The District 202 Board of Education last night voted to extend Superintendent Eric Witherspoon’s contract at Evanston Township High School to June 30, 2022.

The action item was removed from the “consent agenda” and discussed separately, followed by a unanimous vote of those present (one member was absent), accompanied only by words of praise for the superintendent’s performance.

Witherspoon, 69, came to ETHS in 2006, Previously, he was superintendent of schools in Des Moines, Iowa.

The expiration date on his current contract was June 30, 2020, so the extension was for an additional two years. There was no discussion of salary or benefits, although the superintendent told Evanston Now Tuesday that his salary increase amounted to 3.75 percent, which is the same as the average negotiated salary/step increase of the teachers.

The superintendent’s current salary stands at $300,509 and is determined annually by the board, Witherspoon said.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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