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New Contract Approved for Brick Teachers

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Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Board of Education on Thursday night voted in favor of approving a new pact with the Brick district’s teachers.

“The negotiations committee for the board went through the process, worked with my office, to make sure the contract that is hopefully going to go in effect is fair and balanced,” said Paul Kalac, an attorney who the district hired to serve on the negotiating committee since three of the board’s current six members have relatives who work in the district.

The contract, which runs through June 30, 2018, does not include traditional flat percentage wage increases for district employees. Instead, the contract takes a percentage of the total salary base and increases it, while simultaneously drawing down the cost of health benefits.

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For example, Kalac explained, the current salary base for all teachers is approximately $58 million. The contract takes 3.41 percent of that figure in the first year, then applies that to come up with a new base.

“It does not mean all employees get that percentage increase,” Kalac said.

The same methodology is repeated for years two and three of the contract, when the salary base will be increased by 3.3 percent and 3.19 percent.

Explained simply: “The teachers are not getting a raise on top of their step increase,” said Kalac. “They are just moving up a step on their guide.”

The first year of the contract is “essentially a wash,” said Kalac, explaining that when the increases in salary are tempered with concessions in the cost of teachers’ health insurance coverage, the district’s cost will only total about $145,000 more in the first year, with similar modest increases in the remaining years. The cost of health benefits will decline by about $1.9 million in year one of the contract alone, officials said.

“To get a change in insurance in this day and age is quite an accomplishment,” Kalac said.

The contract was approved with all board members except Michael Conti voting in favor of the contract. Conti, whose wife is a teacher in the district, abstained from voting even though he legally would have been able to do so under the state’s so-called “doctrine of necessity” provision.


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  • Chief Wahoo

    “When the public discovers they can vote themselves money from the public treasury, the [American] experiment will be over”-Tocqueville 1838

    3 of 6 with public taking family connections on the board. The taxpayers get what they so richly deserve.

    • BillyBrick

      I don’t think Conti abstained because of his wife. Conti abstained because of all the mortgages he wrote for the teachers in the contract. The Sangiovanni team working hard to cover their secrets. Sorry CATS OUT OF THE BAG ON THIS ONE.

    • Victor Finamore

      “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
      Intelligence plus character ” – That is the goal of education.

      Martin Luther King, Jr.

      • BillyBrick

        Need not think too critically everyone, Mr. Finamore is a new R on the scene attempting to step onto the Brick Board of Ed and to the higher critically thinking and intelligent position of Township Council. Vote Team Sangiovanni for him along with Pannucci, Conti, Toth and Bacon.

  • Victor Finamore

    The quote of the evening: “Who’s this Guy………..?’ ~ Vic Fanelli Love it !!! 🙂

    • Ha, gotta admit I got a real kick out of that exchange.

  • Frank Rizzo

    We are all part of the economy, private and public. Private sector gave up their unions and their rights years ago when people sold them the idea that “Unions are a thing of the past” meanwhile Apple Corp makes how much…and their workers in the retail stores get..How much?..Your jobs have all left America..Immigrants flood in and YET NO ONE VOTES in elections. Or you vote for Democrats who spew diversity and how much better off we are because of it…why am I better off if things are diverse….why do I have more money because of this…then lets talk about the “Global economy” we are “Tied” to. We can move onto to political correctness which makes you all sheep because they will fire you if you speak of anything I just wrote above….THIS IS YOUR FAULT…not the people who still have a union.

    • JW

      Yep, the world’s problems are all about immigrants and diversity. Yet, you keep insisting you wear no white hoods.

      • Frank Rizzo

        So what’s your answer to jobs and money for the everyday person.

      • JW

        Blame the right people- big banks and the super rich that right wing fools like you are so in love with.

      • Frank Rizzo

        You are dumber each day. The big banks were made by Bill Clinton who removed the Glass/stegall act put in place during the last depression. The big banks and the super rich control the people who get elected because dopey Americans do not read the news or even vote these people out. So….not the cause….what is your SOLUTION….should we keep an open border and bring the worlds welfare into our land….how will YOU create jobs if you could.

      • JW

        Yeah, sure, there were no big banks before Democrats existed. You really are dumb as a fence post. Which party is it again that wants to repeal Dodd-Frank and the CFPB? Oh right, the TeaBagger party. Get back to burning crosses Frank, the gasoline is running out.

      • Frank Rizzo

        So..tell me what is so effective about Dodd/Frank….Why do we need to keep it instead of repeal it and or make it stronger….Why do you believe the Dem’s are so immune from the corruption of the “big”…Big oil..Big Pharma…Big banks…who is a democrat and in power now railing about anything “Big” and we need to cut these things down to size….

      • JW

        Rant rant rant. Anger anger anger. Your nasty teamsport politicking is half of this country’s problem. The other half is ignorance, something you also ably demonstrate.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Typical communist liberal who cannot answer a simple question and can only call people names who disagree with you or make you look foolish…..answer the question….how can we get more Americans back to work and into high quality…high pay jobs like we had here before Bill Clinton got us into NAFTA and gave China favorite nation trading status.

      • JW

        Frank, you’re the one here who never misses a chance to call names and rage about the evil blacks. Your premises are bunk anyway. Might as well argue about whether Einstein was right to invent AIDS. Any such debate would be pointless because it comes from the mind of a brainwashed and dangerously deluded man- you!

      • Frank Rizzo

        Ha…you have no plan or idea of your own. Just take from the government is all you know. Would you like some free cheese to go along with your welfare I pay you.

      • JW

        More angry nonsense from the resident troll. Have you considered relocating to someplace more amenable to your endless race hatred? Perhaps Alabama in the 1850s?

      • SoWhat?

        Not just big banks under Clinton, but he also gave approval to merge big oil. Exxon/ Mobil, Texaco/Getty, BP/Amoco. all merged under Clinton reversing Teddy Roosevelt’s trust busting breakup of John Rockefeller Standard Oil company.

      • SoWhat?

        Hillary and Bills biggest donors are big banks and hedge funds. Chelsea married a hedge fund manager.

      • SoWhat?

        Why do you think the Clintons are making $500,000 an hour giving speeches around the world? Its called payback. Legalized bribery.