Teachers in the Morris School District started the new school year this week without a contract, and talks are heading to mediation.
The teachers’ association and the district school board “jointly filed for impasse, and will be meeting with a mediator soon,” said Deirdre Falk, who represents the teachers in The Education Association of Morris (TEAM).
“Both parties continue to work diligently and amicably towards an agreement that is fair and equitable to all parties involved. The lines of communication will remain open until a contract is agreed upon,” Falk said.
District school board member Nancy Bangiola said both sides have had “constructive conversations.” Neither side would comment further about the details.
The teachers’ three-year contract expired on July 1. TEAM represents about 750 members, including teacher assistants, secretaries, custodians, maintenance people, bus drivers and some food services workers, at 10 schools.
The Morris School District serves 5,200 students from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, which sends its youths to Morristown High School.