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     Feb. 14, 2020 – The school district’s negotiations team met for two hours on Wednesday with the Belle Vernon Area Education Association in continued attempts to reach a new labor agreement.

        The meeting followed four-hour executive sessions held both Monday and Tuesday by the full, nine-member School Board to discuss the status of negotiations.

        The next meeting between the district’s negotiations team and the BVAEA will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26. State Labor Mediator Joseph Lamenza attends the meetings.

        Meanwhile, members of the BVAEA have continued to work under terms and conditions of the previous collective bargaining agreement that expired June 30, 2019. Approximately two dozen formal meetings and “sidebar” discussions have taken place to date.

        The district will meet Thursday, Feb. 20, with representatives of BVAEA Support Professionals #2, PSEA/NEA, covering custodial, maintenance, food service and transportation employees. The current contract expires June 30, 2020.