Representative Council Minutes Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Memorial Middle School Library 3:30-5:30


Secretary’s Report:


Treasurer’s Report:

Membership:

P.R. & R.:

Presidents’ Report:


ESP Para Unit Report:


Custodial Unit Report:


Old Business:




New Business:

April 11.



Other:

Regular Meeting adjourned at 4:51 PM


Followed by

General Meeting for AP Grant

Memorial Middle School Library

March 21, 2012 4:30 PM


We have two issues to vote on:

One Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the MMSI AP Grant

and

One MOA for the voluntary PD rate for all Unit A to increase to $30 per hour


Background- FPS has been offered to participate in a MMSI AP grant (Massachusetts Math Science Initiative)

The participation/# of responses gathered from the survey monkey was not substantial enough to interpret or give direction.

The language in the MOA is available for viewing on the FEA website. It was written so the funds generated from this grant may be accessed by all staff members through an application process.

The grant would generate about $300,000 over the next three years.

FHS Staff have heard from college admission advisors that AP courses meet national standards and carry more weight for our students than typical “college level” courses. It is also vital to keep our district competitive with a rigorous curriculum. This grant allows that opportunity. According to our bylaws, one of the FEA’s objectives is to work for the welfare of school children, the advancement of education, and the improvement of instructional opportunities for all. This grant allows that opportunity.

A motion was made to accept as written the MMSI AP Grant.

The vote will be held on Thursday, March 22 at FHS from 2-6PM.


The second MOA is needed to set the PD rate at $30 on all voluntary Professional Develop hours outside of school hours.

Our contract currently says $15; however some PD opportunities are paid $20. Research was done with other districts in our area and saw a range from $25-$35. The $30 rate seems appropriate.



A second motion was made to accept the MOA between Unit A and Fitchburg School Committee regarding the voluntary Professional Development rate to increase from $15 to $30 per hour. The vote will be held for the membership on Thursday, March 22 as well.


Respectfully Submitted,

Kim Bellio

Corresponding Secretary


Post Script: The ballot vote that was held at FHS on Thursday, March 22, 2012 approved the motion to accept the MOA for the MMSI AP grant. The motion to accept the MOA between Unit A (teachers) and the Fitchburg School Committee regarding the voluntary PD rate to increase to $30 per hour also passed.