Ringgold: Deal with teachers near
By Chris Buckley
Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
Teachers in the Ringgold School District will start the new school year with an old contract.
But the board's chief negotiator predicted a new deal will be worked out soon.
The board met in executive session before its meeting Wednesday to discuss the contract talks.
The most recent contract expired June 30.
Asked about the issues still dividing the two sides, director Bill Stein said, “We're in the middle of negotiations and we promised not to discuss particulars.”
“We are very optimistic about negotiations,” added board President Mariann Bulko.
Stein, the board's chief negotiator, was also optimistic about the outcome of the talks.
“There will be a contract,” Stein said. “The teachers and administration are working very diligently toward that goal.”
Bulko expressed optimism about the start of the new school year Monday.
“I'm very excited about the start of the new school year,” Bulko said during her president's report. “I hope the teachers and the staff give us a chance to show we're headed in the right direction.”
One thing new for the district will be free breakfasts for all elementary school students. That program will eventually be expanded to students in all grades, said Jason Foreman, district manager of school services for new food service firm Avi Food Systems. He said free breakfasts could be extended to middle and high school students within three months.
The board also approved a policy that would permit elementary and middle school students to charge up to five meals after running out of money in their lunch accounts. Beyond that, students will be given alternative lunches made up of a cold sandwich, fruit and drink.
The board hired three teachers: Iris S. Baron, special education teacher at the high school, $40,500; Lauren L. Bowser, French teacher at the high school, $39,100; and Kelly A. Balush, $43,695. It approved a substitute list for various positions and approved extracurricular leaders.
The board named Tammy Gaffey head teacher at Ringgold Elementary School South and Diana Kristobek head teacher at Ringgold Elementary School North, each at an added salary of $1,498. They will be responsible for assisting principals with student discipline.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pastor’s childhood tale, scar key to Easter message
- Drug suspect’s escape try fails
- Card theft claim lands Charleroi woman in trouble
- Marion promotes autism awareness
- It’s ‘Sammy Vasquez Jr. Day’ in Monessen
- Plans advance for New Eagle VFD-hosted tribute to ‘Porky’ Chedwick
- Action lacking on Ringgold’s zoning proposal
- Another Donora bank building getting new tenant
- Fire rips through Rostraver house
- First Federal, Community Bank join
- ‘Hairspray’ captivates Monessen audiences