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Salmon River school board settles three-year pact with district administators

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FORT COVINGTON - The Salmon River Central School Board of Education has reached a three-year contract settlement with six district administrators.

The contract covers from July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2014 and includes a salary agreement for principals and directors.

School business executive Natascha Jock said the year that lapsed between the expiration of the old contract and the approval of the new was due a lengthy negotiation period, which she characterized as normal.

The new deal calls for each administrator to receive a 1.42 percent raise for the 2011-2012 school year, a $2,600 raise for the 2012-2013 school year, and a $3,000 raise for 2013-2014. Ms. Jock said the administrators will receive retroactive pay for the 2011-2012 year.

Two administrators are seeing a change in salary under the new agreement. Director of Instruction Angela Robert will retain her $86,200 salary for the 2011-2012 school year, which will go up to $87,042 for 2012-2013. High school Principal Allison Benedict’s $71,242 2011-2012 salary will bump up to $77,600 in 2012-2013.

Under the new contract, administrators beginning after July 1 will make contributions to their health insurance. The district has two plans, Excellus Classic Blue and PPOJ, Superintendent of Schools Jane Collins said.

Under the Classic Blue plan, contributions will total 3.25 percent of the plan’s cost in 2011-2012. That will stay the same in 2012-2013 and go up to 5 percent in 2013-2014. The PPOJ plan calls for a 1.5 percent contribution in 2012-2013 and a 2 percent contribution in 2013-2014.

The contract will effect administrators retiring after July 1, 2013. They and a spouse will receive 75 percent quarterly reimbursement for their Medicare Part B premiums. That percentage is currently 100 percent.

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