After a long, and tedious budget process, the Montclair Board of Education’s final budget included the outsourcing of teacher aides for a savings of $1.7 million. Teacher aides, parents and, eventually, the Montclair Education Association (MEA) stood up in protest.
On Monday night, some members of the MEA and the BoE met to negotiate. Board Vice President, Leslie Larson told Barista Kids that, although she couldn’t give specifics until the agreement was voted on by both the MEA and the Boe, “it was a very productive meeting.”
According to NorthJersey.com, the agreement possibly will allow aides to keep their jobs in the district, rather than be outsourced, but not include health insurance, which could save the district $1.4 million.
The MEA is expected to vote on the agreement on Tuesday, April 5. The BoE will review the agreement and is expected to vote on it at the next meeting on Monday, April 11.