Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Are individuals gaming the state retirement system?

The previous posts on local government pensioners (http://district100watchdog.blogspot.com/2011/12/local-government-pensions.html ) indicates that Belvidere School District 100’s “business managers” receive both IMFR and Teachers’ pensions. 

I trust that this is completely legal but is this fair to the taxpayers?  Did each of those systems use those “six figure” last years salaries in calculating their respective pensions? If so—is that double counting?

Look at the numbers.

Biesladecki, James P.  $80,878 TRS   23 years

Biesladecki, James P.   $29,603 IMFR 11 years

Metz, James D.     $11,053    TRS     4 years

Metz, James D.     $10,810    IMFR    7 years

Local Government Pensions

The following are taken from Champion pension site.  Some of the list are only partial list of the highest paid.

All are taken from the following: http://www.webploration.com/Pensions/PBE.php?Employer_search=belvidere&sel_id=2544&pe_op=send&PE_submit=Find+Pensions

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Belvidere Community Schools IMFR

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Boone County

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Rock Valley College—SURS

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Other “note worthies” by name only:

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Family Taxpayers Foundation’s List of Highest paid educator in Illinois

TOP 200 Salaries* in Illinois

*The word "salary" used here is synonymous with "compensation." According to the ISBE, the technical term for the data we post is "total creditable earnings."

Public school employees are compensated in many ways. The numbers we post are the official "total creditable earnings" that school districts report annually to the Illinois State Board of Education.

According to the ISBE, the annual salary data reported to them is the same as the "total creditable earnings" reported to the Teachers Retirement System. It includes, among other things, extra-duty pay (coaching, clubs, etc.), board-paid retirement contributions, vacation and sick day buyouts, bonuses, and other compensation that the Teachers Retirement System includes in total creditable earnings. This salary data does not include the cost of employer-paid health insurance. Individual school district contracts should be consulted for details.

Following is taken from:  http://www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php

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Districts for for 2010:

Russell, Lucille
$413,000

Engler, Thomas
$350,154

Dada, M Mohsin
$341,747

Fleming, Larry
$334,912

Lamberson, Jonathan
$318,324

Giannetti, Glen
$307,471

Many, Thomas
$299,600

Harper, John
$297,605

May, Loren
$292,157

Mical, Gary
$288,564

Lane, Bruce
$282,648

Rafferty, Edward
$282,121

Carmine, Joyce
$281,950

McTague, Frances
$279,670

Mansfield, Edward
$276,014

Barshinger, Jack
$274,934

Buckner, J Kamala
$274,592

Nebor, Jon
$272,412

Schoffstall, Phillip
$271,241

Hill, Gerald
$271,142

Humphrey, Steven
$270,635

Doebert, Sandra
$270,197

Swanstrom, Paul
$269,342

Fornero, George
$269,335

Yonke, Linda
$266,420

Robbins, Kathryn
$265,724

Joy, Donna
$262,431

Porto, Joseph
$262,325

Kroeze, David
$261,900

Schlomann, Donald—#30
$261,398

Vieth, Linda
$259,892

Boyd, Alex
$259,844

Rodgers, John
$259,604

Weninger, Attila
$258,991

Thomas, Timothy
$258,004

Raymond, Garry
$257,332

Renner, Sandra
$256,633

Perdue, John
$255,353

Riebock, Ann
$255,271

Wyllie, Lawrence
$252,775

Sorrick, Kenneth
$251,922

Schweers, Daniel
$251,461

Jerome, Sarah
$251,460

Wahl, Nicholas
$250,702

Pryor, Sally
$250,300

Gatta, Nanciann
$250,167

Sobocinski, Philip
$249,655

Twadell, Eric
$248,283

Blanche, James
$245,692

Behlow, David
$245,000

Schuler, David
$245,000

Meissen, Michael
$245,000

Batiste, Donaldo
$245,000

Kurr, Gregory
$245,000

Culver, Arthur
$245,000

Williams, Creg
$245,000

Rydland, James
$245,000

Milton, Walter
$245,000

Wilson, Phyllis
$245,000

Riggle, Michael
$245,000

Davis, Blondean
$245,000

Lindsay, Thomas
$244,962

Witherspoon, Eric
$244,461

Goers, Donald
$244,397

Westerhold, Jane
$242,902

Mitrovich, Mark
$242,884

Murphy, Hardy
$242,843

Torres, Jose
$242,825

Jordan, William
$242,406

Dart, Paul
$241,994

Taylor, Rick
$240,387

Gillum, Robert
$239,755

Bridges, Lela
$238,824

Lee, Calvin
$237,769

Robb, Nancy
$237,566

Lechner, Raymond
$236,621

Tivador, Edward
$236,605

Hawk, Jill
$236,539

Collins, Constance
$236,029

Baule, Steven
$236,014

Sass, Michael
$234,420

Benedetti, John
$233,353

Byrne, John
$232,871

Brendel, Jerome
$232,757

Birkett, Kathryn
$231,796

Sheffield, LaVonne
$231,788

Butts, John
$231,588

Amadio, Thomas
$231,237

Shields, William
$230,896

Dada, Yasmine
$230,610

Nielsen, Robert
$230,497

Lukich, Daniel
$230,220

Berger, Robert
$229,299

Edgecombe, Jason
$228,173

Leonard, Thomas
$227,991

Lea, Prentiss
$227,973

Ward-Epstein, Dennice
$227,914

Kalinich, Kelley
$227,214

Handcock, Darryl
$226,913

Steyskal, James
$226,260

Hewitt, Larry
$226,053

Davis, Gloria
$226,007

Armanetti, Arleen
$225,893

Michelini, Mark
$225,830

Collins-Hart, Nettie
$225,165

Hagerman, Thomas
$224,878

Longo, Margaret
$224,492

Arndt, Kenneth
$224,134

Goier, Renee
$223,413

Albus, Allen
$222,255

Finger, Catherine
$222,152

Gonzalez, Janet
$222,056

Berning, Catherine
$221,767

Swoboda, Joy
$221,393

Surber, James
$221,335

O'Donnell, Daniel
$220,751

Kendall, William
$220,187

Kilrea, Timothy
$220,046

Foderaro, Kerry
$219,872

Clark, Christine
$219,646

Bolek, Barry
$219,360

Mutchler, Kent
$218,709

Roberts, Jerome
$217,973

Millard, Beth
$217,838

Auer, Carol
$216,907

Zafiratos, Dr. Thomas
$216,780

Cooper, Laura
$216,746

Obradovich, George
$216,445

Correll, Ellen
$215,702

Paraday, Troy
$215,539

Perkins, Kim
$215,406

Wallace, Kenneth
$215,231

Krizic, Lynn
$215,231

Lupo, Robert
$214,992

Trumble, Douglas
$214,794

MacAskill, Dan
$214,619

Ware, Jody
$214,309

Martin, John
$214,289

Whittaker, Cindy
$213,922

Mattingly, William
$213,194

Krause, Ronald
$213,090

Adamic, Donna
$211,768

Sheahan, Mark
$211,717

Hackett, Judith
$211,427

Buchanan, Gregory
$210,847

Hoyda, Marion
$210,717

Riordan, Michael
$210,615

Benway, Darcy
$210,527

Ehrhardt, Philip
$210,414

Briscoe, James
$210,320

Young, Christopher
$210,020

Vincenti, Robert
$209,936

Hebson, Suzan
$209,721

Prince, John
$209,700

Shinners, Marie
$209,010

Bonner, Barbara
$208,974

Rudig, Douglas
$208,972

Majchrowicz, Joseph
$208,833

Dagley, Glenna
$208,712

Zabilka, Gary
$208,698

Claypool, David
$208,165

Dubec, Joseph
$208,030

Drury, Richard
$208,000

Borja, Janet
$207,810

Gunnell, James
$207,806

Niehaus, Gary
$207,793

Eddy, Thomas
$207,340

Di Virgilio, Robert
$206,870

Engel, Jill
$206,516

Williams, Rudolph
$206,265

Gay, James
$206,251

Zaander, Paul
$206,167

Herrmann, Mary
$205,800

Tabbert, Victoria
$205,560

Eason-Watkins, Barbara
$205,556

Hollich, Pamela
$205,463

Fredisdorf, Mark
$204,746

Schlichting, Glenn
$204,731

Taylor, Roberta
$204,499

Asplund, John
$203,887

Prosise, Roger
$203,424

Swanson, Bradley
$203,275

Wrzeski, Ellyn
$203,248

Ward, Maria
$203,076

O'Mara, Kevin
$202,814

White, Donald
$202,566

Middleton, David
$202,472

Hutton, John
$202,263

Barnhart, Brian
$202,262

Guarrine, Gregory
$202,161

Pierce, Kathleen
$201,932

Houselog, Michael
$201,928

Donegan, Catherine
$201,894

Cavallo, Jr., Louis
$201,743

Matthews, Janice
$201,301

Manville, Margaret
$200,794

Ireland, Susan
$200,736

Wernet, Patricia
$200,654

Brown, Traci
$200,653

Freeman, Robert
$200,058

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

District 100 foresees continued decrease in student enrollment

The following is taken from the agenda item #E-3 from the December 19, 2011 Board of Education Meeting.  It is available on the internet at:http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8PGTQM783B28/$file/Copy%20of%20FY%2013%20Enrollment%20Projections.pdf

Click on the the photocopy to enlarge: 

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wisconsin public school employee pay for the 2010-2011 school year - JSOnline

How well are Wisconsin teachers paid?—Find a district or teacher’s name and find out.
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Click on the following to research this data base:Wisconsin public school employee pay for the 2009-2010 school year - JSOnline

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Beloit School Board nears tax-vote decision

the proposed referendum is intended to improve all facilities and build two new 4-8 grade intermediate schools at the Cunningham and Morgan school sites. Under the proposed plan Burdge, McLenegan, Royce and Kolak Education Center would be retired. Administration and the charter schools would each move into one of the closed schools, leaving a net loss of two buildings which would later be sold.

The property tax increase for homeowners would be $108 annually for a home valued at $100,000. McNeal noted that the average home value in Beloit is $74,600 and said most taxpayers will likely pay less.

One part of the proposed referendum includes plans for a new pool at Beloit Memorial High School. The high school can no longer have a swim team because the pool doesn't meet code, and practices for students are inadequate. Manager of Facility Services Jeff Jacobson gave some updates on the deficiencies of the pool.

Jacobson said the perimeter pool gutter system is deteriorated and a source of water loss. Water circulation piping is undersized and deteriorated and pool mechanical and HVAC systems are undersized. The pool floor is too shallow for starting blocks - the minimum pool depth should be four feet. The locker rooms are in poor condition and do not meet ADA codes.

Click on the following for more information: http://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/school-board-nears-tax-vote-decision/article_e9c45bb8-20f8-11e1-8af2-001871e3ce6c.html

Beginning with the next fiscal year IMRF employees making more than $75,000 must have their wages and benefits posted on government’s website

It appears that high paying grounds and building personnel at District 100 will have their wages posted next Fiscal Year.

This is taken from Boone County board minutes:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/boone/Board.nsf/files/8PAKRM52DF30/$file/salaries%20open%20meetings%20act.pdf

Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Channel 17: RVC Board of Trustees Respond to Union Vote of No Confidence

Rockford - The Rock Valley College faculty union announced a vote of no confidence in the school's Board of Trustees during a board meeting on Tuesday, today the board responds.
The main issue of concern centers around healthcare benefits. The school wants teachers to contribute 1-3.75% of their salary to help keep the current benefits package.
But, the teachers union rejected it.
They've

Rockford - The Rock Valley College faculty union announced a vote of no confidence in the school's Board of Trustees during a board meeting on Tuesday, today the board responds.
The main issue of concern centers around healthcare benefits. The school wants teachers to contribute 1-3.75% of their salary to help keep the current benefits package.
But, the teachers union rejected it.
They've been working without a contract since July.
In a statement to WTVO from the RVC Board of Trustees they said "The bottom line is that the college's health insurance plan does not have a financially viable employee cost sharing formula. [With] revenue sources... and student enrollment down... a meaningful employee premium sharing plan is needed to ensure the continued viability of the college's group healthcare program."
The teachers union say they're prepared to strike if necessary.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

District 100 does refunding to hold down 2011 and 2012 bond levy

On November 29 approximately $7.08 million will be borrowed for refunding of debt.

See below the interest on the new borrowing is anticipated to be 3.75%.   The following figures are taken from:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8NPK59/$file/Final+POS+11-9-11.pdf

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The proceeds will be used on lessen levies for the following notes.

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More exacting details should be available after the December School Board meeting.

District 100 is attempting to take the following debt structure: (from:  http://www.boarddocs.com/il/district100/Board.nsf/files/8NPK5S/$file/Pricing+Final+2011+Nov+16.pdf)

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and changing it to the following: 

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Basically total tax rate—education tax, misc and bond and interest—will be frozen for next year 2011 levy and following year 2012 levy. 

Levy Yr       Current       After refunding

2011          5.25            5.00

2012          5.34            5.00

2013          5.57            5.50

2014          5.60            5.63