Local Teachers Make Concessions To Save Jobs, Programs

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) — Local school districts are being hit hard by Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget cuts.

But rather than talking about what might happen, teachers in the Franklin Regional School District in Murrysville are doing something about it by making personal sacrifices.

As they packed up their classrooms for the school year, the district’s 264 teachers leave knowing they have made a difference to the 3,700 students enrolled there.

“Just to sit around and see our programs disintegrate could not be done, and the second reason, our teachers are going to lose their jobs,” said Dom Colangelo, the president of FREA.

Gov. Corbett wants to eliminate nearly $550 million in basic public education funding and he stands firmly behind those proposed cuts.

Franklin Regional is set to lose $1.2 million if the governor has his say, but teachers there have done the math and have a plan.

“In the first year, we are paying $125 more in health care. In the second year, we are staying on the same salary scale,” said Dr. Emery D’Arcangelo, the superintendent. “The net effect is that each teacher will give $6,000 over the next three years.

Actually, the district is coming out ahead.

“We are fortunate to have $1.6 million in concessions,” Dr. D’Arcangelo added.

The school has approved the deal and the concessions go into effect at the beginning of the fall school year.

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  1. Daniel says:

    Way to go for the teachers here. I am proud.

  2. swin says:

    As a retired teacher of 35 years in the Pittsburgh School District I can say this from experience: administration is the first to criticize the teachers for doing something that may hurt the students but they are also always the first to use the students as a weapon against the teachers in any disagreement.

    This does not apply to the many school administrators I have worked with (principals and vice-principals), who care as much as the teachers. But let me tell you, once you get out of the school and into central administration, the biggest concern is not the kids but the position of and all the perks associated with a cushy well-paid job. When an administrator from central ad tells you that they are really concerned about your kids, what they are really saying is that they are concerned about and are protecting their own positions.

    Years ago the Pittsburgh schools were given the dubious distinction of having one of the highest administration costs relative to student enrollment of any school district in the country. But during my career I saw total school district enrollment decline, total number of teachers decline, and total number of administrators increase. Draw your own conclusions.

  3. Christine says:

    Bethel Park teachers, are you listening?

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