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Voting Members

 

Ambuehl School

Keith Coon


661-0400 School

488-3158 fax

Arroyo Vista School

Heidi McSweeney

Julie Standley


459-0215 School

589-6924 fax

Bathgate School

Debra Weller


348-0451 School

348-0426 fax

Benedict School

Valerie McCorkle


498-6617 School

361-8462 fax

Bergeson School

Celeste Gray


643-1540 School

643-7931 fax

Canyon Vista School

Marilyn Brown


234-5941 School

360-6273 fax

Castille School

Lindy Donsker


830-3710 School

586-6739 fax

Chaparral School

Michelle Proctor


234-5349 School

234-5363 fax

Concordia School

Thomas Carter


492-3060 School

361-8652 fax

R.H.Dana School

Susan Paradise


496-5784 School

488-3867 fax

R.H.Dana ENF School

Valery Fischer

Jennifer Sundell-Mizell


496-6151 School

489-8479 fax

Del Obispo School

Tony Beltran


493-4013 School

488-3062 fax

Don Juan Avila Elem School

Quinn Beyer

Mariann Duff


349-9452 School

362-9076 fax

Hankey School

Susie Moothart

Jolene Smith


364-5502 School

347-0536 fax

HIdden Hills School

TBD


495-0050 School

495-6920 fax

Kinoshita School

Damon Ridgway


489-2131 School

234-0405 fax

Ladera Ranch

Kathy Plambeck


234-5915 School

364-1149 fax

Laguna Niguel

Wendy Billman

Melissa Washington


234-5308 School

360-4407 fax

Las Flores Elem School

Manisha Fish


589-6935 School

589-9286 fax

Las Palmas School

Juliana Carter


492-3456 School

369-1427 fax

Lobo School

Julie Payne

Lori West


366-6740 School

366-0764 fax

Malcom School

Mike Hardos


248-0542 School

248-7697 fax

Marblehead School

Betsy Miner


234-5339 School

361-0706 fax

Moulton School

Steve Ciolek

Kurt Kimmel


495-0440 School

495-5233 fax

Oak Grove School

Jason Cropley


360-9001 School

360-7372 fax

Oso Grande School

Janet Bentley

Kim Hall


360-9001 School

360-7372 fax

Palisades School

Leon Skov


496-5942 School

496-7290 fax

Reilly School

Amy Koch


454-1590 School

588-6315 fax

San Juan School

Renee Godinez


493-4533 School

240-9174 fax

Tijeras Creek School

Michael Stanley


766-3427 School

858-3862 fax

Viejo School

Erica Alejandro


582-2424 School

348-2499 fax

Vista del Mar School

Melissa Johnson


234-5950 School

940-0262 fax

Wagon Wheel School

Diane Casebier

Dave Ponce


589-1953 School

589-2813 fax

George White School

Cathy Myers


249-3875 School

249-5316 fax

Wood Canyon School

Val Kenney


448-0012 School

448-0017 fax

Aliso Viejo Middle School

Roni Schwartz


831-2622 School

643-2784 fax

Arroyo Vista Middle School

Justine Lawson


234-5951 School

589-6924 fax

Bernice Ayers Middle School

Don Schultz

Jalal Masri


366-9607 School

366-1519 fax

Don Juan Avila Middle School

Sheryl Zinsli

Chuck Waterman


362-0348 School

362-9076 fax

Carl Hankey Middle School

Lisa Boothe

Nick Langsdorf


364-5502 School

347-0536 fax

Ladera Ranch Middle School

Lori Bailey

Michelle McGowen


234-5922 School

364-1149 fax

Las Flores Middle School

Matt Atilano

Christy Heidner


589-6543 School

589-9286 fax

Marco Forster Middle School

Eric Takach

Mark Rivadeneyra


234-5907 School

488-3567 fax

Newhart Middle School

Steve Ireland


855-0162 School

770-1262 fax

Niguel Hills Middle School

Gwynne Steidle


234-5360 School

249-2069 fax

Shorecliffs Middle School

Scott Kearney

Tanya Schwab-Kearney


498-1660 School

498-0826 fax

Vista del Mar Middle School

Arleen Salazar


234-5955 School

940-0262 fax

Aliso Niguel High School

Angela Brown

Sue Place

Cyndi Wright


831-5590 School

448-9854 fax

Capistrano Valley High School

Deborah Brinks

Heather Akbarzadeh

John Kearsley


364-6100 School

347-1298 fax

Dana Hills High School

Tim Sampson

Mike Hulse

John Rosser

Mary Anne Fenstermaker


496-6666 School

489-8317 fax

San Clemente High School

Lana Schmidt

Roderick Urquidi

Casey Swenson

Greg Young

Nic Dewald


492-4165 School

361-5175 fax

San Juan Hills High School

Danielle Serio

Diane Tucker

Fernanda Villalba

Tanislado Bracamontes


234-5310 School

766-3370 fax

Tesoro High School

Cindy Brewer

Peter Chance

Jaime Runyan

Dee Dee Gross


234-5310 School

766-3370 fax

Serra High School

Robyn Nixon


489-7216 Serra

496-2007 fax

Cal Prep Academy

Mike Moore


234-5317 School

Capo Virtual School

Megan Gutridge


234-9374 School

Psychologists

Tracey Imsland

Marnie Feeley


Speech Pathologists

Sue Lederman

Nicole Godfrey


248-0542 School

234-5951 School

Music - D.O.

Eun Young Choi


234-5951 School

TOSA's

Barbara Hardos


Adult Transitions

Lucille Robustelli


234-5596 (ATP)

Health Services

Nancy Harmon


234-9568 Office

Counselors

Kendall Hayward

(Moulton)

Liz Sholly

(DJAMS)


362-0348 (DJAMS)

 

 


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BRANDMAN PARTNERS WITH CUSD TO OFFER MASTER’S COHORTS WITH SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

CUSD and Brandman University are hoping to start cohorts with Brandman for the summer and fall of 2017. There will be opportunities for both scholarships and career advancement. Information meetings will be held at the District Office in Training Rooms 2 & 3 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 16, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:00 PM

To sign up or for more specific information, click here.

 

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ELECTION

DEADLINES

NEAR!

NEA REP ASSEMBLY ELECTION COMING TO SITES

The NEA Representative Assembly is being held in Boston, MA this year from June 29 – July 6. We have several people from CUEA who are vying to be CTA state delegates from Orange County at this assembly.

The election will be held by CUEA Building Representatives at school sites between Wednesday, March 13 – Friday, March 15. Active members only may vote for less than but no more than 20 of the candidates listed on the ballot. Here are the CUEA candidates with their number on the ballot (there is a total of 57 candidates for the Orange County area).

  • #10 Joy Schnapper
  • #18 Nona Brinkman Reimer
  • #27 Michael Hulse
  • #35 Manisha (Kulkarni)-Fish
  • #44 Sally White
  • #46 Christy Watson Heidner
  • #49 Robyn L. Nixon


PLEASE VOTE SO THAT CUEA MAY HAVE MAXIMUM REPRESENTATION AT THIS ASSEMBLY.

CUEA GENEREAL ELECTION CANDIDACY STATEMENTS AVAILABLE

Candidacy statement for CUEA Executive Officers and other Executive Board positions are currently available for the CUEA General Election, which will be held in April. CUEA Reps will be given candidacy statements at the next Rep Council meeting this coming Tuesday, March 7, to distribute to members. If you are an active member of CUEA and are interested in becoming more involved in leadership in CUEA, now is your chance.

Candidacy statements are due on Tuesday, March 28 by 4:30 PM to the CUEA Office, and may be sent through district mail or delivered to 27422 Aliso Creek Rd., Suite 100, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.


The following offices/positions are up for election:

First Vice President ($1,500/year stipend)
Second Vice-President ($1,500/year stipend)
Secretary ($1,300/year stipend)
(2) High School Representatives-at-Large ($1,000/year stipend)
(1) Middle School Representative-at-Large ($1,000/year stipend)
(3) Elementary School Representatives-at-Large ($1,000/year stipend)
(1) CTA State Council Delegate ($1,000/year stipend)
Building Representative(s) ($599/year stipend)

 

 

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Scholarships

 

SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINES

THIS MONTH

NOW ACCEPTING CUEA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Every spring CUEA offers scholarships to the children of our members who are currently high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall. In order to be eligible students must meet the following criteria:
  • Parent or guardian must be a teacher, speech pathologist, nurse, psychologist, or counselor employed in CUSD
  • Parent or guardian must be a member of CUEA
  • Student must be a graduating senior with an overall GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Student must be planning to attend college
You can find the application online here and also on the CUEA website. Click on “Programs” > “Scholarships.” See this page in the CUEA website for a complete list of CUEA and CTA Scholarships available. Applications are must be returned NO LATER than 4:00 PM on Monday, March 27 to the CUEA office, 27422 Aliso Creek Rd., Suite 100, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

 

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Special Education Task Force

 

SPECIAL ED

TASKFORCE

TO MEET

SPECIAL ED STRATEGIC PLAN TASK FORCE WORK GROUP COMMITTEES BEING FORMED

Last year, CUSD brought in the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), to review the entire Special Education programs and services in the District. This team was specifically looking for deficiencies.  They interviewed representative groups from all stakeholders, including special education and general education educators and support staff, in order to analyze the continuum of services, staffing ratios, class and caseload sizes, the general organization and efficiency of the Special Ed department. After the FCMAT report was issued, the District saw the need for a strategic plan to carry out the suggested reforms. Randi Gibson, Interim Special Education Project Consultant, has been charged with overseeing the formation and implementation of the Strategic Plan.

 

A Strategic Plan Task Force Advisory Board is currently being formed from applicants.  This Board will oversee and respond to several Strategic Plan Task Force Work Group Committees, including Continuum of Services, Identification-Monitoring-Compliance, Leadership & Communication, and Support Services & Staffing. They will need 1-3 general ed and 1-2 special ed teachers on each of these committees.

 

In the next couple of weeks there will be an email sent out to all certificated staff requesting volunteers for these committees, with details regarding the task of each committee, meeting dates, times and locations. If you would like to have input on these vital committees, be looking for this email in your school district email box.

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TRANSFER

PROCESS

IS WHERE?

Many of our members are asking for an update on the District’s transfer/hiring process.  Currently, Human Resources is placing all surplus teachers (including those at Crown Valley Elementary).  When that is completed, they will move to place any voluntary transfer requests as possible. After those have been placed, the temporary teachers who are being asked back will be notified of their placements.  Finally, any new hires needed will be selected.  The District has been actively accepting applications and interviewing new candidates to have a pool ready, with the expectation that all schools will be fully staffed by June 30.

 

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BE AWARE OF

YOUR

CONTRACT


Beginning Of The Year Contract Reminders


Credit for Summer Classes
If you have taken summer classes for salary credit, you must submit transcripts to the CUSD Personnel Department no later than October 31. Adjustment will be made retroactive to the first working day. CUEA suggests you get the paperwork in much earlier.

Kindergarten Reminder
Kindergarten teachers have priority when signing up for the computer lab and library on ACE days.

Elementary Combo Classes
Three/four combo teachers receive the same release time as 4th grade teachers, 80 minutes of block music release per week.

 

High School Late Start Days


When putting together the Late Start schedule for the high school school year, it is important that teachers and administration follow the CUEA/CUSD Contract. Article 5.8.3 states that Late Start days at the high school level shall be scheduled with the input and approval of the staff. Teachers shall give input on the frequency, duration and usage of late start days, with no more than four hours per month dedicated to professional development and/or departmental/subject matter collaboration time. And Article 5.8.4 states that Faculty meetings shall be no longer than one hour in length and conducted no more than once a month. Faculty meetings for the month will occur on an ACE/Late Start day.

This means that teachers must be involved in deciding not only how many Late Start days will be scheduled, but how those days will be used as well. Besides the faculty meeting, other choices Late Start days may include the following: department meeting; staff development; collaboration meetings; independent planning time; and meetings dedicated to the WASC process. For reference, high school teachers may want to refer to Article 5.8.2 which describes in more detail, how ACE (Late Start) days should be spent.

With school closing a week earlier than usual, CUEA suggests that the secret ballot voting be completed prior to the Memorial Day holiday.


Sub Coverage Pay For All Teachers


District office has been releasing teachers for the past few months to attend trainings and meetings which has resulted in a shortage of subs for teachers who are absent on any given day. This means that teachers are being asked to cover each other classes during the school day.

As per Articles 5.12 and 14.7.1 of the CUEA/CUSD Contract, all teachers, elementary and secondary, music and special ed teachers, get paid $35 an hour to cover a colleague’s class if the substitute does not show up, or for as long as it takes for the sub to arrive if the instructional day has already started. Additionally, if students from the absent teacher are sent to other teachers’ classrooms, those teachers also receive $35 an hour as well.

This contract provision is not new, so if you have been covering classes anytime this year, or taking students from another class, without getting paid, notify your principal immediately so the proper paperwork can be completed  - this includes RSP teachers.

Report Card Comments


It has been agreed by both the district and CUEA that elementary teachers are responsible for their own comments on report cards. Therefore, principals should not be asking teachers to submit comments for review, prior to sending to parents. However, principals may access report cards at anytime anyway.

Additionally, teachers need to remember that because the Standards Based Report Card is so specific to each standard, teachers should not need to make many additional comments unless a grade needs to be documented.

Personal Necessity Days
Did You Know There Are 10?


One of the major contract changes effective in 2012-13 is the addition of 3 more Personal Necessity days ("PN Days") Article 10.3, for a total of 10 days. This means all ten (10) of your allotted sick days per year can be used for personal necessity reasons. Keep in mind, you still must tell your principal in advance of the need to take a Personal Necessity day. Also, see the line item below about "No-Tell" days.


Five "No-Tell" Personal
Necessity Days


New contract language was  adopted last spring allowing for five (5) "No Tell" days. Refer to Article 10.3.3 in the CUEA/CUSD Contract now online at the CUEA website. There is no restriction  as to when those days may taken. Keep in mind that these 5 days are part of the 10 PN days allowed per year as enumerated in Article 10.3.

What To Do About Jury Duty


If you are called for jury duty, you have the option to either serve when called, or postpone your service to a non-working day during winter or spring break or the summer vacation months.

If you choose to postpone and serve on your "own time," the district will pay you the same amount they would have paid a regular subsitute. In order to receive the substitute pay, you must submit a copy of the original summons, the notification of postponement of service, and the dated proof of jury service.

If you decide to serve your duty during the school year, the district pays for your sub and the days on jury duty are not counted against your sick leave.



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TRANSFER

APPLICATION

DEADLINE

The transfer process is currently open. Applications must be submitted through www.cusdjobs.org no later than March 1. You only need to complete the top portion of the application. Resumes and letters of recommendation are not required for transfers. You may apply to any school you wish, but not all will have openings. Teachers requesting transfers will be notified of their request no later than April 15.

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"OPTION A"

IS CHOSEN FOR

2016-17

At the October 14 Board Meeting, CUSD Trustees voted (5 to 2) to approve the original 2016-17 calendar, Option A, with the mid-August student start date of August 15, full week of Thanksgiving, first semester ending before Winter Break, and final student day on June 1. The Trustees received many emails regarding this issue, and said that the emails were fairly divided, with a little more for early start than against. There were several people (close to 30) who lined up to speak to this agenda item. Of those, about six spoke against early start. The rest, which included several very articulate high school students, four teachers (three high school and one who spoke for her elementary school staff) and several parents (even parents of elementary students) all spoke to the academic and stress reduction benefits of the early start.

 

One woman, who spoke to the academic argument, talked about encountering new people moving into her neighborhood from out of state who will ask, “How are the schools?” She said that they don’t mean, “What’s the start date of school?” A high school senior insisted the August start date made the only sense, because all students involved in fall sports or pep squad or marching band (about 20% of the students) are back in August anyway. She said, “My family hasn’t taken an August vacation since I was in middle school.” 

 

All of the high schoolers spoke to the great stress relief of being completely done with finals prior to Winter Break and of the advantage of having three extra weeks of instruction prior to high stakes testing. A couple of the high schoolers, who will be the first in their families to go to college (one is the first high school graduate in his family), mentioned the need for that full Thanksgiving week to prepare applications since they had no parental experience with them. Finally, many spoke about the advantage of being out in early June in order to attend summer school sessions at Saddleback and other colleges.

 

The arguments for a post-Labor Day start were mostly around problems with air conditioning and the possible added cost of running it during August. Trustees pointed out that the air conditioning issues (which are all over the District) are a separate facilities problem that is definitely a Board priority, but that our hottest weather this year has been in September and October.

 

Going forward, the District has a plan in place, beginning in the spring of 2016, to collect community input regarding the 2017-18 calendar and beyond, so that all stakeholders feel heard. This will include polling by an independent polling service, small group stakeholder meetings, reconvening of the Calendar Committee, and a community forum to review poll results, and recommendations.

 

 
EDUCATION
 

Changes To Standard Disability Insurance

Standard LogoPlan premiums of the Voluntary Disability Insurance, offered through The Standard Insurance Company, will be modified starting September 1, 2015. Over the last decade, CTA members’ salaries have increased while the plan’s salary band and corresponding premiums have not changed. Currently, the highest salary band caps at $67,250+. Participants making $67,250 pay the same as those making $85,000. However, benefits are based on actual earned salary, so participants who pay premiums based on a $67,250 salary but are earning $85,000 are receiving a benefit that is not supported by the premiums. This contributes to a shortfall in premiums and a substantial subsidy by some participants.

 

To continue to provide high-quality income protection to all CTA members, the salary bands are being modified. This aligns premiums with benefits that are provided by the plan. Two modifications are being made: (1) One premium band for salaries under $44,500, and (2) six new salary bands for members who earn $76,250 and above.

 

This modification will allow The Standard to continue to provide benefits that so many members depend on (up to 75% income replacement) at premium rates that are among the most competitive in the country. Members who earn between $36,750 and $76,249 in annual salary will have no adjustments to premiums. Members outside of that range will see a premium adjustment and will receive a notification explaining the change. 

 

If you have any questions,
please call the CTA Customer Service Dept. at 1-800-522-0406
from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time
or email: CTAService@standard.com.

 

 


 
CONTRACT RIGHTS
 

Catastrophic Leave Bank - Have You Made Your Deposit?


What happens if you become so ill that you use up all of your sick leave? Well, under the contract in Article 10.17, catastrophic leave is defined as “. . . an illness or injury that is expected to incapacitate the employee for an extended period of time, requires the employee to take time off from work for an extended period of time and taking extended time off work creates a financial hardship for the employee because he or she has exhausted all of his or her sick leave and other paid time off."  “Paid time off” would include regular sick leave, extended sick leave (differential) [see 10.2.10], and industrial accident leave.

 

What do you do then? If you have deposited into the district Sick Leave Bank, you may use sick leave also donated by others, subject to certain restrictions as laid out in all of Article 10.17. You can find out by looking at the contract how to contribute and what the restrictions are.

Don’t wait until it is too late!  Donate now, if you meet the requirements. You will feel like you have some insurance against a catastrophe, and you will be helping your fellow employees in need.


 
GOVERNANCE
 

NEA Representative Assembly Applications


The NEA Representative Assembly is the largest annual democratic convention in the United States.  This year it will be held in Orlando, FL from June 30-July 7.  If you would like to be part of California’s CTA delegation you can obtain the candidacy form from the back of your California Educator (Dec or Jan issues) or NEA Today, or you can find the form online at http://www.cta.org/About-CTA/Leadership/NEA-RA.aspx.

This is a big commitment of your time, but it is exciting to participate and represent our members’ interests.  If you are interested in being elected as a delegate, the form must be turned in no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 30, to the CTA Orange Service Center, 281 N. Rampart, Ste. A, Orange, CA 92688 (you can reach that office by phone at 714.978.8861. If you are elected, CTA and CUEA will defray your costs.

 


 
STATE BUDGET
 

State Budget And CUSD


Governor Brown just signed into law the state budget for 2014/15. Below are brief highlights of the budget for school funding.

School District Reserves - The 2014-2015 State Budget includes language that would limit the amount of reserves that school districts statewide would be legally allowed to retain in their local budgets. Passage of this legislation assists us as classroom professionals who advocate for students to be certain that adequate resources will be provided to students and classrooms.

CalSTRS Unfunded Liability – The budget provides a multi-year plan of shared responsibility among the state, school districts and educators to resolve the CalSTRS unfunded liability and provide 100% funding within 32 years. The first year’s increased contributions from all three entities are fairly modest, but escalate further over 3 or 7 years.

Rainy Day Fund– The budget continues the Governor’s proposal for a constitutional amendment for the 2014 ballot to strengthen the existing state budget Rainy Day Fund. This ballot initiative will appear on the November 2014 ballot.

 
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OFFICER

ELECTIONS

ANNOUNCED

The results are in for the CUEA General Election. Officers and Executive Board members elected beginning September 1, are as follows:

President (two-year term):  Sally White

Treasurer (two-year term):  Robyn Nixon

High School Reps-At-Large (one-year term):  John Kearsley, Greg Young

Middle School Rep-At-Large (one-year term): Carter Johnson

Elem Reps-At-Large (one-year term):  Susie Moothart, Nona Reimer, Mike Hardos

CTA State Delegate (three-year term): Casey Swenson

CTA State Delegate Alternates (three-year term): Christy Heidner, Robyn Nixon