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Friday, April 26, 2013, 2:06 a.m.
 

Steel Valley School District officials approved two new contracts at this week's board meeting.

Custodians and cafeteria workers have a new collective bargaining agreement retroactive to July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

Secretaries, paraprofessionals and aids have a new collective bargaining agreement retroactive to July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014.

Superintendent secretary Kim Watkins said the contracts impact 52 people, 30 with the first agreement and 22 in the second.

Terms of both contracts include a pay freeze for the first and second year, a pro-rated bonus in the second year based on the average salary, and a 3 percent wage increase the third year, Superintendent Ed Wehrer said.

Custodians and cafeteria staff have worked without a contract since June 30, 2012. Secretarial and education support staff have worked without a contract since June 30, 2011.

District officials also witnessed a presentation by Barrett Elementary autistic support and life skills support teacher Lori Oleksak at Tuesdays' meeting.

Oleksak showed a video and talked about how iPads, donated by renown Steel Valley benefactor Bill Campbell, benefited her special education students.

District director of academics, information and technology Ed Colebank said Campbell donated 25 iPads and $2,000 in software apps for those efforts, and gave 30 more iPads for Title 1 students.

High school students Sara Lombardi, Anthony Cutone, Colby Templeton and Anthony Romangna were recognized for earning Steel Center Extra Effort awards.

Franklin Primary Center kindergartners led the Pledge of Allegiance and performed an alphabet song with the use of sign language.

Wehrer recognized teachers Sue Wilder, Carole Policastro and Jonette Bost for their bravery in responding to a fire earlier this month.

Wilder and Policastro went into the burning building to see if anyone was inside. No one was home at the time of the fire.

Bost is the teacher of the student who's house caught fire. She helped comfort the family and provided gift cards.

Wehrer called them “Steel Valley Angels” in reference to the show “Charlie's Angels.”

In other matters, school directors approved Suzanne Morgan, Erin Dawso, Bradley Pietryga and Kasey Poorman as day-to-day substitutes.

The board also accepted the resignation of varsity girls volleyball coach Calley Lasure.

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