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Teachers Protest Lack of Contract Outside Board Meeting

Gloucester Township Public Schools teachers have been without a contract since July 1.

Roughly 100 Gloucester Township Public Schools (GTPS) teachers picketed outside of the district's Erial Road administration building Monday night prior to the GTPS Board of Education's reorganization meeting.

The teachers have been working without a new contract since their last deal with the district expired June 30, 2012.

"The members wanted to make sure the board knows we want a contract," Gloucester Township Education Association President Angel McDermott said.

Many of the teachers who showed up to protest the lack of a contract were carrying signs that read, "Settle a fair contract."

The teachers' union wants to resume contract talks with the board and could have a presence at the board's next meeting later this month, McDermott said. 

GTEA represents about 625 teachers in Gloucester Township's 11 public schools—eight K-5 schools and three middle schools.

McDermott indicated she did not intend to discuss the contract impasse with the board during it reorganization meeting Monday night.

The GTPS board's next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Ann A. Mullen Middle School.

SJ Birds Fan January 09, 2013 at 08:55 PM
No facts available I take it. I did not think for a second that the union would let the public know what it wants. I am sure it is too embarrassing.
Schu January 09, 2013 at 09:42 PM
The gt admnistration brass jumped ship last year.
Concerned citizen January 09, 2013 at 11:09 PM
At what point do we stop blaming teachers for low test scores and start pointing the finger at the breakdown of families and society in general for the lack of learning occurring in our schools. When I was young, my parents taught me about bullying, life skills, hygiene, relationships, sportsmanship, consequences, rewards and most of all, respect and accountability! Now all these are part of curriculums that teachers in public schools must address. There are state mandates being added all the time, requiring teachers to not only be educators, but counselors and in many cases surrogate parents! Charter and parochial schools do not have to follow these same mandates. How sad is is that a kid spends more time looking at his phone, iPod, hand-held gaming device etc,. then actually reading or God forbid, being involved in a family conversation? The students from Triton who went on to Ivy League schools, did so because their families valued education and taught their children to embrace all that their teachers and schools had to offer. I challenge anyone who thinks teachers are nothing but whiners always asking for more, to spend one day in a classroom observing. Are there unsatisfactory teachers out there? Absolutely! Unfortunately, the media reminds us every time, loud and clear when there is misconduct. But where are the stories about all the wonderful things happening in our schools everyday? How sad is it that we do not respect the teachers of our future!
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 09, 2013 at 11:45 PM
We agree with Concerned citizen and ask that everyone look at the root of the evil in schools; the union and corrupt administrations. We respect and admire teachers and wish that good teachers were able to teach and not prepare for standardized tests. Again, stop blaming teachers for the ills of our schools and focus on the criminals in administration, unions and school boards. Evil politicians and corrupt union officials have grown rich and powerful on the backs of taxpayers and teachers alike. While we concede that some teachers suck it is Aldo true of most every profession or walk of life. We say show love and respect to the honorable men and women who groom our next generation and we call on all to watch the corrupt and feckless politicians and administrators stealing from the public trust. Give the teachers a fair contract and stop giving jobs to friends political hacks and family. The superintendent of GT BOE is double dipping a paycheck and pension by acting as business administrator and superintendent. We are legion, we are watching, we are coming...expect us.
Darren Gladden January 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I hear you GTTEACH but us people are not fighting the teacher we are fighting against the system . I have a couple of friends that teach and I know who teach's from the heart and who are slackers ....Now you tell me Do teachers today have a JOB .... Yes they do now get to work and at the end of the school year it's time to talk ;-) Just saying ........I know some Police departments been out of contracts for years ......Just care , some teachers Really do
Paul J. DiBartolo January 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM
I asked that question at the time he was made super and was told someone else was brought in and that he would help out with his old job but be phased out and was only receiving one salary.
Paul J. DiBartolo January 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM
While what you say about all the tasks they perform might be true, the fact is that all those responsibilities were wrested from the hands of parents. I know a woman who was told not to worry about what was up with her child because as soon as she got on the bus she was the school district's responsibility. I don't know who started it but the schools have worked to disenfranchise the children from their parents for years. How is it that somebody could have the arrogance to take a 14-year-old child for an abortion without a word to the parents? The schools brought it all on themselves because they have mismanaged our educational system. Most of the kids going to community college have to take remedial English and math because they are not up to snuff coming out of high school. Go up to CCC and ask them yourself.
Concerned citizen January 10, 2013 at 01:37 AM
What parent in their right mind would give up responsibility for their child because the school says so. This is EXACTLY what I am talking about! Let's all play the Blame Game! Did this parent throw up their arms and take it? I would have been at that school in a second because no one is responsible for my child but ME! Bottom line is students who want to learn will learn! Even in Camden's schools you will find scholarship students. This is the problem...everyone wants to make excuses.
Paul J. DiBartolo January 10, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Hey, you won't get an argument out of me, I'm only telling you what she was told. As for me, out of the 72 school years represented by my six children only 22 were spent in the public school system. The rest of their years were either in private schools or in homeschooling. Bottom line: the government schools are a failure and need to be closed. The education of children needs to be returned to parents.
sdt January 10, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Please explain this statement
mr January 10, 2013 at 03:27 AM
95% of the upper administration (assistant superintendent, human resource, curriculum & instruction, and special services supervisors) as well as several administrative secretaries resigned since the former superintendent retired this pat summer. Hardly anyone in upper admin remains.
sdt January 10, 2013 at 03:15 PM
You don't know what you are talking about. Although the superintendent is currently doing both jobs, he collects only one salary. Be sure you have the true facts before mouthing off.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 11, 2013 at 01:33 AM
Attention. Attention. StopComplaining says all is well. There is nothing to see here. Council VP Orlando Mercado did not get a political patronage job. The BOE is NOT loaded with political hacks, pension padders and Norcrats. The teacher have a new contract. The superintendent is not double dipping and the district has no political ties to the local democrat power base. That is all.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 11, 2013 at 02:14 AM
It was asked in a post earlier regarding BOE members Mr. Carr and Mrs. Coyle. Because StopComplaining likes to tell everyone what the "true facts" are, maybe they can fill us all in on these 2 board members. We know the answer but want StopComplaining to enlighten us all with their inside info. We are waiting.
sdt January 11, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I only responded to your statement about the superintendent getting two paychecks. I don't know if or when Mr.Mercadohas appointed, nor do I have any answers to why Mr. Carr and Mrs. Coyle voted. Your statement about the superintendeny was false. Can't speak to the rest.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 11, 2013 at 04:24 AM
StopComplaining wants us to, well stop complaining but admits they have no answers to our questions. We did not ask how or why Coyle and Carr voted, we wanted to know about the and their connection to council VP Orlando Mercado. We know the answer but want others to do their own due diligence. This way people discover the dirty truth on their own and can not accuse us of not having "true facts". We are still waiting, tell us all how you are so sure the superintendent is not bring paid for also being the business administrator but do not have basic facts about 2 elected officials. We await your reply. We are watching, we are coming. Expect us.
Schu January 11, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Did you understand that.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM
It seems that while StopComplaining wants to ridicule people for not having what they term "true facts", they have no facts. The superintendent is indeed doing 2 jobs and being remunerated accordingly. We have proof, it's public record. What StopComplaining also admits to is an ignorance if who Mrs. Coyle and Mr. Carr happen to be in relation to council VP Orlando Mercado. Allow us to illuminate everyone. Mrs. Coyle is a township employee. She is the assistant to township solicitor Dave Carlamere and a member of the democrat committee. Mr. Mercado is a democrat councilman. Mrs Coyle also heads several democrat political action committees ir PACs along with GT Housing Authotity chairwoman Cindy Catlamere, wife of Dave, that fund Mr. Mercado's political campaigns as well as school board campaigns. See that little connection. We are watching.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Mr. Carr is a Municipal Utilities Authority employee. The MUA is a democrat political patronage pit. Mr. Carr is also president of the GT Democrat Club and treasurer of the GT Democrat party. His wife Debbie is a township employee and democrat committeewoman. Democrat committee members pick council candidates. See the connection? Oh and just for fun other members if the GT school board are just as connected politically. Mr. Fontanez is a member of the housing authority (Cindy Carlamere) and is the Undersherrif of Camden County who is accused of double dipping and pension padding. Mr. Collins has been a democrat candidate for mayor and Mr. Gunn was appointed to the Zoning Board by Mr. Mercado. See all of these connections. That is 4 out of seven who are connected and should be disqualified from voting on Orlando Mecado's made up political patronage job. If anyone can refute these FACTS, we welcome your input. We are watching, we are legion, we are coming...expect us.
Mel January 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM
How is it legal for an elected school board member to also be part of a PAC that funds candidates? Even if legal, isn't it unethical? What else has Mrs. Coyle done? What kind of people are running our schools? Our children deserve better.
Paul J. DiBartolo January 11, 2013 at 01:15 PM
We don't need no stinkin' ethics.
sdt January 11, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Oh my! Could I be wrong? Since you are certain that the superintendent receives a salary for each job because"We have proof, it's public record" then please enlighten me with the salary he is being paid for each job and I will stop complaining.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
We want people to call the GT BOE and ask the questions themselves. We are not here to indoctrinate but to inform. Facts are a distraction just like your insistence on focusing on the superintendent and not the political hacks and Norcrats like Mercado, Coyle, Carr, Fontanez, Collins and Gunn. Wake up people and see the corruption in your town. Don't be bamboozled by StopComplaining and others like them being paid by these very politicians to distract you from the facts.
sdt January 12, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Again you speak untruths. I don't work in Gloucester Twp or Camden County nor do I live in either community. I have no affliation with the Democrat party in Camden County or any other county, As a matter of fact I am a registered Republican!
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 12, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Ok StopComplaining, we will indulge you for a moment. Please list in any order you see fit any "untruths" that we have stated. Please stop deflecting and being such a narcissist, not once did we claim you were a GT employee or resident for that matter unless your name is Coyle, Carr, Fontanez, Collins, Gunn or Mercado. Again, please list all "untruths" that have been stated by us and be exact with no more silly deflections about yourself. We are watching, we are waiting, we are still shaking our heads.
Darren Gladden January 12, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Getting me in Office ...Just saying ;-)
Darren Gladden January 12, 2013 at 03:53 AM
These peeps in this town ...NEED TO just hand over there keys and understand TIME is passing them BYE ....Now say good Night http://youtu.be/_JAa3NvP6f4 Hey O care to get in da ring ........I am Stone Cold ....YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Mel January 12, 2013 at 01:53 PM
So StopComplaining, please answer me this question: if you do not live here, work here, or have any connection to Gloucester Township how do you have such intimate knowledge of our schools? And if you don't even live in this county, why do you post? If you are a registered Republican as you clam, aren't there Democrats in your county you can comment about instead of defending them here? StopComplaining, it is time you StoppedLying and were homest with the people of Gloucester Township on who is ordering you defend them and where you got your insider information. Anon is still waiting for you to answer his or her challenge to provide documented facts.
sdt January 12, 2013 at 02:01 PM
I quess we are at a stale mate Mel. It was Anon who said it was public record and true, so I have asked him to produce the figures. All anyone has to do is OPRA the info and get the true facts. All I can say is that I don't lie, so I know what I put in print is 100% accurate, unlike some others who post.
Anonymous 4 CamCo January 12, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Stalemate on what? Nice try StopComplaining but people are asking for themselves and disgusted with what they find out. For someone who proclaims to be such an outsider you really have all the answers. We are not going away, we want people to ask their own questions and we want people to come to their own conclusions on the corrupt nature of the GT BOE.

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