Just two days after passing a 2012-13 budget that laid off more than 200 employees, the Reading School District is looking to hire – and the teachers union isn’t very happy about it.
Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States Public School Districts (Photo credit: Wikipediaust two days after passing a 2012-13 budget that laid off more than 200 employees, the Reading School District is looking to hire – and the teachers union isn’t very happy about it.
In an email sent to staff Friday, the district announced that it is looking to fill 14 administrative positions. Some are existing positions currently vacant, while others are new.
But despite appearances, district officials said, the district is not opening up its budget to create new positions.
Calling the job listings a wish list for newly hired superintendent Dr. Carlinda Purcell, school board President Yvonne L. Stroman said only seven or eight of the positions will likely be filled when school begins this fall. Stroman said only positions included in the district’s $220 million budget – such as director of secondary education and director of special education – will be filled.
The largest teacher’s union in Pennsylvania is urging its members to consider Governor Corbett’s proposal that teachers take a one-year wage freeze to help plug the Commonwealth’s $5 billion budget deficit. The PSEA suggested that other cost-saving measures be considered, in addition to the wage freeze.
While the union is fighting the massive education cuts in the governor’s proposed budget, I applaud their effort to make this sacrifice.
We are facing very difficult times. Everybody will have to make sacrifices to help Pennsylvania climb out of this chasm. Many companies are not giving raises to their employees due to the recession. This is nothing new for most Pennsylvania residents.