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BOARD BOOSTS SCHOOL CHIEF'S SALARY TO $95,000

The Lockport School Board raised the superintendent's base annual salary to $95,000 during a closed executive session Monday evening.

Board President Charles Sobieraski said the action resulted from a two-year study and discussion of the salary structure for the superintendent. He said that comparison of salary ranges in other districts found Lockport consistently among the lowest, even though it serves a significantly larger population.

The board's decision will have no additional cost to the taxpayer in the 1997-98 budget, Sobieraski said, adding that the trustees have learned from Raymond E. Morningstar Jr., assistant superintendent for finance, that the district will realize savings because of a recent reduction in health care expenses.

Superintendent Christine A. Neal, who had been assistant superintendent for curriculum and learning assessment, was appointed to the top post in the district last year at the same $87,088 salary base as the outgoing Russell Dever.

The board's action essentially defines a minimum compensation level, not for Mrs. Neal personally, but generally for the office of superintendent, Sobieraski said.

At the special meeting, the board also approved extending Mrs. Neal's contract for five years, to 2002.

Named to teaching posts at probationary $28,500 annual salaries were, Joseph Scapelliti, Lockport High School social studies; Rosalind Ryan, George Southard Elementary reading, and Steven Torxell, project new challenge social studies.

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