CHAMPAIGN — Unit 4 school board members unanimously approved a 3 percent pay hike for Superintendent Judy Wiegand on Monday night.
The raise will push her annual salary to $187,975, according to compensation figures on Champaign schools' website.
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Wiegand is under contract through 2017, board President Laurie Bonnett said.
That's the year the district originally targeted for the opening of a new Central High School. That issue — where to put it, what would go in it and how much to ask taxpayers for to fund it — figures to consume much of Wiegand's time between now and Election Day on Nov. 4.
"She has been here and been in the trenches. I don't know if she knew how political her position would be when she became superintendent," Bonnett said. "There is a lot that our school district has to look forward to."
According to Unit 4's website, Wiegand's total compensation for 2013-14 was $194,464.13. That includes $182,500 in salary, $11,964.13 for employer-paid health insurance and a $2,400 vehicle allowance.
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A former Centennial High School principal, Wiegand became acting superintendent in December 2011 after Arthur Culver's departure. The board gave her the full-time job in March 2012.
"It has been great having Judy lead the district, get her feet wet, and move the district in a positive direction," board member Kristine Chalifoux said during Monday's 7-0 vote.
In other news:
— The board appointed two assistant principals and one interim associate principal.
Named assistant principal at Dr. Howard Elementary: Wendy Starwalt, who had served as a physical-education teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary.
Jesse Guzman, social-science teacher at Edison Middle School, was named assistant principal at Jefferson Middle School.
Yvette Lane-Rose, an administrator for Unit 4 since 2011, was announced as interim associate principal at Edison.
— The board discussed offering competitive softball at middle schools but took no action.