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Congressional candidates neck and neck

Maffei's very visible campaign headquarters at the former Montana Mills location in Liverpool has been buzzing with activity ever since the election. Since all those folks can't be seeking votes anymore, they must be trolling for dollars.

Remember teachers' raises!

A few readers took exception to the item in last week's column in which I reported that Liverpool Central School District board member Patricia Rosier cast the sole "no" vote against awarding salary raises to several school administrators.

They pointed out that although Rosier, a former teacher, opposed the management raises, she had voted in favor of giving the teachers a 3.65 percent raise last year, 2.15 percent this year and 2.2 percent next year, a total of about $4 million in all.

Regular readers of this column know that I took the United Liverpool Faculty Association to task for refusing to forgo the pay hikes while the rest of us suffered the ravages of the recession. Once selfishness surfaces, however, it becomes contagious as the flu, hence the non-union raises.

It should be worth noting, however, that instead of even considering a raise, LCSD's top man, Superintendent Nick Johns, opted instead to accept a one-year extension on his contract. Johns earns $180,000 annually.

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