Construction- High School at this time almost 20 rooms are coming up to completion. The artificial turf will be installed next week. Huff said thing are coming along quickly.
Salaries and benefits- Huff would like to create a committee to look at salaries. He has asked JNEA help with this. This will be a committee created this year and projected to give recommendations to the board NEXT spring.
Early Childhood Center- Located at the OLD South Middle site. Plans for 150 slots for daycare. Huff said slots will be open for staff and teen parents.
Questions to Huff from JNEA
Calendar- "Due to the increase of PD days at the beginning of the school year will we still have Grade Level Meetings?
Huff response- Yes, admin is looking into individualized PD for teachers. Each teacher should have their own personal PD plan and use this time to complete that PD goal. (NOTE to JNEA members 2014-15 Teachers will have 6 PD days before the first day of school)
This question lead to other discussion regarding PD and eagle advantage hours. The district is looking at how to re-define what summer school and remediation looks like. Huff tossed out ideas like Jumpstart for 9-12 grades and retention / required summer school.
Member question "Will our pay be decreased because we are working less days?" Huff said no. We will still have the same pay.
True or False will there be 10 minutes added to each day? True, for the students to come to school for the 164 days the state requires minutes not days of attendance. Teachers, however, are contracted for 174 DAYS. This is why we are coming in 6 days prior to students and we have 4 PD days in the school year. He did bring up the quote "Learning does not have to take place 8-3". And he asked JNEA to make members/staff aware that the school calendar each year is not set in stone. If the PD front loaded at the beginning of the year does not work, we can change that next school year.
Canvas- It is starting at the high school first and then filtering down. JNEA asked for a mass training so all teachers hear the same information, at the same time.
Member question "With the additional PD days will staff still have Wednesday morning meetings?" Yes, it is up to the principal to make each PD/PLC purposeful for staff members.
Will staff receive a raise next year? The proposed increase for pay will be announced at the May 2014 meeting.
JNEA members please email questions for our Q&A meeting with Dr. Huff to firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com. We will NOT give your name to admin. We want to serve our members and give the chance to ask the questions.