Contract talks continue in 2 Butler County districts
Two Butler County school districts are nearing the start of the school year with expired teachers' contracts.
The South Butler County School District's contract with its 173 teachers expired on June 30, according to the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the union that represents the teachers.
The Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School's 21 union members have been without a contract since June 30.
Unions and administrators at both districts are in negotiations, said Ann Mathewson, Midwest region field director for the PSEA. The negotiations are focused on salary, benefits and post-employment health care costs.
“It is a difficult time. There is only so much money school districts have to spend,” Mathewson said.
The average salary at the Vo-Tech is $47,800, while South Butler's average salary “is in the high 50s,” said Tom Breth, a lawyer representing both.
Teachers at Vo-Tech pay about $540 annually toward their health care coverage. South Butler teachers pay $600.
“Both parties are working hard to find common ground. School districts are really trying to control health care costs,” Breth said.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 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.