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Gloucester City HS captures South Jersey crown

City School Board and Union Agree on Sick Bank Guidelines

By Linda Boker-Angelo

NEWS Correspondent

Following the swearing in of incumbents Louisa Llewellyn, Ray Coxe and Edward Hubbs at the reorganization meeting, members of the Gloucester City Board of Education (BOE) re-elected Llewellyn to serve as Board president, while Coxe was chosen to continue as vice-president.

During the regular meeting, teacher Rachel Clancy, Chairman of the Gloucester City Education Association (GCEA)’s Sick Bank Com-mittee, thanked the Board for meeting with the committee members to quickly and painlessly come to an agreement on the sick bank guidelines.

A sick bank usually is designed to aid employees who have used all of their accrued sick, personal and vacation time due to an injury or illness of their own or due to the health issue of a family member.

Llewellyn also praised the GCEA for a smooth and pleasant negotiation.

She said that although both sides initially came to the table with some different ideas, there was no rancor or animosity in any of their discussions. All issues were resolved in a professional manner.

School Superintendent Paul Spaventa recognized two longtime employees for their years of dedication and service to the district.

Judy Ford and David Rusk have each been a part of the maintenance staff at Gloucester High School for 30 years.

Spaventa also praised Meghan O’Connor, director of the district’s New Jersey After 3 program, for having her program selected as a “Promising Practice” by New Jersey After 3, Inc., a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide positive and constructive afterschool activities for the state’s school children.

Board members also heard comments by representatives from each of the district’s schools.

Rebecca Johnson spoke on behalf of the Highland Park Program for Success. She will graduate in June and plans to attend Camden County College in September to begin working toward a certificate to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She credits the program with helping her to achieve her goals, adding that her brothers and sisters were also students at Highland Park.

“I guess you could say that we are a Highland Park family,” she said.

Sophomore Walter Ramirez talked about some of the different events going on at Gloucester City High.

Principal Jack Don said he has a tremendous amount of respect for the quiet teenager, praising his work at the County YMCA.

“He is one of the nicest young men you will ever find,” Mr. Don said.

Ramirez enjoys speaking to younger kids at the YMCA about the importance of making the correct decisions in life and staying on the right path.

Fifth grader Joe Panatolone spoke about activities at Mary Ethel Costello. Principal Ken Wagstaff described Panatolone as an honor student with good attendance who stole the show as “Blue Beard” in the school musical.

An eloquent and animated speaker, Panatolone said his favorite subjects are language, gym and art.

Third grade student Justin Markward said his favorite subject is science, and gave his impressions of Cold Springs.

“I like Cold Springs School,” he said. “The teachers and the faculty are very kind.”

The Board will meet again at 7 p.m. on June 4 for a caucus session. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the GHS media center.

Look in upcoming editions of the NEWS for information on the Gloucester City High School Class Of 2009 graduation in June.

source Gloucester City News

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