Bucks Lawmaker: Teachers Should Be Judged on Merit

Bucks County State Rep. Paul Clymer wants to give public school administrators autonomy when laying off teachers.

“When a school district has to furlough school teachers, under the present guidelines, it’s the last in the first out.”

Clymer is the Chair of The State House of Education Committee and he wants administrators to decide which teachers to layoff, based on merit not seniority. The Education Committee is expected to hold hearing on a proposed bill.

School Board Candidate Says Respect Missing on Board

Paul Edelman, a Democratic candidate for the North Penn School Board says, respect is in short supply when negotiating with teachers and communicating with the public. Edelman cites the last round of teacher talks as an example of how the process needs to change.

“The board used in very poor judgment when representing our teachers in a very bad light. Negotiations behind closed doors and respectful bargaining in good faith starts there, that’s how I would like to repeat 2009.”

Edelman is running on the Democratic ticket.  It’s the second time Edelman is seeking a seat on the North Penn School Board. Edelman was a guest on the AM Edition Wednesday morning.

Local Principal: We’re Using Top Tech. To Keep Kids Safe

School safety was the subject of discussion Wednesday morning on the WNPV program Legally Speaking. Souderton Area High School Principal Dr. Sam Varano says, since moving in to the new building, the school is better equipped to keep students safe.

“For any visitor to come in the building they have to have a driver’s license that is run through our system and we get an immediate report back if there is anything on that person’s record as far as misbehavior with children.”

Varano says, there’s another vital safety feature that adds to the level of security.

“There are close to 60 cameras in and around the building that can be viewed at anytime by our security personnel.”

The school also employs three security officers, and a school resource officer from the Franconia Twp. P.D.

Sherpinsky: Pension Plan Could Devastate NP School Dist.

Vince Sherpinsky, a veteran member of the North Penn School Board, is seeking another term on the board. Sherpinsky says, there’s still a lot of work to be done, particularly with the school district’s pension plan. He says, 29 cents of every dollar the district pays an employee goes to the plan without help from Harrisburg.

“It’s a very tough issue for us to address, because Harrisburg is not giving us a choice, they’re just mailing us the bill. As a negotiator for the district in representing the taxpayers of North Penn, we have two different missions at the table. We have the union’s mission, which is to get higher salaries, better benefits and easier working conditions for their members and then there’s the board’s side, where we’re tying to negotiate a fair contract that we can afford and at the same time still accomplish our mission.”
 
Sherpinsky has been president of the North Penn School Board for the last seven years. Sherpinsky, a guest on the AM Edition Wednesday morning, is running on the Republican ticket with Josie Charnock, Tim Kerr, and frank O’Donnell.  

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