Board of Ed, Teachers Agree On New Contract

At a special meeting Thursday, the Board of Education voted to ratify a Memorandum of Agreement between negotiating teams of the board and the Fair Lawn Education Association

Five-hundred and eighty-one days.

That's how long it took from the time the contract between district teachers and the expired on June 30, 2010 until the sides officially agreed on a new contract Thursday night.

Over that 19-month span, Middle East dictators have been toppled, Osama bin Laden has been killed and the Iraq War has officially ended.

The board of education voted unanimously with one abstention Thursday night to ratify and approve a Memorandum of Agreement from Dec. 1 -- the only item on the one-page meeting agenda.

Per the agreement, teachers and other district employees will move from a private health care plan to the State Health Benefits Program in July.

Teachers, who had not received a pay raise since their contract expired in 2010, will get a retroactive pay increase of 2.5 percent for the 2010-2011 school year, a 2.2 percent pay increase for the 2011-2012 school year and a 2.7 percent pay increase for the 2012-2013 school year, board president Michael Rosenberg said.

In return, the board has brokered an arrangement whereby elementary school teachers will provide students an additional 25 minutes of instructional time per week, at the expense of a shorter lunch and prep period.

Throughout the negotiation process, both the board and the union remained mum on the cause of the prolonged discussions. However, where teachers turned out in mass to protest the pace of negotiations revealed that a disagreement over the cost of health care premiums may have been a sticking point.

Just over a month after the union took its public stand, its negotiating team reached a tentative contract agreement with the . 

The process stalled for two months as teachers worked out salary tables, until Jan. 26 when the union ratified the Memorandum of Agreement.

Once it was ratified by the teachers, its final hurdle was Thursday's passage by the board.

With the memorandum ratified, the contract must now be written up and signed for it to officially go into effect.

Tommy P February 06, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Tommy P February 06, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Just because the town doesn't pay to dispose of the material, doesn't mean it makes money. The cost of picking up the material in terms of labor, vechile maintenance, fuel, insurance, etc exceed the money made from selling it. That police car is under a 10 year bond, so we are still paying for it. Reread what I wrote, I never advocated cutting a dime in spending, only sharing in the savings parents OPTED for. And pushing "out of district students" out has ZERO impact on the size of the budget.
tacitus February 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@Thomas Paine: the link shows those officers who were assigned to teach or were trained to teach the DARE program; what's your point with it?
tacitus February 06, 2012 at 03:36 PM
@Thomas Paine: you need to get your facts straightened out there; the police car out in front of the high school is used by the school resource officer and is one of the older vehicles the police department has in its inventory. The DARE program has not been taught in almost two years so why are you still beating that dead horse and what affect does Borough provided services have to do with the school budget? Lastly you assume that everyone but yourself is an educated fool who has no clue as to what or where there tax dollars go, perhaps you should research the facts before slinging the mud of deceit.
Tommy P February 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I don't assume everyone is a fool, nor do I appreciate people outright calling me one. All I did was ask a simple question, and the fun started. Clearly some people don't see the world the same way I do and I understand fully there are different perspectives on proper governance. Debating political issues shouldn't start and end with name calling. Unless of course you know that your position is lacking, then you isolate the messenger, attack and hope no one notices what your up to. There's a lot wrong with our school systems, but there is a lot of good too. Like most people I would like to see them improved. Many of the problems highlighted are a direct result of the virtual government monopoly. Not just the problems the parents face, but the teachers as well. The free market would solve many of the issues brought up. I was under the false impression when the former Paterson officers were hired, that DARE was restored. My point with DARE, the "resource officer", DPW, etc, is that $83m is not the complete cost to tax payers, even if it were, its still over $21k per student and over $330k per classroom. That's a LOT of money. The private sector does it for less while turning out better results, that said, I do understand the impact of selection. I don't know where every dollar of our taxes go, but I probably have more of an idea than the average resident. @Tacitus, According to the clerk, the police car parked in front of FLHS today is still bonded.


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