“I like a challenge and I think that there’s plenty of it here.”
- Robert L. Copeland Newly-hired Neshaminy Superintendent
By contrast, Neshaminy has 8,500 students at the district’s 12 schools. However student performance is a major issue at Neshaminy, which ranks 245th overall out of about 500 districts in state-mandated scores.
Copeland takes over at a time of labor strife in the district. In gune, the 633-member Neshaminy Federation of Teachers (NFT) ended its second strike in less than six months, forcing the district to extend the school year to nearly the end of gune.
iabor talks have continued without success over the last two months, and a contract still eludes both sides. The WHDFKHUs DUH HnWHULnJ WKHLU fiIWK year without a contract.
Copeland, who was interviewed for the superintendent’s job at a gune 27 public meeting, acknowledged that Neshaminy’s lengthy labor unrest is unusual for a school district.
“I like a challenge and I think that there’s plenty of it here,” he said after that public meeting. “But once you go beyond [the labor troubles] you see a rich tradition.”
He said that he noticed a