POLL: Does Departing D34 Supt. Shed Light on Problems in Pension System?
Gerald Hill will leave June 30th after eight years with the district. Hill is now eligible to collect his full Illinois pension, which he'll receive in addition to the $190,000 per year superintendent salary he recently accepted at a Michigan school.
Last week, soon-to-retire Supt. Gerald Hill told Patch about his reasons for leaving District 34 and taking a new position in West Bloomfield, Mich.
“In my situation, I’m able to take advantage of retiring from the system and moving to another state," Hill explained.
When Patch first reported Hill’s acceptance of the superintendent position in West Bloomfield, readers questioned, in the comments section, the pension he would receive from his time in Glenview and elsewhere.
While West Bloomfield’s $190,000 salary will mean a pay cut from his current base salary of $270,000 with District 34, when Hill leaves Glenview, he will take with him a hefty pension from 16 years as part of the Illinois Teacher Retirement System. (He previously worked for eight years in Tinley Park.)
To Illinois taxpayers not pleased to foot the bill on Hill’s partial salary while he moves out-of-state to lead another district, Hill says he is simply working within the parameters of the pension system.
“I have no comment to that,” he said. “The teacher retirement system is established legislatively and public employees are mandated to participate.”
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