The Negotiated Joint Committee met last Thursday afternoon. We made plans for Interest Based Bargaining training for February.
We discussed the new high school parent teacher conference format to be in place for 2012-2013. Based on surveys of high school teachers and parents of high schoolers, and after extensive discussion through DAC and Negotiations, high school parent teacher conferenes will be from noon to 8:00 p.m. on the Wednesday of secondary conference week. There will be no compensation day. This will make coaches more available, since they can hold practices in the morning, teachers will not have to work two 12- hour days and then an 8-hour day before the compenation day, and there will be more flexibility for schools to decide on open or scheduled conferences, and allowing parents who work at night to attend during the day. The data on attendance and effectiveness will determine if this format will be used the next year. Middle school conferences would be held on Wednesday and Thursday of the same week.
High school collaboration was also addressed. High school principals would like to see something similar to the middle schools with common time so those who are the only teacher of a subject in a school could work with those in other schools who teach the same subject.
Nepotism is being addressed. Plesae see this blog post for more information.