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Contract approved by school board for Carlynton administrators

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 4:09 p.m.

It took some extra time, but Carlynton's administrators are officially under contract.

By a 7-0 vote, the district's school board approved the compensation plan for district administrators, retroactive to July 1, 2012, at its meeting Feb. 21. Directors Sandra Hughan and Betsy Tassaro were absent.

“I just want to thank our administrators for the patience they've shown,” board President David Roussos said. “It's been a busy time. Next time, we'll try to get this done prior to the effective date of the agreement, but you've shown a lot of patience and we appreciate it.”

Pennsylvania's Act 93 legislates administrator compensation. Act 93 plans outline salaries and benefits of district administrators.

Carlynton's new contract provides for 3 percent salary increases for the district's three principals, one assistant principal, director of pupil services and school psychologist, retroactive to July 1, 2012. The board approved those increases at its Jan. 10 meeting.

Salaries for administrators in 2012-13 are: Carlynton Junior/Senior High School principal Robert Susini, $91,690; Crafton Elementary School principal Jacie Maslyk, $87,589; Director of Pupil Services Lee Myford, $82,746; Carnegie Elementary principal Carla Hudson, $69,103; junior/senior high school assistant principal Laura Burns, $64,715; and elementary school psychologist Hillary Mangis, $58,041.

The contract runs through June 30, 2015.

New telephone system

The board of education also approved a parent link communication system at a cost not to exceed $6,414 by a 7-0 vote.

The communication system will allow mass parent notification for district announcements. It also comes equipped with a mobile application that will allow parents to learn of district announcements via their smartphones.

District officials say the new communication system will come in handy in circumstances like Jan. 22, when a water-line break forced the cancellation of classes at Crafton Elementary. Some parents didn't find out about the cancellation until after their arrival at school that morning.

“It's going to allow us to reach parents in a better way,” Roussos said. “We're not relying on phone chains. We're using the technology available today in situations where there's a snow delay or even just various announcements.”

Calendar approved

Board members adopted the 2013-14 academic calendar at its meeting Feb. 21.

The calendar allows for an extra week before the start of school for contractors to finish the first phase of renovations at Carnegie and Crafton elementaries.

The first day for students will be Aug. 28, with the last day scheduled for June 11, 2014, with graduation slated for June 13.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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