President Ted Kempinski, 1st Vice President Anthony Parolisi, 2nd Vice President Suzette DiTonno,Treasurer Jill Perkins-Bouchard, Secretary Deb Russell, ESP Unit Representative Lois Silva and Clerical Unit Representative Patti MacRae, as were representatives from Crowell, Greenleaf, Walnut Sq.,Bradford, Golden Hill, Pentucket Lake, Silver Hill, Tilton, Hunking, Nettle,and Haverhill High.
- Acceptance of Minutes:
- October 25th- motion to accept the minutes of October 25th Faculty Rep
meeting was made by Anthony Parolisi and seconded by Jill Bouchard.
The motion to accept the minutes passed.
- November 29th- motion to accept the minutes of the November 29th
Faculty Rep meeting was made by Anthony Parolisi and seconded by
Nicole Sanchez. The motion to accept the minutes passed.
- December 20th-This meeting was an informal meeting due to not having a
quorum, therefore acceptance of the minutes was not necessary.
- October 25th- motion to accept the minutes of October 25th Faculty Rep
- Motion was made by Anthony Parolisi to change the order of the meeting, and
the 1st Vice President would give his report first in order to give Ted some time to make copies of a document for the meeting. The motion was seconded by Deb Tilly. The motion passed.
- 1st Vice President Report A. Bargaining Update:
- We presented more proposals, one on prep time in order for members to have more control of prep time. School Committee asked for all our proposals and in turn we asked for theirs.
- Based on their unacceptable proposals made (sick time and maternity leave)we are looking for a big building based action. The goal is to make administration uneasy.
- Reps are being asked to speak to members to get involved in the Action Team
- Future Dates: Anyone interested in joining the negotiations meeting needs to let us know ahead of time in order to submit names to School Committee.
a) 2/1-Team meeting
- b) 2/8 Team meeting
- c) 2/12 Negotiation Meeting
- d) 3/4 Negotiation Meeting
- e) 3/19 Negotiation Meeting
- Itinerant Teachers from Bradford/Hunking, are teaching 7 sets of
classes, one is to cover PLC’s, this resulted in creating a problem with time and having enough time for travel. Their schedule has been restored and problem was resolved.
- ESP grievance with being asked to cover lunches. Grievance was denied, based on the fact that ESP’s are paid hourly and that they are to “perform duties as directed by administration.” Related to this grievance the administrator read the response to the grievance to the entire staff. Superintendent Marotta sent a letter to administrator asking that this cease and desist as it is in violation of Chapter 150E. In response to this Ted has asked that all Faculty Reps have sign in sheets at all meetings held. There is no need to turn in these sheets but keep for your own records. Some administrators are becoming defensive with climate surveys and actions being done by members.
- Anthony attended the MTA Winter Conference and received a manual from the MTA, some items stood out…HEA reps are not a silent witness but are equal with the administrator when representing a member, remaining neutral/fair to both parties. There is a grievance form that will be used in order to keep grievances organized and on track. There are 20 school days to file a grievance from the date of the incident.
IV. President’s Report A. Old Business:
- Non Negotiables: Envisions mandates have been brought to the Superintendent. Response is that she understands. If if happens you are asked to let the Superintendent or your building rep know.
- Toileting: Payment is to be received 60 days from the start of the second term. ESP’s should receive payment end of February-early March. Check with the building ETF to make sure the names of the ESP’s have been given.
- HEA Organizers: Unfortunately there has been no interest and the HEA will make a direct sell to members in the hope of recruiting members.
4. Literacy Coaches: Ted met with the Literacy Coaches regarding the district mandate of being required to have a reading specialist certification. He has a greater understanding of their position and history of the Literacy Collaborative in Haverhill. Talks with the Superintendent will occur regarding this.
B. New Business
- Wildflower Charter School: The event that was planned for Martin
Luther King Day was cancelled due to the weather. HEA wants to be supportive and speak out against charter schools. Plan is to have a local action. February 12th there will be a public hearing at 8:30 at DESE office in Malden. Since members will be working HEA Reps have been asked to send emails to the Mayor, Superintendent, School Committee or City Council Members.
- Health and Safety Committee:
a) Numerous Buildings are not safe and are in a state of
- Training-Ted will be in D.C for the NEA new presidents training.
There is no cost for the HEA.
- Saint James:
- a) 7 people have resigned without a job.
- b) There is a meeting on January 31st and teachers of St.
James will have HEA and MTA representatives attending.
V. 2nd Vice President Report
A. Newsletter-There will be changes to the newsletter.
1. Congrats/Condolences-concern that due to the fact that not all
buildings have Reps, we want to make sure that everyone is acknowledged and information is getting out. There will be a note stating that any member can contact Suzette with information.
- Retirees have been very supportive of the HEA Scholarship. The
newsletter will spot light retirees who contribute.
- Asking for member to give $10.00 instead of $5.00
- Highlight scholarship amounts given by buildings in Newsletter.
C. Honors Banquet is May 15th at 6:30. VI. Treasurer’s Report
A. Checking Account-$360, 733.00
B. Money Market Reserves: $38,331.00 C. Members-935 total members
1. 650 teachers
- 245 ESP’s
- 37 Clerical
- Secretary’s Report
A. HEA Rep Information: please check updated list of HEA Reps to make sure all information is correct and add information if missing.
- Clerical Report
A. All is quiet. No information to report at this time.
- ESP Representative Report.
A. Reminder, contractually ESP’s are permitted to take half sick days and
half personal days.
- Problems and Concerns:
A. Status of LLI reading teachers- will they be back in classroom as classroom teachers? When will they know if they can still provide reading support? Exactly what do they require regarding certification, etc?
1. Ted will be in touch with the Superintendent. HEA will ask for a list of teachers effected and a seniority list.
B. Curriculum Meetings- Mandate sent out by Dr. Thakkar with a list of teachers and the curriculum meeting they are to attend for the remainder of the school year.
1. Concerns- Elementary teachers teach all content areas, how is this equitable? How is going to affect getting recertified? Who made the decision as to who is going to attend which meeting? SPED and EL are told to attend content area meetings.
a) Ted had a conversation with the Superintendent and she was unaware of this. He will follow up with her.
C. Doubling Up classes when an Encore teacher (Art, Music, P.E..) is out. 1. Appears that this happens in other buildings.
- Literacy Coach providing training to ESP’s at Crowell.
- No keys to classrooms.- Safety issue.
- Faculty Bathrooms are being locked.
- In the past SPED teachers who have had to provide the MCAS Alt
to students were given Curriculum time to work on these portfolios, with recent mandate regarding curriculum meetings, this time has been taken away.
XI. Additional Information-President
A. Tech Unit has asked to be a separate unit on their own. HEA has had a
written document ready to go and the Tech teachers decided to have a separate unit and contract.
B. Litigation: Ted was asked by the legal counsel of the MTA (Ira Fader) to be part of litigation against the state. City has to be on board, as it is a Civil Rights issue before HEA can move forward.
C. Release Time for HEA President.
1. Ted has officially asked for half time release in order to focus on his
duties as HEA President. The Superintendent is in support of this. This will be a part of our bargaining proposals.
Motion was made by Anthony Parolisi to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded by Sarah Emilio. Motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 5:41 p.m.