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Waynesboro Area School Board to publicly review teacher contract proposals

June 05, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School Board will host a special meeting tonight to publicly review its contract offers to the district’s teachers union.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

School board member Rita Daywalt said the board will offer details of its proposals, as well as the items on which both sides have reached tentative agreement.

The presentation will show “where we stand exactly,” Daywalt said.

It will include what each offer would mean to the taxpayers and individual teachers, she said.

The school board and the Waynesboro Area Education Association, which represents the teachers, first met at the bargaining table in early 2010. The last contract expired June 30, 2010.

“WAEA wants to get back to the bargaining table with the board to reach a contract that is fair to the teachers and to the community,” union President Mike Engle wrote in an email Sunday.

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Recent rounds of fact-finding and mediation failed to yield a new contract.

In a news release issued last week, the union said the board “continues to move farther away from a fair settlement.” It claimed a “lack of integrity” among board members for rejecting the mediation proposal and having “reduced its offer to settle the contract.”

“I think once the presentation is done, and people see where we started and where we are, it’ll be fairly clear and obvious the board is moving forward,” Daywalt said.

Personnel issues for 2012-13 also are on the agenda for the special meeting, Daywalt said.

“There are some staff changes as far as building principals and administration,” she said. “There is a lot of shifting around.”

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