Harford County Education Association President Randy Cerveny sent the following email to members on Thursday, July 19th. Cerveny was not immediately available for comment.
Subject: Important HCEA News
Dear HCEA Membership,
I hope you are enjoying your summer break and taking care of yourself – though I know we are all still thinking about teaching, working on professional goals and planning for the new school year. I am writing because I have some very important news about our Association’s future.
This summer, after reflection on the past year and my professional goals, I am stepping down as president of HCEA. This decision was not made lightly, but my family and my goals as a teacher were important factors. I am confident that there are HCEA members who are willing and able to take up leadership and, with your support, to move HCEA forward. Rest assured that HCEA will continue to protect your rights and advocate for teachers and our profession.
HCEA Vice President Greg Plotycia will step in as acting President until an election can be held to fill the office of President. Under HCEA Bylaws, the Representative Assembly is the body which fills vacancies in HCEA offices. Greg and the Nominations and Credentials Committee will keep you and your elected representatives informed about the election process.
This summer the HCEA Board of Directors, committees and MSEA staff have put together an extensive Program Plan to engage members and the community in advocating for funding for a high quality public education system in Harford County. The success of this plan is up to all of us.
It was the unified efforts of HCEA members and educator leadership throughout the county resulted in step/longevity increases and a COLA for educators for the first time in many years. This fight is far from finished. HCEA and HCPS owe our successes to you! If our activism continues as it was in the spring, we will reap the rewards of our efforts.
I want to thank you for your support during my fourteen years in HCEA leadership and especially the last four years as President. Our next President’s job will be a challenging one. Your involvement and active support will be crucial to HCEA’s success.
As I return to the classroom, I look forward to working directly with students again and to continuing my work with you to improve instruction and our profession. Thank you again for your support.