Port Jefferson UFSD Newsletter

Human Resources - 3rd Edition - APRIL 2023

We hope you enjoyed your Spring Recess!

"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” —Mister Rogers


While NYSLRS administers many different retirement plans, the core concepts of our memberships are the same. Your pension will be calculated using a preset formula based on your earnings and years of service. To better understand your NYSLRS benefits, you should become familiar with these four basic concepts:

  • Tier. Your tier is based on the date you joined NYSLRS and helps determine the benefits available to you. If you’re a new NYSLRS member, you’re likely in Tier 6. Tier 6 members joined NYSLRS on or after April 1, 2012.
  • Service Credit. Generally, you earn a year of service credit for each year you work for a participating NYSLRS employer. Part-time work is prorated. Your total service credit at retirement is a major factor in determining the amount of your pension.
  • Vesting. You become vested after you earn five years of service credit. It’s a significant milestone, because once you’re vested, you’re eligible for a NYSLRS pension when you reach retirement age, even if you leave public service.
  • Final Average Earnings. Final average earnings are the average of your earnings during the period when your pay is highest. It’s another major factor in determining the amount of your pension.


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Call toll-free within the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands: 866-805-0990
Call within the Albany, New York area: 518-474-7736

Customer service representatives are available weekdays from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.


Our general fax number is 518-402-4433. Please include your name, NYSLRS ID and a phone number where we can reach you, as well as the name of the person or department you are trying to reach.


Mailing Address:

110 State Street
Albany, NY 12244-0001


The District will be saying goodbye to a member of our Port Jefferson team at the end of this year. Please help us wish her a wonderful retirement!

Teaching Assistant

Ms. O'Sullivan- Retiring at the end of the 22-23 school year.

Business Office Corner

New printing contract - No more cost for overages on printing in color and black & white

Updated Expense Reimbursement Policy 6830 - http://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CM9KYU542E41 -

  1. Meal reimbursements only - will not be subject to a New York State sales tax deduction.
  2. Increase in reimbursement rate for meals and incidental expenses.

For more information click on the policy link or see "Learn More About Our Polices" below.

Benefits Corner - Highlighted Benefit


Plan Coordinator: JJ Stanis - 516-476-3900

Provider: Stanis Net Plus

Plan Benefits

•Maximum calendar year benefit- $2,000

•Preventative and diagnostic services – 100% of reasonable and customary

•Basic, Major, and Orthodontic services – 80% of reasonable and customary

•Orthodontic lifetime benefit - $1,500

•Dependents are covered until age 18, unless they are full time students under age 25

•Continues into retirement

•In-network providers can be found by following district links: http://www.portjeffschools.org/departments/business_office_benefits

If you enroll more than thirty-one days after your are hired, there will be a three (3) month waiting period before you can receive dental benefits.

Claims Submission

  • Notice of Claim - Written notice of the event on which claim is based must be given to the Plan Coordinator within 90 days after the loss of which claim is made.
  • Proof of Claim - Written proof of claim must be given to the Plan Coordinator within 90 days after the date of loss for which claim is made.


Stand and Stretch

A simple way to cut through the challenge of staying focused throughout your day is simply standing up and stretching on a regular basis.

  • Ideally, you want to stand up every half hour or 15 minutes for a short time period. The stretching will keep your circulation moving and standing breaks up the monotony of your day.
  • If you have time for a short walk, then take a short walk through your office. Get a glass of water or take a trip to the restroom before returning to your desk. The movement reduces the tension that develops when you stay in one position for an extended period.

Learn more about our Policies

Policy 6830: Expense Reimbursement - http://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CM9KYT542E40

Policy 6830R - Expense Reimbursement Regulation - http://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=CM9KYU542E41

Excerpt: Expense Reimbursement Regulation - Meals

The district will pay for meals for individuals traveling on district business, where the travel is substantially longer than an ordinary day’s work, or requires an overnight stay or substantial sleep or rest. Where a meal is already paid for by the district (for example, included with the conference or hotel costs), the corresponding amount for that meal will be deducted from the daily total. Itemized receipts are required to show that expenses are allowable under this policy. Meal reimbursements only will not be subject to a New York State sales tax deduction due to the difficulty of local establishments having the ability to accept said exemption.

Reimbursable meal charges, including gratuities, for persons traveling for district-related business, will be at the following reimbursement rate for meals and incidental expenses as follows:

  • Breakfast $10
  • Lunch $15
  • Dinner $25
  • Daily Total $50



  • April 21, 2023 - HS Junior Prom
  • April 27, 2023 @6:30pm - HS Art Show
  • April 27, 2023 @7:00pm - Spring Concert - HS Auditorium

Excel Tips

  • CRTL + C: Copy
  • CRTL + X: Cut
  • CRTL + V: Paste
  • CRTL + F: Find

Do you know how to read a measuring tape? Here's how...

Measurement in INCHES (Imperial)

12 inches = 1 foot

36 inches = 1 yard

3 feet = 1 yard

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Measurement in CENTIMETERS (Metric)

2.54 centimeters = 1 inch

30.48 centimeters = 1 foot

91.44 centimeters = 1 yard

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What is EAP?

It's an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through BOCES: https://www.portjeff.k12.ny.us/download/pdfs/Business_Office/Benefits/EAPRightForMeBrochure.pdf, that provides confidential crisis intervention, assessment and referral services to employees, retired employees and their families.

Below are a few examples of services EAP provides counseling for:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Communication
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Marital conflict
  • Self-esteem

EAP provides services 12 months a year and is available during school breaks and summer. They have both daytime and evening hours. To schedule an appointment or would like additional information, you can call (631) 289-0480 or visit their website: www.esboces.org/EAP and visit the EAP orientation PowerPoint presentation on the welcome page

Medford Office

1741D North Ocean Avenue

Medford, NY 11763


Commack Office

35 Crooked Hill Road, Suite 103

Commack, NY 11725


Hampton Bays Office

188 W Montauk Hwy, Suite E1

Hampton Bays, NY 11946


Board of Education

All of Board of Education Meetings are streamed LIVE! Check them out: https://vimeo.com/showcase/portjeffboemeetings

Need to locate our Board Agendas and Minutes: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/vpublic?open

Bargaining Agreements:


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Human Resources

Isha Morgenstern - Executive Director of HR

Regina Booker - Personnel Assistant (Part-time) - Tues & Wed 8am - 4pm/Thurs 8am - 11:30am