School board OKs official’s contract

GLOVERSVILLE – New responsibilities and a new salary were approved for Gloversville Enlarged School District Assistant Superintendent Steven Schloicka during the July Board of Education meeting.

According to a new contract agreement, filed July 1, Schloicka will make $135,000 in the 2014-15 school year and will take on new responsibilities, some formerly held by former Assistant Superintendent Frank Pickus.

The new contract contains an addendum that declares Schloicka will serve as district coordinator for Common Core and supervisor for New York state-required data collection and analysis, oversee and submit federal title grants, and oversee the district’s technology department and initiatives.

The addendum also shows an increase in Schloicka’s pay. In his 2012 contract, Schloicka was expected to receive $122,386 for the 2014-15 school year. In his new contract, Schloicka will receive $135,000. In 2015-16, he will receive $137,700 and in 2016-17 he will receive $140,454. Salaries for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are listed as “to be decided.”

The contract said his salaries for 2017-18 and 2018-19 will be determined by negotiations between the board and the school’s superintendent. However, the salary for any 12-month period cannot be lower than the previous year’s salary.

According to GESD board member Richard Carlson, the Common Core responsibilities expanded over the years.

“Back before, we had the assistant superintendent [for cirriculum] handling a lot of the stuff for Common Core,” Carlson said. “But as time has gone on, there have been additional requirements as Common Core has been rolled out.”

Schloicka is taking on these new responsibilities.

“We had to assign these new responsibilities to someone,” Carlson said.

The board brought on two new assistant superintendents in June. The Board of Education approved Lauri Kent for a three-year probationary appointment as director of elementary curriculum and instruction starting July 1. The district will pay her $79,720 in the 2014-15 school year.

James Wager Jr. was named to a three-year probationary appointment as the director of secondary curriculum and instruction starting July 1. The district will pay him $90,000 in 2014-15.

Pickus retired following an arrest March 2 after he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Schloicka did not return phone calls seeking comment.