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District 46 Superintendent Contract Extended for One Year

The extension will be at Supt. Ellen Correll's current salary of $170,844.

District 46 Supt. Ellen Correll's contract has been approved for one year.

The school board voted 5-2 Wednesday night to approve the extension, which will be from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, at her current salary of $170,844.

Board Members Kip Evans and Michael Carbone voted against the measure.

Evans said he would vote against the contract extension because he was under the assumption that the board was going to wait until all other contracts were approved, and they're not yet.

While the District 46 professional and school-related personnel have reached an agreement on a new contract for 2012-13 and 2013-14, according to Lake County Federation of Teachers Business Agent Jim Pergander, the school board has not yet voted on that matter. Additionally, the board must still approve the final teacher's union contract document.

Carbone said he agreed with Evans.

"In a professional sense, this should have been held off," Carbone said of the vote on Correll's contract extension. "Your employees and your staff should come first."

Board Member Shannon Smigielski said she really appreciated Correll's efforts during the strike in keeping parents informed.

"I think you did a heck of a fine job on that. It was above and beyond," said Smigielski. She added that she doesn't want incoming board members to have to decide quickly on who will lead the district.

Most recently, the vote on Correll's contract was delayed Jan. 9. to extend Correll's contract through June 2014 failed; both votes ended in a 3-3 tie.

HM February 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Terri - 25 years ago , people did not bargain for what taxes we have today. There are people in this community wh can no longer afford the taxes. This is not about being fair weather fans. my taxes have gone up $6,000 in 6 years, with no end in site. At some point, enough is enough. I believe you mentioned in another post that if folks cannot afford an additional $400, then they bought too much house. Well, in 6 years, I have to shell out an addition $6,000, and next year it will likely be more. Most of that goes to D46 and D127 We bought a house well within our means, but we now have an additional $500 per month in taxes. In the last 6 years, like many, we endured a layoff, about 7 months without any income, We are lucky and had saving to get us through. We are now, thankfully, at the same income level as we were 6 years ago, but with all the hardships in between, the increased cost of living, and an additional $500 per month in property taxes, it hurts a little. And that is $500 per month, forever. Plus whatever we get to add on next year. it is not merely an additional $400.
Sully February 10, 2013 at 11:06 PM
What do you think would happen if industry paid more of its fair share of taxes? Why does Grayslkake and the other areas within D46 give ten-year tax breaks to corporations that move within its boundaries? Why is it okay to let Target use property within the district, but not have to pay for it until much later? Why should the residents be burdened but the businesses not be? I'm sorry, but the excuse that businesses won't come if not given tax breaks is phony. Businesses use that excuse to bribe, and for no other reason. It's the people who get the short shrift, and that's just the way it is.
HM February 11, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Sully - we are on the same page- I did not say a thing about that. I just stated the facts based on today's reality. At this point in time, there are no businesses knocking on the door. I don't see much coming our way in the near future either. Can you honestly say that you would consider setting up shop here, with unbelievably high taxes, when you could do the same thing in Wisconsin for much less? Or in nearby counties for much less? If I were a business owner looking for a place to expand, I would not even consider Grayslake (or most any other neighboring community) because of the tax liability. That extra burden extends to the goods/services provided by businesses that are located here, and it impacts consumers. You can not escape it. Businesses are not flocking here, even with the promise of tax breaks. The locations is not so bad, but the business climate is. Taxes do matter. They have run out existing business, and they scare away new businesses.
Sully February 11, 2013 at 01:42 AM
That's why I asked what you thought. I was looking for your opinion. It appears to be a vicious circle, does it not?
HM February 11, 2013 at 01:05 PM
viscious and with no end in sight. Between the inability of the state and the local governing bodies to act appropriately, I don't see a viable solution. It's sad that those in power got us in this mess, and no one will remove them from power. The electorate keeps voting in the same incompetant people!

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