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District Posts FAQs on Negotiations

The questions deal with the offerings and the next step.

The district posted a document on its website Thursday that details questions that have been asked about the current negotiations between the board of education and the .

The document details the different offers from the board of education and from the B-REA, as well as the stumbling blocks since the negotiations began, the concerns over the recent and the state of staff morale.

Click on the document to read the answers to questions that have commonly been asked about the state of negotiations.

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teachB-R May 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Bwater Mom, When the budget is defeated by public vote, the town council has the obligation to set the budget dollar amount. And they didn't overturn the vote, they cut the budget by an additional couple of million... sorry I don't recall the exact number. Currently, the BOE could take a guaranteed 2% property tax increase annually without vote. If they ask for more than 2% it goes to a vote. If that is voted down, the BOE would have to settle for only the 2%. This Board is only asking for a 1% increase. Therefore, they are not maximizing the budget. Granted, the property tax complaint will come up again... but this is the policy put in place by the Governor.
You wouldn't have an increase in taxes. You just wouldn't receive a rebate of approximately $25. Most towns don't rebate their taxpayers!!!! just saying...
Maybe parents should stop sending children to school who learn the "R" word at home is acceptable to use!!! I am a teacher and a mother of a child who is cognitively disabled. The "R" word in my classroom is as bad as a curse word and is treated the same. You have no idea how the teacher handled the situation after you walked away. And to add to this topic, you have no idea how many PARENTS have sat across the conference table from me in the past eight years and used the "R" word at our parent/teacher conference. And you have no idea that when I call parents to tell them their child used that word, often the response is, "Is that it?" The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.
I don't know one teacher complaining in front of children. Quite the contrary!!! My students are constantly complaining about what they "use to have" compared to now. Of course they are looking for the material things. It breaks my heart that I cannot afford to bring them all of the extras I spent my own money on. After all, you can't squeeze blood from a rock.
BREA INFO June 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM
The B-REA has posted a document entitled Truth: Setting The Record Straight - A Message To Parents From The Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association. Click on this link to view the article - http://b-rea.org/2012/05/12/truth-setting-the-record-straight/ WATCH VIDEO: See what people are telling the Board of Education – http://b-rea.org/portfolio-items/john-shanager/

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