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Contract talks continue in Brentwood School District

| Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 2:51 p.m.

Brentwood Borough School District leaders will meet with teacher's union representatives July 26 to continue contract negotiations.

School board members at their meeting Monday talked little about negotiations between the two parties.

“We would like to have the contract resolved so we can start the next year with a new contract,” said school board member Gary Topolosky, chairman of the district's negotiation committee.

Negotiations between the Brentwood Education Association and district leaders began in January 2015.

Teachers have been working for more than a year under the terms of a contract that expired June 30, 2015.

Matt Edgell, of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, confirmed the planned negotiation session, but had no further comment.

Members of the 95-member BEA in May authorized their negotiation committee to call a strike.

The union is required to give the district 48 hours' notice before striking.

Both parties met for a negotiation session on June 17 after a period of “side-bar” talks, Topolosky said.

“We reached agreement on several issues, but major issues still remain,” solicitor John Vogel said.

District leaders declined to comment further.

Board members at their meeting Monday also agreed to several transfers in staffing positions that were prompted due to the retirement of 11 employees during the 2015-16 school year, including four teachers, Superintendent Amy Burch said.

Two teachers who were furloughed in April 2015 were recalled Monday to fill positions vacated by retirements.

Those teachers include Jeffery Wastchak, who moved to an elementary teaching position, and Kate Flaherty Rodriguez, who moved to a half-time English as a Second Language position.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-388-5818 or

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