Raise OK'd for Wiegand

Raise OK'd for Wiegand

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.

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.

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Commonsenseman wrote on July 15, 2014 at 7:07 am

great raise, twice the 2013 inflation rate and cost of living increase, and she wants us to pay more for a giant Central, the school board needs to go too. have some repsect for the taxpayers, we are trying to live on less and do more with less in our lives mayebe you should too

45solte wrote on July 15, 2014 at 8:07 am

She will be declining it, right? Or at least putting the money in a saving-for-Central bank account.

Hammer15 wrote on July 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

I'll take paying her salary over our last Superintendent Arther Culver at $246,851.

airrecon wrote on July 15, 2014 at 11:07 am

Are we sure Art Culver is gone?