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Neshaminy Parents, Taxpayers to Rally at Bucks County Courthouse

A group of Neshaminy parents and taxpayers have organized a rally outside of the Bucks County Courthouse this Tuesday.

As the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers and Neshaminy School Board meet in front of Bucks County Judge Robert Baldi Tuesday, a group of Neshaminy parents and taxpayers will be rallying just outside of the court.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, an hour before the hearing in Baldi's courtroom, the group will be rallying to let the judge know that the community supports the board and he should not order any negotiating schedule that places an undue financial hardship on the board members, event organizer Ed MacConnell told Patch.

"We also want to let the community know that they should be out here supporting this as well, and the teachers who think that they have community support should see that while we may support them as teachers, we do not support the NFT or any of their job actions and negotiating strategies," he said.

MacConnell said that the group committed to doing whatever is necessary to bring this situation to an end.

"We have just had enough!," he said.

former teacher August 14, 2012 at 01:23 PM
1. In 5 years the least expensive proposal the NFT has provided cost taxpayers nearly $30M more in 3 years including 80% retro pay at current value. 2. No proposal the NFT has offered in all 8 proposals saves taxpayers a single penny in current budget cost. All 8 were cost plus proposals adding significantly to an already unaffordable & unsustainable education budget. 3. If you include all financial perks that the NFT has that no other teachers in PA have, there is no debate that NFT is the highest in overall compensation. Using Only salary & benefit profiles to compare makes no sense since much that the NFT get is not included (e.g. Longevity pay, Premium Rolls Royce Health care costing on average $27K per teacher, life insurance in retirement, no HC premium contribution while working, 100% health ins coverage for retirees after only 10 years of NSD service, a $27.5K retiree bonus, 37% opt out payment equaling $10K payment per year($1M overall to taxpayers) & amazingly a COLA in contract. Retiree health care & $27.5K bonus have cost taxpayers $35M in the last decade...none of this impacted classroom education.
former teacher August 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
4. If you research what taxpayers in NSD have paid vs the other top cost Bucks school districts you find that over the past decade NSD taxpayers have paid nearly $100M more in "extra" taxes just pertaining to the cost of our teachers CBA. So normalized for millage it actually cost us more to educate Neshaminy kids due to all the extra money going to perks only to the NFT vs other Bucks teachers. 5. NSD is the only local district STILL paying for MEQs as most did away with it in the 1990s or earlier. That alone has cost us roughly $30M extra in last 10 years. 6. According to NSD lawyers & administration the NFT are the only union in PA & NJ that has something in a CBA called an "equal say clause". 7. Annual Salary does not equal lifetime compensation/cost; nor does NSD compensation to its teachers end upon their retirement as in other districts. NSD teachers are compensated 8% more per year than CRSD teachers over the life of a comparable career. 8. The NFT has the shortest work day & work year. Taxpayers actually lose money with lost teaching time vs other districts since the NFT is compensated more than other teachers in Bucks that work more hours per year.
former teacher August 14, 2012 at 01:25 PM
9. With a mere 11 steps i.e. 11 years to go from $42K to $95.6K plus MEQs we pay more faster for less experience than other districts. 10. There is no possible reason or explanation for the NFT to warrant a CBA richer in pay & perks than the local market supports, therefore a parity contract to Souderton is fully appropriate including the removal of objectionable non-economic terms.
VICTORIA MILLER August 14, 2012 at 05:34 PM
please no more school taxes on seniors with limited incomes. that own their own homes. you try to exist on a limited income. school teachers are rich enough. get the persons with children living in apartments to pay school taxes. what now your gonna tell me they do. apartment owners have deductions. interest payments on thier mortgages. ,,up keep on property,. just a couple. of them.
I'm broke leave me alone October 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
What deductions do apartment renters get? Besides I shouldnt have to pay for your kids anyway. Your outta your mind

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