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Bob Lentz April 17, 2014 at 04:16 PM
I'll be looking forward to meeting you Mr Eichfeld .
Bob Lentz April 17, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Mr. Eichfeld , did I understand this correctly ? The new negotiating team for the school teachersRead Morewa nts to first discuss retroactive pay for the teachers in the contract ? Yo teachers , you don't have a contract .
Bob Lentz April 17, 2014 at 07:50 PM
After reading over a few of Muir's comments I don't quite understand what he meant by consequencesRead Moreo f extreme fiscal conservatism . Shame on the taxpayer for not giving in to union demands ? The part I understand is the same old cry within every contract . Muir said , " A good negotiation will take time and any contract deal will have to be retroactive and include good health insurance " In due time we will find out who the hell this guy is and what kind of power he intends to slap the taxpayer around with .
LSNative April 15, 2014 at 08:44 AM
I was at Water/Main at the red light, facing West, waiting to make a right onto Main. There was aRead Moreb icycle tool (yes, most of you are tools) waiting on Water St (facing East) in the left turn lane. So I'm sitting there, with my blinker on, waiting to make a right. As soon as the light changed, Mr. Bicycle Tool darts out into the intersection cutting me off. Luckily for him, I know that bicyclists don't follow traffic laws like they are supposed to, so I held back, knowing this 180 lb guy with a 20 lb bike thought it would be a good idea to cut off a 6,000 lb SUV. I'm getting a camera installed on my dash so that I can hit these clowns and have video proof of them breaking the law and having no regard for other traffic. (Joking). ((Maybe)).
ProudSVTeacher April 16, 2014 at 03:18 PM
It's an interesting story that Casey has, but I wonder about its validity. There isn't anyone named Read MoreCasey Smith at the elementary school. Even if this "teacher" is using an anonymous name, he/she posted this at 1:32 pm, which is when teachers are teaching...something smells fishy here.
Bryan Eichfeld April 16, 2014 at 08:29 PM
I am very heartened by this post by Casey Smith, it makes sense. As for this person remainingRead Moreanonym ous I completely understand, the backlash would probably be extreme. I do not believe that the complete information was told to the Union members before the votes. I am sure that the board negotiators would love to present to the teachers their side of this negotiation, where they can ask direct questions in a public forum about the contract. We have heard that there is strong division within the Union regarding the path that the union has taken. This is why I have been asking those teachers to speak out. The teachers are in a very tough environment in these situations because they have to work with their compatriots on a daily basis. I am happy that there are individuals willing to stand up. The Saucon Valley School district is a very great place to work, and it is always the board's intention to keep it that way, now and into the future. This is why we have been very steadfast in putting forth a contract that was fair to the teachers, the students and the taxpayers.
Ed Smith April 17, 2014 at 08:37 AM
I looked at the school staff directory and didn't find anyone named ProudSVTeacher either.
Bryan Eichfeld April 09, 2014 at 08:54 AM
I would recommend watching the video in the background with the PowerPoint over it.
Hugh Gallagher April 09, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Thank you for making it easy for any resident to get a "feel" for this process. VeryRead Morei nformative. An example of what transparency should be.
Walter April 08, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Did you get busted again, sarah? Bwaahahahaha
joe matacavage April 13, 2014 at 03:08 PM
but you never see a window shattering load speeding biker stopped..
Barbara Scherer April 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
They are doing their job! Would you rather have more drunks and potheads driving through townRead Moreputti ng everyone in jeopardy? If you are speeding you deserve a ticket; plain and simple.
SV rambler April 14, 2014 at 03:05 PM
I'm looking at the bottom line - understanding the school accounts for only a portion but folksRead Morearou nd here love to say "we pay the highest taxes around" when in fact we don't assuming things haven't changed dramatically in the last 3 years. I'm not trying to make a point on the current saga - it is just a false assumption I think many folks have. To Bryan - I think the board makes valid points in addressing each of the statements on the teacher website which are vague and do not address the sticking points. Would like to see it proof read a little more. "Health case" etc.
Bert Macklin April 14, 2014 at 04:49 PM
I don't quite understand the point you're trying to make. Using the numbers you provided, SVSDRead Moremuni cipalities have the highest school millage rates except Walnutport. So having the 2nd and third highest rates out of 69 municipalities isn't a valid compliant since it's not #1? Even if Bryan is correct and two districts jumped SVSD, I still think #4&5 out of 69 is pretty darn high up there on the list.
Bryan Eichfeld April 14, 2014 at 07:24 PM
Bert, I completely agree I am a little punch drunk. Because when I make comments that we have theRead MoreHi ghest taxes, I get slammed for not being accurate. There is another issue because Lehigh had a reassessment last year, Northampton county has not had a reassessment in over 20 years. Funding schools through real estate taxes is inherently unfair. I'm torn because the elimination of School property tax proposal takes the money through sales taxes, sends it to Harrisburg and then they re-spread it to individual school districts. So the control of the districts shifts even more to Harrisburg.
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