A fair and reasonable contract for all
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Public school education is the most accessible, diverse form of education. Ambridge Area School District celebrates both of those attributes and extends the benefits of a public education to the greatest number of students possible. Our best teachers share this belief and support our mission.
We value our teachers tremendously, but we must acknowledge difficult financial realities of the District. Enrollment is declining, our tax base is flat, and health care and retirement costs are soaring. We’ve kept teacher staffing levels constant and compensated teachers fairly and competitively. Our taxpayers pay the highest millage rate in Beaver County – 75.86 – and we must ensure the District operates within its financial means.
Not everyone shares this viewpoint. The Ambridge Area Education Association has called a strike for Dec. 13, which would disrupt learning for 2,500 students and place undue hardship upon families. The four-year contract expired June 30, 2015, and the District has bargained with a spirit of collaboration and a goal of financial discipline. Key issues of dispute are wages, health care benefits, and retirement incentives. These threaten to significantly impact the District’s already overstressed budget.
We value student learning tremendously and are disappointed that teachers intend to walk off the job. Tell the union you cannot afford its unreasonable demands. Support the District’s call for a financially responsible contract.
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