Superintendent Mark Holodick announced that
the Brandywine School District
administration has reached "tentative
agreement" on a new contract with the union
representing its teachers.
offered no details at the school board
meeting on Feb. 27 and neither he nor David
Bradley, president of the union, Brandywine
Education Association, responded to
Delaforum requests for elaboration.
Holodick did say that he expects to present
the new contract to the board for
ratification at its March meeting. Procedure
in the past has been for members of the
collective bargaining unit to vote to ratify
before a contract goes to the board.
Since adminisrators, board members and
teachers will know terms of the agreement
well before the board meeting, it was not
clear why the public must wait until the
result is made final before being informed.
As noted in the agenda for the board
meeting, strategy for collective bargaining
is shielded from disclosure by the state
Freedom of Information Act "but only when
[disclosure] would have an adverse effect on
the bargaining ... position of the public
Brandywine teachers have been working
without a contract so far in this academy
previously reported, the district in January
indicated in a public statement that
revision of some work rules was the issue
that stymied negotiations. District
spokeswoman Alexis Andrianopoulos previously
confirmed that the district and union went
to mediation in early February.