Black History Month
I salute all African-Americans who have contributed to knitting the fabric of the tapestry of American history and culture. Thank you to all of the great men and woman of color past and present who fought, stood the test of time, endured hardships, pressed toward the mark of higher callings, and those who have made and are yet making the quality of life for future generations better here in the United States. As educators in an urban school district be mindful of the ones who enter your classes. Our students may be the next greatest leader, athlete, journalist, minister, orator, educator, doctor, politician, judge, social activist, or leader. Use words to inspire and empower our kings and queens in the making. Give lessons that reflect the strides and achievements of a great race of people. Let our children know that derive from greatness and have the ability to soar high. Happy Black History Month.
We have quickly leaped into a new month of the new year. I have been happily visiting various school sites getting to know members. I have enjoyed hearing the hopes and aspirations members have when speaking on plans to improve and enhance our district. We have such a rich and diverse group here in East Orange that offers skill sets that can produce greater outcomes for our students and parents. I am looking forward to visit more schools and engage with members. So, meet me in the teacher’s lounge and come get your donut.
Meeting with Superintendents
The EOEA Executive Board sat with Dr. West, Dr. Harvest, and Ms. Champagne on January 29, 2020. There were many concerns regarding the Biometric Scan. The Superintendents reassured us that the scanner is being piloted at this time. Members must sign in and out whenever entering or leaving the building. Nonetheless, as of yet it is not tied to attendance. When the time comes for it to be tied into your attendance record, you will be notified of the process and requirements. Members are encouraged to sign in and out the traditional way as well (log-in book) to ensure attendance. Issues with technology tickets were also discussed during this meeting. Mr. Miller was present and informed us that there is a link on the district technology that you can click to be updated on the status of your ticket. Mr. Miller also stated should you have problems getting updates on the process of what you have put in, you can contact him personally at extension 28320. We also discussed the conditions of the buildings in our district. Beth Brooks, the district’s Business Administrator, told us that a plan has been rolled out for improvements district-wide. There are schools that have been prioritized based on the heating and cooling systems. This is not an overnight plan and will happen between a 3-5-year span (please read Keith Hinton’s Health & Safety article). In the meantime, if you are experiencing extreme conditions in your room notify your administrator and ask to be moved to another room. The issue of absence due to FMLA was also discussed. An FMLA absence cannot be used against you in your summative. Personal and sick days are counted against you. If you feel that they may be excessive due to health conditions apply for FMLA.
As always contact me at the office or email me should you have questions, concerns, or ideas.