Board Notes School Board Meeting 6/02/15

Board Notes  06-02-2015

Good evening,

President Kirkland, School board members, Superintendent Lopez, colleagues, and community members, I am here not only as the president of the association but as a teacher and a concerned citizen.  I believe district is in trouble, and without building up our profession through collaboration and giving our teachers a competitive wage, we will lose many of our great teachers.

Our association is continually working to create collaborative relationships within our association and with the district.  We have been busy the last couple of months creating those connections.

Positive

  • Labor Management Initiative with the state showing us great practices of collaboration that have shown immense student and teacher achievement.
  • The Leadership Training Institute with Montgomery County Educators Association is going on this week at our offices. We have over 30 teachers, 3 administrators that are coming every day and some of our colleagues from CSEA.  I see this as a way to train our administrators, teachers, classified and board members in a uniform language of what it means to be a leader and collaborative.
  • PLEEEASE Committee the district is building to help develop the PD calendar.
    • Teachers love the ability to influence their profession through guiding their own learning. This is an important step.
  • We have come to resolution on Contract Language through Interest Based Bargaining, it has worked wonderfully for almost all of our negotiation needs.

I think it is important how we are working towards being more collaborative with the district even when we can’t come to an agreement on compensation

Delta

  • I applaud our sisters and brothers in CSEA in coming to an agreement for their contract and compensation today, but what they were offered was not enough to make us competitive enough to recruit and retain the best teachers for our students.
  • Our interest as an association is to get the best teachers in our classrooms. If we don’t work on Recruiting and Retaining the best, we can’t give the best education to our students.  I think collaboration, giving our teachers a voice and compensation are the two most important ways to do that.
  • In our district:
    • A 20 year veteran’s lifetime earnings rank 12 in our two counties.
    • A 30 year veteran’s lifetime earnings rank 17 in our two counties. The longer we work here, the less compensation we get compared to other districts.
    • Our administration are for the most part ranked within the top 10 in our two counties.
  • As a teacher of 20 years, I could go to Riverside Unified and make $3,000 more a year and pay $6,000 less in benefits.  That would be an almost $10,000 a year raise.  We need to be more competitive than that!

Even though in a small but very important part we are not in agreement, I know that we will continue to work on collaboration and know we will continue to lead our community towards academic excellence. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak. Have a great summer.

Albert Trudel

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