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Nine-Period Seaford Middle School Day Back on Schedule

New United Teachers of Seaford agreement approved Thursday night preserves nine-period day at middle school for 2013/14.

Seaford Board of Education Trustee Jeanmarie Wink (middle) thanks the United Teachers of Seaford for coming together on a one-year agreement that helps preserve a nine-period day Seaford Middle School in 2013/14. (credit: Andrew Coen)
Seaford Board of Education Trustee Jeanmarie Wink (middle) thanks the United Teachers of Seaford for coming together on a one-year agreement that helps preserve a nine-period day Seaford Middle School in 2013/14. (credit: Andrew Coen)
A nine-period day at Seaford Middle School is back on schedule for this fall.  

The Seaford Board of Education officially approved a one-year memorandum of agreement Thursday night that it had struck Tuesday with the United Teachers of Seaford (UTS). This agreement allows the district to avoid cutting 8.8 full-time equivalent teaching positions that were slated to go into effect under a previously announced budget plan that included reducing to an eight-period middle school day.

“I am so pleased the nine-period middle school day is being preserved,” said Seaford Board of Education Trustee Susan Ruona after Thursday’s unanimous vote to approve the UTS agreement.

The one-year deal with the UTS, whose three-year contract was due to expire June 30, includes a 0 percent salary increase and a hard freeze in contractual step and lane movement for the 2013/2014 school year. The agreement calls for maintaining the percentage contributed for health insurance and guarantees no layoffs to UTS members.

“I want to thank the [UTS] membership for working together with the district to just bring together two groups and making sure that what we’re doing collectively and collaboratively is for the kids,” said Seaford Board of Education President Brian Fagan during Thursday’s meeting held at Seaford Manor School. “I’m very pleased with this.”

A continuation of Seaford Middle School’s nine-period day is contingent upon voters approving the district’s proposed $60.4 million budget on May 21. The spending plan represents a 4.58 percent increase over the district’s current budget. The tax levy increase of 3.59 percent is the maximum the district was allowed under new tax rules that were approved by the New York State Legislature two years ago.

A budget hearing is scheduled for May 9 in the Seaford High School Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. Voting on Seaford's 2013/14 budget plan is scheduled for May 21 at Seaford Manor School and Seaford Harbor School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Lorraine I am done you should review all your post especially the one where you say we have too many superintendants! You repeat and repeat yourself! This town is full of educated people who know how it works.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 01:29 PM
NO annmaire- I STATED VERY CLEARLY we have too many adminisitrative personnel- There is a VAST difference between CLERICAL / MANGERIAL ADMINSITRATIVE personnel and ADMINISTRATORS. We only have ONE SUPERINTENDENT and yes i think we should LOSE the one we have - if you are going to quote me on anything..quote me on THAT. BTW obviously you are NOT one of the those "in the know"! lol..
Annmarie Lynch May 09, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I know that the reason you won't run for the Board is because no one will vote for you. You are a master at twisting the truth and changing stories to suit your needs and lets not forget a bully! Which is against school policy! Write what you want I just realized I am dealing with nobody.
Lorraine DeVita May 09, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Annmarie-this seems to be soooooooooooooooo appropo - Perhaps you need to on work upgrading what Howard Bloom calls- “the group IQ". "Collective intelligence can be encouraged "to overcome 'groupthink' and individual cognitive bias in order to allow a collective to cooperate on one process—while achieving enhanced intellectual performance.” George Pór defined the collective intelligence phenomenon as "the capacity of human communities to evolve towards higher order complexity and harmony, through such innovation mechanisms as differentiation and integration, competition and collaboration." Atlee and Pór state that "collective intelligence also involves achieving a single focus of attention and standard of metrics which provide an appropriate threshold of action". Their approach is rooted in Scientific Community Metaphor. Atlee and Pór suggest that the field of collective intelligence should primarily be seen as a human enterprise in which mind-sets, a willingness to share and an openness to the value of distributed intelligence for the common good are paramount, though group theory and artificial intelligence have something to offer. Individuals who respect collective intelligence are confident of their own abilities and recognize that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of any individual parts needed.Maximizing collective intelligence relies on the ability of an organization to accept and develop "The Golden Suggestion", which is any potentially useful input from any member. "Groupthink" often hampers collective intelligence by limiting input to a select few individuals or filtering potential Golden Suggestions without fully developing them to implementation.

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