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REVISED: New Teachers Contract in Baldwin-Whitehall?

And other important notes from an Aug. 8 school board meeting.

REVISED: Memorandums of Understanding Approved

The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board and the Baldwin-Whitehall Education Association (teachers union) agreed to memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on Wednesday night as the next step toward a new labor contract.

Specifics regarding the MOUs were not made available to the general public, but the board approved them by an 8-0 vote. (Board member Nancy Lee Crowder was absent.)

REVISION (Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m.): The MOUs approved on Wednesday are revisions to a current contract with the teachers union and are not officially part of any possible new contract.

Deasy Returns

Virginia Deasy, once the 's director of pupil services, has been recalled from a furlough to fill a vacant special education teaching position in the district.

Deasy was when her former position was eliminated to help balance B-W's 2012-13 budget.

She will earn $51,931 per year in her new position, as decided by the school board by a 7-1 vote. Board member Nancy Sciulli DiNardo cast the lone "no" vote.

School Lunch Prices Increase

As expected, the school board approved a 10-cent price increase for school lunches at both the district's elementary and secondary levels.

The vote was 8-0.

Read more about the cost increase .

The Online Academy Coming

Also as expected, the board approved a contract with The Online Academy for use of its software program aimed at instructing the district's alternative education students.

The vote was 7-1. Sciulli DiNardo voted "no."

Read more about the software program .

New Process for Student Board Reps?

The school board is considering a revision to its policy that determines how student board representatives come to be.

At a later date, the board will vote whether or not to accept the following revision:

"Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, new student representatives will be selected through a grade level election process. Once elected, a student representative's term will continue until high school graduation, unless the representative is removed for cause."

The district's current policy calls for student board reps to be nominated by district administration.

Read about the board debate leading to this proposed revision .

New Extracurricular Eligibility Policies Passed in Baldwin-Whitehall

Read .

Workers' Compensation Changes Likely for B-W School District

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NE12Ukid September 07, 2012 at 04:20 AM
ML 8:43 am on Sunday, August 12, 2012 Actually, the states that have unions show higher test results than the so called "right to work" states. `````````````````````````````` Interesting assertion. Seems to be true. NAEP site has the data, Average 2009 NAEP Score Grouped By State Teacher Contract Laws States with binding teacher contracts 4th grade: Math 240.0 Reading 220.7 8th grade: Math 282.1 Reading 263.7 States without binding teacher contracts 4th grade: Math 237.7 Reading 217.5 8th grade: Math 281.2 Reading 259.5 5 states ban teachers unions ie do not allow collective bargaining for educators. Their rank on combined SAT and ACT are SouthCarolina – 50th North Carolina – 49th Georgia – 48th Texas – 47th Virginia – 44th Yes, interesting.
Tom Barchfeld September 07, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Tell me what my lie was.
Tom Barchfeld September 07, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Again, tell me what my lie was?
Robert Edward Healy, III September 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
No problem, ML. It's semantics I know, but I wanted to clarify that. Not all news websites are blogs. In fact, some would argue that blogs aren't really news since most blogs are rooted in personal opinion. Our stories (maybe 95 percent of them) are not.
Matt A. September 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Tom you should know by now that ml is wrong on everything and always calls others liars when you don't agree with her.

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