Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The Bucks County commissioners aren't racing to write a check in response to an idea by Wrightstown philanthropist Gene Epstein that he and the county team up to buy the closed Neshaminy Middle School in Middletown. Epstein, who has contributed to countless causes over the years, thinks the property would be a good place for another homeless shelter, job training for the unemployed, temporary apartments for low-income residents and some other uses. He and his wife, Marlene, said they are willing to put up $500,000 toward buying the school and hope county officials would agree to fund the rest.
Epstein said his ideas for the property are worth pursuing. [Bucks County Commissioner] Marseglia agreed but said the county just doesn't have the money.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
What next, outsourcing causes cancer?!?
I've looked at this NESPA ad from today's Courier three times, and I can't find anything factual about it. I've gotta get back to work now, but if you find anything worth mentioning, please feel free to post a comment. Maybe if I get a break later, I'll chime in with some facts . . . you know, verifiable pieces of information instead of emotional statements, useless platitudes and fear mongering.
Great timing for this ad, too. Tonight is the first meeting with the State-appointed Fact Finder (following two previous cancellations due to inclement weather).
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Friday, March 12, 2010
The Neshaminy Board of School Directors unanimously agreed Tuesday to seek input from both the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and the Neshaminy Educational Support Professional Association (NESPA) before deciding where to cut programs and personnel to avoid raising taxes.
Reflecting the hard feelings that have built up during the prolonged labor impasse, the leaders of both unions were skeptical moments after the board's vote during a meeting at Neshaminy High School.
Louise Boyd, president of the teachers' union, thinks school officials should focus on a new contract for the approximately 650 teachers she represents before asking them to help eliminate the deficit. "It seems like an odd order to do things, don't you think?" she asked. The NFT's previous contract expired in June 2008 and Boyd was quick to point out that, as of Tuesday, the teachers have been working without a contract for 617 days.
Mindy Anderson, president of NESPA, the support staff union, was also under whelmed with the offer from district officials. "We'll wait until we get the invitation," she said. "I can tell them where to cut in administration," she added.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Add another $1.5 million to the $30-plus million Neshaminy could save by outsourcing support staff jobs over the next five years. The latest bids for grounds keeping and food services released Monday would provide more than $1.5 million in savings over five years, according to administrators. Officials previously stated the district could save more than $30 million over the next five years if transportation and custodial services are outsourced.
"We're keeping the public informed so, hopefully, the community and the unions have an idea what the district has in front of it," said board President Ritchie Webb. "Our first obligation is to continue to negotiate, but we're also thinking about the $7.6 million deficit facing us and our commitment to the community to stay under Act 1 limitations and our own personal goal of a zero tax increase."
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