September 11, 2017
President C. Santa Maria called the meeting to order at 4:06 pm.
M. Stettner made a motion to approve the minutes from June—sec by V. Fedeli—passed.
President’s Report: After welcoming new council members and reps to a new school year, C. Santa Maria gave the following report:
Following our press release ten days ago, the district asked for a bargaining session, which took place Wednesday last week. The meeting was not productive, as the Board’s representatives presented us with the same offer we’d already rejected last spring. We gave it consideration, but again decided the offer was not realistic. It appears the district is not motivated to reach a settlement yet, preferring instead to keep the taxpayers’ money in its own bank rather than using it for what it was intended. We continue to work, and wait, knowing that eventually the district will realize we’re not going to get tired of insisting they live up to their commitment to us.
We’re working through several avenues to keep the public informed about our situation. Media coverage has been both positive and negative, depending on the publication (Philadelphia Magazine was vicious, but the Main Line Times was more supportive). DDCworks, our PR firm, has targeted ads running online. We’ve corresponded directly with parents and former LMSD personnel. We’ve scheduled a coffee and dessert event with HSA presidents. Lawn signs are going up around the district. And we’re going to sit in on Board meetings.
Board meetings are twice a month. We need to populate these meetings with LMEA members, wearing your shirt (or black). It’s not expected you stay the whole time, but establishing a presence for the first 45 minutes or so can make them uncomfortable.
To be clear about things, our advocacy for a contract should not (at this point) interfere with your participation in the education of our students. We want our members to insists on being paid for activities the contract provides payment for: EPER activities, hourly-paid items, etc. If you typically attend an after-school event welcoming parents, or working with kids, and you want to continue doing that, the LMEA has no objection (yet).
If you recall, we filed an unfair labor practice charge against the district based on its implementation of online instruction for summer school. We’re in a very favorable position, and the process continues with the district hoping they can use online summer school instruction to save on their costs.
C. Santa Maria made a motion to approve no more than $7000 to have the exterior of the LMEA office painted and maintained—sec by E. Anderson—passed.
Work at the PSERS board is intensifying, and on the following dates Chris will be unavailable—contact Vic or Aimee with issues: September 13-15, October 4-6, December 6-8.
The Apple Core will be issued online through email from now on. Please look for your link in email.
VP Support: V. Fedeli pointed out his updated Support Professional Information Guide, which provides contact information for members who need some help. Please share it with new support members so they can acclimate to our district.
VP Professional: NR
1st Vice President: NR
Secretary Support: NR
Secretary Professional: NR
Treasurer: D. Mandarino made a motion to accept the June, July, and August Treasurer’s Reports—passed.
Outreach: J. Mudd followed up on Chris’s comment regarding the settlement task force, specifically regarding the work DDC has done on social media for us. Be aware of Keith Knauss, who works against public schools through Facebook and who lives outside the township. Despite his efforts, a lot of the chatter in comments sections has been in our favor. This seems to confirm what we thought: the residents of LMSD support what we do, and are willing to defend us if we’re under attack. We’re gaining the attention and engagement of our parents, and we need to maintain our efforts by showing up at School Board meetings so they see how committed we are to our own work.
Elections: A. Flicker reported that we will be electing delegates to the PA House of Delegates at the regularly scheduled General Membership meeting on October 11. The meeting will take place at the LMEA office.
Health & Safety: NR
Legislation: The Legislature returned from recess today, and they’re still waiting for the House to act on the spending plan that was agreed to by the Senate in June. This could result in a cut to the education budget by close to $1 billion.
Minority Affairs: NP
PACE: Any contributions this year will be directed toward next year’s elections, in which Governor Wolf will likely face Scott Wagner, whose agenda includes decimating collective bargaining rights.
PR&R: P. Dawson submitted a written report.
Special Services: NR
Sunshine: Please contact Debbie Williams as the need arises at email@example.com.
Membership: D. Grumbine submitted a written report, which is accurate as of the most recent Board Report. Everyone who is not a member should have received applications for membership in inter-office mail.
Belmont Hills: Prof: NR
ESP: Question about damage and injuries sustained in dealing with students—employees should wear clothes appropriate to the conditions and see the nurse for appropriate paperwork in response to these incidents.
Cynwyd: Prof: NR
Gladwyne: Prof: NR
ESP: Question about lack of available online training once you’ve completed 14 hours—you are not required to do more than 14 hours.
Merion: Prof: NR
Penn Valley: Prof: NR
Penn Wynne: Prof: Question about payment for completing follow-up modules after a training—if you’re not getting paid and the training is optional, no need to complete it.
ESP: Question about salary for a newly-hired behavioral aide — everything in the contract is status quo, so the salary is listed there.
Bala Cynwyd: Prof: NR
Welsh Valley: Prof: NR
Lower Merion: Prof: NR
ESP: Question about IAs who have to complete the Safe Schools training but who were not given the time—they should be given the time and should contact Vic.
Harriton: Prof: NR
Minority At-Large Reps: NR
Building and Grounds:Question about the pay schedules—addressed.
C. Santa Maria appointed Mike Horstmann (Transportation) and Lisa Branscone (WVMS) as building reps.
P. Dawson made a motion to adjourn - second by V. Fedeli. The meeting was adjourned at 5:38 pm.
Andrew Thomas, Secretary Professional