BHUSD & BHEA - Joint Communication - September 10, 2014
The 2014-2015 negotiating team met on September 10, 2014.
BHEA team members present were Chris Bushée, Becky Hickok, Gregg Riesenberg, Josh Schmidt, Penny Upton, and F.E. Young.
BHUSD team members present were Dave Hoffman, Mary Anne McCabe, Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard, Carter Paysinger, and Kathy Schaeffer. The District will be revisiting its bargaining team composition over the coming months as transitions are made.
The negotiations process will be facilitated this year by Dana Findley.
The group discussed the implementation of the increase in the District’s contribution to employee benefits. Employees will see a $25/month increase in the contribution for the 14-15 school year. This will begin with the October 1 paycheck, and that paycheck will also include an additional one-time $25 contribution applied retroactively to cover the August contribution.
The group reviewed ground rules, guest protocols, and the interest based problem solving process used at the negotiating table. The interest based problem solving process is based on the principle that the District and BHEA can resolve issues most effectively by working together in a consensus-based model to find solutions that work for everyone, rather than by taking “positions.”
The group discussed the District’s budget.
The Unaudited Actuals reflect:
An increase to the ending fund balance of just over $1M
Increases to revenues in unrestricted state and local funds, and decreases in prior year tax revenues and in restricted federal, state, and local revenues.
Decreases in expenditures for salaries and benefits, decreases in expenditures for supplies, and increases in expenditures for services, including legal and special education services.
The current balance in the Endowment Fund/Fund 17 is $10,054,108. The unappropriated portion of the General Fund ending balance is $2.57M.
The group discussed the funding structure utilized to pay for the District’s Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities (current and future costs of health benefits for retirees).
The group identified contract articles to be addressed this year. The following articles will be “sunshined” at the September 23, 2014, Board meeting as a preliminary list; additional articles may be added later in the year.
Article III – Salaries
Article IV – Hours
Article V – Health, Welfare and Other Benefits
Article VII – Transfers
Article VIII – Class Size
Article IX – Professional Assessment of Certificated Personnel
Article XXIII (new) – Teacher Discipline
Appendix A – Salary Schedules
Appendix B – Extra Pay Assignment Forms
Appendix D – Calendar
Appendix G – Professional Assessment Forms
The group formed committees for calendar development, evaluation, insurance, and contract language development
The next meeting agenda is as follows:
Review of Notes
Review of Sunshine/Prioritization
Review Parking Lot
Review Joint Communication and To-Do List
Set Agenda for Next Meeting
Future bargaining dates are currently scheduled as follows:
May 13 (tentative)
BHUSD & BHEA - Joint Communication - November 19, 2014
The BHEA bargaining team and the District met on November 19, 2014, at the District Office.
An issue was raised regarding the recent Board decision to hire long-term substitute teachers due to class sizes in a couple of primary classrooms going over the 20:1 ratio. The District and BHEA agreed to discuss the ramifications of placing long-term substitute teachers in the classroom with the teacher of record.
The District presented the First Interim Budget to the committee. The District will continue to update the committee on the budget as more information becomes available.
The committee prioritized the following issues for discussion:
1. Benefits 2. Teacher Discipline 3. Permits 4. Class Size 5. Extra Pay
The committee began discussions regarding employee benefits. Committee members defined the issue and brainstormed the interests related to the issue. The committee will continue the discussion at the next bargaining session.
The committee began discussions on Certificated Discipline which would be a new Article to the contract. Committee members defined the issue and brainstormed the interests related to the issue. The committee will continue the discussion at the next bargaining session. The committee will meet again on December 11, 2014.
BHEA Bargaining Team members present were: Chris Bushee, Becky Hickok, Gregg Riesenberg, Josh Schmidt, F.E. Young, Penny Upton
District Bargaining Team members present were: Christian Fuhrer, Dave Hoffman, Mark Keriakous, La Tanya Kirk-Carter