• Lennox Teachers Association Endorses Local School Bond – Measure Q

    “To improve the quality of education and provide safe, modern schools for all students with funding that cannot be taken by the state; upgrade, modernize and construct classrooms, science labs and libraries; improve student access to technology; repair leaky roofs, outdated electrical and plumbing systems; and improve safety, security and access for students with disabilities, shall Lennox School District issue $25,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, including independent citizens’ oversight and NO money for administrative salaries?”

    After much discussion, consultation with our membership, and research into the potential drawbacks and benefits for the Lennox community, the Representative Council of the Lennox Teachers Association has decided that, yes, it should, and is endorsing the Local School Bond, Measure Q in the upcoming November 8, 2016 election.

    As in many other districts in California, maintenance and facilities in Lennox have had to compete with many other essential school functions like instruction and personnel over the past decade while school funding was reduced by the state.  Fortunately, with the return of adequate funding thanks to Prop 30 and the Local Control Funding Formula, the Lennox School District has been able to substantially invest in new and improved curriculum and professional development, but now it’s time to upgrade our facilities.  The district has already begun increasing the amount of technology available to students and staff, but now we need to improve the infrastructure to support all that technology.  We also need to fix leaky pipes and roofs that have waited for too long and impact the daily learning environment of students.  “Temporary” portables that have been used as classrooms for more than 20 years need to be replaced with permanent, state-of-the-art buildings.  It’s what our students and community deserve.  We can’t educate students for 21st century careers in 20th century schools.

    So, please, join the teachers of Lennox, and vote “yes” on Local School Bond, Measure Q.


  • LTA Special Election – Candidates for Curriculum VP Announced

    Friday,  September 23, 2016 was the deadline for candidates to submit Declaration of Candidacy forms for the upcoming special election for LTA Vice-President of Curricular Affairs.  The following teachers submitted their names:

    • Guadalupe Laguna (Felton) –

    Elections will be held at all school sites Tues, 10/4 – Thurs, 10/6.


  • We Have A Tentative Agreement!

    download Bargaining Update #5

     

    Your LTA Bargaining Team – led by Lisa Rubio (Huerta), with Justin Catalán (Moffett), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA) – has reached a Tentative Agreement with the district.

    Tentative Agreement Highlights

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • Increases salaries by 2% permanently, retroactive to July 1, 2016, for a total salary increase of 11% over the last 3 years.
    • Increases extra-duty hourly pay rate to $40/hr.
    • Three-year MOU changing the fully district-paid health plan to the lowest cost employee + 1 plan (currently Kaiser Base), and applies that same dollar amount to all other plans, until June 2019.

    for 2016-2017

    Plan Coverage Total

    Cost

    District

    Contribution

    Employee

    Contribution

    Kaiser Base (Tier I) Employee $492.07 $492.07 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $984.14 $984.14 $0.00 < 2016-2019 MOU “reference plan”
    Family $1,392.56 $984.14 $408.42
    Kaiser Plus (Tier II) Employee $547.11 $547.11 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $1,176.30 $984.14 $192.16
    Family $1,613.99 $984.14 $629.85
    Health Net Base (Tier I) Employee $611.22 $611.22 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $1,314.13 $984.14 $329.99
    Family 1,803.12 $984.14 $818.98
    Health Net – EOA (Tier II) Employee $655.56 $655.56 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $1,409.44 $984.14 $425.30
    Family $1,933.90 $984.14 $949.76
    Health Net – PPO Employee $1,416.82 $984.14 $432.68
    Employee + 1 $3,046.33 $984.14 $2,062.19
    Family $4,159.67 $984.14 $3,175.53

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, district will offer 2 voluntary PD/planning days before school starts in August, paid at $350 per day, with at least 3 hours for individual planning time, and 2 voluntary PD/planning days during the school year, paid at $350 per day, with at least 1½ hours per day for individual planning time. [MOU]
    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, maintains at least 75% of preschool/elementary PE time for teacher-directed planning and collaboration (the LCAP currently calls for 2 PEs/week, so 75% = approx. 6 out of 8 PEs/month). [MOU]
    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, maintains 1 period of planning time for middle school teachers. [MOU]
    • Clarifies and reorganizes some existing language defining the teacher work day, student dismissal times, minimum days, and super minimum days.
    • Rejects district proposal allowing staff meetings to end at 4 pm.

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, maintain the following grade-span student-teacher ratios [MOU]:
      • TK-1      20:1                                                    o   4-5                       27:1
      • 2-3      24:1                                                    o   6-8                       29:1
    • Includes “overage stipend” compensating teachers whose grade-span and individual class-sizes exceed the averages above ($100 each for 1st and 2nd students over and $200 each for 3rd and 4th students over).

    ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS

    • Accepts district-proposed language updating maternity leave and family leave to reflect changes in state and federal statutes.

    ARTICLE 14: PEER ASSISTANCE AND REVIEW PROGRAM

    • Eliminates language on state-funded PAR program.

    ARTICLE 15: STAFF DEVELOPMENT BUY-BACK DAYS

    • Eliminates language on state-funded buy-back days.

    ARTICLE 18: SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

    • Accepts district proposal to schedule SLT meetings after school, removes “staffing priorities” from the SLT purview, and rephrases “consensus” language; rejects district proposal to eliminate “student discipline policies and school safety” from SLT purview.

    ARTICLE 25: TERM

    • Postpones opening full contract for renegotiation until 2019-2020 school year, reopening 3 articles plus compensation in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

    If anyone has any questions, the Bargaining Team will conduct two question-and-answer sessions, one Thursday, September 22, after school in the LMS library, and one Monday, September 26, after school in the Jefferson cafeteria; all unit members are welcome to attend either meeting.

    The ratification vote on the Tentative Agreement will take place at school sites on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27, at lunch and after school. Once approved by the LTA membership, the Tentative Agreement should go to the School Board for approval on October 7, and once approved by the School Board, the new payscale could be implemented as soon as our second paycheck in October. Teachers will receive a separate retro check for the difference between the old payscale and the new payscale for the time they have already worked this school year. Benefits deductions will be adjusted going forward, and anyone who has effectively “overpayed” because the cost of their selected plan has gone down will have those overpayments credited toward future payments this year (and if the cost of your plan has dropped to zero, you will receive a refund). Unfortunately, it is too late to change plans this year, but you will be able to change plans next year if you want to take advantage of the lower rates for the employee + 1 and family plans for the duration of the MOU.

    Thank you to the LTA Bargaining Team for all your hard work on our behalf.

     

    download the LSD 9/20/16 AM counterproposal

    download the LTA 9/20/16 AM counterproposal

    download the LSD 9/20/16 PM counterproposal

    download the LTA 9/20/16 PM counterproposal

    download the final LSD/LTA tentative agreement


  • Announcement: Special Election for Curriculum Vice-President

    Interested in advocating for teacher involvement in district curricular decisions?  LTA currently has a vacancy in the position of Vice-President of Curricular Affairs.  We will be holding a special election to fill the position October 4-6.  Please see below for details about the position (term, responsibilities, stipend, etc.), how to declare candidacy and by when, and the rest of the election timeline.

     

    Procedural Components

    The Elections Committee must determine the following prior to setting the election timeline:

    1. Method by which declaration of candidacies are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax); Declaration of Candidacy forms must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Friday, 9/23/16. Declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery.
    2. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacies by filing deadline; 
Ann Chaffey will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15pm – 4pm on Friday, 9/23/16, at Jefferson Elementary. Declarations may be submitted to Ann Chaffey prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.
    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.
    4. Whether declaration 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 Friday, 9/23/16, 4pm, deadline.
    5. 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.
    6. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet; 
Names will be listed according to CTA alphabet.
    7. Method of distribution of ballots; 
Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on Monday, 10/3/16. Non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps will make ballots available to members for on-site voting during non-contract hours before school, at lunch and after school Tuesday, 10/4/16 – Thursday, 10/6/16. 
Mail-in ballots will be sent via mail on Saturday, 9/24/16, to those members on dues paying leave who request them in writing by 4pm on Friday, 9/23/16. Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251].
    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.

    Election Timeline

    1. Schools/work sites on alternative calendars shall be considered when setting election timelines.
    2. The election begins with the announcement of vacancy(ies) and terms of office and cannot be stopped until the conclusion of the election, including run-offs if necessary.
    3. A Timeline for Elections shall include the following:
      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; 
Vacancy = Vice-President of Curricular Affairs

      • 2-year term
      • Member of the Executive Board
      • Responsibilities include:
      • Serve as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
      • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and the Vice President of Contractual Affairs (i.e., serve as “Second” Vice President);
      • Serve as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President;
      • Serve as Chairperson of the Membership Committee and keep an accurate roster of the Membership; and
      • Serve as Chairperson of the Instruction and Professional Development Committee, preparing the agenda for meetings, facilitating meetings, and distributing minutes from meetings to the general Membership.
      • Stipend = $750/yr.

      1. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the date of the election; 
 Announcement = Thursday, 9/8/16; Election = Tuesday, 10/4/16 – Thursday, 10/6/16 (26 days after announcement)
      2. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for Declaration of Candidacy forms; 
Declarations of Candidacy forms must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Friday, 9/23/16 via e-mail or hand delivery.
      3. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy; Candidates will be announced on Friday, 9/23/16, no later than 8pm, via the LTA website.
      4. Date for preparation of ballots; 
Ballots will be prepared on Saturday, 9/24/16.
      5. Date on which ballots will be distributed; 
Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on Monday, 10/3/16.
      6. Date by which to request a mail-in ballot; 
Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Friday, 9/23/16. Mail-in ballots will be sent via mail on Saturday, 9/24/16, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline.
      7. Date(s) when voting will take place; 
On-site voting will take place Tuesday, 10/4/16 – Thursday, 10/6/16.
      8. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots; 
Completed ballots must be must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Thursday, 10/6/16. Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thursday, 10/6/16.
      9. 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 Thursday, 10/6/16 at 4:30pm at Jefferson Elementary.
      10. 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 Thursday, 10/6/16, no later than 8pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Friday, 10/7/16.
      11. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary; and 
Run-off election (if necessary) = Tuesday, 10/11/16 – Wednesday, 10/12/16. Ballots received/counted = Wednesday, 10/12/16, 4:30pm. 
R esults announced = Wednesday, 10/12/16, no later than 8pm.
      12. Deadline for filing of challenges to initial election and run-off if held (date received, not date postmarked). 
Written challenges to initial election and run-off must be filed by Tuesday, 11/1/16 at 8am with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary.

      Declaration of Candidacy Form

      2016-2017 CTA Elections Procedures