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District 30’s superintendent among top income earners in Cook County

Todd Shields
tshields@pioneerlocal.com | @tshields19
July 7 6:30 a.m.

The Better Government Association in Chicago has published a sweeping report on the annual salaries of public education administrators, naming School District 30 Superintendent Edward Tivador as earning the second highest salary in Cook County.

The district serves Glenview and Northbrook. housing three schools in grades kindergarten to eighth.

Tivador’s base salary is $315,616 for the 2013-14 school year, while the average base pay for Cook County superintendents is about $193,000, stated the BGA.

At $317,311, Superintendent Linda Yonke of New Trier Township High School District 203 is the top-shelf yearly earner.

The district has two schools in Northfield and Winnetka.

Just below Tivador is Joyce Carmine of Park Forest/Chicago Heights School District 163 at $311,107, overseeing six schools.

The nonprofit BGA obtained financial data of nearly 150 school districts in Cook County through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

The BGA pointed out superintendents often in large districts with more students get paid less compared to smaller districts with fewer students.

For instance, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett of Chicago Public Schools, with more than 400,00 students attending 650 schools brings in $250,000 a year.

“But, her 2013-14 salary only ranks her 10th among Cook County superintendents … ,” according to the BGA study.

At $315,616 a year, Tivador manages the three schools with about 1,000 students.

Tivador, an Evanston resident, did not respond to requests for interviews.

Karen Roloff, who had been a District 30 School Board member when Tivador was hired in 2007 for $172,000 a year, also did not return requests for an interview.

Rollof lost the April 2013 election to caucus-endorsed winners.

District School Board President Scott Margolin said in an email that District 30 was among the highest performing districts in the country, but he did not cite sanctioned studies or surveys.

“District 30 is a community (that) has extremely high expectations and demands high performance from their schools,” Margolin said.

“Dr. Tivador has lead District 30 for the past 7 years to achieve these high levels of performance.”

He also said all three district schools had been consistently ranked among top 15 elementary schools by Chicago Magazine.

In addition, he noted the Chicago Sun-Times gave District 30 high ratings based on the 2013 Illinois School Report Cards.

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Tivador began teaching at Little Shepherd Day School in Naperville. He then taught in Darien School District 61, and spent three years in Downers Grove School District 58 as the coordinator of business services.

Tivador was business manager in District 30 from 1988 to 1994. After his six years in District 30, he joined the administrative team in Lake Forest as deputy superintendent for both Districts 67 and 115.

During the 12 years, Tivador was involved in long-range district planning, targeted goal setting, negotiations and day-to-day district operational management.

In April 2013, Tivador ran and lost an election to be First Ward alderman in Evanston.

During the campaign he received more than $13,000 in contributions from developer James Pritzker and Bropri LLC development company, according to disclosure filings on the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

James N. Pritzker is listed as the manager of Bropri LLC on the Illinois Secretary of State site that lists LLC managers.

Tivador and his election opponent — incumbent Judy Fiske — sparred over a $1,000 contribution he received from Dale Overend, a partner with Pritzker in commercial bed-and-breakfast establishments at 300 Church St., and at 1622 Forest Place in Evanston.

Fiske was concerned about the enterprises on surrounding residential neighborhoods.

She also argued it was improper to receive gifts from someone whose pending project would require Evanston City Council approval.

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