UCF teacher deal is something everyone can live with

But it does highlight need to fix funding formula, charter abuses By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The deal agreed to by the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and its teachers union earlier this month isn’t perfect, but it is a deal the teachers and the greater community can live with. Salaries will increase 2.79% annually over the term of the pact — above the likely Act I index, but...

UCF board, teachers approve factfinders’ report

OK means 4-year contract runs through 2018-19 school year By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Board of Education discusses the factfinders report during Tuesday’s special board meeting. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and its teachers both have accepted the recommendations of the state-appointed fact finder for a new...

UCFSD, teachers head to fact finding, Aug. 25

32 new teachers hired, buildings readied for start of school year By Karen Cresta, Staff Writer, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH – Unionville Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD) Board President Vic Dupuis began Monday night’s regular meeting by announcing a Fact Finding Hearing for teacher contract negotiations will be held on Tuesday, August 25, as 32 new teachers begin their three-day induction...

UCFSD to seek fact finding in teacher contract talks

Teachers union agrees it also wants third-party look at issues By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and its teachers have, in effect, agreed to disagree over their ongoing negotiations for a new contract, with both sides seeking a Fact-Finding report, as the two sides remain apart on salary and benefit issues. The teachers’ contract expired June 30. While...

Residents argue for teacher pay hikes at UCF Board meeting

UHS principal appointed; retirees, Citadel Heart of Learning nominee honored By Karen Cresta, Correspondent, The Times POCOPSON – After the new principal for Unionville High School (UHS), Jim Conley, was appointed, applauded and approved for a salary of $142,290, and the six retirees and a nominee for the Citadel Heart of Learning honored, residents stepped up to the microphone at the Unionville...

Letter: What does Keith Knauss really want?

To The Editor, In a recent Unionville Chadds-Ford Board meeting, Director Keith Knauss advocated for stalling the negotiations process so that the contract with UCF teachers expires and goes into status quo. Watch the video of Mr. Knauss’s comments here. By entering status quo, the teachers would not receive any salary increases thereby, in Mr. Knauss’s mind, save the District money.  At the...

Teachers’ union hits school board over negotiations briefing

Board honors retirees including UHS principal  By Karen Cresta, Correspondent, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH – Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Association President Scott Broomall responded with anger during the public comment portion of Monday night Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Education meeting, over his surprise at the board’s decision to go public early in the process to negotiate a...

Letter: Going backwards in Unionville-Chadds Ford?

To The Editor, Unionville-Chadds ford High School is ranked seventh in Pennsylvania and is a top 500 school nationally, according to US News and World Report.  More than 50% of UCF students take AP courses and more than 92% of students score proficient on benchmark exams.  If parents are looking for a place to settle down and raise their kids, you can’t go wrong with UCFSD. Look at the School...

UCF budget OK’d; new teacher deal likely to be ratified next week

Budget calls for 2.01% balanced tax hike; new teacher pact increases costs by 2.19% per year By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST MARLBOROUGH — The final shape and form the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District 2013-14 budget took one step closer to becoming clear when the Board of Education voted 7-1 to give preliminary approval to a budget that would increase taxes by a 2.01% on average. Meanwhile,...

Teacher contract talks halted until January

Attempts for a one-year extension of current deal stymied by gap between proposals By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com POCOPSON — Any hopes for an early contract extension for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and its teachers appear to have been dashed and further talks between the two sides are expected to halt until January, 2013. While representatives from the district —...