The Pennsbury School Board will meet for the first time in the new year.
Pennsbury School District
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Monday, December 24, 2012
The Pennsbury School District could save $1 million by shuttering Village Park Elementary School in Falls Township.
The Elementary Enrollment and Space Utilization Committee met at Pennsbury High School last Tuesday and decided to have Superintendent Kevin J. McHugh present a formal recommendation to close Village Park Elementary School before the school board at its Jan. 3, 2013 meeting. Committee meeting minutes show a lengthy discussion about how much money the district could save if it closed either Village Park or Fallsington Elementary School, which is connected to the district administration offices. Over the next five years, repairs and upgrades to the 75,000-square-foot Village Park are expected to cost up to $2 million. Similar work would cost about $375,000 at 44,000-square-foot Fallsington. The committee discussed what would happen to the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Pennsbury School District has released a statement on rumors of violence.
After rumors of violence against Neshaminy High School and Council Rock South High School, the Pennsbury School District released the following statement about the threats: Several of our area high schools are the targets of rumors pertaining to school violence today. Much of this is theorized by authorities to be fueled by unrelated events, such as the Sandy Hook tragedy and the 12-21-12 end-of-the-world rumor. We wish to thank our alert parents, students, and staff who reported information as it came in so that we could follow up accordingly. Pennsbury maintains close working relationships with our local police departments, and in this type of situation, you may notice there is increased police presence in our schools and ongoing …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The negotiation session between the Pennsbury School District and the teachers' union lasted two hours.
From the Pennsbury School District: “A frank, animated session,” is how the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board described his most recent meeting with negotiators for the Pennsbury Education Association (PEA). They faced each other in a two-hour meeting on the evening of Tuesday, December 18 in the Fallsington Administration Building. “They were as clear as can be,” said Jeffrey T. Sultanik, the Board’s Chief Negotiator. “They want the Board to raise taxes to fund their new contract. That is the essence of our impasse.” He added, “I know of no board in the region that would allow that to happen.” The PEA did not present a revised proposal at the meeting. “Despite the fact that the Board had agreed to update its contract …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The student council at Pennsbury's Village Park Elementary School in Falls Township collected six boxes of new toys as part of a Family Service Association drive.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Pennsbury School Board reorganized Monday night and talked about recouping the cost of their court fight against Concerned Residents of Pennsbury.
Not all the members of the Pennsbury School Board were pleased with the election of Gary Sanderson to the post of vice president. At Monday night's special reorganization meeting at Fallsington Elementary School, board members Simon Campbell and Dr. Stephan Kosmorsky voted against the election of Sanderson to vice president. Campbell, who previously served in the role, said he felt the fact that Sanderson's campaign manager, Bob Harvie, was a union teacher at Bucks County Technical High School served as a conflict of interest. Harvie is also chairman of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors. Campbell, a Republican, also claimed that registered Democrat Sanderson's campaign was financially supported by union teachers. The district has …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Pennsbury board negotiator and PESPA representatives met to renew contract talks.
From the Pennsbury School District: On the evening of November 28, 2012, the Chief Negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board met with representatives of the District’s support staff union, the Pennsbury Educational Support Professionals Association (PESPA). The 600+ employees in PESPA have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June, 2011. This was the first negotiation session scheduled since November, 2011. Chief Negotiator, Jeffrey Sultanik, described the session as “business-like and serious.” During the meeting, the District presented the costing results of two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for outsourcing services in Pennsbury. A proposal from the apparent low bidder for transportation services reflected …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The chief negotiator said, "some progress in defining our differences."
From the Pennsbury School District: In a 75-minute session, the chief negotiator for the Pennsbury School Board met face-to-face with negotiators for the Pennsbury Education Association (PEA) on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 27, 2012. “We continued our discussion on the Memoranda of Understanding associated with the contract and made some progress in defining our differences,” said Jeffrey Sultanik, the chief negotiator. “However, I was disappointed that the association did not have a proposal ready, as previously stated. In fact, they are now requesting salary information from the 2010-2011 school year, which leads me to believe that the association is trying to frame a retroactive salary demand that we expect we will see at the next…
County Judge Susan Devlin Scott did not rule in favor of Concerned Residents of Pennsbury.
County Judge Susan Devlin Scott upheld the Pennsbury School Board's approved plan for the realignment of election districts on Tuesday. The judge ruled to uphold a current three-region board. Three elected officials from each of the regions sit on the school board of nine. Concerned Residents of Pennsbury (CROP) said the district would be better served if broken into nine regions. The group, founded by a former Pennsbury music teacher, wanted the regions to be realigned, which would likely force some current board members out. Click here to read about Tuesday's negotiations between the district and teacher's union “A three-region plan is better equipped to absorb shifts in population, which ensures stability in the future,” the judge wrote…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The superintendent will now make $180,000. Do you agree with the raise?
After a unanimous vote from the school board last Thursday, Pennsbury Superintendent Dr. Kevin J. McHugh will be getting a $10,000 pay raise. Vice President Simon Campbell said at the meeting that McHugh achieved his “established goals and objectives.” The board members talked of how McHugh has exceeded expectations. Board member Gary Sanderson said when McHugh took the position he was on the low end of the pay scale. Since becoming head of the district in 2011, McHugh has dealt with change in administrators, unsettled labor deals and cuts in revenues for the district. McHugh began working at Pennsbury in the 1990s and worked his way up to the superintendent position. He recently moved from Montgomery County to the area last year. …