As we settle in to the new year, we wanted to take a moment to update you on several matters of importance to LEA members.
Movement on step coming in February 15th’s paycheck!
Although our contribution for our health care increased (the SEHBP year is January to January—so premiums are adjusted each January), and our FICA percentage went up, we have February 15th to look forward to. Members will move a step on the guide and remain on that step until June 2014.
Thanks again for your support for our negotiations team. You’ll continue to see the fruits of our efforts over the next 18 months.
Essex County President, NJEA Delegate Assembly member and LEA Vice-President Anthony Rosamilia’s inspirational message
Our own LEA Vice President, and Essex County Education Association President, Anthony Rosamilia delivered this inspirational message at last Saturday’s NJEA Delegate Assembly. I’m sure you’ll be impressed with what he had to say. Please see the transcript of his speech on this page.
New Evaluation System
As you know, in accordance with state law, our district had to provide the Department of Education our evaluation “tool”. Many districts were not using one of the four recognized tools, but in Livingston, we have been using Charlotte Danielson’s tool for quite some time. At this point, the only thing that has changed is the nomenclature for the four categories. We will no longer have basic, proficient, distinguished but will instead have the state-mandated “ineffective, partially effective, effective and highly effective”. There will be more work to do on the evaluation tool, for example, the district will need to come up with an overall rating for staff, decide on a percentage for student assessements, and create guidelines and procedures to comply with the new law.
I serve on the District Evaluation Advisory Committee as do many of your colleagues. We will update you with information as it becomes available.
Stipend Committee Underway
Jen Larsen, member of our negotations team, is working with several members to survey staff who currently receive a stipend. The information collected will help the team prepare for the next round of negotiations. Look for a survey in your inbox and/or a hard copy and be sure to respond. Let your voice be heard!
Negotiations Team Members Needed
Our negotiations team will need two new members when we sit down to the table next fall. If you are interested and want to learn more about this opportunity please contact Melissa Wolin or Anthony Rosamilia.
Rep Council Meetings
Rep Council meetings are held once a month at Heritage Middle School (see www.leanj.org for meeting dates). All reps should attend and any other LEA member is welcome to attend. Often at these meetings we can share information of a more confidential nature and members have the opportunity to discuss matters of concern. We invite you to come to a meeting and participate.
Thank you. Wishing you the best of everything in this new year!
Melissa and the LEA Executive Board