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Hamburg Central School District close to teacher evaluation deal

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The Hamburg Central School District and its teachers union said they're close to an agreement on teacher evaluations. Although they've been a little behind in the process, both sides said they're working hard to submit it on time.

HAMBURG, N.Y. — The Hamburg Central School Board opened its meeting Tuesday night with an update on negotiations with the teachers union.

"Based on some of the community members and other folks, we felt it was necessary to give some information," Hamburg Central Schools Superintendent Steven Achramovitch said.

Last month, the state made public that Hamburg was one of only a handful of districts that hadn't submitted a teacher evaluation plan for review.

"We've had back and forth conversations with the district," Hamburg Teachers Association President John Mrozek said. "It's been an agonizing, almost torturous, last couple of months needing to hammer out the proper details."

Superintendent Steven Achramovitch said the district and union reached a tentative agreement Friday.

"I submitted that document to the state to try and get an early review on it," he said.

"At this point, I'm not concerned that it's turned in," Mrozek said. "At this point, they can't do anything until the signatures are on the signature page and that would require our membership to ratify the vote."

About $450,000 in state aid is at stake.

"It's a significant amount of funding that we would lose this year," Achramovitch said. "It's an anticipated revenue that we would lose this year. So we would have to go back and review what we would have to do to make up that revenue."

The union will vote on the document Thursday and the board has scheduled a special meeting to approve it Friday morning. Then it's up to the state.

"If it gets turned down, we'll work through the process and do what we have to do to get it back in on time," Mrozek said. "That will be our mission. That's our job."

"We're going to do everything we can do to have this plan approved on time," Achramovitch said.

The district will be up against the clock. The state's deadline for approval is next Thursday.

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