Open Letter to the Board of Trustees of the Lennox School District and the Lennox Community

April 17, 2019

As our schools, district and community continue to reel from the shock of the sudden resignation and departure of our (former) superintendent, Kent Taylor, we now look to the Board of Trustees for leadership.  It will ultimately fall to the five members of the Board of Trustees to select a new superintendent for the Lennox School District, and this will undoubtedly be a difficult decision, maybe one of the most difficult – but also most important – decisions each of you will make while serving as a Trustee.  This will be our 5th superintendent in less than 9 years, and whoever is selected must bring stability, wisdom and experience to our district.

As you all know, Lennox is a unique community and we have unique needs.  We all feel urgency in filling the superintendent position so we can continue the important work of educating our students, but I also want to urge the Board not to rush this process.  Please, take your time.  Advertise the position widely and consider many different candidates from many different backgrounds.  Seek stakeholder input to find out what parents, teachers and other district employees hope for in our next superintendent, and allow stakeholders (or at least stakeholder representatives) to be part of the screening and interview process and to go on site visits to talk candidly with people who know and have worked with finalists.

On this point, let me be absolutely clear.  As President of the Lennox Teachers Association, representing the dedicated educators who work to do what’s right and what’s best for our students and community every single day, and as an ally and an advocate for our parents who are our partners in education, I must insist that parents, teachers and other district employees be involved in the process of selecting our next superintendent. If he or she is to be welcomed by these different constituencies and seen as the legitimate leader who will guide us into the next decade, stakeholders must have a significant role to play in this process.

Out of change comes opportunity and out of adversity grows unity. Let’s take this next step together and find Lennox the superintendent our students deserve.

Sincerely,
Priscilla Avila
President, Lennox Teachers Association

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2019 LTA Spring Elections – Announcement of Candidates

List of Declared Candidates for 2019 LTA Spring Elections to be held May 9-10, 2019

 

Executive Board:

Secretary (1 position)

  • Cecilia Palma-Santos

Treasurer (1 position)

  • Issa Hernandez

 

Site Representatives:

SpEd Preschool (1 position)

  • (no candidates)

Buford (2 positions)

  • (no candidates)

Felton (2 positions)

  • Maria Euyoque
  • Natalie Reyes

Huerta (2 positions)

  • (no candidates)

Jefferson (2 positions)

  • (no candidates)

Moffett (2 positions)

  • Mary Colburn

LMS (4 positions)

  • John Chaffey
  • Issa Hernandez
  • Maria Saldaña
  • Monica Velasco

TOSA (1 position)

  • Marvelyn Garcia
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2019 LTA Scholarships

The Lennox Teachers Association is pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for Lennox students!

The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship
• Named for long-time School Board trustee and child advocate, Mary Davis.
• Four $100.00 scholarships to purchase books for summer reading and high school.
• Open to all 8th graders attending Lennox Middle School.
• Award recipients will be notified in June 2019 and awards will be presented at the Lennox Middle School end-of-the-year award ceremony.

application

flyer

The LTA College/University School Scholarship
• Two $1,000.00 scholarships to help with college/university expenses.
• Open to all high school seniors who graduated from Lennox Middle School and are currently living within the Lennox School District boundaries (regardless of legal citizenship/residency status).
• Students must be in good academic standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2019.
• Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.
• Award recipients will be notified by mid-May 2019 and awards will be presented at recipients’ high school end-of-the-year award ceremonies.

application

flyer

All applications are due Saturday, May 4, 2019, mailed to:

LTA Scholarship Committee
Lennox Teachers Association
P.O. Box 2231
Hawthorne, CA 90251

Application received after the deadline WILL NOT be accepted.

Attached are the applications for each scholarship, as well as flyers you can post to help publicize the scholarships.  Please help spread the word and encourage eligible Lennox students to apply!

Lennox Teachers Association
Supporting Teachers, Supporting Students

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2019 LTA Spring Elections – Announcement of Vacancies

Announcing the following vacancies in Lennox Teachers Association leadership and governance:

Secretary – 2-year term [member of Executive Board]:

  • Is responsible for the formation and distribution of the Association’s calendar of activities;
  • Keeps a careful and accurate roster of the membership of all committees and of meeting attendance;
  • Keeps a careful and accurate record of the proceedings of each meeting, regular or special, of the Association, the Representative Council and Executive Board;
  • Is responsible for the distribution of notices of meetings and of agendas and minutes for all meetings to members of the Representative Council and Executive Board, and to the Membership when appropriate;
  • Maintains the Association’s webpage and monitors/moderates its social media presence; and
  • Carries on correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the Association as directed by the President
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Treasurer – 2-year term [member of Executive Board]:

  • Receives all funds belonging to the Association and is responsible for their safekeeping and accounting;
  • Pays out such funds upon orders of the President;
  • Prepares a written financial report for each regular meeting of the Representative Council and Executive Board;
  • Is responsible for an annual audit of the books of the Association and distributing a summary of this audit to the Membership;
  • Is responsible for submitting membership and financial reports to CTA, NEA and other agencies as required by law; and
  • Files state and federal tax returns for the Association
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 4 at LMS, 1 at preschool, and 1 for TOSAs for a total of 16 positions) [members of the Representative Council]:

  • Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
  • Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
  • Represent the views and the input of the Active membership in votes taken in the Representative Council, conducting frequent and regular polls of such membership for this purpose; and
  • Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
  • Stipend = $200/yr. + an additional $50/yr. if re-elected to consecutive terms after the first.

download Declaration of Candidacy Form

download complete 2019 LTA Spring Elections Timeline and Procedures

download CTA 2018-2019 Local Elections Manual

 

Election deadlines and timeline:

  1. Announcement of vacancy(ies) and term(s) of office using a method that will ensure each member is aware of the opportunity to file a declaration of candidacy: Announcement = Fri, 3/29/19
  2. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the date of the election: Election = Thurs, 5/9/19 – Fri, 5/10/19 (40 days after announcement)
  3. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for declaration of candidacy forms: Written declarations of candidacy must be received by Kylie Liu at Moffett Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 4/12/19
  4. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy: Candidates will be announced on Fri, 4/12/19, no later than 5pm, via the LTA website
  5. Date for preparation of ballots: Ballots will be prepared on Tues, 4/30/19
  6. Date on which ballots will be distributed: Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Weds, 5/8/19
  7. Date by which to request a ballot: Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Kylie Liu at Moffett Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Tues, 4/30/19.  Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/1/19, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline
  8. Date(s) when voting will take place: Voting will take place on Thurs, 5/9/19 – Fri, 5/10/19
  9. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots: Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thurs, 5/9/19; Completed ballots cast in person at regular voting sites must be received by Kylie Liu at Moffett Elementary by 3:30pm on Fri, 5/10/19.
  10. Date, time and place where ballots will be counted, which should be immediately following the deadline for receipt of voted ballots: Ballots will be counted on Fri, 5/10/19 at 3:30pm at Moffett Elementary
  11. Date that announcement of results shall be made to leadership, candidates, members, and posted at each work site, which date shall be not later than five (5) calendar days following the counting of ballots: Results will be posted on the LTA website on Fri, 5/10/19, no later than 5pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Mon, 5/13/19
  12. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary: Run-off election (if necessary) = Thurs, 5/16/19 – Fri, 5/17/19; Run-off ballots received/counted = Fri, 5/17/19, 3:30pm; Run-off results announced = Fri, 5/17/19, no later than 5pm
  13. Deadline for filing of challenges to initial election and run-off if held (date received, not date postmarked): Written challenges must be filed by Tues, 5/21/19 at 8am with Kylie Liu at Moffett Elementary.

Procedural components include the following:

  1. Method by which Declaration of Candidacy(ies) are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax): Declarations of candidacy (form) must be received by Kylie Liu at Moffett Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 4/12/19.  Declarations of candidacy (form) may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery.
  2. Procedure for distributing election guidelines/rules to candidates: Election guidelines and rules will be posted on the LTA website and at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards.
  3. Campaign statement of candidates (decide on limit of number of words, and what to do if limitation is exceeded): Candidate statements will be limited to 50 words or less.  In case a candidate submits a statement exceeding 50 words, only the first 50 words will be included on the Candidates’ Statement sheet.
  4. Method of distribution of ballots: Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Wed, 5/8/19.  Non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps will make ballots available to members during non-contract hours before school, at lunch and after school on Thurs, 5/9/19 – Fri, 5/10/19; Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Weds, 5/1/19, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by 4pm on Tues, 4/30/19.  Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Kylie Liu at Moffett Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251].
  5. Whether declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement, or whether the statement will be solicited later. If later, a deadline date must be established: Declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement of no more than 50 words, and submitted by the Fri, 4/12/19, 4pm, deadline.
  6. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacy by filing deadline: Kylie Liu will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15pm – 4pm on Fri, 4/12/19, at Moffett Elementary.  Declarations (form) may be submitted to Kylie Liu prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.
  7. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet: Names will be listed according to 2018-2019 CTA alphabet.
  8. If not provided in governance documents, election will be decided by majority vote.  If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, a run-off election shall be conducted between the candidates receiving the highest number of votes.  The names on the ballot will be one (1) more than the number of vacancies to be filled.

For more information on election rules and timelines, including campaign Do’s and Dont’s, please refer to the LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules and the CTA 2018-2019 Local Elections Manual.

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March 5, 2019 Tentative Agreement Approved!

The March 5, 2019 Tentative Agreement has been approved by the LTA membership!  This TA represents a number of important steps forward for our teachers and students, and is the first step toward achieving even more important goals.

Thanks again to the LTA Bargaining Team for negotiating on our behalf, and to our Site Reps, Elections Committee and everyone else who worked hard to make this happen.

We look forward to a positive AB1200 review by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and speedy approval by the Lennox School District Board of Trustees.

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