This section of our District website has been created to provide the community with updates, information and relevant data regarding contract talks between our School Board Negotiating team and union negotiators representing the Pocono Mountain Educational Support Professionals Association.
PRESS RELEASE: The Pocono Mountain School District Responds to Erroneous Union Statement
(January 21, 2020) From Attorneys MICHAEL LEVIN and JOHN FREUND: The School District is disappointed and disturbed that the union representing its many fine employees, the Pocono Mountain Educational Support Professionals Association, would intentionally mislead its membership and the public about such things as the contents of the Fact Finders report and its position in negotiations. The following statements for the union made by Jessica Sabol, PSEA spokesperson, are outright falsehoods: “The fact-finding process concluded that the district’s projected savings are flawed when going with First Student. During the period covered by the First Student contract, the District’s taxpayers will be paying more for student transportation services than by keeping them in-house.” This statement is absolutely false and the union should be sanctioned for making such irresponsible and baseless assertions to the public...Click HERE to read the entire press release
PMSD STATEMENT ON FIRST CONTRACT NEGOTIATION MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR (January 16, 2020)
The start of a New Year brought with it a renewed effort at good faith bargaining as the Pocono Mountain School District Board of Education and the Pocono Mountain Education Support Professionals met on Wednesday evening to continue contract negotiations.
The School Board reasserted a proposal that would save the District $4 million annually while maintaining transportation operations in house. A second option offered a generous 5-year contract with annual pay increases and a guarantee that no other Association functions, other than transportation operations, would be contracted out during the 5-year term of the contract.
The tone of the meeting was cordial as the two parties reviewed and discussed the Board’s offers.
“Last night the Board presented options to the Association to try and jump start negotiations on a new support staff contract,” said Rusty Johnson, Board President. “Our hope is the Association will bring options to the table at the next meeting that would provide the same level of savings to the District as discussed, so we can move forward and reach an agreement on the terms of a new contract.”
While a contract agreement wasn’t reached at the meeting, the two parties have agreed to meet again on January 29, 2020, to continue negotiations.
PRESS RELEASE: Auditor General DePasquale Calls on General Assembly to Require All School Districts to Bid Student Transportation Services
HARRISBURG (May 12, 2016) – Pointing out that school districts spent $54.8 million in excess of the Pennsylvania Department of Education reimbursement, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today called on the General Assembly to require all school districts to seek competitive bids for student transportation services. - “I want to put more education dollars in our classrooms, not our school buses,” DePasquale said during a news conference at the state capitol. - “Since 2013, our audits have identified 19 school districts in 11 counties that paid $54.8 million more than the state transportation reimbursement... Click HERE to learn more on why the Pennsylvania Auditor General recommends school districts should contract out student transportation services.