2013-2014 Payroll Dates

September 3rd, 2013 Comments off
Following are the pay dates for the 13-14 school year. Please notice that the schedule follows a regular bi-weekly pay and that towards the end of the year you will receive a pay on 5/30, 6/6, and 6/13. with 6/13 being the last pay of the school year and also the pay that you will receive the extra checks if you have elected to be paid in 26 pays instead of 22.
Pay Date
9/6/2013
9/20/2013
10/4/2013
10/18/2013
11/1/2013
11/15/2013
11/27/2013
12/13/2013
12/27/2013
1/10/2014
1/24/2014
2/7/2014
2/21/2014
3/7/2014
3/21/2014
4/4/2014
4/17/2014
5/2/2014
5/16/2014
5/30/2014
6/6/2014
6/13/2014 Regular pay plus extra checks

Tuesday, September 3rd is OPENING DAY!

July 14th, 2013 Comments off
Dear colleagues,
Charley and I met with Asst. Superintendent Chris Montini on Friday, June 28th to discuss the schedule for Opening Day.
Keeping it simple the following is an e-mail that I received from Chris.
Tuesday, Sep. 3 (the first day of school for teachers) will be a four hour work day.  We are still in the process of planning the day. An agenda for the day’s events will be forthcoming.
Thanks for your patience as this issue was being resolved.
Have a great summer.

St. Mary’s Hospital and Aetna Information

May 2nd, 2013 Comments off

St Mary’s Hospital renewed their contract with Aetna on 10/01/2012.  In doing so, St. Mary’s has combined all their facilities under their main tax id.  This is causing billing and processing issues, especially for those that visit the Walk-in-Center.  Aetna has put in place a workflow where their processors are to identify if the claim is urgent care, emergency care, or routine outpatient services and will apply the applicable benefit.

Our Aetna representative has pulled a report to see if any of our members have been negatively impacted and will have their claims reprocessed accordingly.  Going forward this issue should be resolved; if there are any outliers please email Melissa at the BOE.

 

Professional Development Committee – April 11, 2013

April 1st, 2013 Comments off
CEA will be here again on Thursday April 11 to continue to help us create an effective PD committee. 
Having this PD committee, with representation from all levels, will not only meet the requirements of new legislation but  also the needs of the individual teacher.  It will take place at NHS in room AE105 at 4:00 PM. 
It is important to have as much representation from all levels as possible. 
Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the last meeting and we look forward to seeing those of you who are attending for the first time. 
Please email me macaryg@naugy.net if you are able to attend.

2013 Legislative Proposed Plans Eliminate State Contribution To Retiree Health Plan – Be Ready For Action!

March 6th, 2013 Comments off
GOVERNOR MALLOY’S RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE PROPOSAL – Hurting Connecticut Teachers NOW and In the Future! 
  • The Governor’s budget proposal will eliminate the State’s contribution to the Health Fund resulting in savings to the State of over $70 million over two years.
  • The reduction in the State’s contribution to the Health Fund will negatively affect its long-term solvency.  Active and retired teachers have been paying into the Health Fund with the understanding that it will be there for them when they retire.
On January 9th the 2013 General Assembly reconvened. As teachers we all know about the importance of planning. The governor and legislators were quick to point out in their reelection campaigns about landmark education reform of 2012. Unfortunately in passing the former SB24 now known as PA 12-116, they forgot one important step. They forgot that prior, proper, planning prevents poor performance.Legislators and the public are now beginning to see the problems that were created  such as with teacher evaluation. Well now Governor Malloy has unveiled his 2013 legislative plans for the state. He has proposed a balanced budget that allocates more money for education without raising taxes. Sounds too good to be true.There are several problems with his budget, one hits retired teachers.
 Read the above attachment, by removing the state’s contribution to the retiree health insurance, the State will save over $70 millions of dollars.
 Yes, more money is needed to fund education however this is not acceptable, period. We must draw the line, enough is enough, teachers give and give each and every day. This is not giving, this is outright betrayal of our trust. Teachers trust that they have been paying into the Health Fund with the understanding that it will be there when they retire. I for one am tired of this continued assault on the teacher profession. Billy Joel said it  best  ”A Matter of Trust”, it is all about trust. Connecticut teachers have NO MEDICARE eligibility through teaching and typically pay the full cost of insurance.
 At our March Representative Council we will lay out plans to fight the fight. Colleagues be ready, willing and able to heed the call.
Categories: CEA, Payroll and Insurance

2013 Contribution Limits to HSA Accounts

March 5th, 2013 Comments off
Here is a reminder regarding contribution limits to an HSA account.
For 2013 the contribution limits are as follows:
  • $3,250.00 If you have single insurance coverage
  • $6,450.00 If you have family insurance coverage.
This means that the amount that the Board of Education paid toward your deductible plus the amount that you have elected to contribute through payroll or other means cannot exceed these contribution limits for calendar year 2013.
On your pay stub each pay period under deductions there is a column labeled YTD,  look for your HSA deduction and under the YTD column you will see how much you have contributed for 2013. This plus the amount that the Board funded in January cannot exceed the limits specified above.
Categories: Other News

CEA Sandy Hook Memorial and Scholarship Fund – NTL Will Match Contributions Collected In March 2013

February 25th, 2013 Comments off

The Connecticut Education Association (CEA) announced in January that it has created the “Sandy Hook Memorial and Scholarship Fund” within the organization’s non-profit arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF).

CEA has set a fund raising goal of at least $1 million. A portion of the gifts collected will be donated to the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut. In addition to contributing to the UConn Scholarship Fund, CEA has commissioned sculptor Marilyn Parkinson Thrall to create a bronze sculpture memorializing the heroism and sacrifice that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The CEA plan is to unveil the sculpture to mark the first anniversary of the mass shooting at the school.

According to CEA President Sheila Cohen, “The monument will remember the happy memories and the innocent lives of the children lost and the teachers committed to educating them. It will be a place of comfort for friends, family members, the education community, and the nation, to help them heal from this unimaginable tragedy.”

The Naugatuck Teachers’ League Representative Council has decided to do a league wide collection throughout the entire month of March. As an incentive to maximize our contribution, the NTL will match the collections taken by its membership dollar for dollar up to $3,000.

We ask that each building representative collect funds from their respective membership through out the entire month of March. If members wish to write checks they may make them out to the NTL and note Sandy Hook on the memo line.

All collections would then need to be given to the league treasurer by no later than April 2, 2013. A single check with a combination of the league wide collection and the NTL matching funds will then be given to the CEA’s Connecticut Education Foundation.

To view samples of Marilyn Parkinson Thrall’s work please follow this link http://sculpturesbythrall.com/index.html .

Let’s “Guide the Way” for all teachers and inspire them to contribute to this appropriate gesture to honor those lives lost.

Article XIX Death & retirement Benefits

January 19th, 2013 Comments off
Please read, post and forward to the membership in your buildings.
Article XIX Death & retirement Benefits
19.1 Percentage and per Diem of Retirement Benefits
Effective upon retirement of a teacher who is eligible for immediate benefits under Chapter 167 ( this chapter concerns the teacher retirement system) of the Connecticut General Statutes, the teacher shall be paid seventy-five percent (75%) of his/her accumulated sick leave. Teachers must provide written notice of intent to retire to the Superintendent prior to February 1st in the fiscal year the retirement is effective. If notice of retirement is given prior to February 1st, the teacher shall receive such payment at the beginning of the next fiscal year.  In the event notice of retirement is given on or after February 1st, the teacher shall receive such payment at the beginning of the second fiscal year following such notice of retirement.  Such payment shall be made at the rate of fifty dollars ($50) per day.
So if plan on retiring and wish to collect the unused sick day payout on July 1st, the Superintendent must be notified in writing on or before January 31, 2013.

Welcome Back Letter 2012

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

This is a copy of the letter given to all NTL members with their cards at the beginning of the 2012-2013 School year

Dear colleagues,

Good morning

To returning members, welcome back. To those members new to the district, welcome to Naugatuck. I hope that each of you had an opportunity to get some much needed time to rest, relax and enjoy your family and friends.

Here are some things to be mindful of as the new school year begins:

  1. As you know, the BOE switched insurance carriers from Cigna to Aetna. Only a handful of members switched to the Health Savings Account (HSA), most kept the PPO. In June, each of you should have received two packets providing information about insurance choices. Be aware that changes have happened in co-pays and charges for services under the PPO option. You can contact Melissa Massicote for specific information.
  2. HSA will be the only insurance option as of January 1st. You must set up an account at Naugatuck Savings Bank or Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan by October 31st.
  3. Melissa Massicotte will be providing HSA information to each NTL member.
  4. On Friday, August 31st we will receive our first paychecks. We will receive our second paychecks on Friday, September 7th, only one week later. Then, we will be on the every- other-week cycle, in keeping with our contract.
  5. This year will mark the return to monthly Naugatuck Teachers League Representative Council Meetings being held on a rotating basis throughout the district.  A schedule will be provided to all building reps and on our website. We hope to encourage members to attend at least one meeting a year.
  6. The NTL will be sponsoring a welcome back social on Friday, October 5th at 4:00 PM. More information will follow.

There was a great deal of political debate on education reform during the last legislative session. Rest assured, that the debate on reform will continue in Hartford. We must be diligent in our attention to this debate. Please be mindful that all decisions that affect education, students and teachers are made in the political arena. Look at flyers that are being mailed to voters in various districts. The incumbents mention the highlights of the past legislative session. Education is one of their highlights. As we are well aware, education must adapt and change to be ready for the challenges of tomorrow. So that we can all participate in the forthcoming debate, the NTL will provide up-to-date information to all of its members. To facilitate this process, Sara Scrofani, our webmaster, is creating a personal member email list that we can use for the dissemination of information. Look for a link in an upcoming school email that will allow you to register with your personal email address.

On a solemn note, I would ask you to take a moment during your day to remember one of our colleagues from the previous year. MaryEllen Marques taught at Maple Hill School until her untimely passing. After reading the tribute in the newspaper it was clear that she put her heart and soul into everything. She will be missed.

I hope that your school year gets off to a great start and is filled with excitement and accomplishment!

George

September 1, 2012 – Important Insurance Changes

August 1st, 2012 Comments off

You should have received a letter from the BOE  with the linked attachment.

Teachers Insurance Benefits Changes

July 30, 2012

Dear Naugatuck Board of Education Teacher:

I am writing to advise you of some changes to your current Aetna insurance policy.  Based upon the current contract between the Naugatuck Teachers’ League and the Naugatuck Board of Education, these plan changes are expected to become effective September 1, 2012.

I have attached a benefit outline that captures the new changes in your coverage.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 203-720-5265 or massicom@naugy.net.

Sincerely,

Melissa Massicotte

Benefits Coordinator