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MARION CENTER: Board approves raise for superintendent

by on July 22, 2014 10:50 AM

The Marion Center Area School District board of directors on Monday approved a contract extension for Superintendent Frank Garritano through June 30, 2017.

The package calls for salary increases of 1.3 percent of his base pay and incentives earned each year. Garritano, a former administrator in the Indiana and Armstrong school districts, was hired in 2011 at a base rate of $124,950 and was eligible for performance adjustments and economic increases in each year of a three-year contract. Including the increases, his salary ranged from $135,000 in 2011-12 to $139,146 this past year.

Board President Gregg Sacco and directors Justin Elkin, Charles Glasser, Charles LaVan, Anthony Moretti, Robert Neese, Ronald Oswald, Karen Risinger and Robert Young unanimously approved the extension without comment.

In other business, the board:

• Approved an extension of the labor contract for 14 members of the Marion Center Area Education support personnel through June 30, 2017.

The package for the nutrition service workers provides a high deductible health insurance program with a health savings plan and a district contribution of $675 to health savings accounts in the first year. It provides pay raises of 40 cents an hour in 2014-15, then 45 cents an hour in each of the final two years. Hourly wages will range from $10.40 to $12.48 in 2014-15, and increase to $11.30 to $13.38 in the final year.

• Learned from Garritano that enrollment in the pre-kindergarten program is lower than at the same point a year ago. So far, 53 students have been signed up for the Pre-K Counts program, including 31 eligible for free or reduced fees. At this point last year, Garritano said, about 70 students had been enrolled.

Although the district usually assigns students to four pre-K classrooms, only three would be needed for the current enrollment level. Garritano said a fourth would be added as the district enrolled about 15 more students who would qualify for state reimbursement.

• Heard high school Principal Matthew Jioio’s report that student schedules will be mailed at the end of this week and schedule changes will be processed in August. Jioio said the school would host orientation sessions for new seventh-grade students and their parents at noon and at 6 p.m. Aug. 12.

• Was told by building and grounds director Ken Kirkland that summer maintenance projects include repairs to leaks in the high school auditorium roof, replacement of paper towel dispensers throughout the district with dispensers provided at no cost by a paper towel vendor, and the start of installation of a fiber communication line between the Marion Center campus and Rayne Elementary School.

• Learned from Martini that the district will receive about $28,000 less state funding than projected in the 2014-15 budget, but that Marion Center would easily absorb the difference over the year.

• Hired Shawnee Armstrong, of Marion Center, as a high school secretary at a salary of $11.12 an hour.

• Hired Autumn Kunkle as a half-time, long-term substitute language arts teacher from Aug. 25 to Jan. 20 at a salary of $4,625.

• Accepted the resignation of Ashleigh Henning, who was hired last week as a pre-kindergarten teacher in the Indiana Area School District.

• Hired Emily DuPlessis as a secondary English teacher at a salary of $48,571. DuPlessis, who originally is from Marion Center, has been teaching in Virginia.

• Approved a contract with VNA of Indiana County for substitute school nurse service as needed.

• Approved a contract with Armstrong GPS Security Inc. to provide security at school events at a rate of $16.50 an hour as needed.

• Approved a donation of $1,500 to the Marion Center Park Association.

• Designated Oswald and Glasser as voting delegates to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association legislative policy council meeting in October.

• Reappointed Oswald as school board treasurer.



Chauncey Ross is the Gazette’s fixture at Indiana Area and Homer-Center school board meetings, has been seen with pen and notepad in area police stations and courts, and is something of an Open Records Act and Sunshine Law advocate. He also manages the Gazette’s websites and answers your questions about them.
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