The deal passed on a 6-3 vote.
By LAURA MILOSER
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Custodians and bus drivers in the Neshannock Area School District have a new contract.
The school board approved the three-year contract, which will be retroactive to July 1, 2005, by a 6 to 3 vote at Thursday's monthly meeting.
Board members Joe Gierlach, Mary Jo Coyne and Anthony Ross voted against the contract.
Gierlach said, "With all due respect to the bus drivers and custodians, I, myself, would like this item to be tabled."
He noted that board members Cheryl Kimmel and Dr. John Dietz said Monday that they did not have all of the facts on this contract, but still voted in favor of it Thursday.
Coyne said she wanted to ask questions of board solicitor Jonathan Solomon, who did not attend Thursday's meeting, before voting for the contract.
Dietz and Superintendent Dr. Mary Todora outlined the contract after the meeting. Custodians will receive a 3.25 percent increase for the 2005-2006 school year, 3.22 percent for 2006-2007 and 3.53 percent for the 2007-2008 school year.
The bus drivers' daily rate was increased by three dollars for each year of the contract. The daily rate was set at $61.22 per day for 2005-2006, $64.22 per day for 2006-2007 and $67.22 per day for 2007-2008.
Adjustments in the contract will also be made for extra bus runs made by drivers.
In other business, the board gave approval to hire an assistant baseball coach.
In a related issue, the board approved volunteers who are relatives of players to assist in coaching on a trial basis for the remainder of this year and the 2006-2007 school year.
Brian Kauffman and Robert Rickard were approved as volunteer baseball coaches under the trial by a 6-3 vote. Board members Tracy Stevenson, James Karney and Coyne voted no.