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Palmerton superintendent to receive small pay raise

Published December 15. 2010 05:00PM

The head of Palmerton Area School District will receive a 1 percent raise in her salary.

The school board unanimously agreed on Tuesday to approve the salary increase for Superintendent Carol Boyce, as per contract, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

That means Boyce will now make $114,651, up from her current salary of $113,516.

Boyce was hired by the district in May of 2008 at a salary of $107,000.

Also on Tuesday, the board heard from high school instructors Tom Smelas and Dave Kellerman about the Marine Corps Educators Workshop and graduation they recently attended at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Smelas said he and Kellerman were told at the workshop to not act as recruiters when they returned to the district.

"We're back to be a resource to the kids who are on the fence that are interested," Smelas said. "It was a great experience; probably the best workshop I've been to in 23 years.

"People like us are the only people that see what goes on there," he said. "They gave open questions, open answers; they were really factual."

Kellerman echoed the sentiments expressed by Smelas.

"It was a great trip," Kellerman said. "I don't have the military background, military experience, but I was glad that I went."

Kellerman said he enjoyed that he and Smelas were able to see the recruits train, which he said has become "much more scientific."

"We got to see what it was like to see these young recruits when they come out," he said. "The quality of kids coming out of the Marines is the best ever."

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