Here we go again…
I wonder what a full page advertisement in a newspaper costs? Hmm. North Penn School District, hell-bent on winning over the community with their stance~ the economy stinks; taxpayers will have a 25% increase; and no one should ask for a pay increase, cost of living or raise….
Oh my goodness. Hello? I’d like to know these School Board members salaries. I’d like to know WHY they approved raises for administrators when no one in Support Staff got a raise… not even a cost of living raise. Believe me, when you are making $9.50 an hour, a fifty-cent increase can mean a lot. However, if you are already earning $85,000 per year it equates to the question of a new Mini Cooper or do I go for the SUV?
Full page Ads are just that – Advertisements!
True? False? Do you care? Better yet, do they care? Nope. It’s all a sales-pitch and you, Mr. Citizen are paying for it. Do you believe the clip-art? The money-roll with the chain around it ~ the lock and key? Please, if it was that bad, we wouldn’t even be talking about this ad because it would not have been purchased. But it was purchased, with tax dollars. The one thing the board is apparently so concerned about- and yet they are wasteful. Seems like ego’s to me.
A look at the Ad from Friday April 30
How about the statement that claims that a NP teacher has job security after 3 years… true? Only if the teacher meets criteria, then they keep their position. If I worked for any other company, take Verizon for example, my job security might be quicker. I would have state mandated standards to meet.
Health-care Benefits paid up to 90% – eh, perhaps. Teachers pay their portion too, it might be 10% or higher. So what’s the point? Support staff also gets a discount on Health insurance as do Administrators.
Public school teachers have approximately 7% taken out of their weekly or biweekly paychecks to be deposited into their retirement. They do not have a choice. It just comes out! That is one-third of the equation. The State of PA pays another one-third and, the school district pays one-third. Whether you are talking NP, Souderton or Central Bucks, the teacher contributes to his or her retirement, as does the state, as does the individual school. That’s the way it is. Making it look like North Penn School District is paying these teachers salaries in full is what I call False Advertising.
Nearly 14 weeks paid vacation a year… What? That’s a load of malarkey. Hang on, let me check the calender here for a second… ah ha! Just as I suspected. Teachers do work in the summer. They do extra days after students are done. Typically one or two. Then, come August, they have meetings to attend that are required and class rooms to set up. So, I’d say summertime for those that don’t teach summer school or coach a team or an activity of some sort is really about 10 weeks. Add in a week at Christmas/Winter and another at Easter (NP does not get a full week here like Norristown or Central Bucks), plus random days where school is closed for Thanksgiving and Presidents day… Maybe 14 weeks. Maybe a little less. However, the statement “paid vacation” is false. Do the teachers have a choice? Are schools open on December 27th? Or, Martin Luther King day? How about July for that matter? It is not the teacher who decides or makes up the school calender. They work 193 days by law. State law, not the Union, determines these requirements.
I want my child to go to college…
Okay, so I want my child to go to college to be a doctor like my nephew is… yes, it will be long hours ~ still, he loves the medical field and there is so much job satisfaction to be had. Not to mention the money! I know it’s a lot to spend on education too, but still, I want my child to go to college.
I want my child to go to college to be an accountant like my Uncle Morty was… his work was seasonal at times, but he could charge whatever he wanted and boy did he retired in style. Oh sure, ten months of the year he was crazy busy, but he always had plenty of off time in the summer to play.
I want my child to go to college so he can go into politics like my cousin Barry did… The taxpayers paid his salary no matter what he did! Once he got voted into the Senate, he was set for life… and what an easy life it was!! Sure he had to deal with the media from time to time, but the perks sure did outweigh the headaches. Political Science major! That’s what I want for my child.
I want my child to go to college to be a teacher… what?! No way. They’ll have to deal with unruly students, parents that never sign their kids homework (let alone come to a teacher conference), lesson planning every night for nearly the rest of their lives (!) not to mention all those kids in Junior high with their attitudes, PMS, droopy pants, glitter lip gloss, messy lockets, lost library books, no lunch money, and social clicks! Gosh, I never liked clicks. Are you sure you want your child to be a teacher? Are you sure that they want to? For the same four years of education they could do something else…
Well sure we need good teachers, the kids need teachers that want to be with them. That like kids. All kinds of kids. Everyone needs a good teacher. Kids need a place that cares about them and, the kids that have enough energy to put a rocket on the moon? Well, are you sure you want your child to go to college to be a teacher? All year long, kids!! Noisy little kids. Big tough kids. Shy kids. Plus, playground duty! Bus duty! Dance night duty! Field trips in bumpy yellow buses.
And, if they want to stay in the job they’ve got to continue their education! What? Yes, it’s the law! Twenty-four more credits!! Within five or six years. I know, there is no resting on their laurels here! But, once they put in about 15 years and they’ve got their Masters degree or maybe by then a Doctorate – they might, now I said might, just be earning the same amount as the guy who hired them! Or the new Principal that started last September.
They’ll have to be in a Union too. Stop complaining, they’ll need it, believe me! No, it is not free. Fine, don’t be in the Union, but it will still come out of your paycheck. That’s right. Even with it, people will attack them from time to time, their OWN school board has been known to do it! I know! It’s terrible really. The kids you taught ten years ago? Yeah, they’ll be calling into the newspaper to criticize your motives for wanting a salary increase. They’ll do it because they don’t have to leave their names. Isn’t it easy to degrade someone when it’s anonymous? Sad. So, do you still want your child to go to college to be a teacher? To teach the future? To help make one less person illiterate? To explore math and science so that one day someone will build an underground bridge – right through the ocean! Or be encouraged enough to learn to play the saxophone? Okay, but I warned you. It’s not all kick ball and yearbooks.
Is this asking to much?
A decent living. A 2.5% cost of living. To be able to retire comfortably (I’ve yet to meet a wealthy retired teacher!). Health Insurance so they can get back to your kids strong again after an illness. A commitment for life. Trust from the community. That’s not asking a lot really. Do you want to go to college to get a decent job? These teachers did it. Don’t be angry for that. Be grateful. Be fair to the teachers. Court required weekly meetings are ongoing now. Non-binding arbitration apparently has not helped. I still feel that since all three arbitrators voted FOR the report, the school board should have been required to accept it. Especially with their mentality these days…
Wasting money on full page advertisements is not only foolish, wasteful and demeaning ~ it is in direct opposition to the goal of not spending the taxpayers money. Has the school board even considered that? Appears not.