May Rep Council Meeting Notes

NTL Rep Council Meeting Notes May 2, 2017

At the beginning of the meeting, the agenda order was changed to allow Ed Bozenski, Director of Security to address some issues. A letter from the Superintendent’s office dated April 20, 2017 was distributed that listed improvements that have been made to security over the past three years. The full time position director was eliminated and became a part time position (20 hours per week) with a new job description, including reporting residency issues and home visits but no investigative work. Some of the unfilled duties could be done by administrators, but the BOE did the best they could.

Window markings should be on every classroom.

Parking stickers were a result of the School Hazard Plan from the Supt. Office in conjunction with the Police Dept. and it is a requirement that a parking permit must be displayed. Removable hanging tags were ordered for NHS which say “NHS staff,” but they are more expensive than the stickers made in the print shop that were distributed. Concerns were raised about having a car identified as belonging to a Naugatuck teacher and the stickers fading out. The ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ policy was also mentioned, but we were unsure if principals have access to the policy yet. Ed has not gotten authorization to send it out to staff. Please email Ed with any questions about any security issue.

This was followed by a lengthy discussion about an issue that happened back in December. Charley explained that he posted on his personal Facebook account about a policy at the high school that had upset his son. He stated that he did not mean to embarrass teachers at the high school. Mike Breen called Charley and asked him to take down the post, which he did. He also apologized to any teacher that was hurt by it. George stated that he should have addressed the issue earlier.

Financial report was distributed by Deb.

Charley reported that there are no grievances at this time. He reminded teachers that the “necessary and unavoidable” personal days must be taken by May 15 each school year, but after that date regular personal days may still be requested 48 hours in advance.

Cheryl Campbell reported that membership stands at 340 and to keep her posted of comings and goings.

Nancy Janis spoke of adding a counter to the NTL website to follow traffic and the reps thought it was a good idea to do so.

NTL concerns included the director of security going to part time.

Parking stickers (see above)

The Keep the Promise Rally will be held in Hartford on May 18, 2017. Buses will be available at various locations; Waterbury will leave Brass City Mall at 4pm. Teachers are encouraged to attend.

Elementary concerns – Teachers that have been injured on the job are allowed to request an ambulance for transport. The school nurse makes the determination. Questions about workmen’s compensation should be addressed with CEA 1 800 842 – 4316. The attorney’s name is Melanie Kolek.

There was a concern that an administrator would not write a letter of recommendation for a reading assistant. Reps recommended asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation.

No Intermediate concerns

Middle School concerns were that they are short subs often. The suggestion of having Super Subs that were paid more might help.

High school graduation is voluntary for teachers.

Old Business NEA/RA reps were elected

PDEC is having a terrible time getting a meeting scheduled.

Coming up is the Retirement Social and Summer Leadership Conference. Also to be done is the NTL budget for next year.

Details of the upcoming elections were discussed. Each rep was given 50 ballots. Members must vote on the day of the election and give back the ballot to the rep. Teachers must vote at the school where they receive their paycheck. Each person will initial a staff list when they receive their ballot and be checked off when they hand it back. Completed ballots will then be hand delivered to Bonnie Gerrish at Hop Brook.

Submitted by Nancy Sasso Janis

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.  

March Rep Council Notes

Submitted by Maria Ryan

Rep Council Meeting March 7, 2017

Present: Charley Marenghi, Tracy Theroux, Cathy Lungarini, Maria Ryan, Ed DeCosta, George Macary, Jenn Barbarito, Kathy Nauber, Deb Rutigliano, Cheryl Campbell, Karen Schiaroli, Melissa McInvale, Mary Johnson, Alice Unschuld

Secretary’s Minutes (with addendum) – Maria Ryan: Motion made to accept by Kathy Nauber with a second by Deb Rutigliano. Approved.

Secretary’s Correspondence – Maria Ryan: None at this time.

Treasurer’s Report – Deb Rutigliano: Report was reviewed. CEA suggests all organizations conduct an audit. Does anyone have the name of someone who can conduct an audit? Ed DeCosta made a motion to accept report with a second by Melissa McInvale. Approved.

President’s Report – George Macary:

Reorganization of the NHS Administration: There will be the following five positions: principal, associate principal, two deans and one person as director for athletics and several other departments combined.

New Haven County Forums: March 23 for presidents, forums on April 26.  

Legislative Agenda: One proposal is to shift responsibility of teacher pensions from state to towns: move money from richer towns to economically challenged towns, etc.

Website – Nancy Janis: naugatuckteachersleague.com has included current legislative issues concerning statewide education.

Nominations: Nominating forms have been sent out to all buildings for officers, reps, negotiating, CEA/RA and NEA/RA. All nominations will be sent to Maria Ryan.

Committee Reports

Grievance – Charley Marenghi/Mary Johnson: None at this time.

However, there was a caveat reminding all reps to be sure that the time allotted for parent/teacher conferences is equal to release time. Maria will send out an email reminder.

Membership – Cheryl Campbell: A lot of changes over the last few weeks with staff leaving and their replacements arriving. Let Cheryl know of any changes. NHS had a “coffee and” with CEA literature which was very successful. Cheryl provided the CEA literature for all reps to take back their buildings for these touch-base meetings that make our members aware of what the union does for them.

NTL Concerns:

Professional conduct: District decides how our days are organized. At the high school the principal met with department chairs about schedule changes, such as number of periods and their lengths. The language is the contract considers common planning time as part of the school day. Any additional hours would have to be paid. Therefore the schedule will change for next year to a seven period day with a rotating block. As a result, there was much confusion and angst at the high school which the NTL “coffee and” meeting helped to alleviate.

Director of Security: This position has been eliminated. The ramifications of this decision were discussed as to how it affects all the buildings. A motion was made by Ed DeCosta with a second by Cheryl Campbell to draft a “letter of concern” from the union expressing student and safety concerns. Ed offered to help draft the letter with George. It was noted that each building should have a working safety committee.

TRB: Many discrepancies found in Teacher Retirement Board reports. Even though there are a series of checks and balances within the district to make sure the information the district sends to the state is correct, these are not always being utilized.

Elementary Concerns: No budget allotment was given to specials teachers in one building for their supply order planning even after a specific request for one was made. Charley will investigate the problem.

Intermediate Concerns: None

Middle School Concerns: Only a few days were given between grades closing and grades due, which was difficult.

High School Concerns: (See above – Professional Conduct)

New Business

New Teacher Meeting on April 1, 2017 Be sure to tell all teachers who have been teaching six years or less that this workshop is available.

PDEC – Met and found that we should be doing things differently, so these issues are being dealt with by this committee.

CEA workshops: Low attendance so there is a need for strategic planning of topics for workshops.

Motion to adjourn made by Karen Schiaroli with a second by Tracy Theroux. Adjourned at 5:21pm

 

February Rep Council Meeting Notes

NTL Rep Council Meeting Notes Feb. 6, 2017

No meeting was held in January due to weather cancellations.

Under Secretary’s Correspondence, Maria Ryan reported that Union City Little League is looking for sponsors. NEF, that directly helps students and teachers, also requested a donation. The council decided to make a donation to the Ecumenical Food Bank in March, since holiday donations are probably depleted. The treasurer will check her records to see what the NTL gave for donations last year and will e-mail reps prior to the next rep council meeting.
In his President’s Report, George reported that the CEA was recently audited and should be every year. They have offered to come for on-site audits of local unions.
Teachers at Central Avenue Preschool got the copies back of the Code of Responsibility and Supervision that they signed, but not the originals.
Teachers at the high school were asked for their opinion of the “perfect” reoganization of the NHS administrators. Some interviews have taken place; the population of the HS is down. A creative solution may be needed.
George and Ed attended a New Haven County Forum (held three times per year) on Thursday. On the topic of Legislative Agenda, some 7,000 proposals are up for discussion, not all of them favorable.
CEA/RA will be May 5-6, 2017 NEA/RA will be June 29-July 5, 2017 in Boston.
Read Across America is March 2, 2017 and teachers can get materials from the CEA website.
The New Teachers Conference will be April 1 in Groton. NTL will cover the fees for teachers with seven or less years of experience who wish to attend.
UNISERVE rep Mike Breen is leaving and Jeff Mockler, with 25-30 years of experience, will return to be our sixth representative.
The Right to Work concept would allow teachers to opt out of the union.
We would like to host an “adopt a school” meeting, as the Waterbury Teachers’ Credit Union does, at each school. We would share some of the benefits of being a CEA member.
No grievances were reported; contact building reps with any issues. Cheryl Campbell reminded everyone to keep her current on teachers leaving and coming in so that membership is up to date.
The NTL website is up and running and a paper newsletter will be coming out soon.
Old Business:
Building Rep PD
Building Rep dinner
New Business:
TRB statements
CEA workshops

Next meeting will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

September Rep Council Notes

NTL Rep Council Notes September 6, 2016

Treasurer’s report – Simplified statement indicated expenditures budgeted for the year. Charley Marenghi requested that sufficient funds be left in reserve in case our health insurance provider is changed again and we need to investigate whether it matches the benefits that we have had in the past ($7,000 – $9,000) and if the contract goes to arbitration and the follow up (approximately $20,000) Things are not going to be getting any easier in the future.

In an effort to make use of the dues/agency fees that go the CEA/NEA level, we will take advantage of the UNISERV rep Mike Breen to talk to us/provide training at our 10/4 meeting. He will be better able to meet the needs of our local union and meet with teachers by getting into the buildings. Anyone with elementary level concerns can speak with members of the grievance committee directly if they can’t wait for the next rep council meeting. We are currently understaffed and should try to be more proactive if we can. George would like someone to attend BOE meetings and report back to us.

Two building reps that attended summer training mentioned the fact that we have NEA life insurance, but we must go online and register for it and name a beneficiary. (I have not yet attempted to do this and am just passing it along.)

President has spoken with Mr. Montini about getting requests for personal days online to simplify the process. Sick days can not be submitted via e-mail. Mixups with some teacher’s certifications have been corrected, and some payroll issues/dues issues resolved.

21 paychecks will before the last day of school, so the 22nd will be on the last day of school.

Charley spoke of two teachers that did not have TRB (retirement) deductions taken from their paychecks for different lengths of time. They are working with payroll on having this amount taken out after the fact. Teachers should be certain that TRB is being taken out on a monthly basis.

Charley also urged members to make an appointment at the BOE to review their personnel file yearly or every other year. Bring a red pen and number the pages as you check to see what is in your file. We are supposed to be notified if something is added to it, but there may be surprises in it.

Finally for “itinerate” special teachers who travel between buildings: Make sure that you are getting your 220 minutes (minimum) of planning period per week. Definitely put in for your mileage that is allowed by contract. Also, given the current traffic in our district, are you able to make it between schools in the allotted time of 20(?) minutes? Please let us know if you are late due to the traffic so that we can avoid a grievance about this.

Nancy Janis was named webmaster for the NTL website and newsletter, as the previous teacher has left the district. (I haven’t gotten the password yet, but stay tuned.)

NTL has 26 new teachers, 10 more than last year. I forwarded our new staff list to the membership chair this morning so that the NTL roster can be checked for accuracy.

Some elementary teachers wondered if the cameras in the hallway also have audio hooked up to them. We are pretty sure that they are only video at this point, but we wondered if we would be notified if microphones were turned on. George will ask about this.

Teachers are not able to take half-day personal days; if you must take a personal day on a half day, a whole day is deducted.

Regular planning periods should not include PPTs more than once in a while nor be data teams, etc.

At the middle school, there was a question about teaching a lesson during administrative homeroom. Since there was no preparation involved and everyone was required to do it, it was deemed to be fair.

At the high school, there are some very overcrowded classes. 35-38 in PE, 30 in freshman health. Some of the smaller rooms as the high school literally do not have space for the student desks. They are hoping that parents can raise the issue to admin. There is also a major humidity problem in the building that is being looked into.

Some teaching positions at the HS were eliminated and an extra period has been offered to teachers for a very small amount of pay. Teachers should do the math and figure out if the extra responsibility is worth the compensation.

There are also some issues at Genesis Academy that will be investigated. Teachers are picking up breakfast for students and being trained on dispensing medications. There is no dedicated security guard or nurse.

If you are trying to determine your correct step, be advised that there were no step increases in the 2009-2010 school year, teachers only moved half of a step in the 2013-2014 school year and in the 2012-2013 school year and there were no step increases in the 2015-2016 school year. Use the grid in your contract to determine the correct step remembering these restrictions.

October Rep Council Meeting Notes

Rep Council Meeting Oct. 4, 2016 Notes

Our first day of school will remain a full day.

There was discussion that class size does not always match classroom size at the high school.

Personal days might be able to be able to be arranged by filling out an online form in the future.

Special area teachers that must travel from building to building should submit their mileage, although there is currently no paperwork available to do so. They should keep track of the mileage until this is available. They are entitled to 220 minutes of plan time. Please let a rep know if any special teacher is not getting their entire plan time.

One elementary school has a modified schedule for half days that allows teachers to have a shortened planning period.

Data teams should not be scheduled during a teacher’s planning period.

The two teachers at Genesis Academy have agreed to their flexible schedule. The academy is considered to be part of the NHS building, despite its location down the street.

Teachers are reminded to conduct themselves like professionals, as it can destroy one’s career, especially during the 90 day trial period. There have been some incidences recently.

For elementary concerns, I brought up the videotaping of teachers and students. To my surprise the district has the right to videotape teachers without our permission. They only need to inform us that it will be happening. Teachers do not need to worry about parents objecting to the taping of their child because the district would bring out their lawyers to defend their actions. They have purchased the videotaping equipment that will be used (as opposed to the personal devices of those doing the taping) and they feel that as long it is for internal purposes only they should be ok. It cannot be used for TEVAL or any evaluation purpose.

There was a suggestion that if a copier is not working, put in a ticket with IT.

Middle school teachers sometimes have a 40 minute wait before after school meetings begin. As long as the meeting ends on time, this is ok.

There are issues at NHS with heating and ventilation, obviously affecting their school climate.

Circulating teachers should have one building for their teacher’s meetings.

Mike Breen, our UNISERVE rep spoke with building reps at this meeting. He called Naugatuck a high functioning local. He stressed that we need two reps in each building. He will be presenting a workshop for the reps where he will share tips resources to make the job easier. It is essentially the training from summer leadership conferences that will allow us to a model local.

He recommended a ten minute monthly meeting at every school to share information from the monthly meeting. (I have been sharing my notes and sending them out via e-mail instead.)

If a teacher is told that they must have a meeting with an administrator, they are entitled to a building rep to sit in on the meeting as another set of ears. We may take notes but are not permitted to speak or be a part of the meeting.

Check your contract if you have a question. It is available online, and we are getting more copies for new teachers. Questions about going out on leave, payroll deductions, and the like can be answered by reading the contract.

If anyone has not gotten their CEA cards, please let me know.

Please check your pay stub to ensure that TRB is being taken out of the first check of the month.

Check your TRB statement (that comes in the mail) for accuracy. This is very important! I file them for future reference.

Please vote in the election.

ESSA is the new No Child Left Behind that shifts accountability to the states. The funding of CJF is now back on the table.

November Rep Council Meeting Notes

Naugatuck Teacher’s League Rep Council Meeting Notes
Nov. 8, 2016
President’s report
Concern about students with various subs at the high school
George spoke about the forum held by the school start time committee
Meeting with Jan Saam – It has been 45 degrees in the cafeteria.

Committee reports
Grievance – none pending
Membership – any changes, please let Cheryl Campbell know.
NTL website – huge issues getting in to make changes; it is a work in progress.
Elementary concerns – *If you are injured at work, an incident report must be filed with the nurse. It is a paper form that must be filled out and is needed in case of an issue. Bites may require a shot that is not normally covered by insurance.
Maple Hill has 6 people pregnant and there is concern about cabinets being demolished, floors replaced and electrical work being done. Parents were not notified of the schedule of work being done.
Sick bank – If you donated both years that it was offered, you may make a request to use days until all of the hours are exhausted. We may not carry more than 185 sick days, a school year’s worth of days. 4-5 people have used the sick bank.
Intermediate concerns – none
Some teachers were test for Kawsaki disease and the bill was covered. Because the principal sent them home for testing positive, I think no sick time was taken.
If all administrators are out of the building, someone needs to let staff know who is in charge.
While there is no dress code, the expectation is that teachers dress like a professional.
Middle School concerns – none
High School concerns – nothing new
The NHS survey about start time has been postponed.
Charley encouraged teachers to speak up at public forums, but to be professional.
Old Business
Building Rep PD/Dinner-not yet
New business
Vote on Election Day

Next Meeting GENERAL LEAGUE MEETING Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 Rep. Council Meeting to follow PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND

January Rep Council Meeting Notes

Rep Council Meeting Dec. 6, 2016
We will do a donation to the Ecumenical Food Bank in March or later, after the holiday donations have been depleted.
March 2 – Read Across America – Our bus company may provide free buses for high school students to come read to elementary students.
At Central Avenue Preschool, the certified staff were asked to sign a code of responsibility and code of supervision. They did so, but our members should not have to sign such documents. After an email regarding the issue, they will be getting the originals back.
The reorganization of the NHS administrators did not happen.
Next New Haven County Forum will be Jan. 19.
Another Forum will on Feb. 2 at Cascades.
CEA RA will be May 5-6 at the CT Science Center in Hartford
NEA RA is in Boston June 29 – July 5 and we can send two people.
Check your TRB statement that comes in the mail. Check your salary agreement to make sure the amounts are correct. (Also check that you have been given credit for every year/partial years of service. Fractions count!) Longevity should come out of the first pay period of the month.
Naugatuck HS is not doing KLT training.
Next meeting for building reps is Jan. 3, 2017 at 4pm

General League Meeting Notes

General League Meeting Notes Dec. 6, 2016
Treasurer’s Report – George would like to keep enough money in reserve for negotiations next summer. It would be great to have more people on the negotiations team to help with the process.
President’s Report –
The BOE budget this year vs. last year
The BOE did a 0% increase for this year, but they cannot spend less than they did the year before. With the budget deficits at the state level, grants we get may be cut.
George expressed concerns about a conservative being named to the Supreme Court that could be detrimental to unions and mandatory dues collection. At the state capitol level, we should also follow the news.
Insurance is also a big concern. Paying 5% with a high deductible may not stay. Andrea shared that putting a limit on the unlimited items in our health insurance might be a way to reduce the cost of the insurance.
George has a QUARTERLY MEETING with the Superintendent, Chris Montini, and the HR Director on Dec. 13 around 4:00pm to discuss concerns. On the agenda is a list of our teachers and their certifications that impacts our retirement and a report on average teacher attendance.
Membership – Cheryl needs to know when teachers leave and are hired so that the membership list can be updated.
There was discussion about Genesis Academy having one teacher (a tutor sub) that is alone with some students for two hours.
Old Business – PD for building reps is still being planned.

Next General League Meeting will be May 2, 2017