Norfolk Federation of Teachers (NFT)

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Message From the President


April 2019

Welcome back!  I hope everyone got a chance to rest, relax and remove yourself from any school work during the past week!  As everyone knows these last two months are primarily dedicated to SOL Testing.  It can be a very stressful time for everyone involved.  Our veteran personnel know how to cope with the pressure of this period.  I ask that all of you keep an eye on our new members and offer any help you can give. 

This is also the period of final evaluations.  Those of you going through the process need to make sure you are aware of all of your rights that pertain to this.  There are procedures and timelines involved in these evaluations, and they must be followed.  Call the office if you have any questions or concerns about your evaluation.  Don’t take anything for granted. 

I would like to personally thank all of our members who turned out for the March School Board Meeting and the City Council Budget Hearing held on April 10th.  We had several members who went to the microphone and spoke at both meetings.  Tyishua McCoy, John Williams, Cheryl Lacey, Toni Johnson, Rikita Robinson and Donnetta Russell all spoke at these meetings.  If you work with these members please take a moment to thank them!  It is not enough for me to use 3 minutes once a month on our behalf.  The School Board, The Administration and the City of Norfolk need to hear from you also.  No one can tell your experiences, your feelings, your needs and the needs of your students better than you can!  The more of us that tell the stories, the more understanding and help we will receive.  So please thank those members who spoke for us and please think about telling yours at the future meetings.  Contact us and we will be glad to help you.

The City Council will be finalizing their budget in May.  The adoption date is May 14th.  We will keep you informed as always.  The School Board will adopt their approved budget in June. 



In Solidarity

Thomas Calhoun


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