The Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 is putting its money where its mouth is.
Under a new incentive bonus plan approved in November, Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis can earn up to $20,000 in incentive bonuses this year if the school meets all of the school board’s goals and objectives.
RBHS Principal Kristin Smetana is also eligible for incentive bonuses. She can earn up to $10,000 in bonuses. And other administrators are also eligible for bonuses under amendments to contracts that the District 208 school board unanimously approved in November.
This is the first time Smetana, assistant principals and deans have been eligible for incentive bonuses.
“The board wanted to create a concept that tied performance to compensation so we developed incentives directly related to the district goals and applied a bonus to each very similar to a bonus or incentive structure that you would see in the private sector,” said District 208 school board President Mike Welch
The maximum bonuses are not easily obtained and bonuses of lesser amounts can be earned under the rubric approved by the school board.
Bonuses are mostly linked measures of academic progress and student engagement levels, although Skinkis can earn a $3,000 bonus if the district achieves an operating fund balance of 34 percent or higher and meets the district projected fiscal year surplus or deficit. Skinkis can also earn a $4,000 bonus for meeting unspecified individual yearly goals to be determined by himself and the school board
Skinkis can earn a college-readiness bonus of up to $5,000 based on the improvement in test scores in four core subject areas as measured by scores earned on the Explorer test given to eighth-graders compared to their performance on the ACT exam in high school.
To earn these bonuses RBHS student achievement must grow far beyond national averages. For example Skinkis would earn a $1,250 bonus if RBHS students improve by 7.8 points in English from the Explorer test to ACT. That would be a 15-percent improvement over the RBHS three-year average. The national average improvement in English is 4.7 points.
If RBHS students improve by 5 or 10 percent over the RBHS three-year average in the four core subject areas, bonuses would be less.
Bonuses are also available for achieving targets in things like graduation rates, Advanced Placement test performance, levels of average daily attendance and student engagement, which is the percentage of students involved in extracurricular activities.
Smetana’s bonuses are measured by the same scale, but are generally less than what Skinkis in eligible for.
If RBHS achieves a graduation rate of at least 95 percent, Skinkis would earn an extra $2,000, Smetana would earn an extra $1,000 and assistant principals and deans would be also split a $2,000 bonus. If the graduation rate is at least 92 percent but less than 95 percent, the bonuses would be cut in half.
Skinkis has a base salary of $195,461 this year and earned a $7,000 bonus last year. Smetana’s base salary is $125,000.
If at least 55 percent of the RBHS graduating class passes at least one AP test, Skinkis will receive a $2,000 bonus and Smetana will receive an extra $1,000.
If at least 85 percent of RBHS students are engaged in at least one extracurricular activity, Skinkis will receive a $2,000 bonus, Smetana will collect an extra $1,000, and assistant principals for athletics and student affairs along with the director of special education will split another $2,000. If between 70 percent and 84.99 percent of RBHS students are engaged in at least one extracurricular activity, those bonuses would be cut in half.
Matriculation bonuses are also available if at least 93 percent of the graduating class enroll the following year in an institution of higher learning. In order to earn the full matriculation bonus, 97 percent of the graduating class would have to further their studies.