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Oct. 15, 2013

New Faces in the HEA Office

Sue McCabe
Our newly elected HEA President.  Sue has worked in the Highline School District for 18 years at Pacific Middle School, Sylvester Middle School, and the past nine years at Mount Rainier High School. Her Association leadership includes HEA vice-president, WEA-PAC manager, WEA/NEA delegate, building representative and HEA bargaining team. Sue enjoys being active outside of work, hiking, biking, skiing, rollerblading, and joining an occasional hot yoga class.

Jan Shannon
Please welcome Jan Shannon, our new HEA Administrative Assistant. Jan offers amazing experience as an administrative assistant. She comes to us after working with the Postal Workers Union, Laborers' International Union of North America and the King County Labor Agency, AFL-CIO. She is a 25-year member of the Office & Professional Workers Union, Local 8. She is  responsive to member questions and welcomes building representatives at each Rep Council meeting. Jan brings great positive energy to the office. HEA is fortunate to have her expertise!

HEA/HSD Joint Contract Training

HEA/HSD have negotiated changes to the collective bargaining agreement. The contract is being updated to reflect the new changes.  A joint training for Principals and HEA Building Representatives is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Highline Performing Arts Center. Secondary: 3:15 p.m., Elementary 4:15 p.m.  

Class Size Counts

October is Class Size Counts Month. Class Size Counts is a community coalition working together to educate the public around class sizes in the state of Washington. Washington has the 4th worst  class sizes in the nation! More than 3,000 classes have been posted. As of Oct. 11, there are 105 classes posted from Highline. Help educate everyone in Washington by posting your class size at www.ClassSizeCountsWA.com

School Board Connections

Highline Education Association would like to encourage every HEA represented staff member to attend at least one School Board meeting during the course of the year. For School Board meetings held at ERAC at 6 p.m., Sue McCabe will host appetizers at Azteca at 5 p.m. before the meeting. See your HEA building representative to sign up!

Welcome, New Highline Staff

All new Highline staff members are invited to a "FIESTA" with HEA on Monday, Oct. 28. New members are all invited to come, get an introduction to the organization and the benefits and opportunities it provides, and meet other new members.

The gathering, following the Mentor Monday meeting, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Burien Azteca, 153 SW 157th St. (across from the street from ERAC). We hope you can come and join us! RSVP to Jan by Thursday, Oct. 24.

In this issue ...

  • New Faces in the HEA Office
  • HEA/HSD Joint Contract Training
  • Class Size Counts
  • School Board Connections
  • New Hires Social
  • FAQs
  • Your Contract


Q: When do teachers receive pay for class size overload?
A: Class size mitigation compensation begins on the October paycheck. Payment begins Oct. 1.

Q: When do HEA members receive their HEA negotiated $ for materials?
A: In the November paycheck. You will see a line item for $190 on your pay stub.

Q: What is the class size for secondary general education classroom teachers?
A: Secondary class size ranges from 29–32 students. Daily load cannot exceed 145 students for academic classes. With Advisory, daily load cannot exceed 151.  Advisory students are counted .25 per student.

Your Contract

The HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement will be available soon. It is in the process of being printed.

Contact us

Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 26

Jan Shannon
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 21

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 25

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