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Bethlehem school directors okay pay raises for teachers, administrators

By Stephen Althouse, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 10:19:35 PM CDT

Bethlehem Area School District

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

The Bethlehem Area School District Board of Directors approved a series of human resources initiatives that included hirings, reassignments and pay raises for teachers and administrators during Monday night’s meeting.

Five administrators will have new titles or will be reassigned effective July 1. They include Stacy Gober, who since 2010 has been the assistant to the superintendent for finance and administration, at a salary of $143,222. Also Jack Silva, who was hired in 2010 as assistant superintendent for education at a salary of $135,000, was reassigned Monday night with a new title – assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction – with a salary now of $144,222.

And Russell Giordano was given a salary of $111,395 to be the district’s director of human resoures. Director of Facilities and Operations Mark Stein will pocket $114,577. In total the pay hikes measured out to three percent.

Also, Detrick McGriff was named principal of Broughal Middle School. He will be paid $104,087 annually. And business teacher Diane Jordan was named athletic director at Freedom High School, at a cost of $97,541 a year.

The pay hikes and hires come one week after the school board unexpectedly adopted a 2013-2014 budget that included a tax hike on property owners that was almost 30 percent higher than preliminary budget approved in May.

In other business, the school board voted 8-0 to authorize the administration of Superintendent Joseph Roy to solicit bids to lease replacement school buses up to $150,000 per year.

Administrators said the district has an aging and deteriorating fleet, which is more than 15 years old. The five-year municipal lease of $150,000 would provide BASD about nine buses, which would be fully owned by the district at the end of the lease.

And directors authorized the administration to issue a change order to Searock’s Lawn Care to include lawn care services for Fountain Hill Elementary School and Nitschmann Middle School. The move was made necessary when S.F. & H Landscaping recently told the district they couldn’t meet their contractual obligations. Searock’s agreed to pick up the slack, although it will be at a price of $73 more per cut for the two buildings.