We had a great time at the WDHA Teachers Who Rock extravaganza! Here’s a wonderful picture of our very own JoAnne Moloughney, who was inducted into the “Class of 2014” as the WDHA ESP Who Rocks. She’s flanked by her nominator, Diane Wolfe and NJEA Secretary/Treasurer, Sean Spiller.
Congratulations to the Pequannock Township Education Association Friends of Education, 2014:
Lisa Jones – Diane Fox – Terry Gaffey
Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Pequannock Township Teachers of the Year:
PTHS – Galina Crocco PVS – Rose Callaghan Hillview – Karen Handy North Boulevard – Charlene Valero SJG – Eileen Kapotes
A Special THANK YOU to the PTHS Class of 1983, who have donated $500 to your PTEA Philanthropic Fund in memory of their classmates who are no longer with us.
Dave Kohle ’83, Debbie Legregni, and Lee Ann Brensinger
What a great day at the hoedown! Hillview Teachers, Patty Sedran and Jenna Berkowitz are pictured here with PV sixth graders Samantha, Jennie and Meggie who once again sold amazing handmade bookmarks, bracelets, purses and other goodies and then donated all the proceeds to the PTEA Philanthropic Fund! They raised over $80. HV teacher Denise Segedin is the proud mom of Jennie and Meggie.
Please click the link below to view our Fall Apparel Order Form!! You will find polo shirts (short and long sleeve), T-shirts, pullover hoodies, and polar fleece jackets. In addition to those great shirts, you will also find an insulated lunch tote and captain’s boat bag. All products have our PTEA logo on them! Order forms can be returned to your AR or Ann Marie Finnen at SJG and are due no later than September 25th.
Please click the link below to view our Fall Festival Flyer that is taking place on September 15, 2013 at Greenview Park!!
Please check the Negotiations Page for an update… latest update June 6, 2013.
Please check the Negotiations page for the newest update.
The PTEA Negotiations Team met with the Board’s Team on Monday, January 14, 2013. We exchanged language proposals and will continue our discussions at the next meeting on January 28, 2013. The Board provided our team with scattergrams, which we are in the process of verifying. This information is used as the basis for future settlements, so accuracy is essential. Association Representatives will be assisting us gathering this data.
A Message from the Negotiations Team
The Negotiations Team is verifying data supplied by the Board of Education. We are required to sign off on the scattergrams and want to be certain that all the salary figures are correct. Your Association Representatives will be contacting you, if they have not already done so. If you do not want to verify your salary you do not have to respond.
Early this week we heard from some members and administrators that the Superintendent/Administration is discussing the future of aide positions in the district. The negotiations team has not been involved in those discussions so far; we are addressing the stories we’ve heard third hand and are trying to get the facts. NJEA will advise us as we get more substantial information. We contacted Victor this afternoon, and his response to our inquiry is that the BOE is “currently looking at all jobs, job descriptions, and qualifications.” He said that “No decisions have been made.”
Your Association is working to get information and to share this information with NJEA, so that, should it become necessary, we will take whatever action possible to protect our members to the fullest extent of our ability.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of your representatives if you have a direct concern.
President’s Message – January 2013
Happy New Year! Some of the most pressing issues have been:
- Payroll mistake for the December 15th pay period – just a reminder: if ANY member has had any financial penalty (you may not know this until next month) as a result of the payroll issue, please contact Lee Ann by email immediately.
- Question of penalty for arriving to work late – as of this writing, building administrators have been given autonomy to determine whether staff will be required to take a half day if they come in late (under one hour), or leave early (under one hour before the end of the day). We are attempting to determine whether this uneven application of policy is legal.
- Jeans and “dress-down” policy – there is no BOE policy for staff attire. The administration in individual buildings has shared their opinions on jeans or dress-down. There is no district-wide policy regarding dress-down, or on using dress-down as a fundraiser.
- Substitutes for support staff – building administrators have been given autonomy to determine whether subs are needed in each building.
- Evaluations – some district staff have “volunteered” to be evaluated using the new system. It is my opinion that this process should not include non-tenured teachers, but I believe that in some buildings, that is the case. The BOE does not seem to have the same interpretation of the amount of professional development that staff requires for Teachscape. We will have a PD Day in February, and one in June, and that will probably be the extent of our “formal” training, unless Rosalie and Victor add “voluntary” training days. I will argue that there is no guarantee that all staff will be trained. NJEA feels that it is not appropriate to have videos as our only source of training. The evaluation committee has expressed this concern to Rosalie and Victor. As noted in the Legislative report, please remind staff that they must address any inconsistencies or errors in both their walkthroughs and their formal evaluations.
President’s Message – November 2012
Welcome, everyone, to the new Pequannock Township Education Association webpage. We are very excited to be “live”! We will be updating the page, regularly, to bring you information about your Association. You can log into the “Members Only” section using the NJEA.org username and password found on your membership card. Please check both this webpage and our Facebook page, to get the latest news of your Association.
At the General Membership Meeting on the 29th, we told attendees about our new initiative to “adopt” the Toms River High School district. Many families in the district lost everything in Sandy. Some of you have already donated through Susan Quagliana at PV. We will be sponsoring the district all year. Each month, we will ask for different donations. Additionally, if you know of businesses that wish to be involved, please contact Susan or me. Visit this page, often for information.
Some of you have also donated backpacks and lunchboxes for a district in Ocean County. We were able to collect over 50 backpacks in less than 24 hours!
We have also begun negotiations discussions, with the BOE. Check on negotiations information on the “Members Only” page.
Donations and backpacks were collected throughout the district for families who are suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.