MAYS LANDING — Atlantic Cape Community College retired Dean Bobby Royal’s position will not be filled and will instead be absorbed by two other deans, saving the college almost $126,000.

The board of trustees at Tuesday night’s meeting approved 5 percent raises to deans Richard Perniciaro and Eileen Curristine for taking over duties previously held by Royal, who retired July 1.

Perniciaro, who is dean of facilities, planning and research will also become dean of the Worthington Campus in Atlantic City. His salary will increase from $94,678 to $99,412. Curristine who is dean of human resources and compliance will also be responsible for public safety. Her salary will increase from $90,736 to $95,272.

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The net savings from Royal’s salary and benefits is $125,768 according to the resolution approved by the board.

Board member Brian Lefke asked that in light of the current budget crisis the board postpone granting the 5 percent raises for six months. He made a motion to table the resolution, but it did not pass. Lefke and board member Maria Mento then voted against the resolution to award the raises, which passed by an eight to two vote.

Mento said her vote was not against the individuals, but the timing of the raises.

Board member Maria Torres said the two deans had already taken over Royal’s duties for at least the last six months while he was on medical leave and that the raises would not be retroactive. According to the resolution, they would take effect July 25.

Sandra Greco, president of the Atlantic Cape Education Association read a statement during the public portion of the meeting saying that while members recognize the need for cost containment they are concerned about the effect of a recent reorganization on student services. She said many departments are already short-staffed and people have already taken on additional duties without sufficient resources.

She said the unions are willing to work with the administration to have the best possible environment for the college community.

Other members said after the meeting they are concerned about being able to adequately serve students in areas like admissions and student services.

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