It has been a very busy start of the year for all of us. The general feedback from our members is that they find their workload to be unrealistic with all the new initiatives, Lucy Calkins, Eureka math, and PBIS to name a few of the changes. Various forms and procedures have been changed too. We have met with the Superintendent and Dr. Kwong to discuss the absolute frustration and stress the staff has been under this year. As a result, we got the October staff meeting time to work on our goals (it's a start) then the grammar school have been given two common planning days per month to use for our needs which includes meeting with our colleagues and do the paperwork that has robbed us of most of our regular planning time.
Please be aware that any time forms, procedures, added classes, and schedules are added or modified, these are changes in working conditions. Please alert us as they are either going to be inplemented or implenented. Under Chapter 150E, our working conditions are subject to bargaining. We need to negotiate these things and if an MOA is in order, then that is what must happen otherwise, the change cannot continue.
We are meeting again with the Superintendent and Dr. Kwong on Oct. 15 to continue discussing these issues. We will inform you of the results of that meeting. It is our hope that administration will continue to listen to our concerns and needs. Our working conditions are our student learning conditions.
Donna Gogas & Carl Fowler
MEA Office: 978-258-7766
MEA Meeting Schedule 2015-2016
All meetings: 3:30-5:00
All Mtgs. @ MEA Office 184 Pleasant Valley St except General Meetings (see below)
10/13 MEA General meeting @ Tenney lunchroom (All MEA members welcome)
10/29 MTA Retirement Sem. w/ Mary Parry @ MEA Office. 3:30 PM
11/17 MEA Executive Board meeting @ MEA Office
12/15 MEA Executive Board meeting @ MEA Office
1/12 MEA Executive Board meeting@ MEA Office
2/1-2/5 Self-nomination for MTA & NEA-RA delegates
2/8-2/12 Candidate postings for MTA & NEA-RA delegates
2/9 MEA Executive Board meeting @ MEA Office
2/24 Vote for MTA/ NEA delegates
3/15 MEA General meeting @Tenney lunchroom (All MEA members welcome)
Retirement Seminar- Marie Ardito March 31 @ MEA Office
3/31-4/7 Officers' Self-Nominations submit to Kathy Borden
4/7-4/13 Posting of Officer' Nominations in Buildings/iContact
4/12 MEA Executive Board meeting @ MEA Office
4/14 Officers' Election in Buildings secret ballot
MTA Annual Meeting 5/13 & 5/14@ Hynes Center Boston