Elco board, teachers reach four-year ...

Elco board, teachers reach four-year deal

There are 82 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from May 3, 2011, titled Elco board, teachers reach four-year deal. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

Elco School Board and the district's teachers have reached agreement on a four-year contract that includes a pay freeze for 2011-12. Teachers will receive pay increases of 1.2, 1.8 and 2.0 percent in the second through fourth years.

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haha

Elizabethtown, PA

#1 May 3, 2011
Go figure...the SUPERINTENDENT doesn't agree to a pay freeze. They should freeze his pay by getting rid of him!
good example

Lebanon, PA

#2 May 3, 2011
Haven't most supt in the county agreed to no increase for next year?
Crap

Harrisburg, PA

#3 May 3, 2011
Those raises probably aren't even enough to cover their insurance increases. So really they'll probably be getting paid less or the same. You can never satisfy ELCO conservatives. They want teachers to work for free. What's the average teacher salary in ELCO? Probably 30-35 grand. Whoopie. They'd all be smart to teach in a different school district that pays more.
Really

Lebanon, PA

#4 May 3, 2011
Crap wrote:
Those raises probably aren't even enough to cover their insurance increases. So really they'll probably be getting paid less or the same. You can never satisfy ELCO conservatives. They want teachers to work for free. What's the average teacher salary in ELCO? Probably 30-35 grand. Whoopie. They'd all be smart to teach in a different school district that pays more.
Dum-dum want gum-gum?

Get with it, the starting salary for teachers in the district is about 42k - near the median income of a Leb Cty household (read 2 wage earners). If the teachers mix the 4+% raises they received for the last five years with the raises in this four year contract they're still ahead.
MyerstownResiden t

Spring Grove, PA

#5 May 3, 2011
I recently spoke with a grandparent of an ELCO student who made an excellent point to me - the primary function and focus of our public schools is to educate our students. With that in mind, fees for extracurricular activities are proper - it is really not the responsibility of the school district to automatically provide them. If we had to chose, I'll take a good education over extracurricular activities any day! With the governor's anti-education stance school districts need all the help they can get. I would gladly pay a fee for extracurricular activities if need be - and as stated in the article financial assistance is available for those who need it, so nobody will lose out. And for those who think teachers are overpaid - how about trying to teach for a day? Probably won't last one hour! I have a sister in another state who has busted her backside teaching for 35 years and has earned every penny she makes. Please value our teachers more - who else besides parents have more influence on our children?
And no - I'm not a teacher!
galvodog6

York, PA

#6 May 3, 2011
Crap wrote:
Those raises probably aren't even enough to cover their insurance increases. So really they'll probably be getting paid less or the same. You can never satisfy ELCO conservatives. They want teachers to work for free. What's the average teacher salary in ELCO? Probably 30-35 grand. Whoopie. They'd all be smart to teach in a different school district that pays more.
to break even, they would need a minimum of 2.9%...
galvodog6

York, PA

#7 May 3, 2011
Really wrote:
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Dum-dum want gum-gum?
Get with it, the starting salary for teachers in the district is about 42k - near the median income of a Leb Cty household (read 2 wage earners). If the teachers mix the 4+% raises they received for the last five years with the raises in this four year contract they're still ahead.
the district median income is closer to 68K
carl

Lebanon, PA

#8 May 3, 2011
galvodog6 wrote:
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the district median income is closer to 68K
for an individual?
New to Leb Co

Lebanon, PA

#9 May 3, 2011
My family moved to this area and decided on buying a home in ELCO school district because it seemed like a very good school district dedicated to the needs of the students. We have been very pleased with the education our children are receiving.
When reading all that is going on with the teacher's contract situation I was a little surprised to see that the superintendent is still going to be taking a pay increase and not a pay freeze like the rest of the teacher's union and administration in the district.
I do understand that if he is thinking of retiring that these last pay increases will affect his retirement. So if that is the case and he is concerned about his retirement....maybe he is thinking of making a big donation to the ELCO Foundation when he retires?????
No1fan

Lebanon, PA

#10 May 3, 2011
What a statement it is when the staff demonstrates a better directive than their leader. I'd be embarrassed to be the sup in this district and leave behind a legacy of greed and disappointing principles. The success of a school district comes from focusing on addressing all the needs of the community, not simply on a select few.
Ha Baut Dat

Chicago, IL

#11 May 3, 2011
Too late for this idea but wonder if it would have worked.

Teacher's would agree to the new agreement only if the school board cans the current Superintendent.

Wish I would have thought of that sooner.
Who knows. It may have worked.
Really -

Scranton, PA

#12 May 3, 2011
Why would students who get free and reduced lunches get to play free? They should learn a valuable lesson and earn the money to play! Just because my wife and I have a jobs, my son has to pay to play?! That's not right at all!
Ha Baut Dat

Chicago, IL

#13 May 3, 2011
Really - wrote:
Why would students who get free and reduced lunches get to play free? They should learn a valuable lesson and earn the money to play! Just because my wife and I have a jobs, my son has to pay to play?! That's not right at all!
No kidding.
If they can't afford to pay for lunch it's safe to say they can't afford the fee to play.
If they can't afford the fee to play, how can they afford the spikes, the gloves or anything else parents have to provide so their kids can play?

If the parents can't afford lunch, the extracurricular activity fee and the spikes/equipment needed for the activity fee, then they sure as hell can't afford to pay the admission to get into the FRIGGIN GAME.
Let's do the math
1 family with 2 high school aged kids
1 kid plays soccer and the other football.
Both parents want to watch both kids games.
2 soccer games and 2 football games within 6 days.
2 adult admission at $4 each equals $8.
$8 x 4 games is $32.00
That's just one week.
Wait, don't tell me. The Have's will pay for the Have Not's, again.

Where can I sign up for the Financially Disadvataged and the Needy plan.
I'm done paying.

galvodog6

York, PA

#14 May 3, 2011
carl wrote:
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for an individual?
the last census stated for MYERSTOWN for median household income was 68k.... but then, everyone also carried a tremendous amount of debt as well...
galvodog6

York, PA

#15 May 3, 2011
Ha Baut Dat wrote:
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No kidding.
If they can't afford to pay for lunch it's safe to say they can't afford the fee to play.
If they can't afford the fee to play, how can they afford the spikes, the gloves or anything else parents have to provide so their kids can play?
If the parents can't afford lunch, the extracurricular activity fee and the spikes/equipment needed for the activity fee, then they sure as hell can't afford to pay the admission to get into the FRIGGIN GAME.
Let's do the math
1 family with 2 high school aged kids
1 kid plays soccer and the other football.
Both parents want to watch both kids games.
2 soccer games and 2 football games within 6 days.
2 adult admission at $4 each equals $8.
$8 x 4 games is $32.00
That's just one week.
Wait, don't tell me. The Have's will pay for the Have Not's, again.
Where can I sign up for the Financially Disadvataged and the Needy plan.
I'm done paying.
the money that would be used to pay for the lunches is now being used for the activities. USDA usually gives milk or lunches for free or reduced costs in most cases.
Air mail

Lebanon, PA

#16 May 4, 2011
galvodog6 wrote:
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the last census stated for MYERSTOWN for median household income was 68k.... but then, everyone also carried a tremendous amount of debt as well...
Estimated median household income in 2009:$41,693 (it was $36,563 in 2000)

Myerstown:
$41,693
Pennsylvania:
$49,520

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Myerstown-Penns...
John K

United States

#17 May 4, 2011
Everyone are taking cuts or freezes.How about are law makers or are they better then those they serve? It's time they step up to the plate!!They created this mess.Both parties,but the Repub's through education under the bus!
carl

Lebanon, PA

#18 May 4, 2011
galvodog6 wrote:
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the last census stated for MYERSTOWN for median household income was 68k.... but then, everyone also carried a tremendous amount of debt as well...
the poster was talking about medium teachers salary.. not household... so the answer to my question is its NOT individual income. nice spin
Crap

Harrisburg, PA

#19 May 4, 2011
carl wrote:
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the poster was talking about medium teachers salary.. not household... so the answer to my question is its NOT individual income. nice spin
# High school or higher: 74.2%
# Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.2%
# Graduate or professional degree: 4.5%
# Unemployed: 3.1%

Teachers all have undergrad or graduate degrees.... which is why they are making more money than the average Myerstown resident. Just more incentive to go to college... if you can afford it these days... with Corbett cutting education funding like no tomorrow.
Morbius

Myerstown, PA

#20 May 4, 2011
Seems like a reasonable deal between the teachers and the district, especially with the economy the way it is.

Why the Super was not asked to forgo a salary increase is beyond reason. He's probably the biggest cause of the problems at the district.

As for pay-to-play, so be it. A lot of private schools and religious schools require pay-to-play; the only sport that may be adversely affected would be football because of the high costs associated with it.

But the last time I checked, the kids are in school are to be EDUCATED not earn scholarships for being jocks.

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