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Waynesboro school board extends teachers contract

September 17, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Area School Board on Tuesday agreed to extend its teachers contract for another year, although there was criticism internally as some members questioned the need to do so.

"What are we waiting for?" Firmadge Crutchfield asked.

The extension will give faculty a 4.5 percent salary increase and prompt negotiating with the Waynesboro Area Education Association to begin in January 2010.

"I think we'd be in a better position to negotiate in another year because in another year the economy whatever-it-is is going to shake out," Pat Heefner said.

Prior to Tuesday's decision, the latest contract covered from July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2009. The starting salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree in 2008-09 is $41,070.

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Board members said they spent about five months talking to the union about a contract extension.

Voting in favor of the extension were Heefner, John Fitz, Stan Barkdoll, K. Marilyn Smith and Chris Devers. Voting against it were Crutchfield, Leland Lemley and Ed Wilson. Mindy Rouzer abstained from the vote.

Mike Engle, president of the education association, said the teachers were expected to vote today on the contract extension.

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