Saratoga County

School board hikes superintendent’s pay

The city school district Board of Education has extended Superintendent Janice White’s employment co
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The city school district Board of Education has extended Superintendent Janice White’s employment contract through 2011 and given the new superintendent a $6,000 per year raise.

“We are very pleased with her,” board president Frank Palumbo said. “During her first year on the job we couldn’t have anticipated anything better.”

White was appointed superintendent in 2007, replacing long-time superintendent John MacFadden, who retired.

“She does her homework, she knows her material,” Palumbo said. He added that she really knows the district.

One of the reasons White was named to the position is because she had been in the district as an administrator and deputy superintendent for nearly a decade.

Extending White’s contract another three years is “standard procedure” for the board when it is satisfied with the superintendent’s performance, Palumbo said.

“I feel very fortunate,” White said.

She said her annual compensation will go from $155,000 to $161,000. She said the pay increase was “mutually satisfying” for the school board and for her. The board, at its recent meeting, also increased the pay of three other top administrators by about 4 percent for each of the next three years.

These administrators include Thomas Mele, assistant superintendent for elementary education, Michael Piccirillo, assistant superintendent for secondary education, and Kurt Jaeger, assistant superintendent for business.

The district Director of Assessment and Staff Development Stephanie Lang submitted her resignation effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Lang, a Wilton resident, has been with the district since 1993 and has been involved in many of the district’s new initiatives in both a supporting and leading role. Palumbo said Lang will be very difficult to replace.

The Board of Education and the Saratoga Springs Teachers’ Association continue to discuss a new contract. The old contract between the district and its teachers ended June 30.

White said the negotiations are an “ongoing dialogue” about a variety of issues, involving compensation as well as teachers’ duties and the overall educational program. District officials say the talks, thus far, have been productive.

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