HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - It took 18 months of protracted, often contentious negotiations between the Hillsborough Education Association and township Board of Education that concluded late Thursday night with the announcement of a tentative, three-year contract.

Michael Callahan, the school district's Human Resources director, and Henry Goodhue, president of the Hillsborough Education Association, declined to discuss details of the preliminary agreement:

"We cannot divulge specific information regarding the terms of the contract until it is ratified by both the union and the school board," they said in a joint statement Friday.

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A salary guide must be established, and contract terms detailed before either side can vote on the agreement.

"There has been a great deal of positive momentum in the district as of late, and we look forward to continuing to build upon recent successes as we seek the “Best for BORO." they added.

Separate from the teachers' tentative contract, voters approved a $35.4 million referendum on Dec. 10 that will pay for much-needed repairs and upgrades to the school district's 9 buildings. The New Jersey Department of Education will provide upwards of 40 percent of the costs.