Parents Protest Documentary Filming in School, Board Suspends Permission

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A special meeting Thursday evening of the Saucon Valley School Board about an ABC News documentary under production about racial tension in schools was sometimes contentious, with a majority of parents in attendance asking board members to rescind a Location Release Form signed by former superintendent Monica McHale-Small. The form grants producers from the company’s documentary division–Lincoln Square Productions–permission to film on the campus and spells out the terms under which that should take place.

School Board Narrowly Approves New Teacher Contract

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With a single vote Tuesday night, the Saucon Valley School Board brought to an end more than three years of often-contentious negotiations and approved a new six-year professional contract for the district’s 180-plus teachers. The professional agreement was included in the agenda for the meeting, which is posted online on the school district website (see p. 92). The vote in favor of it was far from a mandate for teachers, however, with the board split 5-4. “We’ve gone too far as a board” in terms of compromising with the Saucon Valley Education Association–the union that represents the teachers–board member Bryan Eichfeld said. He criticized the agreement in comparison to an earlier, less costly “bottom-line proposal” that the board floated in February¬†and later withdrew.