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Nazareth school board approves employee raises

NAZARETH, Pa. - Several Nazareth Area School District employees are getting raises this year.

The school board voted Monday night to approve two-year contract extensions for a number of the district's union workers that gives them 2.5 percent raises for the first year.

The unions include the Teamsters, the Nazareth Area Educational Support Professionals, the Management Association and Administrative Assistants, all of whose contracts had been set to expire this year. 

The extended contract includes a raise for the first year, but no raise this year. Superintendent Dennis Riker said his salary for next year will also remain unchanged.

"If all four of these groups are taking a zero percent increase, I need to do the same," Riker told the board.

School officials noted that the increase was less than the 3.75 percent raise district teachers received in their contract.

"It certainly gives us some stability in the next few years," said board member Darrell Crook.

However, Crook argued that the board needed to consider giving raises in the form of a flat cash amount, rather than a percentage increase.

"It just creates a situation where the rich get richer," he said.

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