WOODLAND UNITED V O L U M E 1 1 I S S U E 1 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 2 President’s Message Welcome Back returning staff. I hope you had a fun and relaxing summer! I’d like toINSIDE extend a special Woodland welcome to our new staff members who have just joined theT HI S Woodland family! I hope your year is off to a wonderful start!I S S UE : I had the great pleasure of stopping at each building a couple of weeks ago to welcome everyone back. For those that I missed, this newsletter will update you on important information that you may have missed. First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to introduce my fellow officers, which I inadvertently forgot to do at each building I visited. Each of our officers are here to servePresident’s 1 you. They work very hard to make sure your voices are heard and supported. I’mMessage honored to work with such a wonderful group. Sharon Anday (Middle School) Vice-President for Certified Staff Leslie Newman (Elementary East) Vice-President for Support Staff Judy Ryan (Middle School) Secretary/TreasurerNegotiations 2Update Each building has 2 certified representatives and one support staff representative from each side: Middle School Matt Lakemacher (certified) James Silasiri (certified) Joanna Wolk (certified) Rick Haines (certified)Recertification 2 Claudia Michaels (support) Rene McCullum (support) Intermediate Karen Barrett (certified) Bridget Hengels (certified) Jennifer Silasiri (certified) Patrick Castello (certified) Mary Pelletteire (support) TBA due to personnel change Elementary West Neva Cosmos (certified) Darlene Lipczynski (certified)Legislation 2 Linda Titus (support) Elementary East Shelly Carlson (certified) Carrie Cross (certified) Barb Nettnin (support) Primary Katie Jones (certified) Julie Schalk (certified) Barb Simon (support)Evaluations 2 ESC Lisa Gjelsten There are also two at-large certified representatives: Kerry Winson from Elementary East and Judy Ryan from Middle School, and one at-large support representative: Paula Fallucca. Finally, we have two representatives from the transportation department: Tim Bagby and Julie Lucarelli.
VOLUME 11 ISSUE 1 PAGE 2Negotiations Update Your negotiation team continues to work hard to bring forth the best possible package to the staff for ratification. The negotiation team has set up 7 weekly meetings with the Board starting August 29th. The team is unable to provide details in the updates, as many items that might be part of the final package could be contingent upon each other. While the team is unable to provide specific details, please know that your voices have been heard.RecertificationThere is a new law that would require an individual to complete nine semester hours ofcoursework if he or she lets her recertification lapse. I strongly encourage all staff membersto check on their certification. Simple log onto the ISBE website through the WildcatWebsite. After you log into your account, you can view when your certification is due forrenewal. Each building has a staff member who is part of the Professional DevelopmentalCertification Committee (PDCC) to help staff members with the recertification process.The staff members who are part of the committee and can help are Katie Jones and Annette McCafferty atPrimary, Linda Ufheil at Elementary West, Kerry Winston at Elementary East, Jerilynn Steele atIntermediate, and Jaclyn Beegun at Middle.LegislationPlease note that the IFT website is a great resource as a way to stay informed about what is happening inSpringfield. The website’s, http://ift-aft.org, many links include “hot topics”, “legislative update”, and“take action”. The site also has an “Action Center” to help move the Union’s agenda forward by allowingyou to participate in IFT Legislative Action Campaigns. I would encourage everyone to log onto thewebsite and spend some time exploring all it has to offer.EvaluationsThe major change that is taking place with this year’s evaluation, 2012-2013, is the addition of the 4thrating, “Needs Improvement” to the district’s existing rubric. Also, the “Satisfactory” rating will now be called “Proficient”. These changes are reflected in the rubric attached to the Evaluation Plan that was passed out during the beginning of the year institute days. This change was required by the state as part of PERA (Performance Evaluation Reform Act). The implementation of the Charlotte Danielson model won’t occur until next year, 2013- 2014. This decision is the result of the administration recognizing and agreeing with the Union’s position that the implementation process was going too fast. This choice also allows the evaluation committee, comprised of staff and administration, to use this yearto educate the staff about the Charlotte Danielson model, so that the staff can be more informed andthoroughly understand the district’s expectations. GO TO THE IFT WEBSITE TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SPRINGFIELD. WWW.IFT-AFT.ORG