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Raise, incentives in Scotia-Glenville's school chief pact

Raise, incentives in Scotia-Glenville's school chief pact

Scotia-Glenville School Superintendent Susan Swartz is receiving a 2 percent raise and new incentive

Scotia-Glenville School Superintendent Susan Swartz is receiving a 2 percent raise and new incentive pay based on performance.

The Board of Education on Monday approved adding another year to Swartz’s contract, which now will run through the 2014-15 school year.

“We’re very pleased with the job that Susan was doing,” said board President Pamela Carbone.

Swartz’s 2012-13 salary will be $156,609. Like the rest of the staff, she is taking one day without pay during this school year.

She will also receive a 2 percent increase in 2013-14. Her 2014-15 raise will be subject to the board’s evaluation and discussion.

The new contract contains incentive bonuses based on Swartz’s annual evaluation. The board reviews her performance in nine areas, including planning and goals, budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, operations management, personnel, community relations, Board of Education relationship, personal qualities and professional growth. Each board member gives her a score ranging from 1, the highest, to 4, the lowest. The rankings are then averaged together for a final score for each category.

For every category where Swartz gets an average score of 3 to 3.9 points, she will earn an additional $200; for 2 to 2.9, she will get another $500 and 1 to 1.9, she will earn an additional $750. The maximum possible bonus would be $6,750.

The bonuses will take effect immediately, based on her evaluation last June.

In addition, the contract contains provisions designed to retain Swartz, who has been with the district since 2005. Earlier this year, Swartz was one of three finalists for the job of superintendent of the Schenectady City School District. She took herself out of the running because she was concerned that so many Scotia-Glenville administrators were leaving at the same time, which would have left the district without experienced people in those roles.

If she stays with Scotia-Glenville for eight years, the district will pick up 80 percent of the cost of her health insurance in retirement and she will pay 20 percent. After nine years, the district would pay 90 percent and she would pay 10 percent. After 10 years, the split is 93 percent and 7 percent.

Also on Monday, the board hired two people to fill vacant positions. Anthony J. Peconie was hired as the new assistant principal of Scotia-Glenville Middle School at a salary of $78,000 annually. Pecoine was previously dean of students and a special education teacher for the district before that.

Nancy Lussier was hired as the new director of fine arts at a salary of $85,000. Lussier served in the same position for the Schenectady City School District.

The board also voted to deed a portion of the Beukendaal Fields to the Scotia-Glenville Softball League to resolve a problem that dates back to the summer of 2011. School officials at that time informed the softball league and Scotia-Glenville Pop Warner that they couldn’t use two buildings housing bathrooms, equipment and concession stands because they did not meet code requirements of the state Education Department. They are not handicapped accessible and there was no emergency exit on the second floor.

Softball league officials asked the board to let it have the property so it could continue using those facilities. As a nonprofit, it would not be subject to the education code requirements.

A roughly 21⁄2-acre portion of the 17-acre field housing the buildings was subdivided. School officials said the league will pay a nominal amount per year, likely $1.

School district spokesman Robert Hanlon said the process took a long time because the Scotia-Glenville Softball League had to obtain approval from the town Planning and Zoning Commission and be reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

There was also an issue with the septic system on the property. Hanlon said he believed the organization won’t use it and will bring in portable toilets.

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