HILLSBOROUGH. NJ -The Hillsborough Township Board of Education and the Hillsborough Education Association came to a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract Thursday following a six-hour meeting with a state-appointed fact finder.

.The tentative deal was reached after both sides met at the Board of Education office. The two sides have been negotiating since November 2018 for a contract which expired in June 2019. Both sides had declared an impasse a few months ago and asked for the state fact finder to step in.

The meeting on Thursday was the first with the state appointed fact finder. The terms of the tentative agreement will not be made public until it is ratified by the union and the school board, according to Michael Callahan, Human Resources director for the school system.

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A salary guide and contract language must be finalized before members of the HEA will be able to vote on the deal.

"Both parties look forward to ratification over the next several weeks and continuing to focus on ensuring the best education for our students," Callahan said.