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.

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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!

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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.


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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.

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Wear Red for Public Ed


Wear red to support public education tomorrow–Monday, January 11. It is the day the Supreme Court hears an important case about the legality of fair share fees for union membership.

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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

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PD Fund Update

This is just a reminder that payments for pre-approved professional development

opportunities happen quarterly.  All receipts for pre-approved activities will be submitted

to Jason Willcoxon for payment next Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 (its been extended a week).

Please get your receipts to me by Thursday, 10/29.  I will then sign off, make copies and

deliver to Jason.

Thank you! 😊

Monica Miars

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PD Fund Increase

From Monica Miars, PD Fund Coordinator:


After a vote by our officers/executive board, the BEA can once again offer reimbursement up to $1000!!!

The reimbursement formula will be as follows:

the first $300–100%
$301 – $1000–75%
$1001 +–50% after the fund is closed out (the following school year)

I have held onto requests that were sent to me in anticipation of this change. I am in the process of figuring them now, and will make copies and send originals back to you.


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Continuing Contract Intent


(Effective 7/1/15 through 6/30/18)

“The office of the Superintendent or designee will send a timely Districtwide email notifying all bargaining unit members that to be considered for a continuing contract, they must provide written notice to the Superintendent of Schools by October 1 of their intent to meet the statutory requirements in order to be considered for a continuing contract at the April meeting of the Board of Education.”

The professional, permanent, or life certificate or equivalent professional education license must be on file with the Superintendent of Schools by March 31 for the bargaining unit member to be considered for continuing contract status in April.

Statutory requirements for continuing contract eligibility are set forth in Sections 3319.08 and 3319.11 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Bargaining unit members who do not provide written notice by October 1 and/or do not have transcripts of their thirty (30) graduate hours, or their professional, permanent, or life certificate or professional educator license/certificate on file by March 31, will not be eligible for continuing contract consideration until April of the following school year.

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Sick Leave Bank


Annually, I send out an e-mail asking for those who have sick leave days that they are willing and able to donate to do so on an attached form. This is that email.   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 needs to refer to part 2 of the attached PDF in the documents section of this website and follow the procedure.

As stated in the MOU, 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 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015.

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, please read the attached PDF first.  If you are still unclear, feel free to e-mail me.

Mindy Hall

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