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Hamburg misses deadline for teacher evaluation plan

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Hamburg Central School District released a statement Friday after it failed to come to an agreement on a new Annual Professional Performance Review plan by Thursday night's deadline.

The missed New York State deadline for teacher evaluation plans means the district will lose out on $450,000 from the state.

The district says they were minutes away from reaching an agreement with the Hamburg teachers' Association, but ultimately were unable to come to a final agreement.

DISTRICT STATEMENT

As you know, the District and the Hamburg Teachers’ Association (HTA) were unable to come to agreement on an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan prior to the deadline of January 17, 2013. This is unfortunate, because after significant discussion, revision, and agreement, we were minutes away from having an agreement on Tuesday. We had resolved all of the issues and were prepared to begin work to have this plan approved by the parties. However, that did not happen and the parties were unable to come to a final resolution. Based on the deadline that passed last night, and the inability of the parties to come to agreement, approximately $450,000 will be deducted from state aid due to the District in March.

Through the negotiations process, the District and the HTA reached an initial tentative agreement on June 12, 2012 and awaited the approval process of the Association. As time progressed, we understood there were some concerns regarding the APPR document and continued to try to resolve the issues. The parties met on December 21, negotiated and resolved the issues, and came to another tentative agreement. However, this document was not approved to move forward by the teachers and we went back to the table again to continue negotiations. On January 4, we reached a third tentative agreement that was put to vote by the teachers on January 11 and, unfortunately, it was defeated. The District and Association communicated over the weekend and came back for further negotiations on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Unfortunately, negotiations between the parties did not result in a final agreement.

The District is now continuing to review options to adjust this year’s budget with the loss of these state aid funds. The options to adjust our budget are expenditure reductions, utilization of reserves and fund balance, or a combination of both. Our goal through this process is to have as little impact on students and staff as possible. At our next regular Board of Education meeting we will be discussing these options with the Board and making recommendations for the remainder of this school year. At this time, we will not be recommending a reduction of teaching staff or other employees. We will look for expenditure reductions in areas that do not immediately impact students and program.

We regret that we could not reach an agreement on the APPR process. The District is committed and ready to continue our negotiations with the HTA and reaching an agreement on this process as soon as possible. Despite this loss in revenue, we are committed to providing the excellent programs and services to our students for which Hamburg is known.

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