District 59 superintendent gets contract extension through 2021

  • Art Fessler

    Art Fessler

Updated 8/23/2016 6:03 PM

Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 Superintendent Art Fessler plans to stay through the summer of 2021 after receiving a contract extension from the school board.

Fessler's five-year contract, approved 6-0 Monday night, rescinds a previous agreement that was due to expire in June 2018.


Under the new deal, Fessler is guaranteed previously agreed upon 4.9 percent raises through 2018, while any pay increases in the last three years of the contract are subject to approval by the board at that time, according to board President Barbara Somogyi.

"There are no set amounts put in for those three years," Somogyi said. "That's how contracts used to be."

She added that the superintendent takes part in annual evaluations with the board, and future salary increases would hinge on those discussions.

Fessler, who started in July 2013 making a base salary of $225,000, is expected to make $277,900 this school year. Next school year, he is expected to make $291,620.

Somogyi said Fessler had made advances in moving the district in a new direction, but that there is still much work to be done.

"He's making a commitment to follow through on what he has started in his first three years," she said. "He's making the commitment to stay with us, which is good."

The new contract is in effect through June 30, 2021.

District 59 includes portions of Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect.

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