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