Altoona board approves raise for superintendent

The Altoona Area School Board has approved a 2 percent raise, or $3,340, for Superintendent Charles Prijatelj, bringing his salary to $170,340 effective retroactively to July 1.

When the matter came up during a meeting Monday, the vote was 8-1 with board Vice President Sharon Bream voting against the raise.

Bream participated in the meeting Monday through teleconference and ended her call before she could be asked for comment. She did not return a call Wednesday for comment.

Prijatelj responded that he wasn’t bothered by her vote.

“That’s her prerogative,” he said.

Bream and board President John Donley are finishing up the board’s evaluation of Prijatelj, who was hired in August 2016.

“We’ve already talked about the review. As a whole, the reason we decided to give him the raise is that we’ve seen the guy come into a mess of four years. We didn’t have consistency because people (previous superintendents) weren’t here long enough,” board member Dutch Brennan said.

“He had the guts to step in. He’s doing, in my opinion, a very good job of juggling everything,” Brennan said.

He noted specifically the district’s new unified math and reading curriculums that have been a joint project with the assistant superintendents and principals.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.