Thank you and End of the YEar Updates:
5.22.19 - Joshua Buckley, MEA President
I want to start out by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to serve as the president of the MEA for one more term. My first two years have been pretty eventful to say the least. A state-wide walk out, the process of getting a new superintendent and everything that comes with that, as well as an election year and the continued work with the state budget and our own MPS budget. I am looking forward to the next two year as I educate my students, advocate for our students and colleagues, and serve our community. MEA is truly WE and I know that our organization is only as strong as our members and as powerful as our collective voice. I hope as we wrap up this school year and plan for the next, that I can count on you all to lend your voice and actions in supporting our students, our schools, and our profession.
I know that this was a year of changes in Mesa but educators are nothing if not resilient and flexible and I want to thank you for working to educate your students and give them the best education possible regardless of what was thrown at us.
MPS Budget and Meet and Confer:
The final salary recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year will be a 5% across the board base salary increase for certificated employees. This is contingent on the passage of the Governor's proposed budget and the continuation of the 20X2020 plan. We worked with district to make sure that the narrow definition of teacher from the state is expanded to our all our salaried certificated employees like it was for last year's 10% increase. If there is a change in the final budget from the state that veers away from that 5% plan we have contingency language and re-opener language to meet with district to work out any different funding that might come to MPS.
You will see those salary adjustments made to contracts at the beginning of the school year. Just as in previous years there will be no need to resign your contract.
The override has been approved by the governing board and will appear on the ballot in Nov 2019. The campaign is underway.
I would encourage you to be one of those Budget Increase Site Representatives. You can fill out the form from the district here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DyfqkQk1_3nXIumGQb8fbjH3j5IApDLoH0el53T0cCo
If you would like more info about the override you can go to: www.yesformesaschools.org
New Teacher Lunch:
We need your help welcoming new teachers to Mesa when we kick off next school year. Just like this last year, we will be holding a lunch for all teachers new to Mesa.
The event will be held on Friday July 26. The lunch takes place from 11-12 but we will need volunteers from 10-1pm (lunch will be provided along with a volunteer raffle).
If you think you can help with this process please fill out this form and we will contact you with more info.
Last message of 2019:
Thank you for your work this school year and for your dedication to our students and community. There are far too many people for me to list who helped me be a better leader and a better advocate this year. There are far too many people to list who I walked next to during this school year as we stood up for our students and our schools. You know who you are and you know that MEA is better because of you.
I hope that in between planning, summer school, second jobs, PDs, and any other number of things that can take our time during summer break that you are able to take some moments for yourself. I hope that you find time to be with friends and family. I hope that you are able to relax and recharge.
I hope that you come back next year ready to be education warriors yet again whether that's in your classroom, your office, at a district meeting, at an event, or even at the capitol. You are the education expert. You are the one who knows whats best for students and schools. Your voice matters and I hope that in some way big or small you come back ready to use it next year to make Mesa Public Schools the best place to educate and learn.
MEA Recommended Candidates for School Board
9.27.18 - Joshua Buckley MEA President
The MEA had the opportunity to meet with the candidates running for the two seats on the Mesa Schools Governing Board. After looking over each candidates written responses to our questionnaire, conducting in person interviews, and a healthy discussion the MEA PAC give their recommendation to the MEA Exec Board. As a board we accepted their recommendation and would like to share them with you.
The MEA PAC recommends Jenny Richardson, Marcie Hutchinson, and Ben Smith.
We know that there are only two open seats on the board but we believe that these three candidates out of the four running are exceptional and would encourage you to learn about them and their campaigns. Help them in anyway you can and vote in this years Governing Board Election.
I hope you had a restful and productive summer. I hope you were able to spend time with your loved ones and recharge for this new school year. I know many of you worked in your classrooms, picked up a second job, planned with your colleagues, or attended conferences while trying to squeeze in some personal time. I want to thank you for your dedication to your students, your schools, and your communities. What we do as educators is no small task. We pour ourselves into our profession because we know those students who walk through our doors need us to be the best we can be. So thank you for all you do.
This year is going to be a great year for the MEA and for Mesa. We have lots of work to do and we will need your voices and your help to accomplish all we have before us. We have a Bond, an override, and School Board elections on the Ballot in November. Elections that will directly impact what we do every day in our classrooms. We have meet and con-fer in second semester, where we help decide where Mesa’s funding goes and our own working conditions. We felt the power of coming together last year as we wore red and stood up for our students, our schools, and our communities. I hope that unity does not fade. I know there may be disagreements over who to vote for and what to vote for but if we remember that each of us want the same outcome, the best education for our students and a high level of respect for our profession, we can’t be torn apart. Facing problems easily unites us but solutions to those problems can divide us if we let them. Don’t let them. Know that your colleagues ultimately want the same thing you do.
MEA is not just me. Its not just the executive board. Its not just our faculty reps across the district. MEA is WE. It is each and every one of us. Whether you add your voice to a survey we send out, attend a meeting or community forum, rep-resent your colleagues on a district committee, act as your campuses faculty rep, or just be that MEA member on your campus who is a friend, mentor, or sounding board. MEA is all of us. Because when we come together we have a pow-erful voice. A voice we can use to advocate for our students. A voice we can use to speak up for educators. A voice we can use to make Mesa the best place to educate and learn. Our students, schools, and communities need us to be there for them. MEA is there, each and every one of us, in both small ways and large ways, to help better educate our students, advocate for our profession, and serve our communities.
I hope that this year you continue to feel united with your colleagues on your campus. Stay positive for yourself, your students, and your fellow educators. Almost four hundred educators are joining us this year. Be that friendly face they need as they start the school year, maybe for the first time or maybe just in a new school and district. We can lift each other up. Have an awesome year. You’ll hear from me and the executive board as we kick off our year, plan some new things, and get ready to make this year the best one yet.
Mesa Education Association President