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Westerville teacher givebacks total $2.7 million | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 223 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 26, 2011, titled Westerville teacher givebacks total $2.7 million | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Westerville's teachers union has agreed to concessions that will save the district about $2.7 million this school year.

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Schuylkill Haven, PA

#227 Jul 29, 2011
Regarding the teacher who is makeing $73,000 after 17 years - notice the defensiveness and argument focused on whether the pay was every two weeks or twice a month to get to $3,600. This was not the main point of the issue - the issue is that $73,000 for 185 days of work (with 12 paid if not used sick days) is too much for 17 years experience. We taxpayers cannot afford this and we will vote no.

And we will vote no twice a year (or every 5 months according to the teacher) as they keep putting these levies on even after they fail.

Change the system and maybe we won't vote no.

Delaware, OH

#228 Jul 29, 2011
You can vote however you want. That's why it's a democracy.
People want to blame teachers for a flawed system. Funding for schools has been ruled unconstitutional 4 times, but legislatures do not want to fix it. I understand people's frustration with property taxes and mortgages going up when a levy is passed. I live in Westerville also, so my taxes go up also. I think you have seen the end of teachers getting raises. I think you are going to start seeing salaries cut 2 to 3% every other year for a while, and I'm willing to do that, but not all teachers would agree with me on this.
Just my opinion. I am not the enemy.
Diane P

Chatsworth, GA

#229 Jul 30, 2011
Ben Dover wrote:
Chris Williams, president of the Westerville Education Association, told board members at last night's meeting that the district's teachers, nurses, guidance counselors and other certified employees agreed to give back $1.7 million in raises slated for the 2011-12 school year, including step increases.
So the administrative staff continues to not help. Typical.
"Williams said the members also agreed to delay receiving some of their pay to the next fiscal year, which would shift $1 million in compensation to the 2013 fiscal year."
Wow, hope they can get by with this huge sacrifice.
You all need to vote to Un-incorporate Westerville. Then kick out all public unionized employees and go for private contractors. Those 1099 employees will be responsible for their own healthcare, paying SS and Medicare and federasl/state taxes out of their pay. Lease out public facilities to the private contractors let them pay the repairs and maintenance bills to maintain the facilities. You don't like your private rent-a-cop? Contract with the county to provide those services you win because you do not have future retirements and COLAs and medical insurance to pay on those cops, the county does.

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