HOURS and Blizzard Bag Assignments:
To date, we have exhausted 4 of our 5 calamity days. According to our district calendar which was approved by the BOE, our make-up days shall be made up as full work days on June 8-12. Please do not schedule personal plans these days.
The State of Ohio did alter the calamity day structure to minimum hours of instruction, however, the media has failed to mention the law goes into effect when the district’s current labor agreement expires. Ours expires July 2015, meaning we will be bargaining the employment impact of this new law during spring negotiations.
Advancement on the Salary Schedule
This is a reminder that the date for second semester advancement on the salary schedule is January 30, 2015. Official transcripts received by this date will be
Board approved on February 23, 2015. Please see section 6.03.2 of the CEA negotiated agreement.
NEOEA Events for Members and their Families this Winter
See http://neoea.org/ for several opportunities such as:
- Cross-Country Skiing (Jan 24) – http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=763
- Nominate Friend of Education for NEO (due Feb 6) – http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=750
- Nominate yourself to NEOEA’s Board for Unit 6 (due Feb 9). Tammy has nomination forms.
- Discounted rate to Great Big Home + Garden Show Feb 6-15. Order online at http://goo.gl/17NZ4y and save $5/ticket using promo code NEOEA2015.
- Nominate Positive Image Award to a member (due Feb 20) – http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=749
- Attend Legislative Reception Mon Feb 23 in Burton – meet/greet our local legislators. Notify Tammy, as only 2 members can attend.
- Attend NEOEA’s 1/2 day Megaconference March 14 in Warrensville Hts – many sessions to choose, including PARCC testing, legal updates, reading 5-year forecast, STRS, Resident Educator update, Science Fair ideas, Public Education & Ohio General Assembly, PBS Learning Media, and much more. Lake Erie College credit ($180) available. NEOEA fee only $15 covers everything including continental breakfast, lunch and parking. Notify Tammy of your interest; discounted/free tickets available.
All members received an Email from CEA President Tammy Segulin relating to the November update. Please make sure to read it, or you can also check out the President’s Corner on this website, for Novembers update, as well as past months!
If you’d like to receive important text messages from our Remind service, simply send a text to (440) 337-4782. In the text body, type one of these “@ …” to be included in the distribution list. All members should do the @ChardonEA and their respective building(s) in separate text messages.
@ChardonEA, @chardonhs, @park-cea, @cms-cea, @maple-cea, @hambdn-cea, @munson-cea
Or to receive messages via email, send an email from your private address to firstname.lastname@example.org and leave the subject line blank.
General Membership Meeting
SAVE the DATE! Thursday, Dec. 11 @ 4pm (LGIR) for our General Membership Meeting. The Agenda includes:
- District’s Five-Year Forecast & Analysis:
- Membership Survey on desired language changes (please bring your ChromeBook for an online survey; the survey will remain open through the weekend).
- Introducing your Negotiations Team. The team has already begun training and will continue at the OEA Collective Bargaining Conference in February.
- Angela Beekman (Maple)
- Dwight Goss (CMS)
- Dan Heintz (CMS)
- Tammy Segulin
- Tracy Paroubek (CMS)
Reviewing the Survey
WHEN: On Monday, Dec. 15 at 3:45pm in CHS Rm 308 (Tammy’s classroom),
WHO: the Negotiations Team and anyone else interested
(kindly RSVP Tammy DOT Segulin AT chardonschools.org)
WHAT: Those in attendance will review the survey results and prioritize the findings.
NEOEA Day Sessions in Painesville
We have events coming up this year right in our back yard this year for NEOEA day that are WORTH a good look-see!
One of our magnet sites is Thomas W. Harvey High School in Painesville where NEOEA will be offering six sessions. Following is a list of those sessions, with a link to the online description of each.
Thank you for taking a look at these sessions. Hopefully there is one or more that will meet your needs!
Meet the Candidate
A Meet the Candidate Open House is being sponsored to continue to keep the lines of communication between legislators and OEA members. We have been invited to join them for an evening to informally ask questions and to share ideas concerning the needs of students, employees who work for the public schools, and to discuss pending legislation.
Find out what is going on! Give your input and be heard in an informal forum.
This is a message from William S. Lavezzi, Executive Director of NEOEA
We generally don’t push individual NEOEA Day workshops, preferring to let our NEOEA Day Catalog, neoea.org, “NEOEA Day at a Glance,” and other tools get the word out about these activities; but we have an event coming up in your area that calls for an exception.
That program is #10, “In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More,” which will bring renowned young people’s authors Katherine Paterson, Chris Crutcher, Steven Kellogg, Nikki Grimes, and Tanya Lee Stone to Perry’s Goodwin Theatre. There’s a lot more to tell, but I’ll be brief: you can learn more about this session at http://neoea.org/neoeaday/ataglancedescriptions.html#10.
This program should have wide appeal for teachers and parents of elementary and middle-school students and for all teachers of language arts. We don’t have lists of who those members are, so I’m hoping you’ll take a moment and pass the word along to your members. This one is truly a unique presentation in your back yard, and I hope you’ll help our members to take advantage of the opportunity.
OEA and Voting News
Earlier this month a federal court in Ohio restored the early voting days that were previously cut by Governor Kasich and his allies. Starting on September 30, 2014, you will be able to vote early -- either in-person or by mail — for public education-friendly candidates.
Follow the link to find out how to vote early in the upcoming election.
For your convenience OEA has provided a list of OEA-endorsed candidates. Please vote all the way down the ballot.
For more information about OEA’s Campaign 2014, please go to http://action.ohea.org.
OEA Campaign 2014
Fall Clambake in support of our 60th District State Representative John Rogers
Support John Rogers AND have a GREAT TIME doing it!!!! Please follow the link to the flyer: John Rogers Fall Clambake
There is a LOT of information out there, and it can be quite a task to sift through all of it. It comes down to what is important to YOU.
We are Educators, and our jobs have changed so much in the last few years that we have so much more on our plate than ever before! Besides dealing with new state requirements for evaluation, attempting to implement common core, we are also encouraged to incorporate as much technology as possible into our lessons!
To keep up with what is happening in our profession – your first stop should be the OEA website — it’s all there, Common Core, Evaluation, Legislative update. Our leaders have put together a comprehensive site and it allow us to make informed decisions, and to know what issues need our immediate attention.
I will keep posting information on this website to help you with the ChromeBook rollout! Check out the Google & Chrome Training Page. Once you have started implementing some technology – send me information about what is working for you, and NOT working – by accessing the “What are YOU doing …” page and filling out the form
Fraternally yours – Sierra Polsinelli, Webmaster
The following content is from the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association Website — it says it all! Come to the Rally!
The REAL State of the State: Brought to you by Ohio workers
Governor Kasich’s “Ohio Miracle” is turning into an “Ohio nightmare” for many working families, especially those in public service. That’s why OCSEA and other labor, faith and community organizations are rallying in Medina to show Governor Kasich the REAL State of Ohio.
Please join us before the Governor gives his State of the State. Help send the message that we’re NOT better off than we were four years ago thanks to this administration’s policies that are downsizing state government and privatizing our services.
Governor Kasich said his first priority was jobs. Well, our jobs are jobs, too. Not only was Ohio 45th in job creation last year, but under this administration more state jobs have been lost than under any administration in 30 years!!
Just in the last three years a prison was sold outright to a private vendor for the first time in history; dozens of local tax and ODJFS offices closed; 80 Gallipolis Developmental Center employees were laid off; Youth facilities shuttered, locking many out of jobs and Corrections food service was privatized displacing 500 state workers!
Come help us tell the Governor: Enough is enough. We need an economy that works for everyone and public services that can sustain Ohio’s economic recovery.
WHAT: Rally for the REAL State of Ohio
WHEN: Feb. 24 from 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: outside the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH 44256.
Several things to update you on since our contract is now in full effect…
- Payroll (Deb Armbruster) is working on printing revised salary contracts, including those teachers who earned continuing contract or additional course credit and will move a “column” on the new salary schedule. She is also working on updating Supplemental Salary contracts and has a partial list ready for BOE approval. I’ve attached the lists that the BOE is expected to approve at their Monday, Feb. 24 meeting. The remaining Supplemental Salary contracts will be revised in the coming weeks, hopefully in time for March 7 payroll.
- GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Wed, March 5 @ 4p in LGIR – for the purpose of additional contract articles that need presented & voted (if ratified, they will become part of this bargaining agreement), CEA Constitution/Bylaws discussion, Election Nominations, Ohio legislative items.
After much discussion with Administration, Spring OAAs will be administered in Chardon beginning April 28 to allow time for teachers and students to return from spring break and prep. Thank you for being a part of the dialogue in making this happen!
Mrs. Tammy Segulin
Some items to update you on…
- BOE Meeting – Monday, Feb 10, they will be voting on our tentative agreement as well as Classified’s. Other items on the agenda include an extensive list of updated board policies like open enrollment and health privacy, among others.
- February is Kindness Month at CHS. Gently worn and new shoes and jeans are being collected, culminating with our service day on 2/27. All events honoring Demetrius, Danny and Russell.
- CEA Exec Mtg - Tues, Feb 11 at CHS Rm 204. If there are any concerns or comments to share, please let your CEA building rep(s) know for their report. Coming Up: CEA officers & building rep elections, scholarship selection, Friend of Education selection, Recognition Dinner. Also be thinking if you’d like to continue or become part of our many committees for next year!
- School calendars for 2014-15 and 15-16 are being finalized with input from Association and Administration. The BOE is expected to vote either later this month or next.
Your unified membership in OEA, NEA and NEOEA give you access to special group discounts at area events like Cavs games, Home & Garden Show, Indians games, etc. Make the most out of your dues: www.NEOEA.org
Mrs. Tammy Segulin
CHS Mathematics Department
A few items to update you on…
See your CEA Building Rep if you still need a copy of the new Article 11 Teacher Evaluation System
and 5.06 Reduction in Force
that was ratified last week. Seniority List
(Article 5.06.5) – Early October, you will be asked to review your employment stats on the Seniority list. If there are any discrepancies, you are expected to resolve the issue(s) with the Board. A mutually-agreed upon list will be published by October 31, and will serve as our guide through any reduction in force procedures.
Important deadlines are approaching:
Advancement on the Salary Schedule (Article 6.03.2) – even though there is currently a current freeze of compensation, you are still encouraged to submit official college transcripts taken after your BA/MA degree of courses taken either undergrad/graduate credit. “Official transcripts indicating an increase in hours for advancement on the salary schedule must be received by the Superintendent no later than September 30 for advancement effective first semeester and no later than January 30 for advancement second semester.”
Earning Teacher Continuing Contracts (Article 5.04.2) – “In order to be eligible for recommendation for a continuing contract, a teacher must utilize the following process: A. Provide written notification to the Superintendent of intent to obtain continuing contract status. The notification must be received by September 15 of the year the teacher wishes to be evaluated for continuing contract consideration; B. Provide a copy of the teacher’s professional educator license or eight-year professional certificate [obsolete] by September 1 of the school year immediately subsequent to Board action on the continuing contract; C. Show evidence, by September 1 of the year immediately subsequent to the Board action on the continuing contract, of thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours in the field of licensure or an area related to the teaching field in third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate course work since the issuance of the initial Ohio professional license or provisional certificate or if the teacher held a master’s degree at issuance of the initial certificate/license, evidence of six (6) additional semester hours of graduate course work in the field of licensure or an area related to the teaching field. D. Satisfactorily complete a three year probationary period (one year if continuing contract status has already been obtained in another Ohio public school district) as a teacher in the Chardon Local School District.”
Negotiations continued last evening and we have another session slated for next Friday. The new Student Growth Measures Committee has begun their training on the review and approval process for teacher’s SLOs. They will produce a timeline for submission, review, approval, re-submission.
Mrs. Tammy Segulin
CHS Mathematics Department