TEACHERS CONTRACT SETTLED; Receive 8.7 Percent Increase over 3 Years

By Anne Forline

Gloucester City News

  Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) President Ed Hubbs said a contract agreement has been reached with the teachers that will cover the school years 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13.

  During last week’s meeting, Hubbs said the teacher contract negotiations had ended, and that this September will begin the second year of the contract.

  For the three years listed above, the teacher’s will receive a 2.9 percent increase each year.

  In other business, School Board Member Bruce Marks asked if the board can recoup costs incurred if a student fails a drug test, but was told that pursuant to New Jersey statute, the costs incurred for drug testing are to be paid by the board.

  Principal Victoria Ernst confirmed that the Program for Success has completed their move from the former Highland Park School, and the transition went well.

  The BOE okayed a motion not to approve EIRC’s grant writing management contract for 2011-12.

  Member Jackie Borger expressed concern that a grant writer’s report was not provided prior to the meeting.

  The Board also approved a motion to create a fifth and sixth grade basketball program at Mary Ethel Costello School.

  Another topic of discussion was a resolution that would move school board elections to November. The BOE voted to oppose this resolution.

  However, Board members voted affirmatively to approve a resolution on tenure reform.

  There will be no BOE meeting in August. The next meeting will be in September at the Gloucester High Media Center.



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