School officials have to plow snow

January 12, 2009 7:33:22 AM PST
When maintenance employees of an eastern Pennsylvania school district refused to work overtime, school administrators drove the snowplows and cleared the school property themselves.

Central Columbia School District superintendent Harry Mathias says the contract for the district's maintenance, custodial and cafeteria staff expired in June.

About a month ago, Mathias says, the Pennsylvania State Education Association sent a letter to the district saying union members would no longer work overtime.

Mathias asked for volunteers to plow if needed, and building and grounds chief Ralph DeFrain held a day of "plow school" to teach them how to work the equipment.

Mathias and three other school officials spent part of the weekend clearing the grounds.


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