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Posted 03/27/2014 02:25PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dr. Ernest Palestis, Interim Superintendent of Schools Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education

Oakland, March 27, 2014

     The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education and the Ramapo Indian Hills Education Association were unable to reach a contract settlement following three mediation sessions with a State-appointed mediator. This followed approximately ten months of contract negotiations between the parties. The Association’s contract expired on June 30, 2013. As a result of the continued impasse, the State-appointed mediator invoked fact-finding.

     The negotiations have stalled on the issues of salary, the employees’ request to reduce their statutorily required health care contributions, and the Board's request for accountability of the time required for compensating teachers who supervise extracurricular activities.

     The Board proposed a 3-year agreement with cumulative salary increases that exceed the Bergen County 3 year average settlements, increases in extracurricular stipends, salary adjustments for supplemental teachers which place them on the teachers' salary guides for the first time and allow them substantial increases in their future earnings, and retroactive longevity increases for employees. The Board also agreed to the Association's requests to clarify existing contract language governing vacation leave for administrative assistants and to extend employee safety protection to all employees. Finally, the Board proposed a change in the prescription drug program to provide the employees a stand alone plan without any cap on the reimbursement level in consideration for the elimination of major medical prescription reimbursement. This change will enhance the present prescription plan and result in substantial savings to the Board and the employees.

     The Association rejected the Board’s proposal and is seeking salary increases of more than 9% over 3 years and/or a reduction in their statutorily required health care contributions, as well as all of the other the monetary concessions that the Board has offered. It also has been unwilling to consider any proposal that requires Association members to be accountable for extracurricular stipends.

     The Board has offered a highly competitive salary and benefits package for all teachers, supplemental teachers, administrative assistants, technical assistants, instructional aides, custodians and security aides within the financial constraints imposed by the 2% tax levy cap and its ability to maintain the District's outstanding educational, athletic and extracurricular programs.

     The State will now appoint a fact-finder who shall schedule a formal hearing, at which time the Board and the Association will submit their final proposals and evidence to support the reasonableness of their last offers. It is anticipated that the selection, appointment and scheduling of a hearing by the fact-finder will take several months and may extend into the next school year. The fact-finder has the authority to recommend the terms of a settlement to the parties. However, the recommended terms of settlement are not binding upon either party. The costs for the services of the fact-finder are the responsibility of both parties.

     The Board remains willing to meet with the Association at any time in an effort to settle this contract dispute before the process moves on to fact finding.

By: The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education

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Posted 04/09/2014 07:21PM

MEETING NOTICE


RAMAPO INDIAN HILLS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION
131 Yawpo Avenue
Oakland, New Jersey 07436


Notice is hereby given that two Executive Sessions of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional
High School District Board of Education are scheduled at 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, April 22,
2014, and 5 P.M., Friday, April 25, 2014. The meetings will be held in the Ramapo
Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education, District Conference
Room, 131 Yawpo Avenue, Oakland, New Jersey. The purpose of these meetings is to
conduct interviews with prospective candidates for the position of Superintendent of
schools. No action will be taken.

Posted 04/09/2014 10:47AM

The Franklin Lakes Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored prescription medication take-back program on Saturday, April 26, from 10AM to 2PM, in the lobby of the Franklin Lakes Police Department headquarters, located at 490 DeKorte Drive.

This prescription drug collection event is part of a semi-annual program which allows individuals to rid their homes of unused, unwanted, or expired medications, by turning them in to law enforcement officials, who will then ensure that the drugs are disposed of in a safe manner.

Participation in this collection process lessens the potential for such medications to fall into the hands of juveniles, or other individuals who may abuse these medications, or to be sold illicitly. Additionally, it prevents the drugs from ending up in the ecosystem, if they were to be discarded into the trash or flushed down a toilet.

The collection of the medications will be handled expeditiously and anonymously, with no identification required. The drugs may be submitted in their container (with any personal identifying information removed), or loosely deposited into the collection box. Liquid products, such as cough medicine, should remain in their original container with the cap tightly sealed.

Please note that syringes will not be accepted at the collection site.

For more information on the program, please visit the following website:

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

Posted 04/08/2014 12:43PM

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

 

Are you seeking the perfect place to work on a team project, an ultra-quiet spot where you will be able to confab together?

The Wyckoff Library has just the spot!

Our History Room is the quietest spot in the building, an ideal place to work with your small group to attain grade perfection!

Contact us at 201-891-4866 ext. 2

to reserve this space, but remember:

General library rules still apply

in the History Room.

Also, Click here for the April Teen Programs

Posted 03/24/2014 06:44PM
The UNICEF Tap Project is trying to help people around the world without access to clean water. If you accept the challenge, you are giving up something far less vital than water: your cell phone. For every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone, Giorgio Armani Fragrances and other donors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.  Open tap.unicefusa.org on your web-enabled phone and place your phone down on a steady surface, and do not use your phone for at least ten minutes in order to supply water to someone in need. Make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi so you don’t use up your data usage.  IT’S FREE, all you have to do is give up your phone for 10 minutes!
Posted 03/18/2014 01:17PM
Posted 03/18/2014 12:48PM

Lunch Menu         3-11-14 - 3-21-14

Posted 03/14/2014 10:30AM

As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Please feel free to contact Mr. Michael Marano, District Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions at (201) 891-1500 ext. 2230 or (201) 337-0100 ext. 3330.

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Posted 03/12/2014 11:23AM
Please click here to download the Junior Prom packets.
Posted 03/12/2014 09:36AM

FLOW Follies - THIS WEEK

"On The Road With FLOW"

Indian Hill High School Auditorium, 97 Yawpo Avenue, Oakland, NJ

March 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30 PM (THURS-SAT)

March 16 @ 2:00 PM (SUN)

 

 

This year's show is gonna be a real "HOOT" with some familiar characters, songs, and dances!  Most importantly come on out with your family and friends to support the 2014 FLOW Follies SCHOLARSHIP FUND!  We need to fill the seats and are very sure that you will have a lot of fun, too.

Tickets at the BOX OFFICE prior to the show:  $10 Seniors/Students and $15 Adult.

MORE INFO AT www.FLOWFollies.org

Posted 02/27/2014 10:35PM

ATTENTION FRANKLIN LAKES RESIDENTS

RAMAPO INDIAN HILLS BOARD OF EDUCATION SEEKS FRANKLIN LAKES COMMUNITY MEMBER TO FILL BOARD VACANCY

The Board of Education is looking for a Franklin Lakes resident to fill an unexpired term through the board’s next reorganization in January of 2015 due to the resignation of a Franklin Lakes trustee. The Board has 65 days from February 24th to fill this vacancy.

Interested community members should submit a letter of interest and any other pertinent information to Mr. Frank C. Ceurvels, Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District Board of Education, 131 Yawpo Avenue, Oakland, New Jersey 07436, by Thursday, March 20, 2014. Letters of interest will be reviewed by the Board of Education and an interview schedule will be established.

Legal requirements for position:

  • hold U.S. citizenship and one year’s residency in the school district;
  • have no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the Board;
  • not hold office as mayor or member of the municipal governing body or, in the case of county school district, the county governing body;
  • be registered to vote in the district; and
  • be able to read and write.
Posted 02/18/2014 02:33PM

Wednesday, April 9

Thursday, April 10

Friday, April 11

Posted 02/12/2014 03:00PM
The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District 2014 - 2015 Program of Studies is now available for download.  Please click here to download.





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