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STOP PENNSBURY SCHOOL BOARD FROM OUTSOURCING AND RAISING TAXES!
  • Petitioned W. David Bowman

This petition was delivered to:

Asst. Superintendent
W. David Bowman
Pennsbury School Board
Howard Goldberg
Pennsbury School Board
Allan Weisel
Pennsbury School Board
Simon Campbell
Superintendent
Kevin J. McHugh
Pennsbury School Board
Gary Sanderson
Pennsbury School Board
Kathleen Zawacki@pennsbury.k12.pa.us
Pennsbury School Board
Chris Cridge
Pennsbury School Board
Steve Kosmorsky
Pennsbury School Board
John Palmer
Pennsbury School Board
Jacqueline Redner
Pennsbury School Board
Gregory Lucidi, Jr.
Pennsbury School Board
Wayne DeBlasio

STOP PENNSBURY SCHOOL BOARD FROM OUTSOURCING AND RAISING TAXES!

    1. Nikki Thompson
    2. Petition by

      Nikki Thompson

      Fairless Hills, PA

Members of the Pennsbury School Board have passed a motion to spend almost $20,000.00 to "research" outsourcing our school buses and drivers. As are many school districts in our state, Pennsbury is cash-strapped and needn't pay this large amount of money for a simple endeavor. All that the district would need to do is call other local school districts, such as Bristol Township or for that matter any school district that has outsourced services already. Many people have already done this and it has been found to be the truth that by Pennsbury having control over their support staff and transportation, our taxes are lower!! If we were to sub-contract our transportation, not only will you be paying higher taxes but over 200 of our friends, neighbors and relatives who currently drive our school buses and care about our children and their safety to and from school will be out of work.  That does not include the custodial, maintenance and other support staff that will be outsourced, just beginning with the bus drivers. This will only serve to distress our community's financial situation even more. IF YOU ARE AGAINST YOUR TAX MONEY BEING USED SO A BUSINESS WILL PROFIT FROM THIS READ ON AND SIGN THIS PETITION.
Please Make A Stand Against Outsourcing Pennsbury's School Bus Drivers.  Sign This Petition Supporting Our School District Keeping It's Transportation Department, Custodial and other Support Staff working for US!
Here are the facts: 
    * The proposed Support Personnel contract would be revenue neutral that would save the school district approximately $1.3 million dollars over the next two years. 
   
    * Pennsbury's transportation cost per student is already one of the lowest in Bucks County. 
   
    *Outsourcing any of our schools services will affect over 600 families in our community. These current Pennsbury employees will be forced to work for lower wages with little or no benefits, or even lose their jobs entirely.  These people are our friends and neighbors, and what happens to them will affect our entire community. 

    *Outsourcing will give away ANY and ALL control over the cost of services in our district. Once the decision is made to sell our bus fleet, it would be impossible to purchase them back, the cost would be too high. 

    *Mr. Simon Campbell, Vice-President of the Pennsbury School Board has publicly announced his hatred for all things union and that he would rather have the district burdened with higher costs than have the unions working in our district. 

By signing this petition, I am supporting our local Pennsbury School District Employees and the tax payers in the Pennsbury School District.  It is neither right nor moral that any school board should put their own agendas before the welfare of the community that they are serving.   I emplore the new  board members who begin their journey on December 5th, to do what is best for Pennsbury and all of the residents of the Pennsbury School District, as well as take into account what the wishes of those who pay taxes to the district are.  I DO NOT WANT TO PRIVATIZE ANY OF OUR SERVICES AT PENNSBURY!   Keep Our Tax Dollars NON-PROFIT!!!!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. First Student Safety Issues

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      This video shows how some of our school board members would like to send our children to school while we pay more money so a company can profit from our tax dollars. Please share this video with your friends and neighbors.

    2. Pennsbury is Accepting Outsourcing Bids BEFORE Study Information

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Simon Campbell announced at the last PSB meeting that bids for outsourcing will be accepted starting April 1st, 2012, BEFORE the study that our district has paid almost $20,000. for has been completed.
      After the study by the Keystone Research Center was released, Mr. Campbell's rush to outsource has become even more frenzied.
      We need to take a stand now and prove to our school board that outsourcing any school service is a waste of our taxpayer's resources.

    3. Privatizing School Transportation is More Expensive for Taxpayers

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      This front page story at Philly Burbs.com shows the truth about outsourcing. Please be sure to pass this article around.

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Keystone Research Center Study Says Outsourcing Costs More!

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Read the article located at the link below. Keystone Research Center is an independent organization created to help the economy of PA and its residents. This was a FREE study that was released on March 13, 2012. Our school board is spending almost $20,000.00 to hear the answer that they want to hear, rather than saving money for the districts tax payers. Please read this study and post it to your Facebook or twitter so that we can continue to spread the word about what Pennsbury's school board is wrong!

    6. Show Your Support at ALL PSB Meetings!! Wear a shirt that says "STOP OUTSOU

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Public comment at Pennsbury School Board Meetings has been limited to 3 minutes per speaker. I have also found that signs and banners are not allowed in the meeting room. They can stop us from bringing them in, but they cannot stop us from WEARING THEM!
      Please take a tee shirt, preferably brightly colored, and print the words "STOP PENNSBURY FROM OUTSOURCING JOBS" or another similar sentiment on it. This inexpensive idea will allow everyone to show their support for our cause and will be easily visible on the videos that are broadcast through cable.
      If you need help or have any other ideas, please feel free to let me know!
      Thanks
      Nikki T.

    7. Attend Pennsbury School Board Agenda Meetings

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      In my last update, I asked everyone to attend the regular school board meetings, whether we would be able to speak on the topic or not. It has been brought to my attention that YOU ARE ABLE TO SPEAK ON ANY TOPIC FOR 3 MINUTES AT AGENDA MEETINGS. The next agenda meeting will be held on MARCH 8th AT 8:00PM, FALLSINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
      We really need to SPEAK OUT and show the school board that we are adamantly opposed to their ideas. I look forward to meeting more of you at the next agenda meeting, and please feel free to email me with your thoughts and ideas about how we can continue to get this issue out to our community members. We need to work together to prevent this tragedy before it becomes a reality! As always, Thank You for your support!
      Nikki T.
      Nthompsonaco@comcast.net

      PS, The link below will give you a full schedule of all School Board Meetings.
      Don't forget to email your school board members to let them know that you DISAPPROVE of outsourcing any jPennsbury jobs!

    8. Please Show Your Support at ALL Pennsbury School Board Meetings

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! I am impressed that we have collected 829 signatures on this petition. Firstly, I would like to say THANK YOU, for spreading the word to your friends and neighbors. I would like to request that ALL of our supporters, including the drivers, maintenance and other staff whose jobs are in jeopardy, show your support in person at ALL school board meetings.
      If the outsourcing is not on the agenda, we may not be able to speak on the topic, but being there in numbers with our STOP PENNSBURY FROM OUTSOURCING SIGNS WILL SHOW THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT WE MEAN BUSINESS! The next board meeting will be held on THURSDAY MARCH 15th at 8:00pm. The agenda for this meeting will be decided on THURSDAY MARCH 8th, and should be made available online shortly afterward. PLEASE continue to pass this along to friends and neighbors. Let's show this board that we are serious and will not stand for our community to be ruined. I look forward to seeing you at Fallsington Elementary on Thurs. 3/15 8pm.

    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Facebook Page to help relay information as it happens

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Like our "Support Pennsbury's Drivers and Staff" facebook page to keep up on current information.

    11. More information on how Outsourcing Pennsbury's Services will affect you!

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Visit this new website, it will give you much more information about how Pennsbury School Boards decision about outsourcing ALL of their services will affect you and our community. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT more than ever. Not only is our transportation department at risk of being outsourced to a FOREIGN FOR PROFIT COMPANY that has been cited by many other school districts for missed stops, safety violations and more, but so are our custodians and maintenance staff. Yard signs are available so that you can show this school board that you support our community, and not their tea party ideals. PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR DISTRICT! THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS MADNESS IS TO BAND TOGETHER NOW, BEFORE PENNSBURY AND IT'S TAXPAYERS ARE HELD CAPTIVE BY THE PRIVATEERS THAT THIS SCHOOL BOARD IS TRYING TO FORCE UPON US.
      As always, THANK YOU for your support. Together we can make changes for the GOOD OF OUR DISTRICT, not just a personal vendetta.
      Nikki T.

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Changes in the Petition

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      In order to keep the petition relevant, (since the vote to research outsourcing has already been passed), I found it necessary to change the body of the petition. Please know that the goal is the same, to show the Pennsbury School Board that our community does not want bus services or any other service outsourced to a private company.
      Please continue to help by passing this petition to your friends and neighbors. Thank you again,
      Nikki T
      Nthompsonaco@comcast.net

    14. The Vote to Research Outsourcing has been APPROVED by the School Board

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      We can only hope that the company that has been hired to perform the research to outsource our school busses will drag their feet long enough for Simon Campbell and his puppet Chris Cridge to get voted off the board. Or, that they will be fair and honest and see that Pennsbury's transportation department has one of the LOWEST COSTS PER STUDENT in the entire county! The only way that we will truly be able to stave this off is to STAND TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY. Please keep informing our fellow community members about this issue, so that we can protect our entire community from the trap of outsourcing. Once our busses are outsourced, the door is open for all other "non-professional" positions as well.
      Thank You for your support!
      Nikki Thompson
      Nthompsonaco@comcast.net

    15. PLEASE ATTEND THE School Board Meeting THURSDAY 12/15 at 8PM Fallsington

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      We need as much physical support as possible at tomorrow night's board meeting. It will be held at 8pm at Fallsington Elementary School's Gymnasium. If we pack the room, it will really show that our community does not support even researching the possibility of outsourcing our school districts jobs. We are doing a wonderful job of having about 450 signatures as of today, please keep up the good work getting the word about this issue out to all of our community members.
      PLEASE ATTEND THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!
      FALLSINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
      THURSDAY DECEMBER 15th at 8pm.
      I will be there and be prepared to speak!

      Thanks again for all of your help!
      Nikki Thompson
      Nthompsonaco@comcast.net

    16. Vote Set To "Research" Outsourcing On December 15th.

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      With a date set for the vote on "Researching" Outsourcing our transportation department for December 15th. It is most important that we have your help NOW! Let's get as many signatures as possible for this petition.
      Please contact me if you need any help!
      Thank You,
      Nikki
      nthompsonaco@comcast.net

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Please help us obtain 1000 signatures.

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      We currently have over 200 signatures from people who are against Pennsbury's support staff and bus drivers being outsourced to a private company. I am sure that there are many other tax payers who would be willing to support our cause, if only they knew of this situation. We can easily meet our goal of 1000 signatures, but only with your help. Please be sure to share this petition with at least 5 friends, family members and neighbors. Explain what outsourcing means to our community and the taxes that they pay, or even why you are supporting this petition. We can only protect our community if we stand together to not allow personal agendas to influence our board members to make decisions that will be detrimental to our school district for generations to come.
      Thank You!
      Nikki

    19. Pennsbury School Board Meeting Audio 11/17/11

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Please listen to the audio of the school board meeting from 11/17/11. It is a great insight into the motives of both Mr. Campbell, current school board member and Mr. Chris Cridge school board member elect. I hope that listening to the public comment will inspire you to attend the 12/5/11 meeting as well as to help us obtain as many signatures as possible. This can only work if we band together as a community and take back our school district.

    20. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      The number of signatures we would like to have for this petition is now at 1000! Please help us get our message to the new school board that takes office on December 5th by...
      * Printing the petition letter and giving it to friends and neighbors
      * Emailing friends, relatives and neighbors a link to this petition, and giving them the reason you
      are supporting this effort.
      * Posting this link daily to your Facebook, twitter or other social media pages.
      * Contacting local media to let them know that you are supporting this Pennsbury School District bus drivers and support staff.
      WE CANT ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL WITHOUT YOUR HELP! I thought that 100 signatures would be a lot, please prove me wrong.
      Thank You for your support, it means a lot to the families of our school district.
      Nikki
      Nthompsonaco@comcast.net

    21. School Board Meeting 11/17/11

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      During the last meeting, current board president Gene Dolnick confirmed that there was a revenue neutral contract that had been negotiated and he was indeed threatened by litigation should that contract be brought to a vote. Mr. Simon Campbell was quite argumentative with Mr. Dolnick about the contract. Many people spoke in public comment supporting Pennsbury's support staff and bus drivers. Only one public comment was for reasearching outsourcing. Board Member Elect, Chris Cridge also spoke stating he was right on board with Mr. Campbell. I asked the the current board members and the elect board members listen to the public and do what is best for all of our district. PLEASE, continue to post this petition, print it out and give copies to friends and neighbors, we need to get word out to our community about this issue that was never a part of campaigns this year. WE NEED ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS SUPPORT! REPOST, PRINT and SAVE OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT!

    22. Reached 100 signatures
    23. Attend the School Board Meeting TONIGHT, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17, 8pm

      Nikki Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      The last meeting of our current school board will be held this evening at 8pm at Fallsington Elementary School. Having your support at this meeting is crucial to our cause. We need to pack the meeting room with our friends, neighbors and all Pennsbury tax payers to get our point across.
      There is a Senate Bill that Simon Campbell is quoting stating that a lame duck board should not decide important issues THIS IS ONLY A BILL IT IS NOT A LAW! All of our elected officials should have the RIGHT TO FINISH OUT THEIR ELECTED TERMS.
      Please remember to get all of your neighbors, friends and relatives to sign our petition. We have gone from 4 signatures to 85 in a little over 24 hours.
      THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! BE SURE TO EMAIL YOUR SUPPORT TO THE BOARD MEMBERS, SHARE THIS PETITION AND BE PRESENT AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT AT 8pm.
      SEE YOU THERE!

    24. Reached 50 signatures

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    • CHARLES BERNSTEIN BENSALEM, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      I

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    • JAN NYSTROM ELGIN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      IM A BUS DRIVER IN ILLINOIS AND THERE TRYING THE SAME THING. KEEP THE WORD GOING!

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    • Nancy Doyle YARDLEY, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I do not trust a for-profit company to look out for the best interest of my child and other children in the school district.

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    • Harry Prosser HARWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      would you mind signing my petition? i need to get it to a wider audience and this is the only way i can think of. i am posting a link to my petition to petitions to do with education asking them to sign. the link is http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/department-for-education-uk-remove-mr-mountford-from-headship-at-the-harwich-and-dovercourt-highschool-2 many thanks

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    • Nancy Tickel LANGHORNE, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a retired Pennsbury elememtary teacher with three granddaughter's still attending Pennsbury. I throughly agree with the petition.

      I am really concerned with the recent changes in Pennsbuty, especially the large class sizes which we worked successfully to change during my tenure.

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