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KINGSTON — The Wyoming Valley West School Board gave Superintendent Charles Suppon a four-year contract extension at a special meeting Wednesday morning and amended a previously approved contract extension for Business Manager Joe Rodriguez to a two-year extension with a 2 percent raise each year.

Suppon’s contract calls for a salary of $130,000 next year, $133,250 the year after, and $136,581 each of the following two years, effectively freezing his pay for the last year of the deal.

Suppon gets the same health insurance coverage as other employees, board member John Gill said.

Suppon became superintendent at the end of June 2009, when his predecessor, Michael Garzella, stepped down with two years remaining on his contract.

Garzella later landed the superintendent’s post at Pittston Area School District.

Prior to getting Wyoming Valley West’s top job, Suppon was director of instructional and pupil services, with a salary of $98,000 before being chosen as superintendent.

Suppon, who started working in the district in 1977, noted at the time he would be the first graduate from the district to become superintendent.

The contract for Rodriguez had to be changed because the board had initially included him under the Act 93 agreement for administrators, Board President Joe Mazur said, but state law does not allow a business manager to be covered by that agreement. Act 93 refers to the state law that governs compensation agreements with most school district administrators.

The amended deal increases the retirement benefit for Rodriguez from 40 percent of one year’s pay to 65 percent. Rodriguez can also get 65 percent of daily pay for unused sick days and full daily pay for unused vacation days upon retirement.

The board approved a contract with O & M Multi Trade Inc. for installation of a new boiler at Chester Street Elementary School for a total cost of $153,600.

The board also appointed Deborah Stevens as varsity soccer coach.

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