BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Central School District awarded tenure to 12 staff members and the Ballston Spa Teachers’ Association awarded scholarships to three graduating seniors during Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Development Denise Jones congratulated the educators for achieving the important career milestone, noting that reaching tenure holds meaning beyond satisfactory job performance and no longer being on probation.
“To us it means that not only do you excel in your current position, but that you’ve immersed yourself into your school and to the whole Ballston Spa community, that you have a passion for what you do and for the children that you work with every day,” Jones said.
This year the district awarded tenure to nine teaching assistants, one school counselor, one math teacher and one reading teacher representing five out of six schools.
Recipients include Colleen Abbale, Janice Anatriello, Dania Bianchi, Kimberly Hathaway, Rachel Jeffers, Angela Johanning, Courtney Mancini, Wendy Matte, Stephanie Morcone, Annetta O’Connor, Susan Penman and Tyler Williamson.
School board member Nancy Fodera offered the staff members the board’s congratulations, acknowledging that achieving tenure is guaranteed for educators.
“It’s a well-deserved step in your career. We do demand a lot from our staff and our students, I do realize that, and to get to this point you should feel well honored,” Fodera said.
Following the tenure award, the BSTA awarded scholarships to graduating seniors Kelly Collins, Cetera Moore and Thomas Sheffield. Each one-time award is for $1,500. The scholarships are offered to students who plan to attend college to pursue careers in education or related fields.
BSTA President Kim Pusatere said that the three scholarship recipients were dedicated students who had taken advantage of the educational opportunities available to them and had been active in the community.
The three seniors will attend college this fall. Collins will attend the University of Tampa majoring in music education with a minor in theatre, Moore will attend Roberts Wesleyan College majoring in childhood education with a concentration in Spanish and Sheffield will attend the State University of New York at Fredonia majoring in music education
“The members of the BSTA are proud of your accomplishments and we wish you every success in college,” Pusatere said.
Board of Education member Jeanne Obermayer thanked the BSTA for offering the annual scholarship. “I think that’s incredible. A lot of work went into raising money for that and paying it forward to enable others to have the kind of impact on someone that you had,” she said.
The annual BSTA scholarship is funded solely through the donations of current and retired members. The BSTA currently has nearly 400 members.