Thank you to the Comsewogue community who came out yesterday to pass the Comsewogue school budget with a shade under 80% of the voters voting “Yes” for the school budget. PJSTA endorsed candidates Alexandra Gordon and James Sanchez won re-election in unopposed races.
In other news PJSTA members Gerriann McNamee and Kelly Vallette won election o the school boards in their home school districts of North Babylon and Islip! Congratulations to them! When we fight, we win!
In march we had Jia Lee and Alison McDowell join us for an episode of The PJSTA Live. Students Not Scores has announced tonight that they will be hosting a forum on June 1st at Terryville Elementary School with McDowell coming all the way from Philly to join them. The flyer is below. You won’t wanna miss it!
In 2014 at the UCORE conference in Chicago, I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Sarah Chambers in a workshop. Since then Chambers, like so many other teachers from the rank and file caucuses who make up UCORE, has been busy continuing to fight back against ed deform and for the schools her students deserve. Very few teachers have fought as ferociously and vocally as Chambers. As Michelle Gunderson put it in her post on Living in Dialogue, “If you are fortunate, every once in a while you will meet someone who breathes the fire of justice. In my life Sarah Chambers, a special education teacher from Maria Saucedo School in Chicago, fills that role.”
Unfortunately Chambers is under attack from her school district, Chicago Public Schools. CPS has suspended and is seeking to fire Chambers because of her role in vocally defending students. Please check out Gunderson’s piece above, Dr. Lois Weiner’s post titled A Teacher Who’s Dangerous- To Chicago’s Power Elites, and then sign this petition to support Sarah Chambers.
You can see Chambers eviscerate the Common Core at the 2014 AFT Convention in this video.
For the first time since 2009 there will be a new PJSTA President. Katie Kleinpeter will succeed the soon to be retired Beth Dimino on June 1st. Listed below are the winners of today’s election:
PJSTA President- Katie Kleinpeter
PJSTA 1st Vice-President- Brian St. Pierre
PJSTA 2nd Vice-President- Dave Anzini
PJSTA 3rd Vice-President- Matt Carrera
PJSTA Secretary- Erica Marsh
PJSTA Treasurer- Maurizio Milana
PJSTA Webmaster- Brian St. Pierre
PJSTA Portal Editor- Maurizio Milana
Boyle Road Elementary
Senior Building Representative- Sue Hirner
Building Representative- Ann Popielaski
Building Representative- Nicole Taormina
Clinton Avenue Elementary
Senior Building Representative- Michelle Sowa
Building Representative- Liza Carolan
Building Representative- Barbara Boncimino
Norwood Avenue Elementary
Senior Building Representative- Erica Gunning
Building Representative-Laurie Tilmont
Building Representative- Carole Anne DeVine
Terryville Road Elementary
Senior Building Representative- Gail Ports
Building Representative- Debra Rosenquist
Building Representative- Kathleen Masone
Building Representative- Ann Sutter
JFK Middle School
Senior Building Representative- Debbie Reilly
Building Representative- Katy Dornicik
Building Representative- Sue Niver
Building Representative- Kelly Vallette
Building Representative- Marty Sobel
Building Representative- Carole Stacy
Building Representative- Kristin Surdi
Comsewogue High School
Senior Building Representative- Bo Frimmer
Building Representative- Angela Azzara
Building Representative- Mike Bonura
Building Representative- Matt Brown
Building Representative- Shane Goldberg
Building Representative- Margaret Kinane
Building Representative- Karen Verdisco
Building Representative- Vincent Verdisco
A big thank you to all members who ran in today’s elections along with the Building Election Coordinators and the Election Chairperson, Sue Niver, for making today’s elections a success. All newly elected positions will begin on June 1, 2017.
A reminder to PJSTA members that elections for our local take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5th. We are fortunate enough to have some contested elections within our local, so you’ll want to be sure that you are on time to vote. All voting must take place prior to first period as per the PJSTA Voting Guidelines. Tomorrow we will be electing the following positions…
PJSTA 1st Vice-President
PJSTA 2nd Vice-President
PJSTA 3rd Vice-President
PJSTA Portal Editor
One senior building representative in all schools
Building representatives for all schools
Check back tomorrow evening for the election winners. The new term begins on June 1, 2017.