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Hasbrouck Heights Teachers Receive New Contract

The contract runs from 2012 to 2015. Salaries will increase 2.5 percent this November and 3.9 percent in 2014.

Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approved the new contract for its teachers Thursday night as the result of negotions which both board and teachers union members said went smoothly.

The contract runs from 2012 to 2015. There will be two salary increases over the course of the next three years.

The first is a 2.5 percent increase which comes this November and a 3.9 percent increase which will come in either July or September 2014, stated Board Trustee Mark Nazarro, negotiations committee chair.

As for sick time, teachers will receive one less sick day which has been replaced with one additonal personal day which can be used for emergency purposes, without having to schedule in advance, Nazarro explained.

Also an employee that receives tuition reimbursement must work for one year or he or she will be required to reimburse the district if he or she were to leave before the one-year anniversary date, said Nazarro.

A slight change was made to the length of workday for the middle and high school staff requiring them to report 5 minutes before students and depart 5 minutes after. Previousy teachers reported 10 minutes before and left at the same time as the students. This was changed to increase teacher presence at end of the school day, he said.

Requirements for parent teacher conferences are two evenings for middle school and high school. Elementary level parent teacher scheduling will be done on afternoons and evenings.

Mark Stefanelli, board trustee and negotiations committee member, said although the negotions went smoothly it was not without differences in opinion therefore a mediator was brought in to help close the deal.

Stefanelli stated the legal team and the mediator had commented that they were pleased with the way the negotiations went as opposed to other contracts they have been involved with. He said it was always the intention to produce a contract that was "fair and consistent with similiar districts and maintain the guidelines of the state."

Lori Citron, presidents of the teacher’s union thanked the Board for its professionalism. She said when there were times of disagreement it was always handled amicably.

In some school districts contract negotiations can be a lengthy process. Ridgewood Education Associaton finally reached an agreement with the board Thursday morning after a 2-year contract struggle. Teacher contract negotiations also went on for more than a year in Fair Lawn and in Mahwah

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jersey raynes October 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Allie October 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Let me get this straight, millions of people are out of work, we pay incredibly high property taxes, a good portion of the kids going to schools are renters who do not pay property taxes, seniors who do not have kids have to pay school taxes, teachers have the entire summer off and we are giving them raises? What is wrong with this town to allow this!!!! Raises in this economy, wake up Hasbrouck Heights thiis is wrong!!!
Henry Hahn October 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
@JR teacher salaries are public knowledge and can be found easily. Comparatively to other districts, HH is close to the median. @A The renters who do not pay taxes, pay rent. The owner of the property does indeed pay taxes and probably allocates a portion of the rent for that. I agree the property tax equation is insufficient to fund today's schools, but to be say the teachers don't deserve a raise at all, is ignorance. As is your statement with "the entire summer off". Many teachers have to work over the summer because the pay they make over 10 months is insufficient. That was their choice of career, as is yours. If you think it is overpaid, easy, etc. and you "want the entire summer off"... take the time, earn the degree, and give it a shot. I am very pleased that the teachers settled the contract. Long negotiations can cause real problems. Seeing as the inflation/COL has changed 2%-3.6% pending where you look, and that their collective bargaining agreement was bypassed and they took a loss there as well; I am sure the percentages are fair.


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