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NFT Re-Elects Louise Boyd as its President

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers re-elected President Louise Boyd.

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers re-elected Louise Boyd as the president for another two years.

Boyd, who has served as the union's president for the past 10 years, prevailed over high school business teacher Chuck Deal for the union's president position in .

"I congratulate Louise on her victory," school board President Ritchie Webb said.

"While I'm disappointed by the teachers' mandate, the people have given the board a mandate -- protect our children's education and restore fiscal sanity to Neshaminy. So regardless of the NFT election results, the board's mission has not changed," he said.

According to an NFT-issued press release, results were announced Thursday by the NFT election committee, which oversaw the campaign process and voting. The committee counted the votes Thursday afternoon just before an NFT membership meeting convened at Maple Point Middle School.

“The voting went smoothly, with no major problems,” said Jim Knight, a member of the election committee. According to the press release, more than 88 percent of the 656 union members eligible to vote actually cast ballots.

In addition to Boyd defeating Deal, Marian Reed was re-elected as treasurer over Peggy Gale. The five teachers that were elected to the vice president position were: Jeff Dunkley, Anne Schmidt, Mary Cwiklinski, Jared Katz and Paul Notwick. They defeated challengers Joe Bodri and Jason Leigh.

The terms for those elected will begin July 1 and will run for two years.

William April 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I should also mention that aside to spending savings to offset the expense of this contract, prior to the last few years we have raised taxes greater than the rate of inflation. Also we've delayed building repairs (we have $40 million worth of repairs needed), we closed two buildings (Neshaminy Middle, Tawanka), and we've cut some programs (8th grade foreign language, 10th grade gym, 1 late bus run, midday kindergarten bus run). It's all of these things that have sustained us but it cannot continue, especially with a declining revenue base (taxes) and declining state/federal subsidies. And let's not forget about the pending PSERS crisis which, just for the teachers alone, will add an ADDITIONAL $67 million of tax burden to Neshaminy and PA tax payers over the next 10 years. But remember you don't have to worry about the PSERS crisis because Louise Boyd said it might not happen, and that we should take money the board has set aside for that crisis and instead give it to the NFT so we can maintain their high-priced contract. Anyone else see a problem with this picture?
robert April 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Next meeting we should bring placards that state "Help Wanted" Teachers....and list the items you mentioned...then have a sign -up table..with the new contract....I am sure the list would fill quickly.
feasterville resident April 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Job security should be rated by job performance just like everywhere else in the work force. Promoting excellence in education is foremost. This has not been shown in the Neshaminy School District. Our children are suffering from the greed from the colluded NFT. If and when another stike occurs we should put HELP WANTED signs out. If possible, do what was done to the air traffic controllers. Fire all of them and hire anew. This was done because of the perilous conditions at stake. We are facing the same for our children. We pay the teachers salaries then are given a lackluster performance. Don't we all want the best for our children? We all want our children to exceed what we have accomplished. I know for a fact that my education was far more superior than what my children have received by the Neshaminy School Teachers over the past several years. I can not afford to send my children to private schools. I already pay for their education via my school taxes. If there was a school voucher program, I would in a heart beat yank my children from Neshaminy. I want my children to exceed, ergo, my husband and I, or our parents make time during the week, including summer to have educational materials available to have our children at or above their grade level. This should have already been taught or given to our children by their teachers but it has not. Look at Neshaminy's performance? WHY teachers is this happening? Ms. Boyd, do you have an answer?
robert April 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
This was my whole premise. The language in the contract, which will determine the who , the how, and the when...and if certain cirriculum is implemented in the district. It is also a much more "global" problem as it ties directly into Union domination, which in turn will put forth Union agenda, which is in lockstep with the "propaganda" you see being put forward to slowly indoctrinate a whole generation of children. Little things like the slant on history, the absence of the Constitution, the renaming of holidays and traditions...ie The Winter Solstice Holiday....the infringement on your right as a parent to send snacks that you can afford, and are entitled to give your children....The whole Mother Earth reverance....reduce , resuse, recycle..( a subtle way to bring people on board with the Green Movement)....this does not come from the dept of education per se...it is the agenda put forth from the NEA, The AFL-CIO, and the other "parent " unions that want to sell this crap....The contract language and control..is where the problem lies....when Neshaminy drops to 1000 in the state, and you goe ask whats up....it will be like...oh welll....but, they still get paid, and we still have no say....pay attention...this is not a "local" issue..this has much bigger ramifications.
robert May 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The major reason that they won't fire is that they are afraid of the legal rammifications......and the point being???? So what, try something different, be "outrageous"...but, it will certainly get the point across.

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