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3 Percent Raises Approved for SVSD Employees

The employees had agreed to a pay freeze during the 2012-2013 school year, and the new one-year agreement is for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Saucon Valley School Board voted 8-1 Tuesday to approve retroactive (to July 1, 2013) three percent raises for paraprofessionals, food service workers, secretaries and a number of administrators, including superintendent Dr. Sandra Fellin, assistant superintendent Dr. Carl Atkinson and business manager David Bonenberger, the Express-Times reported.

The employees had agreed to a pay freeze during the 2012-2013 school year, and the new one-year agreement is for the 2013-2014 school year, the article indicated.

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sarah connor January 17, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Wow...really..does that include the teachers that have the kids teach themselves, the nasty new principal that took over at the elementary school, the secy's that don't call the kids to pick the lunches the parents drop off so they miss a meal, the lunch crew that denies the kids food if they are a few cents short as if banckruptcy is eminent or Sandra Fellin for all that nothing she does on a daily basis. Just wondering! Maybe its time to take my tax money elsewhere!
LSNative January 17, 2014 at 01:46 PM
I heard Dr. Fellin will be donating her 3% increase to help fund after-school extracurricular activities. Fat chance.
Walter January 17, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Sarah, It appears that you dislike almost everyone and everything about the district. I would say it is most definitely time to go elsewhere.
Allan Bach January 17, 2014 at 03:50 PM
I remember being told "no tax increases" by a board member. Are these raises indicative of a tax hike? I don't mind that most of these people are struggling like others and deserve salary increases, but to increase a six-figure salary 3% is quite a jump.
Justthefacts January 17, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Walter - I agree with you! Sounds like nobody will ever be able to please Sarah...or, maybe she is just a bit bitter because she is a demanding parent and people don't kiss her butt! Adios...if you can find a district that will cater to YOUR every "need"...go for it honey!
SVSD Needs a Reality Check January 18, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Sarah is listing just a few symptoms that are contributing to a downward spiral at the district. Her only option maybe to take her tax $$$ with her to a charter or cyber. Proposed district budget has a 16% increase for the cyber/charter category already; I suspect that number will continue to grow and it will eventually erode the district. It's a pat excuse to say: " she's just disgruntled you can never please her..." Sarah is telling you the truth, she is trying to tell you.. something is wrong here. She's actually trying to save the district.
Paula January 18, 2014 at 02:57 PM
I too , agree partially with Sarah. I have experienced many of the same things. That being said, there are exceptions . The elementary principal is a joke. Ms. Bernardo (middle school principal), is an example for everyone. She doesn't sugar coat anything yet she takes care of everything. As far as teachers are concerned, we have a fair amount who are awesome- they teach the children and help if they dont understand . They dont just send them home with a homework paper the child never learned while in school. Ms. Cox, Mr Bernd, Ms. Kittle, Ms. Paulson, Ms. Marsollio, Ms. Brady along with many more are some of the better teachers. Then we do have those teachers who can't do anything but wish they could get the heck out of there and they ruin the district along with those sorry excuses Fellin, Atkinson and Bonenberger - they only do whats good for them . We have busses that run like crap, our high school kids are eating of plastic utensils, our bus stops are near registered child rapists, we can't stop bullying in the district because some of the board members and administration are bullying the kids and parents themselves. You don't have to agree or disagree with me. I don't give a hoot. It's time we parents start speaking up and standing together.
busybody January 18, 2014 at 06:52 PM
I don't have children in school, however I do remember a time, when I lived elsewhere, that there was no SVSD. It was the Hellertown School District. Somewhere along the way maybe in the 70's or 80's it got renamed to up it's profile and align itself with the more well heeled members of the community. The only problem with that was most of those people sent their kids to private, Catholic, or SLSD, so the student body of SVSD still continued to be the kids of Hellertown. That is not to say there is anything wrong with the kids of Hellertown, but it's history was a blue color town, whose kids followed their dads into well paying jobs at Bethlehem Steel. There was not a huge need for a quality education. All of a sudden the steel lost it's hold on the area, land got sold and developed people who could afford to moved into the area, mostly professionals, college educated with families. They had an expectation for a quality school district similar to Parkland, East Penn and Southern Lehigh. Did they get it? Some would say yes, most, based on everything you read in the newspapers etc. would say no. Excellent students will excel no matter where they are. In many cases special ed kids will fare ok because our government now protects them. It's the kids that fall in the middle the "c" student, who with a little help, could be a "b" student, these are the kids that loose out. I am not blaming it on the teachers. Some of these kids have lousy home lives. They go from daycare to school to daycare to home to the idiot box. Mom's too fried from working to cook a decent meal, Dad, if there is one, may be at his job. I know this sounds like rambling but what I am trying to say is, the school district that you all think you are suppose to be getting and that we all are paying for doesn't exist. The campus does, the buildings are there, but there really is no district. The area is too splintered. Years ago when the powers that be made the changes that they did they would have been much better off using some other boundries to determine the school districts in this area.
Walter January 19, 2014 at 09:44 AM
And ... the Hens cackle.
Paula January 19, 2014 at 10:10 AM
And... Look who's calling the kettle black.
Momofthree January 20, 2014 at 07:31 PM
@Sarah, as far as food servers denying kids food.....the kids are let go for about three-five days before given a forgetters lunch, consisting of a cheese sandwich and milk. They are given envelopes by the cashiers to give to the parents to put money into their accounts. Most of these kids fail to take the envelopes home. Some of these kids are $5-$10 in the hole. It is the parents responsibility to make sure they have money, it isn't rocket science. Get your facts straight!
busybody January 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM
@all of you, money should not be handled in the lunch room or cafeteria or whatever they call it. Parents should pay weekly for their childs lunch. Money should be put in an enveople, better yet a check, which gets collected first thing in the morning in homeroom. It goes to a dedicated office where it is logged in. If a child is bring lunch from home and only purchasing a drink that too can be paid in the same way. Drink service should be kept separate and apart from food service so no child need approach food service who has not purchased lunch. As you have stated MOM OF THREE, it isn't rocket science. Non public schools have managed to do it this way with out anyone getting their panties in a wad. If someone needs to be taken to task regarding this issue, it should be the parents, not the child. Maybe they are not being given the money, maybe someone is taking it from them on the bus, maybe someone needs to find out why the kid does not have his lunch money. No kid is going to say because my mom didn't come home from whoring last night, or because so and so squeezed my privates so hard I had to give it to him on the bus, he is just going to say I forgot it.
SV Parent January 22, 2014 at 09:10 AM
@ busybody you didn't need to get vulgar. The cafeteria mostly has it organized ok as far as the money goes and many of the people who work there are really kind BUT a few are grumps and my kids have been snarled at unfairly about lunch money too-- usually the younger ones. Yep, I had one child eating a forgetter's lunch for over a week because that's a favored lunch -- finally the teacher called me. It happens, didn't do it on purpose. Still Sarah is basically right, there is a negative attitude at the school and it comes from top down. Parents and kids don't count with the powers that be, the only thing that counts is their paycheck and the contract ( I am not talking about the teachers -- sure they have their issues but most of them are the ones keeping the district as good as it is DESPITE).
Walter January 22, 2014 at 04:32 PM
@Keeping - While I agree that there is a negative attitude at the school and the only thing that counts is their paycheck and the contract, I must disagree with your assessment. I believe the teachers (their union) are the problem.
busybody January 22, 2014 at 07:16 PM
@keeping it real, how exactly did I get vulgar? By stating the truth? That there are "mother's" in Hellertown who are making their living on their knees, or that there are big fat bullies on the bus overpowering the younger, smaller, kids and taking what ever they want. It's not vulgar hon, it's life. Wake up and smell the coffee.
busybody January 22, 2014 at 07:35 PM
@ all of you, if I had a child or grandchild in those schools and I knew that they had a practice in place called "forgotten lunch", I would be at every freaking school board meeting, on every person who was running for the school board, after every parent, every clergy member in the town and township, which I believe considers itself to be mostly "Christians", and demand that this practice stop. You might just as well take those kids strip them down to their underwear and make them stand on a table in the middle of the lunch room because that is how much you are embarrassing and shaming them, and for what? So a bunch of priggy adults can talk about the kid not having their lunch money. Right here, right now, I will say without knowing one single teacher, administrator, school board member that I am embarrassed and ashamed that my tax dollars are contributing to the denigration of a child, 8 or 18, angel or hoodlum. I feel nothing but disgust for every person employed by the SVSD who knows of this policy and has done nothing about it. You may be good teachers, but your indifference makes you all bad people. I truly hope you understand Karma, because she is coming for all of you.
SV Parent January 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM
@Walter.... agree the teacher's union is a factor, a big factor but when you talk buses, kids teaching kids, lunch issues, front office attitudes etc. those are admin decisions and deserve some scrutiny and we are talking about if admin has earned 3%
busybody January 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM
And the cocks crow Walter, because that is all they can do.
Julie January 28, 2014 at 03:41 PM
@busybody....all because a kid gets a cheese sandwich?! I don't get it. Do you think a child who doesn't hasnt had money in their account for several days but has been getting regular lunches should be given nothing, or be given a regular lunch?

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