The Souderton Area School Board got another earful Thursday night from teachers frustrated by their lack of a contract. Indian Valley Middle School Language Arts Teacher Richard Swartz told district officials 20 veteran educators have left the district since the strike last September and he expects more to follow this year. Steve Nogami, another teacher at Indian Valley, said the School Board could fund the contract the teachers want without putting more of a burden on the taxpayer. District residents also took the podium to express their views about the teacher contract stalemate. Karen Peterson lives in Souderton and said the teachers are out of touch with the reality of taxpayers like herself. The school board and union remain far apart on contract issues. A panel of arbitrators is gathering input from both sides and will suggest a non-binding settlement later this year.
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