BTA Executive Board Meeting
June 4, 2013
John brought the meeting to order at 3:16 pm.
In Attendance: John Zwick, Laura Beck, Douglas Myruski, Suzanne Gihr, Wendy Murray, Sean Byrne, Geralyn Clemens, Sean Donlon, Halina Ewald, Dave Freda, Pat Marini, John Meland, Erinn Sansalone, Linda Torborg, Michael Weisgarber and Daniel Wright
Guest: Mary Pobedinsky
Minutes: Previous BTA Minutes are posted on the BTA website: www.btanews.org
Treasurer’s Report: Report was distributed for June. Reviewed and motion to accept by Michael Weisgarber and Sean Byrne seconded. No one opposed.
Vote Cope: Dan Wright was working with the business office to have the money for Vote Cope taken through automatic payroll deduction. It has been decided by the Orange-Ulster BOCES Cabinet that contributions to Vote Cope CANNOT be made through payroll deduction.
Money can be raised continually throughout the year. (Your statewide union has a fundraising arm called VOTE-COPE. VOTE-COPE is NYSUT's non-partisan political action fund that coordinates the voluntary contributions of members and supports NYSUT-endorsed candidates and campaign committees that are pro-public education and pro-labor. The single largest category of VOTE-COPE expenditures is in the form of rebates to local unions to be used in local activities such as school board races and for passage of school budgets.)
APPR: For the current school, 2012-2013, year only 2 walk thrus are required. For the current 2012-2013 school year if a Tenured Teacher receives an Ineffective it will not count towards the 2 Ineffectives that would lead to a 3020a Hearing. This is a 1 year only deal.
After one “Ineffective” rating or “Developing” rating, the district must develop a Teacher Improvement Plan (TIP) with necessary supports, training and specific goals for improvement. Teacher Improvement Plans (TIP) will need to be in place by September 10, 2013.
Two (2) Ineffectives in a row… What happens? Object is to help those who need help.
Untenured staff: After the first ineffective, a TIP (Teacher Improvement Plan) will be given and implemented. After the second ineffective, employment may be terminated.
Tenured staff: After the first ineffective, a TIP (Teacher Improvement Plan) will be given and implemented. After the second ineffective, staff member may be brought up on 3020a charges.
BATA Negotiations: Currently ongoing.
June 8th NYSUT Rally: NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi called upon delegates Thursday to make their collective voice heard loud and clear at a massive rally on June 8 in Albany to fight for the future of New York's public education system. There are buses departing from local districts or you can provide your own transportation. Please contact either Dan Wright or Laura Beck for information on taking a bus from a local district.
Orange-Ulster BOCES District Superintendent: It has officially been announced that Mr. William J. Hecht has accepted the position effective August 1, 2013.
Elections: One vote was cast for each member running unopposed for the BTA Executive Board Positions by Suzanne Gihr. All members attending were in favor; no one was opposed.
The following members ran unopposed in the election and are the BTA Executive Board Officers for the term July 1, 2013 thru June 30, 2015:
President: John Zwick
Vice President (Spec Ed): Laura Beck
Secretary: Suzanne Gihr
Treasurer: Wendy Murray
September 2013 BTA Executive Board Meeting: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
New Member Get Together: Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Michael Weisgarber volunteered to coordinate the event.
Motion to adjourn at 3:58 pm made by Pat Marini and seconded by Erinn Sansalone.