Wow…it has certainly been a crazy few months, not only nationally but county wide as well. I would like to welcome Chris Bowman as our new 2nd Vice President, who is filling a vacancy until the spring elections. He joins Anthony Rizzo (1st Vice-President), Ron Koernig (Secretary) and Andrew Jacobs (Treasurer). We are proud to represent you and look forward to the new year.
Please know that we are here to help you and to support you. We have a lot of talented veteran educators in our school districts, so don’t ever be afraid to reach out for help in your local, county or even NJEA- the state association.And last but not least, welcome to all of our veteran members.
I don’t have to tell you that we are in for some VERY difficult times in public education. In January, all of us will have to regroup and gear ourselves toward the June primary gubernatorial election in order to secure an educational advocate for the governor’s office. Although our efforts to secure a position on the Freeholders Board was unsuccessful, we will try again next year. All election results are available on the NJEA website.
In the end, most of the challenges we face are because of politicians, so we need to keep the pressure on and continue electing pro-public education officials and keep impacting their thinking. Our NJEA membership also makes us part of the most powerful education association in the country AND the most powerful union in the state. As members of BCEA, you are part of NJEA and NEA. We will continue to be powerful when we stay UNITED. Build a strong local team and keep up the good fight…So, as we start a new year, please stay INFORMED.
Let’s all have a great 2017 and we look forward to seeing you at a BCEA event soon!