Ridgefield School District and union reach tentative agreement; schools will reopen on Monday

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The Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Education Association announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract just after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Schools will reopen on Monday.

The possible deal comes after months of negotiations that led to a six-day teachers’ strike that closed schools between September 9 and September 16. The teachers have been without a contract since September 1, which was the second day of the school year.

Union members will vote on the proposed contract at a general membership meeting Tuesday night at Union Ridge Elementary School. Until the union votes on whether to approve the deal, neither party is able to share details about what was included in the contract, according to a district spokesperson.

Days missed due to the strike will be treated as weather-related closures and will be made up. The district said in a Sunday night news release that parents can expect an updated school calendar to be sent out this week if the deal is approved.

“We express our deepest gratitude to the many families, community members, union brothers and sisters, and students who have supported us,” states a press release from Elizabeth Stamp and Kara Breuer, co-chairs of the Ridgefield Education Association. “We should all be proud of what we have achieved and what we have stood for: support for students and respect for educators.

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