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Bedford Inquirer (Newspaper) - May 14, 1971, Bedford, Pennsylvania
Shofar for established 158th 45 Bedford Everett May 1971 teacher strike Bedford area teachers voted overwhelmingly saturday morning to accept a 7point economic but to continue a strike which begins its second week this All schools in Bedford and the surrounding normally serving were to remain the teachers said they were waiting for a demonstration of sincerity on the part of the Board in discussing non teaching duties and other the vote to continue the school to june 8 already strike was it appeared the which seemed near settlement As the weekend had worsened con the school Board met with the teacher negotiators and without their paid negotiator for Over three hours Friday and produced a package to be taken to the teachers saturday the which was tentatively accepted 7v4hour work Day for teachers in All buildings cafeteria duty for no Hope for school reopening unless the Bedford area school Board would attempt to Institute emergency none of the elementary schools will re open before the end of the that conclusion was Clear following clarification of an earlier quote by elementary supervisor Chris in order for any one of our schools to Stoner we must have certified teachers in each these must be regular or regular sub he Stoner said a number of parents had volunteered to Man classrooms in order to reopen the it is possible to obtain emergency state certificates for College he but the school Board has not decided to follow this Stoner explained that regular substitutes Are certified by the state and have substituted on a regular basis in the school he said two regular substitutes had been available for duty at Cumberland along with four regular teachers they know the the materials and have been Able to take Over where the regular teachers left off and continue to function Stoner said head teacher Byron Black went through his list of regular substitutes at Colerain and was unable to provide we had no Choice but to close the Stoner concluded several teacher pickets remained outside the building Everett names committee to form ambulance group Herb Gump has been selected chairman of a temporary committee to investigate possibilities of providing ambulance service for the Everet Breezewood the action came at a special meeting wednesday night called to initiate action toward filling a void that will occur july 1 when funeral directors with one exception quit the ambulance the committee planned to attend thursday nights county wide ambulance meeting in Bedford and scheduled another meeting of its own for 8 next Gump appointed representatives from each of several organizations to serve on the the appointments Everett Charles James Howser and Herb Gump Everett Gerald Clark and Howard Hinish Everett Vernon Dixon and Don Bussard Everett William Perm and Randy Grubb Everett James Shaut and John Buchanan Breezewood Wayne Salkeld and Dale Mearkle Breezewood Leonard Gilpin and Derril those attending the meeting expressed a desire to cooperate with any single ambulance service that might be organized As the result of the meeting in Gump the group should be prepared to organize on its if at the meeting next who is president of Everett outlined operational details of the Mutual Aid ambulance service that serves Green it has six paid employees including director Ken mock and consists of four rates Are per family and per individual within a five mile radius and service is to any of four the service now has an All time High of other discussion wednesday included what area a service with Headquarters in Everett might a delegation of Chaneysville firemen said their that recently purchased a 1963 Cadillac now serves Monroe and Southampton it Means the Everett ser vice would serve East and West Providence townships and Snake Spring township to the democrats fire 30 More workers the changing of the political guard continued at the Bedford Highway shed this week As 30 More employees were scheduled to join the 71 dismissed last the 30 put in their final Day on the Job and 18 of their colleges will follow superintendent Wilson Martz said All 48 will be almost in applications having already been accepted for the asked if the firings were politically he replied they were due to a term of employed by Shapps the group departing today includes nine two automotive three Semi skilled and 16 operators truck Martz among those to be ousted wednesday Are four eight two automotive two Auto one storekeeper and one automotive equipment asked about the 71 labourers fired Martz said his quota had been pared from a total of 92 to some 19 All remain from the earlier about 25 have been hired since the he while mothers tried to Force the school to reopen wednesday dozens of copies of the original teacher proposals were picked up at the Bedford Gazette several remained the education association said they had received no official word from the Board concerning a resumption of the group has been meeting daily since the strike teachers working on proposals and gathering they said the negotiating committee has not talked with any Board members and the Board has to contacted any the Overall picture could be labelled the end of presuming the strike will stretch Well into school had been scheduled to close june with two Snow Days added to the Normal As of this four school Days have been with no Hope of an end to the teacher and school extended to at least june 8 monday counted As a Day of the Bedford minister rim spoke for Many when it issued a statement thursday at the monthly meeting of the Bedford minister rim held this May a deep concern was expressed concerning the present school strike As pastors of this we do not stand in judgment of either Side in this we do wish to offer our encouragement to both the school Board and the teachers to the effect that there be an end to the communications Gap which so obviously it is our Hope and prayer that both sides will make every Effort to initiate meaningful negotiations and Settle this dispute As quickly As we ask that personal prejudices on the part of All involved be Laid aside in order that Community May have its needs neither party can escape the criticism and the disgrace which the strike has but both parties May seek the congratulatory compliments which the end of the strike will bring the Bedford minister rim 5 on teachers in any buildings Days of teacher plus two paid i service Days retirement plan based on unused sick of Blue Cross and Blue up to term life insurance policy for each paid for by the across Leboard the Board had held out for a 182day term coupled with a the teachers agreed to a Compromise 180day work with the two i service Days providing to equal the original teacher leaders accepted the package Only reluctantly although the school Board Felt it had provided what the negotiators it appeared that hinge on which the end of a strike would swing is the boards willingness to actually begin discussions on what teachers consider the vital non economic school president Charles sides said he would have no comment on the teachers except to express his sides said David Obrien and William Gorman had called him saturday to convey the information and to read the motion to there was no scheduled meeting of the although one teacher its up to it was apparent the school Board was not yet sure what was up to the teacher negotiators could not be reached sunday and Board president sides was unwilling to comment until he had a Chance to study the rain blamed for two crashes on Turnpike in area rain triggered two single vehicle accidents on the Turnpike during the Early morning hours but neither Driver was in the most serious occurred at when a tractor trailer loaded with steel pipe went out of control on a curve exiting the East Portal of Allegheny the driven by Graham of struck an crossed the eastbound striking the medial and Over turned along the state police damage was estimated at Gervase was uninjured when his Auto spun on the wet Roadway and struck guard rails and a Bridge abutment near the Everett state police Barracks at damage was set at
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