FAIR HAVEN: TEACHERS SETTLE CONTRACT

nelson ribon 042814 3 Superintendent Nelson Ribon fielded pointed questions from parents about the teachers’ contract and other issues at two packed meetings in April. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

After two years without a contract, Fair Haven school teachers have approved a new collective bargaining agreement, the Asbury Park Press reports.

The unresolved contract was among several flash points when parents grilled Superintendent Nelson Ribon and the school board over the possible elimination of two full-time kindergarten teaching jobs in April.

According to the Press, the four-year pact calls for cumulative nine-percent wage increases. “In addition, teachers will remain after student dismissal for an additional 10 minutes; previously they had been able to depart at the same time as students,” the Press reported Sunday. “The district’s teachers also will work one extra professional day per year.”

The board of ed approved the contract on May 21, the Press said.

“We are pleased that after two long years we were able to reach a fair settlement,” union president Betty Crowley told the Press.