New Trier Superintendent to Stay Until 2016

New Trier Township High School District 203 has extended Superintendent Linda Yonke's contract by two years.

New Trier Township High School District 203 school board extended the contract of Superintendent Linda Yonke by two years during Tuesday's board meeting. The new deal will keep Yonke in the district until June 2016.

“I’m very please we’re offering this contract to Dr. Yonke,” said school board member Peter Fischer. “The district is in a very strong position at this time, and that is directly related to the leadership of Dr. Yonke.”

“This is a wonderful place to be an administrator and it makes it easy to stay,” Yonke said.


The extension comes at a time when several other New Trier administrators are retiring or approaching retirement, and Yonke’s continued leadership will provide stability, Fischer said.

The new four-year contract includes a base salary of:

  • 2012-2013:  $287,483
  • 2013-2014:  $304,732
  • 2014-2015:  $304,732
  • 2015-2016:  $304,732

New Trier Director of Communications Niki Dizon said Yonke’s compensation will be frozen for the final two years.

Earlier in the meeting the school board recognized retiring administrators Laurel Burman, director of special education; and John Nieweem, director of physical plant services. Associate Superintendent Don Goers is scheduled to retire in June 2013.

“Dr. Yonke can help us with future superintendent search, especially with helping to groom potential internal candidates,” Fischer said.

School Board President Alan Dolinko said that the district hopes to have “multiple, strong internal candidates” when Yonke retires, but will also look outside the district when the time comes.

Yonke has served as superintendent since 2006, and she served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for two years before that.

New Trier has a freshman campus in and a sophomore, junior and senior . 

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