5 of the 9 Stafford Township Board of Training users showed some enjoy to Superintendent George Chidiac on Valentine’s Day by voting to renew his contract.
A week after it was removed from the agenda in advance of the board’s normal meeting, Chidiac’s agreement renewal was permitted during a distinctive assembly of the board on Feb. 14, extending his tenure with the district till at least the 2026-27 school yr. Chidiac’s present agreement is slated to close on June 30.
The conditions of the new agreement, established to get started July 1, include a income of $198,000 for the following faculty 12 months, adopted by 3% raises for every subsequent 12 months of the agreement – reviewed by Interim Government County Superintendent Charles Muller, who knowledgeable district Small business Administrator Lourdes LaGuardia of his acceptance on Feb. 9. For the 2022-23 faculty yr, Chidiac’s salary will be $203,940, whilst the share improves will give him salaries of $210,058 for 2024-25, $216,359 for 2025-26, and $222,849 for 2026-27.
Even with a large amount of the latest social media chatter in opposition of renewing Chidiac’s agreement, about a handful of persons attended the meeting, and only a single addressed the board about it.
“I’m opposed to the renewal of the superintendent’s agreement for the upcoming 5 decades,” mentioned Charlene Opauski, who voiced her opposition following the general public comment part experienced passed and the deal experienced been approved by a 5-2 vote – Opauski said she didn’t understand when she could have dealt with the board but was permitted to do so by board President Tammy Wagner prior to adjournment. “A 3% raise every yr is just insane. That’s a great deal of dollars.”
With a income of just more than $195,300 for this year, the enhance Chidiac will acquire for the initial 12 months of the new deal amounts to about $2,688, or just less than 1.4% of his latest wage. For every of the subsequent four years, the typical raise will be about $6,212.
Wagner, Matthew Regulski, Kevin Cooney, Deborah Lyons and Taylor Brennan every single voted for the renewal of Chidiac’s agreement, whilst Mark Zoladz and Patricia Formica voted versus it. Chris Fritz and Joe Mangino, the latter who ordinarily abstains from voting on district employee contracts, ended up not in attendance.
Opauski also questioned whether academics “will be finding the very same courtesy increase each 12 months like he’s obtaining for himself.”
According to the most new deal ratified by the Stafford Township Education Association and accredited by the board, which happened last May well, the district’s STEA members are slated to acquire a 3.5% salary increase for the subsequent two decades. The present-day three-calendar year agreement for STEA associates is scheduled to finish on June 30, 2024.
— David Biggy