Moving forward: The Holmdel Board of Education and the Holmdel Township Education Association shake hands | #Education

HOLMDEL, NJ – The Holmdel School Board and the Holmdel Teachers Education Association (HTEA) share a special relationship. For folks who follow the regular proceedings and know them, it was only a matter of time that these peers came together to fashion a new labor agreement.

On Friday, they unanimously approved a new contract. The new deal is retroactive to the start of the 2019-2020 school year, extending to June 30, 2021. 

“The Holmdel Township Education Association always strives to reach an equitable contract settlement for all involved and we’re happy to come to a settlement during this challenging time in history,” said HTEA President Denise King.

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Under the new agreement, teachers will receive a 2.95% raise for the first year of the contract, retroactive to the previous school year and a 2.7% raise for the second year of the contract. The board sought a shorter contract length than usual, because it wanted to better gauge the impact of new state legislation that will potentially reduce the employees’ contribution to health premiums based upon which plans teachers choose to elect.

“In this challenging time for school districts throughout the state, I’m pleased we have found the right balance between supporting excellence in our classrooms and staying fiscally responsive for our local taxpayers,” said Board President Vicky Flynn.

As parents, students and educators navigate the choppy pandemic waters of today, the agreement on Friday may be a lesson on how stability, leadership and growth are achieved when all sides work together for the common good.


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