Hamburg School Administrators Council (HAC) negotiated contract reveals outrageous salaries and benefits.
Who are the administrators in the Hamburg Central School District?
Principals Salaries/ Benefits (source)
Hamburg High School: Mike Gallagher, (NYSED) $132,446 plus $42,330
Hamburg Middle School: Jennifer Giallella (SeethoughNY) $97,854
Union Pleasant Elementary School: Jackie Peffer (NYSED) $127,462 plus $41,310
Armor Elementary School: Leslie Bennett, (SeethroughNY) $106,184
Charlotte Avenue Elementary School: Danielle Grimm (Contractual) $90,000
Boston Valley Elementary School: James Martinez (SeethroughNY) $92,045
Hamburg High School: Mike Tylock (SeethroughNY) $95,521 and Brent Jordan (1/2)* $88,967
Hamburg Middle School: John Crangle (Contractual) $73,500
Union Pleasant Elementary School: Julie Gajewski (1/2)* (Contractual) $73,500
Pupil Services: Colleen Kaney (SeethroughNY) $97,854- an undisclosed labor contract was agreed upon with Miss Kaney and the District effective 7/1/12
Athletics, Health and Physical Education (interim): Patrick Cauley n.a.
* denotes administrators who are in part time other positions in the administration building. It has been reported that it is unclear what they are doing, but in the case of Mr. Jordan he is compensated with a hefty stipend to act as that data collection clerk for the district, and Miss Gajewski is acting in a curriculum role.
|Hamburg Administrative Council (HAC) Salary Schedules per negotiated contract 2012-2015|
According the the Hamburg Administrators labor contract the Superintendent Achramovitch, Assistant Superintendent Richard Jetter, and Director of Administrative Services Barbara Sporyz are excluded, and enjoy their own contracts with the Hamburg School District. Strangely, all of the district labor contracts on on the Hamburg School web page under Human Resources except those of Achramovitch, Jetter and Sporyz. Additionally, the deal made with Colleen Kaney is not disclosed. In true form, he district picks and choices what it posts on the school homepage, and exhibits the classic symptoms of the fox guarding the hen house.
If one were to analyze the salaries of Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Peffer it becomes immediately clear they are "off the charts". The salaries and benefits of these two administrators are approximately $345,000 per year.
Wow, that is a lot of shekels!Both administrators salaries are far in excess of the contract negotiated by the administrators and the district.
So, why are Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Peffer being paid such outrageously excessive salaries?
Did they cut their own deal with the District?The top step for a Hamburg High School Principal is $114,850, Mr. Gallagher takes in $132,446 plus another $40K+in benefits. Top step for a Hamburg Elementary School Principal is $105,075 plus another $40K+ in benefits.
Why the discrepancies?
At first glance, the sweetness of the administrative contract is on the surface, but the real prize is hidden on the other pages of the contract.
Sweets and perks of the HAC contract are as follows:
Sick leave and vacation:
- twenty (20) full sick days per year which shall be accumulative to a total of 240 days.
- And if that isn't enough, if the administrator needs more sick days due to extenuating circumstances the Board may extend and employee's sick leave.
- Upon reaching 240 sick days, and administrator will be granted 1.7 days for each month in service during that year to a maximum of 20 days. The administrator will use the additional sick leave before touching the golden goose egg of accumulated sick leave.
- Bereavement leave is granted at 7 days.
- Personal leave is 3 days per year, and if it is not used, it will be added to the administrative sick leave.
Holiday and Vacation Leave:
- All holidays- Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday.
- School holidays- i.e. Christmas, Winter Recess and Easter are days off for school based administrators.
- Vacation time is granted at 28 or 25 days depending on hire date. Upon separation from the district the administrator will be paid for accumulated vacation time at the rate of 1/240th of the administrators annual salary in his/ her final fiscal year of employment.
- An administrator can accumulate 50 days of vacation time. Upon reaching 50 days the administrator shall thereafter be credited with an additional 2.3 vacation days for each month of service during that year to a maximum of 28 days. The administrator shall be eligible to draw from these additional vacation days before using vacations days from the 50 day total accumulation. Any vacation days above 50 days as of June 30 of each year shall be lost to accumulation.
- Upon retirement unused vacation days may be converted to a health benefit or to the administrators 105.h account.
- The administrator must notify the district by May 1 of each contract year that up to 4 days of vacation days not used may be converted to a cash payment for administrators will less than 10 years of service in the district, and up to 6 days for administrators with more than 10 years of administrative experience. Effective July 1, 2012 this benefit is no longer available for new hires.
- Employees who do not participate with the District Health Insurance Plan and who are eligible to retire with more than 8 years of service and who notify the Board of Education at least 4 months prior to retirement shall receive the following retirement award into a taxable cash account at 80% of the value of the retirement award.
- Sick leave is paid at a daily rate of $130.00
- Employees who participate in the District Health Insurance Plan are who are eligible to retire with 8 years of service and who notify the Board of Education at least 4 months prior to retirement shall receive the following retirement award into a Post-Retirement Health Insurance Account payable for the Retirement Health Insurance Premium.
- Should the retired administrator die, then the remaining dollars in the account shall fund health benefits for the spouse until depletion or the death of the spouse.
- The District pays 88% of single coverage, and 85% of the family plan.
Health Maintenance Account:
- Beginning on July1, 2012 and each subsequent year thereafter, the District will annually deposit $1,800 in a 105.h account for each Administrator. The plan features a swipe card. Those hired after July 1, 2012 will get $200.00 deposited into a 105.h account.
- If the administrator has to go from building to building, mileage is paid according the district rate
- If the administrator needs a cellphone, the district pays for it.
Hamburg School District Administrators are required to attend graduation in June, but their contract fails to provide any further requirements to attend any other district function. In fact, the contract fails to mention any work day parameters nor does it make any other provisions or expectations of the administrator. The administrative contract does not spell out the work day nor the number of days needed to work.
Administrators in Hamburg are called "12 month employees", however if you take a close look at the time off provisions of the contract with holidays, sick days and vacation days, administrators in Hamburg have the opportunity to have almost as many days off as teachers.
However, teachers are 10 month employees, not 12 month employees.
For many years, the Administrators were working 4 days during the summer months, thereby adding an additional approximate 8 days to the list of days off. There are approximately 40 days of summer, when teachers and students are out of school. If a Hamburg administrator wished it to be so, in theory, they could use all of their either 25 or 28 days of vacation, leaving just 15 or 12 days to report to work. After marking up the calendar with days off, the administrator's work year is not very different than a teacher, a 10 month employee. So, perhaps calling the Hamburg administrators 10.5 month employees is more reflective of their work status.
However, it is our opinion that the administrators are working, and not taking the maximum amount of time off as provide for in their contract. So, in lieu of days off, the administrators can trade in their unused time for a big fat unused vacation day check. So, anyway you slice it the sweetest part of being an administrator in Hamburg might appear at first blush to be the gigantic salaries, but once we eat through the chocolate exterior, the prize is in the details of their contract. Remember, administrators are members of the NYS retirement system, and as such every dollar paid into the pension system is the gift that keeps giving after retirement until death.
Taxpayers should be outraged.
These are the kinds of salaries and sweet deals that caused all of Route 5 to be an industrial graveyard. What on earth could Mr. Gallagher and Miss Peffer be doing to garner those kinds of salaries and benefits?
Last time we looked, Hamburg has been slipping or stagnant in the rankings.
It is time taxpayers of Hamburg to take a good hard look at the administrative expenses in Hamburg.
Should you care to review the labor contracts of most employees of the district, they can be found on the Hamburg School District web page under Human Resources: Bargaining Unit Agreements.
Please note while visiting the District web page the absence of the contracts for Mr. Rick Jetter, Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Steven Achramovitch, Superintendent, Mrs. Colleen Kaney, Director of Pupils Services and Mrs. Barbara Sporyz, Director of Administrative Services. The Bored of Education meeting minutes fail to mention how much in addition to his salary as Vice Principal, Mr. Jordan receives as a stipend to act as the data coordinator (whatever that means).