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Christ the King HS agrees to faculty salary increase

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christ the King High School

Christ the King High School has been doing well financially in recent years and now teachers will see some of that success in their paychecks.

The school announced a pay raise for faculty members with a new two-year contract. School administrators and the Lay Faculty Association, which represents the faculty, came to the agreement, and made the announcement Monday.

“As a result of good faith negotiations, we have come to an agreement where faculty members will have an increase in salary, all the while maintaining a level tuition for students for the next three years,” said Serphin Maltese, the school’s board of trustees chair.

In November, The Diocese of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit against Christ the King to regain control of the school, because the institution has used its buildings for more than just a Catholic high school. The Diocese said that this violates a long-standing contract, but Christ the King said that agreement is void.

The board of Christ the King started to generate cash by opening up continuing education classes such as dance and Spanish, a day care and a preschool. Additionally, last year they started renting space to a public charter school last year, Middle Village Preparatory.

In the last three years the school has made about $3.7 million from these measures, according to Thomas Ognibene, the school’s lawyer. That money has gone to making repairs and underwriting tuition for students.


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Star of Queens: Christian Ramirez

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Christian Ramirez, Kiwanis Recipient Award 2011w

Community Involvement: Christian Ramirez, 15, volunteers at the Clubhouse, where the WORKS Little League baseball teams play.  There, he helps clean up the equipment and set it up for next season. Aside from that, he helps clean up Victory Field Park every year prior to the season. Ramirez also helps with the Challenger Division of the league, where he acts as a buddy to children with autism, helping them at bat and around the bases.

For his work with them, he received a plaque from the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Club.  He became involved with WORKS because of his father, who is on the board.

Personal: Born and raised in Woodhaven, Ramirez is a junior at Christ the King Regional High School. An only child, he enjoys spending time with his cousins, two of whom play in the league.  A member of the school’s bowling team, Ramirez loves playing after school on Mondays and Wednesdays in Whitestone.

Challenges: Ramirez has been fortunate enough to not face any challenges so far.

Inspiration: “It occupies my time and gives me something to do when I don’t have anything else. I really enjoy it.”

Favorite Memory: “My first season with WORKS in 2001. Everyone really enjoyed it. Next season is my last year.”