Teachers confront school board over contracts

Brandywine teachers to confront school board over contract

TOPTON, Pa. - More than 100 teachers from the Brandywine Heights Area School District came to the school board meeting in Topton on Monday night, all to show their support for finishing contract negotiations.

The negotiations between the teachers' union and school board began more than two and a half years ago.

Deciding on a set salary is what is halting negotiations.

Despite 25 plus meetings, there seems to be no end in sight.

"We just have not made the progress we need. We do not want to start another year, our third consecutive year, without a new contract," said the union Chief Negotiator Jeff Lapp.

Teachers made statements to board members reminding them of their dedication.

"We are the same teachers that were able to move an entire elementary school over a weekend in the midst of a mold crisis," said kindergarten teacher Kate Hess.

The teachers' union presented their perspective, however at this time the board says they cannot comment on negotiations.

"Our negotiations attorney has informed us that it would be best not to make any comment regarding the negotiations for fear it could put us in an unfair labor practice situation," said school board president Kenneth Heffner.

Representatives from the teachers' union say they hope to end contract negotiations by the end of this school year in June.

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