Superintendent shell game

School districts giving Superintendents contract extensions with large raises, only to have them leave seems to be common. For instance, consider the Harris – Schuler musical chairs.

Superintendent, Brian Harris abruptly left Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD200 on May 29, 2014 to take over as superintendent of Barrington Unit District 220. As a result Harris’ base pay went from $219,370 to $260,000. A year earlier, on May 28, 2013, with three years left on his on contract, Harris had received a new five-year contract with a $20,000 base salary increase. When Harris announced his departure, he had served CUSD200 for four years and still had more than four years left on his five-year contract.

CUSD200 forgave Dr. Harris’ $40,000 get-out-of-contract-early penalty in exchange for Harris recommending his own replacement.  Harris was replaced by in June 2014 by Dr. Jeff Schuler, from Kaneland. Schuler’s starting base pay was $225,000. In February 2013, Kaneland had voted 6-1 to boost Schuler’s base pay from $158,525 to $175,000. Schuler and Harris had served on the LUDA (Large Unit District Association) together in 2012-2013.

Then Kaneland appointed interim Superintendent Ken Sorrick, who left the job after one day.  Sorrick’s wife, Margo Sorrick was a retired administrator from CUSD200.

Is this all a coincidence?

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