Brielle BOE and BEA hail ‘historic’ labor agreement

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Representatives of the Brielle Education Association and Board of Education stand together after signing a new two-year contract at the June 24 Brielle school board meeting. PHOTO BY DOMINICK WALDMAN

BRIELLE — The Brielle Board of Education [BOE] and Brielle Education Association [BEA] have approved a Memorandum of Agreement on a new labor contract.

According to BOE President Dennis Ingoglia, the agreement marks the first time in more than 20 years that the terms of a new contract have been reached before the expiration of a current contract.

“Negotiations by definition are not a zero sum game,” Mr. Ingoglia said at the June 26 school board meeting.

“Everyone understands that there must be some give and take. The trick is to do it in the spirit of cooperation and without rancor. This is exactly what has taken place. Tonight we celebrate a historic — and that is the correct word, historic — achievement.”

The new agreement, replacing one that ended June 30, will extend through June 30, 2021.

Joseph Milancewich, a school board member and leader of the district’s negotiating team, praised the teachers, thanking them for being helpful in the process.

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