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Amid Tense Contract Talks, Ridgewood Looks To Crown Top Teachers

Benjamin Franklin Middle School teacher and Ridgewood mom Noreen Clarke with her boys.
Benjamin Franklin Middle School teacher and Ridgewood mom Noreen Clarke with her boys. Photo Credit: Noreen Clarke

RIDGEWOOD, N.J.– The Ridgewood Board of Education, which is in tense talks with the union representing its teachers,  is seeking nominations for the 2015-16 school year Teacher of the Year Program.

The teachers have been working under an expired contract since June 30. Negotiations are ongoing however, the teachers have expressed their frustration with a lack of progress. The district has publicly disputed many of the Ridgewood Education Association's points.

"The Board will continue to conduct our negotiations with genuine respect for our staff. We want to settle the contract with the REA and move forward in a positive manner," the board wrote in an open letter to residents.

Last month, dozens of teachers, wearing red, attended a BOE meeting to express their disappointment over the lack of progress.

This year's honorees will be afforded the opportunity to attend the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program ceremony and luncheon.

The annual event is organized by the Executive Bergen County Superintendent of Schools and the Bergen County Association of School Administrators and the Bergen County Education Association.

The Teacher Recognition Panel — comprised of teachers, administrators and parents — will oversee the nomination process. The panel will elicit nominations of teachers and educational services professionals from staff, parents, students, and community members.

Email nominations to the panel by Thurs., March 24.

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