Progress reported in C-L talks

Progress reported in C-L talks

There are 98 comments on the Lebanon Daily News story from Aug 8, 2010, titled Progress reported in C-L talks. In it, Lebanon Daily News reports that:

Negotiators for the Cornwall-Lebanon School Board and the teachers' union say talks are progressing and both sides hope to have a new contract in place by the start of the new school year.

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Great to hear

Reamstown, PA

#1 Aug 8, 2010
Let's hope for a quick resolution and a smooth start to the school year! Cornwall-Lebanon has been the best school in the area for a long time. I hope the teachers receive a fair contract for all their hard work. My kids are looking forward to the start of school so I am very pleased the school board is responding positively to the parent calls.
proud parent

Lebanon, PA

#2 Aug 9, 2010
I agree. I am so glad that the teachers are happy and this will not effect the beginning of my child's school year. I hope that everyone has a great year!
Spell Checker

Lebanon, PA

#3 Aug 9, 2010
I'm hoping the kids will learn the difference between "effect" and "affect".
bookworm

United States

#4 Aug 9, 2010
40,000 to teach and summers off. What a Tuff job.
carls a fool

Tremont, PA

#5 Aug 9, 2010
bookworm wrote:
40,000 to teach and summers off. What a Tuff job.
Oh no you dit int.... LOL
CCHS Grad

United States

#6 Aug 9, 2010
I would strongly ask the CL board members to at the very least, consider extending the current teacher contract for a year. Looming financial issues such as property re-assessment, projected 30% increase in Met Ed's utility costs as of 1/1/11 and state pension commitments are but a few of the concerns facing taxpayers. Maybe we could slow down, take a deep breath and ask everyone work together to find an equitable solution for the teachers as well as the taxpayers.
Mike

Lebanon, PA

#7 Aug 9, 2010
I feel bad for the poverty stricken education system public employees!

They are sooo overworked and sooo underpaid..The working conditions are horrible. Teaching the rough and tumble youth., 6 hrs a day mon thru friday w/ a 3 month summer vacation..Think of all the perks that they do not receive...

After all ..they are not anywhere close to the politicians,wall streeters, doctors or lawyers. thier overall income only comes in #5 on that list..

So ... let's all dig a little deeper for thier compensation!

so.. read on and let's hear them WHINE....
thomas paine

Lancaster, PA

#8 Aug 9, 2010
Does any one remember 2.5 million pissed away on plastic grass for the football field and a locker room the size of the Giant arena? Does anyone remember the purchase of 80 mountain bikes for the little darlings? Does anyone know about the shot roof on the middle school? This is your now financially prudent school board. The biggest bunch of phony's in Lebanon County.
Deep sigh

Maytown, PA

#9 Aug 9, 2010
Unions destroy nations.
Focus on the Facts

Reamstown, PA

#10 Aug 9, 2010
If you've been following this situation you know that an impartial third party was called in to make recommendations that represented a compromise affordable to all involved (and yes, the finances of the district were closely examined). The school board unanimously rejected that compromise. The union unanimously accepted it. Let's stop blaming the teachers here - all they've done in the last 6 years is keep C-L, the biggest school in the county, at #1. They are the 2nd lowest paid in the area. They deserve a fair contract, and I think all the parent phone calls to the school board have shown that we support our teachers and we want to keep C-L great. Parents who are involved in raising their children support this school and the teachers that make it #1. You hear people talk all the time about how important education is to a great nation, so let's walk the walk and not be so short-sighted and self-involved as to think educators deserve less than our respect and fair compensation. Congratulations to CLSD for trying to work this out quickly and cooperatively!
carl

Tremont, PA

#11 Aug 9, 2010
yes because if they dont get what they want they will all leave for other districts ... NOT
CCHS Grad

United States

#12 Aug 9, 2010
Focus on the Facts wrote:
If you've been following this situation you know that an impartial third party was called in to make recommendations that represented a compromise affordable to all involved (and yes, the finances of the district were closely examined). The school board unanimously rejected that compromise. The union unanimously accepted it. Let's stop blaming the teachers here - all they've done in the last 6 years is keep C-L, the biggest school in the county, at #1. They are the 2nd lowest paid in the area. They deserve a fair contract, and I think all the parent phone calls to the school board have shown that we support our teachers and we want to keep C-L great. Parents who are involved in raising their children support this school and the teachers that make it #1. You hear people talk all the time about how important education is to a great nation, so let's walk the walk and not be so short-sighted and self-involved as to think educators deserve less than our respect and fair compensation. Congratulations to CLSD for trying to work this out quickly and cooperatively!
So.... Just shut up and pay the increased taxes that are coming our way? I don't think so; the CL teachers are more that fairly compensated for the results they produce. Those of us who have had children go on to higher educational institutions know first hand that they are not as fully prepared as we would hope. They keep cranking out student drones that when they are truly challenged and are required to perform critical thinking, they fall short. Unfortunately I've seen it happen several times. I'm not saying it's totally the teachers fault but we can't afford to just keep being held hostage each time the contract comes due for the sake of our children.
get out

Pottstown, PA

#13 Aug 9, 2010
take your azz back to work and shut up
Pleased parent

Reamstown, PA

#14 Aug 9, 2010
As a parent with children who have attended three different districts in two different states, I have been nothing but pleased with the quality education my children receive at Cornwall Lebanon. It is the best school they've attended, and they like it the best. To a parent, that is vital. I suppose there will always be people who focus on any negativity they can and who will complain instead of discuss issues. I realize there are people who pay taxes in the area who do not have children in the schools, but those who do want the very best. Cut costs elsewhere, but please keep CL great. The majority of the community is supportive of the teachers because the fact finders report was fair.
Equitable solution

Reamstown, PA

#15 Aug 9, 2010
CCHS Grad wrote:
I would strongly ask the CL board members to at the very least, consider extending the current teacher contract for a year. Looming financial issues such as property re-assessment, projected 30% increase in Met Ed's utility costs as of 1/1/11 and state pension commitments are but a few of the concerns facing taxpayers. Maybe we could slow down, take a deep breath and ask everyone work together to find an equitable solution for the teachers as well as the taxpayers.
I believe they did. The fact finders report did that very thing, and the teachers accepted it unanimously.
Let them eat cake

Lebanon, PA

#16 Aug 9, 2010
Pleased parent wrote:
As a parent with children who have attended three different districts in two different states, I have been nothing but pleased with the quality education my children receive at Cornwall Lebanon. It is the best school they've attended, and they like it the best. To a parent, that is vital. I suppose there will always be people who focus on any negativity they can and who will complain instead of discuss issues. I realize there are people who pay taxes in the area who do not have children in the schools, but those who do want the very best. Cut costs elsewhere, but please keep CL great. The majority of the community is supportive of the teachers because the fact finders report was fair.
For the reported $13,000.00 the District is spending annually for each student, you could send your kids to a nice private school, couldn't you?

What I'm asking somebody here with better computer skills than me to do is to compare how much each district in Lebanon County spends annually per student, and let us know who's getting the most "bang for the buck" by comparing the schools' ratings.
Think before you speak

Lebanon, PA

#17 Aug 9, 2010
Nothing will make the taxpayers happy will it....although I believe ALL teachers are taxpayers too! At least they are agreeing on something. We do not even know what it is they are agreeing on, so how can some of you be so negative? I guess some people will never appreciate the power of education...Congrats and I hope all is settled before the year! Either way I am sure the teachers will be prepared to teach, just feel a little more comfortable if issues are agreed upon!

Since: Jul 10

Hazleton, PA

#18 Aug 9, 2010
Deep sigh wrote:
Unions destroy nations.
Why do you say that, did a union destroy the 3rd world country you are from?
murphy

Manheim, PA

#19 Aug 9, 2010
bookworm wrote:
40,000 to teach and summers off. What a Tuff job.
try it bookworm.
murphy

Manheim, PA

#20 Aug 9, 2010
try it bookworm.

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