January 9, 2017
NOTE: These minutes are also available online at www.lmeaonline.org.
President C. Santa Maria called the meeting to order at 4:08 pm.
T. Ricker made a motion to approve the minutes from December—sec by J. Hemingway—passed.
President's Report: C. Santa Maria began by commenting on Mia Kim's departure from the HR department. She will be replaced on an interim basis by Mark Klein, who is a former superintendent and who seems to be getting a handle on the job very quickly. We look forward to working with him.
The LMEA Contract survey is still open. As of this afternoon, 411 professionals have taken the survey (52% of professional staff). Only 118 support staff (18%) have taken the survey, so please complete the survey by the end of January.
As you've probably heard, enrollment in LMSD is growing. We're currently the second-fastest growing district in the state, and this impacts us in many ways from budget expansion to the capacity of our facilities to manage the increase. The Board meeting on December 19 featured a presentation showing enrollment projections out to the 2026-27 school year, at which time we're expected to have around 3400 high school students. Construction seems inevitable and the Board continues to discuss the options.
Please see the Apple Core for links to the survey and details on a new appointee to the PSERS Board, some information on the last three pays of this contract (May 19-June 9-June 30), and the importance of your Weingarten Rights.
VP Support: V. Fedeli reported on an upcoming Division Meeting/Workshop in February, and reminded us to vote for state delegates to the NEA/RA, which will be held in Boston. Please write in a vote for Debbie Williams when you vote online by January 31.
VP Professional: NR
1st Vice President: NR
Secretary Support: NR
Secretary Professional: NR
Treasurer: D. Mandarino submitted a treasurer's report for December—passed.
Outreach: We continue to work with the region and PSEA to position ourselves for the next round of bargaining, and we're shaping a strategy for becoming a more active, present voice in the community. Please contact Joe Mudd if you're willing to help with time or ideas.
Constitution: M. Stettner initiated the process of updating our policies and practices by offering revisions to the first segment of the document. M. Stettner made a motion to strike the language in policy/practice 1—passed. M. Stettner made a motion to strike the language in policy/practice 2—sec by P. Dawson—passed. Both of these will be replaced with new language in February.
CIPD: Our next meeting is in February.
CNC: Representatives from the Board and the LMEA met last week to formally meet the requirements of Act 88. We will meet again January 24 to exchange proposals. We are prepared and hopeful. Please mark your calendar for May 31, when we will update the membership on the bargaining process.
Health & Safety: NR
Legislation: M. Stettner reported that the PSEA is recommending people contacting their US senators asking them to opposed the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. At the state level, we can expect even more hostility from the state legislature.
Minority Affairs: PSEA training is March 17-18 in Reading—please email Ato Troop for details.
PACE: PACE deductions by automatic withdrawal will begin in your January paycheck.
PR&R: P. Dawson submitted a written report and discussed some of the ongoing grievances.
Special Services: NR
Sunshine: Please contact Debbie Williams as the need arises at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership: D. Grumbine submitted a written report—PSEA has established two new categories for dues, ¾ year and ¼ year.
Education Foundation: NR
SECC: Our next meeting will be this Thursday.
Belmont Hills: Prof: Discussion of employees being approached by principals for discussion of their use of sick time—if any member has their use of sick days included as a factor in their evaluation, they should contact a building rep immediately.
Cynwyd: Prof: NR
Gladwyne: Prof: NP
Merion: Prof: Question about the two-hour requirement—confusion regarding how to fulfill the MLP requirement—we will investigate.
ESP: Question about salary for elementary and middle school tech staff, compared with high school staff—this is an issue for CNC, not executive council, and the question will be forwarded.
Penn Valley: Prof: NR
Penn Wynne: Prof: NR
Bala Cynwyd: Prof: NR
Welsh Valley: Prof: NR
Lower Merion: Prof: NR
Harriton: Prof: Question regarding teachers who have been assigned a student during the learning center period—if they're just taking attendance, that's different from being the teacher of record.
Minority At-Large Reps: NR
Administration: Discussion of whether 12-month secretaries are included in late-openings due to weather.
D. Mandarino made a motion to strike the prior approval of December's Treasurer's Report—passed.
D. Mandarino amended the December Treasurer's Report, as a typo was noted during the meeting.
D. Mandarino made a motion to approve the amended Treasurer's Report for December—passed.
P. Dawson made a motion to adjourn - second by V. Fedeli. The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm.