More than 500 teachers in Lehigh County have agreed to freeze their pay for the upcoming school year

Written by on May 28, 2020

More than 500 teachers in Lehigh County have agreed to freeze their pay for the upcoming school year

By Tyler Pratt

May 28, 2020

More than 500 teachers in Lehigh County have agreed to freeze their pay for the upcoming school year. As WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports it was a response to the district’s pandemic budget shortfall. 

The board of the East Penn School District, which includes Emmaus and Macungie schools, met this week to discuss how they were going to fill a multi-million dollar gap in the 20-21 budget. With so many Pennsylvanians unemployed, the district’s suffered heavy losses from property tax revenue. Susan Arnold is head of the local teachers union, the East Penn Education Association. 

“Also their investments absolutely took a hit. And so their budget basically was 6.2 million short,” said Arnold.

Arnold says this means either cutting curriculum to just core programs for students, losing foreign language, computer and AP courses or a halting pay increases for teachers

“We decided overwhelmingly that we would freeze pay to save all of those programs and those jobs.”

The administration also took a pay cut and the board is looking for other ways to save money. This may include, consolidating bus routes and reducing after school programs.

The school year is almost over and Arnold says, with their jobs safe, East Penn teachers will spend the summer training to do more online instruction, in the fall. 


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