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Johnstown school district releases details on raises

Eight administrators each receiving $1,700 boost in pay

January 25, 2014

JOHNSTOWN — One week after the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved raises totaling $13,600 for district administrators, the district has made details about the raises public....

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Jan-26-14 6:27 PM

Just to verify my statements since I seem to have upset you- I emailed district clerks at two schools to ask when was the last time they voted in public session for a raises that were kept secret. I have also looked at their websites to see board minutes and they all have the amounts spelled out in the minutes. A friend of mine is an officer of a teachers' union and he gets the agenda ahead of time with the figures listed out. Discussions are suppose to be done in executive session prior to the vote. The violations of private meetings taking place is what is the norm. Taxpayers bring it up all the time but they are never penalized so it won't stop. Your point about the Schumer meeting has nothing to do with Johnstown School board voting in public on raises and refusing to give out the figures.The public was there but kept in the dark. In the Schumer meeting they were told they were not allowed into the meeting which is the violation. Any action taken has to be done in public session.

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Jan-26-14 10:39 AM

Taxed, you don't pay attention then. It is the norm, and maybe you don't hear because maybe boards don't get called on these "violations" as often as they should.

Wasn't it just a couple of days ago when Schumer's meeting with Montgomery County officials turned into a violation because there was a quorum present?

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Jan-26-14 8:53 AM

Beatty not only doesn't deserve a raise, he should be fired. He could not get a job at 7-11 in the private sector. He is a bully, a liar and woefully incompetent.

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Jan-25-14 1:06 PM

The norm where? This is the first time I have read about a board approving raises in public session that could not be released. The public outcry over this tells me this is not the norm. I know how negotiations work but this was a board approving the raises.That means the administrators and the boe already knew in advance this was agreed upon. You can buy their story but I am not.

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Jan-25-14 10:29 AM

Taxed2, it may be BS, but that's the norm. Something is brought up in negotiations (which doesn't include the entire board, just a member or 2, or the entire union membership), it seems agreeable to both sides, but both memberships have to vote and approve. Once that's done, both the Board President and the Union President sign the agreement, then it's released pubically. Violations of the Open Meetings Law are a moot point really, since there's no substantive penalty for doing so - explains why governing bodies seem to violate them on a consistent basis.

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Jan-25-14 9:15 AM

I would to see the same TOKEN on my tax bill. To the minus side instead of the plus side.

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Jan-25-14 7:01 AM

The board would not or should not have voted on something in public if it wasn't set in stone and "official" ..this is bs and just trying to pull the wool over the taxpayers eyes. When are these board members going to realize the taxpayers are not as dumb as the board thinks they are? Extended the administrators hours?? They can't leave at 3:00 they have to stay until 3:30? Please share the time increase.

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