We have a wonderful opportunity to strengthen ourselves as an association this year, and here are some ways you can help! We understand that not everyone has lots of time to give, so some of these are smaller time commitments. We hope you will consider participating in your union in one of the following ways. We will be asking for volunteers later in the Summer.

Building Representative: each building needs at least 2 members to attend monthly BEA meetings to represent his/her building, bring concerns and questions from the building, and report back to the building members. Meetings occur on the last Monday of every month, August through April (excluding December) from 3:45-5:00 PM in rotating buildings.

Partnership Council: each building needs at least 1 member to attend Partnership Council Meetings to represent his/her building, bring concerns and questions from the building, and report back to building members. At Partnership Council, all district administrators are present. It is a forum to resolve and improve matters before they become highly problematic. Meetings occur on the second Thursday of September, October, January, March, and May from 4:00-5:00 PM in the Cassingham Complex Community Room.

School Board Screening Committee: We need about a dozen members, at least 1 from each building, to participate this Fall by interviewing the candidates who will be running for three seats (four year terms) on the Bexley City School District Board of Education. Committee members will work together to create questions, conduct interviews, and share the written results of the interviews with BEA members. This will probably only require a total of two meetings–one meeting to prepare and one meeting to conduct the interviews, on a weeknight in September or October.

In case you are interested, there is an opportunity to see and hear our incoming Superintendent, Ms. Kim Miller.  Please read below for details.
Meet Bexley City School’s New Superintendent
June 21, 12:30 – Bexley Public Library

Join the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce for our June 21st Networking Luncheon taking place at the Bexley Public Library (2411 E. Main Street) from 12:30 – 1:30 pm on June 21, 2017. The featured speaker will be Kim Miller, the incoming Superintendent for Bexley City Schools. Lunch is $15.00 per person, catered by Scotty’s, and is open to all! Feel free to bring a friend or colleague. To RSVP, please email info@bexleyareachamber.org.

BEA General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 30
8:00-8:30 AM
Cassingham Theater

Please join your Bexley Education Association friends for breakfast and a brief meeting to reconnect and talk about our shared vision for the 17-18 school year!

Partnership Council

Partnership Council meets for the final time this school year on Thursday, May 11 at 4:00 PM in the Cassingham Complex Community Room. All BEA members are invited to attend all Partnership Council meetings. If you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed at Partnership Council, please contact Erin Clary.

 

Negotiations Survey

In case you have not already done so, please take a few moments to complete the survey that was sent to your home email.  Please complete the important survey from the BEA Finance and Negotiations Team by Monday, May 15.

Save the Date!
 
BEA General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, May 30
8:00-8:30 AM
Cassingham Theater
 
Please join your Bexley Education Association friends for breakfast and a brief meeting to reconnect and talk about our shared vision for the 17-18 school year!
Last week the Board of Education narrowed the search for our next Superintendent down to 7 candidates.  Their profiles can be found here:
The revised schedule for all of the public interviews can be found here:
We will know who our next Superintendent is on Monday, April 17!

2016 Income Taxes Deductible Portion of Dues

Please see the link above for information on how much of your BEA dues you can deduct from your federal income taxes.

Teachers Strike in Louisville, Ohio

Louisville EA did go on strike as of Wednesday, November 2. Here is updated information about their strike headquarters which will be moving tomorrow to the address listed below. Please share the Call to Action with all your locals on how they can help Louisville members during this stressful time. This is a small town; emotions are high, sides are being taken.
Like them on Facebook, send letters of support, and other ideas listed in the Call to Action. We need all members across the state to show solidarity with this local as they work to get their Board of Education back to the negotiating table.

LEA Spokesperson:
Angela Emmons (330) 298-5309
Louisville Education Association
c/o Angela Emmons, LEA Treasurer
P.O. Box 194 Louisville , Ohio 44641
Strike Headquarters (moving to this address on November 4)
208 Woodard Street
Louisville, Ohio 44641
Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ohiolea

BEA Members,

OEA Vice-President, Scott DiMauro, just contacted me to let me know that OEA members will be out canvassing in Bexley and Westerville this Saturday. I don’t think I need to stress to any of you the importance of this election for our students and for public education.

Bexley’s canvass kicks off at the Starbucks on E. Main St. First shift is 10:30-1:00; second shift is 2:00-4:00.

Westerville’s canvass kicks off at the WEA office at 519 Otterbein Ave. First shift is 10:30-1:00; second shift is 2:00-4:00.

I will be canvassing in Westerville. It would be great to get lots of teachers out there knocking on doors. From the feedback I have received from fellow OEA members who have canvassed in recent weeks, knocking on doors and telling folks that they are teachers, has led to lots of positive conversations.

If you plan to go, please e-mail me to let me know and go to OhioBallot.com to officially sign up.

-Mindy

Certified Continuing Contract Requirements

If first teaching certificate or educator license issued before 2011
· 3 years in district OR two years in district, IF you were on a continuing in another district. You must provide proof of this with your request.
· If teacher does NOT have MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 30 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure
· If teacher does have MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 6 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure

If first teaching certificate or educator license issued AFTER 2011
· 3 years in district OR two years in district, IF you were on a continuing in another district. You must provide proof of this with your request.
· Hold educator license for 7 years
· No MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 30 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure
· MA @ time of 1st teaching license then the teacher needs 6 semester hours of coursework in area of licensure

Deadline for teachers to provide written request for continuing contract to Superintendent’s office is Oct. 1. Teachers should speak with their administrator to obtain their support before submitting request to Superintendent’s office.

Teachers must have supporting transcripts and license on file by March 31 to be eligible for consideration.

Two observations must be completed and a written evaluation and recommendation from the principal must be forwarded to the Superintendent’s office by April 1, 2017.