Joy school secretary supported

Published Mar 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

A Joy Elementary School secretary was praised by a Joy teacher who addressed the Board of Education Thursday night and urged that the secretary be able to remain in the position.

Teacher Karen Latulipe spoke to the board regarding Joy secretary Audrey White.

“We recently learned that she would no longer be in her position as the secretary for our school,” commented Latulipe, who noted after the meeting that White came to Joy school in October. She told the board that “if possible, our staff hopes that this change would not have to occur and that Audrey could remain as our school secretary.”

After leaving the meeting, Latulipe explained that the change regarding White’s position at the school involved matters relating to a Civil Service exam. School district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said after the meeting that it was a “personnel matter” and was “not a district decision,” adding that it involves Civil Service labor law. There will be a different secretary at Joy school, he said.

Latulipe said to the board, “from the first moment that Audrey started her job at Joy school, she has been a bright light in the office.” She said White “continues to be extremely approachable to all staff and students.” White works well with school Principal Andria Lacey, “as well as with all staff members, parents, and guests to the building,” said Latulipe. She added that White “is patient and understanding with the children, which is key to being a secretary in an elementary building.”

Latulipe said Joy school “has dealt with several changes this school year. Mrs. White’s departure will be yet again another change that will impact the entire building. Her presence in the office has fostered a positive culture and climate within the building....”

After Latulipe finished speaking, board President Paul Fitzpatrick told her, “we do appreciate your comments.”