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District 308 Hires New Finance Chief

Paul O'Malley will make about $40,000 more than outgoing Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Tim Neubauer.

has hired a replacement for outgoing Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance .

Paul O’Malley will serve as assistant superintendent of business—a slight change in title from Neubauer. He previously served four years at Niles Township High School District 219 as assistant superintendent for business services. He also held the same position in Glenbard Township School District 87 for two years. He will begin with District 308 on July 1.

“The Board of Education interviewed several candidates for this position and it is very pleased to have Paul join the district,” Board President Bill Walsh said.

O’Malley was picked for the position from an initial pool of about 20 candidates, Walsh said. That pool was brought down to four final candidates who have interviewed by the board during closed board sessions during the past week.

District 308 paid Ray and Associates $10,000 to help find O’Malley. The firm is the same that is helping search for a replacement for .

O’Malley’s base salary will be $180,000. Neubauer, who is leaving for Barrington Community Unit School District 220, was earning a base salary of $141,623.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the current salary of Tim Neubauer. Salary figures listed in the district's 2011-12 compensation report do not reflect raises given this year, according to Kristy Kuntz, Executive Director of Human Resource Services.

Amy Young April 30, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I heard someone internal applied for this job. Someone who reports to Neubauer and is a school board member of another district. I wonder how much we would have saved if we hired from within? Steven, is this something you can check on?
ayar May 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
@Rachael B. : Let's also not forget that teachers have to take certification classes during the summer to keep themselves up to date, are not allowed to go to the bathroom leaving their classrooms unless a *certified* teacher is in the room, and also have to buy a lot of their own supplies, which Administrators as a rule, don't have to do. Oh, and they don't get Social Security, either, even if they make the princely sum of 30G/yr. Wow, what a gig, huh ? easy street. @ John Orcara, most teachers aren't on that magic money ticket, but I do agree, both should also be paid as the professionals *they* are. It sounds like setting "caps" on some positions salaries may be a good talking point for future board candidates, wouldn't you agree ?
Rachael B. May 02, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I'm a teacher myself, but not in this district. Teacher pay is not as low as $30K in Oswego. Many courses that quality toward certification (it's really for professional development) are no more than blow-off courses. Yes, most teachers purchase many of their own supplies. No, they don't get Social Security -- they are in a pension program instead. When teachers stop wearing jeans and flip-flops to work, it will be easier to view them as professionals.
ayar May 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I noticed you said "in Oswego". It's probably not "in Naperville" or "in plainfield" either. But you know as well as I do it really *does* go that low. In regards to "policy" on "dress code", as a Teacher, you know they get no say on that - that's up to each "Leader" in each building, correct ?. And what sort of shape is the Illinois TRS in after years of using it as a piggy bank for "pet projects".... if they paid back into the setup what they took out with the same interest rate a bank would give, we both know they'd be flush until 2080: http://lemont.patch.com/articles/director-of-teachers-retirement-system-illinois-is-in-a-fiscal-mess-0cb7059d
Jill May 06, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Steven Jack, could you please FOIA and post the employment contract of Mr. Neubauer? I am impressed with Mr. O'Malley's Performance Based Goals as outlined in page 3, line 10, of his contract. I appreciate your FOIA and posting of Mr. O'Malley's contract. I would like to ask residents to click on the PDF file of Mr. O'Malley's contract above. Page 3, line10 outlines his Performance Based Goals. Line item E says that Mr. O'Malley will reduce the expense of third party firms by 50%. I believe Mr. Neubauer utilized the services of PMA on many occasions. If Mr. O'Malley can save us any amount over $40,000, he has more than justified his salary, and in that event, we should thank the board for saving the district money in addition to bringing in a highly qualified candidate. If his initiative of reducing those expenses by 50% is any indication, I am looking forward to other savings he can help our district with. I will FOIA how much our district has paid PMA and other third party firms.

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