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www.nea.orgespEDUCATIONSUPPORTPROFESSIONALSMeetingtheNeedsoftheWholeStudent35playinourstudentseducationsandlives.Thereisnomagicwandtowavebeatingprivatizationtakeshardwork.MembersofClearviewEducationAssociationCEAinNewJerseyknowthisalltoowell.CEAisamergedlocalwith330membersincludingabout100ESPswhosecurrentcontractrunsthroughJune302015.LastyearonMarch20with15monthsremainingonthatcontractSuper-intendentJohnHorchakoftheClearviewRegionalSchoolDistricttoldcustodiansandparaeducatorsthattheirjobsmightbeprivatized.IwassobrokenupwhenIheardthenewssaysMikeLarmondacustodianformorethan20yearsknowntostudentsasMisterMike.Ilovegettingupinthemorningandgoingtowork.IwanttogivemyretirementspeechatClearviewnotsomewhereelse.ThesooneryourealizeyourschoolboardisconsideringprivatizationthebetterpreparedyoucanbetoghtitsaysScottWagnerateacherfor32yearsandCEApresident.Youneedtostayready.WithinaweekSuperintendentHorchakbeganadvertisingbidsfortheESPjobs.OurpeopleweretoldtheycouldprobablyhaveajobwiththeprivatecompanybutforprobablylesspayfewerhoursandnobenetsWagnersays.IdontthinkanyoftheESPsweregoingtoapplyforthosejobs.IdidntseethatonecomingsaysDianeDAgostiniaClearviewparaeducatorfor18yearswhosefourchildrengraduatedfromClearviewRegionalHighSchool.Itwasonmymind247.Icouldntsleepawink.SoonaftertheMarchmeetingsCEAlaunchedananti-privatizationcampaignwithsupportfrommembersparentsstudentsandtheNewJerseyEducationAssociationNJEA.WewereabletoactfastwiththehelpofNJEADAgostinisays.Theymetwithusandgaveusideasandattendedboardmeetings.OneofthoseideasincludedDAgostiniworkingwithanartteachertocreate8by10-inchcardboardcerticatesprintedintheschoolcolorsofgreenandgold.The30certicateswerenotforframing.Longgreenribbonswerethreadedinpunchedholesinthetopcornersofeachcerticatecreatingminiaturebillboardsthatmem-berscouldsportatboardmeetings.ThecerticatesreadProudtobeaClearviewemployeefor__numberofyears.ThenumberwaslledinperESPaswellasblownupusingenormousblockglitterygureswhichshimmeredinthelight.ThosenumbersstoodoutinacrowdandmostweredoubledigitssaysDAgostini.Webleedgreenandgoldandhavealwaysbeenproudsupportersofourschools.CEAalsocreated250lawnsignsingreenandgoldannouncingthecampaignsthemeNoStrangersinOurClearviewSchools.TrusteeseventuallydecidedatanApril24boardmeetingnottoprivatizeparaed-ucators.OneindicationofCEAsupportoccurredatthemeetingwhenmorethan200CEAmembersparentsandstudentsshowedup.Ofcialswereforcedtorelo-catethemeetingfromthelibrarytotheschoolauditorium.ItwouldhavebeenarecodeviolationtostayinthelibraryLarmondsays.EverybodycametoourboardmeetingsevenESPsandteachersfromotherdistricts.Nobodywantsstrangersintheirschool.OnMay7boardmembersalsowithdrewtheirproposaltosubcontractcustodialservices.Itwasannouncedinthemiddleofathree-hourbudgetmeetingsaysWagnerwhowaspreparedtochallengetheproposalatthemeetingbutinsteadtookthepodiumandthankedtheboardforwithdrawingit.Peoplegavetheannouncementastandingovation.