Happy Autumn All:
BENEFIT SURVEY RESULTS: Thank you to the 211 of you who completed the Benefit Study Survey. The survey was designed to get a better profile of our members' benefit needs, especially in the area of dual benefit coverage and the possibility of an opt-out option. Casey has emailed the results to all members. If you did not receive this email, please contact Casey to update your non-work email.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FEEDBACK: In addition to the Listening Session we held at Gault regarding elementary PD and PLC work, Casey has met with SCHS and SHS English Departments to get their feedback prior to a meeting we will be having with Julia Hodges and Mary Ann Robb on November 17th. As management and labor look towards working together more cooperatively on issues, PD and PLCs will be one of the areas that we want to begin planning together.
NEGOTIATIONS: In October, the District Management Sunshined their 3 Negotiation Items: Evaluation Process, EXCEL Schedule at SCHS, and Restructured Wednesdays for Elementary School. GSCFT held a Listening Sessions for the Restructured Wednesdays prior to negotiating, on October 16 at Gault. EXCEL will now be looked at by the SCHS faculty and administration.
Our next negotiation session was on 11/2. We will have a working group with the District to look at the evaluation cycle. Sara Hapner from Westlake, and Martha Dyer, from Mission Hill, will be helping with this effort, as well as an elementary and secondary principal.
NEW: On 11/2, we placed our salary demand on the table along with a demand for a higher hourly rate for "other duties as assigned." Management gave us a new proposal for increasing time for PLCs at elementary school and we informally discussed that, including a discussion of a counter proposal from us. We also requested a flowchart for maternity and childcare leaves, because our contract is pretty confusing to follow in that leave section.
Originally, GSCFT sent our Sunshine Letter to begin negotiations to SCCS and it was accepted by the School Board on Sept. 13. We began negotiations on Sept. 12 with an informal session. Our GSCFT team is:
Casey Carlson, President/ Helayne Ballaban, Vice President Elementary / Matt Bruner, Vice President Secondary/ Mark McConnell, Chief Negotiator and Treasurer / Martha Dyer, Secretary/ Sarah Rominger, Negotiator. Check this space and check in with your GSCFT Site Reps. for updates.
School Board Vacancy Filled:
At the School Board meeting on October 11, GSCFT endorsed applicant, Cindy Ranii was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Alisun Thompson moved to Portland. We thank all four applicants, Rob Morrow, Linnea Holgers, Olga de Santa Anna and Cindy, for coming forward for our schools. Cindy was sworn in at the SCCS Board meeting on October 18th.
EVALUATIONS: Remember, if you are on evaluation cycle, the Goals Packet is a cooperative effort between teacher and administrator focusing on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. Teachers do not need to agree to any goals that are "pre-filled." The goals should be measurable and achievable by you the professional. Be cautious about agreeing to goals for specific student achievement as there can be factors outside your control that impact the outcome. Better to focus on your instruction and pedagogy. Please contact your site rep if you have questions.
NEW ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION POLICY: On 8/23, Our SCCS board will be considering a revised Board Policy on electronic communications, "Access to District Records, " in accordance with a recent court ruling: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/02/san-jose-californias-top-court-to-decide-if-government-emails-sent-on-private-devices-are-public-record/ . The court decision states that using a personal account or device to send or receive communications regarding public business does not exclude those records from public disclosure. Please be very careful about what you write in your electronic communication as it pertains to work, even when using your non-work email or texting on your phone. This is especially true in the case of discussion regarding students. Sometimes a phone call or personal conversation is preferred. Ask yourself, "Would I be okay with this email being read in court or published in the paper.
EXTRA DUTY STIPENDS: all extra duty stipends will have the 3% pay increase from last year applied on the new salary schedule. Stipends that were not listed formerly, such as SCIL Leaders, will also be on the stipend list.