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Gauen v. Board of Education of Highland Community Unit School District No. 5

United States District Court, S.D. Illinois

July 5, 2017

KAREN GAUEN, Ed.D., Plaintiff,
v.
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE HIGHLAND COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT No. 5, Defendant.,

          MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

          DAVID R. HERNDON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Introduction and Background

         Pending before the Court is defendant's motion for summary judgment and reply (Docs. 27 & 36). Obviously, plaintiff opposes the motion (Doc. 31). Based on the applicable case law, the record and the following, the Court denies the motion for summary judgment.

         On February 26, 2106, Karen Gauen, filed suit against the Board of Education of the Highland Community Unit School District (“Board”) for employment discrimination on the basis of sex, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-(f)(3) (Count I - Title VII), 42 U.S.C. 206(d) (Count II - Equal Pay Act) and 820 ILCS 112 (Count III - Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003). Basically, Gauen alleges the Board paid her less compensation for her services as principal and assistant principal than her male counterparts. The Board filed its answer and affirmative defenses on April 26, 2016 (Doc. 6). Thereafter, the Board filed its motion for summary judgment and Gauen filed her opposition. As the motion is ripe, the Court turns to address the merits of the motion.

         Facts[1]

         Dr. Karen Gauen currently is employed as the principal of the Highland High School, a position she has held for the past four school years, from the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Previously, Gauen was employed as the assistant principal at Highland High School for the 2012-2013 school year. Before these positions, she was employed as an educator, including a classroom teacher, for more than thirty-five years. She had no relevant administrative experience as either assistant principal or principal prior to those jobs. She has worked for the Highland school district for over twenty-four years, mostly at the high school. Gauen has a doctorate in Education Administration. At the time she was promoted to assistant principal, she was the only administrator in the District to have earned National Board Certification. In total, Gauen has over 40 years of experience in the education field.

         Gauen applied for assistant principal for the 2012-2013 school year after she saw the opening that the District posted. The Superintendent of the District, Michael Sutton, selected Gauen to be assistant principal. As assistant principal for one year, Gauen's salary was $79, 000 plus an additional $1, 000 for having the National Board Certification. Barry Thomas, Gauen's predecessor for assistant principal, made $105, 349 (after subtracting the 12.57% increase he received for retirement) the year before Gauen became assistant principal. At the time of his retirement, Thomas had twenty-six years of administrative experience. Steve Lanxon, another assistant principal at the same time as Gauen was, made $95, 527. Lanxon also served as the Athletic Director for the District. At this time, Lanxon had seventeen years of prior administrative experience as assistant principal at Highland High School. Lanxon retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year and he made $102, 767.

         Thereafter, the District posted the vacancy for principal for the 2013-2014 school year. Gauen applied for the position. Three male applicants for the position were interviewed for the position; while Gauen was not interviewed for the position. The District hired Gauen as principal. For the 2013-2014 school year, Gauen's salary was $89, 000 annual base plus $1, 000 for having the National Board Certification. Gauen's current annual base salary is $103, 977. She has a total of four years of administrative experience. Gauen lived in the District when she was hired as assistant principal and principal.

         Derek Hacke, Gauen's predecessor as principal, made $107, 825 (after deducting $10, 000 in salary he got as a substitute for health insurance) the year before Gauen became principal. Hacke became principal at the start of the 2009-20100 school year. At the time of his hire, Hacke had nine years of administrative experience as both assistant principal and principal at a high school. His starting salary as principal at Highland High School was $100, 000 annual base salary (after deducting $10, 000 in salary he got as a substitute for health insurance). In order to accept the principal position at Highland High School, Hacke had to move his family from Roxana Community School District No. 1to the District.

         Subsequently, the District hired Chris Becker to fill the 2013-2014 assistant principal position vacated by Gauen.[2] Prior to this, Becker had eight years of administrative experience as a high school assistant principal. Becker's salary as assistant principal was $90, 000 annual base salary. In order to accept the assistant principal job at the Highland High School, Becker had to move his family from Chatham, Illinois.

         The job posting for the principal position states this in part:

Qualifications:
Proven record of dynamic educational leadership, including excellent interpersonal and communication skills with students, staff, and parents Knowledge of curriculum and instruction Successful teaching/administrative background Ability to be part of an effective management team Strong knowledge of school facilities management Ability to produce an effective school climate Ability to face the challenges caused by growing enrollment ...

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