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The Maryvale School Board has approved a tentative agreement with the administrators union that raises salaries nearly 10 percent over three years, while providing savings on health insurance costs.

"The negotiations seemed to settle around the two financial issues and we just needed to reach agreement on those," Superintendent Gary Brader said.

Under terms of the contract, which runs through June 2007, the district's eight administrators will receive salary increases totaling 9.74 percent. Raises total 3.59 percent more the first year, 3.37 percent more in the second year and 2.78 percent more in the final year of the pact.

The current salaries for the administrators, who include principals, assistant principals, as well as the directors of community and special education, range between $68,000 at the low end and $110,000 for the highest paid administrator, according to Brader.

In return for salary increases, the union agreed to move its health insurance over to a benefit plan offered through the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Extension Services. Brader said the change preserves one HMO carrier for the employees, while saving the district an estimated $10,000. Negotiations on the new agreement began after the old contract expired June 30.


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