To: ZEA Executive Committee
From: Heather Taylor, Secretary
RE: ZEA Executive Committee Minutes for Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Present: Autumn Wilden, Elizabeth Wright, Jere Kay Gardner, Diane Higgine, Janet Busche, Heather Taylor, Becky Tom, Cindy Weaver, Amanda Smock, Candace Haudenschild, Katie Sites, Judy Tolley, Martha Mitchell, Jim McCullough
1. Call to Order 4:10
2. Reading and Approval of Minutes: Motion to approve, Diane Higgins; Second, Becky; Motion carried, minutes approved.
3. President’s Report:
a. Dispensing meds issue – OEA legal has been working with Autumn on this issue, we have been assigned a lawyer and are trying to schedule a meeting.
b. Delegate attendance at the EOEA RA – ZEA was will represented
c. Automated phone system – Hasn’t been updated since new directory was not available. Now, with new directory, it will be updated.
d. IEP release time – no new news on this, or teachers with kids with advanced scores having to write WIPS.
e. Walk thrus by Forman, F. Martin, and Philips – this is supposed to be related to principal evaluations to see if principals are asking teachers to do what they should. Walk-thrus next year will be used as part of the teacher evaluation system.
f. OTES – We are aware of this. Autumn is attending meetings in January and February on this. Autumn plans to begin to call meetings of subcommittees in mid January.
g. Contract Negotiations – Our district has a renewal levy coming up in May. We should not start negotiations until after that. Talks will begin, but no talk of salary will come before the levy.
h. Insurance – Need to find out if there will be the yearly insurance meeting, we need more information on what is going on with our insurance money.
i. Elementary Workload – Elementary Teachers, do you need Autumn to set up a meting with administration? This has been an ongoing issue, which Autumn has worked on at different levels. Lesson inventories, lesson plans, etc. are required in different ways at different schools. Teachers are afraid to speak up. Concern for evaluations and negative results. Suggested that Autumn visit schools to talk with teachers to avoid some apprehension on teacher’s parts. We are so spread out and teachers are at so many different levels. The buildings seem to even be pitted against one another. Vertical alignment is not happening because maps are not used in the same way and administrators do not have the same guidelines.
j. Equitable planning time on PD days in the elementary – travel time is not supposed to be the same at the next meeting. They will be flipping for the next PD session so the same teachers will not loose planning time again.
k. Hiring of SLT for a student after school – was not offered to current employees and should have been. This will be addressed. This brought up the issue of lack of Speech for students at all elementary schools, especially National Road. Questions about money from Medicaid being issued to the school and students not being served. Need to find out more about the billing and where the money is going. Questions about ZEA’s liability in these issues. Concern about the negative impact of this lack of service on public perception.
l. Issues at the high school between New Tech and Traditional – questions about the way the different schools are handled and questions with the administration in charge. The ZHS teachers present did not feel it was truly a problem and are happy with the administration working together.
m. Duties at ZG – teachers have lunch duty in the cafeteria. 2 administrators and a guidance counselor are there, plus parent volunteers, yet teachers are still required to be in the cafeteria. Why is this being asked of teachers at ZG and not other schools. Higgins starts her day at 9:15 class until 3:15. Duty at 3:30. Autumn will look into this more carefully to see if it’s a union issue.
n. Lice – Autumn has been assured by downtown that if a teacher reported a child had lice that it was to be checked out.
o. Community School – If a principal intern is signing IEP’s we need the name of the children to check IEP’s.
p. Technolgy in schools – technology in the schools is a question of concern. Admin is looking at handheld devices, ipads, etc. This is a large concern with the testing methods that are going to be used for OTES.
q. Updating website – some questions about lack of communication on ZEA website. Officers will be working together to keep this updated for members.
4. Treasurer’s Report: Dec. 14 report shows current balances in different accounts. Checks going out were explained. Questions were not put forward. Motion to approve: Diane Higgins; Second, Cindy; all in favor, motion approved. Jim has one expense report to submit to Martha. Members now 224, bring in $56,000 this year. Added a little bit more to EOEA fall and spring. Motion to approve the proposed budget, first Judy, second, Becky. Heather is to take on the responsibility of letting students and new guidance counselors know about ZEA scholarship. (Andy Denton, Maddie Baldwin, and Conner Lee are some students to consider.)
5. Committee Report: none at this time
b. Dress Code
d. Fund for Children & Pub. Ed.
k. Sick Leave Bank
l. Superintendent’s Ad. Comm.
6. Building Concerns:
a. National Road – Lack of speech was discussed earlier. Lice checks go the day before quarterly assessments, these need to be moved to a different time so that students can be in class for quarterlies.
b. Zane Grey – Parking lot, there are not enough parking spots for the staff especially if any parents are there. Issues with teachers with handicap licenses having no place to park. New buildings are very unwelcoming to visitors. Need parking in the back of the building and a safe way to get up and down the hill. Steps in the back of the building and sidewalks are a problem if there is a fire drill there is no room to exit the building.
-PAC at school is not union. Concern over inconsistent information between meetings and what is happening. Minutes need to be taken by a ZEA member at PAC and shared with the staff.
- Computer lab run by a Title 1 aide who is having management issues with the class size. Previously, a certified trained teacher had done the test. Teachers are having to do more duties and administer STARS on their own time. There is no lab time available to use the lab because it is always used as a specials classroom. STARS done with 40 students in a class is not producing good results. Technology, space, and administrative scheduling needs to improve if STARS testing is going to become part of our evaluation.
- Jim suggests we shorten the workday to allow for time to do all the work that is being required.
- Martha suggests that Autumn and Jim take association leave time to see the stuff that is going on in different buildings. The numbers in specials are unreal. The duties, workload, and working conditions are a mess.
c. John McIntire – playground injuries are a problem, this is not safe.
d. ZMS – Nothing
e. ZHS – nothing new, still issues with the amount of work to do during CORE time, especially the writing prompts in Science and Social Studies to be shared at the meeting with Sharon graves.
f. New Tech HS –
g. Community School –
h. Other –
7. Old Business
8. New Business
10. Adjournment 5:55