June 13, 2014
My last Friday Update of my first year as your president. It has definitely been an interesting year. I’ve met lots of you, emailed with even more of you and learned tons about being your president this year. I’ve learned more about OFLA/FMLA than I ever wanted to know. I’ve learned to spell subpoena without looking it up. I’ve learned to parallel park as the parking outside our Springfield office is tricky. I haven’t memorized all of our contract yet, but there are parts I now know by heart. And I’ve learned it is true that becoming president makes your hair turn gray! I hope I have communicated and kept you informed throughout the year. I’ve tried to be visible and be in each building at least a few times this year. It is a huge responsibility to represent all of you. I hope to take all I’ve gleaned this year and build on it next year to be better at representing you. Have a wonderful last day with kids. And of course enjoy every minute of your summer!
I know we all feel for the staff and students in the Reynolds School District. Some of us remember how devastating a tragedy like this feels. I sent the president of the Reynolds Education Association a card offering the thoughts and prayers of SEA. If you would like to send your own personal words of support, you can mail a card to the Reynolds EA president, Joyce Rosenau at 501 NE Hood Ave. Suite 340 Gresham, OR 97030 or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OEA Summer Leadership
You can still register for OEA’s Summer Leadership conference. Spend 3 nights in Bend, network with colleagues from across the state, attend workshops focused on topics ranging from equity to teaching adults to common core to political organizing. You pick the track that fits your needs. Find out more info or register at oregoned.org/summerconference. Registration closes on July 7. Hotel reimbursed (at half the room), most meals provided, and some mileage reimbursement. Need help finding a room mate, let me know.
OEA and Smarter Balanced
As you may know, at the OEA RA last month, delegates voted to call for a moratorium on the new Smarter Balanced tests. An article in Education Week Teacher, written by an OEA-RA delegate, explains this stance in depth. It is an interesting read. http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/05/oregon_teachers_union_supports.html
Insurance Good News
Yes really, good news and insurance are in the same sentence. The 50.00 increase that the District will pay toward our insurance cap will cover the increase in insurance costs for next year. That means there will be NO increase in out of pocket costs for premiums next year. There will be a few small changes to our plans due to the Affordable Care Act but none that will have a major negative impact. As always there will be an open enrollment period in September where you can change plans if you wish.
Need A Nurse?
Pacific Source, as the administrator of our insurance plan, offers you a 24 hour Nurse Line. Have a health-related question? Call the 24-Hour Nurse Line. Staffed around the clock, seven days a week, you’ll never be without a registered nurse to talk to when you have health-related questions. To access the 24-Hour Nurse Line call 541-684-5582 or toll free 855-834-6150.
Final Monday at 4:00. Join us at Hop Valley
Drop by the Gateway area Hop Valley after our PD day on Monday, June 16 anytime from 4:00 to 6:00. Come celebrate as our year draws to an end. I hope to see and visit with you there.
Summer Contact Info
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 new consultant is Pete Swinford. He will be available this summer.
Phone: (541) 726-8388
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