UNIONTOWN — The Uniontown Area School Board opted to keep the district’s two head administrators in place for five more years.
The board on Monday approved contract extensions for Superintendent Dr. Charles Machesky and Assistant to the Superintendent Dr. Daniel Bosnic that will keep both administrators in the district into 2025.
Machesky, whose current five-year contract is set to expire in April, agreed to a five-year extension under which he will continue to work without receiving a salary.
Uniontown Area School District has not paid a superintendent salary since Machesky’s official retirement in March 2012. Since that time, Machesky has worked without compensation and will continue to serve as superintendent at no cost to the district through April 2025.
“I appreciate the board’s confidence,” Machesky said following the contract approval. “I would like to thank the members of the board and all the administrative staff and the professional staff for the outstanding job that they continue to do for our students.
“It’s a pleasure to serve this school district as its superintendent, and I hope to continue to be able to provide effective leadership for the next five years.”
As a retired state educator, Machesky cannot accept a salary from the district while receiving retirement benefits from the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS), according to the State Employees’ Retirement Code.
According to the contract, which ends April 6, 2025, Machesky is entitled to health and life insurance policies through the district.
Machesky joined Uniontown in 1992 as principal of the district’s mountain area schools. He served as director of special education and alternative education before being appointed superintendent in 2002.
Following his retirement in 2012, Machesky stayed on in an acting capacity for 10 months, agreeing in early 2013 to remain in the superintendent position long-term without compensation. His annual salary at the time of his retirement more than seven years ago was $126,665.
Prior to his role as superintendent, Machesky served as mayor of the city of Uniontown from 1988 to 1996, and before that was a member of Uniontown’s school board.
Bosnic’s new contract, also approved Monday by the board, is a three-year extension to a deal reached last year.
In January 2018, the board approved a contract for Bosnic through June 2022 that set his salary at $110,000, with raises ranging from 3% to 5% over the life of the contract.
The contract extension approved Monday will run through June 2025 and is subject to negotiation of annual salary increases for the three years included in the agreement.
Bosnic was appointed to his current position in September 2014 at a salary of $85,000. He formerly served as principal at the district’s Benjamin Franklin School.
The contracts for Machesky and Bosnic were each unanimously approved by the board members present following a 54-minute executive session. School directors Bill Collier and Bill Rittenhouse were absent.