April 17, 2017
NOTE: These minutes are also available online at www.lmeaonline.org.
President C. Santa Maria called the meeting to order at 4:05pm.
D. Williams made a motion to approve the minutes from March's meeting—sec by J. Hemingway —passed.
President's Report: Adopted with flexibility.
May 15 LMEA Elections. List of reps is in packet. There are some corrections. If you see an error let Arlene Flicker know. Chris emphasized there will be some important votes taken by EC in the next few months so we need to get the positions filled and the list needs to be accurate. 1 voting member from support and prof in each building/unit. If you are a current building rep and you cannot continue as building rep next year please try to recruit a new rep.
PSEA Gettysburg Leadership Conference will be held in July at Gettysburg College. Those interested should let Chris know so he can get you the information.
The LMEA has filed a grievance and an unfair labor practice complaint in response to the district's desire to offer summer school online this year. It is our position that teachers should not lose their employment as a result of this, and we're waiting for the district's response to our proposed solutions.
We now have the information we need to verify LTS employees' status—the district can only employ an LTS to fill an existing contract, so we should be able to match up the LTS with the employee they're replacing.
We also received the March absence report for professionals in the district, which shows 1202 absences for all the reasons listed in AESOP, along with the notice that the district has been granted a waiver to use retirees as substitutes for the remainder of this school year.
Please see the Apple Core for information on the LMEA Special General Membership meeting May 31 at 5:00 pm; extension of the professional work year due to snow; changes to CIPD committee; the annual LMEA dinner for retirees; and some news for Betsy DeVos about vouchers.
VP Support: V. Fedeli reported that the next Mideast ESP Division meeting is May 9 in Montgomeryville, where Bernie Miller will present on the role of paraprofessionals in special education; also, the HOD will be April 21-22 in Gettysburg—D. Mandarino, L. McDevitt, and D. Williams will attend as delegates.
VP Professional: NR
1st Vice President: NR
Secretary Support: NR
Secretary Professional: NR
Treasurer: D. Mandarino made a motion to accept the March Treasurer's Report—passed. Based on a discussion of factors surrounding the bargaining process and in regard to the existing contingency fund, C. Santa Maria made a motion to approve use of some portion of that fund to hire a public relations firm if we do not have a settlement by May 31, up until the time the next contract is ratified—sec by A. Avellino—passed unanimously.
Constitution: M. Stettner distributed several of the LMEA policies and practices and moved that they be affirmed with no changes—passed.
Elections: A. Flicker reported that LMEA elections will be Tuesday, May 16. Building reps will be elected at the building/group level.
CIPD: M. Stettner reported that the first meeting of the revamped group featured conversation about curriculum and professional development, middle school schedule, a new math program in the elementary school; policy changes, including issues surrounding tutoring and private coaching; and budget issues including staffing for next year, transportation aid, and enrollment growth.
CNC: A blast will be sent out this week updating the membership on bargaining. To date there is little to report. The district and LMEA are scheduled to meet on April 25th.
Health & Safety: NR
Legislation: M. Stettner reminded us that the legislature will be on the attack as the school year comes to a close.
Minority Affairs: We had 9 people attend in Reading, and it was an unusual—and interesting—change in format from past years.
PACE: M. Stettner alerted us to the impending challenge to our mission by the presumptive Republican nominee, Scott Wagner.
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 email@example.com.
Membership: D. Grumbine submitted a written report.
Education Foundation: NR
Belmont Hills: Prof: NR
Cynwyd: Prof: Concerns about additional requirements for the "Unit Upgrade" described in the recent email to district staff; also question about the district calendar for next year and the process for its adoption; concern about having to report on Easter Monday.
Gladwyne: Prof: Concerns about the number
Merion: Prof: NR
ESP: Question about whether part-time people can buy district health insurance—no, they cannot.
Penn Valley: Prof: NR
Penn Wynne: Prof: NR
Bala Cynwyd: Prof: NR
Welsh Valley: Prof: NP
Lower Merion: Prof: NP
Harriton: Prof: NR
Minority At-Large Reps: NP
Building/Skilled Crafts: NP
M. Stettner made a motion to adjourn - second by V. Fedeli. The meeting was adjourned at 5:41 pm.
Andrew Thomas, Secretary Professional