Evaluation Committee

From BEA President Mindy Hall:

The superintendent sent an e-mail last night saying he thinks we need to pull an evaluation committee together and have a meeting soon.  I will send him names of anyone who responds to me and he will schedule a meeting for (probably) the last week in August.  Please let me know if you’re interested in serving on this committee.  If you have any conflicts that week (for example: open house).  I imagine we will have meetings throughout the school year so if you are unable to attend the first it does not prohibit you from serving on the committee.

I am hopeful I will heave representation from a variety of levels and areas.  Please respond ASAP (by Friday, if possible) to volunteer for this committee.


Professional Development Receipts

From BEA PD Coordinator Monica Miars:

Anyone having attended a summer PD opportunity, and pre-approved by BEA for reimbursement, if you’re prepared, send your receipts my way.  I plan to send Jason the first round of summer receipts by the middle of next week.  Then ALL receipts for pre-approved summer PD, or those not yet turned in during the school year, will be due to me Friday, August 28, 2015.  This will allow me to close out the account for last school year and allow for new requests to begin processing Sept. 1.

30 Hour Extension of Contract Year

From BEA President Mindy Hall:

This is the e-mail that the superintendent sent to all administrators about the monthly staff meetings. If you have a part time contract and/or you teach in multiple buildings, this pertains directly to you. Mentors, BEA building reps and anyone in any sort of leadership position, if you notice that someone is attending more than their share, please reiterate this information.

From Bexley Superintendent Dr. Mike Johnson:

There is a 30 hours per school year limit devoted to extend the contract day, Article E. Length of School Day, 3. Monthly Staff Meeting and Staffing Conferences.
We have a number of fulltime teachers who are assigned to multiple schools and a few part-time teachers assigned to a single school.
Please do not require fulltime teachers assigned to multiple buildings to participate in staff meetings beyond the 30 hour limit. I would suggest that their time be shared consistent with the approximate percentage of the day that they spend at your respective buildings.
The part-time teachers in your building should be provided the same consideration, i.e. any teacher assigned to a .34 teaching position should not be required to attend more than 10 hours of meetings.
Nothing in this statement is intended to prevent a teacher interested in voluntarily participating in meetings beyond the 30 hour annual limit.

OEA Representative Assembly Summary

OEA Representative Assembly at Greater Columbus Convention Center: May 8, 2015
BEA Representatives: Mindy Hall, Erin Clary, David Schottner

1. We voted on four ways that OEA will change the way it does business.

a. The OEA Board of Directors proposed to remove the requirement that the OEA Representative Assembly meets twice per year. This would give OEA the flexibility to meet only once per year instead of twice, if the Board of Directors deemed that most appropriate. This could help save financial resources and allow them to be re-allocated to serve other needs within OEA. RAs in recent years have cost anywhere from $50,000 to $110,000. For years, it was held at Veterans Memorial. Having to move to the Convention Center or Schottenstein Center has resulted in huge cost increases. This proposal FAILED.

b. The OEA Board of Directors proposed to give college student members of OEA a voting seat on the OEA Board of Directors. This proposal PASSED.

c. The OEA Board of Directors proposed to pro-rate union dues. Currently, if members join the union in the middle of the year, they are required to pay dues for the entire year. This change would allow local unions to have membership drives that encourage members to join at any time and not be financially penalized. This proposal PASSED.

d. The OEA Board of Directors proposed to change the beginning and ending dates of terms for the offices of OEA President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer. They would begin on July 15 instead of September 1 to allow them to transition and acclimate to their new roles prior to the beginning of a new school year. This proposal PASSED.

2. The East Liverpool Education Association shared that they are in crisis, similar to what happened in Reynoldsburg last year. Their school board has imposed a last, best, and final offer and refuses to continue negotiations with a federal mediator. The teachers of East Liverpool have authorized their bargaining team to serve a 10-day notice to strike to the school board.

3. The dues to be an OEA member are going down a few dollars for next school year. Dues are calculated based on the average teacher salary in Ohio. The average salary has decreased due to retirements as well as decreased funding of public education from the state.

4. The OEA Officers have been meeting with the State Superintendent and testifying in front of the State Legislature to advocate for reduced testing requirements and to not eliminate the 5 of 8 rule. Unfortunately, the 5 of 8 rule was eliminated by the State Board of Education. The OEA Officers continue to urge us all to be on alert regarding a potential Right to Work ballot issue coming to Ohio.

Partnership Council Meeting on May 14

BEA Members, please join us for Partnership Council next Thursday, May 14 at 4 PM in the Community Room. It’s a great way to see how collaboratively labor and management work together in Bexley! If you can’t come but have questions or concerns for the agenda, please email erin.clary@bexleyschools.org or david.schottner@bexleyschools.org.

Statewide Educator Symposium

Statewide Educator Evaluation Symposium
Empowering Educators to Improve Student Achievement
Greater Columbus Convention Center
May 25, 2012

All Ohio Educators Are Invited

Principals, teachers, superintendents and administrators, educational service center staff, community school staff and sponsors, board members, and all education stakeholders vested in the process of improving education in Ohio.

Frameworks for Educator Evaluation
Participants will learn about educator evaluation models and promising practices for piloting and implementing the Ohio Principal Evaluation System
and the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.

Please see the attached document for more information.

Hosted by the Ohio Department of Education.

Questions?? Contact Lisa Lyle Henry with ODE at Lisa.Henry@education.ohio.gov.