– by Tanya Seaward
We would like to thank the members of the commUnity who were able to attend Unity Charter School’s final General Assembly of the year, held on June 3rd. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, we started the evening with a short Volunteer Recognition ceremony to honor the many dedicated parent volunteers who gave so generously of their time and talents to Unity. Lucy Tullo, PA President, thanked her fellow PA officers (Danielle Lang, Karen Haskell and Diala Pharaon-Abboud), and highlighted the efforts of the many lunch, laundry, interest group, room parent, Roller Skating Party, Eco-School, EcoFest, Suburban Organics, strategic plan and board committee volunteers. In particular, she noted the extensive efforts of Becky Rubenstein (lunch coordinator, Eco-Schools, teacher appreciation, room parent – what doesn’t she help with?), Catherine Delett for the Weekly Digest, and Rachel Kwock for World Culture Day. Unity wouldn’t be the special place that it is without the help of our valued volunteers!
Board elections were the next item of business. Outgoing board members Ronni Blaisdell, Matthew Onigman, Mindy Quirk and Tanya Seaward were thanked for their contributions to the school over the past years. The members of the commUnity voted in one returning board member, Tina Bologna, and four new trustees to the board: Lilie Donahue, Jonathan Fichter, Stacy Havens and Teri Rich. Welcome!
The general assembly concluded with a presentation of the 5 year strategic plan by Board President Kirstin Sechler. With the assistance of the New Jersey School Boards Association, we are pleased to say that we developed this plan with input and feedback from all our major stakeholders: parents, staff, board and the commUnity. The strategic plan outlines the six major areas of focus: student achievement, character education, community engagement, sustainability, staff development and whole school viability. We would also like to thank all the members of the staff and commUnity that assisted with writing the detailed action plans associated with each major goal. Both the complete strategic plan and the general assembly PowerPoint presentation can be found online.
Tanya Seaward is a Unity mom to three students; Jeremy, Abby and Theo. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Communications Committee. Tanya is a Chartered Accountant who enjoys gardening and leisurely rides on her bike (no hills please!).