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GEA Update, April 7, 2018

posted Apr 8, 2018, 4:16 AM by GMHSLibrary
Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to take a moment and update you on a few important items as well as update you on our current contract negotiations.

1.  IPDIP- By now, an IPDIP folder should have found its way into your school mailbox.  This folder was provided to you by MTA.  It is an organizational folder to store all your PDP information.  Many members have found it useful for recertification, which most of us will have to do in 2019.  If you did not receive one, please let your building representative know and we will get one to you.

2.  GEA Annual Meeting- The E-Board met last Thursday and we are looking to have our annual GEA Meeting on Thursday, May 31st.  The meeting will be held at Penn Brook and begin promptly at 3:15 PM.  At this meeting, by-law changes will be voted upon, GEA election information will be discussed as well as all other important information pertaining to our union will be discussed.  Pleas make every effort to make this important meeting.  

3.  Contract Update-  The Negotiation Team has met with the Superintendent and the School Committee three times over the past month and a half discussing proposals.  The meetings thus far have not been very productive.  As usual, teacher raises have been the biggest obstacle.  The team has fought hard at the table for our proposals and will continue to do so.  I am not certain that we will have a tentative contract for ratification by membership by the end of this school year.  As we continue to meet, we will update membership regularly on where we are in the process. 

A few members have inquired about a few of the proposals, one being, preschool discount for members.  Currently, full time preschool costs $8,200 a year.  We have many young members that have indicated that they would send their child to preschool in Georgetown, if economically feasible.  Currently, the school committee is looking favorable at providing some financial relief to children of members, ranging anywhere from 10-25 % discount.  This proposal has no financial burden to the district and would be a great perk for members.  Also, the team is fighting hard to get contractual language that would allow the children of members to attend Georgetown Schools.  That language too is being looked at favorably by the school committee.  However, these two proposals are part of a bigger proposal package.  We are still far apart on many other proposals.  I am urging members to enroll their children in their own school district as a safe guard.  If we have a breakthrough and the contract does come up for ratification by the end of this school year then you can register your child into Georgetown.

Finally, I am urging members to stay away from and off all parent social media pages pertaining to the Georgetown Schools.  As we know, these pages are filled with emotionally charged comments that are not based on facts, merely opinions.  I know many members are on these pages.  They read the comments, which gets them upset and then discuss what was written with other members getting them upset.  You do not need the drama or the stress of reading comments that only hurt and incite.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.