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  • CTA Statewide Day of Action – May 1, 2017

    On May 1, 2017, teachers, education support staff, administrators, and parents across the state demonstrated our unwavering support for all students, our vigilance in making schools safe zones, and our persistent advocacy for the public education all California students deserve.

    Like teachers everywhere, Lennox teachers we’re out in force, working hand-in-hand with parents, administrators and classified staff to welcome all students and let them know that we will keep them safe.

    At Buford Elementary School

     

    At Felton Elementary School

     

    At Dolores Huerta Elementary School

     

    At Jefferson Elementary School

     

    At Moffett Elementary School

     

    And at Lennox Middle School

     

    Way to go, LTA!.  #LTAproud  #LTAstrong

     

     

     


  • Preliminary LTA Election Results

    Here are the preliminary results of the 2016 LTA Elections:

    E-Board

    President –
    Brian Guerrero

    Vice President Contractual Affairs –
    Priscilla Avila

    Vice President Curriculum –
    Vacancy*

    Site Reps

    Buford –
    Vacancy*
    Vacancy

    Felton –
    Lupe Laguna
    Natalie Reyes

    Huerta –
    Tam Premsrirath
    Vacancy*

    Jefferson –
    Diana Powell Blue
    Vacancy*

    Moffett –
    Jessica Gomez
    Priscilla Avila

    LMS –
    Gary Moore
    Webster Peters
    Vacancy*

    SpEd Preschool –
    Vacancy

    TOSAs –
    Erica Kilgore

    * Pending notification of write-in candidates


  • Candidates Announced for 2015 LTA Election!

    Friday, 5/15/15, was the deadline for candidates to submit their names to have their names appear on the ballot in LTA 2015 election.

    The following is a list of the various positions up for election and the names of the candidates who submitted their names (in CTA alphabetical order):

    Executive Board

    Secretary (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Lisa Rubio

    Treasurer (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Jim Nadler

    Site Representatives

    Buford (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    Felton (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Guadalupe Laguna
    • Natalie Reyes

    Huerta (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Tam Premsrirath

    Jefferson (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Maritza Ohanessian

    Moffett (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Jessica Gomez
    • Priscilla Avila

    LMS (3 positions*, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    * Because the final number of unit members at LMS next year has not been determined yet, the top 3 vote-getters for LMS Site Rep will be seated, and the 4th-place vote getter will serve as “alternate,” and in case a 4th Site Rep is warranted (i.e., in case there are 71+ unit members at LMS next year), the alternate will be seated as the 4th Site Rep with full voting rights.

    Special Education Preschool (1 position, 1-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Teachers on Special Assignment (1 position, 1-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Voting will take place at school sites from Tuesday, May 26 – Thursday, May 28, 2015.

    In case of a tie where there are more tying candidates than available positions, a run-off election will be held.  As always, write-in candidates will be accepted and votes for write-in candidates will be tallied along with votes for declared candidates.  “Winning” candidates will be contacted in order of the number of votes they received, with the candidate receiving the greatest number of votes being contacted and offered the position first.  If several candidates receive the same number of votes, all will be contacted and offered the position at the same time, and if more accept than the number of positions available, a run-off election will be held.


  • LTA 2015-2016 Elections

    It’s almost election time again in the Lennox Teachers Association. This year we will be holding elections for two EBoard positions (Secretary and Treasurer) and all Site Rep positions. Anyone with strong opinions about how we’re doing and an interest in getting more involved in your union should consider running. And if anyone is thinking about running for President or one of the VP positions next year, serving as a Site Rep or as part of EBoard is a great way to get your feet wet.

    For your convenience, here are the LTA Standing Rules on elections, which include full job descriptions and the election timeline.

    Election Standing Rules
    I. Election Timeline and Procedural Components

    1. The timeline, procedural components, voting by mail procedure and the challenge procedure must be established prior to the election. If the unit has year-round schools, more time is needed because mail balloting may be required.

    2. Schools/work sites on alternative calendars shall be considered when setting election timelines.

    3. 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.

    1. Secretary – 2-year term, staggered relative to Pres and VPs [member of the Executive Board]:
    a. Carries on the correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the Association as directed by the President;
    b. Keeps a careful and accurate record of the proceedings of each meeting, regular or special, of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    c. Keeps a careful and accurate roster of meeting attendance and of the membership of all committees;
    d. Is responsible for the distribution of minutes, notices of meetings, and agendas for all meetings to members of the Representative Council and Executive Board, and to the Membership when appropriate;
    e. Is responsible for the formation and distribution of the Association’s calendar of activities; and
    f. Maintains the Association’s webpage and monitors/moderates its social media presence.
    g. Stipend = $500/yr.

    2. Treasurer – 2-year term, staggered relative to Pres and VPs [member of the Executive Board]:
    a. Receives all funds belonging to the Association and is responsible for their safekeeping and accounting;
    b. Pays out such funds upon orders of the President;
    c. Prepares a written financial report for each regular meeting of the Representative Council and Executive Board;
    d. Is responsible for an annual audit of the books of the Association and distributing a summary of this audit to the Membership;
    e. Is responsible for submitting membership and financial reports to CTA, NEA, and other agencies as required by law; and
    f. Files state and federal tax returns for the Association.
    g. Stipend = $500/yr.

    3. Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 3-4 at LMS (depending on the number of positions at LMS next year), 1 at preschool, and 1 for TOSAs for a total of 15-16 positions) [members of the Representative Council]:
    a. Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
    b. Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
    c. 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
    d. Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
    e. Stipend = $150/yr.

    4. A Timeline for Elections shall include the following:
    a. 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 = Mon, 5/4/15

    b. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the
date of the election;

    Election = Tues, 5/26/15 – Thurs, 5/28/15 (21 days after announcement)

    c. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for declaration of 
candidacy forms;

    Written declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 5/15/15

    d. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy;

    Candidates will be announced on Fri, 5/15/15, no later than 8pm, via the LTA website

    e. Date for preparation of ballots;

    Ballots will be prepared on Fri, 5/15/15

    f. Date on which ballots will be distributed;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tues, 5/26/15

    g. Date by which to request a 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 Thurs, 5/14/15. Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/16/15, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline

    h. Date(s) when voting will take place;

    Voting will take place on Tues, 5/26/15 – Thurs, 5/28/15

    i. 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 Thurs, 5/28/15. 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, 5/28/15

    j. 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 Thurs, 5/28/15 at 4:30pm at Jefferson Elementary

    k. 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 Thurs, 5/28/15, no later than 8pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Fri, 5/29/15

    l. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary; and

    Run-off election (if necessary) = Mon, 6/1/15 – Weds, 6/3/15
    Ballots received/counted = Weds, 6/3/15, 4:30pm
    Results announced = Weds, 6/3/15, no later than 8pm

    m. 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, 6/19/15 at 8am with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary.

    5. Procedural Components should include the following:
    a. Method by which Declaration of Candidacy(ies) are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax);

    Declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 5/15/15. Declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery.

    b. 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.

    c. 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.

    d. Method of distribution of ballots;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tues, 5/26/15. 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 Tues, 5/26/15 – Thurs, 5/28/15.

    Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/16/15, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by 4pm on Thurs, 5/14/15. 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].

    e. 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, 5/15/15, 4pm, deadline.

    f. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacy by filing deadline;

    Ann Chaffey will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15pm – 4pm on Fri, 5/15/15, at Jefferson Elementary. Declarations may be submitted to Ann Chaffey prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.

    g. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet;

    Names will be listed according to CTA alphabet.

    h. 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.

    full text of LTA Standing Rules on election for download


  • Class-Size and Planning-Time Committees Make Recommendations

    Last year we created two committees – the LTA/LSD Class-Size Committee and the LTA/LSD Planning-Time Committee – comprised of teachers and administrators, to find a way to maintain our class sizes small even after the end of the QEIA program and to explore solutions for the long-standing problem of lack of planning time at the elementaries and lack of a planning period at LMS.  After meeting for almost six months, the committees have both reached their conclusions and made recommendations to the Superintendent and the School Board:

    Recommendations of the LTA/LSD Class-Size Committee

    After exploring several different models, and giving due consideration to the instructional, staffing and financial implications of each model, it is the unanimous recommendation of the LTA/LSD Class-Size Committee that the district establish the following grade-span-wide class-size average targets at each elementary school for the duration of the current Local Control Funding Formula program:

    • TK-1st Grade =       20:1
    • 2nd-3rd Grade =       24:1
    • 4th-5th Grade =       27:1

    All parties recognize that implementation and continuation of the above model is contingent on continued LCFF funding at at least current levels, and that the class-size average targets above are all well below the class-size averages required by both LCFF and the LTA Collective Bargaining Agreement. They represent an effort to establish best practices and create an environment where every student can receive the individual attention he or she needs to flourish. They are, however, targets that the district will strive to achieve. Instances where the district is not able to achieve the targets do not represent a violation of LCFF unless the school-wide TK-3rd grade-span average at a particular school exceeds 24:1 or of the LTA CBA unless the school-wide class-size average exceeds 29:1.

    Additionally, and in consultation with the LTA/LSD Planning-Time Committee, the LTA/LSD Class-Size Committee unanimously recommends that Lennox Middle School (grades 6-8) return to the school-wide class-size average of 29:1 as described in the LTA CBA, with a lower class-size average – in the range of 22:1-24:1 – in intervention classes. While higher than the ideal QEIA class-sizes LMS has enjoyed for the last 8 years, 29:1 still compares favorably with other area middle schools. The Committee further recommends that the increased flexibility allowed by a school-wide class-size average of 29:1 at LMS be used to establish a daily self-directed planning period for all teachers at the middle school, allowing for more effective planning and collaboration with colleagues, deeper and more timely reflection on student work, and better communication with parents and school administrators about student needs and progress.

    Recommendations of the LTA/LSD Planning-Time Committee

    With respect to the needs of teachers for more planning time to better meet the needs of their students, after considering several different models and in consultation with the LTA/LSD Class-Size Committee, it is the unanimous recommendation of the LTA/LSD Planning-Time Committee that the district establish a daily self-directed planning period for all teachers at Lennox Middle School, allowing for more effective planning and collaboration with colleagues, deeper and more timely reflection on student work, and better communication with parents and school administrators about student needs and progress.

    Additionally, the LTA/LSD Planning-Time Committee requests that the District-School Leadership Team consider modifying the district’s LCAP plan and reallocating approximately $75,000 to the elementary physical education program. This additional funding would allow the hiring of an additional .5 PE teacher and 2 .5 PE aides, and enable the elementary physical education program to expand from working with students once per week to twice per week. Rather than the 50 min/week students currently receive, they would benefit from 100 min/week of quality PE through the program, meaning that they would receive 100% of their federally required physical education instruction time taught by single-subject credentialed PE experts. Expanding the elementary physical education plan would also provide non-PE elementary teachers with 2 50-minutes blocks of planning and collaboration time each week, greatly increasing their ability to work with colleagues on engaging, rigorous Common-Core-aligned lessons, score and reflect on student work, and communicate with parents and school administrators.

     

    Now the Superintendent and the School Board will consider these recommendations and, hopefully, act on them quickly so that teachers and schools can begin planning for next year.