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NFT Re-Elects Louise Boyd as its President

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers re-elected President Louise Boyd.

The Neshaminy Federation of Teachers re-elected Louise Boyd as the president for another two years.

Boyd, who has served as the union's president for the past 10 years, prevailed over high school business teacher Chuck Deal for the union's president position in .

"I congratulate Louise on her victory," school board President Ritchie Webb said.

"While I'm disappointed by the teachers' mandate, the people have given the board a mandate -- protect our children's education and restore fiscal sanity to Neshaminy. So regardless of the NFT election results, the board's mission has not changed," he said.

According to an NFT-issued press release, results were announced Thursday by the NFT election committee, which oversaw the campaign process and voting. The committee counted the votes Thursday afternoon just before an NFT membership meeting convened at Maple Point Middle School.

“The voting went smoothly, with no major problems,” said Jim Knight, a member of the election committee. According to the press release, more than 88 percent of the 656 union members eligible to vote actually cast ballots.

In addition to Boyd defeating Deal, Marian Reed was re-elected as treasurer over Peggy Gale. The five teachers that were elected to the vice president position were: Jeff Dunkley, Anne Schmidt, Mary Cwiklinski, Jared Katz and Paul Notwick. They defeated challengers Joe Bodri and Jason Leigh.

The terms for those elected will begin July 1 and will run for two years.

robert April 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM
So now we can expect the strike... No one running for election wants to be on strike during said elections.. Point 2....so now we know where the teachers stand, whether it was from intimidation, pressure, or fear of retaliation....we know where they stand...Now it is my turn to PTC....parent to "contract"....do not expect an ounce of help, volunteerism, or even common courtesy...you have drawn your line in the stand, and stood with a crony union "terrorist"....At least we all know where we are... Strike On, wait until you see this outcome.....The NRLB has been put on notice, and a broad order investigation is pending....go for it.
robert April 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM
It would be cheaper to deal with the law suits....have every teacher re-apply for their jobs...new criteria, new contract...Look at who stands to lose here...besides the children and taxpayers of neshaminy....The AFL-CIO....would lose a considerable amount of money...the whole thing is a shame..ponsi scheme....taxpayers pay the bills..teachers, and other municipal workers have money taken every week to pay for political action campaigns, which 98 % of the time goes to the Democratic Party, who in turn "enforces" that these unions continue...and the fiscally conservavtive voice still has to pay for this shoddy job performance, and substandard education...its all a sham, and the numbers are staggering....that is why you see whats going on...There is a way to defeat the NFT,and the AFL-CIO on a local level....it will be up to the taxpayers..and the board, and it would take real courage..but, as usual..we won't be bothered.
Tired of this crap! April 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM
UNBELIEVEABLE!!! What is wrong with the teachers??? I'm with you Robert...so much for "the good ones"!!!!!
Tired of this crap! April 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I have two kids in the district, GOD help the teachers if I even get a phone call from here on out!! So I guess being a bully works for Louise???? So much for taking a stand teachers...so much RESPECT is lost now!!!
feasterville resident April 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I am in disbelief that Ms. Boyd has been re-elected. According to the interviews that I have seen and heard, she is a poor representative of Neshaminy Teachers. She clearly lacks the oratory skills and demeanor of an educated professional. If she is an example of the teachers that voted for her, no wonder, our test scores have plummeted. An employee does not get rewards for lackluster performance. No, the employee either gets a reprimand or loss of their job. Shouldn't the same be expected of the Neshaminy Teachers. Unfortunately, good teachers who are dedicated to their profession are being lumped in with Ms. Boyd and her cohorts. Fire the underperforming teachers, the teachers who do not want to communicate with parents, the teachers who have a nonchalant attitude, review the tenured teachers, etc... Many newly graduated teachers and the soon to be unemployed parochial school teacher should be able to apply. Our students deserve the cream of the crop. Not mediocrity. We pay their salaries. We should have a say.
robert April 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Again, It is hard to directly have the animosity towards the teachers...typically Union votes are "unanimous"....caveat....I am in a union.....but, either two things happened. 1. Ms. Boyd's political machine has either been emboldened, through other outside contributors such as the AFL CIO, with pressure, fear, intimidation, threat of retaliation, or promise of crony special treatment...or number 2...the majority of teachers who voted, side with Ms. Boyd, and her agenda, and support this unproffessional thug of a representative...either way we have a realllllyyyy....big problem!!! It would be ...in the long run....cheaper for the taxpayers to have the teachers "re-apply" for their positions, and take the legal rammifications now...since there is no signed contract..we would not be in breach of very much (grand scale) then to sign, and come to terms with what they want. It is a hostage negotiation instead of a "fair contract" negotiation...Remember...it is the language of the long term contract...not so much the wage and benefit schedule...LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE...and the effort to control all aspects of the cirriculum, and who and how it is administered...this will be the complete control and downfall of this school district, and without any accountability. The board needs to be bold, and the hell with the "legal" implications...I would much rather pay that...to save the millions down the road..then be afraid and held hostage by the group now. Sidenote....
robert April 27, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Sidenote....It IS NOT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!!!... look at who the NFT is affiliated with.....
robert April 27, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Once the money is sucked dry from this district...we will be in shambles...and further down on the list then we are....what will the NFT do...shrug their shoulders and say..Oh well....but, the contract stays the same, and we sit here like fools...in our own sh@@....the AFL CIO...they laugh, and move on to another district, and victim...think about it...IT WILL HAPPEN...The Union is for the Union....money speaks for money...the devil for his own...
RJ April 28, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Robert, I understand the concern of having the money dry up. We have a ways to go before that happens. $10 million is currently in surplus and thank God we haven't had a tax increase in years. Not to panic.
feasterville resident April 28, 2012 at 02:23 PM
On this very web site it was reported that we are facing a $13million dollar deficit according to the school superintendent. He states that programs may be cut to narrow the deficit. What $0 million surplus are you talking about RJ? The children are being affected by Ms. Boyd's union tactics. They are the pawn in the game.
RJ April 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM
We currently have a $10 million ledger balance in our reserve account. That was stated by Mr. Webb himself. The $13 million that you speak of "feasterville resident" is the projected or anticipated deficit. I was merely stating that there is a ways to go before the projection is realized. On a more up beat note I have also found that the budgets rarely are extremly acurate. The financial statements I put together acually has column that compares actual to budget to show management if we are not on target and different areas that need to addressed.
Mike April 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The NFT won. Ms.Boyd is back in charge. Hooray. The only real losers here in this once great district are the students. The teachers have once again made their battle cry of GREED paramount over education. The teachers will no doubt strike again this year and maybe next year too. They no doubt will call for their fourth and “friendlier” Work to contract. Thus, once again proving the majority of NSD teachers will go to the furthest extremes to pad their pockets while proving all the while that they really do not understand the repercussions of a strike on children and their education. This is a sad day for Neshaminy School District residents. Start praying people, with this team leading again, there is nowhere to go but down.
Mike April 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
So RJ what are you saying, run the current NFT course until the district is bankrupt, then start a plan of action? If you are saying the budgets are rarely accurate, said deficit could actually be worse. Let's wait until we hit the brick wall before we check the brakes? On an upbeat note, Why is the NFT so set on arguing moneys and not once since this whole debacle started have I seen Louise Boyd or her team publicly explain how the education will improve for students. I guess it really is ALL about the money for the NFT. Sad
Tired of this crap! April 28, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I swear if the arbitrator takes there side there will BE HELL TO PAY!!! Still don't get why the taxpayers don't have a say in all this!!! It's just BULLCRAP!!!
feasterville resident April 28, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Parents and taxpayers need to join forces and stand behind the Neshaminy School Board. We will be our own Union for the good of students, Neshaminy School District, and the taxpayers. Unions were initialized to prevent abuse, now they are the ones who own the abuse especially the NFT. Everyone is entitled to a fair wage and benefits when warranted. But look at the statistics of Neshaminy District. The grades are plummeting. The wages and benefits are extremely fair. Tenure, retirement packages, the vast amount of health insurance paid by taxpayers, according to Bucks County Courier Times Ms. Boyd earns in excess of $500.00 a day based on 189 days and I am sure most teachers are around the same amount. What is fair for the children and the taxpayers. If the teachers are so unhappy like Ms. Boyd has stated, well then go elsewhere. She has stated that she works in horrendous terrible conditions. Goodbye..... The students deserve professionals. The taxpayers have been fair. Taxpayer's can not shoulder another tax increase. Stop the greed. Anyone would love to work a shortened year. Have off on holidays. Have off when it snows. Have a very generous retirement package. Have a very generous health care package. Have a generous salary. Have tenure. Have the option to have off the summer or work and make additional money. How many HAVES are enough.
former teacher April 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
RJ - are you referring to the district's surplus? I'm not sure of the accuracy of that number but you do realize the current proposed budget is in the red by $14 million? I think the time to be concerned has been here for a few years. We have some major financial issues pending. ($40 million in needed capital repairs, the PSERS problem just to name a few.
former teacher April 28, 2012 at 09:57 PM
RJ - let's use last year's budget and your comment. Last year the projected deficit was a negative $12 million. By law, the budget must be balanced. And so it was. Perhaps you think the story ends there and all was well? Maybe the board was just crying wolf? To balance the budget multiple programs were terminated (middle school foreign language and 10th grade phys ed), a number of teachers were laid off and to close the gap almost $3 million was taken from the district reserve. Again this coming year the budget will be balanced. So don't worry your head about a thing. Budgets are rarely extremely accurate. Of course at least 35 teachers will be laid off (according to Dr.Muenker's preliminary projections) and who knows how many students will be impacted by the $14 million short fall?
William April 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM
There is no $12 million surplus. That is a common tactic used by the union to confuse and mislead residents. We have a savings account, and like anyone else we keep that money in case of emergency. The state recommends a savings balance equal to a percentage of your annual operating budget, or in our case, about $8 million. Our savings balance is less than that. There is other money held in savings BUT it is allocated towards pending expenses such as PSERS or lost charter school reimbursements, so it's not sitting there waiting for the NFT to grab it. There was a time when this district had over $12 million in savings, and almost all of it was spent to offset the expense of the teachers' contract. Now that the board has built that savings back up to near-healthy levels, the NFT wants to do a money grab. So there is no "surplus" at this moment. Our unallocated savings balance is less than what the state recommends, and our annual expenses exceed our revenue. Don't fall for the NFT trickery. As their re-elected president has proven time after time, they're not above misleading the public.
Mike April 29, 2012 at 01:14 PM
RJ, I have to ask you, WHEN would you like to take action. Our children's test scores are plummeting. Our children are not being educated the same way as past children . Our teacher's are not teaching. Our current teacher’s have STOPPED teaching. They now give students ‘busy’ work for the last 10-15 minutes of class so that the teacher can plan the next days class. Our teacher's are acting like impish children, crying poor over worked under appreciated me while throwing a tantrum when they are not getting what they want. This IS NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY. Just ask a recent high school graduate how unprepared he/she was upon entering college, only to realize just how undereducated they really were. Neshaminy teachers have proven just how selfish they really are. Electing this leadership team has proven that their 'ENTITLEMENT' campaign has won. This election definitely showed, there is not a teacher in the district that can say that he or she is a’ Proud Neshaminy They proved that the majority of our NFT teacher’s really do not care about our children. NOT AT ALL. Otherwise, the NFT would be teaching the WHOLE class and proudly displaying an educational readjustment plan that would increase scores.4 more years of NFT gathering at the flag pole to sing Kumbya to boost NFT morale. 4 more years of teachers not doing anything more than just showing up in the classroom.4 more years of NFT members losing salary increases to prove a point. Who are the children?
William April 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I should also mention that aside to spending savings to offset the expense of this contract, prior to the last few years we have raised taxes greater than the rate of inflation. Also we've delayed building repairs (we have $40 million worth of repairs needed), we closed two buildings (Neshaminy Middle, Tawanka), and we've cut some programs (8th grade foreign language, 10th grade gym, 1 late bus run, midday kindergarten bus run). It's all of these things that have sustained us but it cannot continue, especially with a declining revenue base (taxes) and declining state/federal subsidies. And let's not forget about the pending PSERS crisis which, just for the teachers alone, will add an ADDITIONAL $67 million of tax burden to Neshaminy and PA tax payers over the next 10 years. But remember you don't have to worry about the PSERS crisis because Louise Boyd said it might not happen, and that we should take money the board has set aside for that crisis and instead give it to the NFT so we can maintain their high-priced contract. Anyone else see a problem with this picture?
robert April 30, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Next meeting we should bring placards that state "Help Wanted" Teachers....and list the items you mentioned...then have a sign -up table..with the new contract....I am sure the list would fill quickly.
feasterville resident April 30, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Job security should be rated by job performance just like everywhere else in the work force. Promoting excellence in education is foremost. This has not been shown in the Neshaminy School District. Our children are suffering from the greed from the colluded NFT. If and when another stike occurs we should put HELP WANTED signs out. If possible, do what was done to the air traffic controllers. Fire all of them and hire anew. This was done because of the perilous conditions at stake. We are facing the same for our children. We pay the teachers salaries then are given a lackluster performance. Don't we all want the best for our children? We all want our children to exceed what we have accomplished. I know for a fact that my education was far more superior than what my children have received by the Neshaminy School Teachers over the past several years. I can not afford to send my children to private schools. I already pay for their education via my school taxes. If there was a school voucher program, I would in a heart beat yank my children from Neshaminy. I want my children to exceed, ergo, my husband and I, or our parents make time during the week, including summer to have educational materials available to have our children at or above their grade level. This should have already been taught or given to our children by their teachers but it has not. Look at Neshaminy's performance? WHY teachers is this happening? Ms. Boyd, do you have an answer?
robert April 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
This was my whole premise. The language in the contract, which will determine the who , the how, and the when...and if certain cirriculum is implemented in the district. It is also a much more "global" problem as it ties directly into Union domination, which in turn will put forth Union agenda, which is in lockstep with the "propaganda" you see being put forward to slowly indoctrinate a whole generation of children. Little things like the slant on history, the absence of the Constitution, the renaming of holidays and traditions...ie The Winter Solstice Holiday....the infringement on your right as a parent to send snacks that you can afford, and are entitled to give your children....The whole Mother Earth reverance....reduce , resuse, recycle..( a subtle way to bring people on board with the Green Movement)....this does not come from the dept of education per se...it is the agenda put forth from the NEA, The AFL-CIO, and the other "parent " unions that want to sell this crap....The contract language and control..is where the problem lies....when Neshaminy drops to 1000 in the state, and you goe ask whats up....it will be like...oh welll....but, they still get paid, and we still have no say....pay attention...this is not a "local" issue..this has much bigger ramifications.
robert May 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The major reason that they won't fire is that they are afraid of the legal rammifications......and the point being???? So what, try something different, be "outrageous"...but, it will certainly get the point across.

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