(CCM correction: The BOE is proposing salary increases of 2.6%. The MEA is looking for salary increases of 2.9%. The State and County averages to date have been 2.4% and 2.0%, respectively. The previous notice indicated the MEA was looking for a 3% increase.)
In an email sent out to subscribers, the group Concerned Citizens of Montclair (CCM) are discussing the current impasse of contract negotiations between the Montclair BoE and the MEA:
Dear CCM subscribers,
Details of the 2013 Municipal Budget are still in process and have not yet been made available to the public. Upon receipt, a user friendly budget will be prepared and forwarded to you.
CCM is pleased to see the balanced approach being taken by Montclair’s Board of Education in the employee contract negotiations. The BOE is looking for ways to support our schools’ great teachers with fair pay and benefits that recognized their hard work and dedication as well as looking for a sustainable cost structure that allows the district to provide an excellent and evolving learning environment without relying on endless tax increases.
Unfortunately, the negotiations between the BOE and the MEA have stalled. The students and their educational experiences are currently being negatively impacted. The most apparent sticking point in the negotiations seems to be the salary increases. The BOE is proposing salary increases of 2.6%. The MEA is looking for salary increases of 3.0%. The State and County averages to date have been 2.4% and 2.0%, respectively.
We urge you to be fully informed on the details being shared and to forward your thoughts, support and feedback to help in moving this process forward. To learn more, information can be read on Barista Kids , Montclair Patch or in a press release issued by the BOE .
Please forward your comments, support and/or thoughts to the Board of Education Members at the following e-mail addresses. Your comments can also be sent in letters to the editor or posting directly on the on-line news outlets for this very important matter.
Board of Education:
- President Robin Kulwin @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- VP Leslie Larson @ email@example.com
- Angelica Allen-McMillan @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tanya Coke @ email@example.com
- Shelly Lombard @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Norman Rosenblum @ email@example.com
- Deb Wilson @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Although this is currently not under the jurisdiction of the Members of the Board of School Estimate, they can be reached at the following e-mail addresses:
- Mayor: Robert Jackson; email@example.com
- 1st Ward Councilman: Bill Hurlock; firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3rd Ward Councilman: Sean Spiller; email@example.com
CCM will encourage the Montclair Town Council and Township Manager to also use a balanced approach in developing the 2013 Montclair Municipal Budget.