Friday Updates

Thursday, June 22

Happy Final Thursday

Did you think this day was never going to arrive?  This time of year is always a natural time to reflect.  I love all the graduation photos and stories.  I always read the graduate names in the paper looking for those kids I had as kindergarten or first grade students.  What a long way those kids have come, from the kiddo who spent much of the year rolling around the floor to the shy one who took awhile to feel comfortable trying new things.  Whether you teach kindergarten or seniors, we all have a hand in students walking across the stage to receive their diploma.  That is a pretty amazing thing to reflect on



Don’t let your license expire over the summer.  Remember your license expires on your birthday.  You will need to complete the TSPC “paperwork” online on the TSPC website as well as submit your payment.  You will also need to submit your list of PDUs to Human Resources before HR will submit your PEER form to TSPC.  Your application and payment will trigger the 120 day grace period once your birthday comes.  It is your responsibility to make sure to renew your license.


Summer Pay

Remember, summer pay is coming all in June this year due to an increase in the PERS rate.  June pay will be on June 23.  July pay will be June 28 and August pay on June 29.   



Summer Contact

If you have a question or need to contact me this summer, I’ll be checking my email at least once a day.  If you have an emergency and need immediate help over the summer, call the OEA office at 541-343-1151.  Say you are from Springfield, and you will be put in contact with our OEA consultant Rachel Kirtner or another consultant if Rachel is unavailable.


Parade Books

Thank you to all those who have collected gently used books as you have been cleaning up (or cleaning out) your classrooms.  We have a great start on having enough books for every child at the Springfield Christmas Parade next December.  If you have a collection of new or gently used books to donate, put them aside till next school year.  I will happily come pick them up from you in September.



A few bargaining related thoughts.  Those Dialogues explaining in more detail the changes to our contract never made it to your mailboxes.  Watch for these at the beginning of next year. 


One of the changes we made involves work on committees and other extras beyond teaching.  As many grants have ended, so have many opportunities for extra pay.  Both the District and licensed staff members will have the responsibility of communicating around whether or not opportunities are paid or not.   As buildings or the district develop expectations around the work and time commitments you will be informed so you can make an informed decision, but of course this will take some time.   Which positions have additional pay and which do not will be also determined and communicated out.  As you are asked about your interest to join a committee or take on other work, it is your responsibility to ask, ”Is this paid or not?”  “What is the time commitment?”  “What work is required?” 


I’ve attached the new salary schedule for next year.  Take a peek.  


Happy, Happy 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