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Peekskill Schools Salute Retirees, Tenure Recipients

Nine honored for total of 254 years of service; three teachers, assistant receive tenure.

Peekskill schools feted nine retirees and four newly tenured staffers June 5 at the start of a workshop meeting of the Board of Education.

The retirees and their years of service to the district, totaling 254, included:

  • Teachers: Matilda Zeoli, 37 years; John Cooley, 34 years; Susan Mahoney, 34 years; Susan Buchanan, 27 years.
  • Administrators: Alice MacLennan, 24 years.
  • Teacher Aides: Margaret Conklin, 36 years.
  • Office assistants: Elaine Mule, 27 years; Diane Eckhart, 25 years; Judi Seacord, 10 years.

Books were donated to district libraries in honor of the retirees.

The board approved tenure for the following:

Teachers: Rodney Headley, health, Patricia Roldan, art, Frank Bucci, technology, all effective Aug. 31.

Teaching assistant: Candis LaFountain, Hillcrest Elementary School, effective Sept. 7.

In other personnel action the board approved the termination of Jamie Feinberg as a physical education teacher at Peekskill Middle School, effective June 30.

Patty Villanova June 09, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Any idea how many millions their collective salaries and benefits cost the taxpayers of Peekskill? The ones who should be praised and acknowledged are the struggling residents who are paying for jobs and security that most of us can only DREAM of. We're supposed to celebrate when public sector employees get so entrenched that they can no longer be fired, no matter how badly they screw up? I can't imagine having a job where my family and I have guaranteed lifetime benefits, regardless of performance or how bad the economy gets. Meet the new Elites, courtesy of NYSUT.
Buckshot Roberts June 09, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Oh Patty, where have you been? Perhaps teachers should do the job for free, in fact why shouldn't everyone who is a citizen of this great country volunteer to do all the jobs people such as your self take for granted. I've got a better idea, why don't you start a campaign where people boycott public employees and the jobs they do. Don't call the fire or police department, take your own trash to a private dump, plow the road in front of your house, homeschool your children, dig a well, etc. The world would be a much better place then I'm sure.....
Silent Majority June 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Patty....I know that you have some issues with this that and the other thing, but good god, do you know how many of those teachers that are "fleecing" the PCSD are CITIZENS of PEEKSKILL and OWN HOMES HERE!?! Therefore, they pay their own salaries and do much more for the youth of this community than you may do. Instead of degrading them and the pennies they make, why don't you give a student a job or talk to them and ask them about their teachers. The community needs to support teachers, not make them villains.
Peekskill Community Garden June 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
These people should be celebrated not called the new elites! Maybe we should look at all the politicians who are receiving pensions, having their healthcare, office space, etc. paid for with OUR tax dollars. My congratulations go out to these retirees for doing a fine job. In addition, I do not believe that if anyone, tenure or not, were to do something terrible, especially in a school district, could not be let go. As a taxpayer and a parent, I know I would stand up and make a lot of noise for what is right for our children, and I am sure I am not alone. ENJOY you retirement folks!
Teleman June 10, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Where's tenure in the private sector? Oh, that's reality, and it doesn't exist- do they get tenure for doing such a spectacular job? or is it just a function of how long they've been there?

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