Friday Updates

June 12, 2015

Happy Final Friday

I don’t even quite know what to say to end this year.  It has been long and busy and interesting, and difficult, and productive, and different than anything I ever expected.  I’ve continued to learn about being your president, about the best ways to represent you.  One of the interesting things I’ve really discovered this year is that sometimes the best strategy is to absolutely speak up.  But other times, the best way to represent members is to sit back, listen, and just bite my tongue—not something I’m very good at doing.  I welcome new experiences.  I just didn’t think there would be so many packed into one year.  I am looking forward to some fun this summer.  I hope you are too.  Relax and enjoy every bit of your summer. 


Remember your license can expire over the summer.  If you have a summer birthday, your license will expire over the summer months.  Make sure you know if it is THIS summer.  It is easier to let it slip through the cracks in the summer.  TSPC will email you.  HR will email you.  But if you don’t check email much in the summer…  Well you get it.  You need your license to do your job so make sure you don’t let it expire.



At our last Rep Council meeting, your building reps approved SEA’s budget for next year.  The budget includes an increase of .50 per month.  Our dues are taken out November through August (10 months) so for the year, it will be a 5.00 increase.  Your building reps have a copy of the adopted budget if you’d like to see it.


Critical Dates

The 2015/16 calendar has not been completely set yet. Here are dates you might want to know for next year:  First day of inservice September 1, First day for students September 9 or 10,Winter break December 21-January 3, Spring break March 21-25, Last student day June 16, Last work day June 17.   


Insurance Good News Again!

Yes, for the second year in a row, we will keep our insurance out of pocket costs the same.  The 25.00 increase that the District will pay toward our insurance cap (and  some monetary benefit from being self insured) will cover the increase in insurance costs for next year.  That means, for at least the 2015-16 school year, there will be NO increase in out of pocket costs for premiums next year.  There will also be no changes to our plans.  As always there will be an open enrollment period in September where you can change plans if you wish. 


Summer Contact

If you have a question or need to contact me this summer, I’ll be checking my email on a regular basis.  If you have an emergency and need immediate help over the summer, call the OEA office at 541-343-1151.  Our consultant is Pete Swinford.  He will be available this summer.


Have a great summer!


Anne Goff
Springfield Education Association President

Phone: (541) 726-8388 
              (541) 343-1151

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. 
--Margaret Mead