Contract Ratification Meeting Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Subject: Ratification Meeting
Date: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Time: 4:15pm
Location: Suffern Middle School Auditorium

To All RTA Members,

A contract ratification meeting will be held on Monday, December 21st at 4:15 in the Suffern Middle School Auditorium.

The parameters of the tentative collective bargaining agreement made between the RTA and the RCSD will be presented and voted upon at this meeting.

All are encouraged to attend.

Thank you.
The Negotiating Team

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RTA Celebration & Retirement Dinner Thurs., June 18

Subject: RTA End of Year Celebration & Retirement Dinner
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6-9pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern, NY
Cost: $60 per person
Due: June 12, 2015
Honorees: Sue Kuzmik, Sally Rubin-Richards, Dara Santoro, Bob Wilson
Includes: Cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, appetizer, salad, choice of entrée, dessert, cash bar

Please organize your tables and send payment (checks made out to RTA) and attached form to:
Sarah Kern
Suffern High School Guidance Office
49 Viola Road
Suffern, NY 10901

We hope to see you there!

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Rockland/Westchester 2015 Billiards Solidarity Event

Subject: Rockland/Westchester 2015 Billiards Solidarity Event
Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm
Cost: $20 suggested donation at door to support United Hospice of Rockland
Location: Diamond Jim’s Billiards in Nanuet

See Billiards Event 2015 flyer

Please contact your building rep if you are interested in participating. Our goal is to send a team of 3-6 volunteers.

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RTA End of Year Dinner Tues., June 17, 2014

Subject: RTA End of Year Dinner
Date: Tues., June 17, 2014
Time: 6-9pm
Cost: $55
Emmett’s Castle
285 Blue Hill Road
Pearl River, NY 10965

This year, we have one retiree (Deb Phelps – HS Chorus teacher) who is lovely and ready to leave her Ramapo Central family. In fact, she is so excited, she’s throwing herself a HUGE party. So that leaves the rest of us to put 2014 behind us and pat ourselves on the back, reacquaint ourselves with colleagues that we haven’t seen in awhile and just have fun. There will be no formal sit down dinner. Instead, we will laugh as appetizers are passed and high five each other as we make a second trip to the buffet.

So leave your fancy clothes behind and join in the fun! It will be a great, informal way to spend a fun night out.

Return the RTA Dinner Flyer 2014 to Sarah Kern at SHS by June 13th.

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RTA Scholarship info. Applications due April 30, 2014

Subject: RTA Scholarship
Application Due Date: April 30, 2014
Interview Date: Thurs., May 22, 2014
Eligibility: If you are an RTA member and have a child who will be attending college next year, your child is eligible to apply for the family scholarship.

Application: If your child attends Suffern High School, they can fill out the local scholarship application listed on the guidance website and simply check off that they are applying for the RTA Family Scholarship.

If you are an RTA member and your child does not attend Suffern High School, the application can be found below:
RTAFamily application

For more info, see Flyer on Scholarship.

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Thanks to all those who marched outside Sen. Carlucci’s office Fri., Mar. 21

Good morning, all.   Thanks to those who braved the elements and walked the line for a minute on Friday outside Senator Carlucci’s office to protest the budget.  HS members provided a very good turnout – some walked their newborns in strollers, some came with a friend in tow, and one brave, brave soul walked in that wind in nothing but a t-shirt and jeans!  In addition, BOE Member Maureen Danzig also was in attendance to protest the Senate Budget.  Thanks to all who came out and walked the line!

It seems that Carulcci’s staff requested multiple Clarkstown police to show up when we arrived, and they dutifully told us we had to walk on the sidewalk instead of stand, so as not to be loitering.  Meanwhile, neither he nor his staff met with us, and his staff simply stared out the windows at us.  News 12 and Journal News reporters arrived to do stories.

Here’s a link to a Journal News article on the march:

Again, thanks to all who showed up on short notice!   Take care and have a great week!

-Bill Ballerine



Subject: Rally for public education outside Sen. Carlucci’s office
Date: Fri., Mar. 21, 2014
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location: 95 South Middletown Rd., Nanuet, NY

Rally flyer

Message from RTA President John Canty:
VERY IMPORTANT: The Rally at Carlucci’s Office is extremely important. If the tax credit bill he supports gets passed, it will drain millions more from public schools and that means job loss and program loss. We need to step up and try to stop the madness. Even if you can only be there for 30 minutes, it will make a difference.


John Canty
President, RTA

The Senate resolution would:
• Allocate $800 million to a regressive tax freeze that requires a district to stay below the 1.46 percent tax cap and favors the wealthiest homeowners in the wealthiest districts. The Senate also makes permanent the existing tax cap law that would otherwise sunset in 2016.

• Provide $150 million in tax credits to wealthy corporations and individual donors, rising to $300 million in 2017, which could fund back-door vouchers to private schools. The Senate also provides an additional $38 million in non-public school aid. We oppose back-door vouchers and diverting funding from public schools.

• Require NYC to increase tuition payments to charter schools, and on a statewide basis, requires districts to provide space rent free to charter schools, provides building aid to charter schools, provides Pre-k funding to charters schools and gives charter schools veto power over any changes in co-location arrangements with public schools.

• Provide $161 million less in funding for K-12 school aid then the Assembly, or $820 million increase versus the Assembly’s $981 million increase for K-12.

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