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Minutes from Board of Directors Meeting Monday June 13, 2016

President Ladouceur called the meeting to order at 4:41 pm.

  1. Minutes of last meeting (May 9, 2016) were approved.
  2. P.C.T.F.C.U presentation on benefits for members at the Credit Union.
  3. Correspondence- Vice President Suzanne Smith read a Correspondence from Julie McDonnell thanking the PCEA for the Dish Garden.   Dreamfar Southcoast and Massachusetts Child also sent thank you notes for donations.
  4. Roll Call of Board Members- Vice President Suzanne Smith called the roll: there were 39 voting members present; 5 excused; 5 unexcused; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  5. President’s Report-President Ladouceur will give a full report during the Annual Meeting.
  6. LPATS- Nigel Simon an organizer from the Save our Public Schools Campaign. Wear the buttons all summer. Be visible, talk about the initiative. Undecided votes need to know about Charter Schools and the impact on Public Schools.   Talk to fellow teachers, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and educate. Asking for volunteers to work phone banks for 2 hours to call people who you know to discuss the Ballot Question. Asking PCEA members to fill out cards he distributed.   They will distribute signs, buttons, bumper stickers to members to display.   Discussed that teachers have to come up with ways to explain Charter Schools to non-educators.
  7. Treasurer Report (Printed) Robin Murray gave the monthly budget reports for May, report was accepted.
  8. Election of Executive Committee Member- 3 years- Sue Fitzpatrick, Robin Gilpatrick and Deb Edgren were nominated for Executive Committee Member. Ballots were handed out to members. Sue Fitzpatrick was voted by a majority to the Executive Board.
  9. Unfinished Business-Sherley Phillips was recognized for her contributions to the PCEA.
  10. New Business- Proposed that Hospitality Committee members will be reimbursed for shopping expenses as well as receive a mileage stipend for shopping. Members of Professional Recognition Committee will be compensated for their attendance at additional meetings as follows: Reading awards (2 meetings), Compiling Awards (1 Meeting) and Assisting Awards Banquet (I meeting). Motion passed.
  11. September 19 is the first meeting for the 2016-2017. Motion to accept calendar with that change, passed.

 

  1. Good & Welfare- Bridgewater-Raynham requesting a $75 donation for a family of a Raynham Middle School 5th grader who lost his father to cancer. Whitman Hanson requested $75 for the family of a student who died.   PCEA make a $75 donation to past President who is out of work due to caring for her husband.   All motions for donations were made and passed unanimously.
  2. Announcements- Donna Neary from Brockton is retiring from PCEA and Laura Lawson from Scituate is retiring from PCEA. Rosemary Roseman is retiring from Marshfield School System.
  3. Future Agenda Items-Bridgewater State University Alumni Days. Look into Target and see if they still donating money to schools. Executive Board to discuss over the summer. Middleboro
  4. Date, Time, Place of next Board Meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016.
  5. Adjournment at 5:55pm

 

Respectfully Submitted by,

Suzanne Smith, Acting Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 14, 2016

  1. President Ladouceur called the meeting to order at 4:38pm.
  2. Minutes from the January 11, 2016, meeting were approved as edited.
  3. There was no correspondence to read.
  4. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 37 voting members present; 6 excused absences; 2 unexcused absences; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  5. President’s Report – President Ladouceur announced there will be an MTA Candidate Forum night on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 5pm at the Carver Middle/High School on South Meadow Rd. in Carver, hosted by the Plymouth/Carver Education Association. Legislative Night was held March 7, 2016, where several state representatives were in attendance.  Ann asked members for feedback, which included: the tables for the representatives were well set up, and pre-placed questions in the audience for the representatives helped to move the conversation along.  The Executive Board will reapply for another MTA Public Relations Grant to continue to participate in community events.  PCEA is looking into having a table at the MTA Annual meeting, held May 13-14, 2016.  Members should let Ann know if they can help man the booth at the meeting.
  6. Treasurer’s Report – Robin Murray gave the monthly budget report and it was accepted.
  7. MTA/NEA Report – Bev Sacoccia – MTA is holding an Open House, April 10, 2016, 11-2, at the new offices in Quincy, on the eighth floor. The MTA Annual Meeting will be held May 13-14, 2016.  Locals need to elect their delegates to participate in electing a new MTA President and Vice President in this year’s highly contested election.  The ESP Conference will be held April 8-9, 2016, at the Sea Crest Hotel in Falmouth
  8. LPAT Report – Chris Doherty – On March 16, 2016, MTA will be calling members to connect them to their state representatives to discuss the proposed cap on charter schools. There will be a Raise Up MA event March 19, 2016.  On Friday, March 18, 2016, there will be an LPAT meeting with Rep. D’Emilia and Sen. Marc Pacheco at the Jockey Club in Raynham, at 4pm.  Members should attend to share their concerns about current conditions in their schools.
  9. Reports
  10. By-Laws & Rules – Kelly Viera – The committee will meet after today’s Board Meeting.
  11. Resolutions – Kathy Chandler – The committee will be scheduling a meeting in April or May.
  12. Credentials & Ballots – Paula Flanagan – The offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and one Member at Large on the Executive Board are open for nominations for election at June’s annual meeting. Nomination papers are now available.
  13. Legislative Conference – Maureen Ledoux – Legislative Night was held March 7, 2016, where 50 members attended, along with several state representatives. MTA staff members gave a presentation and discussed the proposed cap on charter schools, a moratorium on testing, the proposed anti-bullying law, and other topics.
  14. Professional Recognition – Deb Edgren & Suzanne Smith – Nominations for awards were read and approved by the Board.
  15. Unfinished Business – None
  16. New Business
  17.  Discussion – May – none offered
  18. Chris Doherty will brainstorm a student art contest for art to be displayed on the PCEA website.
  19. Good & Welfare – 3/11/16 Motion #1 – A $75 donation was approved for a Bridgewater/Raynham eighth grader with cancer. 3/11/16 Motion #2 – A $75 donation was approved for the family of a Scituate P.E. teacher that passed away.  3/11/16 Motion #3 – A $75 donation was approved for Old Rochester teachers and students for funds needed to run a marathon.
  20. Announcements – Usual Announcements were made.
  21. Adjournment at 5:42pm.

Respectfully Submitted by

Amanda Fitzgerald

 

 

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 11, 2015

  1. Meeting was called to order at 4:38pm by President Ann Ladouceur.
  2. Minutes from the March 9, 2015, meeting were approved.
  3. There was one piece of correspondence to be read.
  4. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 43 voting members present; 5 excused absences; 2 unexcused absences; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  5. President’s Report – President Ladouceur thanked the Professional Recognition Committee, photography team and Ellen Brown for their efforts at the Annual Awards Banquet.  She asked for feedback from members.  She encouraged board members to continue to encourage members to write nominations.  Consensus was that people would like to return to the Plymouth Radisson.  Ann also discussed upcoming community events in the summer and fall throughout Plymouth County that we could participate in to hand out our promotional materials, once they are ordered.  Ann also asked for feedback on the seminars.  The next seminar will be held on May 20, 2015, about using iPads at the Minot Forest School in Wareham.  Ann encouraged members to suggest topics and presenters for future seminars.
  6. Treasurer’s Report – Robin Murray gave the monthly report and it was accepted.
  7. LPAT’s Report – Chris Doherty & Sherley Phillips – Legislator meetings are scheduled for May and June.  Sherley Phillips distributed information on legislative bills.  She encouraged members to read emails from their Senate District Coordinator.  Information will be posted on the PCEA website.
  8. MTA/NEA Report – Bev Saccocia – MTA Annual Meeting Report – Williams will no longer host MTA Summer Conference.  UMASS Amherst was booked for the annual MTA Summer Conference on August 2-6, 2015.  Since the UMASS contracts are not being honored, the conference will be cancelled.  Some tracks of the conference may be held at different hotels.  Robert Powers from Freetown/Lakeville will take Bev Saccocia’s seat on the Board of Directors.  Opting out of testing was discussed and attending the legislator’s hearing on June 11, 2015 as a citizen vs. a public school employee.  On June 19, 2015, the next Board of Director’s Meeting and Human and Civil Rights Dinner will be held.  The NEA RA will be held in Orlando from June 30 – July 7, 2015.  The MTA Retired Board of Director member is now Jackie Goree.  On May 26, 2015, there will be a Legislative Hearing on a moratorium of Charter Schools hosted by Marc Pacheco.  On June 11, 2015, there will be a hearing on a moratorium on testing and PARCC.  Bob Brousseau shared that there was a discussion about divesting the public teachers‘ pension fund, and a new business item on studying divesting the fund was passed.
  9. Reports:
  1. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – Report was given by the President in her report.
  2. By-Laws & Rules – Susan Williams – There were no changes to present.
  3. Resolutions – Kathy Chandler – The committee met on May 4, 2015.  A handout of proposed changes were distributed.
  4. Professional Development – Merrideth Wickman – The summer courses are listed on a poster to be distributed to buildings.  There are 4 new courses, 9 total, being offered.
  5. Credentials & Ballots – Paula Flanagan – An Executive Board position will be open for election in June.
  6. New chairs needed for Professional Development, Bylaws & Rules and Professional Recognition committees for next year.
  7.  Topic – Discussion Topic for May – Fundraising
  1. Unfinished Business:   No Unfinished Business.
  2. New Business:
  • Unions & PTOs fundraise
  • Profits go to charity, scholarships, field trips, enrichment, sunshine fund
  • Sell: umbrellas, clothing with school/town logos, movie nights, spirit sticks, spaghetti supper, ice cream social, raffle baskets, silent auction, smencils (smelly pencils)
  • Ann provided information and samples for a new fundraiser to the Northeast for sports logo cups, 40% profit
  1. Good & Welfare:  5/11/15 Motion #1:    A middle school student from Pembroke has had many medical appointments.  A $75 donation was approved.  5/11/15  Motion #2:     A teacher’s husband from Hanover was in an accident.  A $75 donation was approved.  Please keep Jeanine Nastar in your thoughts as she is undergoing a medical issue.  Please keep the families of 3 Rockland seniors in mind who passed away this year.
  2. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  June is the Annual PCEA Meeting that any PCEA member can attend.  On May 23, 2015, Operation Flags, where flags are being put on tombs at Bourne National Cemetery.  Ellen distributed scholarship checks.
  3. Meeting Adjourned at 5:55pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, March 9, 2015

  1. Meeting was called to order at 4:42pm by President Ann Ladouceur.
  2. Minutes from the January 12, 2015, meeting, were approved.
  3. There was no correspondence to be read.
  4. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 38 voting members present; 9 excused absences; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  5. President’s Report – President Ladouceur discussed rescheduling the presentation about influences on public education by MTA President Madeloni in the fall.  Ann discussed Legislative Night and thanked the committee.  The Charter School application in Brockton was denied.  PCEA received the MTA Public Relations grant.  Another MTA Forum will be hosted this month by Brockton and Stoughton.  On March 19, 2015, a seminar on Autism & ADHD will be held in Marshfield from 4:15-6:15p.m. at the Eamesway School.  On April 15, 2015, a couponing seminar will be held, and on May 20, 2015, an iPad seminar will be held in Wareham.
  6. Treasurer’s Report – Robin Murray was not present to give report.
  7. MTA/NEA Report – Beverly Saccocia was absent.  President Ladouceur gave the report for Beverly and urged members to take the survey on testing and test preparation.  Changes in the GIC were discussed.  There is a $160-$190 million deficit, which means there will be an increase in copays and out of pocket expenses, and increases in deductible as of July 1, 2015.  80,000 people emailed in opposition to the increase in fees.  Tim Sullivan is a member of the GIC board and reported that the 5 union representatives were outvoted 12 to 5.   Governor Baker has applied for a supplemental budget to be approved.  The proposed new budget does not deal with new costs though.  The average rate increase will be 5.7%.  Harvard Pilgrim rates will increase 9.7%. Tufts rates will increase 6%.    The MTA Board of Directors meeting will be held March 20-21, 2015.  The MTA ESP Conference will be held April 10-11, 2015 at the Seacrest Hotel.  Registration is closing soon.  The Annual MTA Meeting will be held May 9-10, 2015, where there will be an election for Board of Director positions. The NEA RA will be held in Orlando, July 1-7, 2015.  The MTA Human & Civil Rights Awards Dinner will be held June 19, 2015.
  8. LPAT Report from Chris Doherty – There was a memo from MTA President Madeloni today that reported lawyers are trying to get the charter school cap ruled unconstitutional.  Chris reported that higher education faculty are requesting the UMASS contracts be honored.  Chris also urged members to read their emails from their LPATs about meetings with local representatives and senators.

 

 

  1. Reports:
  1.  By-Laws & Rules – Susan Williams – Many changes were voted in last year.  Any additional proposals  for changes should be submitted  to Susan.
  2. Resolutions – Kathy Chandler – The committee needs to meet before the May board meeting.
  3. Credentials & Ballots – Paula Flanagan – An Executive Board position will be open for election in June.
  4.  Legislative – Maureen Ledoux – Legislative Night was held on March 5, 2015.  MTA staff presented the MTA Legislative package.  Three representatives were present to engage in dialogue with members about testing, etc.  Almost 50 people were in attendance, despite the snow.

A motion was made and approved to move into Executive Session to approve names of nominees for Awards Banquet.

  1. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney were both absent – President Ladouceur read the namesof nominees and they were accepted by the board.  Letters will be mailed to nominators this week.  The number of ticket requests should be made to local presidents by March 20, 2015, and then submitted to Ellen by March 24, 2015.  The names of nominees for awards were read and approved.  The new venue will be the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth.  The Banquet will be held on April 6 & 7, 2015, at the Radisson in Plymouth.  Dinner will be $35 each.

A motion was made and approved to move out of Executive Session to finish Board business.

A motion was made and approved to reaffirm actions taken in Executive Session.

  1. Unfinished Business:   No Unfinished Business.
  2. New Business:
  1.  Topic – Discussion Topic for May – Fundraising
  2. Plymouth County Federal Credit Union – Book Drive – It was suggested that the bank donate books from their drive to the elementary school in Bridgewater that had to close and to the Wareham schools since they do not have functioning libraries in most of their schools.
  1. Good & Welfare:  3/9/15 Motion #1:  A teacher from Pembroke is receiving treatment for cancer.  A $75 donation was approved.  3/9/15 Motion #2:  A Whitman Middle School teacher is receiving treatment for cancer.  A $75 donation was approved.
  2. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.
  3. Meeting Adjourned at 5:33pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, January 12, 2015

Meeting was called to order at 4:40pm by President Ann Ladouceur.

  1. Minutes from the December 8, 2014, meeting were approved.
  2. Correspondence was read.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 37 voting members present; 4 excused absences; 1 unexcused absence; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  4. President’s Report –   President Ladouceur encouraged members to take a course or become an instructor and try something new for the new year.   Ann encouraged members to attend other MTA Forums:  January 22 at New Bedford, January 29 at Plymouth, February 5 hosted by Marshfield & Duxbury, and March 12 hosted by Brockton & Stoughton.  The proposed Brockton charter school made front page news in The Enterprise.  The article detailed how Brockton Educators oppose the proposed charter school.  A decision will be made by February 24, 2015. MTA President Barbara Madeloni will give a presentation about the influences on public education at the February 9, 2015, meeting.  Fliers were available for each district’s buildings and dinner will cost $15 that night.  A letter will be sent to local presidents urging them and their members to attend that meeting.
  5. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was given and accepted.
  6. MTA/NEA Report – Beverly Saccocia – An MTA Regional Presidents’ Meeting will be held in Middleboro on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from 4:30-7:30.  An All Presidents’ Meeting will be held on January 24, 2015, at the Sheraton in Framingham.  An LPAT Meeting with Kathy Rogers was held tonight at the Raynham office.  Beverly also urged members to attend the MTA forums.
  7. LPAT Report from Chris Doherty – LPATs and other leaders met at the Raynham office today.
  8. Reports:
  1.  Legislative – Maureen Ledoux – Legislative Conference will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015, or on the snow date Thursday, March 12, 2015, if needed.
  2. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – The new venue will be the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth.  Nomination packets are available online with sample nominations.  Nominations are due February 9, 2015.  The committee will set a meeting date to review nominations.  The Banquet will be held on April 6 & 7, 2015 at the Radisson in Plymouth.  Dinner will be $35 each.
  3. Seminars – Autism & ADHD seminar will be held on March 19, 2015 in Marshfield.  On April 20, 2015 an ipad seminar will be held in Wareham.  The Couponing Seminar will be rescheduled in the spring.
  4.  Topic – MTA Benefits
  1. Unfinished Business:   No Unfinished Business.
  2. New Business:
  • 15% off Verizon wireless service, any products and bill
  • BJs membership 3 months free if sign up in February or October
  • Museum admission to many in state and some out of state
  • Skiing
  • Swan & Dolphin Hotels on Disney property
  • Barnes & Nobel discount 25% off of everything through January 17, 2015
  • JoAnn Fabrics & Michaels discount
  • Company Theatre
  • Tanglewood $17.50 for lawn seats (cheaper than senior discount)
  • MLK, Jr. Day free at MFA
  • Donorschoose.org – register for donors to purchase materials from catalogs for your classroom
  1. Further topic ideas for discussions in future months – fundraising, curriculum, report cards, associations endorsing local candidates, innovative ideas
  1. Good & Welfare:  1/12/15 Motion #1 A new Marshfield teacher’s son was in a car accident.  1/12/15 Motion #2 – A Middleboro family had a fire.  1/12/15 Motion #3 – A Middleboro students’ father died in a car accident.
  2. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  Ellen distributed a survey regarding meal choices for meetings.  Meeting Adjourned at 5:17pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,                         Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Monday, December 8, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 4:42pm by President Ann Ladouceur.

  1. Minutes from the November 10, 2014, meeting were approved.
  2. There was no correspondence to be read.  New teachers and local presidents were introduced.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 34 voting members present; 8 excused absences; 1 unexcused absence; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  4. President’s Report –   President Ladouceur welcomed our guests.  She discussed our new motto – “We Teach / We Reach”.  Surveys were available for locals to complete with local events where we could be present.  The PCEA & East Bridgewater are hosting an MTA Forum on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the new East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School from 4-6pm.  All PCEA members are invited to attend, regardless of registration.  This is an ideal forum to have your voice heard.  Ann thanked members for collecting donations for the Radius Pediatric Center and the Old Colony Y Boys Club and monthly canned good donations.
  5. PCTFCU – Cori Hall – Cori presented services that the Credit Union has to offer and conducted a raffle with names collected.
  6. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was given and accepted.
  7. MTA/NEA Report – Beverly Saccocia – MTA Ethnic Minority Conference took place this past weekend.  She shared some information from the conference with members.  The MTA Headquarters is moving to North Quincy next year.  The Braintree MTA branch will be housed in North Quincy as well.  The Raynham office is now in the Bridgewater Savings Bank Building on the third floor.  The ESP Conference will be held on April 10-11, 2015, in Falmouth at the Seacrest.  Registration subsidies are available.  On March 6-8, 2015, the New Orleans NEA ESP Conference will be held.  Bev shared a letter from Paul Toner that was originally shared at the Minority Conference.  The letter described Paul’s reasons for taking a position on Governor Elect Baker’s transition team.
  8. LPAT Report from Kathi Rogers – Kathi spoke about the value of the Ethnic Minority Conference.  She spoke about MTA’s legislative package for this coming year.  Over one hundred proposals were submitted.  14 items were presented to the MTA Board, which included proposals to: stop high stakes testing, stop the linkage of evaluation with licensure, stop increase of charter schools, support bilingual education, further the Commonwealth’s commitment to higher education, invest in higher education staff, fund unfunded mandates, require cost accounting for all mandates, include teachers in protection against bullying, prevent capricious dismissal, support protective bargaining rights, support the living wage, support progressive income tax system, and increase the cost of living expenses for retirees.  MTA will support other organizations’ filing legislative actions that include: eliminating fees for fingerprinting, supporting the right to strike, increasing special education funding, and gaining licensure for behavior analysts.  There is a hearing being held tonight in Brockton to discuss a proposal to open another charter school.  The Foundation Budget Commission is now funded and is holding their next meeting on December 15, 2015, at the Somerset/Berkley High School at 4:30-6:30p.m.  The public is invited to attend.  DESE is now known as the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  9. Reports:
  1.  Legislative – Maureen Ledoux – Legislative Conference will be held March 5, 2015, or on the snow date March 12, 2015, if needed.
  2. Professional Development – Meridith Wickman – Fall course enrollment was down, with 38 students in four courses.  In the spring, their will be 16 courses offered, ten online, six face to face, with some new courses being offered.  Members are urged to share ideas for new courses or teachers interested in teaching courses.
  3. Seminars – On March 12, 2015, there will be a Special Needs seminar on ADHD and Autism in Marshfield, 4:15-6:15.  The cost will be $10.  This would be a good seminar for paraprofessionals as well.  An Ipad seminar will be held on May 20, 2015, at the Minot Forest School in Wareham.  Registration is on PCEA website.
  4.  Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – The new venue will be the Radisson Hotel in Plymouth.  Nomination packets are available online with sample nominations.  Nominations are due February 9, 2015.
  5. Bylaws & Rules – Susan Williams – Many bylaws and rules were updated last year.  Members may submit any suggestions to Bob Brousseau or Susan Williams.
  6. Resolutions – Kathy Chandler – Any proposed resolutions will be voted on in June.
  7. Hospitality – Julie Garber – This committee supplies snacks for the board meetings and conducts raffles to benefit Mass Child.
  8. Credentials & Ballots – Paula Flanagan – This committee will certify ballot nominations for elected positions.
  9.  Discussion Topic – Family Engagement
  1. Unfinished Business:   No Unfinished Business.
  2. New Business:
  • Email blasts from team of teachers during common planning time
  • Senior Interview – 80% attendance was achieved when Financial Aid discussion was included, with interpreters
  • Post pictures on Twitter from classroom, send from ipad
  • Share work exemplars online
  • Host workshops for parents about appropriate development for children, resources from grants
  • Different grade levels invited parents to come at different times of the day
  • Engaging high school parents – MA School Counselors website, Eighth grade transition night for high school, drug abuse workshop, tech fair, parents attend mandatory meeting with students before prom
  • Google Apps workshop for parents
  1. Next Topic for Discussion – MTA Benefits
  1. Good & Welfare:  12/8/14 Motion #1 A Rockland member’s son died.  12/8/14 Motion #2 – An East Bridgewater teacher died.  12/8/14 Motion #3 – A Rockland mother of 5 passed away.
  2. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  Nomination papers for the Board of Director’s seat for 35C are due by January 9, 2015.  The deadline for nominations to be an NEA Delegate is also January 9, 2015.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015.  President Ladouceur raffled off two Target gift cards.  Meeting Adjourned at 5:54pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

 

 

 

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, November 10, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 4:38pm by President Ann Ladouceur.

  1. Minutes from the October 20, 2014, meeting were approved.
  2. Correspondence was read.  A new member was introduced.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 33 voting members present; 7 excused absences; 3 unexcused absence; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  4. President’s Report –   President Ladouceur thanked members for promoting public education during the past election.  She encouraged members to sign up for MTA’s e-news and contact legislators when asked to do so.  She invited members to attend the MTA Forum hosted by PCEA on December 9, 2014 in East Bridgewater from 4-6pm.  PCEA’s Public Relations Grant proposal is moving forward.  MTA is helping to design a motto for us – “We Teach, We Reach”.
  5. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was given and accepted.
  6. LPAT Report from Stacia Leavitt – Many local legislators were elected that MTA supported.  LPATs are now focusing on lobbying the DESE board about licensure changes.  We need to be the voice of education.  We are 110,000 members that can have an impact on DESE policies.  East Bridgewater and Plymouth are planning MTA Forums hosted by the MTA President.  Stacia urged members to attend.
  7. MTA/NEA Report – Beverly Saccocia – Copies of an MTA Presidents’ Meeting Agenda were distributed.  MTA is organizing members to go to the Licensure Forum at Bridgewater State on November 20, 2014 from 4:30-7pm.  Fliers were available for distribution.  Information from the Commissioner of Education and the proposed Brockton Charter School was available.  Copies of the Public Relations Grant were available.
  8. Reports:
  1.  Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney –The new venue will be the Radisson in Plymouth to help keep the cost of each dinner at $35.
  2. Seminars – On December 3, 2014, there will be a seminar for Couponing from 4:30-6:30 at the Gordon Mitchell Middle School in E. Bridgewater.  The cost is $20, $5 goes to the PCEA Scholarship fund.  The deadline to register is November 20.  On March 19, 2015, there will be a Special Needs seminar on ADHD and Autism in Marshfield.  The cost will be $10.  This would be a good seminar for paraprofessionals as well.  An Ipad seminar will be held on May 20, 2015, at the Minot Forest School in Wareham.
  3.  Discussion Topic – Classroom Management Techniques
  1. Unfinished Business:   No Unfinished Business.
  2. New Business:
  • Dinosaur paws from Oriental Trading are removable to be used to show students where to line up.
  • Paper Chart Cleanup – students assigned to clean up certain areas in the room after cleaning up after themselves
  • Class Dojo – online incentive/consequence program.  Each child is assigned an avatar.  Students earn points for rewards.  Parents can access their student’s account and receive reports.
  • Calendar Stamps – earn for positive behaviors to earn foosball time
  • Students give teacher their cell phones while they are borrowing a pen/pencil
  • Read 180 program in grades 7 & 8 – earn 12 stars to earn lunch with the teacher, an incentive to complete work
  • Give tickets to earn lunch with teacher, good phone call home, homework pass, sit with a friend
  • School postcards – send positive message home
  • Email photo of students to parents
  • Homework / Free time passes
  • Ideas for ESP Appreciation Next Week – breakfast, Wonderful Wednesday (once a month)
  1. Next Topic for Discussion – Family Engagement
  1. Good & Welfare:  11/10/14 Motion #1 – Norwell – Two brothers lost their dad.  A donation for $75 was approved.  11/10/14 Motion #2 – Norwell – A Senior in High School died of cancer.  11/10/14 Motion #3 – Raynham – There was a home fire of a family of 2 students.
  2. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  A list of donations for Radius Pediatric Center and Old Colony Y Boys was available.  Unwrapped donations can be brought to December’s meeting.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 8, 2014.  New teachers, paras and presidents are invited to the December meeting and to be guests of PCEA for dinner.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:36pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, October 20, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 4:38pm by President Ann Ladouceur.

  1. Minutes from the September 8, 2014, meeting were approved.
  2. There was no correspondence to read.  A new member was introduced.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 36 voting members present; 3 excused absences; 4 unexcused absence; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  4. President’s Report – President Ladouceur asked that people identify themselves and their local when they speak during the meeting.  The posters to advertise PCEA are available to be posted in every teachers’ room.  The green brochures are also available for any PCEA member.  Ann asked members to share if they have changed how they disseminate information from PCEA in their locals.  Some schools have staff led faculty meetings so they can share information then.  Ann also discussed the upcoming election for governor.  She announced that PCEA will cohost an MTA forum with East Bridgewater at the East Bridgewater Jr./Sr. High School on Tuesday, December 9 from 4-6pm.  Fliers will be available for distribution at next month’s meeting.  Refreshments will be served.  Marshfield is planning an MTA forum in February.
  5. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was given and accepted.
  6. LPAT Report from Bob Kostka – Bob surveyed the membership to see who has participated in phone banking for MTA.  He urged teachers and their family members to vote for Martha Coakley.  Bob urged members who have not phone banked to sign up.  He also distributed posters comparing Coakley and Baker.  Postcards from the MTA were also shown for MTA members to mail to friends and family.
  7. MTA/NEA Report – Beverly Saccocia – She will be hosting phone banking at the Raynham office from 4-6 or 6-8.  The Raynham MTA office is moving to the Bridgewater Savings Bank Building on Rte. 44 as of November 1, 2014.  MTA headquarters at Ashburton Place in Boston was sold for $9.5 million.  Rental spaces are being explored.  MTA Chief Counsel Lee Weisinger is retiring.  Ira Fader will replace her.  Courtney Dewinski, field service rep. out of the Raynham office, is moving to Higher Ed.  The MTA ESP Conference will be held Aril 10-11, 2015, at the Seacrest on the Cape.  The NEA ESP Conference will be held in New Orleans from March 6-8, 2015.  The NEA RA will take place in Orlando.  MA will be staying at the Rosencreek Shingle Hotel in Orlando, June 30-July 6, 2015.
  8. Reports:
  1.  Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – Nomination Packets are now available online and were distributed.  The Annual Banquet will be held April 6-7, 2015.   There may be a new venue.
  2. Seminars – On December 3, 2014, there will be a seminar for Couponing.  An Ipad seminar will be held in April or May.  Another seminar about special education will probably be held in February.
  3. Unfinished Business:   PCEA needs a motto to raise awareness of public education to be printed on pencils and buttons to bring to community events in Plymouth County.  Members were asked to suggest slogans and submit them on index cards or send them via email.  A suggestion was made for MTA to help design a logo.  A calendar of meeting dates was distributed.  February 2, 2015, is the start of online classes for the winter session.  March 9, 2015, will be the PCEA Board Meeting.  The calendar was approved with edits.
  4. New Business:
    1. Discussion Topic – Websites & Apps:
  • Remind – can send reminders to anyone
  • Google URL shortener – shortens websites to 8 characters
  • Donorschoose.org – anonymous people give money to purchase needed items for the classroom
  • Adoptaclassroom.com – similar website
  • Computer Assistive Technology Corp. (Deb Edgren, Scituate) – provides technology for students to have at home who receive free and reduced lunch
  • Kahn Academy – free tutorials, can use for math
  • Brainpop & Brainpopjr.
  • Flocabulary.com
  • Tumblebooks.com – free 30 day trial, change username and password for longer subscription

Next Topic for Discussion – Classroom Management Techniques

  1. Good & Welfare:  10/20/14 Motion #1 – A Kingston member had an apartment fire.  A donation for $75 was approved.
  2. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:46pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, September 8, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 4:40pm by President Ann Ladouceur.

  1. Minutes from the June 9, 2014, meeting were approved.
  2. Correspondence was read.  New members were introduced.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 41 voting members present; 6 excused absences; 1 MTA Director; and 1 Parliamentarian present.
  4. P.C.T.F.C.U. – Cori Hall – She advertised low loan rates.  She shared fliers about a seminar with a financial planner.  Academic calendars were available for board members to take.
  5. LPAT Report from Sherley Phillips – She urged board members to vote for Steve Kerrigan and Warren Tolman in tomorrow’s state primaries.  They have been endorsed by MTA as pro-education candidates.  She provided a written report for board members.  Sherley urged members to sign up to participate in a phone bank from September 17-October 23, before the November elections.
  6. President’s Report – President Ladouceur discussed a push for public relations to spread the word about PCEA’s purpose.  Each meeting will include a 10 minute session to share information.  Today we will discuss how we disseminate information with our locals.  Committee chairs were approved and introduced.
  1.  Professional Development – Merrideth Wickman
  2. Legislative – Maureen Ledoux
  3. Resolutions – Kathy Chandler
  4. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney
  5. Bylaws & Rules – Susan Williams
  6. Credentials and Ballots – Katherine Woodward
  7. Hospitality – Julie Garber
  8. Web-site – Ellen Brown
  9. The calendar of dates will be emailed to board members.  The board member meetings will be held on the following dates: 10/20/14, 11/10/14, 12/8/14, 1/12/15, 2/9/15, 3/9/15, 5/11/15, and 6/8/14.  Legislative Conference will be held 3/5/15.
  10.  Public Relations – We need to communicate the good that public education does.  A brochure for new teachers (within 4-5 years) was distributed to advertise PCEA.  Posters for teachers’ rooms will be distributed in October.
  11. Survey Results – The results from the June survey were shared.
  12. Discussion – How do you share PCEA information in your local?
  1. Robin Murray gave the end of year treasurer’s report.  The report was accepted.  The proposed budget for 2014-2015 was presented.  The budget was approved.  The treasurer’s report for July and August was presented and was approved.
  2. Seminars – We are collecting ideas for seminars.  They include couponing and teaching with ipads.
  3. Unfinished Business:   There was no unfinished business.
  4. New Business:

–           Bridgewater/Raynham – sends PCEA notes via personal email addresses to members using icontact

–           Write an email to staff using school email addresses

–           Hang minutes in teachers’ rooms

–           Attend local board meetings and distribute PCEA info to building reps.

–           Ideas were offered for further discussions: local association scholarship fundraisers, class size, and creating association websites.

  1. MTA/NEA News – Janet Anderson, MTA Vice President – She discussed electing pro-education candidates.  She urged members to hold elected officials and MTA officers accountable for their promises.
  2. Good & Welfare:  9/8/14 Motion #1 – A Halifax kindergartener’s father was killed in a motorcycle accident.  A donation for $75 was approved.
  3. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  All Presidents’ Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 9-2.  MTA will host forums on testing throughout the state.  Two forums will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014, in Franklin from 4-6 and 6-8pm at the Alumni Restaurant.  Our discussion topic for next month will be for websites and/or apps in the classroom.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:44pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

 

 

Minutes from the Board of Directors Annual Meeting

Monday, June 9, 2014

  1. Minutes from 2013 Annual Meeting – The minutes were accepted with a reminder that the business was continued in December, when there was a quorum.
  2. President’s Report – President Phillips gave her final report for her term and it will be posted on the website.
  3. Treasurer’s Annual Report – The Annual Report was approved.
  4. Reports of Standing Committees
  1.  Professional Development – Meridith Wickman – 74 students attended classes offered in the summer of 2013.  In the fall of 2013, 60 students attended classes offered.  In the spring of 2014, 38 students attended classes offered.  For the summer of 2014, there are 11 online courses being offered, including 3 which are new courses and 3 face to face courses.
  2. Public Relations – Bev Saccocia – The pictures were taken at the Annual Awards Banquet.  She can no longer be the chair due to her MTA commitments.
  3. Legislative – Michelle Stephen – The Committee met 3 times to plan the Legislative Banquet, held March 6, 2014.  63 PCEA members attended the Banquet.
  4. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – The Annual Awards Banquet was held on April 7, 2014 and 260 people attended.  On the second night, April 8, 2014, there were 305 people in attendance.  Awards given include:  2 Distinguished Professional Service Awards for 40 or more years of service, 26 Professional Service Awards for 35 years of service, 32 Honorary Life Membership Awards for 30 years of service, 130 Retirement Certificates, 33 Rookie Awards, 60 Honor Awards, 5 Citations, 1 Loretta Quinlan award and 92 Service Awards will be distributed in the local districts.
  5. By-Laws & Rules – Susan Williams – The amendments to by-laws were passed in December.
  6. Resolutions – Paula Flannagan – The proposed changes to resolutions were approved with the inclusion of cyber cullying in F-7.
  7. Credentials & Ballots – Katherine Woodward – The offices of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary are up for election.  Ann Ladouceur has submitted election papers for president, Robin Murray for treasurer, and Amanda Fitzgerald for secretary.  Suzanne Smith from Brockton submitted nomination papers for Vice President.  The slate presented was elected and approved.
  8. Hospitality – Kathy Richards – The following were consumed this year:  154 oz. of salty snacks, 36 lbs. of cheese, and 16 lbs. of candy.  $225 was raised for MA Child.
  9. Meeting Adjourned at 6:03pm.
  1. New Business – MTA Vice President, Tim Sullivan, addressed the members.  Representative Canavan honored Tim with a citation from the Legislature.  President Phillips honored Ellen Brown for her service to PCEA.  She also honored Tim Sullivan, and Representative Canavan for their service.  Representative Brady also honored Rep. Canavan with a citation from the Legislature.  President Phillips was honored for her service as President.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

 

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 12, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 4:43pm by President Sherley Phillips.

  1. Minutes from March 10, 2014 were approved.
  2. Correspondence was read.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 38 voting members present; 6 excused absences; 2 unexcused absences; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  4. President Phillips spoke about the MTA elections and PARCC being implemented.  Newly elected MTA Vice President, Janet Anderson, will attend the June meeting to thank PCEA for their support.
  5. LPAT Report – President Phillips gave the report for George Snider.  There may be a change in health insurance retirement benefits if it is passed through the Legislature.  The Foundation Budget Committee is active and trying to ensure that each district has an adequate budget.  Early childhood centers are trying to unionize with MTA.  There is an initiative for a ballot question to raise the minimum wage.  Many bills remain in committee.  Many of these bills depend on the finalized state budget.
  6. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was approved.
  7. MTA/NEA Report from Bev Saccocia – MTA Annual Meeting was held May 9 & 10, 2014.   Barbara Madeloni formerly from UMASS was elected as MTA President and Janet Anderson from Taunton was elected MTA Vice President..  A lot of locals did not attend the annual meeting.  Another 1,500 delegates were eligible to attend the meeting.  Please urge your locals to send delegates next year.   Resolutions and Bylaws were passed and are posted on MTA website.  The Williamstown Summer Conference will be held August 3-7, 2014.  There are many new classes being offered.
  8. Reports:
  1. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – The Annual Awards Banquet was held on April 7, 2014 and 260 people attended.  On the second night, April 8, 2014, there were 305 people in attendance.  Awards given include:  2 Distinguished Professional Service Awards for 40 or more years of service, 26 Professional Service Awards for 35 years of service, 32 Honorary Life Membership Awards for 30 years of service, 130 Retirement Certificates, 33 Rookie Awards, 60 Honor Awards, 5 Citations, 1 Loretta Quinlan Award and 92 Service Awards will be distributed in the local districts.
  2. By-Laws & Rules – Susan Williams – No report at this time.
  3. Resolutions – Paula Flanagan – The committee met on May 5, 2014.  The proposed amendments to resolutions were distributed.  They will be voted on in June at the Annual Meeting.
  4. Professional Development – Meridith Wickman – The new summer course listings were distributed.  Each board member should post them in all of their buildings.  The registration deadline is June 27, 2014.
  5. Credentials & Ballots – Katherine Woodward – The offices of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary are up for election.  Ann Ladouceur has submitted election papers for president, Robin Murray for treasurer, and Amanda Fitzgerald for secretary.  Suzanne Smith from Brockton submitted nomination papers for Vice President.
  1. Unfinished Business:   None.
  2. New Business:  Bob Brousseau offered his comments on the MTA Presidential election.  Lauren Kelley shared about her fingerprinting experience in order to substitute.
  3. Good & Welfare:  5/12/14 Motion #1 – A $75 donation was voted to go to a Marshfield teacher’s firefighter husband  who is hospitalized in Boston. Bob Brousseau was re-elected to the Pension Board with 77% of votes.  He thanked PCEA for his support.   Robin Murray congratulated Amanda Fitzgerald for being elected to attend her first NEA RA in Denver.
  4. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.  The next meeting will be held on June 9, 2014 for the PCEA Annual/Board Meeting.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:41pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

 

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, January 13, 2014

Meeting was called to order at 4:38pm by President Sherley Phillips.

  1. Minutes from December 9, 2013 were approved.
  2. Correspondence was read.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 31 voting members present; 7 excused absences; 7 unexcused absence; 2 MTA Directors; and 1 parliamentarian present.  MTA Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates were also present to give presentations.
  4. President Phillips urged members to read her message on the website.  President Phillips welcomed MTA Vice President & President candidates to address the board.  Bobby Travers, running for MTA ESP At Large also gave a speech to the board.
  5. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was approved.
  6. MTA Report from Beth Stafford – January 25 is the All President’s Meeting at the Weston in Waltham.  DDM (district determined measures) information will continue to be shared by MTA.  Read Across America Day will be held March 3.  The MTA ESP Conference will be held March 4-5.  April 9-10 will be the MTA Annual Meeting.  MTA is currently undergoing union negotiations with their employees.  The MTA Vice President, Tim Sullivan, spoke about New Bedford’s situation of firing 100% of high school teachers in June and only rehiring 50%.  New Bedford is a Level 4 district and this is one method that is allowable.  The New Bedford Association is currently bargaining with the district, which is expected to be finished by January 15.  MTA is providing negotiations and public relations support.  A rally in support of the New Bedford Association will be held on Friday at 3:30pm in New Bedford at City Hall.
  7. NEA Report from Cathy Boudreau former NEA Director – At this year’s NEA RA there are proposed changes to the bylaws and constitution to remove the percentage of teachers participating on committees.  There’s a movement to have the NEA RA every other year.  There is a proposal to change the percentage of members elected to go to NEA RA.  The Wisconsin Education Association (WEAC) is merging with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  The case Paris vs. Quinn is going to the Supreme Court in Illinois.  This case is about home health care workers paying an agency fee for those who do not want to be a member of the union, but still benefit from bargaining by the union.
  8. LPAT Update – Brian Fitzgerald – MTA is urging educators to serve as delegates to the state Republican and Democratic conventions.  The Governor’s race will be contested.  There is an MTA bill to form the MA Early Childhood Educator’s Union, which will ensure they have proper training.  It would be a nontraditional union to recognize their professionalism.  The Governor’s budget and house budget will be released.  Members are urged to contact their representatives to support education in the state budget.
  9. Reports:
  1.  Legislative – Legislative night  is on March 6, 2014 at Monponsett Inn.
  2. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney – Awards packets are due February 10.  Samples of nominations will be on the website.
  3. PCEA Seminars – Ann Ladouceur – On February 12, the Extreme Couponing seminar will be held for $20 at the Gordon Mitchell Middle School in E. Bridgewater.  ($5 will go towards the scholarship fund.)  On April 16, the How to Start a Science Camp seminar will be held at Whitman Hanson for $15.  All information will be posted on the website.
  4. Unfinished Business:   No unfinished business was discussed.
  5. New Business:  PCEA has endorsed Bob Brousseau for re-election to the PRIM Board.  It was voted that PCEA Executive Board will send a letter of support to the New Bedford Teachers’ Association.
  6. Good & Welfare:  1/13/14 Motion #1 –  A $75 donation was voted to go to the family of an Old Rochester Regional student who passed away.
  7. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.   Registration for courses closes January 22.  The next meeting will be held on February 10, 2014.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:49pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

 

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, December 9, 2013

Meeting was called to order at 4:40pm by President Sherley Phillips.

  1. Minutes from November 5, 2013 were approved.
  2. There was no correspondence to read.
  3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 37 voting members present; 1 excused absences; 8 unexcused absences; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
  4. President Phillips urged members to read her message on the website.  She read her message aloud for the benefit of the guests at the meeting.
  5. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was approved.
  6. MTA Report from Bev Saccocia – Bev distributed Educator Evaluation timelines.
  7. LPAT Update – Kathy Rogers:  There was a hearing on November 25 on organizing MECEU (Early Childhood Nontraditional Union).  She urged members to email their representatives that are on the committee to support the bill.  The YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club are opposed to the bill and are not included in the bill.  The adequate funding bill is still in committee.  LPAT Brian Fitzgerald urged members to attend State Democratic and Republican Conventions to help nominate candidates for governor and represent MTA.  LPAT Chris Doherty urged members to attend their town’s caucus to elect members to attend state conventions.  Kathy also informed members on how to nominate themselves to attend the NEA-RA.  Kathy urged members to be politically involved.  Bob Brousseau also advertised openings for the candidate review committee.  President Phillips added that the January PCEA meeting will be a chance to meet the MTA candidates.
  8. Adjourned to Special Meeting at 5:17pm.
  9. Resolutions:  Paula Flanagan, chair, presented proposals.  The amendment to E-9 was approved.  The amendment to F-8 was approved.  New resolution C-11 was approved.
  10. Bylaws:  Susan Williams, chair of the committee, presented proposals.  Amendments to Article 3 were approved.  Amendments to Article 4 were approved.  Amendments to Article 6 were approved.  Amendments to Article 8 were approved.  Amendments to Article 13 were approved.  Amendments to Article 18 were approved.  Amendments to Article 19 were approved.  All votes were approved by at least 2/3 of the voting body.
  11. Adjourned Special Meeting at 5:35pm.
  12. Reports:

A. Legislative – Legislative night on March 6, 2014 at Monponsett Inn.  Invitations to representatives will be sent out this week.

B. Professional Development – The cost of courses is now $495, due to increase in Framingham costs.  60 members took classes this fall.

C.PCEA Seminars – On February 12 the Extreme Couponing seminar will be held for $20.  ($5 will go towards the scholarship fund.)  On April 16 the How to Start a Science Camp seminar will be held at Whitman Hanson for $15.  All information will be posted on the website.

D. Public Relations – Beverly Saccocia

E. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney:  Nomination forms are on the PCEA website and were distributed at the meeting.  The banquet will be held at The Villa, the old Ridders, in East Bridgewater on April 7 & 8, 2014, (Monday & Tuesday).  Nominations are due to board members by February 3, 2014, and passed in at the board meeting on February 10, 2014.  They urged members to nominate their colleagues and get nominations in on time.

F. Bylaws & Rules – Susan Williams:  Susan thanked her committee.

G. Resolutions – Paula Flanagan:  Paula thanked her committee.

H. Hospitality – Kathy Richards

I. Credentials & Ballots – Katherine Woodward:  Nomination papers for PCEA  officers  will be available on February 1, 2014.

  1. Unfinished Business:  No unfinished business was discussed.
  2. New Business:  No unfinished business was discussed.
  3. Good & Welfare:  12/9/13 Motion #1 –  A $75 donation to an Abington family who lost their house to a fire was approved.  12/9/13 Motion #2 – A $75 donation was approved for a family in Hanover whose father passed away.  Ann Ladouceur thanked the members for their contributions for Old Colony Y for Boys and Radius Pediatric Center.  Bev Saccocia announced that Kay Roberts (former MTA President) would be honored at a Celtics game.  Bob Brousseau thanked members for signing his PRIM Board nomination papers.
  4. Announcements:  Usual announcements were made.   The next meeting will be held on January 13, 2014.
  5. Meeting Adjourned at 5:47pm.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Plymouth County Education Association
Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, November 5, 2013
Meeting was called to order at 4:41pm by President Sherley Phillips.

1. Minutes from October 15, 2013 were approved.
2. There was no correspondence to read.
3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 35 voting members present; 7 excused absences; 5 unexcused absence; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
4. President Phillips announced that her report will be on the PCEA website tomorrow. She urged members to help others. She distributed a copy of the article “Patrick’s Retiree Health Care Bill Met with Backlash from Workers” and urged members to distribute copies to each building in their district.
5. Treasurer’s Report – The monthly report was approved.
6. LPAT Update – Kathy Rogers: She reviewed the purpose of the LPAT program. Tomorrow is election day. There are 40 LPAT districts organized around the Senate districts. Each local can have a coordinator. She discussed a meeting held with Representative Keiko Orrall, who cosponsored the bill, to reconvene the foundation budget commission. Rep. Orrall requested information from Kathy about RETELL. LPAT Activists help communicate information about education to our state representatives. She updated members on the MTA Legislative Agenda, which is in its second year of a two year cycle. MTA has urged the filing of six bills. Kathy distributed information for a bill about organizing early childhood education providers. Educators in centers that provide education for 10% of their students that qualify for state waivers are the focus of this bill. A hearing will be held November 25. Kathy urged members to join their Senate districts LPAT groups and to contact representatives and senators by November 22 to urge them to support the early childhood educator organizing bill.
7. MTA Report from Bev Saccoccia – Bev distributed PARCC fact sheets. She urged members to share handouts with their local presidents. The New Teacher and EMAC conference information is on the PCEA website.
8. Reports:
A. Professional Recognition – Robin Murray & Lisa Whitney: Nomination forms are on the PCEA website and were distributed at the meeting. The banquet will be held at The Villa, the old Ridders, in East Bridgewater on April 7 & 8, 2014, (Monday & Tuesday). Nominations are due to board members by February 3, 2014, and passed in at the board meeting on February 10, 2014. They urged members to nominate their colleagues and get nominations in on time.
B. Resolutions – Paula Flanagan: The resolutions proposed last spring still need to be passed when we have a quorum, hopefully in December.
C. Bylaws & Rules – Susan Williams: The committee will meet tomorrow to discuss changes to quorum. The proposed amendments will be emailed to board members prior to the December meeting, where the changes will be voted on, if there’s a quorum.
D. Legislative – The letters to the representatives and senators need to be reviewed to invite them to the Legislative Night on March 6, 2014.
E. PCEA Seminars –The first one will be Interactive Notebooks rescheduled for November 14 for $10. On February 12 the Extreme Couponing seminar will be held. On April 16 the How to Start a Science Camp seminar will be held.
9. Unfinished Business: No unfinished business was discussed.
10. New Business: The Loretta Quinlan Award Scholarship has been reduced from $2,000 to $1,000. It was also announced that good and welfare donations were reduced from $100 to $75.
11. Good & Welfare: 11/5/13 Motion #1 – A fourth grade teacher in Raynham, Sarah Sylvia, was diagnosed with cancer. She is a single mother of 3 children. A donation for $75 was approved.
12. Announcements: Usual announcements were made. The next meeting will be held on December 9, 2013, where new teachers/paras and presidents are invited. Proposed bylaw changes need to be distributed to locals two weeks before the December 9 meeting. Holiday donations for Radius Pediatric Center and Old Colony Y Boys will be collected at the December meeting. The PCEA will pay for meals for presidents and new teachers / paras at the December meeting. Food donations will be donated to Wareham in December.
Meeting Adjourned at 5:38.

Respectfully Submitted,
Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Monthly Minutes
Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Meeting was called to order at 4:44pm by President Sherley Phillips.

1.Minutes from September 9, 2013 were approved.
2.Correspondence was read.
3.Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 39 voting members present; 6 excused absences; 5 unexcused absences; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian present.
4.President Phillips introduced officers to the board. She advertised that the President’s Report will be on the website as of tomorrow.
5.Treasurer’s Report – The Monthly report and proposed yearly budget were distributed. A suggestion was made to present the monthly budget in a grid form. The monthly report was approved. The yearly proposed budget was approved.
6.MTA Report from Bev Saccocia – On April 4-5 there will be an MTA ESP Conference at the Sea Crest Hotel in N. Falmouth, flyers were distributed. The MTA Ethnic Minority Conference will be held December 6-7 at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham. Both conferences can be registered for on the MTA website. November 20 will be NEA’s ESP Day. A Grievance Training Part 1 will be held on November 16 in Taunton from 10-2 at the Holiday Inn and on November 13 in Braintree from 4-7 at the Hyatt Place. A message from Kathy Rogers, an LPAT, – On October 17, there will be a bill before the House & Senate, House Bill H457 and Senate Bill 207. The bill is an act to revive the foundation budget commission. Members should submit questions regarding evaluations and PARCC to Bev to be forwarded to MTA Board of Directors’ Meeting to be held this weekend. Members were urged to communicate with Legislators to ensure health insurance coverage during retirement for educators for whom teaching is a second career. New educators will have to serve at least 20 years to get full retirement benefits. Amendments to this bill will be proposed.
7.LPAT Report – Chris Doherty: The importance of the foundation budget commission bill was explained. Members were urged to send emails to representatives and senators regarding the importance of this bill.
8.Seminars – Information will be posted on the website. The first one will be Interactive Notebooks on October 17 for $10. On February 12 the Extreme Couponing seminar will be held. On April 16 the How to Start a Science Camp seminar will be held.
9.Public Relations – Bev Saccocia will chair the committee.
10.Professional Recognition committee will be chaired by Lisa Whitney & Robin Murray.
11.Unfinished Business: There was no unfinished business.
12.New Business: A motion was approved to rescind the vote to hold the November meeting on November 4. A motion to change the November 4 meeting to November 18 was approved pending availability of the Monponsett Inn.
Quorum Change – We only have 43 board members at this time. Our Bylaws require a quorum of 50 members to conduct a special business meeting or annual meeting. The Bylaws need to be amended. We have been in violation of retired members holding offices. The Bylaws only allow for active members to have a vote and hold an office. A discussion was had whether active members or a combination of retired and active members are to be able to vote and hold office. With the invitation of new members and presidents at the December meeting, the hope is to achieve a quorum to make changes to the bylaws. The Bylaws committee will meet prior to the November 18 meeting and present the changes to the board on November 18. The Bylaw changes would be voted on at the December 9 board meeting.

13.Good & Welfare: 10/15/13 Motion #1 – Deb Dutra’s husband was killed in an accident. She is a secretary in Pembroke. A donation for $100 was approved.
14.Announcements: Usual announcements were made. The next meeting will be held on November 18.
Meeting Adjourned at 6:06pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary

Plymouth County Education Association

Minutes from the Board of Directors Meeting
 
Monday, September 9, 2013

Meeting was called to order at 4:40pm by President Sherley Phillips.

1. Minutes from June 10, 2013 were approved.

2. President Phillips informed members of Carl Swanson’s resignation as Newsletter Editor.

3. Secretary Amanda Fitzgerald called the roll: there were 47 voting members present; 3 excused absences; 8 unexcused absences; 1 MTA Director; and 1 parliamentarian.

4. No correspondence was read.

5. President Phillips advertised that there are open positions for chairs of committees. She shared information from the Boston Teachers’ Union that there are poor evaluations being done that are biased against women and minorities. She wants members to share any similar experiences, if any. Sherley urged PCEA board members to report back information from PCEA meetings to their locals.

6. Robin Murray gave the Treasurer’s Report. The Reports was accepted.

7. MTA Report from Bev Saccocia – All presidents’ meeting will be held on September 21 at the Weston Hotel in Waltham. Presidents can invite other officers to the meetings.  MTA appointed new Human Resources and Grass Roots department heads. NEA is looking for presenters for the Chicago Conference by October 11. Save the date of December 6 for new teachers, from 1-4 years, at the Best Western in Marlborough. More information is coming from MTA. Professional Development fliers are available for ESPs. Free dinners and workshops are provided. There is information on new MTA employees on their website.

8. LPAT Report from Robert Costa – There are no upcoming elections. They are focusing on building the LPAT program. Urge your local presidents to appoint a PAL for your  district. They are asking MTA members to give three hours a year to support our profession. MTA pays a $350 stipend for a PAL from each district and most districts match the stipend, for a total of $700. The State House is holding hearings on October 31 to debate insurance for Vocational Education Teachers and college professors.

9. President Phillips introduced new board members.

10. Seminars – Information will be posted on the website. The first one will be Interactive Notebooks on October 17 for $10.

11. Plymouth County Teachers Federal Credit Union (P.C.T.F.C.U.) – Cori Hall – She advertised a new program for people under 25 to join the credit union to boost  membership. Fliers were distributed.

12. Reconvene Annual Meeting – There was not a quorum to reopen Annual Meeting to vote changes in the bylaws and resolutions.

13. New Business: Ann Ladouceur shared the new PCEA website that has been created. She urged members to share minutes with locals and send members to the new site located at: mapcea.org. Discussion was held about places for the Annual Banquet. Ellen will create a survey on surveymonkey.com that will be posted on the website. October’s board meeting will be held October 15 instead of October 7 to avoid some local association’s monthly meetings. November’s meeting will remain on November 4.

14. Unfinished Business: There was no unfinished business.

15. Good & Welfare: 9/9/13 Motion #1 Norwell – 2 students lost their father this summer. A donation for $100 was approved. 9/9/13 – a donation of $100 was approved for a Raynham paraprofessional.

16. Treasurer Murray presented the proposed annual budget for 2013-2014.

17. Announcements: Usual announcements were made. Bob Brousseau announced that the MTA candidate recommendation committee will be interviewing candidates for the 5th Board next year. Bob reminded members of the importance of having a quorum of 50 at PCEA Board Meetings in order to finish Annual Meeting business in October. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Meeting Adjourned at 5:58 pm. District seat. Paul Toner announced he will be running for the NEA Executive.

Respectfully Submitted,

Amanda Fitzgerald, Secretary


 

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