The saga of outsourcing continues in Tredyffrin Easttown School District … Last week at the infamous TE School Board meeting, we listened as the Administration and School Board members presented the case for outsourcing of aides, paraeducators and substitute teacher positions. The business manager Art McDonnell, personnel director Sue Tiede and superintendent Dan Waters provided [...]
I am not writing today based on an isolated email from a disgruntled school district employee. I wish that were the case. Phone calls, text messages and emails have come to me from teachers, paraeducators, custodians, kitchen workers, support staff and aides all painting an eerily similar picture of the work environment inside our award-winning [...]
Outsourcing analysis by TE School District does not stand up to public scrutiny – decision ‘on hold’
Taxpayers, teachers, PTO presidents, paraprofessionals, parents, substitute teachers, TENIG members and students brought their collective voices to the School Board meeting last night, and were heard, at least temporarily. Standing three people deep and overflowing into the lobby, all attended the meeting for the singular purpose to oppose outsourcing of paraprofessionals in the TE School [...]
In advance of tonight’s School Board meeting, all aides, paraeducators and paraprofessionals working in the TE School District received the following Q&A Fact Sheet this afternoon from Dan Waters. Is the message to the District employees and the taxpayers supposed to be — don’t bother to show up tonight with your questions because the District [...]
At the Monday TE School Board meeting, our community’s taxpayers, parents and School District employees deserve an open and honest discussion on the impact of outsourcing. If the jobs of aides, paraeducators and substitute teachers are outsourced with a third party contractor, we deserve to know the long-term costs and financial benefits, if any. Based [...]
175 Aides and Paraeducators are on the verge of outsourcing in T/E School District — Help save their jobs!
It is almost impossible to believe that we live in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb with award winning, nationally ranked schools and our School Board is voting whether to outsource 175 aides, paraeducators and substitute teachers at Monday’s School Board meeting. Since attending the Finance Committee meeting and writing about it this week, I have heard [...]
FREE WORKSHOP FOR HOMEOWNERS, “ENERGY EFFICIENCY 101” WILL BE PRESENTED ON MAY 13 AT UPPER MERION TOWNSHIP BUILDING PHILADELPHIA (MAY 8, 2013): Homeowners can learn how to improve their home’s energy efficiency – and save money on utility bills – during the free “Energy Efficiency 101”workshop taking place on Monday, May 13 at Freedom Hall, Upper Merion Township Building. The 90-minute workshop [...]
Is outsourcing aides and paraeducators to avoid the cost of complying with the Affordable Care Act the right alternative for TE?
Rising pension and escalating health care costs are putting intense pressure on school districts to lower costs. Tredyffrin Easttown School District is no different and there will probably be outsourcing discussion at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting. Fueling the discussion of outsourcing TESD aides and paraeducators is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As of [...]
May 1 was the deadline for the School District to submit their variance application to the Township in order to be listed on the Zoning Hearing Board’s May 23 meeting agenda. According to Township Manager Bill Martin, the application was received today. Some of the neighbors of the Valley Forge Elementary School tennis courts may [...]
US News & World Report ranks Conestoga HS #5 in Pennsylvania and #313 in the US. The annual rankings of the country’s best high schools are out this week from US News & World Report. The rankings offer a snapshot of a school’s performance based on test data from 21,000 public high schools which represented 49 [...]