ESP unit organized in Saint Marys

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ESP unit organized in Saint Marys

Support professionals in the Saint Marys Area School District have joined the PSEA family.

The Saint Marys Education Support Professionals Association in Elk County has elected a slate of officers since forming last June and is currently in negotiations on its first contract.

“We wanted to have a voice in decisions that affect our jobs and to have representation on various issues,’’ said President Christine Gavazzi. “We are pleased to be with PSEA.’’

The new local has about 70 bargaining unit members – paraprofessionals, tech support workers, secretaries, tutors, health aides, monitors, cafeteria workers, library aides, and facilitators. Other officers are Mark Badtorff, vice president; Michele Burdick, treasurer; and Tracy Carnavale, secretary.

“We are thrilled to have the Saint Marys support staff as part of the PSEA family,’’ said PSEA Vice President Rich Askey. “They and all support professionals are the people who keep our schools operating efficiently and who work closely with our children every day. They deserve to be respected and treated fairly for the important work that they do.’’