Publications and Reports
While we were unable to reach a settlement, a considerable amount of work was done at the February 15 mediation session. The mediator made a proposal for compensation that he believes is fair to MHFT and the District. He directed both sides to present this to their leadership (our Executive Council and the School Board). If both parties agree to the mediator’s proposal, he believes that we can reach a settlement soon.
School Board Election
If you have been to a school board meeting recently, you know that the board meetings have focused more on conflict than on community input and productive discourse about public education. The board often spends more time approving the agenda and minutes than on discussion and questions regarding action items that affect our students and our members. We need to have a board that will work together for our students and our members.
Offers of Employment
In the April 2016 HR Insider, the following statement was made about contracts:
"Typically, offers of employment (contracts) for the 2016-17 school year go out to your school sites the first week of May. This year, due to a recent Call to Action by MHFT, Human Resources is reviewing our annual process. We do not want teachers and site staff to be in an uncomfortable situation. Meanwhile, please know that teachers in probationary and permanent status, unless they have already been notified, ‘shall be continued in the position.’ (Ed Code 44951).”
Please go to https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/negotiations-survey-spring-2016 and fill out the negotiations survey, if you haven't already done so.
This information helps us to prepare our positions and interests for negotiations, and it is also good data to share with the District. It helps us to have a strong position if ALL OF OUR MEMBERS take the survey.
Welcome back, Gemma!
We are happy to report that Gemma is back in the office full time this semester. Joining her as office staff are Lori Shoemaker, Andrea Kusanovich, and Terri Eves-Knudsen, who are released part time, and remain in the classroom (or library) part time.
Large Turnout to Call for Resignation of Board Member David Gerard
Thank you to all teachers who came to the board meeting this Tuesday, and to all those who spoke up to support students, teachers and our district to denounce the inappropriate emails from Mr. Gerard. The evening was impressive with students, teachers, administrators, and community members all asking for his resignation. It was heartwarming to be joined at this meeting by so many highly-regarded members of the community, including Roger Knopf (Inaugural Recipient of Leadership Morgan Hill’s Excellence in Leadership Award), George Thomas (longtime Chair of the Live Oak Foundation), former MHUSD Trustees Shellé Thomas, Julie Zintsmaster, and Kathy Sullivan, and Brian Sullivan (Charter School of Morgan Hill Trustee). Many of these people took to the microphone, and the theme was clear: our district and community are better than the behavior exhibited by Mr. Gerard.