From the President:
1. Bargaining: The FMEA surveys have been tallied and once again the top three priorities, listed in order are salary, benefits and class-size. On the question of which contract article to open, the first choice was Class-size followed by Hours. FMEA will be opening Hours, the district will most likely be opening Class-size. Compensation (which includes salary and benefits) is automatically open. We begin bargaining February 13th, and based on the Governor's January budget it looks like this will be another very productive round of bargaining.
2. FMEA Trivia Night: Everyone is invited to join us on February 20th from 3:30-5:30 at the Sonoma Chicken Coop at Capitol and Silver Creek. These events have been a ton of fun, and there will be free appetizers and cheap drinks. Come by yourself or with a team. Flyer attached.
3. Retirement: There will not be a retirement incentive this year, but like all years, if you notify H.R. by January 30th (Thursday) that you intend to retire at the end of the school year you receive a $2000 bonus.
4. FMEA Student Events: FMEA will once again be holding three events for our students! The FMEA Literacy Fair will be March 21st, the FMEA Spelling Bee will be April 16th and the FMEA Track Meet will be May 17th. These are great events for our students, but they take a lot of work. If you want to work on a committee helping to coordinate one of these let me know. We will also need Coordinating Teachers at all participating sites for the Spelling Bee and Track Meet, so let your Site Rep know if you are interested in taking this on at your site.
5. Board Elections: FMEA is looking for candidates for the FMSD School Board and the County School Board. Do you know someone who lives in the district boundaries who is supportive of teachers and public education? Perhaps they want to run for the FMSD School Board. Contact me if you know someone who might be interested.
6. S.A.C: If you want to participate in this year's Superintendent's Advisory committee let your Site Rep know ASAP.
7. LCAP and LCFF Meeting: These terms probably mean very little to you, but they are the future of how the State funds education. Come to Mt Hamilton this Thursday from 4:00-5:30 to learn more. Flyer attached.
8. District Property: At times you may be asked to sign documents stating that you are liable for the cost of lost or broken district property such as laptops or keys. Keep in mind, you cannot be billed for losing or breaking district property if you are using it for normal expected routines related to your work.
9. Calendar: In case there is any confusion, both February 10th and 17th are non-work days for teachers this year. The Calendar Committee has not yet met to begin working on the 2014/15 school year.
10. Taxes: Union dues are tax deductible and total NEA/CTA/FMEA dues for 2013 were $1130.50.
11. Legislative Brunch: CTA's Santa Clara County legislative brunch is March 22nd. Flyer attached.
General Meeting Sept 16th.