Police called as board approves teachers contract

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WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- Teachers in a Mercer County school district have a new six-year contract, although the school board president called police when a dissenting board member and some citizens objected.

West Middlesex School Board president Dale Shrawder called township police from his cell phone as fellow board member Thomas Hubert objected to the deal. Hubert was one of two school board members to oppose the contract which passed 5-2 on Monday night, with two other board members absent.

Township police arrived as Mr. Hubert persisted in questioning claims by the other board members that the contract with the district's 88 teachers would save the district money. The deal includes a first-year wage freeze followed by raises averaging about 2.6 percent annually.

Mr. Hubert wasn't arrested and went home after conferring with police, telling The (Sharon) Herald the contract will "bankrupt" the district.


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