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SWRTA is pleased to welcome the following new teachers to the Shoreham-Wading River Faculty:
- Jaquelyn Nicholes
- Samantha Shepard (also @ MS)
- Tara Ann Yoches (also @ MS)
- Jim Finnerty
- Kelly Kane
- Cara Brown
- Sandra Nicotra
We are also very pleased to announce that, due to an additional section of Kindergarten being added at Miller Avenue, Lauren Esposito will be re-joining the faculty.
2018 may go down in history as the year of the teacher strike. Strikes are not a new phenomenon, of course, but they have become a far less common tool in recent years, especially in the world of education.
But as conditions for teachers and students got worse and worse around the country, politicians and school boards began to see what happens when you push too far against public education:
Teachers push back, communities support them, and public education wins.
Why were they so successful? A lot of the press about the strikes centered on just how low teacher salaries are in many places in the country (teachers losing their houses, having to get second jobs, etc.). And the fact is, people overwhelmingly have positive feelings about teachers and don’t want to see them suffering. But it’s important to note that strikers were pushing for greater funding for schools overall, including things like more counselors and nurses.
And while strikes are a pretty extreme tool, the success of their efforts point to a bigger point, one we’ve made again and again. It sometimes seems that the forces against public education are so immutable that there is no point even trying, we have the power to make change happen when we are united.
SWRTA members came out in force Tuesday night to continue to deliver our simple message: We work hard to serve this community that we love, and all we want is a fair contract. The OVERWHELMINGLY positive response from residents driving past was encouraging. Thank you to everyone who honked, waved, and cheered us on.
Here are the NYSUT endorsed candidates for Suffolk BOE races.
Please make sure you get out and vote on May 15th.
Italics Indicate NYSUT Member
Bayport Blue Point: Mathew Seery & William Holl
Brentwood: Eileen Felix, Julia Burgos & Cindy Calderon-Cifferi
Commack: Jared Behar
Connetquot: Mark Warshaw
Vote Yes on Proposition #1
Vote No on Proposition #3
Huntington: Tom DiGiaccomo, Christine Biernacki & Lynda D’Anna
Islip: Eric Buehler, Paul Austin & Tom Leggio
Kings Park: Kevin Johnston & Diane Nally
Longwood (Middle Island): Penni Blizzard-McGrath
Middle Country: Arlene Barresi, Daniel Hill, Karen Lessler & Kathleen Walsh
Vote Yes on Proposition #1
Northport: David Badanes, Victoria Buscareno & David Stein
Patchogue-Medford: Anthony O’Brien, Marc Negrin & Bernadette Smith
Vote Yes on Propositions #1, #2, & #3
Port Jefferson: Tracy Zamek, Ryan Biedenkapp & Jason Kronberg
Riverhead: Brian Connelley & Sue Koukounas
**********ONLY VOTE FOR THESE 2 CANDIDATES
Rocky Point: Ed Casswell & Greg Amendola
Sayville: Carl Cangelosi, Keith Kolar & John Verdone
Smithtown: Mandi Kowalik
South Country: (Bellport) Regina Hunt
South Huntington: Michele DeGaetano, Linda LaCara & Edward Nitwewicz
Vote Yes on Propositions #1 & #2
Three Village: Bill Connors & Deanna Bavlnka
West Islip: Richard Antoniello & Steve Gellar