GRAY – The SAD 15 Board of Directors settled one of two remaining contract disputes with nine district administrators following a late night executive session Wednesday.

The administrators, comprised of principals, assistant principals and athletic director for the district’s five schools, have been working without a contract since last July.

The contract is from July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2005. The offer is retroactive to March 2003.

The contract entitles each administrator to 15 sick days per year for personal illness, cumulative to 90 days. Upon reaching 90 days, each administrator will receive 10 sick days per year for personal illness.

Next year the district will pay 78 percent of health insurance premiums unless a premium increase from the previous year is more than 20 percent, then a formula will be used.

Each administrator will work 260 days. The total includes 12 paid holidays and 20 paid vacation days.

The salary span for the three years in each category of administrator is as follows:

• High school principal: $74,000 to $78,881

• Middle School principal: $69,500 to $74,019

• Elementary principals: $67,500 to $71,889

• High school assistant principal: $60,000 to $63,901

• Middle school assistant principal: $59,000 to $62,836

• Athletic director: $54,000 to $57,551

Meanwhile, Superintendent Michael Wood said the district’s most protracted contract dispute of two years with roughly 130 support staff members went forward with an invitation extended by the board to meet with its negotiating team next week.

On Tuesday the Maine Education Association on behalf of the Gray-New Gloucester Educational Support Staff Association filed a prohibited practice complaint with the Maine Labor Relations Board. The complaint cited a number of charges against the SAD 15 board and its agents.

Board members and support staff say they want to settle the contract but have failed to come to terms with salaries and health care insurance premiums benefits. About 20 support staff have left the district for jobs with better benefits.


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