4-year settlement includes additional $1,200 each year
BY MICHAEL DIVITTORIO
Clairton City School District has a new contract with the Clairton Secretarial Association.
The school board approved the agreement, effective July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2016, by a 6-2 vote on Wednesday night.
Directors Robert Harrigan and Sue Wessel were opposed. Board vice president Paulette Bradford was absent.
“It gives us labor peace with all our bargaining units for at least the next year,” board president Rich Livingston said. “We can plan our budgets because we have knowledge of what our employees are going to make. Everything’s been settled.”
The contract impacts six secretaries — one for the elementary school, guidance counselor, special education and high school, and two at the business office.
Livingston said the contract gives each secretary an additional $1,200 each year across the board, and includes a starting salary wage freeze for all four years.
School directors approved contracts for paraprofessionals last year, and for teachers in September 2011. They
expire in June 2015 and June 2014, respectively.
The paraprofessional contract was the first in district history.
The teachers contract included a wage freeze for a year, and no raises for the first and second years of service to the district. The previous teachers contract expired in 2010.
School directors approved a change to this year’s calendar, scheduling Wednesday as a make-up day for Feb. 28, when a sewage problem caused cancellation of classes.
Directors approved Josh Geletko as a volunteer coach for the boys basketball team, and Ted Ulmer, Dean Bradley and Dennis Gullasky as volunteer assistant baseball coaches for the 2013 season.
District officials met with state Sen. James Brewster, D-McKeesport, prior to the board meeting.
Livingston said they wanted to show Brewster the district’s budget.
“He’s been very supportive of the district,” Livingston said. “We want to make sure that when he goes up to Harrisburg, he has all our information to show what the state budget is doing to us. I want
to thank him for coming.”
The board expelled two students on Wednesday.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@ tribweb.com.
“It gives us labor peace with all our bargaining units for at least the next year.”
SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT