Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Steps and Lanes/EFT

If you are receiving a step and/or a lane increase, that will be reflected on your October paycheck!  Remember that the October paycheck will be larger than normal due to retro pay increases for this year (September increase for traditional, August and September increases for year round). 

 Please check Skyward to verify your step and/or lane change has been reflected.  Login to Employee Access, click Employee Information, click Personal Information, in the left pane click Lane/Step History.  This will show you what lane and step you were on in 2010 and 2012.  If something is not correct, contact HR at 801-567-8150.  You will want to look at your pay stub in Skyward as well.  You can do that from the same page, only in the left pane click Checks.

Looking forward to payday, thanks to the JEA Negotiations Team!

If you are still on payroll deduction for dues, I encourage you to make the flip to EFT.  You can do so at with your member number.  Your building AR has your member number, or you can contact me to look that up for you if you cannot find your membership card.  New membership cards should be arriving at your home by mail in the next two weeks.

Reminder to those of you who have already flipped to EFT or credit card, that the next withdraw or charge will be November 3.  Please verify you have enough money in your account.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meet the Candidates Follow Up

The PTA Meet the Candidates Night was fairly successful.  Most of the JEA recommended candidates were in attendance. I saw several JEA members there and appreciate their efforts to be informed voters.

I spent a bit of time talking to the two candidates for State School Board.  One of them encouraged me to go look at his answers to the questionnaires.  I am attaching links here to both of their questionnaires.  If you live in another school district, you can go to United Way and find your State School Board candidate responses.

For most of Jordan District, the candidates are Jefferson Moss and Sergio Vasquez.  Click on their names to read their questionnaires.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Legislative Council (AR) Meeting

We had a great AR meeting last night!  I appreciate all of the AR's who attended and stayed throughout the meeting.  UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh came to talk about the UEA Convention and Education Exposition next week. 

Debbie Atwood at Falcon Ridge, Christy Baker at West Jordan High, and Paul Noble at Copper Hills were voted to be on the Joint Educator Evaluation Committee (JEEC).  They will join Marilyn Kurt from Joel P. Jensen who still has time left on her term.

Watch for the Red Flags information from your AR.  Read through that information so you know how to handle a situation that may arise.  Also, your AR may talk to you about the JEA Death Benefit.  When an active member who is part of the Death Benefit program passes away, all JEA members who are enrolled in Death Benefit have $4 donated at the time of their dues payment that goes to the family of our JEA colleague who has passed. 

Remember to check out the recommended candidates at this blog post.

We reveiwed the UEA "Don't De'lei', Recruit Today" campaign.  See for more information.  Dawn Opie at Foothills won the membership drawing.

Upcoming events include:
  • UEA Convention, see for more information.
  • Costco event, Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 - 9:30 at the Murray Costco
  • "Hobbit" movie event on Friday, December 14 at The District

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

School Visits

I had to opportunity to meet with teachers at Monte Vista and Fox Hollow last week.  They have concerns many of you share about steps and lanes, insurance, and morale.  There are so many great teachers we want to remain in Jordan District.  I thank the AR's at those buildings for inviting me out and the teachers I was able to meet. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

JEA/UEA/NEA Recommended Candidates

The Political Action Committee at all levels of the Association have made recommendations for the 2012 elections.  Please remember that all recommendations are made based on one issue:  public education.  You have the responsibility to learn about the candidates and the right to vote for the person you feel best represents you.  Remember to vote!  In the last general election, only 50% of UEA members voted.  With 18,000 members, we can cause candidates to win races if we all vote.

President/Vice President of the United States:  Barack Obama/Joe Biden

UEA (to see a full list of recommendations from around the state go to PAC page)
US Senate:  Scott Howell
US Congressional District 2:  Jay Seegmiller
US Congressional District 4:  Jim Matheson
Governor/Lt. Governor of Utah:  Gary Herbert/Greg Bell
Attorney General of Utah:  Dee Smith

Senate District 6:  John Rendell
Senate District 10:  Aaron Osmond
House District 42:  Jim Bird
House District 43:  Jeff Bell
House Distict 47:  Joe Huey
House District 50:  Billie Gay Larsen
House District 52:  Dan Paget
Jordan School Board Precinct 1:  J. Lynn Crane

PTA is hosting a Meet the Candidates night on Thursday, October 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 at Elk Ridge Middle.  Go to their blog to view the list of candidates planning to attend.  Be an informed voter!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

UEA/Arch Coal Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Donna Hunter at Herriman High, and Jill Krogue at Columbia Elementary for being chosen to receive the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by UEA and the Arch Coal Foundation!  These great teachers will be honored at a banquet in conjunction with the UEA Convention and receive $1500.  JEA is the only association in the state to have two winners this year.