CATAWISSA RR - It was a bit of a spending spree for the Southern Columbia Area School District Wednesday when raises for administrators and supervisors and nearly $200,000 in computer upgrades were approved.

In a special meeting, the board approved 3 percent raises for its Act 93 employees - principals, psychologist and social workers, curriculum/technology director, special education director and technology support specialist.

While not under the Act 93 contract, business manager Michael Sokoloski was also given a 3 percent raise. The raises for the Act 93 personnel raise from $1,060 for social worker Sylvia Costa to $2,587 for high school principal James Becker.

The Act 93 raises were approved on a 7-0 vote with directors Tim Vought, John Yocum, Michael Yeager, Charles Porter, Thomas Reich, Charlene Cove and Gail Zambor Schuerch voting yes. Director Joe Klebon could not be reached by phone to participate in the meeting.

In addition, the board approved salary increases for several members of the district's non-union support and supervisor employees list. Many of those on the list received 2.5 percent salary increases, with the exception of head cooks Regina Reigle and Roxanne Hockenbrock, who were given 4 percent raises.

Only Timothy George, supervisor of buildings and grounds, and head custodian Gabrielle Bagnell did not receive raises. Bagnell did not receive one since she was only hired last month for the position, while George did not receive a raise due to receiving a $10,000 increase when he took over a supervisory custodial position up until last month.

Those raises were approved by a 7-0 vote as well.

The board also confirmed a purchase of $198,740 under a lease/purchase agreement with American Capital Leasing. The purchase was approved June 16, but the agenda lists the technology the district will be getting in the coming months.

According to invoices provided by the district, Southern Columbia will receive 450 Acer Travelmate laptops, 65 Hewlett-Packard desktop computers, 11 Samsung Chromebook laptops and various equipment to update the district's servers.

The board also approved revised staff handbooks for the supervisory staff and (non-union) support staff, and a family and medical leave act qualifying leave for an employee, running from Aug. 21 through on or about Oct. 31 at Wednesday's meeting.