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Frontier board extends superintendent’s contract

Frontier Central School Board members Tuesday night extended the superintendent’s contract, hired a new Middle School principal and called back five teachers who had been laid off.

The Board gave Superintendent Bret Apthorpe another year on his contract, keeping it at three years.

Apthorpe, who joined the district last July, will get a 2 percent raise in the 2015-16 school year, bringing his salary to $168,300. The agreement extends his contract through June 30, 2018.

Also Tuesday night, the School Board appointed Ryan Sikorski to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Middle School Principal Barbara Shea.

Sikorski is an assistant principal in the Fredonia Central School system, and is a product of Frontier Central Schools.

“Since I began in education it was really a dream of mine to get back to my home district,” Sikorski said Tuesday night.

Apthorpe said there were about 30 applications for the job.

“This was a very competitive pool,” he said.

Sikorski will make $90,000. He was given a four-year probationary appointment.

The board called back five previously laid-off teachers who had been on the preferred eligibility list and appointed them to full- and part-time positions. Fifteen teachers and 20 staff members are retiring at the end of this school year.