Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Parents, tax payers continue to speak out

A very impressive showing of parents and tax payers attended Tuesday night's school board meeting, about 250 by my count. I will try to post a few thoughts about last night later today if I can find a free moment this afternoon (no promises). In the meantime, I will let the Courier Times recap the meeting for you . . .

Before the Neshaminy school board approves the final budget in two weeks, residents and parents had one last message for school directors: listen to taxpayers, stand firm in negotiations and don't give in to union demands.

Parents, who once again wore red shirts that said, "Proud parent of a Neshaminy student," also donned white stickers with red lettering that read, "I contribute to my health care." Homeowners, who also blamed former boards for the labor dispute issue, pleaded with the board saying they can't afford a tax increase.

The school board unanimously voted to postpone the budget vote until June 29, giving them a few more weeks to negotiate with the support staff before approving outsourcing transportation, food, grounds keeping and custodial services to save more than $30 million over the next five years.

... the board also unanimously approved a last minute agenda addition requested by parents asking local representatives to support the Strike Free Education Act, or House Bill 1369, which would make strikes and retroactive contract payments illegal.

You can read the complete article by clicking here.

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