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The Maryvale School Board Monday night approved new collective bargaining agreements with its teachers and the district's Civil Service Unit.

The Maryvale Teachers Association contract is retroactive to July 1, 1998, and extends to 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 teacher's Blue Cross/Blue Shield traditional health policy is frozen at the 1998-99 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 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 the appointment of a new principal at a stipend of $30 per day. Zielinski replaces Ronald Roma, appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

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