District extends Pickus’ contract

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education on Monday approved a three-year contract extension for Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Frank Pickus.

The contract will increase his current salary of $98,745 by 2 percent every year until the 2015-16 school year, according to the contract.

According to the contract, for the 2013-14 year he will receive $100,719. For the 2014-15 school year, he will receive $102,734 and for the 2015-16 school year, he will make $104,788.

According to documents from the district, Pickus’ salary is seventh highest compared to the district’s other administrators. With the increases, his salary will move up to sixth on the salary list.

In a memo to the members of the Board of Education, Superintendent Michael Vanyo said he followed the recommendations of the previous superintendent, Cliff Moses, in regard to extending Pickus’ contract with “a few minor adjustments.”

“Frank has been working double duty in his role as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and as the acting principal at Park Terrace since April 1, 2013,” Vanyo said in the memo. “He is a loyal and dedicated administrator at Gloversville and I fully support providing him with a contract extension.”

Some of the things included in the extension is a longevity payment of $1,500 and a retirement incentive for early notification to the district, which all administrators have in their contract, a district document said.

The longevity payment will be made each year during the contract.

According to the memo between Vanyo and the board, Pickus will receive $5,000 if notice is provided one year in advance and $3,000 if notice is provided six months in advance.

Vanyo also suggested removing the residency requirement from this contract extension, which was included in Pickus’ original contract that runs from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013.

According to the contract, Pickus will receive the coverage of the district’s health insurance plan from 2013-16 and the district will contribute 75 percent of the cost of the chosen coverage and the same percent for the premium of a family dental plan.

Pickus also will receive 20 days of vacation during each year and any unused days will not accumulate with the exception of five days, which can be rolled over to the subsequent year. No compensation for unused days will be given at the time of separation of service, the contract said.

Board President Pete Semione initially made a motion Monday to approve the contract along with many other approvals, but board member Mike Hauser asked to table the matter and discuss it in executive session.

Semione said this morning the contract extension was approved after the executive session.

Along with tabling the contract, Hauser also asked to table the decision to establish a Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund that would cover all or any portion of the amount payable by a school district to the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System.

According to meeting documents, the fund would be effective July 1 and will be initially funded in the amount of $750,000 from the available fund balance from the 2012-13 school year and further contributions from future budgetary appropriations or raised by taxes.

After the executive session, the board approved establishing the Retirement Reserve Fund,?Semione said.