Friday, September 13, 2013

Bargaining, Red for Ed, Mini-Grants, Q-Comp Funds

Welcome to the first Weekly Update of the year. We'll be sending these out regularly to keep you apprised of the latest news in our union.

Bargaining and Tailgating: Our next bargaining session is Wednesday, September 18th, at the ESC in room 118.  You are invited to meet us in the parking lot that is along Ferry Street for a little tailgating beforehand.  We'll bring root beer floats at 4:00 pm to touch base before the 4:45 pm bargaining session. Stop by if you can for a little camaraderie or meet us inside for the bargaining session.

Comparison of AHEM and District Proposals: To see a side by side comparison of what the district and AHEM have proposed so far in bargaining, visit . It's a good way to get up to speed on where we are so far and be ready for our next session Wednesday, September 18th.

Wear Red for Ed:
We are tapping into this national movement to show support for public education and educators during bargaining.  As a show of unity as we negotiate and support for public schools, please wear red on Wednesdays. Not only is it our local union's color, it's one that those who are standing up for our schools all across the U.S. are sharing.

Mini-Grants for Your Classroom:
The Kappa chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, a national honor society for women educators, is again offering a mini grant of $300 for this school year.  These funds are available to a teacher in the district who would use them for enriching curriculum, providing specialized learning opportunities, or improving classroom materials.   To apply, simply write a short paragraph explaining how this grant would be used to improve student learning or increase teacher effectiveness and send to:  Marcia Johnson via email at  Applications must be recieved by September 27th and the grant will be presented at their October meeting.  The recipient will be asked to write a short paragraph at the end of the year to state how these funds made a difference.

Good Question: Did the district provide all the funds for Q-Comp? In our superintendent's back to school message, when he mentioned the funds for Q-Comp, some people understood that he was saying they came from our district's regular budget. He didn't intend his comments to come across that way. Q-Comp funds come in part from a separate grant from the state and in part from a separate local levy that school boards can assess without a referendum. Just as the funding is separate, we also consider Q-Comp separate from bargaining. We do not include Q-Comp in our financial offer or the costing of our compensation package.