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$66K Check for Superintendent on VVSD Board Agenda

The Valley View School District 365U will vote Monday whether to reimburse James Mitchem $65,658 for tuition for his doctorate degree.

The superintendent of could receive almost $66,000 in tuition reimbursement from the district if the school board approves an amendment to his contract Monday night. 

The $65,658 amount for James Mitchem is not a salary increase and “represents the reasonable value of tuition reimbursement for the doctoral degree on an after-tax basis,” according to school board documents.

Mitchem "shall be paid a bonus of $65,658 for the 2011‐2012 school year, payable on or before Aug. 1."

Mitchem submitted a request for the tuition reimbursement, which has been reviewed by the school board president. According to the district’s 2011 salary compensation report, Mitchem receives a base salary of $199,000.

The board will also hold a public hearing on -- Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (Feb. 12), Casimir Pulaski Day (first Monday in March) and Christopher Columbus Day (second Monday in October). Those wishing to give their input can attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Administrative Center at 755 Dalhart Drive in Romeoville.

On the consent agenda:

  • requests approval to enter into a contract with the Inter-State Studio & Publishing Company for student and classroom photography.
  • request approval of a $200 gift card from Office Depot. 
  • Oak View Elementary School requests a grant gift of $4,320 from the Oak View PTA for the “sole and express purpose of funding for technology.” Any unused portion of the grant will be returned to the PTA and a written report will be submitted to the PTA with full disclosure of expenses incurred at the end of the school year.
  • Approval of a varsity girls volleyball trip in August with a cost of $201.36 to the district. 
Marie Bolingbrook July 19, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Rhonda I still don't understand what part of my comment you think is "crazy"??
Jamie September 29, 2012 at 09:25 AM
So that $66K on top of his regular salary PLUS an $80 bonus, PLUS travel expenses. So much for not accepting a raise. Who needs a raise when they will pay you back all that reimbursement and bonuses. Ya know, I had to get my Bachelor degree 14 years ago so I could get a teaching job. Maybe I should ask them to pay me that money back. Oh - and Mitchem's wife is a principal (how is that even ethical that her husband is her direct supervisor) so they are just rollin in it. All this while the board wants to up our insurance, jack with our school times, and give us a 0.5% raise (which won't even cover the costs of the insurance increase) in their proposed contract. Sad sad sad. I hope people of the community are paying attention and get these board members OUT!
Jamie September 29, 2012 at 09:27 AM
And this is exactly what people need to be saying....calling the board, writing them, going to board meetings and voicing this opinion. Let the board know that they should represent the people of the community and they are FAILING!
Jamie September 29, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Come on, you know where that money is going. The Jim Mitchem Reimbursement Fund!
Jamie September 29, 2012 at 09:31 AM
If that were the case, I would say money well spent! Bye-bye Mitchem!

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