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Good News for 2014-15

  • You received a raise this year. The 2013-15 contract we negotiated with the district includes a 4% raise for SY 14-15, which is added to the TRI compensation. Your TRI compensation will increase from 17% of your base salary to 21% of your base salary. You should see an increase in your September paycheck.
  • Initiative 1351 made it to the November ballot! Thanks goes to all who collected the nearly 350,000 signatures needed to put it on the Nov. 4 ballot. The measure, if passed, will send more funding into our school to help lower class sizes and provide additional support for students.
  • K-1 Class size reductions. Although Highline School District has some serious physical class capacity issues, Highline is using the state K-1 class size reduction money creatively.  Many of our elementary schools were able to hire a K-1 teacher who is not assigned a specific class, but is working with the K-1 teachers with instruction to support class size needs.

HEA/HSD Joint Contract Training
HEA/HSD held a joint contact training on Sept. 8. It was very well attended. A powerpoint was used to explain the new changes. All of the HEA building representatives and principals have access to this powerpoint. 

McCleary Decision and Education Funding
As a result from the Sept. 3 hearing, the State Supreme Court has ruled that the Legislature is in contempt. This should have a significant effect on what happens in the next legislative session. Now is the time to be communicating with your legislators on what is needed for our students across the state of Washington. Read the court's contempt order.

Initiative 1351
Washington's class sizes are 47th out of 50 states!
Now that I-1351 is on the ballot, we need YOUR help to make sure the voters in the state of Washington approve the measure. Many of you have signed up to help phone bank. Phone banking will begin Oct. 1. If you signed up, look for an email from Sue McCabe soon regarding phone banking opportunities. If you want to sign up to help, please send her an email.

Highline Citizens for Schools
Highline has a bond on the Nov. 4 ballot. We need your help to make sure local voters say yes to schools for students! There are five municipalities in the Highline School District. All of our city councils are supporting the bond. Teachers attending these meetings to speak (or write) in favor of supporting the bond include: Sandy Hunt, Susan Andrews-Salmond, Tabitha Plotke, Debby Strayer, Megan Randow and Sue McCabe. There are high school students speaking publically as well to encourage the Highline community to pass this measure. If you signed up to help, look for an email from Sue McCabe regarding phone banking opportunities. If you want to sign up to help, please send an email.

School Board Connections
This a new program that started this past school year. We want to connect members with our school board. We are in the schools and have the knowledge and expertise needed to create success for our students. Increasing our communication to school board members, parents and our community can bring about a higher degree of collaborative decision making around issues in our schools. For 2014-15 school year, please come to AT LEAST ONE school board meeting.
 
Please come to the school board meeting and ask your colleagues to join you!

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17   
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: ERAC Office -- Board Room, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, in Burien

Consider sharing your experiences on these topics:

  • August Professional Development Opportunities
  • Collaboration Time
  • Class Size

Of course, anyone can speak on any topic of their choosing. HEA members have asked for guidance around topics to present at school board meetings. To sign up to speak, call Kyle Minaglia at 206-631-3001 prior to noon by the date of the meeting.

Upcoming meetings: Oct. 1 -- ERAC and Oct. 22 -- HHS

For meetings at ERAC, HEA will provide appetizers across the street at Azteca at 4:30 p.m. Please join.

Building Visits
HEA building visits have been scheduled on the following dates:  
Monday, Sept. 22: Hilltop
Tuesday, Sept. 23: White Center Heights
Monday, Sept. 29: North Hill
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Chinook
Monday, Oct. 20: Cascade  
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Midway

HEA leaders will be visiting to listen to HEA member concerns and ideas regarding strengthening our work with each other and with Highline School District. If your building would like a visit, please talk with your HEA building representative.

In this Issue ...
  • Good News
  • HEA/HSD Joint Contract Training
  • McCleary and Ed Funding
  • Initiative 1351
  • Highline Citizens for Schools - Bond Measure
  • School Board Connections
  • Building Visits
  • Socials

FAQs

Q: When am I paid for class size mitigation?
A: Class size mitigation begins Oct. 1. If you are overloaded, your first mitigation payment will be in the October paycheck.

Q: Is Oct. 10 a work day?
A: No, Oct. 10 is not a work day.  Many trainings are offered throughout the state, but it is not a paid day.

Q: When can I phone bank for 1351?
A: Phone banking begins Oct. 1. Come join us.

Q: When can I phone bank for the bond?
A: Phone banking is at the Windemere office in Burien on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact Sue McCabe to sign up.

Your Contract
Available on our website

Upcoming Dates

Sept: 17: School Board - ERAC
Sept. 25: HEA Executive Board
Oct. 1: School Board - ERAC
Oct. 6: HEA Rep Council
Oct. 23: HEA Social
Oct. 27: New Hire Dinner

HEA Social

Join us Oct. 23 from 3:30-6 p.m. at Elliott Bay Brewery, 255 SW 152nd St., in Burien. RSVP needed by Oct. 16.

New Hire Dinner

Oct. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Azteca in Burien across from ERAC. This is immediately following the Tips and Tools workshop. RSVP needed by Oct. 20.

Contact us


Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 121

Jan Shannon
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 123

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 122


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