BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Superintendent Nick Markarian said Monday night the Board of Education and the approximately 800-member Bernards Township Education Association agreed in principle to a new accord following a six- or seven-hour bargaining session that broke up minutes after midnight into Thursday, May 29.

About 580 members of the bargaining unit are teachers, with school and instructional aides, secretaries, nurses, and other certificated personnel making up the difference.

The current three-year pact expires June 30. McKeon said the two sides held six or seven meeting starting back in December.

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Neither Markarian, board president Robin McKeon or BTEA leaders would discuss details until ratification by the union’s membership. Ratification is expected before the end of the school year, and the school board could act at its next meeting June 17.

McKeon said she was happy with the agreement and thanked union members who were in the audience.