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NCCC chief's contract extended

SANBORN -- After being besieged by employee calls to resign over the past month, Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek was given a one-year extension on his contract this week by the college board of trustees.

The board extended his current four-year agreement through Aug. 31, 2009.

The extension was approved Wednesday night by a 6-4 vote. Trustee James Roscetti said he voted against the measure not because he opposes Klyczek, but because, "I'm against contract extensions."

Board Chairman Marvin Maziarz said the extension represented a vote of confidence in Klyczek, who has been under fire by the college's faculty union and blue-collar workers for several actions he has taken that they believe have compromised the integrity of the institution.

Klyczek said he has no intention of resigning and that his decisions have been for the good of the community and the college.

On Sept. 1, the Niagara Community College Faculty Association "overwhelmingly" passed a vote of no confidence in Klyczek, calling for his resignation. On Sept. 7, the Technical Support Personnel Association representing the college's custodians, groundskeepers, cleaners and maintenance workers, followed suit.

They questioned his ability to negotiate contracts with the unions in good faith and, among other things, questioned why he would transfer several off-campus college courses from the Trott Access Center in Niagara Falls to the Summit Park Mall, a move the union maintains takes away access to college programs from people who are economically disadvantaged and may find it difficult to attend classes at the mall.

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