Stafford School Board Approves New Administrators Association Contract

By David Biggy | Aug 21, 2019

Stafford Township — Roughly 14 months after the Stafford Township Board of Education and Stafford Township Education Association finalized a new contract for STEA members, the board in its meeting on Aug. 15 approved the new contract with the Stafford Township Administrator’s Association, the latter possessing a couple of similarities.

The new, three-year deal, retroactive to July 1 and running through June 30, 2022, calls for a salary increase of 3 percent each year. In the previous contract, the yearly increases were 2.5 percent for each of the three years.

Also, STAA personnel contributing to their health-benefit premiums each quarter will receive reimbursement stipends of 20 percent for each quarter of the 2019-20 year and 25 percent for the following two years. The previous contract included no such “Chapter 78” relief.

With a small crew in attendance, three of the five members voted to approve the new contract. Vice President Richard Czajkowski and Patricia Formica – who negotiated the STEA contract on behalf of the board last year – voted against the STAA contract approval, while board President Walter Jauch and recently elected members Tammy Wagner and Brett Novick voted for its approval. Prior to its approval, the board met in closed session for about 90 minutes.

In other board business, it approved a change order reduction from Falasca Mechanical in the amount of $80,125.87, which turned out to be a savings for district-wide mechanical and plumbing work as part of the referendum project approved by voters several years ago. Originally, the board had approved some $3.85 million as the budget for such improvements; the final total was about $3.77 million.

Additionally, the board approved a policy that going forward requires the district to purchase and utilize “green products” – those that are environmentally safe and friendly – with the purpose of creating a cleaner, less toxic and more sustainable in terms of recyclable materials environment for district staff and students.

The board also approved several upcoming retirements, the most notable being the retirement of Ronald L. Meinders Primary Learning Center Director Lori Coyne, who is slated to conclude her long career in education at the end of this year.

David Biggy

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