Congratulations to all the elected candidates and thank you to all who ran for this year’s elections.
Your new Co-Presidents, Christina Smith and Nikki Ruffo, will take the position as of Monday, May 11th. We look forward to hearing from them.
The following positions have been appointed by the executive board due to the absence of candidates in the election per our by-laws:
Unit A Negotiations Team- Steve Godbout, Gina Johnston, and Aimee Selby will round out the team ( Sherry Nolan Hess and Mary Rose Steele were voted in)
Unit C negotiations Team- Sue Baburins, Ken Macdonald, Charlotte Brillhart and Beth Mazzolla ( Diane Egizi was voted in)Unit
C- Co-chairpersons Diane Egizi and Sue Baburins
Member at large- Brittany Burns
The members must approve the appointments- please click here to approve. https://forms.gle/QXmgDwmyiG7Lnugc6
Your elected and appointed 2020 ARTA board and negotiations committee includes the following:
Co-Presidents- Christina Smith and Nikki Ruffo
Treasurer- Dan Forhan
Secretary- Mary Rose Steele
Unit C Chairpersons-Diane Egizi and Sue Baburins
Member at Large-Brittany Burns
Unit A Negotiations Team- Sherry Nolan Hess, Mary Rose Steele, Steve Godbout, Gina Johnston, and Aimee Selby
Unit C negotiations Team- Diane Egizi, Sue Baburins, Ken Macdonald, Charlotte Brillhart, and Beth Mazzolla
The new board will appoint a Parliamentarian and all other standing Committees in our bylaws. For a list of them go here. https://algonquinregionalteachers.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/2012-constitution.pdf
In non-election news, Greg should be reaching out to the teachers soon to explain the fiscal constraints we will be up against due to Covid-19. Lots of things are unknown at this time but it would be unrealistic to think we won’t be impacted in some way. We have no details at this point as a lot depends on the school committee, the town meetings, the state budget and possible federal funding. The association will be involved in decisions regarding budgetary implications as much as possible. I am sure the new presidents will do whatever they can to minimize the impacts on teachers, but some things will be out of their hands. We expect that they will communicate to the membership whenever details emerge.
And lastly to Zoom or not to Zoom- do what you are comfortable with and what works for your curriculum and your home circumstances. Switching to Google Meet might be a safer option if you feel that you and your students are up for the change, but if not don’t worry about it. You are all doing an amazing job reaching your students and we fully support and defend your right to deliver your curriculum in the ways you are most comfortable.