District 51 superintendent turns down raise

Salary increase inappropriate during lean budget times, Schultz says

Superintendent Steve Schultz.

School District 51 Board of Education members voted Tuesday to cut a pay raise out of Superintendent Steve Schultz’s contract, keeping his annual salary frozen for at least the next year.

Schultz asked board members to make the cut.

“I think that (raise) would be inappropriate given the current budget situation,” Schultz said, adding he wants to include his salary in any future pay cuts District 51 staff may experience.

Schultz’s contract calls for a 3.6 percent pay increase each year of his three-year contract. He was hired last summer for a starting salary of $150,000. His pay would have bumped to $155,400 without Tuesday’s contract amendment.

Tuesday’s school board agenda also included approval of a contract with Dell to provide 4,300 new computers to the district through a four-year lease. The district’s current four-year lease with Dell will expire next month.

School board members also adopted a list of student fees Tuesday night that included new fees at 15 schools. A few existing fees went up in price, increasing by as little as $2 or as much as $55. Other fees decreased $2.50 to $20 or disappeared. Melissa Callahan DeVita, district executive director of support services, said the fee schedule hasn’t changed much from last year and doesn’t charge any new fees in an attempt to cover budget shortfalls, a system some school districts in the state have adopted for next year.

“I think they’re pretty typical,” DeVita said of the fees.


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