Saturday, February 25, 2012

BoE and HEA jointly announce contractual agreement reached

Hoboken Board of Education and Hoboken Education Association announce:

Hoboken Education Association, Board of Education Pleased to Announce New Contract
Local tax levy maintained for 3rd year in a row with no sacrifice of educational excellence

Hoboken, NJ – The Hoboken Board of Education and the members of the Hoboken Education Association, which represents teachers, clerical employees, computer technicians and transportation employees, are pleased to announce the successful resolution of the contract for the 2011-2014 school years. The contract maintains the local tax levy at the same level for the third year in a row. As a result of concessions from both the association and the board, this contract actually reduces costs for salaries and benefits while maintaining high standards of educational excellence.

 “As educators, we are pleased that the contract has been successfully settled and we look forward to continue our work with the Board of Education, parents, and the community to ensure that every child in Hoboken receives a great education,” said HEA President Gary Enrico. “Under this new agreement, students will receive more instructional time and staff will have more time for high-quality professional development.”

 “The Board of Education is happy that this contract will improve educational opportunities in this community while continuing to keep taxpayers’ needs in mind,” said Leon Gold, a Board member and member of the Board’s negotiating team.  “As a result of the health benefits change, the district will be saving money while increasing instructional time for the students and the employees will get fair raises.  That is a win for all sides.”

The contract added more than 20 minutes of instructional time to the elementary school schedule, added an extra period to the high school schedule, and added two additional work days to the calendar for staff. One of those days will be used for the instruction of students and one will be used for professional development activities that will help staff continue to implement innovative programs.

The contract spans three years and will increase the funds available for staff salaries by 2.8 percent in year one, 3.8 percent in year two, and 3.8 percent in year three. There were no increases in longevity payments for each of the three years. There were small increases in stipends and the hourly rates in the second year of the contract only. There was an addition of one step to the teacher’s salary guide in year three of the contract. In addition, some high school teachers may be required to teach an additional class with additional compensation.

The members of the HEA will move to the state school employees’ health benefits plan as of July 1, 2012, a move which will save the district more than one million dollars.

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