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POTSDAM — After working for a year without a contract, principals in the Potsdam Central School District now have one that’s good through June 30.

Superintendent Patrick H. Brady said the contract was made retroactive to the 2011-12 school year.

The contract gives Elementary Principal Larry B. Jenne, Middle School Principal Jamie Cruikshank and High School Principal Joann Chambers 2 percent raises made retroactive to last year and a 2.5 percent raise for the current fiscal year.

On top of that, Mr. Brady said Mr. Jenne and Mr. Cruikshank also will receive a one-time $2,000 stipend to boost their salaries and put them more in line with other principals in the area.

“Two of the principals, elementary and middle school, whose salaries are in the lower end regionally, this year will receive a $2,000 stipend,” Mr. Brady said.

The superintendent said he looked at 2011-12 salalary data for principals from six other comparable schools in the region and found Potsdam’s principals have a salary that is below average.

At the elementary level, the lowest salary he saw was $67,492, although Mr. Brady noted that was for an 11-month position. The highest was $90,021 and the average was $81,742. Mr. Jenne’s was $77,083.

In middle schools, the lowest salary for a principal was $75,381. The highest was $95,132, with the average salary $84,117. Mr. Cruikshank’s was $75,381.

Even at the high school, where Mrs. Chambers did not receive a $2,000 salary boost, her salary was below average.

The lowest salary reviewed was $75,000, and the highest $104,864. The average salary is $89,340 and Ms. Chambers’s is $84,892.

The principals’ health insurance contributions also will increase from 10 to 11 percent.

Mr. Brady said the group, which also includes the district’s Committee on Special Education director, who is in her first year of employment with the district, will pay a combined additional $515 over what the mmebers would have paid under the old agreement. He noted two of the members have family plans, one has a shared family plan and one of them is not receiving insurance through the district.

“It’s definitely a fair contract,” Mr. Brady said.

With the new contract, Mr. Jenne’s salary for the 2012-13 year is $82,640. Mr. Cruikshank will be paid $80,861 and Ms. Chambers $88,755.

The contract also covers CSE Director Jennifer Neaton who will receive $74,500 this year.

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