Neshaminy School Board President Ritchie Webb today issued a statement on the recent recommendation filed by the Fact Finder concerning the negotiations with the Support Staff union (NESPA).
Webb said that the entire Board appreciated the efforts of the Fact Finder but has “no choice but to continue exploring other options or else face painful cuts to student programs.” He added that the Board is in the midst of closing a $5.6 million gap in next year’s budget and determined that the Fact Finder’s report would yield a savings of only $535,815 in 2010-2011.
“The three-year savings of the report would only net our district a savings of slightly more than $3 million,” Webb continued, “and we can do, and must do, far better than that.”
Webb indicated that negotiations with NESPA will continue but time is of the essence. “We have only a few weeks left before adopting a final budget,” Webb said, “and our hope is that the Support Staff will step up to the plate in helping the district do what is necessary to continue providing our students with second-to-none, affordable public education.”
The Neshaminy School Board will officially vote on the Fact Finder’s recommendation at the May 19th public meeting.