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New Saratoga Springs school contract has 12% pay raises for administrators

New Saratoga Springs school contract has 12% pay raises for administrators

The Saratoga Springs School District and administrators have agreed to a five-year contract, retroac

Principals, assistant principals and the district athletic director in the city school district will be getting 12 percent in pay raises over five years, according to a new contract.

The contract approved last week by the Board of Education for the 18 administrators is retroactive to the 2009-10 school year and extends to the 2013-14 school years.

The principals and others in the administrators bargaining unit are currently paid between $95,000 and $127,000, depending on the position and years with the district, according to See Through New York.

The contract has been negotiated for three years, says a prepared statement from the Saratoga Springs City School District.

The contract calls for 3.5 percent raises for the administrators for the 2009-10 school year and also the 2010-11 school year. The administrators will get a 1.5 percent pay increase this school year and next school year and a 2 percent increase in the 2013-14 year.

“Significant concessions regarding health insurance” are part of the settlement, including an increase in co-pay for health insurance premiums from 10 percent to 15 percent, district officials said.

The administrators have also agreed to move to a less costly benefit plan with increased co-pays for services. The contract also includes the option to explore cost savings in health insurance in the future.

District officials said the 3.5 percent pay increases the administrators will get retroactively for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are “less than other bargaining units received in those years.”

There are no salary increments for administrators beyond the negotiated pay increases. The contract does include an increase in district compensation for retirement health insurance for administrators hired after 1995 from 50 percent to 75 percent of an individual plan after 10 years of district service.

“The agreement is fair compensation to building leaders for their ongoing commitment to make a difference in the lives of our children every day,” said Janice White, superintendent of schools, in a statement.

White and Regina Gapczynski, school board president, said the district recognizes the critically important and challenging work of building administrators that has been essential to the success of students.

“After more than three years of lengthy and intense negotiations, we have reached an agreement that we feel is good for the bargaining unit, the school district and the community at large,” Gapczynski said in a statement.

White said that is demonstrated by continued progress toward achieving goals and targets; national, state and regional recognition for excellence; and outstanding service to the community.

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