $144,231 Christopher Schaeflein Jane Addams Middle School Principal $126,393 $16,295 $142,688 Derek Kinder Romeoville High School Principal $123,798 $15,961 $139,759 Elizabeth Martinez Director of Professional Development $126,969 $11,842 $138,811 Michele Romolt Principal, Jonas E. Salk Elementary School $117,123 $7,757 $12,152 $137,032 Karen Page Phoenix Experience Director $113,540 $11,354 $124,894 Joanne Bourg Finance Director $114,490 $8,129 $122,619 S. James Boudouris Athletic Director, Romeoville High School $104,382 $6,913 $10,830 $122,125 Keith Wood Brooks Middle School Principal $106,538 $13,478 $120,016 Daniel Laverty Humphrey Middle School Principal $106,274 $13,599 $119,873 Alec Anderson Athletic Director, Bolingbrook High School $107,514 $11,155 $118,669 J. Sharon Hawks Executive Director of Human Resources $109,297 $7,760 $117,057 Donald Tufano Director of Instructional Technology $103,383 $13,329 $116,712 Donna Nylander Principal, Early Childhood Center $98,468 $6,521 $10,216 $115,205 Ricardo Sanchez-Lopez  Director of Bilingual Education $103,872 $10,777 $114,649

Editor's note: The previous data posted included some errors, including the absence of Assistant Superintendent Venus Smith on the list. Those errors have been corrected. The district also changed the "Retirement" heading to "Enhancements" in an updated document. 

tom October 02, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Pretty sad that we paid $144,231 to someone that quit just a few months into the job.Yes, he was "there" for the rest of the school year but was he really doing the work needed to earn his salary?
charles October 02, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Do a quick Google search of this doc for previous years and compare the number of administrators now to the number in 2010 and also how the column labels have been changed to provide a more muddled picture of each person's salary. How can they post every person's base salary and "Other Benefits" for 2012-2013 school year when the teacher's contract hasn't even been settled yet? And what are these "Other Benefits?"
charles October 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I guess I should have said compare the number of people now receiving Administrative pay and priviledges with the introduction of the titles of Other Administrator at Administrative Salary and Curriculum Coordinator. I need a VVSD to English dictionary!
tom October 02, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Administrators are non-union so whether or not the teachers have a contract or not doesn't make a difference.
charles October 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
My point is how can you approve and publish what the salaries will be when they don't know? The link to the 2012 full report shows everyone's salaries.
mml711 October 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
These salaries are based on the previous year's salaries, not current year.
Vera volpe argentata October 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Bolingbrook residents are paying VVSD administrators top dollar and are getting standardized test scores below the states average. There is no hope for your town, its doomed for bankruptcy just like the village Dolton.
Clearwater October 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Yep, went from 72 administrators to 86 the following year. "Other benefits" refers to what the district pays towards their insurance premiums.
Rhonda October 03, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Notice the married couples on the list, sucking premium salaries from taxpayers. 1. Jim Mitchem and his wife. I believe his wife is an assistant principal at one of VVSD schools. 2. Rachel & Derek Kinder. Ones an assistant sup, and the other is an asst principal. This is too hilarious.
Glinda October 03, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Now you are showing bitterness towards successful and educated married couples? I understand you had a failed marriage and business, but you need to get over it and stop targeting well to do people in the community.
Rhonda October 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Ouch, Glinda!!! (or is that your real name?) Can't debate the facts, so you post personal insults, under an assumed name to boot? Come on now, you've lost the debate before it even started. The first rule in debating ( a universal rule) is to avoid personal attacks. Stick to the issue. I'm not running for any political office, and have no personal resentment against anyone. I'm just a passionate Bolingbrook resident that love politics and debating. Come out of hiding, give your real name, and lets have an honest debate about how our tax dollars are being spent. The question we should be asking is - Do taxpayers mind VVSD having administrators with spouses employed in the same district? It's a legitimate question to debate.
Ken Spiecker October 03, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Looks like when it comes time to vote for school board, might need to look at what in already and go a different direction. Teachers contract not settled possible strike looming and the shcool distrciut very top heavy in salaries and BENEFITS. Student Services Administrator??? Executive Director of Student Services??? Assistant Exec Director of Student Services??? What are these position? Director of K-12 Data & Assessment handles test from each school. Voters, Boardmembers,Administrators, lets look at the problem and fix.
Patricia Kobialko October 03, 2012 at 05:31 PM
All I know is, my nursing salary pales by comparison to the average teacher's salary, and I work YEAR round WITHOUT the perks of bankers' holidays, hours, and paid retirement. My lunch break in a 12.5 hour day is a half hour, and I do not get paid for it. While my salary has been flat or falling, my taxes have gone through the roof to pay the teachers and school administrators. And I have to pay rising costs on MY healthcare benefits, yet I am in healthcare! No paid retirement for me, either. The average teacher salary is 64, 217 for average 9.9 yrs experience. For about 7.5 months' work when you figure in all the holidays, time off at Xmas, and Spring break. Do the math and you will see the wage per hour rivals many workers' salaries. Sorry, but the teachers have it good by comparison to many other workers who can be sued, face low census days with NO pay, and face health risks such as bloodborne disease, etc. It's time the teachers and school workers try to make it in the average worker's shoes... My taxes are ALREADYout of control...
Rhonda October 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
It's the administrator salaries that blow my mind. Especially in a district like VVSD.
mml711 October 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Jackie Mitchem is a Principal at Hermansen Derek KInder is a Principal of Romeoville High School
ABW October 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Aint no one worth dat much money. DEm administraotrs and there kin are pullin a fast on on the tax payers. I could do the work fo half da money. I gots a asoshiates degree in a counting.
Marc Camden October 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I am astounded at the married couples working in the same school district pulling in that much of our tax money. There should be a rule against nepotism in general and especially when spouses apply for a job in the same district in administrative positions in the same district. 250k in one household from our tax money? Thats Absurd! I believe in paying based on the results obtained, Thus far the results i have seen have been less than stellar, My experiences at district events has been below my expectations, and my time spent raising money to subsidize departments who are lacking funds has grown each year, the amount of fundraisers is out of control. Every one of the people in administration needs to give back some of their salary to hire people to do the grunt work of teaching our children, pay for special ed equipment, give our children school book instead of copies of workbooks. Thats what kills me most- I ask wheres your book? im told we dont have a book we do worksheets daily. There has to be a better way
Rhonda October 03, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Hold your seat for this one - the Mitchem and Kinder family are raking in well over a half million dollars annually (combined). Where's the logic in that? My boss is a VP of a large department. He's making way less than some of the fat cat administrators at VVSD. Maybe I should change careers, go back to school and get a PHD in public school administration.
Rhonda October 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
...when you take a moment to think about it, we can't get mad at the administrators for taking the money. The joke is not on them, it's on the taxpayers who sit by and watch these people get paid well beyond what they are worth. As the famous phrase goes - "don't hate the player, hate the game. If you don't like what you see, change it."
Kimmy f October 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
VVSD has a budget of $275 Million for next year. Local Schoodl District 204 is at $280 Million, 202 and 203 are at $240 Million. Now 204 has 8 more Elementary Schools than VVSD, 3 more Middle Schools and 1 more High School. VVSD residents are getting hosed by all of these expensive unproductive administrators, for a pass grade that is one of the worst in the State.
ABW October 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I gots to gets me one of den PHD ins education. Then I bees the Playa.
Indy October 03, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I have been a teacher for almost 20 years and I do not make 65,000 a year. My contractual hours are 8:35 to 3:35 with a half hour for lunch. In my real world I am at work by 8:00 at the latest and most days am at school until 5:00. I then go home make dinner for my family and then begin to grade papers or complete all the other paperwork that is involved in teaching and make plans for the next day. I think I earn my salary as much as anyone else does and I am tired of hearing how easy teachers have it! Just so you know I spend most of my summer planning for the new school year and working a part time job in order to make ends meets since I do not make an administrators salary. Spring break and winter break are spent not on vacation enjoying my family but planning for when we return. I know I choose this profession and I would not change it for the world but it is disheartening to listen to the constant teacher bashing and then go into the classroom and still be enthusiastic about teaching.
Annie H. October 04, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Check out this link - I'm less concerned about the teachers' salaries and benefits because I truly believe the high majority of them deserve what they make, or more but, pay special attention to the administrator salaries and benefits and yes, all these new "curriculum coordinators," whatever they heck they are. http://www.boarddocs.com/il/d365u/Board.nsf/files/8YAP7862D44B/$file/FY12%20ISBE%20Salary%20and%20Benefits%2009.24.12.pdf
Patricia Kobialko October 04, 2012 at 11:00 AM
The salary info was provided by the school district. ALL of Illinois teachers' salaries are published online, As a matter of fact, the recent striking Lake Forest teacher salaries are even higher, ranging from 95,000 for 13.7 years of experience to 145,000 for NON-administrator positions. Even workers in fields that have a shortage have not been getting more than 2% raises a year, and in many cases that is eaten away by rising healthcare premiums, taxes, and inflation. We ALL need to be realistic about what we can fairly expect in this economic climate.
Clearwater October 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I was told by a prior Administrative employee that they all get free insurance too.
Clearwater October 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Is that the average salary for Illinois teachers? Wow, I've been teaching for almost 18 years, have a Master's degree that I am still paying for because I was frozen on the district pay scale and had no choice but to go back to school (as I am sure is the case for nurses as well. If you want a promotion or department change you further your education/training) and I am not making that much yet. Also, teacher's don't get free retirement. Payment to TRS (Teacher Retirement System- Aka State of Illinois) automatically comes out from each paycheck whether we like it or not. I would much rather decide where to invest my money for retirement rather than give it to Illinois. Who knows if it will be there when I am ready to retire. I have had to take out a separate 403b to cover myself in retirement which is even more money that is taken out of my paycheck each month. Indy is correct, only a handful of teachers arrive at the contract start time and/or leave at the end time. Add an hour before and 1-2 hours after those contractual hours and that's a typical teacher day.
VVSDdad November 20, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I love it... the amount of our tax $$$ going to this "brain trust" and the best we get from them is a lowering of the grading brackets to make it easier to get an A in class. and all in the name of "leveling the playing field" ... how about we level these salaries until we see some much needed improvement! I want a refund of my tax $$$!
VVSDdad November 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
A sampling of what 6-figure administrative salaries gets you.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M2fHQ9eULzk#!


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