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Incoming St. Lawrence Central School Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. will be required to live within the district’s geographic boundaries under the terms of his contract, as will incoming Norwood-Norfolk Central School Superintendent James M. Cruikshank should he decide to move from his Hannawa Falls home while superintendent.

The contract between Mr. Vigliotti, superintendent at General Brown Central School District in Dexter, and the Brasher Fall district’s board of education specifies that Mr. Vigliotti will establish his residence by Dec. 31; “otherwise, shall render this agreement null and void.”

However, the board can waive the provision or extend the deadline at the superintendent’s request “and for good reason,” according to the contract.

The district will reimburse Mr. Vigliotti up to $2,500 for costs associated with his relocation. That includes temporary housing, storage costs and costs incurred with a professional moving company.

The contract between the Norwood-Norfolk Central School Board of Education and Mr. Cruikshank, who is principal at A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, also addresses residency requirements.

“In the event that the superintendent changes his primary residence during the term of this agreement, he shall establish his primary residence within the geographical boundaries of the district,” the contract reads.

No residency requirements are the in contracts for St. Lawrence Central Superintendent Stephen M. Putman or Norwood-Norfolk Central School Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie.

Mr. Vigliotti’s five-year contract, which begins July 1, calls for a salary of $125,000 from his start date to June 30, 2014. The salary will be reviewed during negotiations at each 12-month period of employment. Mr. Putman earns $119,122 under the latest addendum to his contract.

The contract also calls for a business travel stipend of $400 a month, for a total of $4,800 per year, rather than the district maintaining a vehicle for Mr. Vigliotti to use in his day-to-day duties.

The district also will pay $360 annually toward the cost of Mr. Vigliotti’s Internet service at his home and $100 a month to defray the cost of mobile telephone service used to perform his duties.

Like Mr. Putman, Mr. Vigliotti will contribute 15 percent toward his health coverage under the district’s standard plan for instructional employees. If he opts not to enroll in the district-provided health insurance plan, he will be reimbursed 50 percent of the premiums charged under an individual or single health insurance policy or plan.

The district also will pay $120 annually toward the cost of dental insurance coverage for Mr. Vigliotti and his dependents under the district’s dental insurance plan. That clause is also contained in Mr. Putman’s contract.

At Norwood-Norfolk Central, Mr. Cruikshank will earn an annual salary of $118,000 under the terms of his three-year contract, which begins July 1. His salary will be reviewed annually. Mrs. Kirnie earns $115,821.

The district will pay 85 percent of Mr. Cruikshank’s health insurance coverage provided under the district’s plan with the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties School District Employees’ Medical Plan.

The board is providing Mrs. Kirnie and her family with 90 percent of the premium costs of health, hospitalization and medical insurance under the St. Lawrence-Lewis Health Care Plan. She also is receiving $212 toward the annual premium costs for both dental and optical insurance.

St. Lawrence Central Board of Education President James K. Lattimer said that while most of the language and benefits in Mr. Vigliotti’s contract are standard to many other superintendent contracts, there were some that were unique because they are getting an experienced district leader.

Mr. Vigliotti has served as superintendent of schools at the General Brown Central School District in Dexter since 2002. He previously was the deputy superintendent from 2001 to 2002 and junior and senior high principal at General Brown from 1999 to 2002.

“He has 11 years of being a superintendent,” Mr. Lattimer said.

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