More Brick news in the gallery above: Brick officials propose a ban on recreational pot sales in town.BRICK — School administrators and Brick teachers reached a tentative contract agreement, ending a months-long stalemate in negotiations over raises and benefits, Board of Education President Stephanie Wohlrab announced Monday in a prepared statement. "We are pleased to have reached this tentative agreement and look forward to completing the process," Wohlrab said Monday in a news release.In December, members of the Brick Township Education Association and their supporters wore black in a silent show of unity during a school board meeting in order to bring attention to the stalled negotiations. The union represents about 1,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in Brick schools.Union president Tim Puglisi confirmed the tentative agreement Monday. Both the union members and school board must vote on the proposed contract before the deal is complete.Education: Brick, Toms River schools will fight state aid cuts in TrentonIn November, the Board of Education passed a resolution to file a notice of impasse with the Public Employment Relations Commission, which deals with labor relations issues between public employers and public employees. Neither side would discuss details of the agreement or the negotiations, but Superintendent Gerard Dalton said last year that the district was having difficultly planning expenses due to unpredictable cuts in state aid.
Watch: Gov. Phil Murphy will discuss his budget proposal on Tuesday.Brick officials said the school district is facing a cumulative loss of $44 million in state aid over seven years. The cuts could cost nearly 300 teachers and school staff their jobs and impact essential school programs, according to district administrators.Proponents of the cuts say Brick, and other school districts like it, have collected more than their fair share of state school aid in recent years.On Tuesday, Brick schools administrators along with township elected officials will protest the state cuts in Trenton before Gov. Phil Murphy is scheduled to give his 2020 budget address. The median salary for Brick teachers in the 2017-18 school year was $68,405, according to state data.
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