So much going on. Some good, some not. I'm out of town on business so I'll give you the short version. Two main items of interest, starting with the good news . . .
Under the wire
It came down to the 11th hour but I have to give some serious props to NESPA leadership for coming through with a good offer. If approved by the rank and file tonight, this deal will help ease the burden on tax payers and it will prevent jobs from being outsourced. I had pretty much given up hope of a win-win scenario here, but the Support Staff really stepped up.
To Mindy Anderson and the rest of NESPA, a heartfelt thank you
And now, onto the not-so pleasant news . . .
Over the top
Whenever the teachers took actions that I thought were inappropriate, such as protesting at back-to-school night or the more recent WTC action, I made no secret of my feelings. Well, something else happened this week that has me steaming, but this time it is not the NFT.
Letters have been mailed throughout the Neshaminy area that list the names and salaries of teachers in specific developments, and then encourages neighbors of those teachers to speak out against them. What's worse is the person(s) sending out this letter did not have the courage to show their name, but instead referred to themselves as a "Tax Payer".
The pièce de résistance is they put the Neshaminy school district address as the sender on the envelope, giving the appearance that the district approved of this mailing. I do not know if that is considered mail fraud, but it should be. One thing it is for sure is gutless.
Whether this letter is legal or not isn't the point. The bottom line here is that it is just flat out wrong. Discussions about the NFT contract should occur at Board meetings and other appropriate public venues. At no time should anyone take action that brings the debate to a person's front door. But that's what this person did, and they did so anonymously. Not exactly what I'd consider a stand-up guy (by the way, speculation of who the author is will NOT be accepted under comments, so please save me the trouble and DON'T).
If you couldn't attend last night's meeting, the Courier Times carried a good summary in today's edition. And in a truly rare event, both the Board and NESPA were complimented in the Courier's editorial.
See you at next Tuesday's final meeting of the school year.