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CUMBERLAND VALLEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION v. CUMBERLAND VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT (03/24/76)

COMMONWEALTH COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: March 24, 1976.

CUMBERLAND VALLEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, APPELLANT
v.
CUMBERLAND VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT, APPELLEE

Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County in case of Cumberland Valley Education Association v. Cumberland Valley School District, No. 126 December Term, 1974.

COUNSEL

Gerald E. Ruth, for appellant-petitioner.

Richard C. Snelbaker, with him Martson and Snelbaker, for appellee.

Edward A. Miller, Assistant Attorney General, with him Robert P. Kane, Attorney General, for amicus curiae, Pennsylvania Department of Justice.

President Judge Bowman and Judges Crumlish, Jr., Kramer, Wilkinson, Jr., Mencer, Rogers and Blatt. Opinion by Judge Crumlish, Jr. Dissenting Opinion by Judge Rogers.

Author: Crumlish

[ 24 Pa. Commw. Page 168]

The present appeal concerns the validity and enforce-ability of the sabbatical leave provision of the collective bargaining agreement between Cumberland Valley Education Association, Appellant, and Cumberland Valley School District, Appellee.

The controversy arose when two employees of the School District applied for sabbatical leave at full pay for one-half of the 1974-1975 school year under the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement. These applications were denied by Appellee on the ground that the sabbatical leave provision of the collective bargaining agreement was in conflict with the sabbatical leave provision of the Public School Code of 1949.*fn1 We have carefully scrutinized the record before us and conclude, as did the court below, that the sabbatical leave provision of the collective bargaining agreement is unenforceable insofar as one may receive more than one-half of his regular salary. President Judge Shughart has most ably presented both the facts and the law in his opinion below and for these reasons we adopt his opinion, which can be found at: 25 Cumberland Law Journal 203 (1975).

Affirmed.

Disposition

Affirmed.

Dissenting Opinion by Judge Rogers:

I dissent. If a school district may by a collective bargaining agreement bind itself to submit to arbitration the propriety of dismissing a temporary professional employee, despite The Public School Code's express commitment of this power to the discretion of the Board of School Directors,*fn1 surely a district may by the same means confer on its teachers sabbatical leave benefits greater than those provided for in the Code.


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