Successful union negotations save Newburgh schools
Newburgh Enlarged City School District administrators and Board of Education members received a round of applause and a standing ovation Tuesday evening when they announced that the 2013-2014 budget proposal would not require any school closures and would include full-day kindergarten.
“It is my pleasure to tell you that negotiating teams for the district and the Newburgh Teachers Association (NTA) have reached a settlement on a labor agreement that is still subject to ratification by both parties,” said school board President Dawn Fucheck. “Based on the assumption that it will be ratified, the budget proposed for adoption this evening will have kindergarten remaining full-day and no schools will be closing.”
Fucheck extended her appreciation to the members of the negotiating teams who she said spent many long, difficult hours to get to this point.
“The agreement reached by the NTA leadership and the district leadership exemplifies what can be accomplished when we all work collaboratively as a team to ensure the best opportunities and a high quality education for our students,” she said.
Newburgh Superintendent Ralph Pizzo also added his thanks and hope that the new deal is ratified quickly.
“It was a team effort,” he said. “Everybody came together and good things happened.”
By JESSICA MURRAY