April Rep Council Notes

Submitted by Nancy Sasso Janis

Naugatuck Teachers League Meeting Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017

President’s Report – George spoke of New Haven County Forum/Legislative Agenda

Forums are held on Thursdays with 4:15 registration, making it hard for elementary teachers to make it in time. New Haven county is held at Cascades in New Haven. Encourage your legislators to vote no on the state passing along our pensions to the local districts; call or email them personally.

Staff surveys did not make it to all school psychologists. One representative wished that they had been a “middle of the road” button to choose; the PDEC survey committee did not meet to make changes to the survey this year, nor has there been any other PDEC meetings.

CEA/RA will be held in Hartford in May. Charley Marenghi, George and Melissa will attend.

Officer elections – The closing date for any further nominees for officers (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary) as well as for the negotiation team, was on Friday, 4/7/17. Voting will be done by paper ballots and collected by building reps.

Corrected TRB statements have been delayed because of staff reductions at the TRB. They will be reviewing the errors made and getting them out.

Parents that did not make Parent/teacher conferences should be sent their report cards; we cannot hold the reports hostage. ROTC students can help with taking parent surveys during conference times.

There are no grievances at this time.

Keep membership updated on teachers coming and going. So far 3 teachers have left this year.

NTL website has gotten lots of updates.

Director of Security has been eliminated and a burgess is trying to reinstate the position.

We must use our “necessary and unavoidable personal day by May 15 of the school year; regular (explained) personal days may still be used.

NTL scholarship is opening for applications.

There are 8 people retiring this year so far. George will email them regarding a workshop with Melissa Massicotte about unused sick days and the like.

Some new teachers are being asked to submit written formal lesson plans on a weekly basis and it is becoming overwhelming. A new art teacher was grilled in front of her students; it was suggested that she should request another set of eyes for observations.  

Author: Nancy Sasso Janis

Nancy Sasso Janis currently is a first grade teacher at Andrew Avenue Elementary School. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten in the district for thirty years.