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The Hamilton Township Board of Education and the Hamilton Township Education Association are signatories to a collective bargaining agreement dated July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2012. The parties reached an impasse in bargaining and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission (NJ PERC) appointed a mediator to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. Mediation was not successful and on May 7, NJ PERC appointed Gerard G. Restaino, arbitrator, as fact-finder. After meetings of June 24, July 25, Aug. 7, and Aug. 27 it became apparent that a fact-finder’s report would be necessary....