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Board rejects fact-finder report in dispute with special ed teachers

Published August 07. 2012 05:01PM

Contract negotiations between the special education teachers and the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 School Board are at a stalemate.

At its monthly meeting Monday night the board rejected the fact-finders report dated July 30, regarding contract negotiations with the IUs Exceptional Children's Program Education Association. The current contract ended in June.

The board thanked the fact finder for his time and effort in the task of attempting to obtain a resolution of the impasse between the parties. The board affirmed the position of the administration and denied the grievance filed by the teachers. There are 87 teachers in the association.

Other business

The board approved several budgets.

The revised 2012-13 Act 89 budget was revised and set at $529,602, with the transportation budget for the same period set at $1,443,708.

The board established daily rates for the coming school year with regular student breakfast at $1; reduced student breakfast, 30 cents; adult breakfast, $2; regular student lunch, $2.25; reduced student lunch, 40 cents; adult lunch, $4; and half pint carton of milk, 50 cents.

The board approved payments for instructional services and supplies under the 21st Century Community Learning Centers to the following districts:

Tamaqua Area Middle School, $14,690.69; Mahanoy Area Middle School, $24,600.75; Saint Clair Area, $9,133.95; Williams Valley High School, $15,086.13; Shenandoah Valley High School and Middle School, each $9,469; Schuylkill Haven Area School District, $15,019.85; and Pine Grove Area High School, $12,645.26; and Middle School, $7,851.55.

The board approved payment for instruction services and supplies under the CCLC Cohort 6 Grant to Minersville Area, $23,879.46; Pottsville Area, $26,793.13; Williams Valley, $44,07.07; and North Schuylkill, $26,492.50.

Day Care rates were set at full-time all day, $120 per week; full-time a.m. session and full-time p.m. session, $60 per week.

It ratified substitute employee compensation for next school year at $80 per day for day-to-day substitute teacher; substitute teacher aide, $8.75 per hour; substitute secretary, $9 per hour; substitute custodian, $8.50 per hour; substitute bus and van drivers, $9 per hour; and substitute cafeteria personnel, $8 per hour.


Samantha Smith Andrews, Pottsville, hired as a part-time case manager assistant at the Lifelong Learning Center at $15 per hour; Brian Rogers, Matthew Rose, and Patrick Dennon, Pottsville, as behavior interventionists at Maple Avenue Canvas at $24,000 per year.

Also, Carrie Falls, Frackville, as behavior interventionist for Schuylkill Learning Academy at $24,000 per year; Mary Ann Barlow, Shenandoah, as a part-time teacher aide at Schuylkill Technical Center, North Campus, Frackville, at $8.75 per hour; Mary Lou Murphy, Brockton, as a substitute nurse at $19.65 per hour; Ryan Wynosky, Minersville, as a substitute behavioral interventionist at $80 per day.

The board hired Scott Allvord, masonry instructor, with his salary set for the school year at $45,912; and Andrew Wollyung, Pottsville, as the plumbing instructor at $45,912 per year

Extra duty

Director Robert Betz, secretary of the IU board and member of the Tamaqua Area School Board, was designated as the Intermediate Unit voting delegate to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association 2012 Legislative Policy Council and to participate in the School Leadership Meeting in Hershey on Oct. 18.

Contracts were entered with Blue Mountain, Mahanoy Area, Minersville Area, North Schuylkill, Pine Grove Area, Pottsville Area, and Saint Clair Area to provide Title I services to nonpublic students for next school year.

The board also entered into an agreement with Catapult Learning, LLC, Newark, N.J., in amount of $218,500 for providing Act 89 services to the county's nonpublic schools for the next school year and a second agreement with Catapult in amount of $62,933.04 for providing Title I to the county's nonpublic and private schools for the 2012-13 school year.

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