Lori Bein is the new Arlington Heights School District 25 superintendent.
A three-year contract was approved Thursday at a special meeting in which the school board members present all voted yes but made no comments. School board Vice President Susan Preissing was absent.
Bein's contract includes a base salary of $201,840 and goes from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.
The contract allows her to resign with 90 school days of notice, while the board can terminate the agreement after the first school year without reason. Bein will also get 20 days of vacation and a monthly $500 stipend for car expenses.
Arlington Heights' current superintendent, Sarah Jerome, is retiring at the end of the school year. Her current salary is $228,655.
And unlike for Jerome, there are clauses in Bein's contract that restrict extensive work outside of the school district and immediate community.
Bein must get approval from the board for other work, such as consulting, speaking engagements, writing or lecturing at conferences, according to her contract.
Although the board will pay for up to three professional organization memberships, Bein is limited to 10 days of "professional development leave" for training, meetings and conferences.
No such restrictions were a part of Jerome's deal.
School board President David Page did not immediately return calls or emails seeking comment.
Jerome's contract allowed her to participate in an unlimited number of groups, with the board paying up to $3,300 per year in dues and membership fees.
Her contract also included a clause that encouraged her to attend conferences and meetings and to seek leadership roles in professional organizations.
Jerome's contract also allowed for a $5,000 yearly reimbursement for business expenses --something Bein's contract doesn't spell out.
Jerome was very involved as president of the American Association of School Administrators. Leading both the Arlington Heights school district and that national organization for school superintendents in 2007 through 2009, Jerome traveled across the country and internationally, according to her resume.
Jerome, who has been an administrator since 1970, also frequently speaks on global citizenship in schools, including language and culture.
This year during the hiring process for District 25, some parents said they preferred someone not in the later parts of their career and that they wanted the new superintendent to be more present in the community.
Bein, 46, has been an administrator since 1995. She grew up in Des Plaines and said she's a graduate of the now-closed Forest View High School in Arlington Heights' District 214.
"I knew my heart was here," Bein said in an informal speech after her contract was approved. "My family is thrilled. I'm absolutely thrilled. Arlington Heights is like coming back home for me."
Bein's contract also includes a "student performance and academic improvement" clause that Jerome did not have.
Included in the contract is a memo defining goals and indicators of success, including for student achievement scores in math and reading and teacher development plans to raise those scores.
Bein's current post is superintendent of Roselle School District 12, where she has led the small school system for the last seven years. Records show her base salary is $177,468.
Previously, she was assistant superintendent for instructional services at Skokie School District 69, the principal at Thomas A. Edison School in Morton Grove and assistant principal at Winston Campus School in Palatine, according to her resume provided by District 25.
Her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University focused on middle school education, according to the resume. Bein also has a master's degree from Roosevelt University and a doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago.
Bein now lives in Wheaton with her husband and three children and said she will not relocate to Arlington Heights.