Burlington Schools Will Be in Session Wednesday After Tentative Agreement is Reached

BURLINGTON, Vt. - School will be back in session on Wednesday in Burlington.

Burlington Teachers and the School Board have reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, after an eight-hour mediation session.  The agreement still needs to be ratified by both sides.

"I am pleased to inform the Burlington community that we have reached a tentative agreement with the BEA," said Board Chair Mark Porter.

Both sides spoke to the media outside the law offices Tuesday night.

"We've learned a lot from this experience and are ready to move forward in a way that is collaborative, builds bridges, and heals old wounds," said Stephanie Seguino, chief negotiator for Burlington School Board.

"I do believe we share a commitment to move forward and create the schools that best serve our kids," added Bob Church, chief negotiator for Burlington Education Association.

Some credited Mayor Miro Weinberger's involement as co-mediator for bringing the two sides together.

"I'm hopeful that with this agreement we can now move forward and to have some exciting conversations about where BUrlington education goes from here," said Weinberger.

The mediator has instructed both parties not to disclose specifics of the agreement until it has been ratified, according to a release from the school board.

"We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated and caring teachers in Burlington," said Superintendent Yaw Obeng.

"This has been a challenging time for our community. It is important that we now move forward together. We are one District and one team, and I am confident we can all heal and learn from this experience," Obeng continued.

The district will follow its usual Wednesday schedule:

  • BHS: Block 1 begins at 8:50 a.m.
  • Early release at 1:50 p.m. at all elementary schools
  • Early release at 2:00 p.m. at both middle schools

The Burlington Education Association has yet to issue a statement.

Local 22 & Local 44 will continue to provide updates as this story unfolds.

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