Chel­tenham board ne­go­ti­ates con­tracts

Glenside News - - POLICEREPORTS - By Caitlin Burns

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The Chel­tenham School Board ap­proved a new con­tract ne­go­ti­ated with ad­min­is­tra­tors at its meet­ing Oct. 9. The con­tract, which has slight changes to the pre­vi­ous con­tract, was ne­go­ti­ated by the Chel­tenham As­so­ci­a­tion for School Su­per­vi­sors and Ad­min­is­tra­tors, mem­bers of the dis­trict’s busi­ness depart­ment and school board mem­bers.

“These are al­ways dif­fi­cult ne­go­ti­a­tions,” board mem­ber gim Butt said. “These have to be a win­win.”

Changes in the CASSA con­tract in­clude elim­i­nat­ing per­sonal day buy-backs, in which the ad­min­is­tra­tors can be re­im­bursed by the dis­trict for un­used per­sonal days, and fam­ily emer­gency days. fn­stead, ad­min­is­tra­tors will re­ceive ad­di­tional sick days for fam­ily emer­gen­cies, va­ca­tion day buy-backs and an an­nual in­crease of 1.9 per­cent. Ac­cord­ing to Busi­ness jan­ager jatthew jali­nowski, the way salaries will be set up, ad­min­is­tra­tors will not reach their max­i­mum salaries un­til their seventh or eighth year in the po­si­tion. The ad­min­is­tra­tors’ re­tire­ment plan changed as well, re­quir­ing a 2 per­cent to 4 per­cent con­tri­bu­tion that will be matched by the school dis­trict.

jali­nowski said there are a to­tal of 25 ad­min­is­tra­tors in the school dis­trict, but only four will fall un­der the new CASSA con­tract. The other ad­min­is­tra­tors are not part of CASSA and are not af­fected by the new con­tract.

jali­nowski also said that com­pared to other school dis­tricts the ad­min­is­tra­tors’ over­all salaries are lower, say­ing they were “be­low av­er­age.” The salaries of the four ad­min­is­tra­tors af­fected by the ne­go­ti­a­tions are based on the av­er­age salaries of all jont­gomery County school dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tors in the 2011-12 school year, jali­nowski said, and the max­i­mum salaries that could be earned range from about A108,000 to A169,000.

The new con­tract will be­gin guly 1, 2013, and be valid un­til gune 30, 2016.

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