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Neshaminy Parent: 'You Don’t Mess With My Kid'

Neshaminy taxpayers and parents talk about the teachers' strike.

As Neshaminy School District teachers picketed in front of Pearl S. Buck Elementary School in Middletown on Monday, New Jersey Army National Guard Sergeant. 1st Class Shawna Frey, whose daughter attends the school, stood silently across the street in her military battle dress uniform holding a homemade sign that read, “What if we strike.”

Her reason is simple and her message is clear: “You don’t mess with my kid.”

“There are certain jobs where what you do should be more important than what you make. A soldier is one of them, and so is being an educator,” Frey said as a black mini-van honked as it drove by; the driver giving the servicewoman a thumbs up.

“They went to strike over greed and my daughter’s education is forced to suffer because of it,” Frey, who served in Iraq, said.

Many taxpayers Patch spoke with shared Frey’s point of view.

“I think what the teachers are doing is greedy and insulting to us - the taxpayers,” parent Tony Brillhart, of Langhorne, said. “We pay them to do a job, not walk in front of the schools with posters.”

“The teachers need to be reasonable – they’re making a very, very good salary,”  Middletown resident Margret Piacentino said. “[The teachers] are making more than a lot of people who have been working for more years and have just as much education.”

Almost everyone agreed that they hoped the strike would end quickly and students could return to school.

“My son’s in high school, so it’s not that big of a deal, but I feel bad for the parents with little kids. They now need to scramble to find someone to care for the kids during the day,” Brillhart said.

Frey said the strike is unfair to the parents and students.

“I have to pay extra money for the daycare and now I’ll have to take extra time at night to teach her what she didn’t learn in school,” Frey said.

Not just parents are facing problems, Diane Brown, of Langhorne, watched her grandchildren play on the playground equipment at Mayors Playground and told Patch she is having trouble finding activities to keep the grand kids busy.

“I feel like it’s summer time all over again…and I’m not ready for it,” she said with a chuckle.

BJean January 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Also, there are some great teachers at Neshaminy, I know some of them. But there are some horrible one's as well. It's a shame the Principal's do not have the ability to weed out the good from the bad.
James T. January 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM
NFT deleted their facebook page! I guess they can't handle any criticism or the truth. ;) Linda Sheridan I agree with you. I have been a substitute teacher before and I also would accept this contract since it would mean that I'd be working and teaching fulltime! What these teachers don't understand is that in other districts like in Bristol a lot of teachers there were fired and laid off. In this economy the Neshaminy teachers should be grateful that they even have jobs when most people myself included do not or are working a part time job just to barely get by. I agree with you that the whole idea that the teachers who are against unions are being blackballed is criminal. The NFT is full of greed. The Principals at NHS are a joke as well, they were when I graduated more than two decades ago and they have been the last few decades. Neshaminy claims it never hires their own graduates but that is not true. People who I graduated with went to college or a university and came back and got hired in Neshaminy! Of course they all were related to other teachers, school admins, or other people in neshaminy. Yes most Neshaminy teachers are in it just for the money, benefits, and summer vacation. I know some teachers who told me how they got "burnt out". I guess they don't like teaching at all or working with students.
Linda Sheridan January 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
News flash- The NFT has requested binding arbitration- ck the Neshaminy Taxpayers facebook page. No more striking allowed! Hope the arbitrator is NOT owned by Harrisburg/the AFL-CIO ! Thank you God this is not about whose side wins or loses- it is about what is right and fair and just! There are as many good teachers as there are bad, like in every profession. Live by the Golden Rule and the world would be a better place. Myself, my siblings, my kids, and my nieces and nephew all went to Neshaminy. I graduated in 74 and there were inadequate teachers then and there were wonderful teachers, too! My youngest is a senior. I am blessed with all of my children BUT it takes a good mix of parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, etc. to turn out a productive citizen. If everyone, starting with the parents, do their part, it turns out for the best. Let's get back to this school year and make 2012 the best ever! Godspeed to all of us!
James T. January 14, 2012 at 05:35 AM
That's nice Ellen, I know plenty of out of work teachers who would jump at the chance to work. The worst part about the NFT is how the teachers are using their own students as pawns in the strike having them go and picket. As for "growing up" that's what the greedy neshaminy teachers have to do. They are way overpaid, have been for decades, and keep demanding more money that the township and taxpayers do not have. Let's also not forget how Neshaminy loves to hire their own and hires Neshaminy graduates or the husbands and wives or other relatives of Neshaminy teachers and this has been going on for decades. Most Neshaminy teachers do not actually care about teaching unless it's for the PSSA exams and other pointless standardized tests.
James T. January 14, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Here's a site you all should check out: http://www.teachersunionexposed.com/

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