Fredonia approves four-year SSSA contract

A four-year contract extension between the Fredonia Central School District and the Salaried Support Staff Association has officially been approved.

During a recent board of education meeting, the board accepted the ratification of the contract for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017.

“We went into negotiations and worked through the issues that we had, and it was a fair outcome,” Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said. “You try to work and have a win-win situation, and … based on the work that we did that we were able to agree upon, I think it was a win-win situation, something very reasonable, and we have excellent employees in the SSSA. I’m comfortable with the contract.”

DiFonzo said the terms of the contract include a 2.5 percent raise each year. There are no changes to the terms for health insurance.

The SSSA includes 46 staff members, according to DiFonzo.

Also during the meeting, Board President Michael Bobseine announced two elementary students, Ellie VanDette and Pascal Parsons, raised a total of $3,570 for relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The fundraiser featured a notecard set designed by the two students, which depicted the students’ personal artwork of ocean creatures found in the Philippines. Anyone who donated at least $25 received a set of notecards as a sign of gratitude.

“I understand the goal was $1,000 and they got that in the first day,” Bobseine said.

Bobseine also congratulated District Clerk Wendy Heslink, who was interviewed for an article in the New York State School Boards Association’s newsletter “On Board.”

“The article really does run through just how critical the district clerk is to the functioning of the district and the functioning of the superintendent,” he said.

High School Principal Todd Crandall announced the 2014 commencement speaker will be nationally-renowned pianist Donald Rebick, Class of ’69.

Courtney Emke was appointed to the position of part-time school nurse assistant and Carol Perkins was appointed to the position of part-time food service helper. Alysia Gilbert’s resignation from the position of food service helper for personal reasons was also approved.

The board entered into executive session to discuss pending negotiations with the Fredonia Teachers Association and matters regarding the employment of particular individuals.

The next regular meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Presentations to the board will be held immediately before the meeting at 6 p.m.

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