Today statements were made by the REA on their Facebook page that are entirely untrue. The REA posted that paving contractors refused to cross the picket line because we owed them over $800,000. They further stated that $93,000 of asphalt was wasted because it was delivered and couldn't be utilized because of the stoppage and when they refused to work, we "produced the money". They also make inflammatory statements indicating we could have hired three teachers for the amount of asphalt wasted and how we could produce money to resolve this but not pay the teachers.
These statements are entirely false. They reflect complete ignorance of the facts or are a deliberate attempt to disparage and bully the administration. We are up to date with payments to all of our contractors. The paving company is a subcontractor of our general contractor. We do not pay the paving company directly and did not "produce" any money to resolve this issue. It was resolved between the General Contractor and their subcontractor. Additionally, this issue had nothing to do with not crossing the picket line in support of the teachers strike. Finally, there is no wasted asphalt.
I assure you that the board and administration is working very hard to arrive at an equitable and fair contract for our teachers. We value them and what they do. However, any contract must also be fair to our taxpayers. This contract must be fiscally responsible and signed with an expectation that there are sustainable revenues to meet this obligation.
The Ringgold School District is closed Wednesday, October 18, 2017 until further notice due to the teacher work stoppage. Students who attend the MVCTC should still attend classes at the Career/Tech Center. Bus schedule information will be posted to the district website.
Transportation will continue for Special Education / Alternative Education students who attend schools outside the district.
Further updates will be made through the district website, Ringgold Facebook page, and One Call System.
Penn Dot has informed the RSD that beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017, road paving near the intersection of Routes 88 & 837 will begin. This project will include the Alexander Avenue entrance to RESS. During this time, traffic on Alexander Avenue will be limited to one lane; therefore, it will not be used as an exit from the school property. ALL RESS TRAFFIC WILL NEED TO EXIT THE CAMPUS VIA PENN AVENUE TO ROUTE 837
Our school district is taking part in the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th (October 18, 2017), 8th (October 19, 2017), 10th (November 14, 2017), and 12th (November 15, 2017) grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.
The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete. If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to Dr. Lenni Nedley in writing and submit it to your child’s school counselor.
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