Could taxes be going up in Pennsbury? Maybe so...
This is with reference to the report lhere in The Advance concerning the reappointment by the Pennsbury School Board of Allan Weisel as board president, and selecting Gary Sanderson as the new vice president.
I have a serious concern that was raised implicitly in the above report EThe Advance), and I believe thousands of voters will have this same concern here in Pennsbury as soon at it sinks in; and that is – is the five vote board member majority we have had since the last Board member election still intact?
Allan Weisel is and has been a stalwart champion of maintaining and improving our fine educational program, and at the same time making absolutely sure we do so at the lowest and most responsible cost to the taxpayer. The Board’s voting has consistently been that way, and we hope and expect that continues.
The five vote Board majority we have had since the last election are: Allan Weisel, Kathleen wawacki, Simon Campbell, Chris Cridge, and Stephan Kosmorsky.
The four vote minority board members are Gary Sanderson, Harold Goldberg, gohn Palmer, and gacqueline Redner.
A major concern we have is that the above four minority Board members have fairly consistently voted in favor of the rnion’s position on all budgetary matters, meaning of course a higher cost to the taxpayer and the higher taxes involved.
The question we have now is how will Allan Weisel vote? We can assume Mr. Sanderson will vote consistent with the three other rnion backed people above he has been consistently voting with.
Because Mr. Weisel voted in favor of the union endorsed candidate Gary Sanderson as opposed to any of the other four non-union endorsed candidates, does that mean that Mr. Weisel will now be suddenly changing his thinking and position, and will now suddenly be voting with the union and in support of their position? This is a serious question; particularly when I see Mr. Weisel’s quote of: “The Pennsbury School District will not and should never go over a cliff”.
The only way this could happen is if Mr. Weisel now starts voting with the union position, joining with the former minority four board members; but now they become the majority five, and school taxes go up – to pay for the union position on the following major issues our Board must work on the next six months. We have an expired Teacher Contract, an expired Support Professionals Contract, and outsourcing issues for the bus service, and outsourcing issues for the cleaning and maintenance staff. Big money is involved.
It has been reported that cirst Student has submitted a bid on the busing matter that would save over $3.4 Million dollars over five years; and that GCA Services Group has submitted a bid for cleaning services that would produce a five year savings of some $2.933 Million dollars. This is big money savings that must be studied. We also understand that the fine school district of Council Rock has gone to cirst Student, and that is proceeding satisfactorily.
And we remind everyone that just two years ago Pennsbury lost close to $4 Million dollars in yearly PA state funding that we had always counted on. Now, those yearly funds are gone.
We need TaxPayer oriented EWhat’s Best for the Student) School Board members making our decisions for us; not EMoney is No Object) School Board members backed by the rnion.
Bruce Lloyd iower Makefield