“The district team and the association have worked very hard to reach a fair agreement with teachers, while recognizing the very difficult economic realities facing our taxpayers, municipality and district,” said Keith Black, Chair of the Board and Chief Negotiator. In addition, the Council is aware that collective agreements are legally binding and undertakes to implement the provisions of any agreement. The legal obligation of collective bargaining does not oblige district or workers` representatives to accept a proposal or make concessions. Board directives and district procedures apply in the absence of a binding agreement when the agreement does not address an issue or when an agreement expires and no new agreement is reached with respect to the issue. “The Springfield Education Association is very pleased to have reached an agreement so quickly,” said Rob Henry, President of sea. “We appreciate the commitment and commitment of the school authority and administration to public education in Springfield and Morton, especially in these challenging economic and political times. We look forward to working with them to provide children in our communities with quality public education. About Springfield School District: Springfield is a successful public school district that serves the municipalities of Morton and Springfield. All springfield schools have achieved national blue ribbon status. All schools and districts have qualified for the AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in the last six years, which is the benchmark for the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Last year, 100% of CM1 students who have been in the district since kindergarten were reading in class. 100% of graduates were accepted into a post-graduate school of higher education. In 2011, the Washington Post ranked Springfield High School as one of the top two high schools in Delaware County and one of the top 20 high schools in Pennsylvania. If the treaty is ratified by joining SEA and formally approved, it would enter into force on 1 July 2012 and remain in force until 30 June 2017.
The current collective agreement expires on June 30, 2012. The Springfield Education Association (SEA) announced in an April 27 press release that it has reached a preliminary agreement on a new five-year collective agreement. “We believe this agreement is financially sound and sustainable and will allow the Springfield School District to remain one of the best districts in our region,” added Black. “We have so much respect and esteem for our teachers – they are a very, very important reason for our continued success, and we thank them for their unwavering commitment to our children and for realizing that this was a very difficult time for everyone.” The Board of Directors and its representatives will conduct respectful negotiations with the workers` representatives. It is important that negotiations do not disrupt the functioning of the school or have a negative impact on the educational environment. The ultimate goal of all negotiations is to guarantee the necessary services to provide the students of the borough with an excellent education in a safe environment, based on a solid and realistic budget. The school district recognizes the importance of maintaining relationships with staff in a positive manner and advising staff on decisions about salary and other terms and conditions of employment. If the workers so request, the district, in agreement with the workers` representatives, will conduct collective bargaining, in accordance with the law.
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