Oysterponds BOE to discuss teacher, secondary contracts

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Tonight’s Oysterponds school board meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

The Oysterponds school board is expected to discuss teacher and secondary school contract negotiations during an executive session scheduled for tonight.

The pre-K through 6th grade school district, which serves the Orient and East Marion communities, is in danger of losing state aid if it fails to have the state approve its annual professional performance reviews plan, known as APPR, by Thursday.

Superintendent Dick Malone said last week the district had sent the state the district’s APPR plan, but hasn’t been able to resubmit it for final approval because the school board is still ironing out a new teacher’s contract to replace the agreement that expired June 30, 2011. Since the school board and teacher’s union have reached an impasse, officials said the matter is being mediated through the state’s Public Employment Relations Board, known as PERB.

“[The state] knows we’re still in contract negotiations with our teachers,” Mr. Malone said. “The plan has to be part of the new contract for the teachers.”

In addition to teacher contracts, the school board is also likely to discuss its secondary school contract negotiations during executive session.

Oysterponds currently sends its students in 7th through 12th grade to Greenport schools. Both districts are currently finalizing a five-year tuition contract.

The Oysterponds school board is scheduled to hold the public portion of its meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Scroll down to view the complete agenda. Read more in the Jan. 17 issue of The Suffolk Times in both our print and electronic editions.

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Oysterponds BOE agenda, Jan. 15, 2013