Colleagues,

Just a few timely updates and clarification on current issues:
This Friday. The time schedule for the October 6 Superintendent’s Conference Day is the same as on a regular day – consistent with Section 16 (Professional Day) of our collective bargaining agreement. The District sent to school principals a sample schedule for that day (8:30am – 3:30pm) but it was only a SAMPLE that applies to some schools, not all. If you are at a school with a different normal starting or ending time, and therefore have other conflicting obligations, just so notify your school principal in writing and you will be both excused and accommodated.
– Teacher Retirement System (TRS). The District has notified the TRS that the salary in the July 7, 2017 paycheck should have been credited for the 2016-2017 school year.  TRS has responded that they will make the adjustments but it may take a little time for them to do so.  This miscommunication between the District and the TRS affects everyone employed last year.  We expect that the District will also communicate further clarification and information to affected RTA members.
– Changes to APPR Ratings. Last week the District notified more than 70 teachers that their APPR ratings were changed because of changes in student performance scores.  In some instances, teachers had “pending scores” while in other cases teachers had already received a different APPR rating.  Affected teachers should consider appealing the new rating. And due to these changes, the new deadline for filing an APPR Appeal is October 19.
– Student Loan Forgiveness. Financial advisors from The Legend Group will be at the RTA (30 N. Union Street, Suite 301) to present an overview of student loan forgiveness options and to answer questions about related programs and options. If interested, come to the RTA on either October 10 or October 25 between 2:30-3:30pm or 4:00-5:00pm. Refreshments will be available and no appointment necessary.
As always, please call us at the RTA (546-2681) with any questions related to these or any other issues.
Adam Urbanski, RTA President