Through collaborative bargaining efforts, St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) and Communication Workers of America (CWA), Local 3181 reached an agreement for compensation. “I commend our teams for working diligently to reach an agreement prior to the start of our school year. We appreciate all of our staff members for the contributions they make to the safe and caring learning environments for our students,” said Superintendent E. Wayne Gent.
The value of the compensation package for employees who are represented by the CWA is estimated at $663,000.00. The new contract also includes the continued Board contribution of $750.00 to a Health Savings Account (HSA) for employees enrolled in the Blue Options Plan 5180/5181. In addition to this, SLPS’s Chief Negotiator Kathy McGinn explained that an additional top step has been added to all CWA salary schedules, and all bargaining unit members will receive a step increase on the salary schedule. The collaborative bargaining teams also agreed that all CWA bargaining unit members will receive an additional $345.00 which will be reflected in the salary schedule as well.
CWA represents transportation, security, maintenance, custodial, and school meals program employees. The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2015, but must first be ratified by the Board.
About St. Lucie Public Schools
The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at email@example.com.
St. Lucie Public Schools’ STAR program focuses on celebrating employees who demonstrate exceptional customer service in their endeavor to support the mission and vision of the District.
Orlando Fargas was recognized as the recipient of this prestigious award during Tuesday evening’s Board meeting.
Congratulations, Orlando! We appreciate all you do.
Pictured from left are: Michelle Jerger, Donna Mills, Orlando Fargas, Rose Abbuhl, Carolyn Rarrieck, and E. Wayne Gent
Northport VPK-8 School on Floresta Drive in Port Saint Lucie welcomed back well over one thousand students on Monday, August 17. The morning was the culmination of a solid week of planning and preparation on the part of the administration, teachers and staff. The students and parents were heralded with the smiling, welcoming faces of so many in the community who wanted to wish the students and families a great start to a fabulous school year.
On hand to ring in the 2015-2016 year was new Superintendent of SLPS E. Wayne Gent, SLPS Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick, twenty members of the Northport VPK-8 School Veteran Partners in Education Program, representatives from the Port Saint Lucie Police and Fire Departments, District personnel and many, many other community members. Northport VPK-8 School is a vibrant, dynamic, community oriented school that has cultivated deep connections with families, local veterans groups, PSLPD and Port Saint Lucie Fire community. We realize that we are not a closed building, but an open and sharing member of the community. We can’t educate and empower our students alone. We welcome volunteers, business partners, veterans, rescue animal activists and many others community connections that make our school shining and special.
Northport offers a full service K-8 Gifted and Enriched program, a beautiful STEaM Center, a dynamic Choral and Instrumental Department as well as Art enrichment. We are a school on the move, continually progressing forward with new initiatives and building and keeping dreams for teachers and students alive.
Pictured entering the “Tunnel of Hope” into Northport are family members in back, Jennifer Hitsman and Dina McHugh and children, from left Nathaniel Andrades, Dominic Andrades, Maliaya Dongen and Jenilyn Keys. Special thanks to all parents and grandparents who offered words of support and thanksgiving for a wonderful school year.
The faculty and staff at Weatherbee Elementary are “Happy” to begin a new school year. Here they are putting on their best smiles.
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Christopher’s Kindergarten class at Savanna Ridge Elementary were excited for their first day of school. Mrs. Christopher welcomed them with open arms and enjoyed taking a first day of school picture to capture the special day!
Students rotate through the school hallways, parent pickup, and cafeteria to learn or be reminded about the expectations and Code of Conduct so they can SOAR through the year! Thank you Deb Hitsman, administration, and the presentation team for a wonderful presentation!
Gaines Academy was recognized by the American Reading Company for their 100 Book Challenge Reading program. Students reading levels increased on average 1.47 years during the 2014-15 school year. Believe in GAINS at Gaines!
Sheriff Mascara, deputies and firefighters along with School Board Member, Debbie Hawley, form a Kids at Hope Tunnel at Gaines Academy on the first day of school!
Under the direction of Dr. Brett Lauren, PhD Director of Graduate Training Professor of Psychology at FAU, Grade 3 through 5 students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition will be participating in a research study entitled ” School Experiences in Childhood and Adolescence.” The purpose of this project is to examine how individual characteristics of friends shape child adjustment and school achievement.
SLPS is monitoring the weather event and is in close communication with the local Emergency Operations Center. Future updates will be shared as needed via our social media sites and the District homepage. (www.stlucieschools.org)
Information can also be obtained by downloading the Saint Lucie Public Schools Mobile APP.
Mariposa Elementary’s 5th grade Monarchs received a well-deserved recognition for their participation in the NEED Project. This project encourages and rewards student leadership and innovation by sponsoring a Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement. Students in the NEED program, led by Mrs. Carla Bargeron, were awarded the Florida Elementary runner up for their excellent job educating younger students in energy conservation. Exceptional teachers and students are invited to attend NEED’s National Recognition Ceremonies held each June in Washington, DC. There, they are recognized for their efforts at the state and national level for their active role in the energy conservation education. At the conference, our 5th grade students, Ian Ottinger, Imari Johnson, Sydney Luppens, Devon Barbour, Taline El-Khoury, and Jordan Sanchez worked with peers from all over the country exploring new energy activities while NEED teachers had the opportunity to network and prepare for the coming school year. Mrs. Heydys Sanchez had the opportunity to participate as the teacher lead, and she shared the joys with a fabulous group of 6 moms attending. Although these students are now in 6th grade, attending their new schools, please join Mariposa in congratulating their achievements.
Northport VPK-8 students in seventh and eighth grades were treated to a visit in the media center by community partners (Port Saint Lucie Police Department) recently for a program initiative called StopLifting. The program led by Stacy Paton, Crime Prevention Specialist for the PSLPD, and Officers Jack White and Rod Dobler updated students on the hazards of shoplifting. Students learned about the technical camera systems that are now in retail stores, and they also learned that 89% of students know someone who has recently shoplifted. Students learned that the excuses given for shoplifting range from boredom, anxiety, depression, excitement and most importantly, peer pressure. One in eleven people have stolen from a retail store at some point in their lives. Students also learned that if you shoplift when you are young, you are 46% more likely to commit more crime in the future. Not a very encouraging statistic for the children.
Ms. Paton and the officers also spent plenty of time discussing the consequences of shoplifting such as: arrest and transport to a juvenile facility, restitution beginning at $200, probation, trespass from the store, and labeling by family and friends. Students saw concrete examples of questions on college applications, military applications, job applications, and the reality of background checks. The children learned that once you have a record, that record is forever, especially for deep checks for the military, college, and certain jobs.
Northport is deeply indebted to our community partners, the Port Saint Lucie Police Department, who visit frequently and always have the best interest of the children at heart. We, as teachers, administrators, deans, and parents depend on that partnership because we care about our whole community. We realize that we are not a closed building, we need the assistance of all invested partners to help make our community healthy and to bring the very best education to our students. Pictured are Officer Dobler, Stacy Paton, and Officer White as well as Instructor Elissa Garcia and her seventh grade students.
Rivers Edge Elementary Otters had an outstanding first week. Beginning their day reading plays an important role in creating a superb way to begin their day and year. Staff and parents both are thrilled that students are increasing their fluency while beginning their day in a quiet manner.
Our Staff was thrilled to receive t-shirts with our theme for the year – “Believe.” Joining together to believe in our students and each other to find a way (or make a way) to keep our school outstanding!
Northport VPK-8 School Community, along with Northport ESE instructor, Marie Solide is proud to invite our entire community to participate in a 5K Walk/Run to benefit “Tough Kookie Foundation, Inc.” Tough Kookie, was founded last year with lots of work by Mrs. Solide who lost her beloved daughter, Kookie to Sickle Cell Disease. Northport administrators, teachers, students and parents have been behind Marie in her healing process and her building of this wonderful community support group and sanctioned 501c. The 5K run is sponsored by Tough Kookie Inc. as well as the City of Port Saint Lucie and Healthy Saint Lucie. At Northport VPK-8 School, we realized that many of our families have been touched by this disease and we, as a community partner, want to help be a part of the solution. Please consider joining us at Tradition Square on Saturday, September 26 from 8:00am until 12 Noon.
Bayshore Elementary would like to thank all of our local heroes who joined us for our Tunnel of Hope welcoming our students back to school on Monday. We were joined by the Port St. Lucie Police Department, St. Lucie County Fire Department, and the Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie.