Tentative deal OK’d for Central Cambria

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria teachers and its School Board have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract after hours of bargaining Thursday night, a statement from both sides announced.

Details will not be shared until both sides ratify the contract. Both the union and the district expect to schedule ratification meetings within the next month.

Bargaining has been underway for a new contract since December 2017 and the tentative agreement would expire on June 30, 2023.

“As teachers, our first priority is our students and addressing their needs in the classroom. We’ve been saying that what we want is a contract for the future success of this district, and we’re confident this agreement can get us there,” Central Cambria Education Associatiion chief negotiator Gary Cirelli said in a statement.

CCEA represents 134 teachers across the district.

“This new agreement provides long-term financial stability for the District and our teachers, along with the ability to recruit and retain quality teachers by rewarding them with a competitive salary that is equitable for all teachers,” Central Cambria School District Superintendent Jason Moore said.

“This contract agreement is a win-win for our teachers, the district, the community and, most importantly, it’s good for our students,” said

Dennis Simmers, Central Cambria School Board President. “We value our teachers and the entire staff of the District and remain focused on improving outcomes and academic achievement for all of our students.”