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The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees voted 8-0 Wednesday to give seven members of the administration raises averaging 2.8 percent.

At the top of the list was Louise Volpe, assistant to the president/executive secretary to the Board of Trustees, with a raise of 7.3 percent, bringing her to a 1998-99 salary of $42,000.

Other administrators include Theresa DiGregorio, director of business/financial services and Tim Girdlestone, director of public relations, with raises of 1.5 percent -- bringing both of them to a salary of $46,000.

Others included:

Blaine Yost, dean of administrative operations, 1.7 percent for a salary of $66,000.

Bart Schuler, associate dean of financial and business services, 2 percent, for a new salary of $52,000.

LaVonne Ansari, director of equity/diversity, 2.3 percent, for a salary of $39,000.

Don Armstrong, director of human resources, 3.2 percent for a new salary of $51,000.

Girdlestone said that this was the second year the trustees gave raises to bring the administrators closer to what their counterparts at community colleges in the state are making. However, he added he did not think the trustees would be giving similar raises for the 1999-2000 school year.

"At this point, we should be at the median," he said.

The raises are for Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 1999.

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