Highest-paid teacher in Zion ESD 6 raked in $121,443.95 in the 2013-2014 school year
The top 50 highest-paid teachers in Zion ESD 6 each earned more than $93,000 in total compensation in 2014, according to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
The amount reflects teachers' full adjusted pay - a calculation which includes benefits and all pension contributions by taxpayers for each teacher, and reflects a full year of work instead of the nine months teachers actually worked.
Records show that in 2014, Sara Lee Pierre, a teacher at Elmwood Elementary School at 2200 Bethesda Blvd., received $121,443.95, the highest full adjusted pay among all teachers in the district.
Included in that amount was $17,532.95 in taxpayer-funded benefits.
Overall, the total amount Zion ESD 6 spent on its 50 highest-paid teachers in 2014 was $5,131,441.
Zion ESD 6 had 185 teachers in 2014.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 Census American Community Survey, the median household income for Illinois was $57,444 in 2014.
ISBE is responsible for administering public education in Illinois and consists of nine board members appointed by the governor and approved by the Senate.
*Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly noted the teacher benefits data was from fiscal year 2015 when it was actually from fiscal year 2014. We have updated the story accordingly.