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No new contract for service employees

Members of the Baldwin-Whitehall Service Employees Association have been working without a new contract since the end of June, district leaders confirmed last week.

The service employees, that include the district's custodians, bus drivers, district substitutes, secretarial staff, daytime aides, cafeteria staffing and maintenance personnel, agreed to work under the terms of the current contract as negotiations continue, Superintendent Randal Lutz said.

Negotiations began in January and are ongoing. Human resources and department managers are handling the negotiations on behalf of the district, board President Larry Pantuso said.

There are between 500 and 600 employees affected by the contract, Lutz said. The previous four-year contract was expired for 20 months before the two parties agreed to terms in late 2011, Lutz said. The contract was retroactively approved to run from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2014.

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Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members have given the district's top leader a new three-year contract, the board president said.

Board members in an 8-1 vote on Aug. 13 approved a contract with Superintendent Randal Lutz that runs from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2018. Board member Martin Michael Schmotzer dissented.

“For me, it was about stability, that we are moving in the right direction and that the board is happy with what we're doing,” Lutz said.

Pennsylvania state code requires that school boards notify a superintendent 150 days prior to the end of their contract of their intent to renew or part ways, Lutz said. Yet, district leaders opted to make their decision early.

Lutz, 46, of Baldwin Borough, will be paid $146,015 in 2014-15, after board members in a separate, unanimous vote last week approved a 4-percent raise for the superintendent. The contract outlines annual 3-percent raises for Lutz if he receives a satisfactory review from the board, school board President Larry Pantuso said.

Lutz has been superintendent since 2012 and has worked in the district since 1996.

Lutz, a 1986 Baldwin High School graduate, grew up in Baldwin and has two daughters attending Baldwin-Whitehall schools. That knowledge of the district, where 4,145 students attend, helps with his decisions.

“If I propose it, I've lived it,” Lutz said. “If I'm proposing curricular changes, my kids live it. I'm not going to ask someone else to put their child through something if I don't live it and support it. ”

The superintendent's goals during the last two years have been improving students achievement, establishing human resources management, budget management and improving communications and public relations, he said.

“We've had major strides, but we've also had major setbacks,” Lutz said. “Overall, we are much stronger than we were two years ago.”

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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