Voluntary Fleetwood Faculty Pay Freeze Seems Imminent

Posted on May 11, 2011 by

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It’s no secret that Fleetwood’s students are less than excited about the upcoming school year. In fact, the only individuals even less excited may be the teachers.

The 2011-2012 school year is looking fairly grim as a result of the abundance of cuts for programs, sports, and clubs due to Governor Corbett’s tentative state budget. The unfortunate fact that some teachers are losing approximately $15,000 as a result of the pay freeze is looming over the heads of the staff. But is all this potential misery justified?

According to Fleetwood Education Association Union president Joann DeCesar, “A pay freeze occurs when salaries are exactly the same next year or in future years as they are in this current year. Although a pay freeze can help to solve immediate financial concerns, it won’t correct underlying or long-term problems.”

For those unaware of the potential budget shortfall for the upcoming school year, current projections place the Fleetwood Area School District approximately $1,900,000 below last year’s funding. A pay freeze amongst all faculty would account for about $800,000, which accounts for around 40% of the deficit for the 2011-2012 school year. A pay freeze can be offered by the employees of a company or organization to help keep said company or organization afloat.

“Sometimes the freeze is voluntary on the part of an employees trying to save a company or public programs, and other times it may be mandated by the employer, public or private. The terms of voluntary pay freezes are worked out through the cooperation of both parties involved,” said DeCesar.

All in all, a pay freeze is an unfortunate, but most likely necessary, solution to the larger-than-life shortfall faced by Fleetwood. School board members are expected to vote on the lastest pay freeze proposal offered by the teachers’ union on May 17th.

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