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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

LVSD agreement approved ....... can the school board make cuts elsewhere to hold the line on taxes?

Tantlinger cited the “most pressing issues” confronted in negotiations as “pension costs, spiraling health care costs, and millage increase over the next three years.”
He said he is concerned about the school year 2016-17, when a new contract will be negotiated, adding that the state of Pennsylvania should “take the strike threat away and stop holding students as hostages.”
“The instructional costs and benefits of this contract will result, in my opinion, in a reduction in teachers and elimination of some programs,” he said. “This contract will result in a millage increase in each of the next two years. The taxpayers of the district will bear the brunt of this contract.”
After no other directors had any comments, the board adjourned for an executive session for contracts and personnel discussions.
Salay said she was disturbed by Tantlinger's comments.
“I think we were trying very hard to restore our partnerships tonight, and I'm very disturbed that a board member would publicly try to derail that,” she said.

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