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Board approves pay hike for administrator

The Starpoint School Board gave the district's second-in-command a $4,300 raise for the 2005-06 school year, boosting his salary from about $89,700 to $94,000.

The pay hike was part of a four-year contract the board approved in a 6-1 vote for Director of Administrative Services Stephen J. Lunden. It runs from July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2009.

Board member Mark Montazzoli said he voted against the contract not because he has any problem with Lunden's performance, but because he was not provided written details about its contents and did not feel he could make an educated decision about it. He said he just received an oral rendition of what it contained. Board members Mary Brown and Janice M. Covell were absent.

The contract gives Lunden a 3.5 percent raise in each of its four years but requires him to pay for 10 percent of his school district health insurance plan. His annual contribution to the district plan will come to about $1,100, Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan said.

Whelan said Lunden received a larger pay increase in the contract's first year because his salary was adjusted upward by about $1,130 to bring him up to par with other people in this area who have similar responsibilities before adding the 3.5 percent pay hike.

Over the remaining three contract years, Lunden's salary will increase to $97,500 in 2006-07, to $100,913 in 2007-08 and to $104,444 in 2008-09.

In other business, the board named a district safety committee to keep tabs on the school campus and make sure the operation does not adversely impact the health and safety of students.

Two parents, Annmarie Reeb and Nicole Andrusz, were named to the committee. Reeb, who has been a board critic on several issues concerning student safety over the past three years, was named to the committee because she is interested in the issue and will work hard, Whelan said. Reeb is affiliated with the Starpoint parents group Parents Fighting for a Healthy and Safe School.


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