The lack of a Hopewell Valley Education Support Professionals Association (HVESPA) contract was again (see Hopewell Valley Education Support Professionals Association Urge Resolution) a topic of discussion at last night’s Hopewell Valley Board of Education meeting. In solidarity, an overflow of red-clad Union members packed the small conference room, listening to HVESPA President Patty Armstrong, Hopewell Valley Education Association (HVEA) President Paul Tkacs, and others address the Board.
HVESPA members have been without a contract for more than 18 months. After negotiations failed, a mediator was brought in, but was unable to coax a settlement. Now, the process demands that a fact-finder analyze the information and propose a compromise. Though the first meeting with the intermediary is on April 17th, the Board urges the Union to continue informal discussions with them in parallel as introducing the fact-finder has been known to prolong the process up to a year.
“My hope is that we’ll be able to work this out,” said Board President Lisa Wolff.
Additionally, the Board announced approval of a new Hopewell Valley Administrators and Supervisors Association (HVASA) contract. “I would like to thank the principals and supervisors for what I would say was as quick as a contract could go,” said Wolff.