Hugh M. Spoljaric, President
“The View From Here”
As we begin the 2005-06 school year, it’s time for some reflection and some views ahead of the curve.
Personally, I would like to thank everyone for the expressions of kindness, compassion, and support for my family and myself in the tragic loss of my sister last month. There are few absolutes in life and we can all be impacted at any moment. Knowing that there are others who care offers immediate comfort. The rest takes small steps and time.
We have a teachers’ contract in place and that’s a positive way to begin the year. The hope is that the ESP can reach a resolution soon and that the administrators and CSEA members will settle just as quickly. It is important, especially when there is a huge school bond proposal looming in the next six months. Statewide, 310 NYSUT locals, 163 representing teachers and 147 representing school related personnel, have expired contracts.
The state education department has
presented their annual list of ‘schools in need of improvement’ and it’s the
same story throughout the state. A lack of federal resources for public schools
in funding the No Child Left Behind Act has impacted rural and urban centers
alike. In those areas exist families of lower socio-economic levels and the
school districts are strapped financially to provide all the resources
necessary to meet the standards. In some districts, students didn’t take the
tests because they were not prepared and the district cited them as in need of
improvement due to the lack of participation. It’s ironic that
Among the states, the announcement by the
And, a form of the Dress Code proposed by KTF has been implemented by the Board of Education and it is reasonable. The idea that school is a more formal process and that it is a preparation for success in the world should be the promotional position for teachers, assistants, monitors, secretaries, and administrators. It’s not about sanctions and control and dictates. We need to be vigilante, yet civil, in our interactions with students.
Every year begins with great expectations and plans. We think of planning forward and then, as with many plans, the day-to-day activities overwhelm us and it becomes a game of catching up. It feels like a marathon. Try taking small bits of calendar time, establishing where you want to be, and get there. It’s back timing instead of the irregular wandering path forward. We all believe that every item we cover is very important and there is no room to eliminate anything. BULLETIN: Your material, like yourself, is not indispensable. Be realistic. Establish a time frame from now to Columbus Day. Next, move on to Thanksgiving, and, then, to Winter Break and to the end of the semester. I think you’ll be surprised and there will be no other surprises! I know you’ll be happier and less stressed. The key to success is constancy of purpose. Know where you’re going and get there. Again, it’s small steps and time.
And, that’s the Bottom Line.
The KTF Pajama
Program to provide needed clothing essentials to victims of Hurricane Kristina
was a great success. 60 boxes of pajamas, socks, flip-flops, and books were
collected. Suzanne Jordan housed everything in her garage until it was pick up
by ALLWAYS MOVING of
And, thanks to Kathy Werner for establishing the drive and to Suzanne’s for collecting the goods.
In October, the
KTF will sponsor its annual
CREDIT: As was reported in the June Torch, a new law allows everyone the opportunity to a free yearly credit report. There are three nationwide consumer credit reporting agencies. For the purpose of the free report, a central toll-free, mailing address, and web site through which to order the report has been established.
By Phone: 1-877-322-8228
By Mail: print the request form from www.ftc.gov/credit and mail it to: Annual
Credit Report request Service,
On The WEB: go to www.annualcreditreport.com
CONTRACT: Please note that longevity is
based on 20 years of service to the
Elementary teachers work 6 hrs. and 55 mins. Conflicts with bus schedules has them arriving at most buildings after 3:10pm. Teachers are allowed to leave 15 mins. early on Fridays and days before holidays. This conflict will be discussed with the district.
On all other days, any teacher required to stay beyond the school day should file a voucher with the Principal for the extra session.
CRUISE: The Key To Fun Cruise that was rescheduled for September 16 failed to register enough members. It will be looked at again in the spring.
CALENDAR: The elementary teachers will now have five (5) half days with students at the end of the school year (the Friday before and the first four days of the last week). The change was necessitated by a conflict with the bus schedules. Additionally, the revised calendar provides for a full day off before Thanksgiving.
LEAVES: Another reminder that if you are a teacher returning from leave, you must rejoin the Sick Bank (Glenn Gallagher @ GW) and notify KTF Membership Chair Mary McLaughlin (MCM) that you are returning.
OVERAGES: The district has until September 30 to rectify overages. Please contact your Building Rep if you have a concern.
VOTE/COPE: There is no fall
NEW TEACHER MEETINGS
New Teacher Coordinator Kate Naughter of JWB will be joined by former KTF Representative Ann Bauch as a co-coordinator in working with the new teachers as they assume the KTF Torch that is passed with each year’s retirements.
A meeting with
the 35 new first year in
NYSUT will provide additional information for those newly hired teachers and for any teachers who has worked three (3) or less at a dinner workshop on Tuesday, October 18, 3:30-7:30, at the Kingston Holiday Inn. The registration deadline is October 7 and space is limited. It is FREE and includes a light dinner and dessert, but a check for $25 must accompany the registration form. Attendees will receive their checks back upon attending the program.
Registration forms will be in the hands of your Building Rep by Friday, September 23.
Your professional career is more than a classroom job. It is your life. As with oxygen masks on planes, when it drops down, take care of yourself first. This is your opportunity.
EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
KESP president Joan White reports
that the unit, now in their second year without a contract, has agreed with the
district on David Stein as a mediator. Mr. Stein is familiar with the
Substitute teacher would like to be notified by the Principals of any ‘Incident Reports’ involving students they may have in their classes. These reports indicate any aggressive, threatening, or violent behavior toward the regular classroom teacher for whom the sub is replacing.
120 members of
meeting will be at William’s