WHY we chose Cheltenham

WHY we chose Cheltenham

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MaryJo Soldacki started this petition to Cheltenham School Board and

Our Cheltenham community

Why We Chose Cheltenham…

We, the undersigned residents of the Cheltenham School District, are calling on our elected School Board members to retain CLASP and custodial services as District jobs and reject the proposed privatization plan.

We have chosen Cheltenham for the vision and values the School District. Those values include inspiring students to “develop principled and knowledgeable responses to the local, national, and global challenges of the 21st century,” https://www.cheltenham.org/Page/2388 We believe these values are not upheld in the plan to privatize union labor.

  •  Students benefit from the continuity of a staff who are employed by our District and earn union wages and a PSERS pension. 
  •  CLASP families are very satisfied with the before- and after-school program, which also generates revenue for the District. The surplus for 2018-2019 exceeded $300,000.  
  •  This  privatization proposal will bring hidden costs, such as potential pension liabilities. Snow removal is also absent from the custodial proposals. The District currently provides safe and efficient snow removal, crucial in getting CSD up and running and parents back to work.
  •    A majority (63%) of the workers affected by the outsourcing plan in CLASP & custodial positions are Black, and 71% are people of color. At a time when all of us, including the School District, are publicly committing to overcoming racial injustice, eliminating jobs that disproportionately affect Black members of our school community cannot be tolerated.
  • CSD has adopted the phrase, “We’re all in this together” during the COVID pandemic. Subcontracting would result in firing custodial workers who have been among the essential workers reporting to buildings during the school closure.

As Cheltenham residents, we are calling on the School Board members to act in accordance with these stated values. Show our students that visions and slogans are more than words; they guide the decisions you make as leaders of our school community.

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