Letters to the Editor
Budget Vote & Trustee Election, Tuesday,
May 21, Bellport Middle School
Itís time to fix the South Country School District! One scandal after another! Cronyism and Nepotism!
VOTE for DeVito, Herrmann & Morales for School Board Trustees
"My wife and I have two grown children who graduated from Bellport H.S. I spent five of my ten years in the military teaching teenagers fresh from high school how to maintain electronic equipment, so I understand first-hand the core education requirements our children need as they enter the world".
"As a school district PTA President I have worked with many families. This valuable communication experience will be helpful in our mission of bringing our community together. I believe that my experience as a teacher with NY State Standards and the new Common Core curriculum gives me insight into the responsibility of a Board of Education trustee".
"I am a father of two children who graduated from our school district and one who currently attends Bellport H.S. I am currently serving as President of the Board of Education". (Note: Mr. Morales opposed the recent spending of $550,000 of taxpayerís money for an employee settlement. Sadly, the two other incumbents running for re-election, Owen Durney and Marian McKenna voted for it).
In addition to voting for Trustee's, there are three Propositions to vote on-
(1) BUDGET Proposition- Vote YES
(2) Proposition 2 - Vote NO
(3) Proposition 3 - Vote YES
Budget Vote & Trustee Election, Tuesday, May 21, Bellport Middle School
35 Kreamer St, Bellport Polls Open 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bellport Teachers Association
As an elementary phys ed
teacher I administered the Presidents Physical
Fitness test from 1976 until I retired in 2003.
Until '76, Longwood never gave it. I tested
kids just like I did as a drill sergeant...no
favors, no exceptions to anyone (even my oldest
son who could not reach 5'6" on the standing
broad jump in 3rd grade...wife not happy) .
I kept very accurate records as I always offered
retests to those who worked out/practiced after
the two week in class testing period was over.
In my final years, I really enjoyed having
children of former students visit my office and
we would look at their parents scores from 2nd
grade to 5th from as many as 25 years earlier.
Parents always were surprised I still had their
scores. Young teachers who attended the same
school where they teach would show their
scores to their students.
In my final year, I took all my score sheets
home and started doing a statistical analysis
for the test over my years in Longwood. I
prepared a lengthy report and was able to tie
the demise of fitness to the decrease in PE
class time, and available recess time ( kids
were prevented from going outside) but overall,
the downward spiral of success on the SAME test
throughout my career. I refused to modify the
test ( make it easier) unlike many schools did.
Here's what I can remember; In the 70's....
60% of all students earned the RED patch for
50th percentile on all tests and 15% won the
BLUE or Presidents Patch ( they got a "letter"
from the Pres of the US). When I left...7% of
the students got the RED patch and only 11
students out of 700 got the BLUE. Pretty bad
huh? If I got my pay based on student
performance I would still owe Longwood money.
I prepared a report on my computer( I actually
liked doing it). I made copies for teachers and
administrators and sent it out. Guess how many
people responded? NONE...not even a comment like
"interesting" or "why did you keep all those
sheets?" or "how long did the stats take you?"
Was I surprised, no? I knew it was time for me
to "go home" . I'm glad I did...
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