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District 41 Chooses Paul Gordon as Next Superintendent

Gordon was appointed Monday night. His three-year contract includes an $195,000 annual base salary.

The District 41 Board of Education has chosen its next superintendent to lead the district forward beginning July 2013. 

Paul Gordon, chief academic officer at the Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Westminster, Colo., will assume the role on July 1. He will earn a base salary of $195,000. Gordon will replace Ann Riebock, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

The District 41 Board of Education approved Gordon’s appointment and three-year contract during its regular meeting Monday night.

"After interviewing a number of truly exceptional candidates, the board was unanimous that Dr. Gordon is a great fit for our district," said Erica Nelson, the District 41 Board president. "He brings the professionalism and experience needed to continue the high achievement that District 41 has experienced under Dr. Riebock's leadership these past seven years. He also understands that continued growth for our students includes academic achievement, social-emotional development and belonging to a safe and welcoming place where teachers and staff care deeply about their work."  

Gordon’s educational background includes:

He began his educational career as a middle school teacher in the Adams 12 schools and was promoted over the years to assistant principal, principal, executive director of schools, and in 2010 to chief academic officer, District 41 said in a news release.

"I'm drawn to District 41 because of its mission, vision, values and because I believe I can honor its traditions and its history of high academic achievement while fostering growth and innovation," Gordon said. "As a former teacher and now as an administrator, I thrive on the rewards of public education and relish its challenges. I'm looking forward to working with staff, parents and the community to build on the district's successes."

In addition to his salary, his contract also includes contributions for health and dental insurance, and retirement, District 41 said. He will be reimbursed up to $21,500 for expenses related to relocating from Colorado and acquiring housing near the district.

Marilyn February 13, 2013 at 02:59 PM
When you use the word "base salary" it makes me think this term hides the actual remuneration this administrator will receive. Can you please tell us how much in total will be paid out for this position by taxpayers? I am sure he is well qualified and fine for the job. I just think it would be nice for us to know what these positions cost the public. Don't we also have another similarly paid superintendent for the other elementary school district in Glen Ellyn? District 89? We'd love to know what we pay the superintendents for each of these districts which, as I recall, have about five schools each?
Wm Bradley February 13, 2013 at 07:30 PM
...and why in heaven's name aren't District 41 & 89 combined? It might put a few very highly compensated administrators out of work, but they could always go back to teaching...if capable enough. Surely the tax savings would be large and any loss in learning nonexistant.

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