School District 156’s Underpaid Teachers

Teachers strikes harm the community… and the children.  Yesterday I presented data on the salaries of the teachers and administrators of School District 156.  Today I am posting their salaries with benefits package online because it is not fair.

The school teachers of Illinois School District 156 have declared they are underpaid and that they need more money.  I have found their salaries and I am posting them all for you to review.  It has been an interesting 24 hours and needless to say, my website, emails, and facebook have been a bit spicy.  Please decide for yourself if these salaries look like they are being underpaid. I have created easy to read tables for you to click on and read. I am also including my excel spread sheet where I pulled the data from as well as pasting the entire spreadsheet at the bottom of this post. With that, here we go:

The Administrators

Here are the D156 Administrators, their salaries, there benefits, and sick days.

Here are the D156 Administrators, their salaries, there benefits, and sick days.
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I really do not have much to add about administration.  I am always critical of administration costs and I try to keep the cost down to around 10 percent.  However, you do need administration.  Just some quick calculations for you to think about.  There are 11 administration personnel listed who’s combined salary is $1,582,314.94.  The median average per administrator is $143,846.81.  As a percentage of salaries and benefits of administrators to teachers, administrator salaries and benefits are an amazing 10.71 percent.  Quite frankly you should be thanking the school board for such an amazingly low number.  This means more money is allocated to hiring teachers.

Teachers Under $50,000 in Total Compensation Per Year

Under 50k

Here are the D156 teachers who after salaries, benefits, make less than $50,000 per year. Sick days are listed. Click on the post to enlarge.

These are your 12 entry level teachers, 4 part time teachers, and Tom Eggert.  Are these reasonable starting salaries?  Are these reasonable salaries for part time employees?   I am curious if the nurse also teaches.  If she does I have no problem listing her as a “teacher”.  However, if she is a full time nurse shouldn’t she be listed under the administration?

Teachers Who Make Over $50,000 But Under $60,000 in Total Compensation Per Year

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Here are the D156 teachers who after salaries, benefits, make more than $50,000 but less than $70,000 per year. Sick days are listed. Click on the post to enlarge.

There are 22 teachers who make more than $50,000 but less than $60,000 a year.  Are these salaries reasonable or are they unfair?  Should they be on strike?

Teachers Who Make Over $60,000 But Under $70,000 in Total Compensation Per Year

Under 70k

Here are the D156 teachers who after salaries, benefits, make more than $60,000 but less than $70,000 per year. Sick days are listed. Click on the post to enlarge.

There are 20 teachers who make more than $60,000 but less than $70,000 a year.  Are these salaries reasonable or are they unfair?  Should they be on strike?

Teachers Who Make Over $70,000 But Under $140,000 in Total Compensation Per Year

Over 70k

Here are the D156 teachers who after salaries, benefits, make more than $70,000 but less than $140,000 per year. Sick days are listed. Click on the post to enlarge.

There are 107 teachers who make more than $70,000 but less than $140,000 a year in School District 156.  Are these salaries reasonable or are they unfair?  Should they be on strike?

All of this data is public knowledge and available to anyone who wants to go dig for it.  I am simply putting it together for the taxpayers so they can make a judgement about the strike and see if the teachers are getting a fair contract.  Remember folks, this isn’t about the teachers… but the children.

Below is an HTML table of every administrator and teacher listed on Administrator and Teacher Data.  I apologize for the small font but I had to conform to WordPress.

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HTML Table of All Administrators and Teachers in District 156

Name
Position
Base Salary
Vacation Days
Sick Days
Other Benefits (Healthcare)
TOTAL Compensation
MICHAEL ROBERTS
District Administrator
$162,054.00
25
18
$17,315.03
$179,369.03
DAVID LAWSON
District Administrator
$141,635.00
25
13
$17,275.34
$158,910.34
BARRY BURMEISTER
District Administrator
$122,558.35
25
13
$17,238.25
$139,796.60
VICTORIA PIEKARSKI
District Administrator
$181,968.00
25
18
$17,353.75
$199,321.75
CARL VALLIANATOS
District Administrator
$115,000.00
25
13
$17,223.56
$132,223.56
ERIC BLAKE
Other Administrator
$132,374.00
25
13
$17,257.34
$149,631.34
MARSHA POTTHOFF
Other Administrator
$136,345.22
25
13
$17,265.06
$153,610.28
AMBER BOWGREN
Other Administrator
$90,000.00
0
13
$17,174.96
$107,174.96
TERRY FITZGIBBONS
Other Administrator
$96,740.69
25
13
$17,188.06
$113,928.75
KYLE HOBSON
Other Administrator
$87,000.00
0
13
$669.13
$87,669.13
LYNN SCHNELKER
Other Administrator
$152,882.00
25
13
$7,797.20
$160,679.20
THOMAS EGGERT
Teacher
$8,901.19
0
13
$586.52
$9,487.71
KRISTI MILLER
Teacher
$15,241.88
0
13
$15,241.88
BRANDON DART
Teacher
$24,623.40
0
13
$24,623.40
MELISSA FARRIS
Teacher
$29,424.97
0
13
$29,424.97
SARAH WINKELMAN
Teacher
$41,515.06
0
13
$41,515.06
MICHELLE HOOKHAM
Teacher
$36,935.10
0
13
$7,359.01
$44,294.11
SAMANTHA HARDIE
Teacher
$38,707.98
0
13
$7,376.24
$46,084.22
DANIEL CARR
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
AMANDA FRANZ
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
KAITLIN HARDIE
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
COLLEEN KOBLER
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
CHRIS MADSON
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
DAVID MARTIN
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
JULIANNE McGRATH
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
18
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
ALEXANDRA THOMPSON
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
SARAH TIEMANN
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$7,398.90
$48,437.90
THOMAS GERACI
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$7,418.05
$50,426.92
LAUREN PENNY
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$7,418.05
$50,426.92
ANDREW STEGENGA
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$7,418.05
$50,426.92
LEAH VERCELLI
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$7,418.05
$50,426.92
KATELYN ZASADA
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$7,418.05
$50,426.92
DAVID BRACHMANN
Teacher
$44,937.71
0
13
$7,436.79
$52,374.50
DENNIS HUTCHINSON
Teacher
$44,937.71
0
13
$7,436.79
$52,374.50
ROBERT RIDLEY
Teacher
$44,937.71
0
13
$7,436.79
$52,374.50
NATALIE SCHAWEL
Teacher
$44,937.71
0
13
$7,436.79
$52,374.50
ANNA SNYDER
Teacher
$44,937.71
0
13
$7,436.79
$52,374.50
ALYX KORN
Teacher
$45,348.10
0
13
$7,440.78
$52,788.88
JENNIFER EISERMAN
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$1,039.31
$56,524.04
STEFANIE LUKAS
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$1,039.31
$56,524.04
SCOTT MORRIS
Teacher
$41,039.00
0
13
$15,898.90
$56,937.90
ERIN SHAFER
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$14,418.05
$57,426.92
KATIE DRAFFKORN
Teacher
$51,216.67
0
13
$7,497.83
$58,714.50
NATALIE SIMEK
Teacher
$51,216.67
0
13
$7,497.83
$58,714.50
CARA VANDERMYDE
Teacher
$51,216.67
0
13
$7,497.83
$58,714.50
DONNA VESELY
Teacher
$51,216.67
0
13
$7,497.83
$58,714.50
DREW COOPER
Teacher
$57,659.80
0
13
$1,060.45
$58,720.25
MATTHEW CONNOR
Teacher
$43,008.87
0
13
$15,918.05
$58,926.92
JOHN LUNKENHEIMER
Teacher
$46,907.58
0
13
$12,955.94
$59,863.52
ANNETTE FOLDEN
Teacher
$44,387.78
0
13
$15,931.45
$60,319.23
SEAN STERNER
Teacher
$53,145.51
0
13
$7,516.57
$60,662.08
JOHN DiFRANCESCA
Teacher
$53,350.70
0
13
$7,518.57
$60,869.27
JESSICA SCHUETT
Teacher
$45,158.63
0
13
$15,938.94
$61,097.57
JULIA PONTARELLI
Teacher
$49,246.80
0
13
$12,978.68
$62,225.48
ASHLEY DIEDRICH
Teacher
$55,320.57
0
13
$7,537.72
$62,858.29
NICHOLAS CUSTODIO
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$7,539.31
$63,024.04
SHAINA POCZTOWSKI
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$7,539.31
$63,024.04
PATRICE FREDERICK
Teacher
$47,276.93
0
13
$15,959.53
$63,236.46
KIMBERLY SINDELAR
Teacher
$56,100.31
0
13
$7,545.30
$63,645.61
KYLE OWENS
Teacher
$51,011.48
0
13
$12,995.83
$64,007.31
ROBERT NIEMIC
Teacher
$57,659.80
0
13
$7,560.45
$65,220.25
BRIAN TRAUX
Teacher
$57,659.80
0
13
$7,560.45
$65,220.25
ANDREW HILLIER
Teacher
$57,864.99
0
13
$7,562.45
$65,427.44
LEXI DISSELHORST
Teacher
$51,216.67
0
13
$14,497.83
$65,714.50
BRITTANY PROBST
Teacher
$51,011.48
0
13
$15,995.83
$67,007.31
JESSICA METROPULOS
Teacher
$59,793.82
0
13
$7,581.20
$67,375.02
MELANIE KADLEC
Teacher
$59,999.02
0
13
$7,583.19
$67,582.21
MAURA BURKE
Teacher
$60,368.37
0
13
$7,586.78
$67,955.15
KELLEEN SANTOIANNI
Teacher
$53,350.70
0
13
$16,018.57
$69,369.27
RYAN ELLISON
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$14,539.31
$70,024.04
JACOB GUARDALABENE
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$14,539.31
$70,024.04
THEODORA DAVIS
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$16,039.31
$71,524.04
KELEIGH FOREMAN
Teacher
$55,484.73
0
13
$16,039.31
$71,524.04
MARGARET CARHART
Teacher
$55,517.56
0
13
$16,039.63
$71,557.19
BRIAN WILBOIS
Teacher
$55,689.92
0
13
$16,041.31
$71,731.23
JR BOCIAN
Teacher
$64,677.47
0
13
$7,628.67
$72,306.14
BETH CZUBIK
Teacher
$64,677.47
0
13
$7,628.67
$72,306.14
DANE ERBACH
Teacher
$57,659.80
0
13
$16,060.45
$73,720.25
MARLO KERR
Teacher
$57,659.80
0
13
$16,060.45
$73,720.25
ANDREW LUKAS
Teacher
$57,659.80
0
13
$16,060.45
$73,720.25
GINA ADAMS
Teacher
$66,647.34
0
13
$7,647.81
$74,295.15
SHANNON MAHLEBASHIA
Teacher
$66,647.34
0
13
$7,647.81
$74,295.15
AUBREY FRANCIS
Teacher
$66,852.53
0
13
$7,649.81
$74,502.34
THERESA ANCONA
Teacher
$61,968.89
0
13
$13,102.34
$75,071.23
JEFFERY BRUNSTRUM
Teacher
$61,968.89
0
13
$13,102.34
$75,071.23
EVAN KOZLOWSKI
Teacher
$59,793.82
0
13
$16,081.20
$75,875.02
MICHAEL MILLER
Teacher
$59,793.82
0
13
$16,081.20
$75,875.02
STEVEN LEVON
Teacher
$59,999.02
0
13
$16,083.19
$76,082.21
MEGHAN STECK
Teacher
$59,999.02
0
13
$16,083.19
$76,082.21
SANDRA DWIRE
Teacher
$62,133.05
0
13
$14,603.93
$76,736.98
MEGAN BENNETT
Teacher
$61,968.89
0
13
$16,102.34
$78,071.23
MATTHEW DECKER
Teacher
$61,968.89
0
13
$16,102.34
$78,071.23
PETER KIM
Teacher
$61,968.89
0
13
$16,102.34
$78,071.23
MICHAEL KENNEDY
Teacher
$62,133.05
0
13
$16,103.93
$78,236.98
ALLISON STANLEY
Teacher
$62,543.44
0
13
$16,107.92
$78,651.36
ADAM MALENIUS
Teacher
$71,325.78
0
13
$7,693.29
$79,019.07
JASON MYHRE
Teacher
$71,530.98
0
13
$7,695.28
$79,226.26
PATRICK BOGIE
Teacher
$71,900.00
0
18
$7,698.87
$79,598.87
MAGDALENA BALGEMAN
Teacher
$66,647.34
0
13
$13,147.81
$79,795.15
KYLE FUNKHOUSER
Teacher
$66,647.34
0
13
$13,147.81
$79,795.15
GINA NOMIKOUDIS
Teacher
$64,308.11
0
13
$16,125.07
$80,433.18
RICK SCHAEFER
Teacher
$64,308.11
0
13
$16,125.07
$80,433.18
SHEILA SLIFFY
Teacher
$66,647.34
0
13
$14,647.81
$81,295.15
LAURA DZIUBINSKI
Teacher
$73,870.20
0
13
$7,718.02
$81,588.22
SARAH HALVORSON
Teacher
$66,647.34
0
13
$16,147.81
$82,795.15
JAMES NELSON
Teacher
$66,852.53
0
13
$16,149.81
$83,002.34
CURTIS MENKE
Teacher
$69,191.76
0
13
$14,672.54
$83,864.30
EMMA THEEL
Teacher
$76,209.42
0
13
$7,740.76
$83,950.18
CHERYL MYERS
Teacher
$83,637.48
0
13
$1,312.96
$84,950.44
DEREK GALVICIUS
Teacher
$68,986.56
0
13
$16,170.55
$85,157.11
MATTHEW ADAM
Teacher
$69,191.76
0
13
$16,172.54
$85,364.30
JENNIFER BEATTIE
Teacher
$69,191.76
0
13
$16,172.54
$85,364.30
TIFFANY RYAN
Teacher
$69,191.76
0
13
$16,172.54
$85,364.30
BECKY COVALT
Teacher
$78,548.65
0
13
$7,763.49
$86,312.14
MARTHA McCONNELL
Teacher
$73,870.20
0
13
$13,218.02
$87,088.22
ANGELA CRISTO
Teacher
$71,325.78
0
13
$16,193.29
$87,519.07
RUSSELL MICKLINGHOFF
Teacher
$71,325.78
0
13
$16,193.29
$87,519.07
HOWARD PERLOW
Teacher
$71,325.78
0
13
$16,193.29
$87,519.07
LISA RANDS
Teacher
$71,325.78
0
13
$16,193.29
$87,519.07
RAFAEL TORANZO
Teacher
$71,325.78
0
13
$16,193.29
$87,519.07
STACY ROCKWEILER
Teacher
$86,181.90
0
13
$1,337.69
$87,519.59
JOHN BEERBOWER
Teacher
$71,530.98
0
13
$16,195.28
$87,726.26
GAIL GEBERT
Teacher
$71,530.98
0
13
$16,195.28
$87,726.26
ANGELA WELCH
Teacher
$71,530.98
0
13
$16,195.28
$87,726.26
BRYAN WRIGHT
Teacher
$82,114.02
0
13
$7,798.15
$89,912.17
ANTHONY CARUSO
Teacher
$73,870.20
0
13
$16,218.02
$90,088.22
KIMBERLY FAITH
Teacher
$78,548.65
0
13
$13,263.49
$91,812.14
VERONICA EGGERT
Teacher
$76,209.42
0
13
$16,240.76
$92,450.18
GREGORY EISERMAN
Teacher
$76,209.42
0
13
$16,240.76
$92,450.18
SHAE GIBOUR
Teacher
$76,209.42
0
13
$16,240.76
$92,450.18
BRIAN ROCKWEILER
Teacher
$76,414.62
0
13
$16,242.75
$92,657.37
JEFF ALHEIT
Teacher
$78,548.65
0
13
$16,263.49
$94,812.14
PAUL DYER
Teacher
$78,753.84
0
13
$16,265.49
$95,019.33
KELLY SHAVER
Teacher
$78,753.84
0
13
$16,265.49
$95,019.33
TIMOTHY PADDOCK
Teacher
$88,547.70
0
13
$7,860.68
$96,408.38
BARBARA DRUFKE
Teacher
$81,093.07
0
13
$16,288.22
$97,381.29
ROBERT JOHNSON
Teacher
$81,093.07
0
13
$16,288.22
$97,381.29
HEIDIE DUNN
Teacher
$81,298.26
0
13
$16,290.22
$97,588.48
JOSEPH KALISEK
Teacher
$81,298.26
0
13
$16,290.22
$97,588.48
MARLA CURRIE
Teacher
$96,359.57
0
13
$1,436.62
$97,796.19
CAROLYN POLLOCK
Teacher
$83,850.70
0
13
$14,815.03
$98,665.73
JACLYN HUBER
Teacher
$91,270.74
0
13
$7,887.15
$99,157.89
JANET McCOLLOUGH
Teacher
$91,424.84
0
13
$7,888.65
$99,313.49
DALE GROSS
Teacher
$86,181.90
0
13
$13,337.69
$99,519.59
LISA CURRY
Teacher
$83,637.48
0
13
$16,312.96
$99,950.44
TRICIA MYNES
Teacher
$83,637.48
0
13
$16,312.96
$99,950.44
KRISTIAN HOKINSON
Teacher
$83,842.68
0
13
$16,314.95
$100,157.63
PATRICIA STOFFEL
Teacher
$93,883.89
0
13
$7,912.55
$101,796.44
MICHAEL MEYER
Teacher
$88,726.32
0
13
$13,362.42
$102,088.74
RYAN MAUCK
Teacher
$88,726.32
0
13
$16,362.42
$105,088.74
PAMELA MCCARROL BERME
Teacher
$98,537.02
0
13
$7,997.78
$106,534.80
KARYN BURMEISTER
Teacher
$98,769.00
0
13
$7,960.03
$106,729.03
TIMOTHY BEAGLE
Teacher
$91,270.74
0
13
$16,387.15
$107,657.89
VICTORIA ROGERS
Teacher
$91,270.74
0
13
$16,387.15
$107,657.89
GARY MYERS
Teacher
$93,815.16
0
13
$16,411.88
$110,227.04
DOUGLAS PRIMUS
Teacher
$93,815.16
0
13
$16,411.88
$110,227.04
DEBORAH FENTON
Teacher
$96,359.57
0
13
$14,936.62
$111,296.19
SUE SEILER
Teacher
$96,359.57
0
13
$16,436.62
$112,796.19
NANCY ELLMAN
Teacher
$98,769.00
0
13
$16,460.03
$115,229.03
ROBERT GADDY
Teacher
$99,077.92
0
13
$16,463.04
$115,540.96
JOAN RICHTER
Teacher
$101,956.69
0
13
$14,991.02
$116,947.71
PAUL WILM
Teacher
$109,463.60
0
13
$8,063.99
$117,527.59
MICHELLE ZIMMERMAN
Teacher
$110,609.94
0
13
$8,075.13
$118,685.07
RAYMOND CURRIE
Teacher
$104,722.04
0
13
$16,517.90
$121,239.94
SHEREE CHROMY
Teacher
$110,550.83
0
18
$15,074.55
$125,625.38
MICHAEL HURCKES
Teacher
$112,662.38
0
13
$13,595.08
$126,257.46
KATHERINE FREIBERGER
Teacher
$110,515.80
0
13
$16,574.21
$127,090.01
LISA DEARDORFF
Teacher
$113,300.99
0
18
$15,101.29
$128,402.28
DAVID D’ANGELO
Teacher
$112,662.38
0
13
$16,595.08
$129,257.46
DAVID GARRETT
Teacher
$114,180.16
0
18
$15,109.83
$129,289.99
JAMES POPOVICH
Teacher
$113,081.63
0
13
$16,599.15
$129,680.78
PAULA COOPER
Teacher
$122,327.35
0
18
$8,189.02
$130,516.37
KURT PEARSON
Teacher
$126,215.54
0
18
$8,226.82
$134,442.36
BRUCE MONTRESSOR
Teacher
$118,301.62
0
18
$16,649.89
$134,951.51
MICHAEL QUINNETT
Teacher
$120,114.80
0
13
$15,167.52
$135,282.32
JAMES ANDERSON
Teacher
$129,355.54
0
18
$8,257.34
$137,612.88

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  • mgraze

    Of course this is for working the equivalent of about 8 month out of the year for the teachers.

  • raptureready

    They call that underpaid!?! I am a 20year disabled military veteran (USN – 11yrs, USCG – 9yrs). My pension is barely $19,000.00 a year. When I was on active duty, I never made more than $22k as an E-6, and they are crying that they are underpaid!!!

    They always told us, if you don’t like your pay or your working conditions, don’t re-up. I say, get rid of the unions, they have done nothing more than teach people that if you don’t like your pay or your working conditions, then have a hissy-fit then go hold the employer (and in this case, our children and the families) hostage until you get your way.

    If you people had any morals, if you didn’t like your pay or the conditions where you work, then go somewhere else. No one is holding anything to your head forcing you to work here. If enough teachers (employees) walk, then maybe the board (employer) will get the picture. Frankly, some of these people make an insane salary. They should be grateful that they have a job. Especially in a working environment where we have more than 20%+ people are actually out of work.

    • Tony Dioguardi

      Well said sir, well said. And BTW Thank You for your hard work and service. And good advice. If you don’t like the conditions……leave.

  • Chitownchica

    100K to teach Drivers Ed?!

    • luc

      Keeps your insurance costs down and everyone else in the community so in McHenry multiply the number of people with car insurance by the money they save by living in an area where people have had Drivers Ed and I am guessing it is over the 100,000. And you save money cuz there are less accidents. Lets think it through people.

      • Jamie

        $100K/year to teach people to drive is RIDICULOUS. Period.

        • Poco424

          Jamie, You will never convince Luc of the righteousness of what you just said. He is a liberal, teachers are liberals and they all stick together.
          Being a liberal Luc will probably vote for Hillary in spite of her criminality, He most likely overlooks Bill Clinton’s rapes and will use rhetoric as a way of denying them while claiming to be against a war on women. He is against the death penalty but for taking the life of the most innocent of the innocent for the convenience of the mother.
          Luc’s goal in life is to feel good about himself, above all else. He wants to think that he is a good person even though he probably looks down on blacks to the point that he thinks they need his help getting into college. He probably thinks that blacks need welfare, EBT, Obama phones, etc in order to live because whites, especially conservative whites, are keeping them down. He is glad to use your money to make sure they eat and are housed in those ghettos.
          He’s just your common liberal.

          • Jamie

            Poco424, I would NEVER make such sweepingly broad, racist comments about anyone. Your statements strike me as just a bit radical, not to mention mean spirited. That being said, $91K/year for teaching Drivers Ed is still nuts, regardless.

          • Poco424

            You, then, are part of the problem, Jamie. Why are you squawking about the injustice if you don’t have the backbone to stand on your hind legs and defend your position? I step in and point out the vacuousness of Luc’s position to you and and warn you that your feeble retort will have no effect on a dyed in the wool lefty and you attack me.
            Your response to me reminds me of some of these liberals who want nothing more than to feel good about themselves no matter who else gets hurt. The money that is wasted on these salaries is coming out of your pocket and for you to just absolve yourself from the combat proves only that you possess those ‘qualities’ of a coward. You, my dear, are the kind of person who squawks the loudest when someone breaks into your house but decries the punishment meted out to the ‘poor’ kid that did the deed. You deserve no respect from those around you who fight this kind of overbearing lunacy in your stead.
            I am through standing back and letting myself be steamrolled by these wastrels. I will not let small minded people like him get away with his diatribe trying to defend the indefensible and deeming me as the bad guy for trying to protect what I have worked for.
            If you are so gutless that you cannot turn their tactics around on them you are just as responsible as Luc here for the fact that we now have homosexuals leading boy scout troops, babies dying before they get the chance to take a breath of freedom and criminals like Hillary, Obama, Boehner, McConnell and others in the positions they occupy.

          • Jamie

            Lighten up! You don’t even know me. And I didn’t attack you. It must be exhausting to be so angry.

          • Poco424

            Jamie, you might want to go back and re-read your text. I will quote you, “Your statements strike me as just a bit radical, not to mention mean spirited”. One of us does not know the definition of the word ‘attack’.

          • Michelle Walter

            Have you met Luc? How do you know he is a liberal?

    • Michelle Walter

      Are you certified to teach Driver’s Education?

  • Poco424

    If these teachers did only their job and refrained from the social bull they would still be over paid for 8 or 9 months work. But the fact that they involve themselves in making sure your children are properly steeped in liberal ideology makes me believe they are even more overly compensated. In fact, if they are going to indoctrinate our children they should probably pay the parents for the privilege. To put it succinctly and to the point: me thinks the taxpayer is getting hosed.

    • luc

      Any evidence of this…..other than say Fox News?? Would be glad to read it.Statements without evidence are just opinions and are taken as such

      • Poco424

        Take it any way you want, Luc.
        My son and his wife are both teachers. I know a multitude of teachers throughout our state as well as a large number of professors at the colleges in three states. I am speaking from personal experience as well as what is printed regarding teachers unions in the state of Wisconsin and elsewhere and the common core curricula.
        Example: the teachers unions that were protesting against the governor (he beat them twice and finally made membership in the union voluntary instead of mandatory after which they lost most of their membership) in Wisconsin when they were supposed to be at work.
        To get to the point, though, you aren’t really interested in facts and every site and article I showed you you would try your best to rebut with some nonsense. Just like every liberal, truth isn’t your game. Rhetoric and lying is. Your juvenile need to feel good about yourself is. Consequently, there is nothing I can say to convince you that these people are under worked and over paid. You have your small mind made up.

    • Mike P

      Please stop with the 8-9 months of work argument. Any teacher worth their mettle works all year. Work is far more than what happens in the classroom.

      • Michelle Walter

        Agreed! I am not even a teacher and I know that.
        Kudos to Mike P 🙂

      • Tony Dioguardi

        You’re so full of (censored) Mike it makes me sick. I’ve known (socialized with) enough teachers in my life to realize EVEN THE GOOD ones can not claim they work 12 months out of the year. So stop already.

        • Mike P

          Well then you need better teachers, not to mention better support for your argument than a few of your buddies.

    • Michelle Walter

      Poco424,

      Do you have children?
      Do you pay property taxes?
      Do you live in the McHenry D156 boundaries?
      Do you have a college degree? If so, are you still paying off debt for said college degree?
      Are you able to teach at the High School level per the state of Illinois requirements?

      Have you met any of these talented individuals that are listed above?

      Just curious.

      • Poco424

        Yes.
        Yes.
        No.
        Yes, no
        Yes.

  • Michelle

    Teacher’s salaries are out of line. They need to quit complaining about how underpaid they are and come back to reality. As a taxpayer, I find this completely irresponsible to approve any more funding for teachers. Clearly their benefits and salary are far above any other 10 month employee. Seriously, 18 sick days? I get none! Guess what? I pay my own insurance, like a grown up. If you are not happy with what appears to be a very VERY nice benefits package and salary, move on. Get some teachers here that want to work.

    • Michelle Walter

      Do you have children Michelle?
      Do you pay property taxes?
      Do you live in the McHenry D156 boundries?
      Do you have a college degree? If so, are you still paying off debt for said college degree?

      Just curious.

      • Tony Dioguardi

        Michelle Walter, Yeah I have children in the school system. Hell yeah I pay property taxes (lots of them) Yes I live in McHenry County. I have several college degrees and they were paid off years ago. And no I never had a job where my employer paid for my healthcare. I never received 18 sick days per 9 months worth of work. I never had a DEFINED BENEFIT pension program where I was GUARANTEED a certain percentage of my final salary for the REST OF MY LIFE. My first employer (GE) phased out employer funded pensions 28 years ago. My pension is EXACTLY the amount I PERSONALLY contributed to it. ANd guess what, when that money runs out, that’s it. That’s how archaic your pension system is. As too 100+ educators making over 70k a yr, tell them to go find a comparable job elsewhere and they’ll break their legs running back to the school district. And sure sign me up as a teacher any day, seriously. I can quit my job running a pizza place working 60+ hours a week, including Sat, Sundays and Holidays. I do however get Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas day off. So I only work 362 days a year for the paltry sum of about 50k/year. Which is about 40k if I only worked nine months out of the year. Oh yeah my healthcare is 350/month, totally paid for by me, And my retirement benefits are exactly what I’m able to scratch together, and not a penny more. No continued healthcare, no cost of living increases etc etc. So yeah, I’m crying crocodile tears for these POOR TEACHERS. Stop your whining and get the hell back to work. They should all be let go and replaced with people who comprehend what a great deal they’re getting.

  • Joe Tirio

    Thanks for lining this up, Andy!

    Maybe we can all do a canned food drive to help those POOR teachers out.

    • luc

      You should be doing something to help the schools in your community. I am not sure how you would turn canned goods into cash ….bake sale might be better. DonorsChoose.Org is a great site to help out teachers by specific project and area. You just might feel better

      • Poco424

        “You just might feel better”.
        Now that’s really the most important thing, isn’t it, Luc? In fact, that is the main objective, feeling good about yourself. Feeling that you are a good person. That is the liberal’s main motivation.
        I have a two year old grand daughter that feels pretty much as you do, Luc.

  • luc

    Why dont you start saving the taxpayers money by reducing the number of County Board members to one per District. I mean seriously what is your salary for a part time job for which you can attend or not attend?. I challenge you to look into the statistics that prove that salaries to teachers are an economic investment in the community and not unlike professional sport, salaries attract the best. And comparative salaries within areas certainly leave non-competitive schools affecting not only property values but crime rates and the attitudes of businesses thinking about locating their business.

    http://www.elc-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/BestInvestment_Full_Report_6.27.11.pdf

    http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/documented_briefings/2008/RAND_DB562.pdf

    http://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/the-right-school-district-how-much-do-schools-affect-real-estate-prices/
    Of course MR. Gasser you could volunteer your time???????

    • Poco424

      You might want to check the statistics as to where the US stands as compared to the rest of the world as far as educational standards and achievement is concerned, Luc. Seems we are falling further and further behind as these teachers are getting paid more and more for the job they are supposed to do. Considering that increasingly swift slide toward ignorance your statement that we should consider these salaries as an economic investment is just bull by someone who is blowing steam.
      Even the liberal bible, Huff Post, recognizes that going to teacher’s college is the easiest way to make a buck. They claim, in fact, that graduating cum laud is pretty damned easy for anyone with an average IQ. Time magazine decries the fact that it is almost impossible to fire a teacher for any type of misdeed let alone incompetence. The fact that Michelle Rhee was made head of the DC school district only to be sent on her way for trying to hold teachers to standards of conduct and excellence is also quite telling about how teachers pull together to protect themselves from criticism in the face of their mutual failure. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/teacher-preparation-nctq_n_6142634.html)

      You haven’t convinced me that you are a tax payer, Luc. If you are your income must arrive as easily and in as large amounts as the layabouts that are the majority of this profession. Most of the rest of us have to work hard for what we get and we sure don’t like seeing those tax dollars that could go to feed, house and cloth our families frittered away on a bunch of damned pampered prima donnas who always complain about getting a raw deal when they are asked to do any real work and be responsible for their product.

    • Michelle Walter

      KUDOS 🙂

  • Michelle Walter

    Andrew,
    Where do your children attend school in McHenry County? Please post those teachers/administration’s salaries.

  • Michelle Walter

    Also, as I shared on FB, you did not list the certifications/degrees/extra-curricular programs that these teachers/admins have been dedicating their own time & money to year after year. Have you met Michael Roberts? He should be listed as Dr. Roberts. He earned his PhD. Please give credit where credit is due.

    Thank you!

    • Tony Dioguardi

      I don;t care if he has 5 Doctorates. The question should be “Do his students benefit from his advanced degrees?” If not then they’re there probably because the school district paid for them. (Please admit these teachers receive some monetary compensation while pursuing any additional education) Which leads to another interesting point. Where do the teachers find the time to get these degrees? That’s right, after all the Holidays, Christmas Break, Spring Break, Vacation Days, Summer Breaks the teachers MAYBE work nine months out of the year. So you need to take ALL THOSE SALARIES and add another 25% TO THEM to get the REAL AMOUNT they’re making annually. It’s absolutely disgusting. Over 100 teachers making over 70k (87.5 k annualized). Fire them all and replace them.

      • Brad Hume

        It’s disgusting that a teacher makes over 70k? Disgusting? It’s disgusting that CEO’s make millions, that we have billionaires, it’s disgusting that we have a world wide race to the first trillionaire. It’s sad that we’ve grown in a world with so much inflation, with the cost of living rising as it has… that we think 70k is the breaking point of educators, damn them! Those at the bottom of society, need to stop fighting each other. We need to look at the history of our country, just 30- 60 years back, at how much it used to cost to buy things like a car, or a house, vs the average pay. To see just how screwed we are today, to see how much less we get for our buck today. That should be criminal.

  • John Berg

    To say the administration is a good value at an average of 143k, yet their work load is no where near the same as a teachers. Seems that the contracts were signed by both sides and one side fails to get revenues in, and no pound on one side only.