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Batavia School Board gives Superintendent Dailey three-year contract extension

BATAVIA – The Board of Education on Tuesday approved a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Christopher J. Dailey that will put the chief administrator’s salary at more than $160,000 at the end of the pact.

Dailey’s yearly pay will increase from the current $147,084 to $151,497 in 2016-17, $156,042 in 2017-18 and $160,723 in 2018-19.

The extension also calls for Dailey to contribute 1 percent more each year to his health insurance coverage. His share of the premium will rise to 22 percent in the first year, 23 percent in the second year and 24 percent in the third year.

“We believe it is a solid contract, especially for someone with Mr. Dailey’s experience,” Board President Patrick D. Burk said. “It mirrors what we have paid employees in the past – small increases. Furthermore, Mr. Dailey will be paying more than any other employee for his health insurance.”

Burk said Dailey has done a “tremendous job” in leading the district, and pointed to his expertise in hiring.

Dailey was named superintendent in 2013 after serving as deputy superintendent for one year and principal of Batavia High School for four years. Previously, he was an assistant principal in the Churchville-Chili School District and a teacher at Rush-Henrietta, Le Roy and Brighton schools.

In another development, the board was presented with the results of a state-mandated five-year building condition survey conducted by the Clark Patterson Lee architectural firm.

Business Administrator Scott C. Rozanski said that all of the district’s buildings were given “satisfactory” ratings; the other choice was “unsatisfactory.”

Rozanski noted, however, that the condition of Van Detta Stadium, the district’s football/track and field facility, is a cause for concern. The stadium on Richmond Avenue was built in 1947.

“Looking out five years or even a little further, we’re anticipating that it will need major work internally – such as electrical – and will need structural repairs,” he said.