Antioch superintendent to resign in June

Dec 11, 2013 Full story: Daily Herald 41

Antioch Elementary School District 34 Superintendent Gregory Buchanan will resign effective June 30, 2014, district officials said in a news release on Wednesday night.

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No Surprise

Waukegan, IL

#1 Dec 12, 2013
I saw that his salary is $189,000 annually, I think they are waaaay overpaid and need to re-think these administrative salaries which is mostly the reason for our high overpriced property taxes with decreasing property values. The greed has to stop somewhere and it needs to be started from the top down on chopping down salaries. With what people pay in property taxes we shouldn't have to pay school fees on top of it. It's gotten way out of hand now, it's ridiculous.
Too Funny

Villa Park, IL

#2 Dec 12, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
I saw that his salary is $189,000 annually, I think they are waaaay overpaid and need to re-think these administrative salaries which is mostly the reason for our high overpriced property taxes with decreasing property values. The greed has to stop somewhere and it needs to be started from the top down on chopping down salaries. With what people pay in property taxes we shouldn't have to pay school fees on top of it. It's gotten way out of hand now, it's ridiculous.
We have nobody to blame but ourselfs. We ( voters ) are the reason these money suckers are where they are.
No Surprise

Waukegan, IL

#3 Dec 12, 2013
Too Funny wrote:
<quoted text>We have nobody to blame but ourselfs. We ( voters ) are the reason these money suckers are where they are.
You are so right and you'd think the people would finally wake up to this fact after all this bs and change their ways and vote these idiots out of office and vote people in that are in touch with the "real" world unless of course the people have no problem with paying higher taxes and throwing it basically in the trash. The money needs to go where it is needed and not in some politician's pocket or campaign fund or in the case of the schools not in these higher up overpaid administrative annual salaries.

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#4 Dec 13, 2013
Interesting - I was going to say "you get what you pay for", but then looked into superintendent salaries using a Deerfield IL zip code (thinking of an area with top quality schools) and the median annual is $150,900. His published salary puts him in about the 80th percentile of salary in a very affluent suburb. Yeah, that definitely needs to be re-thought.
Clueless

Houston, TX

#5 Jan 3, 2014
Antioch is very affluent suburb? You need to get out more!!! Ever wonder why Antioch goes thru Supt like water? 189 is actually low. Do some research you idiots!
Truth Seeker

Waukegan, IL

#6 Jan 4, 2014
Clueless wrote:
Antioch is very affluent suburb? You need to get out more!!! Ever wonder why Antioch goes thru Supt like water? 189 is actually low. Do some research you idiots!
I have done the research and by my book they are ALL way overpaid - idiot!!!

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#7 Jan 6, 2014
Clueless wrote:
Antioch is very affluent suburb? You need to get out more!!! Ever wonder why Antioch goes thru Supt like water? 189 is actually low. Do some research you idiots!
Perhaps you need to slow down a bit, and sound out the words when you read. I reviewed published superintendent salaries for Deerfield, IL, which is an affluent suburb and has some one of the highest rated public schools in the country. Median salary for a superintendent in Deerfield is $150K. Therefore, a salary of $189k in a town such as Antioch (which has some wealthy folks but on the whole, the average property value is significantly lower) appears to be rather high by comparison.

Does that help? Or do you need me to use smaller words? Everyone else understood, perhaps you should reconsider the party that should be considered an idiot.
Dad gone mad

Lake Villa, IL

#8 Apr 16, 2014
Those numbers are incorrect. There are two public districts in Deerfield- D109 and D113 (elementary and HS, respectively). The Superintendent for D109 is Renee Goier- her BASE salary for the 2012 school year was $224K. The Super for D113 is George Fornero, and his BASE salary for the 2012 school year was $277K. This is public information- look it up.

As for the Antioch Super's salary- this district is a big mess, and hopefully we can get someone in here that will make things better for our children. The salaries are not why your taxes are high- you're each paying (AT MOST)$20 of your taxes annually to cover the supt salary, assuming 10K residences in Antioch and our part of Lindenhurst/Lake Villa. If you want to skimp on the pay for the Super NOBODY will come here. Our kids deserve a strong leader. Not that I'd say this guy has been that, but hopefully the next one will be. If we do not pay a competitive rate NOBODY will come. Sorry about all the caps but it drives me nuts when people spout off about BS with no facts to back up their rant, at the expense of our children.

The reason that your taxes are so high is because WE HAVE NO COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT. If you want your taxes to go down and have the good schools that attracts good solid families instead of gang bangers and deadbeats, you need to have a commercial tax base. If you want to be mad and make a change that will turn all this around, vote out the local government cronies that think this is 1972 and don't want anything build within a 20 mile radius. Right now residents are carrying the entire burden of the cost of the schools. Plus how, about getting a couple of decent places to shop so I don't have to drive to Gurnee and Pleasant Prairie every time I want to buy some new pants or a steak.
Antiocher

Round Lake, IL

#9 Apr 16, 2014
Dad gone mad wrote:
Those numbers are incorrect. There are two public districts in Deerfield- D109 and D113 (elementary and HS, respectively). The Superintendent for D109 is Renee Goier- her BASE salary for the 2012 school year was $224K. The Super for D113 is George Fornero, and his BASE salary for the 2012 school year was $277K. This is public information- look it up.
As for the Antioch Super's salary- this district is a big mess, and hopefully we can get someone in here that will make things better for our children. The salaries are not why your taxes are high- you're each paying (AT MOST)$20 of your taxes annually to cover the supt salary, assuming 10K residences in Antioch and our part of Lindenhurst/Lake Villa. If you want to skimp on the pay for the Super NOBODY will come here. Our kids deserve a strong leader. Not that I'd say this guy has been that, but hopefully the next one will be. If we do not pay a competitive rate NOBODY will come. Sorry about all the caps but it drives me nuts when people spout off about BS with no facts to back up their rant, at the expense of our children.
The reason that your taxes are so high is because WE HAVE NO COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT. If you want your taxes to go down and have the good schools that attracts good solid families instead of gang bangers and deadbeats, you need to have a commercial tax base. If you want to be mad and make a change that will turn all this around, vote out the local government cronies that think this is 1972 and don't want anything build within a 20 mile radius. Right now residents are carrying the entire burden of the cost of the schools. Plus how, about getting a couple of decent places to shop so I don't have to drive to Gurnee and Pleasant Prairie every time I want to buy some new pants or a steak.
I have NO problem whatsoever getting my steaks and pants IN Antioch. Maybe if you actually walked thru the shopping area you would find what you are looking for. Gurnee and Pleasant Prairie can keep their shopping malls, that's the last thing we need more of. I don't want them here.

Sorry you have such a low opinion of this town. Maybe you should look in a mirror, you sound like you have the problem.
Dad gone mad

Lake Villa, IL

#10 Apr 17, 2014
I do as much business in town as I can. There just isn't much there. I'm a runner, and if I want to get fitted for shoes I have to drive Libertyville's or Deerfield's downtown. The point is, this area has not kept pace- it is stagnant. Our leaders need to recognize that. There is plenty of area for commercial development that would enhance, not interfere with, the downtown. The school district's boundaries go all the way down to Hunt Club. Our school district is spending one of the lowest $$ amounts per child in the state. Our children deserve better, and our residents should not have to pay the high tax bills that we have while our kids get a sub par education. Commercial development would go a long way toward fixing that problem. It's simple math- commercial development increases the money flowing into the schools, easing the burden on the residents. Paying school administrators a low rate and getting the low quality that comes along with that is not the answer.

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#11 Apr 17, 2014
Dad gone mad wrote:
I do as much business in town as I can. There just isn't much there. I'm a runner, and if I want to get fitted for shoes I have to drive Libertyville's or Deerfield's downtown. The point is, this area has not kept pace- it is stagnant. Our leaders need to recognize that. There is plenty of area for commercial development that would enhance, not interfere with, the downtown. The school district's boundaries go all the way down to Hunt Club. Our school district is spending one of the lowest $$ amounts per child in the state. Our children deserve better, and our residents should not have to pay the high tax bills that we have while our kids get a sub par education. Commercial development would go a long way toward fixing that problem. It's simple math- commercial development increases the money flowing into the schools, easing the burden on the residents. Paying school administrators a low rate and getting the low quality that comes along with that is not the answer.
Antioch tried to attract additional retail, with interest from Target, Kohls, etc. All pulled out, partially due to local politics, but also due to both the economy and the inability of a population our of size being able to support the stores as needed to be profitable.

The industrial park on Route 173 was built and has been vacant for many years, as businesses/employers continue to flee the state given Illinois anti-business environment.

You have good ideas. How do you propose that we attract business? Besides dumping the local government, which at the moment, is doing a good job of balancing the budget.
Curious

Round Lake, IL

#12 Apr 17, 2014
Maybe someone could explain this....
I was picking up one of my kids from AUGS today (big mistake btw), and while I waited in the ridiculous line of cars, I happened to notice that out of 20 or so buses there, only TWO of them were full. Most of them that drove out of the lot carried 5 or 6 kids! What the heck is that all about? I figure there are around 150 to 175 kids taking buses, and for that we need 20 or more of them? Just a small example of the waste and lack of common sense going on in our schools.
Dad gone mad

Lake Villa, IL

#13 Apr 20, 2014
Good point News Reader 2011. I don't know. I guess I should talk less and think/act more. I wish I had the answers.

Curious- one of my children goes to AUGS and I think there are over 1000 kids there. I doubt that only 150-175 kids take the bus, I think most of them do. Not sure why any busses would be almost empty, but that would be a waste.
Curious

Round Lake, IL

#14 Apr 20, 2014
Well, I was there and saw all the empty buses pull out of the parking lot. I was shocked. If you doubt it, just show up one day at 2:40 and watch. But be prepared for a long wait in line. Their system there for picking up kids is ridiculous. Pick up at any of their after school activities is even more ridiculous..45 minute wait to pick up my kids from a dance. No less than 5 police officers in the parking lot directing traffic which was really just an endless line of cars sitting in the parking lot while the kids walk around the school until they see your car. Of course, not one officer directing traffic at the Tiffany exit where it was needed! But, I digress....sorry for the rant but I feel much better now :)

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#15 Apr 21, 2014
Curious wrote:
Well, I was there and saw all the empty buses pull out of the parking lot. I was shocked. If you doubt it, just show up one day at 2:40 and watch. But be prepared for a long wait in line. Their system there for picking up kids is ridiculous. Pick up at any of their after school activities is even more ridiculous..45 minute wait to pick up my kids from a dance. No less than 5 police officers in the parking lot directing traffic which was really just an endless line of cars sitting in the parking lot while the kids walk around the school until they see your car. Of course, not one officer directing traffic at the Tiffany exit where it was needed! But, I digress....sorry for the rant but I feel much better now :)
Re the buses - track, soccer, baseball - what other sports are going on right now? All those kids are staying after school and are not on the buses. Plus, in spring & fall, when the weather is nice, a lot of kids walk home - mine & her friends have been walking every day. That's about half of the bus from our route. Check the buses in the morning, or during winter, and you'll see a different story.

Re pick up from dances - I know that if you have a better idea, the PTO would love to hear it. Do you have an idea how difficult it is to safely dismiss generally 300+ kids, who are hyped up from a dance or event, in the dark? Have you been to any of the PTO meetings were this is discussed, over and over? Do you realize that the PTO makes a monetary donation to Lake County for the sheriffs auxillary, because of the number of parents who absolutely refuse to follow the rules otherwise? Dismissing the kids and letting them run across traffic lanes into the parking lots is not safe or practical. And then you get to answer to the parent who says "where's my kid?" when they've run off to go party with a friend instead of meeting their parents as they were supposed to. Come on out and try the other side of it. It's not easy.
Curious

Round Lake, IL

#16 Apr 21, 2014
News Reader 2011 wrote:
<quoted text>
Re the buses - track, soccer, baseball - what other sports are going on right now? All those kids are staying after school and are not on the buses. Plus, in spring & fall, when the weather is nice, a lot of kids walk home - mine & her friends have been walking every day. That's about half of the bus from our route. Check the buses in the morning, or during winter, and you'll see a different story.
Re pick up from dances - I know that if you have a better idea, the PTO would love to hear it. Do you have an idea how difficult it is to safely dismiss generally 300+ kids, who are hyped up from a dance or event, in the dark? Have you been to any of the PTO meetings were this is discussed, over and over? Do you realize that the PTO makes a monetary donation to Lake County for the sheriffs auxillary, because of the number of parents who absolutely refuse to follow the rules otherwise? Dismissing the kids and letting them run across traffic lanes into the parking lots is not safe or practical. And then you get to answer to the parent who says "where's my kid?" when they've run off to go party with a friend instead of meeting their parents as they were supposed to. Come on out and try the other side of it. It's not easy.
My son's bus in the morning is less than half full so no, I don't think I will see a different story. As for the dance pick up, these are not elementary school children. The fact that some parents seem to think that it's best to treat them as such is sad. And yes, I do realize that they make a monetary donation to the sheriff's office. Maybe they should actually utilize them in a manner that makes sense.

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#17 Apr 22, 2014
There was a PTO meeting last night. Did you attend and share your suggestions for a better means of dismissal?
Curious

Round Lake, IL

#18 Apr 22, 2014
News Reader 2011 wrote:
There was a PTO meeting last night. Did you attend and share your suggestions for a better means of dismissal?
Actually no, I worked last night. Unfortunately, some of us are busy at the meeting times. Hopefully someone there will get a clue, but I have my doubts.

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#19 Apr 23, 2014
Share your suggestions, I'll be happy to pass them along!

Since: Oct 11

Antioch, IL

#20 Apr 23, 2014
They also have a Facebook page, you could share your thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the system there.

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