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Batavia school board OKs administrative retirement incentive

BATAVIA – The Board of Education on Tuesday approved a retirement/separation incentive agreement with the 11-member Batavia Administrators Association.

The perk provides a stipend that would go into the administrator’s 403(b) retirement savings plan based on the number of years of service as a city school district employee, Superintendent Christopher J. Dailey said.

“It’s a way for a principal to bridge the gap for health care before Medicare kicks in, and it can help the district save money by hiring someone to replace that person at a lower salary,” Dailey said.

An administrator with at least 10 years of service who opts to retire or leave the district in the first or second year of his or her eligibility would receive $1,250 for each year of service, Dailey said. The money would be paid out over a four-year period.

Currently, six members of the administrators group would be in position to take advantage of the incentive, said Dailey, noting that the teachers’ union already has a similar benefit.

The Batavia Administrators Association consists of four principals, four assistant principals, director of health and physical education, director of facilities and director of special and alternative education.

In June, the district and the union agreed to a three-year contract that provides average annual raises of 2.7 percent and an annual increase in the employees’ share of health care costs from 15 percent to 20 percent.

In other developments, Dailey reported that:

• A contract with the Falleti Ice Arena has been approved for ice time for the varsity hockey team at rates ranging from $120 to $185 per hour, depending upon the day of the week and time of day.

All told, the district pays around $10,000 for ice time during the hockey season, he said.

• Thirty-five calls from district residents were made to Let’s Talk!, a two-way, online communications channel that went live in mid-October via the district’s website. Sixteen of those calls dealt with athletics – many of them congratulatory wishes to the Section V champion football team.

When a question or comment is submitted, a digital system automatically routes it to the appropriate staff member for follow-up.

• All of the district’s fall sports teams earned “scholar-athlete” status (90 or better average for each player), and the varsity girls’ soccer team is in contention for a state award.

• The new concession stand at Van Detta Stadium realized a profit of $6,500 during the football season, funds that will be returned to the athletics department. He said that teams that worked at the concession stand during the games earned 20 percent of the profits.

• A one-time scholarship of $200 in memory of Jenny Robbins (Class of 1966) has been set up for a top achiever in the areas of business and retail sales.