Contract negotiations re-opened in Shikellamy

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SUNBURY – Shikellamy teachers and the school board will be back at the bargaining table in a few weeks. The two sides haven’t met since September and the union recently authorized a strike. According to Mark McDade of the Pennsylvania State Education Association the strike vote sent a message to the board that teachers are serious about negotiating, “I believe it’s important to underscore that the authorization of a strike does not necessarily mean that the teachers are going to strike. It’s to send a message that the current state of negotiations is not acceptable and that we need to move forward.” McDade said the initial proposal from the district is unrealistic, but the union…

Teacher: Prepare kids for back to school

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SUNBURY – While school may not start for a few days, now is the time to start preparing students. Local teacher Melissa Yankowski says there are things parents can start doing now to make the transition a bit easier on students.   “If you are going back to school within the next week or two, now may be the time to get your kid on a schedule,” Yankowski said. “You need to get them used to getting up early in the morning, because that shock of waking up early can be pretty brutal. I know as a teacher, it’s been pretty brutal for me this week waking up early every day to get my classroom…