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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 .
Ed Smith April 19, 2014 at 07:08 PM
I see that we have a negotiation update on www.svsdnegotiations.com. They will meet in a month.Read MoreWhat 's the rush?
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.
Bert Macklin April 12, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Would you rather the Township/Borough not lay cinders or plow in the winter? After the amount ofRead Moresn ow and cold this winter, I think they deserve a break. Cinders part part of life living in an area with snow.
LSNative April 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Yep, I'm with the others. Go out and clean it up if it bothers you. I live in Hellertown and myRead Morecu rbs were damaged (by a Borough snow plow, nonetheless). I am required to make the repairs and pay for the costs myself.
busybody April 16, 2014 at 09:10 PM
At man #1 no need to check our deed, we know our property lines, @ man #2, yes we would prefer notRead Moret o have cinders and snow plowing are two different things, @ person # 3 LST has already cleaned it up, thank you very much, too bad about your curb, maybe you should have stayed in LST!
Randy April 05, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Mr. Eichfeld is the best thing that has happened to this district. By calling the teachers greedy, Read Moreuncaring and motivated solely by money, he lets the public see them exactly for what they are: cowards. Thank you for calling it like it is Mr Eichfeld.
LSNative April 07, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I also love all those trashing Mr. Eichfeld for using "social media" to make his point. Read MoreT hose of you complaining about him posting on the Patch, have no idea what social media is or how it should be used correctly. Mr. Eichfeld is using it exactly as intended, and because of it - we are all receiving more information than we would have 5 years ago.
Gerry Kranz April 09, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Eichfeld is doing a fine job of giving info back to the constituents. I question the wisdom of what Read Morehe says sometimes (and he does put more emotion into it than he should), but I would rather have a politician that tells us too much, rather than too little.
Hello it's me April 04, 2014 at 05:52 PM
Ugh no pool. I guess I'll keep looking.
busybody April 05, 2014 at 08:19 AM
@Proud SVTeacher, no I was not aware of any tax rebate. One would think that information would beRead Moreg iven to us on our tax bills. I will look into it. Please understand, we are not loosing our home, we are leaving it. We choose to do so, rather that waste $11,000. per year on the education of someone else children, when we paid for our own children to go to private school, all the while still paying the taxes. We would much prefer to use that $11,000. To travel and see our great country and also the places in Europe that we still have not seen. @Hello it's me, you also have to approved to live here, I doubt you would pass muster.
LSNative April 07, 2014 at 08:52 AM
Hey ProudSVTeacher - regarding the senior citizen tax rebate, you left out the fact that there isRead Morean income qualifier. Furthermore, as a TEACHER, I'm sure you understand that the reason a subsidy exists is because the costs associated with said subsidy are already too high. Because if they wern't too high, there wouldn't be need for a subsidy, would there?
LSNative April 01, 2014 at 09:12 PM
ProudSVTeacher - if your salary remains the same year after year, but your employer increasesRead Morecontri butions to your retirement plans by 10% for each of those years, is your cost of employment to the district staying the same, increasing, or decreasing?
LSNative April 01, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Salaries, remaining the same, or increasing at a decreased rate, is not the entire picture. TheRead Morecos t of your medical benefits, graduate studies, and guaranteed retirement pensions, are increasing. That means that your individual, actual cost of employment is increasing. Which means that either cuts have to be made, or taxpayers have to pay more. It is unsustainable.
LSNative April 01, 2014 at 09:17 PM
From the PSEA - "The average employee in the Northampton County (SVSD) school district earnedRead More$ 72,000 a year in 2012, the most recent year for which data was available. The average worker in Northampton County earned only $44,000 in 2013."
LSNative March 26, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Yea, and stop riding next to each other. Single file.
Gerry Kranz March 28, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Hear, hear, LSNative. Great point. Also, the trail zombies need to remember that they have stopRead Moresign s when they come to cross the road. They need to stop before blindly bumbling into the road .
ProudSVTeacher March 28, 2014 at 03:08 PM
One point of clarification: earlier Mr. Eichfeld stated that 60% of the budget goes to salary andRead Moreb enefits. This statement was misleading as it covers ALL employees: maintainance, business, administration, food services, transportation, etc., not just teachers. Teachers' salaries are 30% of the budget, not the 60% that Mr. Eichfeld implied.
Bert Macklin March 28, 2014 at 05:48 PM
So what's your point? You want 60% of the budget to go to strictly teacher's salaries?
Gerry Kranz March 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM
PSVT, as someone else stated: anyone with a professional position makes sacrifices for their jobRead More(su ch as time away from family). Get the hell over yourself. There are only a few teachers in SV that deserve more for going above and beyond.
D.S. March 25, 2014 at 06:48 AM
I wonder what would happen if the taxpayers like myself banded together with other tax payers,likeRead Moret he teachers union and said we can not or will not pay anymore , I think that the teachers should be glad they even have a job it seems that the teachers think they are entitled to more, more, and more they should learn to do more with less there are a lot of us that in fact do this every day just to get by. If teachers want more than contribute more open up your eyes and your own wallets, this bickering is getting old.
Gerry Kranz March 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM
DS, the taxpayers HAVE banded together to say they are tired if the cost increases. It was calledRead Morean "election", and it happened sometime late last year. The taxpayers elected people who they felt best represent their interests when managing the school district.
Jerry Reilly March 27, 2014 at 09:27 AM
DS In the real world people have a choice of hanging in there with a company or taking a jobRead Moreelsewhe re. I am confident there are very few if any better compensated teacher jobs AVAILABLE. I am very confident there are many qualified replacement teachers anxious to come to SV. Many of these would be available at a huge savings to taxpayers. I love teachers. I am married to one. She was willing to take 0 % from another local district the last couple of times while on a pay scale far below the one in SV.
Bryan Eichfeld March 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Awesome Walter, I wanted to post this website directly on the patch, and it is already outRead Morethere! H ere is the direct path to the Website: http://www.svsdnegotiations.com/
Gerry Kranz March 18, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Mary Lou, the chief needs to make his budget too. Unless a person is related, there is no useRead Moretalkin g to the police in a small town. They exist only to protect and serve themselves.
Daxton March 19, 2014 at 10:16 AM
The fact that people even consider driving without a seatbelt blows my mind. It takes a second atRead Moremo st and is only going to help you in the event of a crash. Maybe you have never been in a life threatening crash but if you ever are you will quickly learn the importance of one...
MaryLou Young March 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Gerry, I disagree!
Gerry Kranz March 13, 2014 at 07:08 PM
If you know who it is, politely ask them to clean it up. If the refuse, hang the poop on theirRead Moredoork nob.
Walter March 13, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Hellertown boosts fine to inconsiderate pet owners July 9, 2008 Dog owners in Hellertown who failRead Moret o curb their four-legged friends had better be prepared to pony up if they don't clean up. Hellertown Borough Council voted Monday night to authorize advertisement of an ordinance that would increase the fine from $50 to a maximum of $300 for owners who don't curb their dogs. The requirement also applies to cats. ''It's something that the public just shouldn't have to deal with, so if a fine of $300 improves the situation and makes people here show more consideration for others, then I see no problem with it,'' said resident Dolores Summers as she walked her dog, plastic bag in hand. Borough Manager Charlie Luthar said the fine for unleashed dogs is $300, and council believed the penalty for not cleaning up after animals should be equal to that.
Scott March 14, 2014 at 05:56 PM
That sounds like a great way to make people think about their responsibilities as a pet owner.Read MoreThank s you for your post Walter.
Paula March 13, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Seriously Gerry.. I don't know how the conversation made such a big turn but at least we wereRead Morefriend ly. :)
Gerry Kranz March 13, 2014 at 06:30 PM
It was refreshing, to say the least...
Paula March 13, 2014 at 06:32 PM
You're growing on me Gerry :)
Gerry Kranz March 04, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Will the real Eichfeld please stand up? I mean really, how are we supposed to know that you areRead MoreBrya n? And if you are really Bryan, I sympathize with your frustration. I really do. But breaking an impasse on negotiations by campaigning on social media is NOT a good idea. Do you realize that any statement is subject to discovery, even for an unrelated case, years down the road? Any MIS-statement can and will be misused. Just wise advice. And Allen...I judge your fortitude base on your past posts. Nothing ever changes.
svforlife March 04, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Gerry - I moved to this school district because of the education and schooling that my kids willRead Morehav e in the future. We have a great school district and I am proud of it. I do pay tax dollars and as much as people complain about them, I rather be sending my children to SVSD then to other neighboring school districts. The home values are a direct reflection of the school district that we live in. Mr. Eichfeld comes on here and claims that teachers are ruining the school district, last time I checked, SVSD had the highest test scores in Northampton County. If the bottom line is the only thing our school board members care about, then there is a major problem!! Do some research, how many teachers have left the district in the last two years...People might say, who cares we can find someone else to replace them, but it is a little scary when teachers are leaving the school district because of the ongoing issues that are happening year in and year out...I hope all of this gets resolved soon and we can move forward!!!
Walter March 12, 2014 at 05:54 AM
Saucon Valley School Board Launches Negotiations Website: http://www.svsdnegotiations.com
Bryan Eichfeld March 05, 2014 at 08:48 PM
I ask, is there anyone in the private sector seeing this level of increase?
Gerry Kranz March 05, 2014 at 09:44 PM
Everyone needs to keep the proper perspective. First, the majority of the SV teachers are dedicated Read Moreprofessionals who go more than the extra mile for the students, from K through 12. There are a few really bad teachers, particularly in the HS, but, as many of you are fond of comparing this work force to the private sector - those same types of poor worker can be found in almost any company. Good teachers should be compensated well. Now, I don't agree with Bryan posting details of the negotiations, but his outline of the raises shows the unreasonable nature of the teachers. Excellent employees do not normally get 15% over 4 years in normal companies. That MAY happen in a rapidly growing company, but that is in NO way comparable to a school. There is no revenue growth plan in a school besides raising taxes and cutting costs. People don't have the stomach to do either, I'm afraid. Excellent academics, sports, and arts can bring a community together. A good school will attract more taxpayers. A good school will induce families to stay. A good school will build a great community reputation. Degrade the quality of the school, and the first thing that will happen is that the good students will take their tax money and go to a charter school, and there is not a damn thing you people can do to stop it. This literally takes money right off the top of the school budget. It is already happening. Then, families move away or families avoid moving here. Property values decrease. Tax revenue spirals downward. The low rents and low cost housing attracts low income residents, who are less educated and have little community pride. To the whiny seniors who think that they paid their dues and now want a tax break: your property values will go down one way or another of you cut school resources to the bone. To the school board: I think you have done a fair job and have offered a very good contract, but please stop negotiating on the Patch. To the teachers: for some reason, even the brightest amongst you have failed reasoning when it comes to this contract. Your expectations are unrealistic.no one respects your opinion, even if you had a good point to make. You are not a large and powerful union, like the Steel in days gone by. You have the low ground. Give up to fight another day.
Walter March 12, 2014 at 05:56 AM
Saucon Valley School Board Launches Negotiations Website: http://www.svsdnegotiations.com
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