The Sparta Education Association and Sparta Board of Education are continuing to work together toward resolving a new contract for the district's teachers, according to New Jersey Herald.
The newspaper reported that school board members went into a closed session meeting during Monday night's regular meeting to further discuss details of the agreement, although no formal vote was taken. About 275 teachers, in addition to paraprofessionals and secretaries, are represented by the union and told district leaders prior to the meeting that they feel it unfair to start another new school year without a contract agreement, according to New Jersey Herald.
Negotiations have been ongoing between the two entities for the past year. SEA members have rallied the board asking for swift action on a new contract agreement.
During one recent board of education meeting, SEA members came together wearing shirts that read "It takes a little more..." a play off a tagline the district tells students that "It takes a little more to be a Spartan."