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A two-year agreement granting pay increases of 3 percent to 5 percent for administrators in the Clarence Central Schools District recently was approved by the School Board.

Retroactive to July 1, the agreement grants average pay hikes of $3,000 for 1996-97 and $3,500 for 1997-98 to six building principals and two assistant principals. It runs through June 30, 1998.

Superintendent Thomas Coseo said Monday the administrators' salaries range from $60,000 to more than $80,000. He said Elementary School Principal Robert Giorgini is paid the most, followed by High School Principal Joseph Gentile.

Specific salaries were not available Monday evening. The board approved the contract Oct. 15 after an executive session.

Others covered under the agreement include Middle School Principal Joel Weiss and Middle School Assistant Principal Jeffrey White; Assistant High School Principal Karen Lesinski and Elementary School Principals Michael Codd, Nancy Littenberg and Neil Burns.

In another matter, the board heard a report outlining plans to extend the district's Distance Learning program to link with a private school in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Distance Learning allows one teacher to instruct multiple classes at varied sites via a fiber-optic network and computer and video technology. Clarence is one of 25 schools in Western New York hooked up to the system.

Clarence has already connected E-mail links with the Costa Rican school and hopes to link classrooms via satellite and video monitors next year. A $5,000 grant has been gained for initial phases of the project.

The board also scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Monday to award construction contracts for the district's planned $23 million high school reconstruction project.

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