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There are 24 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 21, 2009, titled Wheaton Warrenville school board to release records, Illinois S.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

In a unanimous rebuke of an argument the attorney general once called an "outrageous" abuse of public records law, the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against the Wheaton Warrenville school board for claiming it would be an invasion of its superintendent's privacy to publicly disclose his employment contract.

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Columbus, OH

#22 May 22, 2009
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Actually all PUBLIC schools DO publish the salaries of everyone-- teachers, principals, superintendents etc. Just go on the school website and look at the school board minutes. Because public schools are funded by public monies salaries are public knowledge. so if people wanted they can go to the school board minutes
and see how much every employee of the school makes..
nothing is "hidden"
How naive of you Liz.
the district only gives the salary.
Did you know on top of his salary, he got paid health care for his adult children?
do you know how many Supt's get housing?
almost all get cars.
moving expenses,
wake up! it's your money

Coal City, IL

#23 May 22, 2009
Could someone explain what happens with the circuit court judge who dismissed this case only to have the state supreme court UNANIMOUSLY declare the school district in the wrong on this issue? It's kind of scary that judges are doing this.
Going Home2

Barrington, IL

#24 May 22, 2009
Superintendents also negotiate with the school board to be paid in full for each sick day they do not use. This is usually about 1000 dollars per sick day. Sometimes the board gives them 90 days to start and then around 15 days per year. This could add up to over a hundred thousand dollars at retirement. They also receive conferences budget of several thousand dollars per year. (Mini vacation with the spouse.) Hotel allowance if they need to work late. Consulting in other districts on school district time. Some of the perks never found out by the taxpayer and not included in the base salary
District 200 Taxpayer

Worth, IL

#25 May 22, 2009
It is about time! Our School Board was wrong to withhold the contract under a proper FOIA request. Once we see the contract, I think we will find out why they wanted it secret -- too many perks paid to Catalani. The School Board Members need to remember that highly compensated administrators don't make a good school system -- good administrators prudently supervising good teachers who work with involved parents is what makes a school system work. Administrator pay (and that of many teachers in District 200) are too high for what we (the taxpayers) receive in return. I know fiscal common sense is no longer favored in this country, but I would welcome its return.

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