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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Parties reach tentative agreement for elementary occasional teachers
17 February 2006, Belleville, Ontario—Today the negotiating team for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board reached a tentative agreement for approximately 300 occasional teachers of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – Hastings-Prince Edward Local. The tentative agreement covers the period September 1, 2004 to August 31, 2008.

The parties worked through negotiations with a focus on student needs and safety. Details will be provided following ratification votes by both parties.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 46 elementary and eight secondary schools serving 18,400 students, employing 1,070 teachers and 705 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354