Upper Merion school reach deal with food staff

UPPER MERION — Upper Merion School District and food service staff have entered into a new one-year collective bargaining agreement, Superintendent Melissa Jamula said last week.

The agreement includes no salary increase for food service employees in the 2011-12 academic year, Jamula said at the school board meeting Aug. 1.

Board members voted to approve a payment of $421,000 over two years to Macy’s. Macy appealed its real estate assessment and will be reimbursed from district coffers.

Also approved at the meeting was the Upper Merion Area Virtual Academy, a cyber school for students in grades 6 through 12. School officials said the move will save the district 30 percent.

A proposal to hire an outside security company for athletic events was also accepted.

Resident Fietta Glaunier-Sherlock questioned several items, including a $5,000 cost for training for food service staff and a redesign of new kitchen/cafeteria operation.

Resident Brian Monahan addressed the board, calling the bus stop in the area of Ford Street in Bridgeport a dangerous situation.

Monahan said he had emailed district officials about the safety issue and was told that “time and money” were the reasons the route could not altered.

He said he had seen a crossing guard in the afternoon but not in the morning and chastised the board saying none of them would allow his or her children to cross that road.

Board members responded that it is up to the police to declare it unsafe, however board President Dennis Morello agreed to look into the matter.

Jamula also said she is seeking volunteers for the Wall of Fame Selection Committee. Any resident or staff interested in serving should forward written communication to her via email (mjamula@umasd.org) or mail or hand deliver at the district office.

Skrocki also said that Aug. 31 is the last day for taxpayers to receive a 2 percent discount on their school tax bill.

In other business, Upper Merion School Board awarded a scholarship to Shawn Miscioscia, a 2011 graduate heading to Bloomsburg University. This award is presented to a student who is planning to enter the field of education.

Applicants were asked to write an essay about a teacher who has most impacted their lives. The teacher Miscioscia honored was Jen Rieger, a high school English teacher and a coordinator of Community of Caring homerooms.

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