Representative Council Minutes: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Memorial Middle School Library-
Thank you notes were read from the following 2011 graduates thanking the FEA for Scholarship awards- Christina Kosmidis, Kiley Bergeron, Margarita Michaelides, Anthony Altieri, Susan Arsin, and Ellen Porell.
Thank you notes were read from the following 2011 retiring FEA members thanking the FEA for their retirement gifts-Suzanne Roy, Marsha Gartska, Betty Berthiaume, Eileen Shireman, Janet Nikitas, Tom Bean, and Sharon Kearns.
This year’s Rep. Council meeting calendar was passed out; our meetings will be held on days that Longsjo staff have their early release day so that meetings may be held at an earlier time. The meeting dates are at the end of these notes.
Our association is in need of members from all buildings to fill an assortment of roles. Communication Managers, Grievance Coordinators, Enrollment/Membership Managers and Ten-minute Building Meeting Leaders are all needed. Please consider taking on a small role- many of which take only a few minutes to complete.
The FEA will be going “paperless” soon. As of October- Rep. Council minutes will no longer be photocopied and sent to every member. We will instead be sending out minutes via email. If you would like to receive a copy of the monthly minutes- please give your email address to your building’s communication manager or email your address to Kim at email@example.com.
Katie passed out the 2011-2012 Budget. It reflects a number of decreases in expenditures. It will be voted on at the October 19 Rep.Council meeting.
Katie also passed out the last of the Scholarship Raffle winner checks to be distributed.
Katie will email a summer expenditure sheet to Rep. Council members.
Donna reported that new member packets were sent out and most have been returned. There are still a few that have not received
Building representatives need to keep Donna up to date about any staff leaving, transferring or being hired so our membership numbers are kept up to date. Our operating budget is based on the number of members we have.
P.R. & R.:
Adam contacted Human Resources (HR) about the lack of supplies at the elementary level. There was a delay in the process of the orders at city hall. HR/ Central Office was asked to send out some sort of letter to let teachers know when the orders will be in. Since this was not done, there will be a group of elementary teachers going in to speak with HR about lack of supplies.
A representative voiced a concern about inequitable distribution of duties for all in the same unit (coaches, ETLs, guidance) and asked that a grievance be filed since all are part of the same unit and should have equitable duties.
DESE Review – Beth provided a copy of the district review protocol packet for each school.
Social Media- It is important to think carefully about Facebook postings, emails, and blogs. There are cases where postings/emails are being turned in to administration that appear unprofessional and reflect negatively on the teachers. Staff have been called in for such issues in our district.
Employment Letters- Longsjo’s letters were incorrect as the differential pay was not reflected accurately on the reports. Those are in the process of being corrected. Beth will find out how long it will take to hear back about any requested corrections by other staff.
RTTT-there is still work to be done. The teacher evaluation piece will be a tremendous amount of work.
Lane Changes- there are still some lingering changes- please contact HR immediately if you have not received the correct change. As professionals it is our responsibility to be aware of our own certification needs, sick and personal time used and requesting changes in a timely manner.
There is no negotiation update on direct deposit yet. There has been no meeting on this. Payroll did send out letters in some paychecks over the summer asking employees to sign up for direct deposit but this is not a requirement and still an employee choice.
The half-time release president retirement issue has not been resolved- but Beth hopes to begin working as a half-time release president soon.
A new Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) needs to be written for our contract because FHS hired 10 department facilitators (contract calls for 8) so the contract needs to be amended to allow that to happen.
McKay is forming an innovation school grant committee in conjunction with FAA ($15,000 implementation grant). The first meeting is Thursday, September 22 at McKay. There will be 2 reps for McKay and 2 from FAA on this committee.
ESP Para Unit Report:
Patty Durkee and Kathy Thibault are the new Para co-chairs. (their email addresses are PBosswell@yahoo.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) They thanked Eric Taylor for all his hard work on behalf of the membership. They have met with Sped to try to work out issues with job placement. All future job postings will be on line and at your school. This will be going on throughout the year. Please get in touch with Sped if you wish to be considered for a change in assignment.
The ESP Para unit negotiation team has met a couple of times over the summer and has a couple more tentative dates to meet in October.
Custodial Unit Report:
Dick Tellier is the Custodial unit chairperson. He reported that there is a custodian who has an illness and they are working on getting him assistance from the sick bank.
The custodial unit will be meeting next week about reopening negotiations.
A new by-law review committee has been formed.
Building “Street Talker” Captains- Steve Celona is organizing a new communication system and is looking for a person from Memorial, Crocker and McKay that is not currently a building rep to be a “Communication Captain” in those buildings. This person will be the “Street Talker” that will start the communication tree, the process of spreading FEA information to the rest of the staff. Please contact Steve with your name and home email address if you are willing to take this role on. There will be only one initial meeting for this. Please check out this month’s MTA magazine, pages 8 & 9, where you will find an article featuring the FEA and an in-depth explanation of this process.
Legislative and Political Action Team (LPAT) - MTA’s regional representative this year will be Eric Taylor- his region will be Senator Flanagan’s district. Steve and Eric met with Senator Flanagan’s chief of staff hoping to persuade Senator Flanagan to vote against the recent pension reform act. She did not vote against it. This bill now needs to go on to the House of Representatives. This will impact educators greatly.
Welcome Back Social- Friday, October 21 @ Slattery’s –at the end of the day- this is for ALL staff- the more the merrier!
Rock of Ages Bus Trip- Saturday, October 8- 20-25 seats left. This is a trip to the Providence Playhouse to see the musical, followed by a stop at the Providence Water Fires.
A meeting has just been scheduled to set up an interview committee for the new sped director.
Meeting Adjourned at 5:20 PM
Executive Board Meeting & Representative Council Dates- for 2011-2012
Meeting time: 3:30-5:30 PM- Memorial Middle School Library