Phoenixville School District reaches tentative agreement with teachers' union

PHOENIXVILLE — Following three and 1/2 years of negotiations, the Phoenixville Area School District announced last week that they reached a tentative agreement.

Details of the deal are not yet available, but the contract with the Phoenixville Area Education Association comes not long after the third anniversary of the contract with the teachers expiring.

The district and the union announced the possible contract in a press release dated for Friday but the initial announcement was made at the Phoenixville Area School Board meeting Thursday night, according to sources.

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“Both teams will now work to finalize the details of the contract and gain ratification as quickly as possible,” the Friday morning statement read. “Details of the terms of the settlement will be released after both sides have ratified the tentative agreement.”

“Last night Phoenixville Area Education Association joined with the Phoenixville Area School Board to announce a tentative agreement which would renew a contract which expired June 30, 2010,” a statement from the union’s co-president Catherine Renzulli Friday. “Our teachers, school psychologists, nurses and guidance counselors look forward to starting a productive school year under a newly-ratified contract.”

In June, there were indications that negotiations were moving in a positive direction.

“I want to say thank you to the board for their offer,” Renzulli said at the June 7 school board meeting. “Although no agreement was reached, both sides acknowledged we have moved.”

To aid in negotiations, the union hired Willig, Williams and Davidson, a Philadelphia labor law firm in May.

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