Weinberg to Dallastown teachers: Vote...

Weinberg to Dallastown teachers: Vote on wage freeze

There are 17 comments on the York Dispatch story from Jan 21, 2011, titled Weinberg to Dallastown teachers: Vote on wage freeze. In it, York Dispatch reports that:

Dallastown Area School District Superintendent Stewart Weinberg has set a firm deadline for teachers to decide whether they will accept a wage freeze for next school year.

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To Lawyer Elder

Reading, PA

#1 Jan 21, 2011
You assumed wrong. Tell the union a change is in order and stop your stupid posturing. Everyone knows this game now. It's not a secret. The taxpaying public is squeezed to the brink. They are no longer going to stand by watching teachers make out like bandits while their own salaries and benefits are eroded. Most of the union folks are the same people who vote democrat and want to think everything is better when we all share equally. Well, it's now time to share some of yours to ease the pain on the taxpayer.
any

Dover, PA

#2 Jan 21, 2011
The reality is he cannot make that demand.
Taxpayer

United States

#3 Jan 21, 2011
As a tired taxpayer to this over spending district, I have reached my limit long ago. It's time for some tough decisions and a hard nose approach to this deficit. The teachers are not even being asked to take a pay cut, just an increase freeze, give me a major break, the teachers have proven themselves to be nothing more than a greedy bunch. It's time to tell them accept this NOW, or there will be teacher layoffs....welcome to the real world teachers and administrators.
Stewie must go

York, PA

#4 Jan 21, 2011
First, the DASD Board must fire Stewie Spendberg, as a demonstration of good faith to the teacher's union and to the taxpayers.

Then, we get serious: Teachers salaries are a major problem. Answer: Either a 10-15% pay cut, or layoffs to achieve the equivalent savings.

Next: Extra-curriculars. Do we need a band with 300 members? Don't think so! How about eliminating about half of the sports teams, unless parents are willing to pick up the tab? Co-ed cross country? Gone!

German club, French Club, Chess Club? Bye-bye!
Teachers Are People Too

New Holland, PA

#5 Jan 21, 2011
First of all, has anyone read the actually teacher's contract? Yes, the salaries are some of the higher ones in York County, but why hold that against the teachers. The district does have many highly qualified teachers who devote way beyond a 7.5 hour school day for 180 days a year. If the district and the union agreed to a contract, that means both parties felt everything in it was fair until 2013. With such highly educated and highly compensated administrators, if there were issues coming up like the pension for example, why did they district not plan ahead.

Cut extra programs that are unneeded. For example, why have so many extraneous administrators? Why build a $1 million shed for track equipment? Why build a brand new buildings and grounds building that consists of a handful of offices? Why build an extravagant intermediate school instead of fix the existing buildings first? Why spend $300,000 to rip out all of the existing wireless network coverage in the district and start from scratch, instead of upgrade what was already there? Why give every single administrator in the district an iPhone with texting and data on it?

Do not fault the teachers. They work hard, and work way beyond their contract day to educate their students. To many teachers, it must feel like a thankless job, especially when they are constantly called greedy and constantly told they don't care about the taxpayers. In our current economy there are many unemployed teachers, so those with the few jobs out there are thankful to have one too.
loo

Roxbury, PA

#6 Jan 24, 2011
I'm not a Weinberg supporter, but I like the approach he is taking with this. The teachers are not obligated to take a pay cut. It is their choice. If they do not accept the pay freeze, the district will eliminate up to 74 positions. This is how you address a budget defecit! Next, Weinberg needs to include all Dallastown School district employees in this pay freeze. Not just the teachers, himself included. It's easy to complain about how they Deistrit got into this position, but lets agree that the situation is real. If costs aren't cut then the taxpayers will bear the burden.
lying fools

United States

#7 Jan 24, 2011
Re-negotiate the "new" Weinburg contract with his 6 figure salary. Or better yet get rid of him all together. Start from the top down.
Frustrated

York, PA

#8 Jan 24, 2011
WEINBERG: WILL YOU GIVE BACK YOUR BONUS? Be a leader.

Also, "Stewie must go," The problem with your logic is that this district isn't in the hole because the band is too big. This is the logic they want you to believe. Let's cut music, art, and sports so we can save our administrators and their iPads. Sure, all programs need to make a cut, but the band or co-ed cross country aren't the reason we are in debt. 94 Beck Road and the Corridor Project at the high school are the reasons we're in debt. Don't jump to harm the students before all the unnecessary stuff goes. Why is it the clarinet player's fault that the school board overspent?
beentheredonetha t

Glenside, PA

#9 Jan 24, 2011
TEACHERS....Stay strong....You have earned the money you make!!!!!!!!!! YOU have a contract negotiated in good faith!!!!!! At no point should you give that back!!!! I don't see RYAN HOWARD giving back his money. I bet some of you tax payers will visit that ball park and drop a hefty sum this summer!!!!!!! Maybe you tax payers could cut back on other things...Like cell phones with internet, cable TV, eating out!!!!!!!!!
Facts from dtown

York, PA

#10 Jan 24, 2011
lying fools wrote:
Re-negotiate the "new" Weinburg contract with his 6 figure salary. Or better yet get rid of him all together. Start from the top down.
Firing him just brings in someone else without addressing the issues. He also does not get a bonus. He must EARN his incentive by complying with documented targets. The district debt is driven by too much too fast. A new building (s), ever increasing salaries, ever increasing retirement (state mandated), ever increasing health care (thanks PA state legislators), and a shrinking tax base. Argue all you want about sports and activities. Cutting them solves nothing. He is doing the right thing. Leverage their jobs against wages. The administrators are ready to take a freeze. Most of the teachers are ready for a freeze. The issue is the "entitled" 10% of the teachers association who feels they deserve a raise year after year. Time to return to the real world. I hope you posters are attending the meetings and not just mouthing off from your couches. Come, present viable long-term solutions, be a part of making it right. Just remember, it also includes Mr Saylor, Mr Miller, Mr Waugh and the rest of our elected officials. Step up or stay out of it.
Ninety two thousand

Dallastown, PA

#11 Jan 24, 2011
a teacher with a Masters degree plus 60 after 15 years is making 92,000.00 a year. Step up and take a two year pay freeze. Dallastown teachers aren't producing better students than any other districts in York County and they are making 15,000 more than the next school district. Let's see if this union will take a pay freeze to save jobs or be greedy and only think about themselves. 2 year pay freeze for every employee and increase medical benefits costs paid by employees by doubling the amount. Cut everything that is a cost by 10% for next year.
In The Know

United States

#12 Jan 24, 2011
Weinberg knows he's unpopular so he postures in this situation to look good.

But regardless of whether one loves or hates him, its time for a teacher pay freeze at Dallastown.

Its also time for administration including Weinberg to take a pay cut.
Teachers need to vote

Boston, MA

#13 Jan 24, 2011
If the teachers don't vote on it they stand to even further loose the support of the taxpayers/parents. Yes the contract was negotiated in good faith, and yes they could just leave it alone....BUT that contract was rammed through behind closed doors with the thought of preventing a head on collision with a potentially not so friendly school board. Larry Wolfe had both parties scared and both sides signed a contract in fear. Guess what, if you don't vote to take a pay freeze, you will force the hands of the taxpayers!! Your next contract will be ugly and you will not have the good will of the community to fall behind. Every sector of business has ventured through a pay scale decrease and work load increase, you are no different than the rest of the world and don't think your contract will protect you forever. Just ask CAT and Harley workers how that worked out for them! Go on strike, I'm prepared to take my summer vacation in 2013/14 at any point of the year. How long can you hold out???
WTF

York, PA

#14 Jan 24, 2011
Didn't Weinberg get a big bonus this past year? I guess he's not going to give that back, huh? No, I'm not a teacher. Although I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Chris

York, PA

#15 Jan 25, 2011
beentheredonethat wrote:
TEACHERS....Stay strong....You have earned the money you make!!!!!!!!!! YOU have a contract negotiated in good faith!!!!!! At no point should you give that back!!!! I don't see RYAN HOWARD giving back his money. I bet some of you tax payers will visit that ball park and drop a hefty sum this summer!!!!!!! Maybe you tax payers could cut back on other things...Like cell phones with internet, cable TV, eating out!!!!!!!!!
Sure, like the cost of a cell phone etc. is anything close to the tax bill. And besides, we've already done that.
Cootertiger

York, PA

#16 Feb 9, 2012
Dasd board just asked Weinberg to resign tonight & he accepted it. Only thing stated as of now was for personal matters.
Chuck

Palmyra, PA

#17 Feb 11, 2012
Hmm! Can a big city ... survive in a small town atmosphere, when they're use to getting their way? NO!

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