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MCS Board of Education approves personnel actions


MASSENA - Personnel actions that didn’t make it through the approval process during last week’s Massena Central School Board of Education meeting were approved during a special meeting Tuesday.

Board members had been asked to approve 146 personnel actions last Thursday. However, William Sommerfield voted no and Cristen Halladay and Patrick Bronchetti abstained on one recommended action. Eight other recommended actions received no votes from Mr. Sommerfield, Ms. Halladay and Mr. Bronchetti after questions were raised about stipend amounts.

This time around, with Mr. Bronchetti and board Vice President Gregory Fregoe absent, 17 personnel actions passed with only one no vote from Mr. Sommerfield on a recommendation for a one-year, $52,439 contract for human resources professional Claudeen Watkins.

Eight actions that had not been approved last week, however, were passed Tuesday night after the amount of the stipends for summer professional development were amended during executive session.

The original action called for $2,057 for 10 days for Jeremy Siddon; $678 for five days for Darcy LaBarge; $877 for four days for Abbey St. Thomas; $825 for four days for Joseph Mittiga; $762 for four days for Cristina David; $825 for four days for Jessica Jarrett; $678 for four days for Wendy Harvey; and $945 for four days for Linda Nowak. Those were reduced to $100 a day for each individual and received unanimous approval from the board.

Seven salary adjustments were also recommended Tuesday for licensed practical nurses Billie Jo Peets and Nicole Stowell, registered nurse Jane Bain and teacher aides Nora Seeber, Lisa Laughman, Patty Topa and Carrye Anne Lanning.

While salary increases for those individuals had been approved Thursday, the increases were contingent on the board of education approving a contract with the Massena Confederated School Employees’ Association. The board failed to act on that Thursday night, so Tuesday’s personnel actions reverted the salaries back to their current 2011-12 levels.

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