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IMPORTANT DATES   IN THE NEWS                                                                        JANUARY 2018
January 12
ROBS Breakfast
(January 5th cancelled due to weather)

January 18
Executive Board Meeting

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POSTED 1/17/18

A note from Kate Corkery:
     I am happy to announce that My Mom Florence Corkery will be 100 years young on February 1, 2018. Due to her fiery can do spirit she is sharp, mobile and still keeping the family on our toes. She enjoys shopping and going out to lunch. We recently had brunch with Marge Kirchner. Florence still bakes Irish Tea Cakes and lemon meringue pies. She still knits, just finishing an Irish Fisherman Baby Blanket. She’s an avid reader partial to biographies of entertainers and politicians. She enjoys old movies and could be a guest programmer on TCM. She’s a big fan of Dancing With the Stars critiquing the costumes more than the footwork. Crossword puzzles are part of her daily routine. She delights in the accomplishments, antics and adventures of her 3 children,6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She loves to reminisce about her 20 years teaching at Pine Park. She still hears from students in her second and third grade classes. Aside from her family she knows that teaching in Brentwood was a calling and the best career she chose. Florence worked at Pine Park from 1963 to 1983. She’d be thrilled to hear from former colleagues. Birthday wishes can be sent to 224 Connetquot Rd. Bayport NY 11705 or an e mail to Kt.corkery @ gmail.com. Thanks for sharing this. Kate

View Florence's History Project Retiree Interview

POSTED 1/4/18
   The ROBS breakfast has been cancelled for tomorrow, Friday, January 5th and rescheduled for Friday, January 12th from 9-11 at the Candle Light Diner in Commack.


POSTED 12/30/17
 If you haven't all ready done so, please renew your 2017-18 membership today. The application and information for new members to join ROBS can be found on the Membership Page of this website.

POSTED 1/17/18
     Rayleen, a second grade student at Southeast Elementary School, has been diagnosed with a very serious illness.  She will need intensive hospital treatments for awhile.  Since her mother, Lorena Barrientos, will need to be by her side during this time, she will not be able to work.  Lorena is a single mother who does not get paid if she doesn’t not work.  They are in need of all the help and support possible.  If you would like to make a donation select the following link: “GoFundMe”

POSTED 1/10/18
   Lillian Jason, who was a nurse at East Elementary School, passed away last month. You may send condolences to her daughter:
Karen Jason
877 Mapleton Ave.
Suffield, Connecticut 06078

POSTED 1/23/18

     Carl Fogliano passed away peacefully on January 11, 2018 of Congestive Heart Failure in Stuart, Florida. Carl retired from the Brentwood High School in 2000 where he taught history for many years. Please click on the following link to view the obituary and beautiful tribute to Carl:
Carl Fogliano Obituary & Tribute

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Why did we do it?
     What was our purpose in taking on such an open ended “History Project”; for which we evolved a script of questions and got answers from over 150 subjects for two decades?
     We couldn’t answer the question in 1994 when people would ask “What are you going to do with the interviews?” All we could say was that for educational purposes we had to document our record now or lose the chance to preserve so many poignant accounts, funny stories and touching tales told by exemplary educators. We knew these dedicated public servants might shortly, for reasons yet unknown, be leaving Brentwood for good.
     So, we decided to let time sort out the details. We began scheduling appointments. W
e asked questions and listened saving for generations the essence of what it meant to have been an educator or employed, in this large public school system during the second half of the 20th century. Brentwood remains an exemplar to all others; a diverse microcosm of America reflecting 124 districts on Long Island while simultaneously resembling thousands across the U.S. We’ve accomplished something here to be proud of. Whether we were interviewed or not, ours is a claim of service that few professionals in the State of New York or elsewhere have positioned themselves to share in the way we have.
     INITIALLY the practice of sitting with a subject for an hour and giving them a hundred percent focused attention seemed somewhat daunting to a number of friends and colleagues. So much so in fact that many declined our repeated invitations to speak with us as they left careers or retired from full employment. Despite all assurances that we were not about investigative journalism or invading privacy, they deferred. Now, twenty years after we began, some are saying they may be ready. “Better late than never” we say. However, to all among you who were willing to share not only your classroom experiences and personal stories, but precious memories from your lives along with your fondest hopes for the future, we say “Thanks”. Thanks for allowing us to continue the process by paying it forward as we share these interviews with the Brentwood community and countless professionals and researchers near and far. Through an acceptance of ROBS offer of collaboration with Archivist Dr. Geri Solomon and The Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University our History Project lives on in academia as well as in the collection of the Brentwood Public Library, thanks to Director, Thomas A. Tarantowicz.
   Enjoy unlimited visits to www.robsny.org where you can watch and listen to segments from featured Interviews in the ROBS History Project Section on our Announcements Page each month. Return here to listen and learn again and again.



Ed Franchi
Coordinator of Security and Transportation 
October 31, 05

   Ed’s father’s name was Edmund Anthony Franchi, which was also Ed’s given name, therefore becoming a Junior. At the time of the interview he’d been married for 46 years. They were living in Port Jefferson, and he was the father of two grown children, his 43 year old son then residing in East Islip with one grandchild, and another on the way, and his daughter of 40 years who was living in Ashville, North Carolina and was the parent of his 3½ year old granddaughter.      His wife had a nursing school business in the Port Jefferson area from which she retired with the arrival of the grandchildren. She had proclaimed she had no intention of babysitting all week. Today she is over in East Islip at least 3 times a week. Life is full of surprises isn’t it. They have tried to get to North Carolina one week out of every month.
    Ed’s son is in the mortgage industry working for Wells Fargo for the last fourteen years mostly in the L.I. area for his career while living in East Islip. His daughter is Director of the Western North Carolina Health and Wellness Council. She has been in NC for twelve years, loves the area and has expressed no intention of ever moving back to NY. She is an adjunct professor at NC University in Nashville, She attended Penn State for her BA, and on her way to becoming an actress attended American University in Washington for her Masters after changing her major. Edmund is proud of both children for their accomplishments and with whom he and his wife have a close relationship and very much enjoy spending time together.
    Having grandchildren came late to Ed and he is enjoying this chapter in his life with a 3½ year old who’s going on 33. She’s a very intelligent young lady says her grandpa. His grandson is 22 months now and will be two in December. Their names are Jacob Edmund and Kia Jade (perhaps from a Cherokee Indian tribe for whom his daughter had been doing consulting in western North Carolina when she was born).
    Ed was born at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. He spent most of his young life in Central Islip back when it was a very small community of 2,500 people. There he attended Central Islip High School and had a wonderful experience as a student who participated actively. He was born in 1937 and had just turned 69 when we talked. He wishes he was younger seeing how fast his life was flying by.
    Growing up, his was one of the few Italian families in Central Islip. In order to work at the hospital, for many years being Irish was a prerequisite, but eventually both his mom and dad worked there in different capacities. During his college years he would work at Pilgrim State Hospital during summers to earn money to put toward his upcoming school year. His earliest memory at 5 or 6 was when he came down with polio and was paralyzed for a period of time. He was fortunately able to regain his full mobility unlike some of his classmates who were not so fortunate and required rehabilitation at St Charles Hospital for periods of time.    They were very family oriented. His mother who originally came from Kingston, NC had come from a family of four children who because of economic conditions spent the early part of her life in an orphanage After she moved to Long Island with a sister she went to work at Pilgrim State Hospital where she met Ed’s father in the area shortly after. She was a convert to Catholicism from the Baptist religion. Her happiest moments were when she was with family, because she had experienced so much separation from her own. His father’s relatives lived in Queens and eventually all moved out to Long Island and to Ronkonkoma where they would be close to the rest of the family. His mother’s maiden name was Harriet Grady. She knew the identity of her birth parents. On her side there were two other sisters and two brothers. On Ed’s father’s side there were two sisters and three brothers. All came from moderately large sized families. Ed’s father’s family experience was similar. When they migrated from Italy they lived in Hell’s Kitchen which at the time was a poverty stricken area. Eventually they moved out to L.I. where they spent the rest of their lives. He has recollections of both his grandmothers but not his grandfathers. While we talked he touched upon memories of the Great Depression and the WW11 years that followed in its aftermath.
    Touching upon who besides parents impacted his life the most, he shared the name of his uncle Bill from his father’s side. He had never married and so devoted himself to his mother, He’s always been there when anyone in the family needed help. He gave Ed and his bride the deposit for the farm they bought in Ronkonkoma for $16,000.
    Edmund had a wonderful experience in high school and formed a relationship with a couple of teachers he never forgot, a Social Studies teacher and the band director / Music teacher he was able to find, spend an afternoon with a few years ago and thank for the help he had received so many years before.
    He attended State University at New Paltz in 1955 and matriculated in 1959 with a BA in Elementary Education. He did his student teaching at Island Trees in Nassau County (small district before Levitt build his homes there.) There he taught history at the elementary level before going back for his graduate degree at Hofstra University to be provisionally certified to teach Jr High by 1959.

Ed Franchi
   Ed spoke about all his other attempts to support himself in the teaching profession which only paid him $4,300 per year at Island Park In addition there were paid coaching positions in soccer, basketball, track, he drove a school bus over the summer, taught driver education and adult education in summer program, “We all did it, I was not alone” he said.
    As a teenager he favored the summers growing up on L.I. as it was idyllic for a young person. Although he loves the fall with memories of going back to college in upstate with the changing of the leaves and seasonal sports, having to turn the clocks back with the approaching darkness and knowing what was to follow did have unpleasant associations for him. His memories of traditional Italian family gathering around the bocci court with the proverbial kegs of beer on summer nights still brings a broad smile to his lips.
    He came to Brentwood in 1966 or 1967.He had heard it was a rapidly expanding multicultural school district and an exciting place in which to work. It was at the time when he was making a decision about changing the direction of his career. There was an opening here as a attendance teacher (truant officer). The program was run by George Klein. He replaced Guy DiPietro who had plans and a life of his own to fulfill.
   He talked about the Brentwood school district being unique in that it was the largest and most diverse of any place he had ever taught. There was an emphasis here upon the ”Brentwood family” that may sound cliché, but it was not. He remembered a saying that circulated at the time to describe the district. “If you can do it in Brentwood you can do it anywhere”
   Dave Martz was singled out as being the single most influential colleague that Ed drew upon for example and as a role model. Edmund Franchi retired in 1992. He came to the District in 1966 but arrived at the high school there in 1970. He remained for the next ten years when he became Director of Security and Transportation until 1992. During those intervening years major changes took place in the way the district handled security. In 1976 they expanded the role district wide and increased the number of employees from eleven to a little over fifty. He built a prototype for district wide security systems that was responsible for establishing 24 hour surveillance until his decision to retire. He continued to work part time for Brentwood maintaining the system he had built and sharing it’s efficiency with districts who acknowledged their need for change. He continues consulting with other Districts up to and including the present when they come to his company now with questions. His last official position had been as the Coordinator of Security and Transportation for the District. He’d worked in the field of public education for a combined total of thirty three years by the time he reached 55 years of age.
   We spoke of the visit by Robert Kennedy to BHS and Ed’s admiration for his brother the President John F. Kennedy. Then we spoke of the tragedy he had witnessed up close on the day many here will never forget, May 16, 1983 when East Middle School became the scene of a hostage takeover by former student Robert Wicks that resulted in his taking his own life in front of a class of student hostages.
   What would he like to forget? Those days when bad weather required him to be at school at 3 am to begin collecting data and information the Superintendent would need by 6 am to decide if the districts busses should be dispatched to begin picking up students from the areas public and private schools once it was decided schools would be officially open. When schools were closed it was a good thing for Ed, for he would be in the car and on his way home for the day by 7 am. Otherwise, he would remain on duty all the rest of that day until about 10 or 11 pm that night when the last bus returned to the lot. No, he responded, not once on his watch was any student from Brentwood ever forgotten or left behind and alone in an empty bus once it returned to the parking lot.
   Ultimately, he wishes he’d been able to teach a college course for aspiring administrators of large school districts so as to prepare them for experiences he’d lived through and they in all likelihood could possibly have to face. One reason for his retiring when he did was this: Every time his phone rang at the end of his career it was either because there was a problem about to surface or a complaint needing to be handled immediately. There were 150 buses on the road every day with no end of possible headaches that would fall directly into his lap. His advice to those who would pick up where he left off was this “It’s not a job. It’s a commitment." When asked what his favorite or his best year, he said, “John, they were all good!” “The thing that I want most is to be remembered as a good family man and a good father. That’s more important than anything else in life. From a career standpoint, I’m one of many good administrators who have come into public education and have done an outstanding job. Whatever you do in education you have to do to the fullest of your ability. I want to be remembered as a person who did a good job and helped the process along, because it’s a never ending process”.
    You can also view any of the past interviews by visiting History Project Interview Archives

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