On February 8, 2021 in an 8-0-1 vote, the Spring-Ford Board of School Directors voted to approve the three-year Professional Agreement between the Spring-Ford Area School District (SFASD) and the Spring-Ford Education Association (SFEA). Noteworthy changes within the new contract including:
- A three-year agreement with a step freeze in the first year, professional staff will see step movement in the second and third years.
- An average increase of less than 3.34% a year over the next three years. This increase includes salary, health care benefits, and PSERS retirement benefits.
- The three-year Professional Agreement between the Spring-Ford Area School District and the Spring-Ford Education Association will cover the 2021-2022 through 2023-2024 school years.
Spring-Ford Area School District Assistant Superintendent, Robert Rizzo said, “I would like to thank all those involved in the negotiation process, in particular, the lead negotiators and their committee for both the School Board and the SFEA. Thanks to their desire to work together, we’ve been able to reach an agreement during these difficult times. This helps us move forward as we continue to plan for upcoming years.”
Tom DiBello, longtime Board Member and Lead Negotiator shared the following statement, “During these extremely difficult times we were able to have important, respectful and meaningful negotiations with the SFEA. We have amazing teachers who have been going beyond the call of duty trying their best to provide the best education possible for our students. I'm thrilled to been able to lead negotiations for the district along with Zach Laurie SFEA Lead negotiator, he and his team were professional, realistic and understanding, it truly was a pleasure to get to an agreement in a timely manner. I also want to thank Jim Fink, CFO, and Beth Leiss, Director of Human Resources, for their efforts working through the numbers and contract language. Also, I want to thank Colleen (Zasowski) and Linda (Fazzini) for their supporting efforts and input. It truly was a team effort.”
Colleen Zasowski, School Board President shared the following statement, “During unprecedented times, I am appreciative of the collaborative efforts of the SFEA negotiating team along with members of the SF administration and the Board's Personnel Committee. The respectful and productive negotiations will continue to move our district forward and build the trust needed to continue to grow positive energy at Spring-Ford. Thank you to all of our incredible teachers who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. And thank you especially to SFEA's lead negotiator, Zach Laurie, and to the Chair of the Personnel Committee, Tom DiBello. From the onset, they set the stage to work together to come to a mutually acceptable agreement.”
Zach Laurie, Lead Negotiator from the Spring-Ford Education Association (SFEA) shared the following statement, “Sometimes when districts and associations negotiate a contract, it can be a long, difficult, and damaging process that leaves both sides demoralized in the end. I am proud to say that Spring-Ford did not fall into that too common pattern seen at many districts. Through open dialogue and a collaborative approach, we were able to work together to craft an agreement that is fair to all stakeholders in the Spring-Ford community. Thank you to Tom (DiBello), Colleen (Zasowsi), and Linda (Fazzini), as well as the SFEA negotiations committee for working tirelessly on this effort. Also, thank you to Beth Leiss, Director of Human Resources, and Jim Fink, CFO, for their efforts in this process. SFEA looks forward to building upon this positive momentum with the school board to continue advancing our district and providing a top-tier educational experience for all Spring-Ford students and families.”
Jackie Ritter, Spring-Ford Education Association (SFEA) President shared the following statement, “This school year has presented several challenges, but our members have continued to work incredibly hard to successfully support our students across multiple learning environments. We appreciate the Board’s recognition of these efforts through their willingness to collaborate with us to come to this fair agreement. I am grateful for the partnership of the School Board Personnel Committee, the SFEA Negotiation Committee, and the Spring-Ford Administration to allow for a negotiation process conducted with the best interest of all Spring-Ford Area School District stakeholders in mind.”