Welcome back and happy first student day! Although I'm sure it flew by, I hope your summer was everything you hoped it would be. I'm taking a short break from site visits to let you all know how honored I am to be a part of such a dedicated group of professionals. As always, you have done everything possible to ensure our students feel welcomed and excited as they return to school. I know we have had "pops" of enrollment at some sites and in certain grade levels. I want to thank you for your flexibility as solutions are identified and want you to know that I am in close contact with administrators and district staff regarding enrollment and additional FTE needed. The district has 20 days to remedy over-maximum classes including 4th and 5th grade classes over 35. As 4th and 5th grade teachers reach 33 students, the district has 10 days to place a 3 hour aide.
It's that time of year again to vote for your site reps. Each site/employee group is entitled to 1 rep for every 15 members. Our first rep council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25th, so please elect your reps by Monday, August 17th. One of the reps should email the names of all reps for your site or employee group to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as your elections are concluded.
I want to welcome our many new teachers, SLPs, Psychs, Nurses, and Child Development Teachers (CDTs), our newest employee group. We will hold a brief new member meeting very soon. More information to follow.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Welcome back! I hope all of you had a wonderful summer break and are charged for the first day of school. Have fun this week as you find ways to connect with your students and begin to build those essential relationships.
Over the next week or so, each site will select their MTA reps. Site reps play a vital role, especially when it comes to communication. Meetings are held once a month on Tuesdays at 4:00 beginning Sept. 9th. We even provide food! Reps should come to these meetings prepared to share questions and concerns, and it is expected that key information be shared with colleagues after each meeting. Please consider taking on this important role.
It's going to be another exciting year in Murrieta as we continue our journey of inspiring our students to think by providing rich and rigorous educational opportunities. I'm so lucky, proud, and honored to be going on this venture with all of you.
Good morning Colleagues,
In my newsletter article, which was written on Sunday and sent out yesterday, I stated I believed we would head into our Spring Break with long awaited good news regarding negotiations. This was stated with confidence for several reasons. MTA has been told repeatedly that employee compensation is a priority for the Board of Education and the District. In addition, the AdHoc teams had concluded business. According to our contract, the goal of AdHoc is, “…to study all elements of total compensation with a proposal to be recommended as a basis for negotiations.” At the conclusion of AdHoc, both MTA and District teams were in agreement on what that basis for negotiations would be. Since the inception of AdHoc, neither team has wavered from the figures coming out of AdHoc with one exception, the year we ended up at impasse. It was determined a misunderstanding in AdHoc that year had lead to a break down in negotiations. On Tuesday of this week, negotiations began. Unfortunately, the district put a compensation offer on the table that did not replicate what the AdHoc teams agreed would be the basis for negotiations.
As Wayne reported, the AdHoc teams will reconvene after the break. The date has been set for Tuesday, April 8th. It is my hope the District and BOE will realize their transgression and set things straight. Both MTA and District employees have worked diligently to establish a high level of trust and collaboration. After the 8th, I’m hopeful this situation will been seen as a minor set back rather than a collapse of a well established, trusting relationship.
Your AdHoc team and/or I will report out as soon as AdHoc concludes on the 8th. Please look for this communication. It will contain information about how MTA is anticipates moving forward. In the interim, please enjoy a much deserved two week Spring Break.