ParaEducator News

June 2015

2015 IMPORTANT DATES

SCHOOL ENDS JUNE 22,2015

Professionals departing date June 22, 2015

Departing Counselors & ParaEducators June 24, 2015

SUMMER OFFICALLY BEGINS ON YOUR LAST DAY!!!

As the school year winds down, I would like to wish everyone a well deserved vacation.

School year 15-16 Changes

As you know as per the Commissioner, two schools will be closed for the school year 15-16. The displaced schools will be merging with other campuses. Elena Christian Junior High will be relocated to the Charles H. Emanuel campus in Est. Kingshill, while CHE students will be assimilated into the school culture of Alfredo Andrews elementary school in Est. Friedensburg. These students will require new uniforms as they will now be one with AAS. Another school that is slated for drastic repairs and structural rebuilding is the Evelyn Williams school in Est . Paradise. That school will be separated into primary and intermediate levels and distributed to Eulalie Rivera in Est. Grove Place and Claude O Markoe in Est. Mars Hill. Next year promises to be a challenge. As an employee who has been displaced due to lack of a maintenance plan, it is not that bad. Hopefully it will be less chaotic and stressful on both the students and staff of each school. We are anticipating a smooth transition in SY 2015-2016.

Contract updates

Our current contract expires on August 31 , 2015 and the Gov't has not initiated the wage reopener from our previous contract. Hopefully something will happen before the opening of school, yet if it doesn't, then as educators who have finally had enough we must react. ! Weekend public information dissemination demonstrations, afterschool lobbying in front of Legislature Bldg, coordinating color dress code campaigns, media attention rallies. We must all stick together;United we will prevail. I know that we all live with the fear of job loss, but we must fight for what has been due us for the past 6 years and as we watch the new cabinet members receive higher salaries , we must protest the injustice of the treating AFT members unfairly and with disrespect. Come on People , Stand up an fight for what you have earned and what you deserve!!!

Congratulations to the 2015 Retirees

I would like to wish Executive Board member Shirline Harvey congratulations on her retirement, Mrs. Harvey has served the CHildren of the Virgin Islands for over 30 years she has been a Math/Science coach, an Interventionist, part of the Assessment Team implementing Plat, the Vital S and Smarter Balance. She has held AFT position of TEACH and Finance Chair for the past decade.Shirlines easygoing personality and her optimistic outlook on life will be surely missed. I speak for everyone who has ever worked with her in any capacity " Shirline will be greatly missed!!.


To all the 2015 retirees I would like to congratulate you and wish you well in all your future endeavours, be it traveling, relaxing,starting new career, or relocating to the sunny shores of a golfing community!! Enjoy your "GOLDEN YEARS" and thank you for your service.

Job well DONE!!!

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SAVE THE DATES SY 2015-2016

NEW PROFESSIONALS SEPT. 2, 2015

RETURNING PROFESSIONALS SEPT. 4., 2015

RETURNING COUNSELORS & PARAEDUCATORS SEPT. 3, 2015