I’m in! Continue Your KEA Membership
- Published on May 23, 2013
- Written by KEA
We all have our own reasons for belonging to the KEA – from professional development opportunities that aren’t available elsewhere to legal help should you be treated unfairly on the job. One thing’s for certain, however: we’re all in it together when it comes to advocating for our students, our profession and KUSD.
If you missed the KEA Membership Social yesterday, it’s still easy to sign up! Ask your Association Representative or any KEA leader for a membership form, or download a form at www.keanow.com . And if you need help or have questions about filling out the form, we’re just a phone call away – 262-654-2127, ext. 10 or 11.
Signing up for continued membership is especially important as we push for an extended contract and deal with handbook issues in the coming weeks. Make plans to continue your membership today – and say “I’m In with the KEA!”
- Published on May 21, 2013
- Written by Kira Fetissoff, Elections Chair
The Elections Committee would like to thank building/unit ARs for counting their ballots.
Congratulations to the elected Board of Director Reps. and Association Reps:
Board of Directors
Senior High Reps (2; 1, 1-year term and 1, 2-year term): Write-in candidates being contacted.
Elementary Reps (2, 2-year terms): Margaret Jeske and write-in candidates being contacted.
Reuther Central – Margaret Wolfers; Tremper – Laura Zajicek-Bagenski; Bullen – Roxanne Alexander; Lincoln M.S. – Kim Bielewicz, Melissa Andreoli, Julie Lange; Mahone – LouAnn Pitts; Bose – Deanna Jansen; EBSOLA – Kira Fetissoff; ESC – Michelle Valeri; Forest Park – Sue Brinkman, Joan Perugini; Harvey – Deb Schuebel; Jeffery – Melinda Duford, Mary Andrews (Alt.); KTEC – Betsy Liddicoat, Christiane Ratzka; Pleasant Prairie – Jill Jensen, Mary Ann Skold; Prairie Lane – Jill Riddile; Roosevelt – Valerie Ludlow, Kimberly Solomon; Somers – Helena Boles, Ann Wojciechowicz; Southport – Michelle Burns; Stocker – Ruth Walls, Jennifer Schlie-Reed; Vernon – Sandy Chase; Guidance Counselors – Julie Mulligan, Michelle Schroeder, Gayle Clark-Taylor; ESPs – Velia Unger, Carolyn Burnett, Mary Jo Farmer.
Note: ARs and Alternates elected by write-in votes will be notified and asked to verify acceptance. Final selection will be determined by number of votes received by each write-in candidate.
- Published on May 17, 2013
- Written by Joe Kiriaki, Executive Director
The Arena Reassignment meeting took place last night at Reuther Central High School. About 110 people participated in the process, which took two and a half hours to complete.
The next steps with the remaining open positions will be to review the list of people who maintain recall rights to the District and assure any available opportunities are offered to them based on their seniority and credentials. Once this process is completed, all subsequent vacancies will be posted and available to interested parties using the Apply and Interview process.
After filing a grievance because the District failed to meet with the Benefit Task Force Committee as provided in the Teacher Salary and Welfare Agreement, the District did convene a meeting.
The Committee met on April 19, 2013 and reviewed a summary of responses that the District received to their request for proposals for health insurance for District employees. Once again, the WEA Trust is the best option for providing the health and dental insurance benefits.
The Health and Dental Insurance Plans will be presented to the School Board for their approval at their Regular School Board meeting, which is next Tuesday. This meeting was moved from May 28 to May 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. If the School Board approves the new insurance plans, KEA will request that informational meetings be scheduled with WEA Trust representatives, who will explain these plans to you and family members and answer any questions.
In our discussions with the District, the Employee Contribution continues to be an issue of contention.
GLUE Editor and Webmaster Positions Posting
- Published on May 20, 2013
- Written by KEA
The KEA pays a modest stipend for individuals serving as our GLUE Editor and Webmaster. The duties of these positions are outlined in the KEA Policies, 4100 - Communication Guidelines, Sections B and C. The guidelines also require the posting of these positions in the GLUE on an annual basis.
From the KEA Policies: The GLUE Editor serves a one-year annual appointment, July 1 through June 30. The GLUE Editor is responsible for formatting the newsletter and making grammatical and punctuation corrections when necessary. The GLUE Editor will submit the layout in an appropriate editable format for printing. The GLUE Editor will submit a weekly editorial for each issue of the GLUE during the regular school year.
From the KEA Policies: The Webmaster serves a one-year annual appointment, July 1 through June 30. The Webmaster is responsible for designing, maintaining, and archiving the website at the direction of the Executive Director and President. The Webmaster will maintain an online calendar of Association events. The Webmaster will post the position and opinion of the KEA Officers, the Board of Directors, the Association Representatives, and the members concerning specific issues or problems faced by education and educators at the local, state, and/or national level. The Webmaster will post all KEA press releases online. The Webmaster will submit a monthly report to the Board of Directors and the Association Representative Assembly, including usage statistics and monthly update information.
FIVE KEA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
- Published on May 17, 2013
- Written by Julie Kerkman, Scholarship Committee Chair
The KEA Scholarship Committee received 30 applications this year for their annual scholarships. The applications submitted were from students of very high caliber and the selection process was very competitive.
Five applicants received $1,500 scholarships, which were awarded to students planning to attend four-year degree programs. They are as follows:
- Kelly Barnd, Tremper – University of Wisconsin-Madison, French/Pre-Medicine
- Liv Gripko, Tremper – University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Biology/Education
- Emily Hastings, Bradford – University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Applied Health Sciences
- Kaitlin Kentala, Bradford – Marquette University, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
- Natalie Seivert, Bradford – Arizona State University, Speech Pathology
Thank you to this year’s readers: Roberta Akalin, Martu Tzomes, Ann Wojciechowicz, and Julie Kerkman (chair).