Perth Amboy teachers, school board at impasse in contract talks

Suzanne Russell, Bridgewater Courier News

PERTH AMBOY – Perth Amboy Superintendent of Schools David Roman recently received a three-year extension to his contract with a raise, along with a $30,000 bonus, and district teachers say that’s unfair, especially since when they have been working without a contract for nearly a year.

Perth Amboy Federation
Perth Amboy teachers rallied Thursday about working without a
contract. (Photo: ~Courtesy of Perth Amboy Federation)

Members of the Perth Amboy Federation/American Federation of Teachers rallied last week outside district schools to protest the disparity. Teachers asked parents to sign a petition calling on the school board to reach a fair contract.

“Perth Amboy Federation/AFT members have been working with an expired contract since June 2018. We thought we were close to an agreement several times, but the board walked out of negotiations on two separate occasions then filed for impasse in March,” Perth Amboy Federation/American Federation of Teachers President Patricia Paradiso said in a release.

“Anger over the lack of an agreement hit a fever pitch when the Perth Amboy Board of Education voted unanimously to open the superintendent’s unexpired contract and give him a three-year extension with a raise. They also gave the superintendent over $30,000 in bonus money at the same meeting,” Paradiso said.

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