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July 12, 2014

Windber schools, staff reach agreement

WINDBER — Windber Area school officials have struck a new deal with a nonunion group of district staff that will guarantee 25-cent-per-hour raises annually over the next five years.

District officials gave the deal, which is effective for the 2014-2015 school year, unanimous approval last week.

The agreement impacts 32 district custodians, cafeteria workers and classroom aides – and became final just days after the most recent deal expired June 30, Superintendent Rick Huffman said.

The new deal runs through the 2018-2019 school year, school board President Timothy Tokarsky said.

Windber officials also approved ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC’s proposal for a $14,997 geotechnical survey to determine whether ground below its high school site and soon-to-be-acquired stadium is suitable for new construction.

Mid-Atlantic will drill test borings on the properties and review mine maps to verify the projects can safely occur, district officials said.

The project’s architect reviewed bids and recommended ECS Mid-Atlantic, saying it submitted the lowest bid on the work and that they have worked with the company on previous projects.

David Hurst covers Windber for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @tddavidhurst.

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