October 10, 2016

NOTE: These minutes are also available online at www.lmeaonline.org.
President C. Santa Maria called the meeting to order at 4:06 pm.

D. Williams made a motion to approve the minutes from September’s meeting—sec by M. Stettner—passed.

Officer’s Reports:

President’s Report: C. Santa Maria began the meeting by appointing a new member for CNC. Chris will be stepping aside from the committee and the table team so they can function independently, and replacing him will be Kelly Cenicola, a teacher at Harriton. Kelly is smart and perceptive, and will serve as an eager advocate in consideration of contract and bargaining issues.

The process for applying for sabbatical for professional development has changed slightly. The district now wants employees to secure a “letter of endorsement” from both their principal and their curriculum coordinator. This is partly a result of public criticism aimed at the Board in the wake of a Right to Know request and accompanying letter in the Main Line Times about a year ago. The PSEA tells us this change in practice is subject to mandatory bargaining, and while the Board policy gives it the right to set conditions for approval, we intend to advocate for our members on this issue.

Some discrepancy has arisen among the elementary buildings regarding application of the Recess Captains EPER position. Specifically, what buildings do to cover indoor recess differs across the district. After some discussion among the group, this issue was tabled until the November meeting, at which time we intend to establish a formal position on the matter.

The LMEA and the District reached a consent award in our grievance regarding the Attack Clause in the contract. This agreement refines the understanding of an attack and establishes a clear procedure for reporting incidents and determining the district’s response.

The following unit meetings have been scheduled so we can update members on bargaining issues and process:

Please see the Apple Core for details on the upcoming elections, the professional dues table, and an upcoming retirement seminar at the LMEA office.

VP Support: V. Fedeli reported that he will be attending a Division meeting on October 25 in Montgomeryville. Also, a reminder for those retiring soon—please make sure you know how many sick days you have in your bank before you schedule your exit interview.

VP Professional: NR

1st Vice President: A. Avellino reported she will be holding her annual maternity workshop November 28 at the LMEA office.

Secretary Support: Please contact Lisa McDevitt to let her know how many pretzels to order for the CNC unit meetings.

Secretary Professional: NR

Treasurer: D. Mandarino made a motion to accept the September Treasurer’s Report—passed.

Committee Reports:

Outreach: J. Mudd followed up on Chris’s comment regarding the elections.

Constitution: M. Stettner advised that we’ll be looking at the bylaws in the near future.

Elections: A. Flicker reported that we will elect representatives to the PA House of Delegates at the regularly scheduled General Membership meeting on October 13. The meeting will take place at the LMEA office. Please let Arlene know if you’d like to run.

CIPD: M. Stettner reported that CIPD seems a little more collaborative than in years past, and that this year the district is emphasizing the transition to Blackboard.

CNC: Our next meeting is Thursday, October 20.


Health & Safety: NR

Legislation: M. Stettner updated the group on a new pension reform plan in Harrisburg. Much of the discussion is behind closed doors, and it would affect both new employees and existing employees.

Minority Affairs: NP

PACE: M. Stettner reported that the PACE deductions will take place in the first five paychecks of the year. If you hope to contribute for the current election cycle, you’d have to give directly to the campaign of your choice.

PR&R: P. Dawson submitted a written report.

Social: L. McDevitt reported the annual retirement dinner will be June 1.

Special Services: NR

Sunshine: Please contact Debbie Williams as the need arises at williad@lmsd.org.

Membership: D. Grumbine submitted a written report.


Education Foundation: NP

Environmental: NR

SECC: The first meeting of the year is this Thursday.

Building Reports:

Belmont Hills: Prof: NR/ESP: NP

Cynwyd: Prof: NR/ESP: NR

Gladwyne: Prof: NR/ESP: NP

Merion: Prof: NR/ESP: NP

Penn Valley: Prof: Question about the district’s practice involving lesson planning. /ESP: NP

Penn Wynne: Prof: NR/ ESP: NR

Bala Cynwyd: Prof: NR / ESP: NP

Welsh Valley: Prof: Discussion about the scoring burden on English teachers for the twice-yearly student writing assessment; questions about schedule inequities when it comes to number of students and number of classes; question about the status and structure of the “building sub” position. / ESP: NP

Lower Merion: Prof: NP /ESP: NR

Harriton: Prof: NR/ ESP: NR

Minority At-Large Reps: NP

Building/Skilled Crafts: NP

Grounds: NR

Administration: NR

Transportation: NP

New Business:

S. Idol made a motion to adjourn - second by A. Holroyd. The meeting was adjourned at 5:51 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Andrew Thomas, Secretary Professional