Under “Action Items” on the February 25, 2016 Lyons Elementary School District 103 board agenda was listed, ” XIII E. Motion to Approve Contract Extension for Kyle Hastings as Assistant Superintendent.”
Let’s look at this in a little more detail:
- This was not a “contract extension” as Hastings will no longer be the superintendent. The board ended his current contract and created a completely new position of Assistant Superintendent (which the district never had before) and hired Hastings.
- No board members had an opportunity to review the many-paged extension contract before the board meeting.
- Hastings receives an 11.1% increase in pay, going from $900 per day to $1000 per day.
- Hastings’s contract is four years long – unheard of for school administrators.
- Hastings will receive an automatic 3.25% increase in each of the next three years of his contract. That means in year-four of the contract his salary will be almost $121,000.
- Assuming Hastings also receives board-paid health insurance at about $10,000 per year, his first year income will be $110,000 for 100 days of work. This is about $2.30 per MINUTE of work.
- Over the course of the four-year contract Hastings will receive $461,494 in compensation for 400 days of work.
- He says he is going to take over the work of Jason Gold. Mr. Gold’s title was “Coordinator of ELA and Math Initiatives, and Teacher/Principal Retention and Development.” Hastings isn’t certified to be the ELA coordinator or to evaluate teachers and principals. He has little or no knowledge of K-8 mathematics.
- Hastings said he will also help out in “human resources.” The board has already hired two people to do the job of the one person (Judy Pohanka) who was doing human resources for many years. What this probably means is that Hastings’ job will be to check with Mr. Getty before each new staff member is hired.
- Getting back to the numbers, Hastings making $110,000 for 100 days of work is equivalent to $253,000 per year for a superintendent working 230 days.
So why the huge contract? Four years? A total of $461,484? Does Hastings have dirty pictures of Getty? Does Getty owe Hastings for some big favor worth about a half-million dollars? Or is Getty “paying forward” for some big future favor? Does it have anything to do with Kyle Hasting’s son Michael Hastings, senator of the 19th Illinois Legislative District? Looking for more turf to control, Chris?
On the horizon: At the March 24, 2016 board meeting they set up a committee to review the district’s insurance contracts. Hey, doesn’t Chris Getty own an insurance company?