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NCCC board extends president's pact

The Niagara County Community College board of trustees has decided to keep James P. Klyczek on as college president through Aug. 31, 2012.

The board Wednesday voted, 6-1, to extend Klyczek's contract three years, an agreement the president said he was willing to go along with. Klyczek's current contract would have expired next Aug. 31. Trustee Edward Pawenski abstained.

The extended agreement contains no new pay raises or increased fringe benefits yet. Those details still have to be negotiated between Klyczek and an ad hoc committee headed by trustee Robert Sdao, the board's Personnel Committee chairman.

Klyczek's annual salary is $145,000.

The extension was approved despite trustee James Roscetti's attempt to have the measure tabled to give the board more time to review the matter. Roscetti's motion, however, was defeated. The measure was approved, with Roscetti the only trustee to vote no.

Board President Joan Wolfgang said she favored the extended contract because Klyczek does a good job managing the college.

She said Klyczek's salary will be dealt with by Sdao's "ad hoc committee once he chooses two other trustees to form it." She said the committee will work with Klyczek and then return to the board with a recommendation.

In other personnel action, the board hired Randyll Bowen, a former NCCC employee, as the school's new vice president of Work Force and Community Development.

"He worked here, then went to Erie County Community College and we stole him back," Sdao said.

Bowen will be in charge of programs such as community education, noncredit courses and staff development and training, school officials said. His salary is still being negotiated.

The board also hired Brendan W. McDaniels to temporarily replace Louis Paonessa as the school's public relations director. Paonessa left the school Oct. 23 to take a similar job with the State Power Authority. McDaniels' salary has yet to be determined.

McDaniels said Paonessa, whom he has worked with in the past, called him in at the beginning of the semester and trained him to do the job so the college would have someone on hand to fill in until it could either find a permanent replacement or opt to continue on with McDaniels.


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