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Proposed 2016-2017 Budget Cuts Announced

posted Apr 18, 2016, 7:43 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 7:44 PM ]

At the April 18, 2016 meeting of the Bartlesville Board of Education, future superintendent Chuck McCauley conveyed proposed changes to the district budget for 2016-2017. Developed as part of the annual budget process and vetted by the Superintendent's Budget Development Committee, the proposal calls for $1.9 million in cuts, anticipating a loss in state funding and attempting to begin rebuilding the district's fund balance, eroded by state revenue failures and other funding cuts.

Proposed Cuts

  • Over $1.46 million in personnel cuts, including:
    • $1,000,000 reduction of 22 teaching positions, about 5% of the teaching staff
    • $292,000 reduction of 3 central office administrators, which is over 20% of that staff
    • $169,000 reduction of 5 administrative support positions at the Education Service Center & Will Rogers Complex as part of an administrative re-organization
    • $66,000 reduction of elementary school PRESS reading assistants
    • $66,000 reduction of 2 custodians and a bus driver
  • $374,000 saved by not adopting new textbooks for English/Language Arts or Foreign Language
    • Some worn-out novels would be replaced using earmarked bond issue funding
    • There will be a Chromebook pilot project in English classes in grades 10-12, funded by bond issue funding already earmarked for technology; the plan is for a future multi-year rollout of a 1:1 student technology initiative using bond funds to help migrate from physical textbooks to digital resources, including free open source materials
  • $29,000 reduction in athletics funding
    • Elimination of slow-pitch softball, which was added in 2013-2014
    • Reduction of some assistant coaches
    • Reduction of transportation costs via scheduling
  • $19,000 reduction in music funding
    • Reduction of transportation costs by not sending the band to out-of-town football games
    • Reduction of other miscellaneous costs

Step Increases Funded

To help retain staff, the budget proposal funds the district's usual step increases at a net projected cost of $141,000. This includes adding a Step 28 to the district's salary schedule, noting that its peer districts' schedules average 33 steps. The average teacher advancing on the salary schedule would receive a 1.2% increase in pay; administrative increases are pegged to that percentage but then prorated for additional days worked. The proposal includes the district's usual 18 cents/hour increase for classified staff. Step increases are vital in retaining qualified staff in an era in which the district is sometimes unable to find certified teachers to fill vacant positions.

Details on District Website

Here are links to detailed documents released at the board meeting:
Soon the annual BEA Teacher Survey will be sent out, asking teachers for their opinions on various topics for the June 2016 bargaining session with the Board of Education's team. Your feedback is vital in helping the union leadership gauge your priorities in regards to the budget, along with various other workplace issues.

Words from the Prez for April 2016

posted Apr 4, 2016, 10:22 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 10:22 AM ]

On March 15, a group of BEA members, BPS parents, and students made an impromptu trip to OKC to advocate for public education. The event was loosely organized by the Facebook
group “Oklahoma Parents and Teachers for Public Education” and drew several hundred to the capital. Senator Ford and Representatives Dunlap and Sears were gracious enough to
agree to my last minute request for a meeting and visited with our group for well over an hour. It wasn’t how any of us planned to spend a day of our break, but I think we all felt that it was worthwhile and enlightening. I was thankful and proud to be there with great teachers, and supportive parents and students fighting for public education.

Please be informed about the choices our representatives are making and let them know you are watching and care. Things won’t get better until we stand together and demand change.

Heather Boyle
BEA President

April 2016 BEA Line

posted Apr 4, 2016, 10:20 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 10:21 AM ]

See the attached April 2016 issue of the BEA Line newsletter.

Words from the Prez for March 2016

posted Mar 7, 2016, 1:20 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 1:20 PM ]

Oh my, it’s March already. That means conferences and spring break are upon us. We had a great rep meeting last month. Ivy Riggs from OEA gave us a simple overview of the bills floating around at the capital. Jean Oliver briefly spoke about her ambition to fill Senator Ford’s seat. Her plans include visiting with teachers in every building about their thoughts and concerns. As a former educator, she understands how important funding is to our schools and what we as teachers go through day in and day out. We hope to hear from Julie Daniels at the next meeting. It will be interesting to hear her plans for education.

The polls are open on the OEA website. There is only one section to vote for, the members-at-large delegate. It takes about 3 minutes from start to finish. Please the time to vote. The OEA poll closes March 15th. 

We have another election to think about as well; the local BEA election. We have two offices open, president-elect and OEA delegate. Have you been a member for a while? Are you ready to stand with us to fight for teachers and public education? Well, maybe it’s time to be an officer and help implement change!

There’s no better time than now. I would love to hear from you.

Heather Boyle
BEA President

March 2016 BEA Line

posted Mar 7, 2016, 1:19 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 1:19 PM ]

See the attached BEA Line for March 2016.

Words from the Prez for February 2016

posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:20 AM ]

I’m hearing almost daily from teachers who are worried about what the future holds in light of our state’s revenue failure and deep mid-year cuts to education. Our governor, Mary Fallin, believes this 900.8 million dollar budget hole is an “opportunity” that will require
“creativity and hard-work” to find ways to pay for things that need to be paid for.

Our legislators are already “working hard” on some "creative” legislation aimed at taking away fully paid health insurance (HB 3154) and sending tax dollars to private schools (HJR 1062).

Ivy Riggs, OEA’s Legislative and Political Organizing Specialist, will be with us on February 17 to give us a legislative update. Please come and be informed! If you are unable to attend, there are legislative updates on the OEA websites (along with representative contact information) almost daily. 

Let’s use this “opportunity” to stand together and fightfor teachers and public education!

Heather Boyle
BEA President

February 2016 BEA Line

posted Feb 11, 2016, 10:11 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 10:18 AM ]

Wait and see on quantitative TLE measures

posted Feb 5, 2016, 10:30 AM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Feb 5, 2016, 10:33 AM ]

TLE Presentation for Bartlesville by Jason Perez, January 2016.pptx


Dr. Jason Perez is the Executive Director of Teacher & Leader Effectiveness (TLE) at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). He came to Bartlesville on January 25 to present to the district Teacher Appraisal Committee about changes in the teacher appraisal system.

In the 2015 legislative session TLE was amended yet again by Senate Bill 706, authored by Bartlesville's Senator John Ford, to halt the implementation of quantitative measures until a new list of accepted measures could be recommended by the state TLE Commission and approved by the State Board of Education. 

In December the commission recommended the use of Teacher Portfolios, OSDE-Approved Diagnostic Tools (such as Reading Sufficiency Act assessments), and District-Approved Benchmark Assessments, in addition to the existing Value-Added Measures being generated annually by Roster Verification and student performance on mandated state tests. The State Board elected to add Student Surveys to the list, with their presumed intention being research-based surveys available nationwide.

Current law under SB 706 requires that districts begin using quantitative measures from the approved list for evaluations in 2016-2017, although the quantitative ratings will not be used for employment purposes until 2017-2018.

Dr. Perez cautioned the Bartlesville committee members that he expects additional legislation to further modify TLE, and he suggested that we wait and see what new laws are enacted before investing too much time and effort into the new list of quantitative measures.  He provided a summary of relevant bills that have been filed. See the right sidebar of this article for links to each bill.

Words from the Prez for January 2016

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:13 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:13 PM ]

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic and restful break. It is really hard to believe we are already half way through the school year. This year seems to be much “fuller” for me than usual and I find myself becoming easily overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. I have talked to lots of you who feel the same. What we do is exhausting!

Please know that you are recognized and appreciated! Thank you for working hard for your students. Thank you for all the extra hours you put in outside of the school day. Thank you for continuing to do the job that so many others are leaving. Thank you for belonging to
our organization and standing with us as we fight for the interests of teachers and public education in Oklahoma.

Heather Boyle
BEA President

January 2016 BEA Line

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:11 PM by Bartlesville Teacher   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:11 PM ]

The January 2016 of the BEA Line newsletter is attached at the bottom of this post.

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