Present – R. AUGUSTINE, J. CHISOLM, T. CRISCUOLO, P. DELUCIA, A. DUSA, I. FESTA, J. GONZALEZ, A. HAYES-NEWTON, O. HERNANDEZ, J. LEACH, D. LOW, M. MALONEY, M. MAZZACANE, E. MCDANIEL-EPPS, T. PAIGE-HARRIS, M. PANTALEO, R. POMPANO, J. ROTH, M. SOARES, V. SULLO, R. TOHOMAS, K. WETMORE, P. WILSON, D. WEINREB
- Call to order
- David Cicarella called to order the regular meeting of the Executive Board at 3:55 pm
11. Motion to accept minutes from March 5th, 2018
- Meeting minutes accepted
111. Committee Reports
a. Sound School request for robotics program for $300.00. All in favor, 1 abstention. Request granted
b. New Haven Scholarship program requested 250.00. This is a scholarship offered to New Haven students. The request was granted unanimously.
- PreK-12: Nothing to report at this time.
- Security: Pete Wilson was out and will submit a written update to Dave and Pat (DeLucia) who will share with the Exec Bd.
- Grievance: There is one case moving forward to AFT CT, the only cost will be the fees for the arbitrator. Grievances are handled by our Field Rep and is part of our regular dues structure. There are three other cases still in Human Resources at this point.
- School Reform: Board has decided to re-instate this committee. This committee will be consists of 3 teachers, 2 parents, 3 administrators and Dr. Birks, who is a non-voting member. Three NHFT members (Dave, Pat, and Jennifer Wells-Jackson are our NHFT reps) were present at the first meeting along with Dr. Birks, and Mary Rosario (the NHFT parent selection to serve on this committee) There is a follow up meeting scheduled for April 9th. There will be a sub-committee that will serve as the Deficit Mitigation Committee. There will also be a Strategic Planning committee that will consist of 25 members, 5 of which will be teachers. The NHFT members are Regina Carini, Breanna Evans, Dee Marshall, Patricia Abdur-Ramen and Cheryl Canino
V. New Business
- Calendars: Four draft proposals have been sent to Dr. Birks office for next year’s school calendar. The teachers will once again vote on these proposed calendars, unless the district decides to start school after Labor Day. That is not expected to be the case.
- 457’s: The city has sent out to all unions a proposed change in provider for the 457. This is being done as a cost saving measure and no other plans are being affected at this point.
- Ad-hoc Committees: There are two new committees being developed to address recent concerns. Each of these committees will have a chairperson leading them. Email Pat DeLucia directly if you are interested in joining either of these committees. There will be an Attendance Committee that will be in place for September. This committee will focus on encouraging regular meeting attendance for Stewards and Executive Board members. There will be a By-Law committee that will focus on amending the Union By-Laws and this committee should be up and running by May.
V1. Old Business
- Early Retirement Buy Out Proposal: Pat, Dave, and Ray Pompano have developed an early retirement incentive for New Haven teachers. The plan will save money and benefit teachers. There are approximately 175 teaches that are potential candidates for this plan. The annual retirement workshop will once again by held, an email will go out to teachers next week about the workshop.
- Behavior: Behavioral difficulties continue to be monitored at several schools including Katherine Brennan, Barnard and Nathan Hale.
- Code of Conduct Revised: This committee is in the beginning stages of being re-instated. In order for this committee to function to the best of its ability it needs dedicated people to run it as well as resources. Another meeting is scheduled for the end of April to discuss the committee’s direction.
- Open Enrollment: The HSA plan is effective as of July 1st and the other plans will be effective as of September 2019. There is a push to have the city look at health insurance coverage for Autism. This is proposal is moving forward; the coverage would have to be offered to all city employees, not just teachers.
- Clinton Ave. School: Commissioners Network funding is up for renewal. The school is in year four. The teachers must re-commit to the school by June. Excellent progress made at Clinton Ave and that has been cited by both Dr. Birks and the Commissioner’s Network.
- Whole Child Framework: This is a new social/emotional learning program initiative. There will be training this summer for trainers of this program. This is in the very beginning stages.
- Membership Cards: The data base has been cleaned out and there are 36 members still not signed up. (down from 57) These members will be emailed directly and the stewards will follow up.
- Our very own Judith Leach and Peter Wilson (NHFT Executive Board members) were honored at the “You are the Light” ceremony.
- AFT breakfast: There was not a very large turnout for this event. Martin Looney spoke of the state’s budget being very dependent on Fairfield County and the trading market. More will be known after April 15th after taxes are filed. There is new leadership in the capital and much of the upcoming budget is still unknown. Tolls are likely to come for the highways. Service taxes likely to be given to service providers such as: Vets, Dr.’s, Lawyers, etc.
- Attendance for teachers is very good overall. 270 have been absent 2 days or less as of March 1st! The Attendance Committee (Dave is a member) is planning a ceremony to recognize their accomplishment prior to a BoE meeting in May.
- David Cicarella adjourned the meeting at 5:15pm
Meeting minutes submitted by: Jennifer Chisholm