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  • LTA Scholarships – Deadlines Extended!

    The Lennox Teachers Association is proud to support the continuing education of our Lennox students by offering three scholarships to totaling $2,400.  Scholarships and their application requirements are described below.  The original deadline for the scholarships was Friday, April 28, 2014, but due to the varying spring break calendars at our local high schools, the LTA Scholarship Committee has decided to extend the deadline all scholarship until Friday, May 9, 2014.

    The LTA College/University Scholarship

    The Lennox Teachers Association is offering two $1,000.00 awards open to all high school seniors (regardless of legal residency status) who graduated from Lennox Middle School and are currently living within the Lennox School District boundaries.  Students must be in good academic standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2014.  Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.  Award recipients will be notified by the end of May 2014.  Awards will be presented at recipient’s high school end-of-the-year award ceremony.

    download the LTA College/University Scholarship application

     Application deadline:  Friday, April 25  Friday, May 9, 2014.

     

    The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship

    The Lennox Teachers Association is offering a scholarship of $100.00 per year for four years to purchase books.  Named for long-time Lennox Board of Education member, Mary Davis, this scholarship is open to all 8th grade students attending Lennox Middle School.  Award recipients will be notified in June 2014 and the scholarship will be awarded at the Lennox Middle School’s end-of-the-year award ceremony.  (In the 2nd-4th year of the scholarship, it will be the responsibility of the recipient to contact the LTA Scholarship Committee to collect his/her award.)

    download the LTA Mary Davis Scholarship application

    Application deadline:  Friday, April 25  Friday, May 9, 2014.

     

    Mail all applications to:

    LTA Scholarship Committee

    Lennox Teachers Association

    P.O. Box 2231

    Hawthorne, CA  90251


  • The 14-15 Bargaining Season Has Begun!

    Last night at the School Board meeting, LTA Bargaining Chair Polo Marquez presented the School Board and Superintendent Taylor with LTA’s sunshine proposals.  LTA will open and present contract language on the following Articles at the first bargaining session on Tuesday, April 1st:

    • Article 3: Association Rights
    • Article 6: Compensation & Benefits
    • Article 7: Work Year & Hours Of Employment
    • Article 9: Class Size
    • Article 10: Leave Provisions
    • Article 12: Safety Conditions
    • Article 18: School Leadership

    link to the full sunshine proposal

    More information will be posted after specific language is proposed at the first bargaining session.

     

     


  • No RIFs This Year!

    Ladies and gentlemen, after 6 years of cuts and RIF notices, we’ve reached a milestone.  Today is March 16, 2014… and yesterday was March 15, the deadline for districts across the state to issue preliminary RIF notices signalling possible “reductions in force” for the coming year.  The deadline has come and gone, and no RIF notices have been issued.  There will be no layoffs this year.


  • LTA Bylaws Update

    Last spring the LTA Rep Council approved amendments to the LTA Bylaws bringing them into compliance with CTA requirements and making a few changes in the structure of our Executive Board.  The next step in the process was to submit the new Bylaws to CTA for approval.  CTA reviewed the changes and returned the new Bylaws to LTA with a few more minor changes we needed to make – a couple of wording changes, moving some of our local rules out of the Bylaws and into the “Standing Rules” portion of the document, and updating our election rules (which aren’t technically part of the Bylaws, so we didn’t do that last year).  I formally presented the final revision to Rep Council at the last Rep Council meeting on February 13, and Reps will be voting to approve the Bylaws at the next meeting on March 13.  I am also posting the revisions here so the membership at large may see them before Reps vote.  I’ve color-coded the CTA requested additions and deletions.  If you have any comments or questions, please contact your Site Rep, or contact me directly.

    Link to the new Bylaws

    Thanks,

    Brian Guerrero

    President, Lennox Teachers Association


  • Lennox Teachers Association Opposes Charter School Effort to Leave District

    The Lennox Teachers Association announced today [9/16/13] its opposition to a charter amendment submitted last week by Lennox Mathematics, Science, and Technology Academy (LMSTA) to become an independent entity no longer part of Lennox School District.  LMSTA is currently a dependent charter that has much autonomy but still remains a district school. The move came after recent turmoil around the current principal’s employment status and allegations of interference by District leadership in school matters.  Viewing the potential break-off as harmful to students, staff, and larger Lennox community, the Lennox Teachers Association Representative Council approved the following statement last week:

    “We, the members of the Lennox Teachers Association, support our LMSTA teachers and families in their efforts to stand up for their students and school, but we would like to see more time devoted to this issue to explore alternative solutions to their concerns, including more autonomy for LMSTA within the district. We also recognize that this situation has largely come about due to poor leadership demonstrated by the School Board and undue interference by the district in the affairs of LMSTA.”

    LTA president Brian Guerrero views the proposal as fraught with problems and unforeseen implications. “The plan to essentially secede from the district as a response to very recent issues is not in the best interest of the Lennox community, and, we believe, not in the best interest of LMSTA students or staff,” Guerrero said. “The school was never designed to be an independent charter and there are too many unknowns for us to support such a rushed plan. LTA will continue to support LMSTA’s efforts to operate as a Lennox charter with better support, not interference, from the District and to address the concerns of our LTA members at the site.”


  • Contract Ratified by Members and Approved by School Board

    Good news before everyone heads off to summer.  Teacher voting to ratify the June 4 Tentative Agreement ended yesterday.  The Elections Committee counted the votes and the Tentative Agreement was ratified by the membership by a wide margin.  I informed the School Board last night at the Board meeting and a few hours later, the School Board approved the Tentative Agreement as well, meaning … we’re done, negotiations for this year have ended, and we have permanent contract language.

    There will be some changes to when meetings will be held next year and the role of the school leadership teams, but the most immediately noticeable consequence of the new contract is that teachers will receive their first pay check of the year on August 20, 2013 (just like this year), and checks will be issued twice a month, on the 5th and 20th, through the end of school year.

    I would like to once again thank the members of our LTA Bargaining Team for their hours of hard work and dedication, and celebrate the fantastic job they’ve done representing the needs and desires of teachers as expressed though countless conversations, small group meetings, and surveys.  I would also like to acknowledge the collaborative attitude with which the district’s bargaining team approached negotiations this year; everyone came to the table with a problem-solving mindset and a we avoided the rancor and bad feelings that have marked negotiation in previous years.  We hope to continue working with the district to meet the needs of teachers, schools, and most of all, students in the coming years.

    Thanks and have a great summer,
    Brian Guerrero
    President, Lennox Teachers Association


  • Bargaining Is Over – We Have A Tentative Agreement!

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a TA.

    Your fantastic bargaining team has wrapped up negotiations this year with a Tentative Agreement that achieves many of our long-term goals for teacher empowerment and better working conditions.

    full text of the Tentative Agreement

    1.  We will continue being paid twice/month next year for 11 months, for a total of 22 checks, beginning on August 20, 1013 and ending July 5, 2014.  By the old contract language, we would be at 10 months, 1 check/month next year, and by the MOU, we would be at 11 months, 1 check/month.  This is a HUGE step forward toward financial security for our members.  We can, in the future, if the membership desires, try to get back to the old 24-check system, but this is at least permanent language, so we will NEVER have less than 22 checks per year.

    2.  We have agreed to permanent contract language limiting adjunct duties to 11 hours/year.  The prior MOU had 10 hours/year, but that was set to expire in June 2014, at which time we would have reverted to an unlimited amount of adjunct duty.

    3.  For preschool, elementary and middle school, we will maintain the current Wednesday minimum day schedule permanently, but instead of having teacher planning time Wednesday after the students have left and staff meetings, grade-level and department meetings, and staff development after 3:15 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, ALL meetings, staff development, etc., will take place before 3:15 on Wednesdays, and teachers will have NO mandatory meetings after 3:15, not on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, nor on any other day of the week.  Teachers, all afternoons are yours now to plan, grade, collaborate, or do whatever else your professional judgement dictates.

        At LMSTA, meeting time outside contract hours will be limited to 1 hour/week.

    4.  Much stronger school leadership teams have been established preschool through middle school, following the example of LMSTA.  Teacher representatives will be elected by their grade-level or department peers, and most decisions will be made by majority vote.  Principals will also be part of this teams, but will only have one vote and the right to break ties.  (Note: there are a few areas, like curriculum and school safety, where the leadership teams will continue to make recommendations to the principals).  There is a little bit of clean-up in the language for the LMSTA Leadership Team, but no existing rights of their Leadership Team have been compromised.  This is a HUGE step forward in buildoing schools where teachers are partners in leadership and agents for positive change.

    Ladies and gentlemen, you Bargaining Team has completed an amazing season of negotiations on your behalf.  Make sure you thank them when you see them; they’ve put in a lot of hours and really achieved something historic for the teachers of Lennox.

    Just a few more steps to go until this is finalized and all added to the LTA/LSD contract as permanent language.  Rep Council will vote on Thursday to move the TA to a ratification vote of the membership, teachers will vote to ratify it Friday, June 7, Monday, June 10, and Tuesday, June 11, and (hopefully) the School Board will approve it Tuesday night the 11th.


  • 2013 LTA Elections – Results

    Hi everyone-

    I would like to congratulate the following folks who were elected to LTA positions in last Tuesday and Wednesday’s election:

    Vice President of Curricular Affairs (2nd Vice President)
    Justin Catalan

    Site Reps
    preschool – Maria Euyoque
    Felton – Guadalupe Laguna & Martha Padilla
    Huerta – Tam Premsrirath & Lisa Rubio
    Jefferson – Ann Chaffey
    Moffett – Erika Medina

    We also have a number of write-in candidates for Site Rep positions at Buford (2 positions left), Jefferson (1), Moffett (1), LMS (2), LMS 7/8 (3), and LMSTA (2), as well as the 2 PAR Program joint committee spots.  Write-in candidates will be contacted in order of the number of votes they received (from most to least) and offered the positions for which they were written-in.  If two or more write-in candidates received the same number of votes, both/all will be offered the position, and if more tying write-in candidates accept a given position than there are positions available, a run-off election will need to be held between those write-in candidates who received an equal number of votes.  For example, at LMS6, four different people were nominated as write-ins for two positions; the top two received more votes than the next person, so the top two will be contacted and offered the position, and if they accept, we’re good.  But at Moffett, two write-ins received an equal number of votes, but there is only one position left; both will be offered the position, and if both accept, we’ll have to do a run-off election.  Make sense?  Ah, the joys of elections!  But it’s all worth it to get you your full representation on Rep Council and in the union.

    Have a great weekend,
    Brian Guerrero
    President, Lennox Teachers Association


  • Bargaining Update #1

    Your LTA Bargaining Team met with the district on May 28, 2013.  The LTA team includes Polo Marquez (LMS 7/8), Sigrid Caballero (pre-school), Fidel Lopez (Moffett), Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and Jeff Good (CTA Staff).  The district team includes Kent Taylor (Deputy Superintendent) and Kevin Franklin (Director of Fiscal Services).

    Your team made comprehensive proposals on Article 6: Compensation and Benefits, Article 7: Work Year and Hours of Employment and Article 18:  School Leadership.  The district made no new proposals.  Our next bargaining session is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

    full text of the proposals

    Article 6

    Article 7

    Article 18

    Bargaining Update #1 handout

    Your team is committed to improving the learning environment for students and the working conditions for teachers in Lennox.  We recognize the hard work and sacrifices we’ve made in the past, as well as the need to empower teachers to act as agents of progressive change in our schools.  We believe our proposals will help meet the needs of teachers and assist the district in this new era of the Common Core.  We will be holding two Q&A sessions to answer any questions: Thursday, May 30th, 3:30 pm at Moffett Elementary and Monday, June 3rd, 3:30 pm at LMS Library.

    Bargaining Summary

    We are seeking to maintain the current 22-check pay cycle next year, with the first check for next year being issued on August 20, 2013.  We also want this language to be a permanent part of the contract rather than an MOU that will expire and revert to the current 10-month, one check per month language

    Article 6.1: Compensation and Benefits (Pay-Cycle)

    Current Contract,

    Article 6.1

     

    Teachers will be paid on a 10-month system, twice a month, for a total of 20 checks during the 2012-2013 school year.  Unit members will be paid on a 10-month system, once a month, for a total of 10 checks beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

    Current MOU,

    Article 6.1

    (expires June 30, 2014)

    Unit members shall be paid twice monthly on an eleven (11) month pay cycle, for a total of 22 checks during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, beginning with the first paycheck on August 20, 2012.

    Unit members shall be paid once monthly on an eleven (11) month pay cycle, for a total of 11 checks during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

    LTA Proposal,

    Article 6.1

    (permanent language)

    Unit members will be paid on an 11-month system, twice a month, for a total of 22 checks beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

     

    We are seeking permanent language to replace the current contract language giving the district the right to 2½ hours of meetings after 3:15 per week.  We would retain the current Wednesday minimum day structure, but would swap the 5 hours/month of meeting time after 3:15 with the 5 hours/month on Wednesdays between 2:00-3:15, meaning that all meetings and training would end by 3:15 and all time after 3:15 would be teacher discretionary time.  At LMSTA we would limit meetings to 1 hour/week.

    Article 7: Work Years and Hours of Employment

    Current Contract, Article 7.8

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    hours of employment: 7:45 am – 3:15 pm

    student day,elementary

    8:15 am –

    2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    student day,middle school

    8:15 am –

    2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 1:48 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    hours of employment: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

    student day,high school

    8:00 am –

    3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    2½ hours of meeting time per week outside of contract hours

    (10 hours per month)

     

    Current MOU, Article 7.8 (expires June 30, 2014)

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    hours of employment: 7:45 am – 3:15 pm

    student day,elementary

    8:15 am –

    2:52 pm

    8:15 am – 2:52 pm

    8:15 am – 1:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:52 pm

    8:15 am – 2:52 pm

    student day,middle school

    8:15 am –

    2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 1:48 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    hours of employment: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

    student dayhigh school

    8:00 am –

    3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    5 hours of meeting time per month outside of contract hours +

    3 Wednesdays teacher discretion time 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

     

    LTA Proposal, Article 7.8 (permanent language)

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    hours of employment: 7:45 am – 3:15 pm

    student day,elementary

    8:15 am –

    2:52 pm

    8:15 am – 2:52 pm

    8:15 am – 1:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:52 pm

    8:15 am – 2:52 pm

    student day,middle school

    8:15am –

    2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 1:48 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    8:15 am – 2:38 pm

    0 hours of meeting time per month outside of contract hours +

    All meeting will be held on Wednesdays between 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

    hours of employment: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

    student dayhigh school

    8:00 am –

    3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    8:00 am – 3:15 pm

    1 hour of meeting time per week for high school unit members

    We seek to make permanent the current MOU language limiting adjunct duties to 10 hours/year.

    Article 7.9: Adjunct Duties

    Current Contract,

    Article 7.9

    “Adjunct duty credit will be given on the site-level adjunct duty list…”

    (No structure and unlimited amount of time spent on adjunct duties.)

    Current MOU,

    Article 7.9

    (expires June 30, 2014)

    “Unit members will perform up to ten (10) hours of Adjunct Duty per year.”

     

    LTA Proposal,

    Article 7.9

    (permanent language)

    “Unit members will perform up to ten (10) hours of Adjunct Duty per year.”

     

    We seek to establish LMSTA-style teacher leadership teams at all schools (including LMSTA).

    Article 18: School Leadership

    Current Contract,

    Article 18

     

    “Each school shall have a school leadership team to provide recommendations concerning the overall running of the school…”

    “The principal shall present and discuss the school budget including general fund revenue/expenditures and categorical revenue/expenditures, with the school leadership team. The principal and the school leadership team shall meet at least once a month, to discuss school wide, grade level, or departmental concerns…”

    “At LMSTA, the Leadership Team shall be made up of one person from each department and the principal. This committee will decide the manner in which the school is run. This team will make decisions on such issues as hiring recommendations, scheduling, curriculum, and other issues concerning the operation of the school…”

    Current MOU,

    Article 18

    (no changes)

    LTA Proposal,

    Article 18

    (Permanent Language)

     

    The school leadership team shall be made up of one person from each grade level or department, and the school principal.”

    “The principal and the school leadership team shall meet at least once a month, during the unit member workday, to discuss school wide, grade level, or departmental concerns issues.”

    At LMSTA, the Leadership Team shall be made up of one person from each department and the principal. This committee The school leadership team will shall decide the manner in which the school is run. The principal shall present and discuss the school budget, including general fund revenue/expenditures and categorical revenue/expenditures, with the school leadership team.  This team will shall make decisions on such issues as hiring staffing recommendations, scheduling, curriculum, assessments, assessment calendars, professional development, and other issues concerning the operation of the school.”


  • 2013 LTA Elections – Candidates

    The following people have submitted their names as candidates in the 2013 LTA elections, to be held next Tuesday and Wednesday, the 28th and 29th of May, 2013.

    For the position of Site Reps:
    @ Preschool (1 position available) – Maria Euyoque
    @ Buford (2 positions available) – none
    @ Felton (2 positions available) – Guadalupe Laguna, Martha Padilla
    @ Huerta (2 positions available) – Tam Premsrirath, Lisa Rubio
    @ Jefferson (2 positions available) – Ann Chaffey
    @ Moffett (2 positions available) – Erika Medina
    @ LMS 6 (2 positions available) – none
    @ LMS 7/8 (3 positions available) – none
    @ LMSTA (2 position available) – none

    For the position of Vice President of Curricular Affairs (1 position available):
    Justin Catalan

    For the position of PAR Program Joint Committee Member (2 positions available):
    none

    Notice that several site do not have have enough candidates running to fill the available positions.  As always, write-in candidates will be accepted during the election.  Once the election is complete, write-in candidates will be contacted in order of the number of write-in votes they received (from most to least) and offered the positions for which they were written-in.  If two or more write-in candidates receive the same number of votes, both/all will be offered the position for which they were written-in, and if more tying write-in candidates accept a given position that there are positions available, a run-off election will need to be held between those write-in candidates receiving an equal number of votes.




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