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D-47 OKs contract with leader

Superintendent also awarded same raise given to teachers, $3,000 bonus

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Superintendent Kathy Hinz.
Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Superintendent Kathy Hinz.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The superintendent of Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 will be staying for another three years.

The School District 47 Board approved, in a 6-0 vote, a three-year contract with Superintendent Kathy Hinz at its meeting Monday evening. Board member Donna Ricci was absent.

“The board is very pleased with Dr. Hinz’s leadership of the district, and we wanted to assure that she would continue as superintendent for an extended period of time,” board President Jeff Mason said in an email.

“Under Dr. Hinz’s leadership, the district has seen an increase in student test scores, as well as continued financial stability in very uncertain financial times in Illinois. The contract extension guarantees continuity into the foreseeable future, which is good for our students, our educators and our community.”

Hinz, who has been with the district since 1996, was officially hired as superintendent in January 2014 at a salary of $173,000 and will receive her first raise under this new contract, increasing her salary 2.4 percent to $177,150. The contract also allots her 25 vacation days, two personal days, 12 sick days, $250 a month for an automobile allowance and up to $150 a month in cellphone reimbursement.

The raise matches what teachers received for the coming school year under their current union contract, Mason wrote in his email.

The contract does not lay out any additional raises but leaves the option, as well as whether to award an annual performance bonus, up to the board, as the district has done with superintendents, Mason said, adding that any future raises would be decided after the board evaluates the superintendent’s performance for the previous year and votes publicly for transparency and accountability.

The board also awarded Hinz a $3,000 bonus, equal to 1.7 percent of her base salary, for the 2014-15 school year at its meeting Monday evening.

Mason pointed to increased student scores, fiscal responsibility and improved community relations and communications as the reasons behind the bonus.

The new contract also lays out a series of broad performance goals, including working to improve student achievement, aligning curriculum with state and federal standards and having students meet their improvement targets, mentoring and retaining leaders, increasing the engagement of the different departments and buildings in meeting the district’s goals, and operating the district is a fiscally responsible manner.

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