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June 24, 2014

Vo-tech administrators get bonuses, no raises

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County Career and Technical Center administrators will get one-time bonuses instead of raises next year.

The joint operating committee approved one-year agreements that would freeze the salaries of director Leonard A. Rich and the principal, head custodian, cafeteria supervisor and computer technician.

The agreement gives Rich a bonus of $1,500 and the others a bonus of $1,000 each for the 2014-15 school year.

The committee also approved the retirement of Phyllis Lamb as cafeteria supervisor. Her position either will be filled or the school will pursue other options, such as consultation with a food service group, Rich said.

The joint operating committee also adopted new job descriptions for the administrative director, the business manager and the accounts payable clerk.

Rich explained the job descriptions were created with the intent of segregating the duties of the business manager and director, which has been a recommendation in the school’s audits.

Instead of hiring a business manager for the 2014-15 school year, the center will continue to use the services of Laurel business manager Mary Kosek. The joint operating committee will look to hire a full-time business manager for the 2015-16 school year, he said.

The joint operating committee also:

•Hired Jay Parsons of Venango County to teach the new oil and gas technician shop at a salary of $45,963 for next school year. Parsons has five years of experience in oil and gas and also has experience teaching social studies and English. He was one of five applicants.

•Hired Greg Gibbs under a supplemental contract as a health assistant to help teach the course for certified nurse’s aide.

•Heard a report from Eckles Architecture and Engineering, which assessed the school’s heating and cooling system. According to Rich, the system is original from 1966. Eckles is looking into whether any repairs are needed. “They’re in the beginning stages,” Rich said, noting the existing 50-year-old system has lasted well beyond its life expectancy.

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