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The Maryvale Board of Education in Cheektowaga Monday night approved new collective bargaining agreements with its teachers and the district Civil Service Unit.

The Maryvale Teachers Association contract is retroactive to July 1, 1998, and extends through June 30, 2003.

Teacher salaries increase 8.92 percent over five years -- 1.92 percent in 1998-99; 2.02 percent in 1999-2000; 1.68 percent in 2000-2001; 1.35 percent in 2001-2002; and 1.95 percent in 2002-2003.

The district's contribution to the teachers' Blue Cross/Blue Shield traditional health policy is frozen at the 1998-99 dollar amount.

All top steps in the contract are frozen for five years, and the master's degree plus 30 hours salary schedule is eliminated in 2002-2003.

A three-year contract with the district's Civil Service Unit, retroactive to July 1, increases salaries by 11.5 percent -- 4.2 percent this year, 3.8 percent in 2000-2001 and 3.5 percent in 2001-2002.

Board members were unanimous in their approval of the two contracts with the exception of member Paul Matuszewski, who abstained on the CSEA agreement because his wife is a member of that unit.

Board President Russell M. Carveth described the contracts as "very fair agreements, equitable for the district and the unions."

Michael Zielinski was appointed acting high school principal effective Sept. 15 to Nov. 1 or until appointment of a new principal, whichever comes first, at a stipend of $30 per day. Zielinski replaces high school principal Ronald Roma, appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The board also approved $18,031 in change orders on the district's voter-approved facilities improvement project and a $26,000 expenditure to replace a badly leaking primary school roof.

District architect Charles Moore noted that even with change orders, the project is still $1.1 million under budget.

The board also received reports on a cooperative science teaching program with Trocaire College and a new report card for intermediate pupils (third, fourth and fifth grades).

District Superintendent Gary L. Brader said the new intermediate report card more realisticly reflects pupils' progress.

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