Jonathan Ross Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Dear Members of the Blind Brook Community:
At the Board of Education Meeting on Monday, June 12th the annual “Celebration of Teaching” took place. This was a special meeting to award tenure, and to recognize employees who are retiring from the District.
First, it is important to note what tenure is and what it means for the employee and the School District. Tenure is an employment status that a public school teacher or administrator in New York State may earn by successfully completing a period of probationary employment, upon the superintendent’s recommendation and approval of the school board. Typically, the probationary period has been three years although for teachers and administrators appointed after July 1, 2015 that period is now four years. A teacher or administrator who has received tenure has earned the right to keep his or her job without the threat of discipline or dismissal, except for just cause which must be proven in a due process hearing. Hence, as you should expect, tenure recommendations are considered very seriously.
I would like our community to know that one of the most important duties of a superintendent and school board is to recruit and hire the best teachers and administrators and to charge them with providing the highest quality instruction to the students attending Blind Brook schools now and in the future. By and large we have accomplished this goal over the years. On the evening of June 12th, we had seven teachers and two administrators who were granted tenure. It is my belief these nine professionals will continue the tradition of excellent teaching at Blind Brook and that they will be motivated to excel in their respective certification areas for their entire careers. This is exactly why I recommended conferral of tenure on each of these nine worthy individuals.
Tenure was conferred on the following individuals:
Patricia Lambert – Principal at the Blind Brook High School
Derek Schuelein – Assistant Principal at the Blind Brook High School
Elizabeth Campbell – Special Education Teacher at the Blind Brook High School
Gina Carlone – Physical Education Teacher at the Blind Brook High School
Christina Collins – Health Education Teacher at the Blind Brook Middle/High School
Ashley Hughes – Physical Education Teacher at the Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School
Thomas Kerley – Special Education Teacher at the Blind Brook High School
Lisa Mecca – Elementary Education Teacher at the Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School
Andre Soto – Computer Education Teacher at the Blind Brook Middle School
On behalf of the Board of Education, I congratulate each of these colleagues and offer my best wishes to each for great success during their respective terms of employment here at Blind Brook.
At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, we have eight District employees retiring from Blind Brook after amassing a total of 177 years of service to this community. Personally, I will always have the fondest memories of each retiree having had a connection and a positive professional relationship with each which I enjoyed and I will miss.
The retirees include the following individuals:
Susan Aruilio – Health & Physical Education Teacher – 35 years
Diane Camac – Elementary Education Teacher – 27 years
Martine Curto – Social Studies Teacher – 31 years
Jean Follansbee – Library Media Specialist – 11 years
Nancy Garretto – School Nurse – 31 years
Mary Lackowitz – Teacher Aide – 17 ½ years
Frank Lubelli – Custodian – 15 years
Elvira Morse – Spanish Language Teacher – 10 years
On behalf of the Board of Education, I salute each retiree for their years of service to this community and wish one and all a long and prosperous retirement.
Jonathan Ross, Ed.D.