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Plano School District 88 Board extends superintendent’s contract 5 years

Hector Garcia at 2014 graduation.
Hector Garcia at 2014 graduation.

Plano School District 88 Board members Monday night extended the contract of Dr. Hector Garcia as superintendent for another five years.

The new contract, which received unanimous board approval, goes from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2021.

Garcia joined the district in 2012 when he came from Lombard School District 87, where he served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

According to the contract, for the 2016-17 school year, which will go from July 1 of this year through June 30, 2017, Garcia will receive a salary of $174,234, an increase from this year’s salary of $164,371 and $2,359 for a tax-sheltered annuity.

For this fiscal year, $2,500 will be deducted from his salary to purchase a tax-sheltered annuity. He also will receive an additional $10,000 stipend for his work with the newly formed Plano Area Special Education Cooperative, which will have its main office in the Plano School District administration building.

Garcia was instrumental in forming PASEC after the former Kendall County Special Education Cooperative was dissolved.

Because of his work in connection with the dissolution of the KCSEC and formation of the new PASEC during the past year, the board approved a $20,000 stipend this year.

His total salary for the 2016-17 year will be $186,735. For the following four years of the contract, he will receive only his base salary. It will be $196,070 for 2017-18; $205,873 for 2018-19; $216,166 for 2019-20; and $226,974 for 2020-21.

The district will make the standard annually required contribution to the state of Illinois Teachers Retirement System, up to a maximum of 13.77 percent of his salary. These funds are not available to him until his retirement.

The district also will pay for his health insurance through TRS while employed by the district.

He also will receive $200 each month for use of his personal car for district business and he will be compensated at the rate set by the IRS for out-of-district travel.

Garcia will receive 25 days of paid vacation, 11 sick days, and two personal days each year.

The district also will provide him with full family hospitalization and major medical insurance, full family dental insurance coverage, and a $100,000 term life insurance policy.

The board encourages Garcia to participate in local civic and fraternal organizations in the interest of promoting a better understanding of the district and its concerns to the community.

With permission of the board, Garcia may attend university classes, seminars or other professional growth activities. He also may serve as a consultant to another district or educational agency for a short time without loss of salary, and he may lecture and engage in writing activities and speaking engagements.

As part of his contract, each year Garcia must show progress of student achievement and motivation, enhance curricular alignment instruction and professional development across all grade levels, and maintain continuity of practices and smooth transitions.

He also must provide comprehensive staff development in educational best practices that will improve learning for all students, and increase parental involvement to enhance student learning.

The contract also says Garcia must create and maintain open communication and involvement with the community to foster collaboration, cooperation and support, and must use all human, physical and financial resources wisely.

Garcia’s overall performance, based upon student performance and academic achievement goals, will be reviewed and evaluated each year by board members and a written copy of the evaluation will be given to him after he and the board discuss it.

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