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Allegheny Valley School District administrators, custodians get pay raises

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, 11:10 p.m.

Allegheny Valley School District administrators and district custodians will start the new school year with pay raises.

The school board has approved 2 percent increases for nearly a dozen administrators for the 2016-17 school year.

It has also approved a three-year contract with the union representing 15 custodians and maintenance workers.

Administrator pay hikes are retroactive to July 1. Based on their compensation, raises ranged from about $1,000 to $2,500.

Positions covered include principals, athletic and food service directors, and special education and technology coordinators.

A 2 percent pay hike was separately approved for Brad Rau, the district's business manager and board secretary.

Custodians contract

Pay raises for custodians will vary based on how long they have worked for the district, with most also getting 2 percent increases on July 1 of each of the contract's three years.

The district's contract with Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ is retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2019. The union accepted the agreement last month.

Of the 15 employees, nine who have been with the district more than 10 years are at the top of the pay scale and will get 2 percent raises, according to district spokeswoman Jan Zastawniak.

The remaining six are new employees who are on pay steps based on the number of years they have been with the district. Their pay raises are determined by the step; the increases are a higher percentage, but a lower dollar amount, Zastawniak said.

The percentages of those raises were not provided.

The employees will pay 7 percent of their health care premium.

The previous three-year contract between the union and the district expired June 30. They had been negotiating since January.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701 or

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