EXETER TWP., Pa. -

Teachers in Exeter Township are now working under contract. 

During Tuesday evening’s voting meeting, the school board unanimously decided to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the district and the Exeter Township Education Association.

A union representative who attended the board meeting announced that the union had voted to ratify the contract earlier Tuesday.

"I think the outcome really does represent good faith bargaining," said board member Russell Diesinger, thanking everyone involved in the process.

The contract, which was tentatively agreed upon in August, will serve the period of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020. The teachers were technically working without a contract since July.

The district shortage of bus drivers was also addressed as the board voted to allow the district to contract bus transportation on an as-needed basis from the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU), New Rhoads Transportation or Klein Transportation.

Anne Guydish, the district's business manager, said that these services would likely only be needed for early departures for sporting events. She added that the district is continuing to advertise for bus drivers.

Superintendent Robert Phillips and board member Carole Kutscher were absent from the meeting. The school board will meet again for committee meetings on October 4.