WILKES-BARRE – The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board has approved raises for administrative employees who have seen no pay increase for two years.
The board approved a one-year Act 93 plan, so named because such agreements fall under the state law known as Act 93 of 1984, which covers employees who do not belong to unions.
Unlike union contracts, which are negotiated and must be agreed up on by both sides, Act 93 plans are drawn up through a meet and discuss process. The two sides can talk about terms of the agreement, but in the end the school board can impose terms the employees must accept.
The agreement covers directors (such as special education or technology directors), principals, assistant principals, program coordinators and several other administrators. School boards have leeway deciding which non-union employees fall under an Act 93 plan.
In Wilkes-Barre Area there are 11 such non-certified administrative classifications. When the new Act 93 plan was approved, the board voted to give those 11 employees each a $1,000 raise.
Solicitor Ray Wendolowski said the 11 employees and the Act 93 employees have gone without raises for two years. Many local districts froze Act 93 wages in recent years to combat budget shortfalls precisely because they could freeze those salaries without negotiations.
The Act 93 plan approved by the board is technically a two-year deal, going back to July 1, 2011, when the last deal expired. But there are no retroactive raises for 2011-12. For 2012-13, the contracted raises vary with the position.
Central Office directors will get a $1,750 increase, state certified administrators receive $1,500 more, and non-state certified administrators get a $1,250 increase. The contract also gives a $2,000 longevity pay to employees with 20 or more years of service, but that only applies to tier one employees, primarily directors, principals and assistant principals.
Base salaries for the employees covered by the plan range from $48,500 for the technology office manager to $92,392 for high school principals and directors of pupil personnel, special education and special project – the same as in the prior contract.
The Act 93 plan covers about 40 employees.
The 11 employees not covered who received $1,000 raises are: purchasing director Jim Post; purchasing coordinator Todd Harding; supervisor of buildings and grounds John Chiumento; supervisor of custodial services Jim Serafini; production, print and postal services manager Barb Davis; confidential secretaries Debbie Antellocy and Susan Saporito; resource officer Barry Jacobs; buildings and grounds evening security monitor Arthur Manasyan; technology assistant Carl Marsh and inventory controller Ron Lloyd.
The agreement covers directors, principals … and several other administrators.