Editor's note: The following letter was submitted to Patch by Feasterville resident and Neshaminy parent/taxpayer Stephen Pirritano.
As you may already be aware the Neshaminy School Board has offered the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers a parity contract with the Council Rock School District.
To simplify items here related to salary, I have included both the current status quo Neshaminy salary schedule and the proposed CR Salary Schedule.
**These are attached to this article as PDFs**
Currently Neshaminy has seniority steps 1 thru 11, This is the July 1,2007 schedule that was last in effect on June 30, 2008 when the contract went into Status Quo.
The proposed CR Schedule has Seniority steps 0 thru 11.
In the recent response from the board to the NFT's 44 questions, the board reflects that the new proposed schedule will have a direct transfer from current placement to the new schedule.
Example: If a step 8 teacher with a BA is currently at $58,328 they will be placed on step 7 BA at $64,929. That is a whopping $6,609 RAISE.
If you go to the top scale Neshaminy 11 + M + 40 credits $95,923 versus CR 11+ M + 30 credits $105,934, that is a incredible $10,000 RAISE or approximately 10 percent.
While I personally disagree with this generous offer, the board states it is affordable if and only if the NFT concedes to contribute towards health care with the same percentages as CR Teachers do, discontinues the NVERP (which CR never had), discontinues the Double Dip Medical Opt Out Plan (which CR never had). discontinues longevity pay (which CR doesn't have), as well as some additional items.
The question is since it appears the board went all in on this and I quote: "Final and best offer to the NFT." Will the NFT allow their membership to have a ballot vote on this offer? It appears so far the NFT leadership has engaged in continuing propaganda to discredit this offer and without a vote from their membership.
To read complete details please visit : http://nsdboard.blogspot.com/
Council Rock's and Neshaminy's salary schedules are attached to this article below the photo.
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