“I like a chal­lenge and I think that there’s plenty of it here.”

- Robert L. Copeland Newly-hired Neshaminy Su­per­in­ten­dent

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA -

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

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