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School Board Releases Newest Contract Proposal

The newest proposal from the school board provides a $2,500 raise over the two years of the contract.

The following is a press release from the West Chester Area School Board.

Hoping to overcome the gridlock that salary talks have yielded during the last nine months of contract negotiations, the West Chester Area School Board Negotiating Team has introduced a revised proposal which provides each teacher with a $2500 increase in pay over a two-year period. The new plan was presented to the West Chester Area Education Association (WCAEA) this evening during a 2-hour bargaining session.

The newest salary proposal breaks down as follows: 

  • For the 2012-2013 school year, eligible teachers will receive pay increases halfway through the year recognizing their education attainment and ALL teachers will receive a one-time payment of $500.
  • For the 2013-2014 school year, ALL teachers receive an additional one-time payment of $2,000 with no column movement.

Teachers who receive an “unsatisfactory” rating in any one year will receive no compensation increase.

The School Board’s newest plan actually provides more equitable pay increases that the Union’s current salary proposal.  Their proposal has teachers receiving increase ranging from $1,000 to over $10,000 over the course of the two year contract while the Board proposal guarantees ALL teachers receive $2,500 over the same period.

“By our estimation, teachers at the maximum level of the salary schedule would receive a $1,000 increase in pay over two years if the WCAEA’s proposal were implemented,” explained School Board president Vince Murphy. “All teachers would receive $2,500 with the School Board’s plan. This enables us to put the salary issue to bed and move toward a settlement.”

The WCAEA deliberated over the School Board's salary plan for one hour, but did not pose a counterproposal. The next negotiation session is scheduled for October 10.

For updates on negotiations, visit www.wcasd.k12.pa.us

Star Thrower September 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
edufan - Please show proof the teachers do not want to strike - rejection of a strike penalty shows otherwise. I have never had the insecurity to join a union, nor to become a member of a parasitic organization of any kind .. maybe it's just me, but I am of the self-reliant create your own personal language virus, rather than listen to the same tired distortion taught in public schools. State testing assessments in my opinion, are to glean psychological information from potential candidates as to which will be the most receptive to state and federal propagandist teaching techniques. Mrs Adsett's agenda can not possibly be known by yourself or any other member of a private sector taxpayer reliant group that denies private sector taxpayers the right to work ... do you see the hypocrisy of your life yet?
edufan September 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Star Thrower, your theories, in my opinion. are quite amusing and just a bit paranoid. Again, you do not understand the teaching profession, and until you teach for a living, please do not presume to know about all about it.
Star Thrower September 16, 2012 at 01:24 AM
"To know about all about it"?? Measure twice .. cut once genius.
edufan September 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Thank you for calling me genius. Now, we're getting somewhere!
Cathy Binder September 16, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Show me proof that they do.
Coach Clark September 17, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Not one of these cities saw raises as high as what West Chester teachers are asking for... http://www.businessinsider.com/wages-in-americas-biggest-cities-2012-9
Cathy Binder September 17, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Did you read the full article and what it actually meant, and the companion articles? Coach Clark - go back to school. You clearly pick and choose and what you sent me to did not really bolster your contention, but convinced me to give the teachers a raise.
Coach Clark September 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Cathy, 'Breathing' makes you want ot give all public employees raises. PSERS cost increases are killing local and state budgets all by themselves. The money available for schools is not infinite. Tooo much towards pay and benefits leavers little for students.
edufan September 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Coach Clark, once again. the PSERS fiasco was the work of the POLITICIANS! I pay my portion because I have NO CHOICE!!! Believe me, I would rather invest that money my way myself, the way I did when I was in the private sector. Are you angry about the PSERS mess? SO am I but I have been contacting my state representatives ans state senators about this. Why? Because it is through their legislation that caused this. ....and guess what? Those same politicians voted themselves a cost of living raise!! Where is the outrage about that!!! Also, I do believe YOU were a school board member when the state told you that you didn't have to pay the district share. What is your explanation for this??
Star Thrower September 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Coach, she has the most limited grasp of only the obvious, and when confronted with reality, repeats whatever her nurse has written down each morning.
Star Thrower September 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
edufan, the PSERS fiasco was not the work of the politicians alone, it took collusion by the teachers union and heavy union donations to the corrupt legislators campaign funds - the teachers union needs to be put out of it's misery, and it appears that cyber homeschooling (which is sweeping the state) is the answer.
edufan September 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Thrower once again your "reality" is yours alone. Cyber school is wonderful for some not most. It is a craze right now and there are massive commercials immersed everywhere touting how wonderful it is. Only time will tell. The bottom line is that most humans need human interaction and cyber schooling excludes that. I am not denying that the unions may have been involved; however, you and your fellow cronies continually point your finger only one way (toward unions), and you know what happens when you do that?? 3 point toward you! You must be a politician!
Star Thrower September 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I thought you said you were a teacher - sick day today, or another personal perk of taxpayer harassment on the taxpayer dime ? The Chicago strike provides a fresh reminder that teachers unions exist to expand the pay and protections for teachers, not to help “the children.” Unions protect their worst-performing members, which is why the Chicago Mayor’s testing plan for teachers is causing so much fear ... another reason the WCAEA will not agree to a strike penalty.
edufan September 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Our schools are closed due to Rosh Hashanah; Jewish Holiday. Take it up with the board of school directors if you do not like our schools closed today. Besides, before our amusing exchange, I was grading papers and planning lessons. So, no, not a day off.
Star Thrower September 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Yes, we all remember the union controlled school boards of the past who coddled its members - If you are permitted to grade papers and plan lessons at home, there is no reason that you can't teach another period of class (during your 7 hour day) as the school board negotiating team have asked - a roshhashanah holiday from school does not benefit kids, and does not benefit private sector taxpaying workers, who have no such holiday.
Cathy Binder September 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
So I guess you advocate no time off for religious observance? Your thought process is really kind of perverted in so many ways. If one is teaching they cannot grade papers and plan lessons - discrete functions I would say Mr. Star Thrower. What is clear to me after reading your multiple posts - regardless of what insults you throw my way next is that you hate teachers, hate teacher unions and in general hate anyone who disagrees with your perverse thinking.
edufan September 18, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Aaah, THrower, I must admit that you do make me laugh!! What is it with this "permitted" to grade papers at home? It is a well known fact among educators, administrators and school board members that ALL TEACHERS (and yes, I do mean all!) work at home before and after school hours during the school year. Unfortunately, people like you who, as I have mentioned numerous times, have no idea what it takes to teach these days. We have no time to grade papers, write lessons and prepare the material needed for the lessons in a typical school day. We are busy teaching the children, so we must prepare after schooland inthe evenings. Ask any spouse of a teacher, and they'll tell you. So don't give me any rhetoric that teacher only teach until 3:00 then they run out of school. As for private sector workers who have no such holiday?? Christmas?? Christmas Eve?? Good Friday?? Easter Monday?? I had those days off when I was in the private sector, PLUS my Jewish co-workers were given Rosh Hashana off without penalty. You obviously do not work or you would know these things. Let me guess: you're retired, living off a pension and medicare, which I PAY FOR WITH MY TAX MONEY. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm... note the irony??
SpeakYourMind September 18, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Coach Clark Aren't you a parasitic public employee. Oh no, you are now a parasitic elected official. And not a very smart one at that.
Star Thrower September 18, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Let's see now edufan, you guessed me as a politician pointing fingers, then a retiree where you imagine yourself, the great social benefactor paying for my medicare - so far you have proven that you're good at three things .. whining, scamming the taxpayer & being wrong. Teachers union members will go to any length to bilk taxpayers .. you have already admitted as much in your 10:50 AM comment - so you ignore the fact that you have basically two periods per day where you are actually free to teach another class, yet you demand extra payment for time you you're already being paid for - to use Matt Taibbi's metaphor, teachers unions are like "a Vampire Squid jamming their blood funnel into anything that smells like money". Christmas is a national holiday - none of the others you mentioned meet the same criteria - I also realize that if an employer gives one person off for a religious holiday, he must reciprocate in kind for a worker of a different religion - I work every day in a small business and have never had Rosh Hashana off, not to mention there are no other non-jewish owned small businesses I know of that offer RH off - you obviously are not aware of the backbone of America, small businesses .. and I don't need to guess, you're union propagandist tool who still has not figured out that the money you use to pay your taxes is also supplied to you by private sector taxpayers. Do you see the hypocrisy of your life yet?
edufan September 18, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Well, well, well, now who's whining?? First, I don't whine. Second, you have no idea how my teaching day is. You are assuming that I teach certain periods of the day. Now who's WRONG? I am very aware of small business as my family have been involved in small business for years. You presume to know about my life, but YET AGAIN, you have no idea about me or my profession. I really hope you someday understand the true value of education, and the people who educate future contributing members of our community. Also, I truly hope that you treat your customers much better than the people who do not agree with you or you will surely be out of business, and I would hate to see a small business fail.
Star Thrower September 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Well gee edufan, I can't imagine you chafing at someone assessing the value of your quasi-professional(?) life while you seem to have no problem whatsoever scrutinizing your version of the personal life of others - I am discussing the WCASD contract negotiation talking points which I happen to be paying for, and you .. in your arrogant unionist behavior still believe you have a right to conceal unionist conspiracies from your employer ... the private sector taxpayer - these negotiations should be transparently video-taped for taxpayer scrutiny - do you see the hypocrisy in your life yet?
Star Thrower September 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Hate accusations?? perverse thinking?? - not insults? I will admit they are very low quality repetitious unionist babble, but still they are your two-digit IQ version of insults.
edufan September 19, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Hey, Thrower, guess what? I actually agree with you concerning videotaping the negotiations so then you will see just who needs to be scrutinized. You will see which "side" is compromising and which side is not. You only seem to listen to the one sided claims that are skewed; you do not have the decency to look at both sides. As for your assertion that I possess arrogant unionist behavior, you do not know me so don't presume that I am arrogant. Once again,I need to remind you that, while you point your judgmental finger to me, three are pointing right back to you.
Star Thrower September 19, 2012 at 01:23 PM
What are you 12? with your I'm rubber you're glue childish finger pointing routine - you're exactly what I said you are, and even worse, in my opinion, a poor choice to be teaching children ... your superstitious 3 fingers of judgment obsession is proof enough for me that you have a loose screw, and should be far far away from teaching kids - there is no skewing when we are talking about the teachers union, it is parasitic to its core, devouring its host ... UNCHECKED If I am not looking at both sides, how do I know Fell states that she (quote) "prefers not to negotiate the details publicly"? If I am not looking at both sides, how do I know that Fell now suddenly has no reservations about OPENLY accusing the taxpayer spokespersons of misleading the public - If I am not looking at both sides, how do I know that your union treasurer Yanushefski is playing fast and loose with the truth?
Star Thrower September 19, 2012 at 01:24 PM
To quote a diligent taxpayer, citizen2: ""Mr. Yanushefski (the union treasurer) has taken a very creative route in calculating a reduction in "EFFECTIVE" teacher salary of 33 percent. In reality, the teachers' "REAL" salary, the one reported to the IRS on their W2 forms, will increase each year; not decrease as stated by Mr. Yanushefski. How is this imaginative 33% figure calculated? The bulk of the 33% decrease in "EFFECTIVE" teacher salary is due to the school board asking the teachers to teach one extra period per day. The union, of course, wants payment for this extra "work". Is this extra work, though? Would teaching one extra period each day require the teachers to extend their 7 hour 30 minute workday? (to be precise, that's really 7 hours plus a 30 minute lunch break) .... Actually, NO. The length of the workday stays the same. The school board is asking the teachers to TEACH 6 periods out of the 7 period school day instead of only 5. One can only hope that Mr. Yanushefski does not employ such creative accounting as treasurer of the union."" Despite your private claims of pro-transparency edufan, you conveniently dismiss MY question of YOUR school workday Add this in with previous surreptitious unionist negotiations with corrupt legislators (which you have already admitted to), and I believe we (taxpayers) all can determine who is misleading whom.
edufan September 20, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Good God, Thrower! Did you forget to take your medication?? I do believe I may have a struck a nerve here. For the 12th time, you do not know me, you do not know about my job or my resposnibilities or my reputation as an educator and your temper tantrum proves that you only want to spew venom. You are running out of clever innuendos and outrageous accusations. Yes, I will give you credit for your somewhat amusing use of the English language, but you lose credibility with your narrow minded, hate-filled attitude. ...and I am finished with you; you are now boring me. I am going to move on to mature discussions with adults who may not agree with me, but will respectful in their discussions. So go have a temper tantrum with someone else. Good bye.
Star Thrower September 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Good bye?? well now we're getting somewhere - yes, please do take your 3 fingers of judgment fetish to a discussion more suited to your intelligence level ... like first grade.
Anne B September 23, 2012 at 07:05 AM
There's something wrong with this "star thrower" person.
edufan September 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Anne B: totally, and not even worth wasting time with this juvenile. Rather than engage is a mature, respectful discussion, ranting and inciting hate is the preferred method. Better to ignore such behavior.
Star Thrower September 23, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Third party insults are not a way of saying goodbye, only a cowards way of communication by leaning on another's repressed, unarticulated drivel.

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