The Summer so Far
Right after school was over for the 2013-14 school year, Bill Bailey, Mike Boyer
(WEA) and I met with the District in arbitration over whether or not Elk Plain
teachers should be paid for class overages. The arbitration lasted about 3
hours with witnesses from both sides. Bill submitted his paperwork and we
should be hearing from the Arbiter within the next 3 weeks with the findings.
We feel confident with how we represented the BEA.
Upon my return from Denver after attending the NCUEA and NEA conferences,
I had a message from the newspaper wanting to do an interview with me
about the Districts move to move forward with the Bethel Acceleration
Academy. This is a contract between the District and Atlantic Education
Partners, out of Chicago, to hire teachers to get dropouts back in school and to
graduate. Needless to say, this was the first we had heard of this. After
talking with the District and doing our research, we are going to file a demand
to bargain and possible grievance on this matter as the teachers should be
Bethel teachers and as such be represented by us.
There is a new .8 history teacher at Liberty Middle school. He also happens to
be the current Principal at Liberty Middle school. The District asked us about
this and in theory it was not a bad idea but with everything that could go
wrong, the Executive Board and the Contract Maintenance team said no.
Upon my return from Denver, I found out the School Board accepted Tom
Mitchell in this roll. We checked into it and the District did post the job,
conducted interviews and he was hired. They did follow the contract and
upon asking what his duties would be as principal, the answer was that he
would still be doing most of the job a principal does except for evaluating
teachers. We will be watching this and make sure that it does go the way it
was said it would.
As a reminder, next month on August 19th, we have a general membership
meeting at 3:30 at Cougar Mountain right after Summer Institute classes end so
you won’t have to travel anywhere else if you are attending. We will be
voting on some things that were negotiated about evaluation. What you will
be voting on is on the website under Important Information.
Even though it is summer, I am here working for you and if you have questions
or concerns, please contact me.
Reduce Class Sizes
You can HELP make it happen!
I-1351 will reduce class sizes in all grades and subjects if
voters approve it this fall – including here in Bethel, Fife,
Franklin Pierce, and Puyallup!
The results of the survey for the calendar start and end dates for the calendar year 2014-2015, out of 607 votes cast, are as follows:
Starting September 3 and ending June 15, the count was 342 for 56.34% of the vote.
Starting September 8 and ending June 18, the count was 265 for 43.66% of the vote.
Bethel Education Association President
Results of the BEA elections are as follows:
Vice-President – Janet Caldwell
Treasurer – Nancy Mouat-Rich
Secondary Representative to Exec Board – Jon Holdaway
Elementary Representative to Exec Board – Shirley Anderson
At Large Representative to Exec Board – Karen Harper
Representatives to the Summit Uniserv Counsil – Laura Hittenrauch, Karen Harper, Sheila Powell, Rita Johnson-Ness
BEA Delegate to WEA RA – Shirley Anderson, Robb Hoover, Priscilla Shepherd
Except for the delegates to the WEA RA, all other positions begin July 1, 2014.
Bethel Education Association President
1. What are the 14 professional development hours?
a. The District wanted to provide additional opportunities during the school year for certificated staff in important areas.
2. Are the 14 hours mandatory?
a. No. If you attend the trainings you will be paid your hourly per diem rate.
3. Are there makeup days if you miss a training?
a. At this point, no. The only exception is for coaches who have a game.
4. Is this 14 hours part of the pay increase that will be in TRI?
a. No, this 14 hours of per diem pay is in addition to the negotiated 2% salary increase.
1. How could the union give away a self-directed TRI day?
a. What occurred on September 3, is not what was agreed to during negotiations. Talks on this subject are in progress with the District and you will be updated as information is available.
1. Why were the secondary conferences removed?
a. For the third year in a row the Secondary Conferences are gone. The Elementary Conferences are back to five (5) days.
1. Why did the union agree to the mandated video training and subsequent testing?
a. The state mandated that certificated staff complete these courses. The district cannot mandate that you do these on your own time or use your TRI. You can use your planning time, the 30 minutes before or after the student day, and you can use TRI if you choose.
We still need current home emails!!
Bethel Education Association
201 43rd Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA 98374-2183
Telephone: (253) 845-1872
Cell: (253) 209-1697
FAX: (253) 845-1437