SOMERVILLE, NJ - A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the Somerville Education Association and the Somerville Board of Education.

The two sides met for six hours Tuesday night, according to Dan Puntillo, head of the school board's negotiating team.

"We got to a point where I think it should be comfortable for everybody," he said.

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Puntillo would not release details of the proposed settlement.

Patrick Frain, president of the SEA, will present the proposed contract to the 300-member teachers' union for theirs approval; the union also represents support personnel at the borough's three schools.

The teachers have continued to work under provisions of their previous contract, which had expired at the end of the 2017 school year.

The major sticking point between both sides had been a state law that now requires teachers to contribute payments to their health plans, according to Frain. Teachers were seeking relief from the mandate, which continues to increase each year, impacting their take home pay.

Neither side had been willing to budge over the past year, with parents coming out in support of the teachers at several rallies outside the Van Deerveer School, Somerville Middle School and Somerville High School.

This story will be updated as more details become available.