Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Board, NFT reach tentative contract agreement

School Board President Ritchie Webb released this statement just moments ago . . .

I am very pleased to report that there is a tentative settlement in the 5 year contract impasse with the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers (NFT).

The deal between the two parties is essentially the same proposal that has been on the table since December 2012 with the addition of some contract language changes.

The recent board vote to remove teacher raises for the 2012/2013 school year from our offer is temporarily suspended since the NFT notified us prior to May 31st of their intention to vote on our proposal.

Union officials will be bringing the proposal to their membership for a vote in the coming days. After the NFT has held its vote and assuming it passes, the School Board will release the proposal to the public so that they have ample opportunity to review the details.

A special public meeting is being scheduled tentatively for June 13th, at which time the Board will field questions and comments from residents prior to a vote on ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement.

While the proposal is awaiting formal approval from both parties, I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to union officials for working with us around the clock over the holiday weekend to bring a possible end to this impasse.

Ritchie Webb
Neshaminy School Board President