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.
The Montgomery County Bomb Squad and Police converged on North Penn High School for the report of two suspicious water bottles. A teacher saw the first bottle just before 7:30 in the morning Wednesday behind a parked security vehicle in the back off the building. The school was not evacuated. The bomb squad used a pellet gun to open a hole in the bottle and tests later determined the substance did not pose any danger. The second suspicious bottle was discovered just before 2:30pm in a part of the parking lot. The bomb squad took the bottle to conduct tests on the contents. police and school district officials say charges will be filed against the person or persons who left the bottles outside the school.
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.
The Wissahickon School District is laying off five support staff workers as well as a school nurse classified as a temporary professional. The school board approved the furloughs Monday night. In addition, another support staff employee and school nurse were demoted. The job actions are the result of a staff realignment made necessary by the pending closure of Mattison Elementary School in Ambler. District officials say attempts were made to find jobs for the laid off employees. They also say those affected could be recalled during the next school year if a position opens for them.