During Thursday night's negotiation session, the Neshaminy School Board offered the Neshaminy Federation an alternative proposal that the board is calling a "game changing offer."
The school board suggested using Council Rock's collective bargaining agreeement in its entirety as a framework for ending the district's 5-year long contract impasse, school board President Ritchie Webb said.
According to Webb, Council Rock is similar in size and economic scope as Neshaminy, but has "consistently outperformed our district in key measures of success such as PSSA scores."
"We believe that offering a parity contract with a district that has superior results show our desires to invest in our teachers," he stated.
Webb said that this is "by far the best possible deal" the school board can offer the NFT and he hopes that union leaders and certified staff will give the offer "careful consideration" because it is a one-time offer.
"If not accepted, it comes off the table and we go back to square one," Webb stated.
Both sides' 50th negotiation session was attended by William Gross, Director of the PA Bureau of Mediation along with state mediator John Cairns.
According to NFT President Louise Boyd, Gross conducted lengthy separate meetings with both parties during which he "thoroughly reviewed both parties’ differing perspectives on the history of the protracted negotiations and the myriad issues underlying the dispute that is now entering its fifth straight year."
Both sides discussed with Gross a variety of possible strategies to reach a settlement.