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Penn-Trafford staff to speak out against outsourcing plan

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By Chris Foreman
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Penn-Trafford's paraprofessionals plan to speak out at tonight's school board meeting about a district proposal to outsource their jobs, according to the union that represents the paraprofessionals.

The district has almost 40 aides who work with the special-education students. Some of the paraprofessionals are personal-care assistants who work one-on-one with a student.

Representatives of Service Employees International Union 32BJ say district officials are considering a plan to replace all of the aides by contracting with the Johnstown-based nonprofit The Learning Lamp.

The union says that parents of special-education students will attend the meeting to support the paraprofessionals.

The district's contract with the union, which also represents the district's custodians and secretaries, expires at the end of the month.

The school board's agenda lists that officials will give an update on the negotiations.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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