Port Jefferson UFSD Newsletter

Human Resources - 2nd Edition

"Education isn't something you can finish" Issac Asimov

Certification Updates

New certificate applications available on TEACH :https://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/

  • Students With Disabilities (All Grades)

  • Initial/Professional School Counselor - effective 2/2/23

    • Provisional School Counselor certificate discontinued for new applicants only

    • Provisional Renewal and Permanent School Counselor certificate still available for those who already hold Provisional

  • Literacy (All Grades)

  • Computer Science (All Grades) - SOCE & Initial/Professional


As you achieve certain service milestones, you become eligible for additional benefits:


You may become eligible to take a loan from your member contributions.
Tier 2-6 members: You will be covered by an in-service death benefit. If you die due to an accident sustained while teaching, an accidental death benefit may be payable to your beneficiary instead.


You will be eligible to purchase credit for prior service.

Your pension will be vested, and you will be eligible for a NYSTRS service retirement benefit at age 55.*
You will be eligible to purchase credit for military service that preceded your NYSTRS date of membership.


You may be eligible for a disability retirement benefit if you cannot continue to work because of an illness or injury.
If you leave teaching with at least 10 years of credit and die before retirement, you will be covered by a vested death benefit of 1/2 the in-service death benefit that would have been paid on the last day of NYSTRS service.


Tier 1 or 2 members: The pension factor in your benefit calculation no longer includes a service-related reduction.

Tier 3 or 4 members: Your pension factor increases from 1 2/3% per year to 2% per year.
Tier 6 members: Your pension factor increases from 1 2/3% to 1 3/4% per year (i.e., 35% for your first 20 years) plus 2% for each year beyond 20.


Tier 5 members: Your pension factor increases from 1 2/3% per year to 2% per year.


Tier 2-4 members: You can retire as early as age 55 without an age-related reduction to your pension factor.
Tier 5 members: You can retire as early as age 57 without an age-related reduction to your pension factor.

Members retiring under Tier 4 or 5: You receive an additional 1 1/2% per year toward your pension factor for each year of credit beyond 30 years.

* Although members can generally retire as early as age 55, deferred vested Tier 6 members cannot retire until age 63. Please see our Active Members’ Handbook in the Active Members section of our website at NYSTRS.org for age factors that also might apply.

If you have any additional questions, please call TRS at (800) 348-7298.


The District will be saying goodbye to two (2) members of our Port Jefferson team this year. Please help us wish them a happy and healthy retirement!

"It feels right. But it's emotional. Saying goodbye to anything you've done that long is hard". Angela Ruggiero


The Port Jefferson School District will like to give a warm welcome to our new staff members! Please help us wish them a successful career as a member of our Royals team!!


23-24 Proposed Budget $47,066,750

Capital Projects - General Fund Appropriations

  • ES Rear Boundary Fence - Health and Safety
  • ES APR ADA Bathroom - Infrastructure
  • HS/MS Career and Consumer Science Classroom Remodel - Instructional
  • HS/MS Stop Arm Booth - Health and Safety
  • HS Phase I Window Replacement - Infrastructure

Additional Budgeted Items

  • Athletics Combined Teams Bowling/Fencing
  • Expand Instrumental Music to Third Grade
  • Addition of High School Courses - AP Capstones; General Psychology and Introduction to Drones

Benefits Corner - Highlighted Benefit

EXCESS MAJOR MEDICAL -https://www.portjeff.k12.ny.us/download/PDFs/Business_Office/Benefits/XGMM-Plan1-Description2012.pdf

  • Out-of-network coinsurance benefit
  • Out-of-network deductible reimbursement
  • Annual vision care benefits
  • In-hospital private duty nursing
  • Out-of-network outpatient rehabilitation
  • Nursing home benefit
  • In-hospital benefit for employee's only
  • AD&D benefit for employee's only

Not sure if you have this coverage: If you're enrolled in the District's vision plan then you're also enrolled in the excess major medical plan (it's a combined vision/emm plan for one premium). However, in order to benefit from the excess major medical plan, you must be enrolled in an open medical plan (i.e. NYSHIP). If you do not have the NYSHIP, you will have to contact your medical plan carrier to find out what type of plan you're enrolled in.

Did you know?

  • Part of your Excess Major Medical Plan includes an annual vision benefit - combined with your normal vision plan, you actually have 2 vision plans.
  • There is a hospital CASH benefit for covered employees only - this benefit provides a $50 cash benefit per 24-hour period if you are continuously confined to a hospital and under the care of a doctor. Max up to 26 week in a year.


22-23 Scheduled on campus visits:

Elementary School

Every Wednesday from 10:00am - 11:00am

Middle/High School

Every other Wednesday from 9:15am - 10:15am

You can sign up now for a therapy visit: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11ZGFS5CyCy9v1cuKFX8PpNEelwBUK7x9q3J125M50JQ/edit?usp=sharing


Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Teddy Roosevelt asserted that “comparison is the thief of joy.” When we compare ourselves to others, it leads to low self-esteem and unhappiness. Instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday. Concentrate on healthy improvements, like measuring yourself against specific goals. That way, you're focused on who you are versus who you aren't.

Learn more about our Policies

Policy 9111: Sexual Harassment of Employees: http://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BTFVS4819A7E

Excerpt: "Sexual Harassment" is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission of such conduct is made a term or condition of employment; submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions; and such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. The Board will not tolerate any retaliatory behavior against complainants or any witnesses in a complaint of sexual harassment.

Policy 0110.2: Sexual Harassment of Employees Regulation: http://go.boarddocs.com/ny/portjeff/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BTNM335937B8

Excerpt: Sexual harassment is unlawful when it subjects an individual to inferior terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Such harassment need not be severe or pervasive to be unlawful, and can be any harassing conduct that consists of more than petty slights or trivial inconveniences.

LEARN MORE Click on the links!

Excel Tips

  • UPPER formula - use =UPPER(Cell A1) to transform the text in a selected cell to upper case.
  • LOWER formula - use =LOWER(Cell A1),to transform the text in a selected cell to lower case.

Faces of our Building Administration

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