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CSEA Contract Approved, Busing Stays In-House

Issue of contract busing off table for next three years.

 

The Kings Park Board of Education voted unanimously to ratify the Civil Service Employee Association’s contract, for the next three years.

The contract will give a 1.25 percent raise in the first year, with no step increase, a 1.75 percent increase in year two, with no step increase and in year three, a step increase and a two-percent salary increase.

District superintendent, Susan Agruso commended CSEA president, Rebecca Sobotkin for her efforts on the negotiations.

“This is a fair contract that benefits both sides and recognizes the financial situation the district is in, but also allows the district to recognize the good staff that are here,” said Agruso.

“As part of the agreement we are not talking about busing for three years, the bus drivers are here to stay and we are very happy about that,” she said.

A combination of consolidated runs, along with a decrease in declamation on insurance will net the district a savings of nearly $800,000 according to Agruso.

“Declamation is where two people work for the district and one spouse gets insurance and one would not,” explained Agruso in a phone conversation. “In exchange for not taking insurance they get a certain amount of money. We’ve done that all along, but they have agreed to a decrease,” she said. “They will still get some compensation and the district will save some money.”

Through the cost saving measures, the district was able to reinstate a mechanic and maintenance position that had been cut.

"If not for Rebecca’s determination we wouldn’t have gotten to where we are... The contract that was presented was overwhelmingly supported by the members of the CSEA and presents a fair and balanced contract," said trustee Tom Locascio at Tuesday's meeting.

Mike Arena June 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
good, whatever allows me to get a bus to school next year. after that, im gone
Tom Scalli June 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I am very glad we kept the buses , we bring our grandson to the bus stop and pick him up, his bus driver Tony is always watching for us and the children , he always says hello, good morning, or afternoon and his smile is gigantic, He dresses for all of the Holidays, St Patty Day, Halloween, Easter. Last week when the bus pulled up all of the children was singing a song that was on the radio, it sounded great. There should be more people like him as bus drivers . If you ever see Tony say hello and check out his smile, he does make you feel good after that and gives you a better outlook in life and people.
Debbie Danley June 20, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Tony drives my child too. He is phenomenal. I recommend writing a letter to the superintendent and let her know what a great job he is doing.
new guy June 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM
I'm glad to hear this. We had a problem with a local guy who has mental health issues and lives near our bus stop. Our bus driver who also is from the neighborhood did not drop the kids off at the bus stop where this guy was. Instead she drove the rest of the kids to their door. (6 kids) I think we could loose that personal concern if we had an outside company drive our kids. Thanks.
John J. Gallagher June 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
GREAT NEWS......NICE WAY TO START MY DAY.....
Jean Marie June 21, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Finally, some good news coming from our district!!!!!
Daniel Tobias June 28, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Great news but there still is a problem, The buses are getting older and the district isn't buying any new buses this fiscal year. We need, as a community, to let Superintendent Agruso and the Board know that we need money allocated in next years budget for the purchase of some new buses.

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