RTEA REP COUNCIL MEETING
September 15, 2016
DENNIS B. O’BRIEN SCHOOL
Present: Sign in sheet passed around
Time Keeper: Sue Fabiano
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at the Dennis B. O’Brien School by Brian Adams at 4:00 p.m. in Room 5. A motion was made by Terry Suleski and seconded by Caroline Fehrman and passed unanimously to accept the minutes from the June 2016 meeting. Copies of the minutes were emailed to each member and copied for today’s meeting.
- PRIDE Grant workshop on e-vite
- Member benefits on website
- Jim George Workshop. If you are interested in attending the Annual Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit. It is held at the Double Tree Hotel in Somerset on October 28-29. There are a variety of topics of interest for all bargaining units. Check it out here: https://www.njea.org/njea-media/pdf/2016CBSummitRegForm.pdf?1475509893950 Please let us know by October 11, so that we can submit the forms. The event is first come, first serve so please let us know ASAP.
- Wear you RTEA shirts tomorrow
- XYZ’S OF Retirement will be held on October 27th. If you are within 18 months of retirement, you can attend.
- Kudos to John, Gina, and Catie for improving our website over the summer
- If you have something you want to see on our site: i.e. pictures, announcements, and or articles please reach out to Gina or Catie
- NJ well program is a program for all employees and can be found on our website
- The Harlem Wizards vs. the Rocketeers will be held on October 16th at County College of Morris at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. If you plan on attending, please wear your RTEA shirts
- Dates for the upcoming Rep Council Meetings are being handed out today. The November meeting will be held on November 3rd.
Treasurer’s Report: Jen passed out the 2016-2017 Treasurer’s report. Line 11 was questioned and discussed. A motion was made by Kristen Novembre and seconded by Denise Cleary. It was passed unanimously to accept the 2016-2017 Treasurer’s Report.
Correspondence: Several thank you notes were passed around for the scholarships recipients: .Mackenzie Miller, Madison Ustupski, Olivie Ditri, Jennifer Ondish, and Julianna Schimpf.
We also received a thank you note from Pattie Statler thanking us for the watch she received for her retirement.
Negotiations: Position still open. If you have anyone interested, please let me know so they can attend the Jim George Conference
PAC: Position still open. If you have anyone interested, please let me know.
Legislative: Position still open. Still fighting with Sweeny about the funds that the state transferred. NJEA would like an opportunity to screen the candidates that we want on the ballot.
NJEA endorses Phil Murphy who is supportive of our pension.
Grievance: At this time there is one grievance going to arbitration.
*When taking a personal day remember to add “not to extend a holiday”.
Social: The first day breakfast went well. Everyone enjoyed the change in the menu and we were able to save money.
- The December social will be held at DBO and we will be providing pizza.
Pride: The Color Run will take place this year on Sunday, September 25 in Wharton. At 8:00 a.m. I would like 4 volunteers to hand out water and other handouts.
- September 28th Matt Bellis, a motivational speaker will be at Morris Hills High School at 7:00 p.m. He will be speaking about “Getting High Naturally. MaryBeth would like 4 volunteers.
- Mall Project April 23rd – April 30th. Details to follow
- Next year we would like to have our presence at “Back to School Night”
- Brian spoke about “Pumpkin Night” – 200 family limit. Dates either October 20th or 27th. We need to determine the school, cost and cider and donuts will be supplied. Our PRIDE grant would cover $1400.00 of the items and we need 5 volunteers from each school. Email MaryBeth if interested.
Membership: New updates handed out to compare with sign in sheets. DBO has the most memberships handed in. Updated as of the 7th.
Philantrophic: Balance to date is: $6803.75 which includes the Louisiana collection of $770.00. Our checkbook as of last year was $6,343.97.
- Assistance of families in need was 300.00 per recipient and we provided 11 families during 2015-2016
- There were ten recipients receiving the $500.00 scholarships
- We also presented MCCEA with a check in the amount of $1000.00 for a scholarship for a high school senior
- There were also ten graduating students at CMS who received the ITUNE cards
- Lastly, a filing fee of $27.50 was filed. Joyce files online and pays with her credit card. A check is then paid from Philanthropic to reimburse her.
Website: Take a look at the new layout. You will see PRIDE events and other dates listed.
Family Leave: We have two maternity leaves at this time
Quartermaster: We are holding off with opening our RTEA items. We are waiting for the new logo. Once we get it we will open the orders.
IC: Instructional Council met yesterday. The LA curriculum was finished in the summer for 6, 7, & 8 grades and was approved. Ignite, the new science curriculum, was finished over the summer. We will be having six meetings this year instead of four.
Evaluations: Teachscape is gone.
Old Business: No report
New Business: Co-President’s report was read
Staff Assistants: Secretary told one SA that she had to take a personal day for the first two days of school.
- SA’s are being pulled out of their positions to cover teachers
- Some are not being paid for the PD online tests.
Secretaries: No report
Maintenance/Custodial: No report
BW: Our first grade teachers are using guidance to cover. At our faculty meeting we were told SGO’s more children included. We were told we can choose our own children
CAD: Discussion how our healthcare has gone up and how it affects our paycheck. There will be a 7 to 10% increase in our healthcare in January. Also is there a chart that shows the deductions in our pay and the explanations. We will send out the letter with the explanations.
KDM: We are having difficulty with subs picking up positions available in AESOP. Teachers are covering as 1:1 staff assistants. Staff assistants are being asked to cover as the certified staff and not being paid as a sub.
DBO: We had difficulty covering with the IRLA dates. We had to double up classes
SB: No report
CMS: The teachers who wrote the LA curriculum were not paid. A separate check should be cut once the board approves the curriculum, they should be paid.
- Increase in PRIDE chair
- Wear RTEA shirts on Fridays
- Asbestos removal – should people be in the building
- Discussion on novice teacher meetings and how they are strongly encouraged to attend
Meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m. Motion made by Caroline Fehrman and seconded by Terry Suleski
Next Meeting: Thursday, October 13, 2016