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Central Islip board of education to vote on administrator pay raise

Central Islip, a hamlet in Islip, a Suffolk

Central Islip, a hamlet in Islip, a Suffolk County township, has a population of 34,450, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Credit: Brittany Wait, 2012

The Central Islip board of education will vote at its regular meeting Monday to give administrators in the district who hold titles such as assistant superintendent a 4 percent raise retroactive to July 1.

Originally the administrators had been asking for raises that would have totaled $85,000 for one year and ranged between 4 and 10 percent per employee. But after a lengthy, passionate discussion between the board and several district administrators at a workshop Wednesday night, the board voted to add a modified raise for the staffers to their consent agenda for Monday.

“Eight central office administrators not tied to any bargaining unit were granted a 4 percent raise for one year,” said Michael Wolpert, the district’s assistant superintendent for personnel.

Wolpert explained during a presentation to the school board members that administrators were being out-earned by their unionized colleagues with lesser titles, and that it had caused friction.

“We’re trying to reach equity with the bargaining units,” Wolpert said.

But board members pushed back on the proposal that would have had some staff receiving a 10 percent raise.

“I do believe in general increases, and cost of living, but these are high percentages,” board member Kelly Valentin said. “These are way more than a general increase in my mind.”

She added that in a unionized work environment, seniority is rewarded with higher pay.

“I’m management, and there are janitors at my company who make more than I do,” said Valentin, a manager for corporate development at the Long Island Rail Road.

The Central Islip school board will vote on the 4 percent raises Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Alfano School, 50 Wheeler Rd.

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