State Senator Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District, Babylon), honored Joyce Peisker Ratushny of Deer Park, Audrey Jacullo
of North Babylon and Mary Holmes Reid of Bay Shore as New York State Women of Distinction at a special ceremony held on June 20th in Albany.
, a resident of North Babylon, strongly believes that investing in children and their education is an investment for the future.She
feels that it is the responsibility of adults to make sure that all children are provided with the education they need to take positive control of their lives.
For many years, Jacullo
has worked to help achieve this goal.She was a Board of Education Trustee in the North Babylon School District for twelve years and served five years as Board President. Jacullo has chaired the District's Budget Advisory Committee; was a member of the Woods Road Elementary School Site-Based Team for four years; a member of the Multi-Cultural Committee; and was a kindergarten volunteer one morning a week for seven years.
Concern for high property taxes and the high cost of education on Long Island led to her
eighteen years of involvement with a consortium of school d i s t r i c t s known as REFIT
(Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today).She is presently on REFIT's Board of Directors.
...Believing in the PTA's Mission of People taking action for children, Mrs. Jacullo has been an active member for thirty-five years.She has held many positions on the local level and served on the Suffolk Regional Board of Managers.She
has received the New York State PTA Honorary Life Award, Distinguished Service Award and the Golden Circle of Leadership Award.
Support for high education standards and a safe a n d healthy environment in which s t u d e n t s can learn will continue to be a top priority for Jacullo