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11 Huntington Teachers Granted Tenure

School board approves move.

Eleven teachers and one teacher assistant in the Huntington school district have been granted tenure.

Huntington school board members approved the tenure Monday night.

Approved for tenure appointments were:

Heather Barfuss (special education), Wendy Bonilla (elementary classroom), Christopher Hender (special education), Chelsea Jablon (music), Kathleen Mallen-Ozimkowski (special education), Amanda Meyer (math), Ingrid Moreira (foreign language), Matthew Perlongo (math), Erika Sabogal (elementary classroom), Esmeralda Tello (social studies) and Ronald Wilson (attendance). Trustees also granted tenure to teacher assistant Kathryn Einhorn.

kate June 10, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Giving tenure to teachers is the most rediculous thing ever placed in our education system !!! For "some" teachers when they get tenure, their concern for our kids education goes out the window !!!! Why care..they are 99% safe from loosing their job. Where else can you hold a job and get "tenure" ???? I do hope somewhere along the line someone on our school board will take the necessary steps to get rid of it!!! Do a good job or loose it!
Jonathan Dees June 10, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Kate - agree with you. I love how everyone gets up and applauds. Look at the two BOE members above. These teachers can now sit back and relax in cruise control, 'cause they're in for life. What about Joe Taxpayer? He's saddled with tenured salaries no matter the performance. Such an antiquated system. Try getting tenure in the real world.
heather June 10, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Congratulations to Chelsea Jablon! A truly wonderful and caring teacher!
Alison June 10, 2011 at 07:59 PM
I agree about Ms. Jablon. She is the most caring and thoughtful teacher and has made a very nice difference in my child's life. She reaches out to parents and encourages open communication. Congratulations for a job well done!
JSC June 10, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I would like the first two posters to please leave some facts and figures here along with their comments on lazy teachers. Seriously, how many teachers do any of us know that just float through the system doing nothing? Very few, if any. The bad ones can still get written up in their annual evaluations and must show improvement or they chance being brought up on 3020A charges. A good principal will get observations and evaluations from the first day, and many new teachers are let go before they even get tenure. Those who make it through the three years have accomplished a lot. Of course, there are those teachers who some people don't like or who their children don't get along with or who aren't a good match for your child's needs. But that doesn't make them a bad teacher for the rest of the class! Yes, I have known several tenured teachers who have been released under 3020A. It does happen with a good documented paper trail.
Jonathan Dees June 11, 2011 at 02:13 AM
I would like to ask the fifth poster if you're a teacher? Seems that way based on the details you state. Might you be approaching this topic in a somewhat biased fashion?
heather June 11, 2011 at 10:48 AM
Since when did teachers become Public Enemy #?...seriously....
kate June 11, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Without a doubt she is a teacher and w/out a doubt there are several teachers w/ tenure that should not be in the classroom!!! I have children in the system and children who have graduated...they were all honor students and had nothing to do with rather they liked the teacher or not. Some teachers do not care. There is several complaints against one particular teacher and nothing has been done a/b it. I was told by Asst Principle of the school ,along w/ others, "not so easy to let a teacher go once they have tenure" Whats the purpose of tenure ??? To insure you a seat in the classroom...teachers need to be accountable ...if they worked anywhere else they would have to be..I do hope that somewhere along the line the school board will figure out this is not a good thing for any school system..... Though we have many fabulous teachers in this district, there are several WITH tenure that need to go and they know who they are :)
JSC June 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM
This is common knowledge Jonathan. Perhaps you need to read up on the Education Laws if you are going to make disparaging comments about teachers without any facts to back it up. Changes in the tenure/evaluation system are happening now, haven't you heard? It may be too slow for you, but it needs to be done right. Teachers are important people in our children's lives and 99% of them take the job very seriously.
JSC June 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM
I'm so glad your children were able to get through school without needing the services of any of their teachers. Quite a feat. Again, no one is saying that there aren't some teachers out there who shouldn't be teaching. My point here is that there is a way to get rid of them or retrain them, and it's up to the principal to do effective evaluations and observations. With a good paper trail of incompetence and noncompliance a district can most certainly win a 3020A procedure against a bad teacher. Tenure is a protection against frivolous firings of teachers. Once they earn their tenure it is supposed to prove that they are worthy of the job - again a function of how well the principal has evaluated them before receiving tenure. To this day there are too many instances of people losing their jobs because someone in a position of power wants their son, daughter, relative etc to have the job instead - tenure helps to protect against this injustice. It's not a perfect system, but it is being changed and tweaked slowly to make it better for all.
Jonathan Dees June 11, 2011 at 01:13 PM
@JSC - you did not answer my question about whether you're a teacher or not, but I think your none-response did. We'll just have to judge your posts as biased for teachers. And your comment that tenure is a protection against frivolous firings of teachers - why don't we eliminate tenure and have strict rules about performance evaluations just like the real world has? Maybe instead of having rules for teachers about how many breaks they (you) can have, there should be rules about performance evaluations with failures resulting in dismissal. It's a cop out to say that someone in a position of power determines who gets what job. Face it - teachers will cling to tenure till the end. It's human nature to have job protection and not push 100% to perform. I'm not saying all teachers do that, but it shouldn't be in place for anyone. Watch the movie "Waiting For Superman." That should change your mind.
JSC June 11, 2011 at 02:19 PM
My response to your question was implied in the answer I gave about this information being common knowledge - sorry you didn't understand that. No, I am not a teacher. But that is not even germaine to the explanation of the "why's and wherefore's" of the issue of tenure. Explaining the details of an issue does not imply that someone is one of the "enemy" in your eyes. It just means that they understand the details and are trying to explain them to you and other readers. Perhaps your own bias on this subject should be directed at NYS for implementing the system or at the school boards for agreeing to certain contract terms or to the unions for looking out for their members...or even to the taxpayers for electing the board members without knowing what they stand for in this whole complicated process of public education. There is enough "blame" to go around, correct? Therefore, there is no need to lay it on the individual teachers simply because they are doing the job and received tenure which is part of the job - they didn't make the rules, they are playing by the rules. As to the "cop out"... why must we bring everyone down to the lowest level? Why not try to make life a bit easier for everyone. Why must we live in fear of losing our jobs just because you don't want teachers to have the benefit of tenure? Perhaps other groups could also use a similar system and have a better life.
Amy June 11, 2011 at 02:23 PM
I don't want to have an angry debate with anyone, but I did feel like chirping in on this one. JSC: I usually agree with your posts. And while I respect your perspective, and understand how tenure came to be, I don't agree with tenure. It no longer makes sense in today's world. Frivolous firings are the exception to the rule, and we can't justify tenure because of that one fear. Pretty much everyone else has to worry about job security for any number of reasons, even something as frivolous as "my boss doesn't like me." I would much rather we had a system in place that rewarded amazing teachers based on merit, not just amount of time they've put in. While I understand that disgruntled parents can make life difficult for a good teacher, some kind of 360-degree evaluation system would be a better way to judge a teacher. I cherish our teachers, and don't want to sound "anti" teacher. If anything, I feel our AMAZING teachers should be amply rewarded for making such a great difference the lives of children; but there are those few that keep squeaking by wearing their protective veil of tenure. One wasted year in a child's education is one year too many. I've witnessed a few too many nightmare teachers who are tired and burnt out, just punching their cards as another year rolls by. Sometimes worrying about job security is just the thing to keep every employee in any job sector motivated.
Jonathan Dees June 11, 2011 at 02:41 PM
@Amy - couldn't have said that better myself. Cheers to you. Excellent post.
Christina June 11, 2011 at 03:14 PM
The problem with tenure is that a HHS teacher was "let go" in October, and it was announced that he "retired" at the end of this year. So, our taxes paid this teacher to stay home from October to June, now he gets to "retire" with full benefits. That is what is wrong with tenure.
JSC June 11, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I agree Amy, and the system is beginning to change. I don't want to get into an argument over any of this either, but sometimes those with blind anti-teacher feelings start a conversation off with totally negative and uninformed statements that I feel must be countered.
JSC June 11, 2011 at 04:32 PM
The teacher in question was not "let go", he was reassigned outside the classroom. He has not been tried, he is innocent until proven guilty, and I'd guarantee that he won't be found guilty - but that's another story. This teacher has put in many good years in this district and is eligible for retirement. He has opted to retire which is his right. Look at the former Roslyn Supt who stole millions from that district! He collected his pension after he was found guilty and put in jail! Imagine collecting over $100,00 in pension while you're sitting in a jail cell. Now that is what I disagree with.
Christina June 12, 2011 at 01:03 PM
I didn't know that the HHS teacher had not been "tried". I know about the Finley teacher. Different story. Good years in the district? The HHS teacher? Are you sure?
JSC June 12, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Ok, that was an "oops". I was talking about the Finley teacher. I don't think I heard about the high school teacher - what department was he in?

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