Kristin Smetana, the principal at Riverside-Brookfield High School, has received a two-year contract extension. On Feb. 14, the District 208 Board of Education voted unanimously to extend Smetana’s contract until June 30, 2019.
Smetana, who currently makes $126,807 a year, will receive a raise of 3.3 percent next year. Next school year her annual salary will jump to $131,000 and in 2018-19 fiscal year her salary will increase another 2.2 percent to $134,000 a year.
She is also eligible for bonuses that can reach $14,000 if various school performance levels for areas — such as student college readiness, four-year graduation rates and AP students with passing test scores, among others — are attained.
“I’m excited to receive a new contract to continue to work with the dedicated staff here at RB as well as the phenomenal students that we have,” Smetana said.
Smetana is in her third year as principal at RBHS. She became principal in 2014 when Pamela Bylsma left the school to become an assistant superintendent at Hinsdale High School District 86. Smetana first came to RBHS in 2012 as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction. Smetana, who began her career as a math teacher at Hinsdale Central High School, has been a steady, low-key leader as principal who is known for her thoroughness.
“Kristin as consistently demonstrated the ability to be the instructional leader of our school,” said District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis in a statement. “Through her data-driven approach, she is committed to staff development and student achievement. She demonstrates her dedication to RB and its students through her consistently high work ethic. The well-being of the students and school community is foremost in her approach to her position.”
Mike Welch, the president of the District 208 Board of Education, also praised Smetana.
“Kristin has done a nice job during her tenure as an RB administrator,” Welch said in a statement. “She works well with the superintendent, staff, students and parents and is a valuable asset to RB.”