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April 22, 2014

Board lengthens business manager contract

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Area School Board has approved a five-year contract for district business manager Joseph Ambrosini.

The board at its regular meeting last week voted 8 to 0 to lengthen the school district’s employment agreement with Ambrosini. It will extend from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2019.

Member Barbara Razzano did not attend the meeting.

The board last year approved a one-year contract with Ambrosini, which expires June 30.

He has been the district business manager for about 10 1/2 years.

The new agreement will afford him annual wage increases in accordance with the current administrator compensation plan.

Ambrosini’s current annual salary is $109,771. His 2014-15 pay will increase to $113,803. In June of 2015 the existing administrators agreement will expire and will be re-negotiated.

District superintendent John J. Sarandrea said prior to this school year Ambrosini's contracts had been in five-year agreements.

During last year’s budget talks, the school board opted for a one-year automatic rollover for this year, he explained.

The superintendent and the business manager are the district's only employees with administrative contracts, Sarandrea pointed out.

A superintendent can be given either a three-, four- or five-year contract depending upon experience and negotiations.

The board hired Sarandrea effective July 1 under a five-year contract with a salary this year of $130,000, plus benefits.

“I felt that (the contract term) should be the same for the business manager,” Sarandrea said. “After speaking with our solicitor, Mr. Ambrosini and the board, we agreed to go back to a multi-year agreement.”

“Having been back in New Castle now for almost 10 months, I see that Mr. Ambrosini has done and continues to do an outstanding job above and beyond what is expected of most business managers.,” Sarandrea continued. “I recommended that his contract be five years, and I am happy the board of directors was in agreement.”


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