Moon Area School District Publishes Teachers Contract

The complete details of the agreement, reached in June, had not been previously released to the public.

The has posted the full details of the employment contract reached earlier this year with its teachers union.

The district has uploaded a 90-page PDF of the Moon Area Education Association contract, which readers can view on its website or by clicking the media in this article.

The Moon Area School Board approved the five-year at its June 27 meeting, ending a yearlong contract impasse between the district and teachers union.

Nearly 300 teachers, school nurses and counselors ratified the agreement in a June 28 vote. Union leaders said the contract was approved “overwhelmingly but not unanimously.”

District spokeswoman Megan Edwards said the contract was updated on the website earlier this week. The full details of the contract had not been previously released to the public.

Under the terms of the contract, which expires in June 2015, teachers increased the amount of their contributions to health care premiums and switched from a PPO to an HMO. The contract also called for a wage freeze in the first year of the agreement with percentage wage increases in the remaining years of the contract.

The district also uploaded the complete details of the contract school board members Sept. 13 for school administrators.

Earlier this week, the school board  a renewed employment agreement with Superintendent Donna Milanovich. The document has not yet been published on the district’s website.

School Board members approved Milanovich’s contract in a 9 to 3 vote without disclosing whose contract was being considered. The contract was passed as a personnel item.

Edwards said the district did not yet have a copy of the contract in its possession. She said terms of the contract have not changed from Milanovich’s previous agreement with Moon Area. Patch has submitted a to view the document.

Milanovich's current contract expires June 30, 2012.

Check back with Patch for more updates. 

Bob Winters November 22, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Taxed Out you must have just moved into the district because you comments show you have NO history with the district. First the yellow team stated that they were citizens not politicians. Second if you followed the building project as I have no one stated that the building could not be renovated. It was stated to correct the building it need an overhaul. The students and staff could not be in the building during these improvements. There were many more reasons. Lastly previously we had the board of wasters. Canceled project costing taxpayers over 10 million. If this project was not canceled we would have the high campus completed by now. Get the facts before you start to bad mouth.
Taxed OUT November 22, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Well again Bob, no--I have been living in this district since 1995, maybe not as long as you have, but long enough to see and recognize serious fiscal mismangement of funds--TAX PAYERS FUNDS! And yes, it was stated from the original proposal that renovating the High School would cost more than to build a new High School. As far as accomodating students/teachers during renovation of the old high school, there were options. They could have utilized some of the elementary schools in the afternoons to conduct high school classes...it's called split sessions, many other communites have done this elsewhere and with complete success. But of course, from your statements, it appears that you are "living in the dark ages" as you like to call it and closeminded to persuing other fiscally responsible methods. Let me guess, you worked in the steel mills--see what closemindiness did to that industy. So I say to you Mr. Winters, Get the facts before you start to bad mouth.
lynn November 22, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Taxed out, please reread my post. I stated that the contract, with the switch to a lower cost HMO, and the switch to teachers paying a percentage of premium with no cap, as oppossed to the former fixed dollar payment is a step in the right direction with more neding to be done. Of course the teachers should be paying more than $50 per month, and they will under this contract. Please don't let your hatred blind you to the truth.
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Hey Taxed Out, I have patiently and objectively read your rude rants today and have concluded that you have no idea what you are talking about. You may have been living in Moon since 1995, but you are confused in your facts. It sounds like instead of be objective, you are following the sound bites of misinformation that is prevalent in our community. You seem angry. Please stop violating the terms of this website by being rude. You really have no right to call anyone an "idiot". You can disagree, but try doing it in a way that can get people on your side. To me, you lost my respect in anything you tried to say. I'm trying to understand the concept of "serious mismanagement of funds." Moon needed new schools. They cost money. We had to borrow the money to build the schools. Borrowing money to buy a house and paying back the money is not serious mismanagement of funds. Thousands of Moon residents have mortgages on their houses. The old schools today were funded by bonds taken out by MASD and paid back. How else would you want to pay for these schools? Oh, let me guess...you don't have any school aged children. So you don't care.
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lynn November 22, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Thank you Jenna, for pointing this out. There is no need for anyone to resort to name-calling and bullying just because someone else has a different opinion. Calling people idiots has no place in a civil, intelligent discussion.
Taxed OUT November 22, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Photoshop, apparently the term "idiot" offended you and for that I apologize. Moon only has 3,700 students K-12 respectively; to me, with a student census this low--doesn't warrant an 80 million dollar highschool. It's not like Moon Township, is this progressively growing area where "everyone" wants to move into the community. Pretty soon, overspending on projects that aren't warranted will actually cause people to seek out other areas to live because of the ridiculous school taxes that are already to high. That is what the previous board was on the road to accomplishing, taxing people right out of the community which would eventually lower home values. And to Lynn, the "yellow" team as you like to call it, haven't even taken office, before accusing them of "hatred and misinformation" give them their chance to make things right and then and only after they have had a sufficent amount of time to start implementing changes, you can state your opinion positive or negative. And Photoshop, I do have school age children, but for the high cost of education in this community (in respect to school taxes) have TEACHERS (supposedly to also be role models) being able to strike at will, doesn't set well with me.....especially when you have gym teachers making 88,000.00 plus and librarians in an elementary school making 95,000.00 plus. I have the right to be angry.
lynn November 22, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Taxed out, my opinion of the yellow team is based on how they ran their campaign. I reviewed their mailers, including the two anonymous mailers ripping Mr.Scappe that they sent, watched their tv show, and it was all about one man and their personal attacks on him. Also, they were extremely critical and disrespectful of the Superintendent. It wouldn't surprise me if they try to force her out. So yes, I have already formed an opinion based on their actions to date, and it's not a very positive opinion. If their campaign is an indication of how they plan to run the district then we're all in trouble.
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Taxed, Let me give you my point of view. First, go to http://www.alleghenycounty.us/treasure/millsd.asp. There you will see that Moon is in the bottom quartile in Allegheny County and has been for the past 10 years when it comes to millage. The numbers are there. Look at them. The new school interest payments have been made in the current budget. There is no need for sky high tax increases just because of the school debt payments. This has been talked about in budget meetings. Attend them. Next, 100 new students showed up at our school doorsteps this year. Ask any realtor in the area and they will tell you that this is because of Marcellus shale. There is little rental property left in Moon. These rental residents are building homes and looking for permanent housing. Moon is growing despite your thoughts. Call a realtor if you don't believe me. Do it now. We have to keep Moon a vibrant community that attracts residents. The first thing a realtor does now when showing out of town folks looking to move in is our new campus. The new campus will help attract folks to Moon keeping your property values up. Is the school overbuilt....probably. As for the problems you have with salaries, contact Mark Mustio and John Pippy....these are commonwealth issues and an indication of the stranglehold that the teachers lobby has on our state legislators. Don't blame Scappey, he was trying to work with a union represented workforce.
lynn November 22, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Extremely well said, Photoshop. Since your points are based on actual facts I'm sure that the haters will overlook all of them. They prefer to ignore the truth and instead launch unsubstantiated personal attacks. I have checked the county website, and 30 of the 42 school districts in Allegheny County have higher millage rates than Moon. So Taxed Out's arguement about the high tax rate in Moon doesn't hold water.
doctor November 22, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Photoshop I did call a real estate office..your numbers are not correct..it was 25..but this doesn't include the families that left, so it is probably a breakeven. As for the debt payments, big balloon payments are about 7 to 10 years down the road..and to get ready for those..the millage will be going up over the next several years..The total interest payments alone on these buildings is close to $90 million..What doesn't make sense is the Moon School district budget ($57 million) is almost the same as Upper St.Clair..and they are twice the size of Moon..that's not GOOD!!
Just Chuck November 22, 2011 at 06:46 PM
So did McCormick attract all that new construction out there?
doctor November 22, 2011 at 07:02 PM
lynn Your right, they will be paying a little bit more based on the percentage of the premium, for families it will probably be going up to $115 and for singles approximately $85, but the big problem..they pay no deductible as most residents do..which is not good for the taxpayers who will be footing this bill..the Teachers made out!!
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Doctor, why call the real estate office for the number of new students? Call the school for that information. Just Chuck, why not ask someone who lives there. I do see new houses being constructed in that area.
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Oh, and how are there balloon payments on these bonds? As far as I know, they are straight line amortization payments just like a mortgage. Are you getting your information from Yellow people again?
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 07:38 PM
USC is not twice the size of Moon! Enough with making statements without facts. Look something up before rambling. USC has 400 more students than Moon and their budget is $3M more annually.
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Doctor, again with facts, I find you are again wrong and spreading falsehoods. If you look at page 44 of the MASD audited financial statements (yes audited by a CPA firm) you will see that there are no baloon payments. The statements are located on the MASD website.
Bob Winters November 22, 2011 at 08:08 PM
It is getting old. Nothing the current board has done is good. indiviuals on this site continue to bring our district down. Move on. This site is not just moon residents. We have a strong school system. I have not hear of any student which graduated from Moon could not go on to higher education. We have graduated some of the best of the best. Some bloggers will tear down the distirct just to bad mouth some individuals. Again we have a strong School. If we were in a bad financial situation then why did we not raise taxes the last two years. Mr. Bussard and Mrs. McCurdy were on the board and voted No to a tax increase. If we were in bad shape should they have informed us about the troubles we were in. We are NOT
doctor November 22, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Photoshop, I did look over the amortization schedule, you can't tell from the schedule if there are any balloon payments, but I do see from the year 2016 to 2035 with interest the district will be paying $96 million plus $53 million over the next 5 years that is significant..
photoshop November 22, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Yes Doctor it is signficant. It costs money to educate children. Where did you get the notion that there are baloon payments? The amounts required to cover the debt service are in the current budget and is by my math 10%-15% of the budget. What is the average Moon resident's mortgage payment to income ratio? I'm guessing 22-30%. Did you bother to discount those scary dollars going out to 2035 to today's dollars? A dollar today is not the same as a dollar in 2035.
lynn November 23, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Once again I must correct the doctor and his untrue statements. The bond payments are fixed for the life of the bond; there are no balloon or adjustable payments. One reason is that the state of Pennsylvania does not allow balloon or adjustable payments on school district bonds. So please, doctor, you need to check the facts before making any more of your wild accusations. Bob is correct, certain people in this community just want to make other people look bad, and they will print any lie that they can. The truth doesn't matter to these people, all that matters is tearing down another person. Doctor, Taxed out, Jules, etc. nothing you post has any credibility, because you deal in untruths, not in facts.
photoshop November 23, 2011 at 02:26 PM
You know Lynn, you are right. Funny how Doctor, Taxed out and Jules are now silent when faced with hard facts and logic. They hear something based on heresay and run around speading their inaccurate statements and unfortunately, people buy it. It is almost childish. But they won't accept that they are wrong. They'll just rationalize by being incorrect with another set of false facts or take solice in their hatred of Mark Scappe. It will be interesting to watch the Yellows break promise after promise made during the past year. It will also be interesting in watching them being held to account when reality hits them square in the face beginning next month. It's 2005 all over again. But this time, the children of Moon will be the true losers.
doctor November 23, 2011 at 02:37 PM
lynn, photoshop, your telling me, there will be no tax increases over the next 8 to 10 years for the Moon residents with a declining business climate in Moon? Someone has to pay for these buildings? You are 2 Dreamers!
lynn November 23, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Once again the doctor responds in a totally illogical way. When faced with facts he completely ignores them and changes direction. The bond payments are fixed for the life of the bond, which means that they will not rise. The taxes have already been levied to meet the debt payment. Will taxes rise over the next 8-10 years? Of course they will, just like the cost of gasoline, food, utilities, clothing, cars and everything else will rise over the next 8-10 years. But they will not rise due to construction debt, as those payments are accounted for in the current tax structure.
GOP #1 November 23, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Attention Photoshop: I have been reading over these post. And what I have determined is that you and lynn are the angry ones. There is a lot to be said about your pen name (photoshop)....you're facts are just that, photoshopped; like in a picture that has added graphics to make it look real. You both are rationalizing what the previous board has done just as they rationalize what they have done to be the only way. No.1 Moon did not need a new high school ....especially the Taj Mahal. Yes the old one was useable, it could have been renovated and students and staff could be reaccomodated during the remodel. But seriously think about it for a minute, you and others (I did not vote for scappe and his crew in the past) put them in office to manage a 57 Million dollar budget. They do not have the fiscal mentality to manage a budget like that, so YOU and others who voted for them bascially gave them carte blance to spend money as they saw fit. I viewed school board meetings and witnessed scappe's arrogance towards citizens who had valid questions/views, knowing he would NEVER take into account anything they had to say. That board was simply NOT qualified to negotiate a teachers contract as you can tell by what was given to them. You must really like paying high dollars in taxes to give the what they wanted, I bet you supported their strike too. Moon's taxes will not be in the lower quadrant as you state for very long, trust me. The idea should have been to keep them low, no way now
GOP #1 November 23, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Also, Photo/Lynn....I think Taxed, Doctor and Jules are being silent because they pretty much gave up in trying to explain the facts to people who can't think outside of the box, who have never probably left Moon Township, PA in their lives. Its kinda like having "Stockholm Syndrome"......you've been beaten down for so long, you begin to believe and agree with your captures, that being the previous MASD Board.
lynn November 23, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Ah, another voice heard from in GOP #1. Please point out where my facts are incorrect; you cannot, because I speak the truth and documentation exists to back them up. You, and your cronies, however, offer no facts, just opinions on why you hate Scappe. Your obsession with Mr.Scappe borders on the absurd; it's actually frightening. You are so blinded by hatred that you refuse to see the facts. And by the way, you're a little confused on the Stockholm Syndrome - it's the victims agreeing with their captors, not captures. The captures would be the victims themselves.
GOP #1 November 23, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Ahhhhhh, Lynn, your anger sure shows in your commentary. You need to direct it where it belongs, with the previous school board. They sure have you buffaloed. Let me correct you if I may in reference to your "untruth" statements. I have no hatred for Scappe or anyone else, nor an obession. However, you seem to be obsessed with defending the previous school board and that's your right. But, please control your temper.....it cast an unsightly light on your "intelligence." So practice what you have preached in your previous notes, NO bullying and personal attacks to others opinons, which is OUR RIGHT! You obviously are the one obsessed ! Happy Thanksgiving.
lynn November 24, 2011 at 08:24 AM
Dear GOP #1, The only anger is that which is coming from the Scappe haters. And no matter how you try and defend them, they are what they are. Enjoy turkey day.
Just Chuck November 24, 2011 at 05:16 PM
That is crazy talk!


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