Dis­trict and PEA take a ‘tiny’ step in right di­rec­tion

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Staff Re­port

PENNS­BURY - For the first time in nearly a year and a half, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Penns­bury School Dis­trict and the Penns­bury Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (PEA) came to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble Mon­day night to re­new ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Penns­bury’s chief ne­go­tia­tor, -effrey Sul­tanik, de­scribed the ses­sion as a “good meet­ing of two sides” while PEA spokesper­son Lucy Wal­ter labled it a “step in the right di­rec­tion, al­though a tiny step.”

,n the two-hour ses­sion, both sides re­viewed pre­vi­ous mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing, health­care costs and chang­ing pay­roll fig­ures based upon staffing num­bers.

Due to the con­tin­ued hir­ing of new cer­ti­fied staff up to the start of the school year, the date of Sept. 12 was es­tab­lished as the “snap­shot date” from which to draw fi­nan­cial data for use in salary mod­el­ing, ac­cord­ing to Sul­tanik.

“We re-es­tab­lished com­mu­ni­ca­tion and dis­cussed the need for some updated data due to the pas­sage of time,” said Sul­tanik. “Our eco­nomic as­sump­tions have changed since we last met, and we agreed it would be vi­tal to ne­go­ti­a­tions for re­vised fi­nan­cial pro­jec­tion mod­els to be cre­ated.”

Wal­ter said the PEA “looks for­ward to re­ceiv­ing updated fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion and dis­cus­siong

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