Wednesday, June 04, 2008

End-of-the-Year Program for Staff

Yesterday, we had an end-of-the-year opportunity to get the entire staff together. We were able to review some of the important highlights of the year and to look ahead to areas of focus for the future.

At our program, we focused on recognizing individuals in the following categories:

  • Teachers of the Year
  • Perfect Attendance
  • Retirees
  • Additional Special Recognition

My favorite part of the event is hearing the stories about Woodbury from those introducing our retirees and from the retirees directly! I always enjoy the history of the school – whether it is hearing about it at this type of event or from my individual encounters with past employees, residents or our alumni.

Though I made reference to it at yesterday’s program, I want to point out that there are very new state expectations that no state/taxpayer funding goes to supporting an event that focuses on teacher/staff recognition. It is a bit of an odd expectation, but one that all school districts are struggling with as we deal with traditional events like the one we held yesterday. I would like to thank the Sunrise Senior Living (at Woodbury Lake) for donating the bottled water and cookies for the event. Also, our own lunch vendor, Nutri-Serve, provided the coffee and paper products. Thank you to each!

Thanks, also, for the volunteer services of our music trio – Dr. Joseph DiMenna, Jim Krauss, and Norwood Cuff! They set a welcoming mood for the opening of the program.

Finally, I would like to thank Janice Marrucci, Alysa Cummings, and Stacy Hoffman for the coordination of yesterday’s program.


Anonymous said...

While I do not agree with idea that state funding should not be used for events of this nature, I am curious about the practice of accepting coffee and paper products from a vendor. Ethical guidelines forbid state employees from accepting anything from a vendor. Is the district not held to the same standard? Frankly I believe the state should be willing to fund these events with an eye to improved morale and would caution against any practice that might be perceived as unethical.

Joseph Jones said...

Good comment.

The main contributor here is not a vendor (and will not be due to the nature of their business). Nevertheless, the issue that you raise is one that is being discussed as we work through the new expectation.

Anonymous said...

I understand the main contributor is not a vendor. The ethics laws, to my understanding, do not discriminate as to the amount of donation or gift only that it occurs. I suggest caution as state employees would very quickly be reprimanded, terminated and or charged criminally for any infraction.