March 25, 2015

Parents and Members of Princeton Community Urge Board, PREA to End Contract Dispute 

To the Editor:

We, the undersigned, are parents and members of the Princeton community. We are writing to urge members of the Board of Education and the teacher’s union (PREA) to end the almost year-long contract dispute that has been going on between the two parties. The PREA and Board of Education will be meeting again, face to face on Thursday, March 26. They have not met face to face in months. As the participants sit down to negotiate, we ask that both sides keep in mind the values of this community when bargaining. We are ALL stakeholders in the outcome of these meetings. So many of us moved here because of the stellar reputation of the school system. Historically, it has been a district where teachers were respected for their experience and knowledge and their commitment to our children and Princeton schools.

We implore both the Board of Education and the PREA to keep our children in mind during their meetings, and consider how the lack of a resolution has adversely affected them. Princeton is a community that treasures its public school system and its teachers. We want our spring activities back. This includes the Gettysburg trips, spring concerts, and AP review sessions, so that every child gets to experience the amazing opportunities that Princeton schools have to offer. A positive outcome to the negotiations can still be achieved in time to salvage the rest of the school year for all our children. We hope that both parties approach the negotiations on Thursday seeking an end and not a win.

Debbie Bronfeld, Dafna Kendal,

Daniel Harris, Joy Saville,

Andrea Sacchetti

Dodds Lane

Andrew Bush

Turner Court

Sarah Lewis Smith

Gulick Road

Jane Manners, John Collins

Wheatsheaf Lane

Grayson Barber

Locust Lane

Janice Fine, David Donnelly

Nassau Street

Inkyung K. Yi

Shadybrook Lane

Carol Golden

Snowden Lane

Beverly Kuo-Hamilton.

Franklin Avenue