Montclair High School principal, Mr. James Earl, sent the following letter to families explaining areas for students that may be affected by the MEA’s “Work to Contract” action:
On Monday February 25, 2013, Montclair Board of Education (MBOE) and the Montclair Education Association (MEA) including teachers, aides, and other non-management employees, officially announced that they had reached “impasse” in contract negotiations. When labor negotiations are at an impasse, a mediator is called in to assist both sides to resolve their differences and agree on a contract.
As a result of the “impasse” the MEA has asked its members to “work to the contract”. This means that MEA members are advised to work with parents and students only during contractual hours or during times when that they are properly compensated for a club or activity. This action may potentially have an impact on tutoring support, afterschool events and clubs/activities for Montclair High School students.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, The School Action Team Partnerships and parents identified the following areas for students that could be potentially affected by this action:
- Independent Studies
- Volunteer Clubs/Activities
- African American Achievement Dinner
- Afterschool Tutoring
- Recommendation Letters
- Junior Packets
- Modification of Instruction
- Grading/Returning Assignments
- Review for Assessments
- Career Internship Program
- Fundraising Events
- Cancellation of Assessments/Projects
- SVPA Afterschool Events
- Support for AP Exams
- Safety Before/After School
- Make-Up Work/Assessments
- Black History Events
- Teacher/Student Communication
You can also find updates at www.montclair.k12.nj.us, www.meanj.org, www.baristakidscom, and www.montclair.patch.com. Please speak with your child regarding any concerns they may have regarding these potential changes and ask them to stop by their team office or the main office if they need clarification or have questions.