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.

BEA Members,

We need to put together the OEA Representative Assembly delegate ballot to hand out at our next BEA Executive Committee meeting. If you are interested in being a Bexley delegate, please e-mail Mindy and let her know by Tuesday, September 20.

Duties include attending the December 3rd and May 12th OEA Representative Assemblies in Columbus.

Based on membership numbers, Bexley is allocated 3 delegates. According to BEA bylaws, the President is automatically a delegate. The other two are elected.

Continuing Contract Eligibility ‐ Article VI ‐ Job Security ‐ Section H

(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.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3319.08

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3319.11

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.

Below is a list of endorsed candidates for the November general election.  They were screened and voted on by Central OEA members.

FCCEA Endorsed Candidates 2016

County Commissioner–Full term commencing 1/2/17
Endorsed Kevin Boyce

County Commissioner–Full term commencing 1/3/17
Endorsed John O’Grady (incumbent)

County Prosecutor
Took No Position
Candidates are Zach Klein (challenger) and Ron O’Brien (incumbent)

County Treasurer
Endorsed Ted A. Berry

Court of Common Pleas Judge– General Division–Full term commencing 1/1/17
Endorsed Michael Holbrook (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/2/17
Endorsed Julie Lynch (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/3/17
Endorsed Mark Serrott (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/4/17
Endorsed Jeffrey Brown

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/6/17
Endorsed Laurel Beatty (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/7/17
Endorsed Colleen O’Donnell (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing 1/9/17
Endorsed Richard A. Frye (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge–General Division–Full term commencing1/7/17
Endorsed Kimberly Cocroft (incumbent)

Court of Common Pleas Judge – Domestic Division–Full term commencing 1/5/17
Endorsed Kim Browne (incumbent)

Teachers,

Please click on the link and take this survey. Who knows if our answers will change things, but if we are being asked, we need to respond! Please pass this along to other Ohio Residents as well — you answer about the local district you live in.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OhioESSA

 

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