Delegates attending NYSTRS' 2018 Annual Meeting of Delegates unanimously re-elected William Floyd School District teacher Ron Gross to a new three-year term on the NYSTRS Board of Trustees. More than 500 delegates from across the state also attended numerous pension-related workshops during the Nov. 4-5 meeting in Saratoga Springs.
Gross, who is president of William Floyd United Teachers and has taught social studies in his district for 30 years, was first elected to the Board last year to fill the unexpired term of Timothy Southerton, who retired from teaching in June 2017. Gross’s new term runs through January 2022.
"It is really quite an honor and humbling at the same time to serve as your trustee," Gross told those in attendance following his election. Gross also urged delegates to bring back to their districts the information they learned at the Annual Meeting.
The 10-member Board includes three active teachers and one retired teacher. Board members serve without compensation and represent various constituents, including school administrators and school boards. They are responsible as fiduciaries to protect the long-term value of the System’s investment portfolio for its more than 430,000 active and retired members and beneficiaries.
Meeting attendees also had the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics such as: the tools available in MyNYSTRS, an online member portal; the rules regarding working in retirement; general retirement planning; the financial stability of the Retirement System; and assorted services available from NYSTRS. PowerPoint presentations used in the various workshops will be available online for all members later this week.
New at this year’s meeting was the use of visual recording to graphically capture key points of the various presentations. Photos of these creations will also be available on this website.