Spring Means Elections AND Negotiations!

CEA Elections

CEA elections for the 2015­/2016 school year will be held over THREE DAYS ­Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7, 2015 in each building by a signed double­ envelope secret ballot system. The three day window is to allow all members the opportunity to cast their vote within a timely manner.

Nominations deadline is April 17, 2015.  The following positions are open for nomination:

  • President – 2 year term
  • Secretary – 2 year term
  • OEA/NEOEA delegates (4 positions) (1) Pres.
  • High School Bldg. Reps (4)
  • Middle School Bldg. Reps (3)
  • Hambden Elem. Bldg. Rep (1)
  • Maple Elem. Bldg. Rep (1)
  • Munson Elem. Bldg. Rep (2)
  • Park Elem. Bldg. Rep (1)

You may nominate yourself or another member by submitting the name and position nominated for in writing, sending via e­mail to Cheri Gualdoni, Election Chairperson, at cheri.gualdoni@chardonschools.org  Please consider running for a position or nominating another member. Only through our collective efforts, each taking a turn, will we be able to continue to have a strong, successful association.

Cheri Gualdoni
Elections Chairperson


Negotiations to bargain our next contract shall begin on Thursday April 16 @ 4pm. This important task involves hours of time, deliberation and consensus building. CEA will also establish a Crisis Committee this month to share in the communications and public relations during the process. The chairperson, spokesperson and communications person will be shared after CEA Exec Committee approves their appointments.

Use your NEOEA membership!

Visit the NEOEA.org website for discount offers, like the I-X Indoor Amusement Park for $18.99 per person.  Get some of your dues dollars back and support local businesses/events simultaneously.

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What’s New (well — Winter is ALMOST over!)

Congratulations to our negotiating committee — through their efforts we were able to vote and RATIFY the  “Safe Harbor” for Teachers MOU.

Teacher Self-Evaluation component of OTES – any teacher under the full-cycle evaluation is required to complete this component for 15% of our overall rating. Your evaluator has a digital copy and should forward it to you ASAP. Please contact your evaluator if you don’t have it yet, as the deadline for submission is Fri March 27.

Elections of CEA Officers, Building Reps – the timeline is underway! Please let our Elections Chairperson Cheri Gualdoni at Park Elem if you are interested in running for President, Secretary, building rep, OEA/NEOEA rep. Nominations remain open until April 17.

Insurance – Several members asked why we don’t have full vision insurance coverage. That question was posed to our Insurance Consultants for explanation. They said Aetna’s discount program allows for more flexibility in using vision services with any provider, rather than charging the full premium (which is very expensive) and having members be forced into paying for services/doctors they don’t need. They suggest members utilize their HSA and Flexible Spending Accounts to finance any vision needs. Therefore, the Insurance Committee is not pursuing adding vision insurance.


As an OEA member you can get LOTS of discounts! Check out the Access Featured Discounts page and find out more!

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What’s New in February 2015?

Open Enrollment

Members who live outside Chardon district but have children who want to attend CLSD~

As our collective bargaining agreement states, your own children have first priority when requesting to attend our schools under the open enrollment policy. Follow the  link to the district’s enrollment form — See the Open Enrollment Page on the District web site. This enrollment process is your formal request to the Superintendent; there is no need for a separate letter/email as was done under old contracts.

District Calendar

Next year’s Proposed Calendar: 15-16-Calendar Final Proposed – Dr. Hanlon has already assembled our responses to the calendar choices, and he is currently receiving feedback from the community and the Board. One major concern with starting mid-August is the heat (although last year the heat arrived in September). This concern has already been shared with Dr. Hanlon  and he said he would discuss it with our Business Manager, Ted Roseberry. The final school calendar will be adopted at the March 09 BOE meeting, which will include the traditional Hearing of the Public for any other public comments.

Transportation Department

Transportation Department – Recent changes in their administration has begged the question whether the bus drivers will be outsourced to a private transportation company as well. Our sister union, CACE, needs our help in reminding the Board and the community that having our own Chardon employees (and members of this community) are who keep our students safe.

Board Meetings

Have been MOVED from the 2nd Monday of the month to the 3rd Monday of the month.  The next few meetings are scheduled as:

February 23
March 23
April 20
May 18
June 15

PLEASE make a NOTE of this change!

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Brrrrr — It’s a COLD January!


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:

  1. Cross-Country Skiing (Jan 24) –  http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=763
  2. Nominate Friend of Education for NEO (due Feb 6) –  http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=750
  3. Nominate yourself to NEOEA’s Board for Unit 6 (due Feb 9). Tammy has nomination forms.
  4. 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.
  5. Nominate Positive Image Award to a member (due Feb 20) –  http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=749
  6. Attend Legislative Reception Mon Feb 23 in Burton – meet/greet our local legislators. Notify Tammy, as only 2 members can attend.
  7. 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.
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News for November/December!

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!


Some Highlights:


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 chardon@mail.remind.com 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.

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NEOEA Day and Meet the Candidate

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.

Meet The Candidate Member Invitation 2014

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A Nice Idea for NEOEA Day

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.

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Voting News and a Clambake too!

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.

Thank you,
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

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Keeping UP

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


Resource Submission

Have you found a great resource on the Web to help integrate Chromebooks into the Classroom? Have you found a great training resource to help get everyone up to speed -- send me the info!
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We Are Ohio Rally in Medina

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.


The Real State of the State FLYER

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