Northampton board OKs teachers contract

Northampton board OKs teachers contract

There are 28 comments on the The Morning Call story from Dec 9, 2008, titled Northampton board OKs teachers contract. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The Northampton Area School Board unanimously approved a five-year teachers contract Monday night that increases salaries by more than 4 percent, creates longer work days and requires new contributions to ...

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WOW

Coopersburg, PA

#4 Dec 9, 2008
You have got to be kidding me---a longer work day --- 10 minutes...hahahaha makes me laugh, what could they possibly accomplish in those extra 10 minutes..
Saucon Valley Take Notice

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Dec 9, 2008
I sincerely hope that the incompetent board at SV takes notice to the East Penn and now Northampton School districts. Make some tough, fair decisions, negotiate at the table and move on. There is no room for, "my way or the highway".
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#8 Dec 9, 2008
Its all Obamas fault wrote:
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Are you joking? You mean we hope SV doesn't CAVE like NASD! 4.5% raises per year over the next 5 years, in this economy? I wish I had a job let alone the meager 1.2% raises I was getting in the "real world".
You could have a job like this one. Go to a college, get a teaching certification, apply at the various school districts, wait for a call, go through an interview process and if the 14 panel interviewing committee thinks you should be hired, then you can become a teacher (this is the real world). There is no battleship tied to your hehind, so why wait start the application process and you could begin in January. You will need a minimum of 15,000 if you stay on campus (this is the real world). Campus life is great and you could join a fraternity if you would like.

Look at the good part, you only have to teach 6 and 3/4 hours and you get four percent raises for the next four years and health care( this is the real world).

Let me know if you need a reference for your applications.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#10 Dec 9, 2008
Furthermore, I am tired of seeing the phrase "real world" when a teacher contract comes up as was the case in the Saucon posts and previous Northampton posts. Go to the classroom and spend a day in the classroom if you want to use the term "real world". I am not talking about a teacher who teachees a tough group of kids. I am talking about that and all the other factors that go into teaching a class or a group of students in an elementary setting. Want to see the real world- visit a classroom and not for a day. The term "real world" makes it sound like teachers have it so easy anyone can do it. Well let me tell you not everyone can do it. Ask Bill O'Reilly- he did not last long as a teacher.
drucky

Kernersville, NC

#11 Dec 9, 2008
Storm wrote:
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You could have a job like this one. Go to a college, get a teaching certification, apply at the various school districts, wait for a call, go through an interview process and if the 14 panel interviewing committee thinks you should be hired, then you can become a teacher (this is the real world). There is no battleship tied to your hehind, so why wait start the application process and you could begin in January. You will need a minimum of 15,000 if you stay on campus (this is the real world). Campus life is great and you could join a fraternity if you would like.
Look at the good part, you only have to teach 6 and 3/4 hours and you get four percent raises for the next four years and health care( this is the real world).
Let me know if you need a reference for your applications.
hey storm who do you know at northampton or what sport do you coach? they tend to hire friends, relatives, and coaches. don't get me wrong, there are some quality teachers there. people are losing their jobs everyday in the lehigh valley and they are getting raises??? did the quality of the education go up over night or over the past ten years at northampton?
Welshman31

Bloomsburg, PA

#12 Dec 9, 2008
The Increase percentages are ABSOLUTELY Wrong!!!!! Those increases are for coaching and curriculum work. The average increase is less than 1% a year. Another Mcall Blunder.
Welshman31

Bloomsburg, PA

#13 Dec 9, 2008
Sorry, 2%
John

Long Island City, NY

#14 Dec 9, 2008
As one of those evil bankers on Wall Street, you know, the ones that keep the economy going but are told we are greedy. Well I got a 15% raise this year, probably 20% next year. Thank you taxpayers for keeping my company going.

“Greetings!”

Since: Oct 07

Lehigh Valley

#16 Dec 9, 2008
Its all Obamas fault wrote:
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Are you joking? You mean we hope SV doesn't CAVE like NASD! 4.5% raises per year over the next 5 years, in this economy? I wish I had a job let alone the meager 1.2% raises I was getting in the "real world".
You must be working for the wrong company. In the 'real world', I got a 3% raise last year and I didn't even think I would get anything. Maybe you should look into changing jobs.
Concerned

Allentown, PA

#17 Dec 9, 2008
Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
You could have a job like this one. Go to a college, get a teaching certification, apply at the various school districts, wait for a call, go through an interview process and if the 14 panel interviewing committee thinks you should be hired, then you can become a teacher (this is the real world). There is no battleship tied to your hehind, so why wait start the application process and you could begin in January. You will need a minimum of 15,000 if you stay on campus (this is the real world). Campus life is great and you could join a fraternity if you would like.
Look at the good part, you only have to teach 6 and 3/4 hours and you get four percent raises for the next four years and health care( this is the real world).
Let me know if you need a reference for your applications.
How in the world are you teaching our kids about the real world when you have no clue?
Truth

Catasauqua, PA

#18 Dec 9, 2008
Its all Obamas fault wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you joking? You mean we hope SV doesn't CAVE like NASD! 4.5% raises per year over the next 5 years, in this economy? I wish I had a job let alone the meager 1.2% raises I was getting in the "real world".
Sounds like you should have spent more time paying attention when you were in school. I am surprised you even know how to work a computer. Wait, someone helped you type it. How I get it. Let the teachers do their job which is one of the most important there is. If they don't, the kids of tomorrow will end up like you are today!
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#19 Dec 9, 2008
Drucky

"teachers there. people are losing their jobs everyday in the lehigh valley and they are getting raises???"

Do you realize that every settled contract in the Lehhigh Valley produced raises in Sept. What should John from NYC do (previous post) return his money to the company because someone in the Lehigh Valley lost a job. The teachers in Parkland, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Bangor, Pen Argyl,etc. all got raises becasue they had a contract settled in previous years. Should they all give the money back because someone in the Lehigh Valley lost a job. Did you give back your raise let's say back when the Steel folded because they all lost jobs. Get in the "real world" or better yet get off this post since your contributions produce no sense.
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#20 Dec 9, 2008
Concerned:

How stupid are you? Where do you think I live? What are you saying in your post-- it is very unclear. Are you saying I teach kids without real world experiences??? That is quite a stupid comment.
87PCHSGrad

Philadelphia, PA

#21 Dec 9, 2008
Storm is right....I tried teaching...hardest thing I have ever done. I left the classroom and put myself through Med. school, heck of alot less stressful.

Chris
Storm wrote:
Furthermore, I am tired of seeing the phrase "real world" when a teacher contract comes up as was the case in the Saucon posts and previous Northampton posts. Go to the classroom and spend a day in the classroom if you want to use the term "real world". I am not talking about a teacher who teachees a tough group of kids. I am talking about that and all the other factors that go into teaching a class or a group of students in an elementary setting. Want to see the real world- visit a classroom and not for a day. The term "real world" makes it sound like teachers have it so easy anyone can do it. Well let me tell you not everyone can do it. Ask Bill O'Reilly- he did not last long as a teacher.
Joe

United States

#23 Dec 9, 2008
A well-paid idiot, is still an idiot. just look at the debaucle on wall street. I say we let the market decide the salary of a teacher, instead of letting the teachers essentially hold the children ransom for more pay.
NASD taxpayer

Allentown, PA

#24 Dec 9, 2008
Can't wait to see what we owe for their guaranteed pension losses in the market!!
I'm sure all of us have seen how teachers do their jobs, some good and deserving and others well you know how the saying goes: "Those that can do and those that can't teach!"
At the present it is $13000 a year per student, time to cut after hours activities!!
Please teach the students well so they get a great paying job like the banker from New York. I would like to see them pay high taxes for those of us who will be retiring!!! Look at the school taxes as an investment in our retirement!!
Too bad our school board members used their own personal interests in defeating the PIT and instead liked raising the EIT. I even see that the main culprit is now the school board president. Didn't want to pay tax on his rental property income to the school district but felt it was ok for all of us to pay more on the income from our jobs! Lies, lies and more lies!!
ingrid

Slatington, PA

#25 Dec 9, 2008
4% raises per year, they deserve more. that extra 10 minutes a day really hurts. i've driven past the school and seen cars their past 3:00PM. that hardly leaves the teachers time to go home and make supper. we should pay our teachers like harvard professors to ensure our children get the information we so richly deserve. i scarcely understand why we refuse to pay our teachers more.
interested

Bethlehem, PA

#26 Dec 9, 2008
Storm wrote:
Drucky
"teachers there. people are losing their jobs everyday in the lehigh valley and they are getting raises???"
Do you realize that every settled contract in the Lehhigh Valley produced raises in Sept. What should John from NYC do (previous post) return his money to the company because someone in the Lehigh Valley lost a job. The teachers in Parkland, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern, Bangor, Pen Argyl,etc. all got raises becasue they had a contract settled in previous years. Should they all give the money back because someone in the Lehigh Valley lost a job. Did you give back your raise let's say back when the Steel folded because they all lost jobs. Get in the "real world" or better yet get off this post since your contributions produce no sense.
the difference is, the taxpayers (who keep losing their jobs and are lucky to get a raise) are the ones that are funding these increases.
interested

Bethlehem, PA

#27 Dec 9, 2008
"or" are lucky to get a raise...
Storm

Catasauqua, PA

#29 Dec 10, 2008
interested wrote:
"or" are lucky to get a raise...
How else do you fund teacher salarries? How do you fund highway workers, senators, house of representatives, those who build public buildings, those who do maintainence on public vehicles, city workers who repair or plow your street. How do you fund the Interstate highway system that you obviously do not think about when travelling from place to place. How do you pay county and state workers who provide all the services at the state and local level. TAXES. The people doing the jobs above do not produce things that could be sold at a higher cost and use the profit to pay for things. So get use to it-- you will be paying taxes a long time. Even the Messiah said he would reduce taxes for 95% of working people. Even Obama has to allow for taxes.

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