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Teacher Contract Still Not Settled

Both sides call upon the other side to compromise at Monday's school board meeting.

West Chester School Board President Vince Murphy read a statement at Monday’s school board meeting calling upon the teachers union to negotiate and compromise as both sides continue to work towards a new contract.

“It is high time that the West Chester Area School District be the next noteworthy example of a fiscally responsible contract achieved through compromise,” Murphy said.

Murphy pointed to the recently agreed upon contact in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District.  The teachers and board there agreed to a two-year deal that calls for a $2,500 nonrecurring bonus for each bargaining unit member over the course of two years.

“Does this sound familiar?” Murphy asked.  “It should.  It is the same compensation proposal which our school board extended to our teachers union.”

Union president Debbie Fell said that the union has worked to compromise, and that it’s the school board that refuses to meet in the middle.

“When will you (the school board) come to the negotiation table,” Fell said.  “The teachers have already compromised $19 million dollars, and we have collaborated with the district the last two years to save over $10 million.”

A sticking point for the union so far has been that the school board does not attend negotiation sessions.

Instead, the board sends a negotiator who talks with the union and then relays what happened in the session back to the board at a later time.

The next negotiation session for the contract is scheduled for Nov. 29.

“This gives the West Chester Education Association ample time to sharpen its pencils and prepare a health insurance proposal and a response to our salary proposal that demonstrated a commitment to balancing achievement and affordability,” Murphy said.

“When negotiations started, $25 million separated the union and the school board,” said Henderson math teacher Bob Marks.  “That union has dropped that number to $6.5 million.  The WCAEA has moved quite a bit.”

Cathy Binder November 04, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Star - you know I am correct - you have used many names in the past - I have followed your diatribes for years on the Daily Local. I have watched you and your conspiracy theories believing that all who disagree with you are the same person. I don't have to prove anything as you say. Many here know who you are. You have been called out on the Daily Local, I followed that little debacle. So, now you are not the organic farmer you formerly professed to be when you used the name "little". Really? Or how about "African Pride" a few years back or the other names you have come and gone under as you were bounced off sites for your hateful speech? I know what you are trying to do, and believe me keep at it. It will not dissuade me. You simply cannot stand that those of us who do not agree with you do form a coalition of active voices. So we speak as one, and have similar ideas. That does not make us the same person. How easy for you if it were so. Unfortunately the masses do not see it your way. Sorry. And your continually put downs will never help in anyone even giving you an audience.
edufan November 04, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Oh, Star, if you weren't so ridiculous, I'd be laughing at you right now. You are running out of steam. You sound like a little child who is name calling. Talk about being a parrot!! Your written voice has taken on a "ME? What about you?!?!?!" tone to it. Grow up, and admit that you have your own opinons, I have my opnions and we do not have to agree. Don't forget to pry yourself away from your cyber world, get off of the chair you almost fell off of, get outside in the fresh air, and go vote.
Star Thawer November 07, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I have to agree with Star Thrower. We need to be vigilant in making sure we do not have sexual predators around our children. As I have read, Ms. Adsett contacted a 17-year-old boy from a WCASD high school in '11. According to sources (fellow seniors), he was in the class of 2011. Why did she contact him instead of his parents? Star and I have to assume the worst. Then, with the current case from Rustin, we have to be careful with the parents that WC hires as coaches. Even though he wasn't a teacher, Star and I would feel happier if the Board did not hire or approve predators, and the board should not encourage making "contact" with young boys. Ask Ms. Adsett. Thank you. Star Brothers! Go Mitt! Mitt will win PA!
Robin Kaliner November 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM
ST, those are 4 possibilities for ONE school to be closed. Now they are also considering closing 2 but building another larger one. So, all things considered, no one has proposed going below 9 elementary schools. Also, what is your preoccupation with sexual abuse? Sounds like it hits pretty close to home for you.
edufan November 22, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Thank you, WCASD officials for voting to stay with ten elementary schools.

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