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Parents Poll: What Should High School Board Do to Settle Contract?

We've heard lots from teachers, board members and students—now we want to hear from parents.

While several parents have expressed their opinions at recent Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education meetings, it's fair to say we've heard from more students, teachers and board members than parents regarding the ongoing contract negotiations.

So now we'd like to ask for your input—what do you think the board should do to reach an agreement with the teachers association? Would you encourage the board members to stand firm and hold the line by sticking to their last offer, or would you encourage members to accept the education association's latest offer?

Or are you unsure of what to do or which side you support?

Take our poll (and please—let's leave this one to only parents in the district), and add your comments in the space below.

Roberta Gomez March 22, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I understand that the Administration has accepted their raise this school year. The board should request that the administration give their 2011/2012 raise back. Then sit down with the teachers and make a fair settlement.
Heather Trumpore March 23, 2012 at 11:05 AM
How on earth can we even answer this question when we are not privy to the negotiations and what each side is going to the table with? The only information we receive is what each side sends out with their own spin to make them look good and the other side look bad.
LB March 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Excellent point, Heather!! I have often thought the same thing. The public needs to be better informed. And to my knowledge, sometimes the teachers aren't even privy to what the union is presenting.
InMy Opinion March 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Why do we need a contract at all? We should work on building mutual trust and a fair evaluation and compensation system for BOTH teachers and administrators. The charter schools have figured it out, and so should we.
Kathy March 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I agree totally. This same thing has been going on even longer with the Warren Township District for the Elementary Schools and Middle School. As taxpayers, we should have transparency, and not through the finger pointing e-mails from both sides. With all of the behind the doors fact finding going on, it seems that still nobody knows the facts.
Judy March 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Agreed- there is no transparency and only half-truths and loads of false information out there. This has gone on too long & our schools are suffering for it.

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