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Settlement Reached Between District, Teachers

Details of the contract have not yet been released.

After more than a year of negotiations, the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education and have reached a settlement in their contract negotiations.

Details on the settlement itself have not yet been released.

"The BOE and B-REA negotiating teams have reached a tentative agreement that is subject to the ratification by the members and the board and subject to certain other things," said Evan Lerner, president of the board of education. "The fact finder has requested that we do not disclose the terms of the tentative agreement at present."

"We're very pleased to have been able to come together and settle the contract," added Steve Beatty, B-REA president. "We will present it to our members as soon as possible, but can't go into any detail on the specifics as per the requirement from the fact-finder."

The members of the union have been working without a contract for more than a year, after the contract expired in June 2011. The two entities declared impasse and began mediation in December 2011.

When three mediation sessions failed to produce a contract, the , holding a first session in July, and a second Thursday, when the settlement was reached.

Negotiations were focused during the year on three issues—salaries, health insurance and length of the workday.

Teachers and parents have been coming out to board of education meetings for the past few months to implore the entities to come to a final agreement.

Metoo August 16, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Good, bet that's a load off a lot of peoples minds.
Mr. Had Enough August 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Thanks Goodness!
Nancy J August 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Great news! Hope it is a fair settlement and the teachers got what they deserved!
Toni August 17, 2012 at 12:45 AM
'Bout time.
BRSoccer August 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This is great news for our school district. Shameful it took so long and I too hope the teachers got what they deserved. How can such a small group of people representing a BOE wreak so much havoc in a school district. This is a lesson to us all.
Gary August 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I hope BREA gets some hard earned and reasonable benefits.
BwaterDad August 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I hope it's a reasonable deal for the taxpayers as well.
BREA INFO August 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Thank you to the parents and community members who stood with the B-REA throughout the negotiations process. Your presence and comments at board meetings was critical in maintaining staff and faculty morale in the 2011-2012 school year. Your support helped our members continue the superior education our schools have become known for as evidenced by the numerous awards for excellence which the district earned over the last year. Read more at our B-REA website: http://b-rea.org/2012/08/17/agreement-reached/

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