SPOTSWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
I have been enjoying my summer, and I hope you have as well. My family had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, the Poconos and Maine this summer, seeing many friends and family along the way. It was very enjoyable.
The SEA will be meeting on September 1st in the high school cafetorium. I’d like to start off our new year on a positive note by congratulating our newly tenured staff. The achievement of tenure in education, and in this district, is no small accomplishment. This milestone should be acknowledged, and celebrated. Please help me to do this on September 1st.
As well as recognizing accomplished staff members in the district, it is also important to welcome new staff members. Administration has been filling positions all summer long. Some of our new staff members are veteran teachers, and some are entirely new to the profession. It will be important to support everyone and help them adjust to the culture of the Spotswood School District.
The SEA leadership team has been busy this summer. Jaime Mahoney (SEA Secretary), Lauren Siwiak (Co-Negotiations Chair) and I spent time attending the NJEA Summer Leadership training on collective bargaining. As you know, we are starting the third year of our contract, thus making this a negotiation year. Paige Besthoff also joined us in being trained on managing our website. I am hopeful that the website will be a tool that will be useful to all members. Paige will be webmaster and will help with SEA communications. We are all proud to represent you to the best of our abilities and hope to lead at the highest level.
At the state level, I am sure you are aware of what is happening with educator’s pensions. Every payday—from your first paycheck to your last—you’ve contributed to your pension. The same can’t be said of the state. For over 15 years it has shirked its responsibility to fully fund the pension system. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up as a pension activist at fundnjpension.org. By doing so, you will be the first to get updates and be informed of all the opportunities to help out. The NJEA was working hard with Senator Sweeney to get an amendment to the NJ constitution on the ballot for the upcoming election. Unfortunately, the senator did not hold up his end and the amendment will not be on the ballot. Stay tuned for updates and what you can do to help.
Continue to enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you on September 1st.