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Poll: Have Your Feelings Changed on Contract Talks?

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to express their thoughts on the current negotiations between the and the board of education.

They discussed the many hours they work, the students they help and the difference they make in the lives of the children.

"I am frustrated and angry, and I can only direct blame at the source," said librarian Kelly Mumber. "I humbly ask that you keep in mind that all your teachers are people."

Comments and concerns from residents about the negotiations have ranged from disapproval that allowing for raises for teachers will lead to higher taxes, to belief that the teachers should be compensated for all they do for the students.

Board of education president Evan Lerner was not immediately available for additional comments Wednesday.

But Tuesday was the first night that teachers turned out in droves, filling the main room of the Harmon V. Wade Administration Building, spilling out in the hallway, occupying the separate room used for closed circuit television during meetings and even peering in at the meeting from outside the building.

So, Bridgewater, we want to know what you are thinking. Did the words of so many teachers, and former students praising those teachers, change your opinion of how these negotiations should end?

Take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comments below!

papapete April 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I believe the BOE is not negotiating in good faith but rather seeking a "win" for themselves not for the students and tax payers. Their strategy us to use the general economic environment to gain an advantage over teachers and elevate their own positions. The Superintent should be subject to the same salary and benefit caps as the teachers. This is akin to Congress and their approach to healthcare and pensions while having their own special and superior coverages.
Donald Elias April 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We can not afford the cost of overpaid supervisors and administrators. This combined with the overly generous benefits, especially health care, are not equitable nor sustainable.
Alex Balise April 27, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hey Donald you need to educate yourself before you make comments on-line. The District has $ that they received the the state, almost 9 million this past year. On top of that the District will receive $10.4 Million from the fall of 2011-spring of 2014 (this money comes from switching health care and the employees paying into their health care) Do the math: Almost $20 Million in revenue for the District in 4 years and the taxpayers are not paying anything (no tax $). Not a bad deal if you ask me. EDUCATE YOURSELF!! like the rest of us!!
BRRES April 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
papapete, I couldn't agree more, the BOE is looking to win, not do what is right. Let's get all our friends and neighbors to the next board meeting and let them know that what they are doing to the great teachers of BR is rediculous and they need to settle now. The superintendent, Asst. Super, and Business Administrator, got what they wanted and could not care less about the teachers. Simply Pathetic!


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