THE PLEDGE IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE PLAINVIEW-OLD BETHPAGE
CONGRESS OF TEACHERS
Volume XXXVI, No. 16 May 22, 1997
Once again, the importance of PCT political action was demonstrated by the election returns of May 20, 1997. PCT endorsed Board of Education candidates Evy Rothman and Eric Schultz were re-elected by the narrowest of margins, Rothman by 65 votes and Schultz by 8 votes.
The Rothman and Schultz victories are made even sweeter by the fact that both candidates featured their efforts to improve relations with the PCT in their campaign. With their cooperation, PCT President Morty Rosenfeld wrote a letter on behalf of the membership to every parent in the community stressing the successful efforts of Rothman and Schultz to improve labor management relations in our District after years of turmoil. The fact that our union could so openly support candidates for the Board and win hopefully marks a turning point in our relationship with the community.
Our poilitcal action work also payed other important dividends. Al Liguori our candidate for the Public Library Board of Trustees was re-elected, and the budgets of both the District and the Public Library passed by significant margins.
Those PCT members who staffed our phone bank made a enormous contribution to our successful efforts. They deserve our congratulations and thanks.
SHAPP ROTHMAN SCHULTZ LEONE
1926 1991 1934 1232
LIGUORI WERNER BOZZA
1210 1111 892
SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET
YES: 2661 NO: 1405
PUBLIC LIBRARY BUDGET
YES: 2774 NO: 1156
We received the following letter addressed to the membership. We thought you would enjoy it as we did.
I am purposely addressing this letter to all of you. Yes, you are my children's teachers - but I address you as "friends" - among the best "friends" my children ever had.
It seems like just yesterday that Jaclyn came home from her first day of kindergarten. This year she graduates from high school and will be entering Brandeis University in September. She was offered the Presidential Scholarship which we gratefully accepted. We are so proud of her.
[My daughter] was a high achiever, and she worked hard. Yes, she earned the grades and yes, we supported her, but she could not have achieved what she did without all of you! The enclosed "For Better or Worse" cartoon says it all. You were there for her in good times and bad. You never hesitated to contact us at home if you felt the need, taking time away from your own families. You never hesitated to return a telephone call or help in any other way. Not only that, she volunteered her energies and devoted so much time to school activities, partly to support you.
She admires and respects you all so much. During her 13 years with you, we lived through more than one contract dis agreement. Throughout those trying times, you retained your professionalism - my children never lost out.
[My son] is completing his first year of high school. He works hard, feels successful, feels supported and he feels appreciated. At this point his goal is to become a sixth grade teacher. If his role models were not great, he would never have felt this way.
We are so fortunate to be part of this school district. Thank you so much for everything.
Have a wonderful summer.
RETIREMENT INCENTIVE QUESTIONNAIRE
By the time members receive this edition of the Pledge, they will have received a cessionaire about the possibilities of a local retirement incentive for this year.
It is extremely important that those who might be interested in an incentive return this cessionaire to the PCT Office immediately. The information sought is needed for our discussions with the Board of Education. Remember, we will share only the number of interested people with the Board. Your name will be kept in confidence.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY TENURED MEMBERS
This year there was probably more anxiety about tenure than in any year in recent memory. What with a new Superintendent of Schools it became the very common wisdom of the district's rumor mill than there would be many who would not receive tenure, maybe none at all.
We thought it appropriate, therefore, to publicly congratulate the twenty teachers who were awarded tenure at the May 5th meeting of the Board of Education and to wish them the very best for their careers in Plainview-Old Bethpage.
Those receiving tenure effective September 1, 1997 are:
Robin Acerra - Kennedy
Robert Barca- Mattlin
Edward Broad- Mattlin
Debra Cominsky- Stratford Rd.
Deanna Consiglio- Mattlin
Dawnmarie DeMatteo- Mattlin
Bess Eliav- Kennedy
David Gestwick- POBMS
Tom Hayes- Kennedy
Anna Hipshman- Stratford Rd.
Kim Krage- Stratford Rd.
Christine McHugh- Parkway
Laura Meyer- Kennedy
Eve Morales-Stratford Rd.
Carol Rose- Stratford Rd.
Arlene Rubenstein- Kennedy
Gregory Scesney- Parkway
Claude Szajna- Kennedy
Ellen Lucas- Mattlin
Congratulations from the officers and members of the PCT.
A number of members have reported difficulty gaining approval for in-service and graduate courses from Central Office.
In response to these complaints, to Officers of the PCT raised this issues with the Superintendent at our May monthly meeting. After some discussion, it was agreed that those who had been refused should resubmit their requests for reconsideration.
For those who intend to take courses over the summer, it is essential that these requests be resubmitted immediately. Members are encourages to copy their requests to the PCT Office. In this way, if there is a problem the office has the information it needs to represent you.
WELFARE FUND BENEFIT CHANGE - INEQUITY CORRECTED
At their last meeting, the Trustees of The Welfare Fund corrected voted unanimously to change the way in which those members who are 65 and over and on Medicare qualify for reimbursement of their Empire $250 deductible from our Excess Major Medical Coverage. Prior to this action by the Trustees, expenses covered by Medicare did not count toward the satisfaction of the $1250 of covered expenses necessary to receive reimbursement of the deductible.
With the action of the Welfare Fund Trustees, Medicare payments will now count toward qualifying for deductible reimbursement. No longer will those over 65 be penalized simply because Medicare and not Empire paid for their treatment.
PCT END OF YEAR PARTY
It's still not too late to sign up for the PCT party to be held at Reddheads in Levittown from on Wednesday, May 28, 1997, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Please see your building rep today. It's been a difficult year. Let's end it with some fun. Speeches will be kept to a strict minimum, and the open wine and beer bar will be unlimited.
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