Neshaminy teachers approve contract

Posted: June 05, 2013

The Neshaminy Federations of Teachers have voted 487 to 21 Monday night to approve an agreement aimed at ending the longest teacher contract impasse in recent state history.

The district is expected to review and finalize the contract on June 13, said Bob Schiers, spokesman for the teacher union.

"The ball is in their court," he said.

The union has been without a contract for five years.

The new agreement is seven years long with five of those years retroactive. New negotiations will begin in two years Schiers said.

The agreement is modeled after the Council Rock School district pay and benefit package. Some of the biggest sticking points were class size, teacher voice and a few retirement issues that were hammered out separately.

A resolution came about over Memorial Day weekend when Anne Schmidt, the vice president of the union, and Richie Webb, school board president, met in secret to hammer out the differences, Schiers said.

"We are really looking forward to getting back to what we do best and that is educating the children of Neshaminy," said Schiers.

Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111, or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.


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