No Progress Yet in Negotiation Fact Finding

The BOE and B-REA will hold another session in August.

No agreement was reached when the board of education and held its first fact-finding session July 26—and another session is scheduled for this month.

According to Steve Beatty, president of the B-REA, the first session was spent with the fact finder getting information about the current status of the negotiations and where both sides stand.

A second fact finding session, with expected continued mediation, will be held Aug. 16.

This initial fact finding process begins with mediation as the fact finder is hearing timelines, offers and perspectives from both sides. From there, the fact finder will try to reach an agreement with the two sides.

The fact finder could determine after many hours that they will not get anywhere, and a deal cannot be formed through mediation.

In that situation, they could either try again on another day, or the real fact finding process could begin with the gathering of figures and other information about the process so far.

From there, the fact finder would take a couple weeks and write a nonbinding report about what he thinks the agreement should look like. The board of education and B-REA can determine from there if they accept that agreement or draft a new one with pieces of it.

Ladymb July 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Looks like the Board of Education will let another school year start without a contract for its teachers. Good thing the superintendent got another raise.
Kids First July 30, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Terrible news. It's going to be a long year. Buckle up!
think08807 July 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
As residents of Bridgewater and Raritan, and parents of students we need to stop the board from bullying our teachers. We want this contract resolved. BOE, you work for us stop your bullsh** and get it done. I tired of reading about these supposed negotiations. We know our teachers are worth it, put your efforts into improving our schools.
BucaBuddy99 July 30, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Regardless of the debate, why is the Patch reporting this as "Breaking News?" The opening sentence said the BOE "held its first fact-finding session July 26." So, today, July 30th, this is "Breaking News?" I really like the Patch but if they start pandering to get viewership (and we all know it's to drive web hits for advertising revenue) they should at least make it relevant. This would have been interesting on the 26th but wasn't reported then. Anyway, just my perspective.
John Stevens July 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Yes, please stop posting every article as breaking news, especially something that occurred 4 days ago.


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