Four Republicans will face an equal number of Democrats in November for four open seats on the North Penn School Board. The Republicans are incumbents Vince Sherpinsky, Tim Kerr, Frank O'Donnell and former School Board Member Josie Charnock. The Democratic slate includes Tina Stoll, Murali Balaji, Alex Ryaban and Paul Edelman, Junior. Both sets of candidates crossfiled on both the Republican and Democratic tickets and each won their respective primaries.
The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and the Neshaminy School Board began negotiations for a new contract in 2008. Fast forward to 2013, and the two sides have agreed on a tentative deal, ending five years of bitter disagreements and two strikes. Although details of the accord have not been released, it’s believed the new pact will resemble a deal accepted by teachers in a nearby school district, which gives the federation a 7 year deal that begins in 2008, when negotiations started and runs through 2015. Teachers would also have to pay up to 16 percent of their health care premiums by the end of the deal. The deal does not include retroactive pay. The two sides reportedly worked over the Memorial Day weekend to iron out the new contract.
A tuition hike has been announced at Montgomery county Community College. The school’s Board of Trustees announced the increase as part of the college’s operating budget for 2013-14. Students who take 12-credits per semester will see an increase of 432 dollars for year. Students taking on 15-credits or five courses, will pay an additional 540 dollars per year. The College’s total operating budget for 2013-14 is 72.1-million dollars. More than 21-thouand students were enrolled at Montgomery County Community College in 2012-13. The college’s two campuses are located in Pottstown and Blue Bell.
Pennsylvania's Special Education Funding Commission is in place, and it will soon begin hearings. The Commission’s task has its sights set on changing the current funding method, which allocates funds based on a set percentage of a school district's enrollment. State Rep. Bernie O'neill has been calling for the move for years. He says the current system was not set-up to cope with school districts that struggle with higher special education funding costs. O’neill adds, the Feds need to re-evaluate the system.
“Under their law, it says they will get every school district, a minimum of 40-percent of the special-ed cost or more, but never less than 40-percent. The Federal Government has never kept that promise.”
O’neill, a 24th district Bucks County Republican, will serve as the Co-chairman of the Special Education Funding Commission, which consists of 15-members, including lawmakers, cabinet and education officials. The commission will make its recommendations by November.