Riverside-Brookfield High School Principal Pamela Bylsma was awarded a one-year contract extension by a unanimous vote of the District 208 School board on Nov. 8. Bylsma originally signed a two-year contract in 2010, which was due to expire on June 30, 2012. Her new contract now runs until June 30, 2013.
“She is doing a great job,” said District 208 School Board President Matt Sinde. “I’m very impressed with the work Pam does for the school and impact she’s made at the school since she’s been here. She’s a real asset for the school and I’m very, very happy that we can give her an extension.”
District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis also praised Bylsma.
“Mrs. Bylsma has not only met but exceeded the goals that were outlined in her original contract,” Skinkis said in a press release the school issued on Friday. “This extension ensures that the students and community will benefit from another year of outstanding leadership from Mrs. Bylsma.’
When Bylsma’s new contract expires in 2013, all she and other building-level administrators such as assistant principals and deans can expect are one year contracts.
“The goal is to get them on one-year contracts,” Skinkis told the Landmark on Friday. “Most public high school districts only have multiyear contracts for their superintendent. Usually building administrators are on one year annuals.”
Skinkis has a three-year contract.
Skinkis said that in his 12 years as a high school administrator he never had a multiyear contract before becoming superintendent of District 208 this year.
The extension calls for Bylsma to be paid in the 2012-13 school no less than her current salary. Bylsma is currently paid $137,243 a year. In addition, District 208 also pays her $14,240 annual contribution to the Illinois Teacher Retirement System. Whether Bylsma will get a raise next year has yet to be determined, Sinde said.
Bylsma issued a statement on her contract extension.
“I thank the District 208 Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skinkis for this vote of confidence and for the trust they put in me to continue leading this school of ambitious and talented students, exceptional staff, and supportive families and community members,” said Bylsma in the press release. “It is an honor to be the principal of Riverside-Brookfield High School, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to remain in that role for another year to build on the school’s history of success.”