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.
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.
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.
Four seats are up for grabs on the North Penn School Board. Josie Charnock, a Republican, says the current board has done its job for students and taxpayers.
“The district tax increase for the 2013-14 school year was once again one of the lowest in Montgomery County. We ranked 5th lowest of 21 school districts.”
Charnock is running with current board members,Vince Sherpinsky, Tim Kerr and Frank O’Donnell. Charnock says two of the big issues will be teacher contracts and pension. Charnock was a guest on the AM Edition Monday morning.