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From the desk of the president

Monday, August 18, 2015

Well a new school year has begun! As always, it is full of promise and anticipation. Our students will come to us in varying stages of readiness. You will meet them and begin the process of bringing them as far as they can go and, they will learn to believe in themselves, because you believe in them.


First and foremost let me say thank you! Thank you for caring about the children of Polk County and for wanting to help them make their dreams come true, a quality education gives them infinite options.


Over the summer your Bargaining team has been hard at work on issues such as wages and benefits (health insurance) for Teachers, Paras, and ESP. We are also working on critical pieces of the Teacher Evaluation system, including the legislatively mandated performance pay. Campus access in the evenings and on weekends has also become a concern on campuses across the county and we are trying to come up with a solution. Several other issues are also being discussed as well. We will be giving you updates from time to time and are hoping for a timely settlement this year.


We have begun preliminary work on the Network Task Force and will shortly begin work on the ESP Task Force as well. As those processes move forward we will communicate further. PEA will again offer a host of trainings to help you as you continue your professional growth. A schedule will be posted shortly. So watch the PEA bulletin board.


I am very pleased to announce that this semester we will begin offering the state required 20 hour ESE Course! For additional information regarding these training opportunities see the full article on page two of this edition. There is also information on planning time and the new rules surrounding the contract changes in this edition. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with new rules. The district has trained your administration on the new contract language and they are expected to follow all of the new language. Please call PEA if you have issues arising at your worksite. Again, thank you for all you do!


In Solidarity,