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>Contract accord reached at Medina Memorial

MEDINA -- A tentative contract agreement between Medina Memorial Hospital and its 200 service and maintenance employees was reached late Tuesday after a 12-hour bargaining session.

The workers, members of Service Employees International Union Local 1199 Upstate, had threatened a job action today if there was no deal.
James Scardato, chief negotiator for the union, said Wednesday that the contract is for three years.

He said it includes pay raises, limits on subcontracting of work and a daily overtime format. Scardato said no further details would be released until after a union ratification vote Friday.


>Ex-principal selected as new superintendent

NEWFANE -- Gary J. Pogorzelski, former principal of Newfane Middle School, has been unofficially confirmed as the new superintendent of the Newfane Central School District.

He will succeed James N. Mills, who will retire Dec. 30 after five years in the position to pursue a career in the private sector.

The Newfane Central School Board has yet to approve the appointment, pending final contract negotiations.

Pogorzelski's career in the district began in 1991 as intermediate school principal and director of special education. Pogorzelski is due to take up his new post Jan. 2.


>Chairman, one other leaving Planning Board

LOCKPORT -- Two members of the town Planning Board, including its longtime chairman, are leaving the board at the end of the year.
Chairman Lester J. Robinson Jr. is stepping down after 30 years on the board.

Another board member, Barbara A. Brewer, said she's resigning as of Dec. 31. Brewer said she has received a job offer in North Carolina.
Robinson said he is recommending veteran board member Richard Forsey to replace him as chairman, but the choice is up to the Town Board.


>Voters approve funds for repairs, upgrades

WILSON -- Voters in the Wilson Central School District approved using $1.4 million from the district's capital reserve fund to help finance $8 million in repairs and improvements to district property and buildings next winter.

The projects would not impact district property tax rates, since the state Education Department will reimburse the board for 82.5 percent of the cost, district Business Administrator Joseph Tette said. The vote was 244 to 69. A portion of the reserve fund would be used to cover the balance of the costs.

The fund was previously approved by the public to help cover the costs of capital projects.

Tette said much of the work would be done during the 2007 holiday break. One project, estimated at $585,000, calls for renovating the high school library and possibly expanding it into the board conference room.

About $26,00 is being set aside to repair the cupola on the high school.

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