Highest-paid teacher in Bellwood SD 88 earned $61,295.04 in the 2013-2014 school year
The top 50 highest-paid teachers in Bellwood SD 88 each earned more than $33,000 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, Eugenia D. Chambers, a teacher at Roosevelt Middle School at 640 Eastern Ave., received $61,295.04, the highest full adjusted pay among all teachers in the district.
Included in that amount was $3,965.53 in taxpayer-funded benefits.
Overall, the total amount Bellwood SD 88 spent on its 50 highest-paid teachers in 2014 was $2,134,987.01.
Bellwood SD 88 had 163 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.