A state fact finder has recommended salary increases over three years averaging 7.2 percent annually for seven administrators and 7.3 percent yearly for five school coordinators of the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services.
The recommendations by Wade J. Newhouse of Amherst, a professor at the University at Buffalo Law School, were released eight months after he was retained.
Dr. Peter T. Kachrin, the district superintendent, said Newhouse's recommendations will be given to BOCES trustees Thursday. No meeting between district representatives and the administrators has been scheduled, he added.
Niagara BOCES provides educational services, including work-oriented educational programs, that its 12 component districts request and finance.
The recommendation of the fact finder falls far short of the administrators' request for increases totaling 49.89 percent over the three years.
Newhouse argued that recommending that request would be foolish. Moreover, he suggested that the administrators, not the district, had taken a "head-in-the-sand" approach to salaries.
Newhouse also rejected the school administrators' requests for retirement benefits that would include cash payments for up to 240 days of unused sick leave, a $10,000 bonus as a retirement incentive and paid life insurance.
He also turned down the administrators' request for direct payments of their current dental care bills, but suggested negotiations on the issue.
The seven administrators would get raises of 8.1, 6.97 and 6.51 percent for the three years; the five school coordinators would receive hikes of 8.26, 7.12 and 6.65 percent.
The recommended agreement for the three-year period that began July 1, 1989, would boost supervisors' salaries from $53,114 to $65,114 and raise coordinators' pay from $45,412 to $56,162.
Newhouse also recommended that the supervisors no longer be entitled to state Excellence in Teaching distributions and denied the association's request for adding Martin Luther King Day to the holiday schedule. He did recommend that the district pay tuition for up to two advanced education courses per semester.