Teachers hope to conclude bargaining

JOHNSONBURG – About 25 concerned Johnsonburg Area School District teachers attended Thursday night's board of education meeting asking the district to conclude a bargaining process that first began in January of 2010.Teachers Lisa Gustafson and Jesse Schreiber, both proud members of the Johsonburg Area Education Association [JAEA], made statements prior to the regular meeting."Together the teachers, administrators, parents, residents and you - the members of the school board are an educational team," Schreiber said. "We are one for our children and our public schools and we must remain united in moving our district forward together."According to Schreiber, the JAEA represents 65 members who teach more than 600 children who attend public schools as well as having taught thousands of students in the past."We are very fortunate in Johnsonburg to have a strong educational program that provides our children with a quality and dynamic public education," Gustafson said. "Our public schools are the backbone to our community. Strong public schools build strong communities. Since the inception of the state standardized PSSA tests, our district is the only one in Elk County that has made adequate yearly progress [AYP] every year. This is an achievement that everyone in our community can be proud of."Schreiber reminded the board that Gov. Tom Corbett announced his budget for next year and that they [the district] are facing "challenging times."Pick up a copy of the Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.