Hopewell Valley ESPA Contract Negotiations Stall

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    HVESPA President Patty Armstrong addresses the board

    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.

    Click to read HVESPA President Patty Armstrong’s and HVRSD Board of Education Negotiations Committee Chair Leigh Ann Peterson’s letters-to-the-editor concerning the HVESPA negotiations in MercerMe.

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    Angela Jacobs
    Angela Jacobs is a freelance writer who lives in Hopewell Township with her teenaged children and partner of 20 years. Despite her best efforts to simplify her life, last year she added four chickens and a second rescue dog to her pet menagerie. Unfortunately, an interim of peaceful coexistence ended with the untimely demise of two of the chickens at the paws of Jax, the new dog. An egregious lack of impulse control has since been diagnosed resulting in an indefinite separation of Jax from all present and future chickens, her two cockatiels, open garbage cans, snacks open on tables, abandoned stuffed animals, etc. She does however gently encourage him toward a certain industrious squirrel that has spelunked its way through her backyard in search of the most perfect hiding spot for its nuts.

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