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EXCLUSIVE: BC renegotiates contract with principals union

"The work our Board of Education has done to try to get salaries under control for our teachers and principals has been admirable," he said.

He added administrator and teacher salaries at BC are in line with other schools in the suburban council.

"I think it's advantageous to have a work force that enjoys being in our school community," Tebbano said. "If we're going to have the best and most talented people, we have to offer a premium salary range."

The BPA contract will be revisited in two years, less than the four-year contract that is expiring.

"I think that it makes sense to think about a two-year contract at this time," given the economic conditions, McDonald said. "There is a lot of uncertainty, and none of us has a crystal ball."

The district has also reached a consensus with top administrators, who have individual contracts with BC.

Contracts next year with Assistant Superintendent Jody Monroe, Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe and Pupil Personnel Services Director Rita Levay will call for 1 percent salary increases, and also the eliminations of a $750 annual stipend. Their contracts have ranged from having 3 to 4 percent salary increases.

Tebbano's contract will not include a salary increase.

The Board of Education is expected to adopt these contracts at its Wednesday, Feb. 24, meeting. They will be posted on the district's Web site once they are approved.

Also at that meeting, administrators will present the 2010-11 school year budget to the board. Officials have already been examining the budget for weeks, and if Gov. David Paterson's state budget holds true BC will be facing a $2.3 million shortfall in state aid. Adding in inflation and other factors, the board will be faced with having to close a significant gap.

Officials have said all options are on the table for next year's budget, including programming reductions and layoffs.

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