Board of Education bids fond farewell to two long time district employees


Margot Ferrauti
September 26, 2008
by Ann Marie Fallon

At the Monday, September 22, Chappaqua Board of Education meeting, Superintendent David Fleishman and the school board expressed their appreciation to two retiring district employees, Margot Ferrauti and Jose “Pepe” Leston.

Margot Ferrauti, the district’s registrar, is retiring this week after working for 14 years in the Chappaqua Central School District’s central office. As the registrar, Ferrauti was the first contact many parents had with the district when they came to enroll their children in the school system. Superintendent Fleishman commented she was “the perfect first person for people to meet.”  The board and her supervisor, Assistant Superintendent for Business Administration John Chow, praised her substantial interpersonal skills and the competency with which she got things done.

Jose “Pepe” Leston, who retired this year after more than twenty years as a maintenance supervisor for the district, was also recognized. The board was treated to a brief slideshow of the many projects in which Leston had a hand in constructing. “Pepe made sure that everything got done,” Board President Jay Shapiro noted while complimenting his organization skills. Fleishman and the board echoed this point, commenting that if something needed to get done, Pepe would take care of it. 

In June 2008 the Chappaqua Central School District entered into a settlement with the Civil Service Employees Association over a union grievance relating to a stipend that Leston had been receiving since 1988. The yearly stipend,  which since 1992 amounted to an extra $20,000 a year, came under fire from the union, which argued that the unusually large stipend violated state labor law because it hadn’t been negotiated through the union. The settlement eliminated Leston’s stipend. See “Chappaqua schools foreman loses $20G stipend, The Journal News, June 29, 2008. http://m.thejournalnews.com/news.jsp?key=98656


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