Professional Development Reimbursement

A message from BEA PD Coordinator Monica Miars:

Please read below the process for applying for, and receiving, professional development
fund reimbursements from the BEA. There always seems to be some confusion and I hate
to “deny” funds to members for not following the correct procedure.

1. When you decide to attend a prof dev opportunity that is not otherwise suggested and/or paid for by the district, you first need to fill out a “District Request forProfessional Leave” Form. This form asks you to break down approximate expenses and to whom the request for reimbursement
is being made (BEA or district). It is then given to your building administrator/immediate supervisor and they sign off – granting you permission to be out of school for that purpose. THIS IS NOT THE BEA FORM. This form is sent to Central Office. It DOES NOT come to the BEA. If you only fill out this form, BEA will have no notification of your intent for us to reimburse, and your request for payment after the fact will be denied.

2. Once you receive your copy of the above form back granting you permission to attend the prof dev, you need to fill out the attached BEA Professional Development Form and sent it to me for pre-approval. I will figure the amount of reimbursement, according to the formula, sign and date, make copies, and then send back to you.

3. After attending the prof dev, you will need to gather receipts and fill in the bottom portion of the BEA form; attach receipts to the form and send them back to me. I will approve payment, sign and date, make copies and forward to Jason Willcoxon for payment from BEA.

Our “year” runs September to September. However, funds are not generally available to the BEA immediately. What this means, is that if you are requesting funds for THIS year early in the fall, you will need to be patient with regard to reimbursement. Rather than approving payments as they come/in small batches, as in years past, I have set the following due dates for paperwork. On/near these dates, I will gather what paperwork has come to me, sign off, etc, and forward to Jason for payment. This way there is a clear time frame for both submission for payment, and actual payments being made.

Dates: October 14, 2016; December 19, 2016; March 17, 2016; May 19, 2016

In addition, be aware that these funds are approved on a first come, first served basis. I can only approve requests up to the $20,000.00 limit. Once I have approved that amount, no other opportunities can be approved at that time. IF at the end of the “year”, once all approved payments have been made, there are funds left, those who turned in requests and were denied MAY have partial payments made to them. There is not guarantee for this, however.

The reimbursement formula is as follows:
$0 – $300 100% reimbursement
$301-$1000 75% reimbursement
$1001 + 50% reimbursement IF funds remain at the end of the year
(Separate requests DO accumulate.)

IF you are “splitting” costs between the district and the BEA, you must be extremely clear in which party is paying for what amounts. The BEA cannot reimburse you for any cost covered by the district. (IRS guidelines forbid it.)

For last year, funds were claimed quickly. The more timely you can be in turning in paperwork, or in notifying the BEA of non-attendance, the better prepared we can be with regard to available funds and payment.

Welcome back – have a great year! mm

Sick Leave Bank

A message from BEA President Mindy Hall:


Included in our Master Contract is language about Sick Leave Bank Donation. We are each able to donate up to 3 days during a designated window of time. If a teacher is in need of days, he/she will need to refer to part 2 of the attached ‘Sick Leave Bank’ document (Use of Donated Days) and follow the procedure.

As stated in Master Contract, BEA members have until September 20 to donate sick leave days to the sick leave bank. This is the only period of time available to donate (unless our days drop below 60). If you have days that you know you will never be able to use or cash in on, please consider donating. I am sending this out to ask for days to be donated now.

This is what I need from you right now:

If you have sick leave days that you wish to donate, you need to print out the attached word document (Sick Leave bank Donation form),
fill it out , sign it and send the hard copy or scanned pdf to me (at the Middle School). I must have a signed copy (hard copy or scanned pdf); you cannot just send an e-mail letting me know you want to donate days.

All sick leave day donation forms are due to me by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016.

I will continue to be kept informed of the total number of days in the bank and deductions made. Unused days in the bank will rollover to the following school year. They will never be credited back to you but they will never be lost.

If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me.

-Mindy Hall

Hillary Clinton to NEA: If I Win, Educators Will Have a Partner in the White House

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told the National Education Association Tuesday that, if elected, she would be educators’ “partner in the White House,” invest in teacher training and wraparound services, and have their back when “union busting governors” or “hostile legislatures” try to take away their collective bargaining rights.

Clinton thanked the 3 million-member NEA, which is holding its annual convention here, for sticking by her in the surprisingly fierce primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

She promised that she would return the favor by making sure that teachers—some of whom were blindsided by Obama administration K-12 initiatives, especially around tying teacher evaluations to test scores—will always be part of the policymaking process.

“If I am fortunate enough to be elected president, educators will have a partner in the White House, and you’ll always have a seat at the table,” she said. “I have this old-fashioned idea that when we are making decisions about education, we actually should listen to our educators.”

Teachers, she said, are often unfairly blamed when policymakers refuse to provide the necessary resources to underperforming schools.

“We ask so much of you, and we don’t give you nearly enough in return,” she said.

Clinton told the union she wants to see professional development seriously ramped up. And she wants to pay teachers more. “No educator should have to take a second or third job just to make ends meet,” she said.

And Clinton called for ensuring all students have access to high-speed broadband for expanding wraparound services, including extracurricular activities and counseling services.

“It is time we treated every child as our precious child,” she said. “You should not have to be from a well to-do family to get good mental health services or join a soccer team.”

Clinton never mentioned the Every Student Succeeds Act, of which the NEA was a huge supporter. But she did make it clear that she wants to make sure tests don’t overtake instruction, a goal she shares with the new law’s architects.

“Tests should go back to their original purpose: giving useful information to teachers so that you know and parents know how our kids and our schools are doing, and then we can come together to help them improve,” Clinton said.

Clinton, who was criticized early on the in campaign for anti-charter school rhetoric, only mentioned charters once in the roughly 30 minute speech, in what brought audible jeers. She said she wants educators to be able to learn from the best schools, whether they are public or charter.

The biggest boos though, were reserved for Clinton’s opponent, real estate mogul and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Clinton pointed to the lack of details in his education plan: Trump, she noted, said he wants to get rid of the U.S. Department of Education, but might “leave some tentacles out there … whatever that means,” Clinton said.

Trump, she said, has said some schools receive too much funding, even as students in Detroit are stuck in crumbling, rodent-infested classrooms.

And she talked about the so-called “Trump effect” on students. One parent wrote Clinton to tell her that her adopted son had asked whether he would have to go back to Ethiopia if Trump, who has made it clear he wants to seriously revamp immigration policy, is elected.

Reception and Reaction

Overall, the speech, which was preceded and followed by power ballads by female artists, was heavy on firing up the troops. Teachers’ union volunteering can be even more powerful for a presidential campaign than members’ donations.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, for one, liked what she heard.

“What she said in the speech is exactly what we already knew about her,” she told reporters. “She sees education as the whole community, and that always touches my heart.”

And here’s how García explained the boos that greeted Clinton’s charter remarks: “In so many of our communities, charter schools have devastated school funding,” she said. “For us, the anger comes from the growing franchise of for-profit charters.”

Clinton, for the most part, received a very enthusiastic reception from the crowd of about 6,900 delegates.

“I questioned the early endorsement because of how it would be viewed by members, but I truly believe she is the only candidate who has the experience to work to make education the best it can be,” said Rebecca Gamboa, an Illinois delegate. “It’s easy for candidates to say, ‘I’ve got your backs,” but she has. And she has the backs of kids.”

Several remarked on Clinton’s support for addressing students’ out-of-school needs.

“I didn’t think it really delved into too many policy details, but it was clear that she understands the problems and challenges that the profession, and our students, are facing,” said Shaun Creighton, an Arizona delegate. “Looking at the whole picture, the whole child— that was very validating to hear. As teachers, we see firsthand how that impacts our students.”

Some delegates noted that the speech stayed mostly on safe topics, leaving delegates wondering what view Clinton will take on the regulations for ESSA, which are still being rolled out—and who Clinton might tap as the U.S. secretary of education.

“I don’t think it pushed anyone who didn’t support her before into her camp,” said Shannon Ergun, a Washington delegate who’s active in the Badass Teachers Association, an NEA caucus. “There was a lot of rah-rah … she could have put herself out there by opposing charters, and opposing tests.”

And at least one delegate remains so angry about the union’s decision to back Clinton early on that she boycotted the speech altogether.

“I opted out,” of Clinton’s address, said Kathleen Jeskey, a 6th-grade dual immersion teacher from Oregon who was wearing a “Feel the Bern” button. “I’m not happy that we endorsed so early. I think it killed Bernie’s chances with teachers. It wasn’t a fair fight, let’s put it that way.”

And Jeskey and other teachers aren’t thrilled that big-name education philanthropists, including Bill Gates, have donated to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Other observers were more positive. There was a lot to like in Clinton’s speech, especially where she took the courageous move of talking about supporting schools that work, regardless of whether they are traditional district schools or charters, said Shavar Jeffries, the president of Democrats for Education Reform.

“I think it was important for her to directly confront the teachers and say, whatever works for babies, we support, wherever we find it,” Jeffries said in an interview.

Although Clinton hasn’t released a comprehensive K-12 plan and people are still waiting for “more meat on the bones” on what she would do as president, Jeffries said he’s been pleased at what Clinton has said about specific education policy issues so far, such as strong support for pre-K and robust accountability for schools. And he said Clinton also struck the right note when it comes to the best political approach for K-12 issues.

“We’ve seen the basic building blocks of a more comprehensive agenda,” Jeffries said. “The elements we’ve seen, we think there’s a lot there to be positive about.”

BEA Meeting Schedule and Officers/Building Reps 2016-2017

BEA Executive Committee Meeting Schedule


 Meetings are typically the last Monday of the month.  They start at 3:45.

 Monday, August 29                                         Middle School (3105)

Monday, September 26                                 Maryland  (?)

Monday, October 31                                        Cassingham (library)

Monday, November 28                                   Montrose (library)

Monday, December 19                                    High School (?)

Monday, January 30                                        Middle School (3105)

Monday, February 27                                      Maryland  (?)

Monday, March 27                                            Cassingham (library)

Monday, April 24                                               Montrose (library)

Monday, May 15 (if needed)                        High School (?)



BEA  Representatives for 2016-2017


President:                                      Mindy Hall                    (Middle School)

Vice President:                            Erin Clary                      (Cassingham)

Treasurer:                                      Jason Willcoxon         (High School)

Secretary:                                      Heather Addington  (Montrose)

Professional Dev. $:                  Monica Miars               (Cassingham)

Membership:                                Sarah Goodenow       (Cassingham)

Media:                                              David Schottner        (Cassingham)


Building Representatives

Cassingham:                                Kelly Harris, David Schottner, Nicole Noteman

Maryland:                                      Mary Bidwell

Montrose:                                      Emily Reiser, Sherry Baugh

Middle School:                             Brooke Smith

High School:                                  Andrea Brown, Julie Horger 

~~  We are in need of more reps (especially @ Maryland and the Middle School) please contact Mindy Hall if you are interested in adding your name to the list of Association Building Representatives  ~~

Salary Schedule Advancement

There are two times a year when you can move up the pay scale–for example, once you complete 15 hours beyond your Masters.  The deadlines are as follows regarding salary schedule advancements:

First Semester

·         Deadline to submit request and transcripts: late August

·         Board Meeting approved: September

·         Salary increase effective: 1st pay in September, effective to the beginning of the school year

Second Semester

·         Deadline to submit request and transcripts: late January

·         Board Meeting approved: February

·         Salary increase effective: 1st pay in February, but retroactive to January 1


Specific dates come out each year in the Checkpoints.

March 15 Primary Election Day

A reminder that the Ohio Primary Election takes place on March 15th. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
You can also vote early, either in person or by absentee ballot.
Important elections ranging from local, Ohio General Assembly, US Congressional and Senatorial, and Presidential will take place. We have seen how crucial to education, students and our profession, each and everyone of the outcomes of these elections can be.
Here’s a list of OEA endorsed candidate as of 2/18/2016:

HD 4 Bob Cupp (R)
HD 7 Tom Patton (R)
HD 8 Kent Smith (D)
HD 9 Janine Boyd (D)
HD 11 Stephanie Howse (D)
HD 13 Nickie Antonio (D)
HD 14 Martin Sweeney (D)
HD 15 Nicholas Celebrezze (D)
HD 20 Heather Bishoff (D)
HD 22 David Leland (D)
HD 23 Lee Schreiner (D)
HD 26 Hearcel Craig (D)
HD 31 Brigid Kelly (D)
HD 33 Alicia Reece (D)
HD 34 Emilia Sykes (D)
HD 35 Greta Johnson (D)
HD 39 Fred Strahorn (D)
HD 44 Mike Ashford (D)
HD 45 Teresa Fedor (D)
HD 46 Michael Sheehy (D)
HD 47 Vicki Donovan Lyle (R)
HD 48 Kirk Schuring (R)
HD 55 Nathan Manning (R)
HD 56 Dan Ramos (D)
HD 58 Michele Lepore Hagan (D)
HD 59 John Boccieri (D)
HD 60 John Rogers (D)
HD 64 Michael O’Brien (D)
HD 71 Joseph Begeny (D)
HD 75 Kathleen Clyde (D)
HD 93 Ryan Smith (R)
HD 96 Jack Cera (D)
HD 99 John Patterson (D)
SD 2 Randy Gardner (R)
SD 30 Lou Gentile (D)
CD 3 Joyce Beatty (D)
CD 9 Marcy Kaptur (D)
CD 11 Marcia Fudge (D)
CD 13 Tim Ryan (D)
US Senate – Ted Strickland (D)
Thanks for all you do, and don’t forget to vote in the March 15th primary!

Timelines: Professional Leave vs. BEA Reimbursement

There is a requirement new to our contract that teachers must approve for professional development leave 60 days in advance in order to take professional leave days.

This is not tied directly to the BEA fund. This stipulation is with regard to you turning in a district professional leave request form to your building’s administration 60 days before planning/attending a professional development opportunity. This allows for planning with regard to subs should there be a need for district level PD, or a number of subs in any given building. (This has been an issue in the past.)

This form is turned in, in triplicate, to your admin – allowing them to plan for time, and possibly money needed. Each secretary should have them. It should be filled out before, or at the same time, as the BEA form that is sent to me.

For me, as manager of the BEA fund, the 60 days are not a large concern. As long as you submit to me PRIOR to attending the PD opportunity, your reimbursement will be pre-approved.

If you have questions, please let Monica Miars or your building BEA reps know.


Central OEA Diversity Conference

This year’s conference will focus on GLBT, bullying and ethnic diversity issues.

Our lunch speaker is David Schottner from the Bexley Education Association.
8:30-9:00 am – Registration
9:00-9:15 am – Opening remarks
9:15- 10:30 am – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
10:45-11:30 am – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
11:45-1:00 pm – Lunch and Keynote speaker
1:00-1:45 pm – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
1:45- 2:45 pm – Choice of 2 Breakout sessions
2:45- 3:15 pm – Speaker
3:15-3:30 pm – Closing remarks
The Conference is free to attend, but attendees must register on Central’s website. Space is limited, and on a first come first served basis. No walk-ins.


Dear Central Member,
The deadline for registration for the Central Diversity conference is rapidly approaching. If you wish to attend this conference please register no later than Wednesday, January 20th. Space is limited and registrations are on a first come-first served basis.

Conference Date: January 23rd
Location: Central office: 947 Goodale Blvd, Columbus (Parking in the rear)
A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Attendees can earn 6 contact hours.

To register, if you do not already have a Central account, you will need to create one on our website. You can do so here:

Once you have an account
1. log in
2. You will be redirected to a list of events
3. Scroll down to the event “2016 Central Diversity Conference” and click on it
4. Select “I Am Attending” form the dropdown. That’s it.

Our office can be a little tricky to locate for first timers. Here’s some directions

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:20 a.m. Opening remarks

9:25- 10:10 a.m.
Track 1 How to broach sensitive topics with adult members
Track 2 Kaleidoscope

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Track 1 Kaleidoscope
Track 2 How to broach sensitive topics with adult members

11:15-12:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote speaker

12:20-1:05 p.m.
Track 1 ABC’s of Gay, Straight, Alliance
Track 2 Affirming Diversity

1:10-1:55 p.m.
Track 1 Affirming Diversity
Track 2 ABC’s of Gay, Straight, Alliance

2:00-2:45 p.m. Bully-Free It Starts With Me

3:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Track Descriptions

How to broach sensitive topics with adult members: Lane Vanderhule & Pam Antos
A member who is out to her staff and students and another whose son came out to her share their experiences and insight.

LGBTQ 101: Danielle Boyd, Kaleidoscope Youth Center’s GSA Network Coordinator & Waverly Hale, Youth Leader
Youth service center in downtown Columbus share terminology, youth issues, and ways to build an inclusive school environment.

ABC’s of Gay, Straight, Alliance:
Students present about what a GSA is and share their experiences.

Affirming Diversity: Acknowledging Our Beauty and Building Our Strength
Description: In this interactive session we will give life to the words of Maya Angelou by exploring ways we can teach diversity in our classrooms, schools, and communities.

Session Objectives:
1. We will set the context for our conversation by overviewing the changing demographics of our nation, national public education system, and local school districts in the State of Ohio.
2. We will move towards acknowledging the beauty of diversity by highlighting the benefits of culturally responsive education while aligning them with 21st Century learning goals.
3. We will commit to building the strength of diversity in our classrooms, schools, and communities through a collaborative multiphase process. We will discuss specific actions educators can implement in the classroom and schoolhouse to affirm diversity. We will also explore strategies that families and community partners can implement to affirm diversity in our homes and communities.

OEA Election Endorsements

Don’t forget to vote!


The 2015 Election is November 3rd this year. Before you cast your vote, here’s some information about Issue 1, and some local school board races for you to consider.


Local School Board Recommendations


Groveport-Madison Local Education Association has endorsed the following candidates for school board:

  • Maria McGraw
  • Chris Snyder

Hilliard Education Association has endorsed:

  • Heather Keck

Lancaster Education Association supports the following school board candidates:

  • A. Lise Ricketts
  • Tom Shaffer
  • Jay Nauman

Marysville Education Association supports the following school board candidates:

  • Sue Devine
  • Amy Powers

Pickerington Education Association recommends

  • Darian Monhollen for Township Trustee


Plain Local Education Association recommends the following candidates for school board:

  • Larry Fruth
  • Debra Kalinosky
  • Mark Ryan

Reynoldsburg Education Association recommends the following candidates for school board:

  • Debbie Dunlap
  • Neal Whitman
  • Rob Truex

Upper Arlington Education Association opposes the following candidate:

  • Mindy Lambert

Upper Arlington Education Association has taken no position on the following candidates:

  • Robin Comfort (incumbent)
  • Stacy Royer (incumbent)
  • Nancy Drees (incumbent)
  • Chris Schwartz (retired teacher, first time running)


Westerville Education Association has endorsed the following school board candidates:

  • Richard Bird
  • Gerrie Cotter

Columbus Education Association Endorses the following candidates:

Columbus City School District Board of Education
  • Eric Brown
Columbus Mayor
  • Andrew Ginther
For Members of City Council, City of Columbus
  • Elizabeth Brown
  • Shannon Hardin
  • Zach Klein
  • Jaiza Page
  • Michael Stinziano


OEA urges support for Issue 1




Issue 1 seeks to create a seven-member panel to draw legislative districts starting in 2021. Approval of a 10-year map would require two minority-party votes, and language in the proposal is designed to limit the kind of gerrymandered maps that have led to one-party control and few competitive races.


Last December, Democrats and Republicans joined together to create a plan that Ohioan’s will vote on this November.


Issue 1 offers the first major overhaul to Ohio’s process of drawing state legislative districts in years by:

  • Establishing a seven-member bipartisan panel responsible for creating legislative district lines. It would be called the Ohio Redistricting Commission.
  • Setting rules that require new districts to keep communities together. This would put an end to today’s oddly shaped districts that unnecessarily split cities, counties and townships to help one political party or another.
  • Ending the practice of having the new maps drawn in secret. The new Redistricting Commission will hold public hearings and explain how the new maps do not unfairly favor a particular political party. If it is necessary to split a county, municipality or township, the Commission will be required to explain why. Issue 1 creates good criteria for making the new state legislative maps:
  • No general assembly map shall be drawn primarily to favor or disfavor a political party.
  • The map as a whole should reflect the statewide partisan preferences of voters. This is sometimes called representational fairness and strengthens the rule against rigging the districts for partisan advantage.

OEA was one of the first organizations to endorse Fair Districts for Ohio, a bi-partisan coalition organized to reform Ohio’s system of drawing state legislative districts. The Association believes that having fair districts is important because it can affect who represents us at the statehouse.


Learn more about Issue 1 at