Curwensville school board ratifies contract|
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - Curwensville Area School Board ratified a contract with the district's support staff at last night's meeting. The previous pact, affecting 77 cafeteria employees, custodians and aides who are part of the Curwensville Educational Support Personnel Association, expired June 30. The CESPA also approved the terms and conditions of the covenant yesterday according to information provided at last night's meeting.
Dr. Norman Hatten, superintendent of schools, said the three-year agreement is retroactive to July 1 and is in effect through June 30, 2015. It calls for salary increases of 2.3 percent in the first year, 2.4 percent in the second and 2.5 percent in the third. Employees will be asked to make a larger contribution towards the cost of their health care.
"The plan is designed with changes that will save the school district money," Hatten said.
A vote on the contract, approved with a 9-0 vote by the board, followed an approximately 45-minute executive session for personnel and negotiations matters. Voting to approve were Peggy Barrett, Robert Deluccia, Dave Donahue, Cheryl Johnston, Glenn Pentz, MaryAnn Rafferty, Jeff Shaffer, Jim Thorp and Darlene Wriglesworth, board members.
Other business conducted at the meeting included:
- canceling the work session scheduled for Dec. 13 and the business meeting Dec. 17.
- granting an unpaid leave of absence to Vickie Bunnell, the district's cafeteria manager, effective Monday through Feb. 12.
- approving compensating Paul Carr, district business manager, an additional $100 per day retroactive to Oct. 17 for additional work managing the cafeteria and Donna McGary, business office employee, an additional $35 per day for extra work in the business office, retroactive to Nov. 29. Both Carr's and McGary's compensation are temporary measures according to information on last night's agenda.
- adopting a resolution stating the board will not raise taxes for the 2013-14 school year by more than the inflation index of 2.6 percent established by the state Department of Education.
- approving a schedule of revised pay rates for officials at district sporting events. Hatten said last night the majority of the increases are between $5-$10 per event.
- approving a final payment to Robert T. Scheeren and Associates, Indiana, the architect for the district's renovation project, of $88,563.61 and a partial payment for the work at the Curwensville schools complex of $62,017.92.
- authorizing payment of the district's bills in December.
The board also held its annual reorganizational meeting prior to last night's voting meeting and returned Wriglesworth to the position of president. Thorp, who served as the temporary president, until Wriglesworth was elected, will continue as the board's vice president. Wriglesworth will also remain the board's legislative chairwoman to the state School Boards Association.
Business meetings will continue to be held the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the administrative office's conference room. The meeting dates are Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.
Work sessions will be held on the Thursday prior to the third Monday, also at 7:30 p.m. at the conference room. The work session dates are: Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 16, June 13, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14. The board authorized voting to take place, as needed, at its work sessions.
The board's buildings and grounds and curriculum and instruction/discipline committees will meet, as needed, at 6:30 p.m. on the dates of the work sessions. The board's personnel committee will meet as necessary and its safety committee will meet on the first Thursday of each month at 8 a.m.
Andrews & Beard Law Offices, Altoona, will continue as the district's solicitor.