New contracts for Salem administrators

SALEM — The Salem school board approved new three-year contracts with wage increases for several administrators Monday night, with 3 percent for this year, 2.75 percent for next year and 2.5 percent in 2019.

At the top of the list was Salem Jr./Sr High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Sean Kirkland, whose salary will increase to $91,670 this year. The board also approved a supplemental contract for him of $50 per day when he’s performing the full-time duties of superintendent in the absence of Superintendent Dr. Joe Shivers, from Feb. 27 until his return or the end of the school calendar on June 1.

Other administrators and their new salaries for the next school year included: Jr./Sr. High School Associate Principal Hank Brock, $72,100; Reilly School Principal Cindy Viscounte, $85,948; Southeast School Principal Lisa DeRose, $88,570; and Maintenance Supervisor Ken Hardy, $71,633. All the administrator contracts take effect Aug. 1 and expire July 31, 2020.

School psychologist contracts with increases include Lisa Lorubbio, $82,514 for this year, with the same percentage increases and contract term as the adminstrators; and $359 per day for 120 days for the time period from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2018 for Larry Truzzie.

In other personnel matters, the board accepted with regret and sincere appreciation the retirements of several longtime employees. Technology Director Timothy Roller will retire effective Dec. 31 after 25 1/2 years. Also retiring will be: effective June 30, Darlene Farino, after 30 years as EMIS Coordinator, superintendent’s secretary, treasurer’s office and duty aide; effective Oct. 1, Marjorie Zeigler, after 30 years as parent volunteer, substitute teacher, special needs paraprofessional, curriculum and special education administrative assistant and accounts payable clerk; and effective July 31, Susan Kyser, after 10 1/2 years as treasurer’s office payroll clerk. Farino, Zeigler and Kyser will receive a one-time incentive payment of 20 percent of their salaries with the understanding that they retire this year. Other retirements accepted include Debra Wilson effective June 22 after 25 years teaching at Salem Junior High and Southeast and Linda Schreffler effective Aug. 13 after 22 years as a speech pathologist.

Citing a lack of enrollment, the school board approved a reduction in force at the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing of one part-time instructer, Lisa Morgan, effective Feb. 24.

Prior to taking action on the consent agenda, board members were treated to a musical showcase by Southeast School students who were under the direction of choir and band teacher Anne Saltsman, a Salem grad who’s a first-year teacher with the district. DeRose said the band includes 90 students in the fifth grade and 65 in the sixth grade. There’s also a group of 50 choir students known as the Southeast Singers. Altogether, Saltsman teaches 320 students at Southeast, 150 students at Reilly and another 200 students at the high school.

DeRose thanked the board for seeing the value of music and all the arts, noting that it takes a lot of coordination to fit them all into the school day schedule. Saltsman commented on how rewarding it is to see the students building relationships outside of their normal circle of friends, through band and choir.

Under financial reporting, Treasurer Robert Barrett unveiled an interactive dashboard financial report he created to present board members a visual image of the district finances, with sections for overall, revenue, expenditures and enrollment, which he said drives revenue. In a sample of expenses, he showed an image of a dollar bill which showed the breakdown of expenses and could be clicked on for more detail. The interactive image showed that 69 cents of every dollar is spent on employee costs.

Board President Steve Bailey asked if the dashboard could be placed on the district website. Barrett said he would like to work on that, but at this time, with the format he utilized, someone would be able to manipulate the data. The dashboard will be updated for board members once a month.

Also part of the consent agenda, the board approved Carolyn Cecena as custodian II at the high school, Kristy Erb as compliance officer for two grant programs, Andy Clutter and Jim Armeni as boys baseball volunteers, Abby Minamyer as a substitute teacher and Scott Shingleton as a substitute custodian.