Kathy Parker et al
The monthly Treasurer’s Report was distributed and the balances are as follows: Checking: $8890.36; Savings: $8559.94; Philanthropic: $3725.83
Correspondence – N/A
A. Negotiations: N/A.
B. Grievance: N/A
C. Membership: Membership is at 100%
D. Pride: If you have a Pride Project idea, please see Dave Pacevich or an officer.
E. Social: Maryrose Bispels and Liz Connelly are working on date and venue. There was a positive response about having the social back at the Ferry Terminal. Any ideas or suggestions please email either Maryrose or Liz.
F. Professional Rights and Responsibilities: N/A
H. Board Liaison: K. Parker reported that a meeting was held with representatives of the Board on Oct. 28. Sally Yerk, Pat Holden and Kathy met with Mrs. Wallace, Mr. Douglass, Mrs. Elwell, and Mr. Osborne. They main focus of their discussion was the health care carrier change and the way it was carried out. We also discussed the many changes that have taken place this year and the stress it has put on staff members. The meeting ended with the need for more Liaison meetings to improve communication.
I. Election: N/A
J. LAT: T. McGarrigle reported that NJEA is looking for members to attend the NJEA Emerging Leaders Conference, to be held April 10-12th at the Heldrich, New Brunswick. This program is designed to take 48 emerging leaders from across the state and teache them the in’s and out’s of the Union. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2015. Registration is online at njea.org’s Tools for Leaders page.
Also reported :
1) Write a letter to the editor and call on Sen. President Sweeney to post the bill and override Gov. Christie’s Veto to promote quarterly payments to the pension system. (s-2265/a-3487)
2) Ask Sen. President Sweeney to post the bill for a vote and Assembly Education Committee Chair Pat Diegnan to hear it in a committee to improve teacher preparation, induction, and mentoring program and create
teacher leadership endorsement. (s-165/a-448)
K. Cape May County Rep Council:
L. Professional Development Committee –ScIP building meetings have been ongoing and discussions are around evaluation scores and professional development. A DEAC meeting was also held the end of October. K. Parker and R. Obst attended as Association members. K. Parker requested minutes be kept and distributed to all members. Items discussed were: consistency amongst evaluators, SGO’s, SGP’s and PDP (and the lack of communication that goes with this), October Inservice Day and Summative Evaluations. Copies of the minutes will be given to the ScIP members.
1) By-Laws- The Association will be voting on cosmetic changes to our by-laws in addition to the following:
A. Article V Section 7: Each vice president will be elected by a vote of members of the building which they represent. In the event a member splits time between buildings, the member will select a primary building in which to cast a vote.
B. The second and third changes are additions to Article V, Section 5 of the bylaws (page 11). The proposed additions are:
The Pride Committee shall identify events and write grants for the use of
pride money in order promote the values and goals of the association.
The Evaluation Committee will work to provide guidance and answer
concerns regarding the evaluation process.
M. Evaluation Update – The NJEA is requesting for every association to form an evaluation committee. C. Kline will chair this committee for our Association. The committee is in the process of collecting evaluation data from the district to analyze and draw inferences and gain insight that will be helpful to our members. Mr. Kobik shared data with B. Bonner and K. Parker that showed teachers are getting mostly 3 and 4’s. Members should ask for advice in preparing for post conferences and writing responses.
Good of the Order-
1. Teacher of the Year—K. Parker passed out the Teacher of the Year applications that are posted on the State’s website athttp://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/recognition/educators/geoy/
2. SeaWorld Petition—Cape May County Education Association is petitioning NJEA Member Benefits to stop providing discount tickets to SeaWorld because of the continued captivity and breeding of Killer Whales. If you would like to sign the petition, please see K. Parker.
3. Communication Concerns.—Members brought up concerns about lack of information about standards and PARCC testing. Mr. Kobik has offered to host after school workshops to explain some of the latest education issues.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:55
Pat Holden, Secretary