At the May 11th Representative Council meeting, SWEA held nominations for officers. John Hackett ran unopposed for President and gave the following as his Vision and Plan for SWEA going forward:
I would like to thank you for my nomination and second. I would like to speak for a minute on my platform and vision for SWEA.
In running for reelection my platform and vision is closely connected to the purposes of SWEA, an organization that was born 50 years ago as a result of Public Act 298 which for the first time gave teacher representatives the right to negotiate with Boards of Education.
As your current president and as a 29 year classroom teacher, I have and continue to work for the welfare and improvement of education in South Windsor for teachers and our students. For example, I am especially proud of the initiative we began 10 years ago, of giving back to the community during the holiday season and of the over $20,000 that has brightened families lives during this time of year.
I have worked to maintain salaries, retirement and tenure benefits, along with professional leave, sick leave and other working conditions necessary to support teaching as a profession. Serving on the past 4 negotiation teams and bringing CEA retirement seminars to South Windsor for the last 5 years are examples of my strong advocacy for our members. Whether it is being there alongside a teacher during a difficult meeting at Ellsworth, traveling to Wallingford to meet with a member recovering from illness in the Masonic convalescent home, or working with CEA and state legislators to secure Joe Connelly’s retirement benefits for his wife, supporting teachers individually and as a group has been a hallmark of my service as President that I look forward to continuing.
I have maintained a productive and professional working relationship with our central office, BOE and the CEA that past SWEA President’s had established. This has allowed me to represent our interests at the local, state and national levels such as the recently concluded CEA-RA.
I have brought fair compensation and added accountability to the Executive board members who do so much work for the organization. Thank you.
Other officer positions were also filled as Anne Albert (Vice President) and Bill Myers (Treasurer) also ran unopposed. The position of Secretary had no nominees and therefore is open as a position that can be filled at the General Body Meeting June 8th at SWHS beginning at 4:25pm according to the SWEA Constitution.