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District 303’s Schlomann to Retire in 2017

Board of Education approves amendments to superintendent’s contract, including an annual 6 percent retirement incentive annuity.

Dr. Donald Schlomann will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year, according to an amended contract for the superintendent of St. Charles Community Unit School District 303.

The Board of Education approved the contract changes during a special meeting Monday night, and Dr. Schlomann signed it Tuesday morning, school officials said.

Board of Education President Steven Spurling said Tuesday evening the board’s approval of the contract amendments reflect its satisfaction with Schlomann’s performance as superintendent. “We’re very happy with Dr. Schlomann’s leadership,” he said.

Under the terms of the contract, Schlomann's base pay remains where it was when the district hired him as superintendent in 2009 — at $225,000. As part of the changes, beginning in 2013-14, the district will pay a 6 percent retirement incentive annuity for each of his final four years with the district. The retirement annuity is separate from the Illinois Teacher Retirement System.

The 6 percent retirement incentive annuity is a change in the pattern Schlomann set beginning in 2009, when he began to decline annual pay raises due him under his contract, a move he said reflected his respect for the sacrifices the community and the school district and its employees were making during belt-tightening years as revenues dropped.

His refusal to accept the contractual pay increases was respected by many in the district.

He called the retirement incentive annuity payments as very generous.

Spurling said the 6 percent retirement incentive annuity is the district’s “law of the land” in terms of retirement announcements. By contract, he said, all teachers and administrators receive the same treatment in the four years leading up to their retirement.

Also under the amended, beginning in July 2014, the district will give Schlomann one additional vacation day each year through 2016. He has 22 vacation days per year now.

Schlomann’s other contract terms — including health care coverage, a $7,200 annual car allowance, travel expenses, professional/civic organization fees and professional development, and cellphone — remain unchanged.

“It feels odd to be talking about retiring,” Schlomann said Monday afternoon. By 2017, he will have been with the district for 10 years. Still, 2017 is a long way off yet.

“This gives the district a good planning horizon to begin the searching to find my successor,” he said.

You can download a pdf of the superintendent’s new contract at
http://www1.d303.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=wZtfkSdcWaw%3d&tabid=2854.

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Melother November 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM
If you are asked point blank in a public meeting about a residency situation that is pertinent to your job and you either refuse to answer or give a one word answer than it certainly does not take a rocket scientist to deduce the quality of that answer. More importantly, if there truly was a situation in which dual residency's were being maintained then why in the world would he ask all of the district principal's to drive an hour to a "get together" (at his home) in Belvidere when he could simply hold it here in town at his residence? And why would you cost the district money in overtime costs by having district employees drive the necessary party supplies to Belvidere, sit there and wait, and then drive it all back? If "lie" is too disparaging then we can call it creative deception but at the end of the day...it's still the opposite of the truth.
Ted Schnell November 29, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Again, I will make the point that if residency were a concern, the board would have included it as a condition of his contract. Obviously, however, he does maintain a residence in St. Charles. Regardless, residency seems to me irrelevant unless the board made it a condition of employment; further, there are no laws that I am aware of that bar someone from owning two homes -- or more -- if they can afford them. Residency is more an issue for elected officials, and we know that in Washington, we have hundreds of representatives and senators who maintain dual residences -- one in D.C. where they live while Congress is in session, and the one they are required to maintain as their primary residence in their home states/districts.
Ann December 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I think he's done a great job. I'm not crazy about the "padding the ensign" with 6% annual raises but I don't blame him for that. In fact, I applaud him for turning down the raises the past few years. But someone implied our district was small - it is not. It is HUGE. Patch did a quite interesting comparison not long ag
Ann December 03, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Great article from this Patch a year or so ago that compares District Superintendent salaries. Very enlightening information regarding just how huge d303 is. http://stcharles-il.patch.com/articles/the-new-math-adding-up-a-superintendents-salary-11
Ted Schnell December 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thank you Ann -- that is very informative. I was unaware of it -- I started in mid-July this year.

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