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Pennsylvania education union applauds Duquesne support contract

| Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

A Pennsylvania State Education Association spokesman on Monday applauded a tentative three-year contract between Duquesne City School District and its support personnel.

“Regardless of the outcome with the elementary program, the district recognizes that they will continue to need secretarial and custodial support (in Duquesne Education Center),” PSEA field director Butch Santicola said. “The local thought it was a fair and equitable contract.”

The pact was reached with PSEA-affiliated Duquesne Educational Support Personnel Association on June 26, a day after district court-appointed receiver Paul B. Long conducted his latest public business meeting.

Long affirmed at that meeting that the district is preparing for fall classes at Duquesne Education Center. He was unable to reach an agreement with West Mifflin Area or Pittsburgh Public Schools about a voluntary transfer of elementary students, the preferred scenario in his plan for the district's fiscal recovery.

On Friday, Long confirmed the agreement in a required quarterly report to Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Judith L.A. Friedman.

“Both the professional staff and support staff bargaining units, respectively the Duquesne Education Association and the Duquesne Education Support Personnel Association, have been working since July 1, 2012, under the terms of status quo contracts,” Long pointed out.

Talks continue with DEA, the district teachers union.

Santicola was commenting on Long's report, which was posted on the www.dukecitysd.org site.

Neither Long nor Santicola gave other details of the DESPA pact.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. tribweb.com.

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