The clinic to provide the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled for Saturday, March 6. Staff will need to select their time slot on the Google Form emailed by Dr. Klein on February 12. Anyone who has not yet received the first vaccine and wishes to receive one, should contact Ed Klein to be placed on the standby list.
Quarantine - The COVID-19 quarantine rules and regulations continue to change frequently. Any questions or concerns regarding student quarantines can be directed to building secretaries who are in contact with Diane Farizel. Diane is the one who works directly with the Geauga County Health Department. The health department is the one who determines if individuals must be quarantined, not administrators or the district.
Scholarship Opportunity through Medical Mutual - If you have a graduating senior and carry our health insurance, your child may apply for this $1,000 scholarship toward college tuition. https://cfprograms.smapply.io/prog/medmutual
FFCRA is no longer in effect.
Now that FFCRA is no longer active, employees will either need to use sick leave days or work with their administrator regarding the possibility of working virtually. Sick leave can be used should you or your child become ill or quarantined due to COVID-19. Sick days can not be used for childcare purposes.
Governor DeWine’s Update regarding School Quarantines
Governor DeWine announced that Ohio changed its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools. Moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols.
NEOEA Megaconference 2021
The 2021 Megaconference will be presented virtually on Saturday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and is open to NEOEA members only. It is free and features twelve simultaneous breakouts in three one-hour time slots. For the latest information go to neoea.org/Mega. One semester graduate credit is available through Lake Erie College. The cost is $180. For more information, go to neoea.org/GraduateCredit.pdf. These professional development courses are a cost effective option for fulfilling your IPDP goals.
Please continue to check your personal emails throughout winter break. All CEA emails going to personal email addresses are sent from Joy Tersigni’s gmail accounts. Once Joy’s email is marked as “not spam,” they should show up in your inbox. I will continue to share new information/surveys as needed throughout winter break.
CEA Google Classroom: If you are not already enrolled in CEA’s Google Classroom, please join today
FFCRA points of clarity:
If you are ordered to quarantine, you must complete the FFCRA Employee Leave Request Form. Even if your principal allows you to work from home, you still must complete the paperwork.
If you are working from home, you will not be charged sick days or FFCRA days. (even though you still need to fill out the paperwork)
FFCRA leave may be used intermittently.
Deb Armbruster is the primary point of contact for FFCRA questions.
Make sure you have a current IPDP. The next LPDC meeting will be held virtually on Monday, October 19 at 4:15. Contact Melanie Elliott for more information.
September 2020: Sick Leave Bank (4.01.9)
To establish participation, members must provide written notification to the Treasurer’s Office during the open enrollment period, which is any work day in September. Enrollment in the Sick Leave Bank is continuous from contract year to contract year until the agreement expires.
2020 Retirees-Congratulations and thank you for your years of service to Chardon Schools. We wish the very best to the Chardon retirees as they begin a new chapter!
Lori Baker Nadine Debevec Diane Pirnat Barb Rosengard Coleen Williams
Welcome 2020 New Staff!
Cara Colak, Speech and Language Pathologist Sarah Sraj, Speech and Language Pathologist Anthony Matticoli, CMS 4th grade Holly Suszynski, Munson 1st grade Jeana Hardman, Munson 3rd grade Hallee Habeeb, CMS 6th grade ELA Sarah Park, Nurse Dawn Tupaz, CHS Guidance Julie Peterson, Park 3rd Erika Barnett, CMS Guidance Rebecca Klembara, Kindergarten Ellie Bostwick, CMS 5th grade Kelly Fisher, Munson Half time 2nd grade Sara Omlor, CMS 4th grade Stay Connected!
Join our CEA Google Classroom for resources. See Building Rep for Classroom code!
Public School Works - This year’s PD schedule provides staff with all the time needed to complete the annual Public School Works requirements (approximately 6.5 hours). Since all the time is provided during the August 26, 27, 28, and September 4 work days, the completion deadline has changed. All certified staff members are expected to have completed all required trainings assigned in Public School Works by the end of the work day on September 4, 2020.
Return2School (R2S) task force is working hard to ensure a safe return to your buildings. Please check email for specifics.
Election results are in. Please see the Team Members tab to see current building reps and other team members!
Licensure Code of Professional Conduct
The State Board of Education last September adopted the updated version of the Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators. It contains several changes to the original eight principles and adds a new ninth principle. The Office of Professional Conduct has developed a short video reviewing the major changes. Find the video on Professional Conduct’s website.
Party with a Purpose - This Friday.
CEA’s Party with a Purpose to benefit Veteran’s Food Pantry of Geauga County, Friday, March 13 at Big Creek’s new Deep Woods Lodge. CEA will provide pizza, plates, utensils, and napkins. Please bring items for the pantry and a snack, appetizer, or dish to pass. BYOB. Look for flyers in your buildings. Hope to see you there!
Educational Visioning Sessions
Saturday, February 22 (9:00-3:00) or Wednesday, February 26 (8:30-2:30)
Registration is required
We would like to have appropriate representation of district staff (pre-k to 12)
These sessions are not political or campaign-related in any way. We are essentially starting with a clean slate and gathering information regarding the future of our schools with input from community members and staff.
If you are unable to attend the Saturday session and would like to attend Wednesday’s session, please talk with your building administrator about this professional day. Staff attendance for the Wednesday session will be limited by the availability of substitutes.
Save the Dates
CEA’s Party with a Purpose to benefit Veteran’s Food Pantry of Geauga County, Friday, March 13 at Big Creek’s new Deep Woods Lodge. CEA will provide pizza, plates, utensils, and napkins. Please bring items for the pantry and a snack, appetizer, or dish to pass. BYOB. Look for flyers in your building beginning in March. Hope to see you there!
CEA’s Recognition Dinner will be on April 27, at 6:30.
Changes for Ohio’s State Report Card? OEA delegates unanimously passed OEA New Business Item #1 to recommend comprehensive changes to the state report card system. Read the press release and access the NBI by following this link – OEA Calls for Changes to State Report Card
This Friday’s “Party with a Purpose” has been POSTPONED due to the football playoff game. We are looking to reschedule the event after the holidays. Good luck Hilltoppers!
Issue 21 Update: A HUGE “Thank you!” to everyone for their efforts thus far to help educate the public on Issue 21. As of Wednesday, September 25, 56% of the voters who spoke to volunteers during phone banking were in SUPPORT of the bond issue. Our work is paying off! SIGNS: Sheldon Firem will be in the BOE parking lot this MONDAY from 3:00-5:00 pm for any staff members who would like to pick up Issue 21 sign(s).
Knock, Talk & Drop: Kick off is Sunday, October 6th at noon on the Chardon Square. Bring a partner, or we'll pair you up with a buddy! You can pick up your walking list, instructions and script. This is the MOST EFFECTIVE way to reach potential supporters.
Bond Issue 21 - Together, we can pass this Bond issue! Please plan to attend the Mine+9 Event on Monday, Sept 9 at the CHS Library from 3:00-7:00. Participants will review a list of targeted voters, “adopt” their household, and (at least) 9 other people they know to make sure they vote FOR Issue 21.
We all know a lot of people (think family, friends, babysitters, and neighbors), please consider “adopting” community members you know and are comfortable talking to about Issue 21. This is a very important step to passing the Bond Issue, and if we all give a little, we can get this done!
Please consider donating to the Citizens for Chardon Schools (Bond Issue Campaign Fund). The Voluntary Payroll Deduction Form is also located on Google Classroom. If everyone donated as little as $5/pay, we could contribute a lot of money to the campaign. Please consider donating if you are able
Party with a Purpose - Wow!!! We collected over 50 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies! Woman Safe was in awe by the generosity of CEA and the community is buzzing about what great people we have at Chardon Schools. What should be next on our Party with a Purpose agenda?
Bond Issue - The executive committee met in July and voted to fully endorse Chardon Local Schools’ bond issue campaign allowing them to access AmericaVotes. AmericaVotes is an organization that compiles voting information to be used free of charge by other organizations. A big shout out to Jill Carpenter, Jackie Brown, Wendy Bartolovich, and Mary Pat Martin for agreeing to serve as committee chairs on the bond committee representing CEA. Thank you for your service!
Mark you Calendars! Let’s Get Together for a Good Cause - On Thursday, August 29, we will have a casual social event immediately after school at El Patron. Come for a relaxing visit with your colleagues, union executives, and other members. We would like to gather school supply donations at this event to be donated to Womansafe. The side room is reserved from 2:45 until 6:00.
July 2019: Volunteers Needed- Please contact me if you are willing to help out in either of these events.
Chardon Schools’ Bond Issue committee- We are still looking for 2-3 individuals to represent Chardon staff on this committee. Responsibilities include planning events to help pass the Bond Issue on the November ballot. THANK YOU, Jill Carpenter for volunteering!
Chardon Square Association’s Annual Kids’ Fest- We are looking for at least SIX teachers to participate in the annual teacher dunk tank at Kids’ Fest. Each time slot is 30 minutes long or you can find a friend to split the time with you. This year’s event is on Thursday, August 1, from noon to 3:00. This is a quick and fun way to get involved in the community.
Recognition Dinner -- Monday May 6 @ 6:30 PM, St. Mary's Social Hall. Congratulations to all our colleagues who have reached professional milestones, our retirees, our community Friend of Education and our Positive Image Award winners. We look forward to celebrating with them!
Nominations for CEA president, secretary, building reps and NEOEA/OEA reps are ending today. As of yesterday, no one has been nominated for president or the 4th HS rep position, which means write-in candidates can be made when you receive your secret ballot next week in your home-school mailbox.
The job of president requires commitment and willingness to learn, patience, and support from our members. I have established a positive working relationship with Administration and the Board, which is the foundation to making positive change for our members and students. It has been my pleasure and honor representing CEA, and look forward to new adventures in the Association. ~Tammy
Spring Musical "Grease" is opening March 14-17 at Park Auditorium. Teachers can attend the dress rehearsal for free March 13 in the evening. The students are excited to put on this popular production, and it's a great display of our talented students (and faculty)!
February 2019: We are finally here -- negotiations! Since September, your Negotiations Team has prepared, listened, learned, discussed. We just attended OEA's Advocacy Institute with CACE (our Classified Employees union) and Anne Thomas, our LRC. Below is our bargaining schedule including membership engagement in bold:
Mon Feb 11 -- Exchange "housekeeping" items with Board's team; CLSD financial outlook presentation
Tues Feb 12 -- Exchange list of primary issues with the Board's team
Tues Feb 19 -- Supplementals sub-committee meeting; CLSD Insurance Committee meeting; Board Meeting @ 6:30 PM (members encouraged to attend as sign of unity before bargaining)
Wed Feb 20 -- Bargaining Day 1 (board office) @ 9a
Thur Feb 21 -- Bargaining Day 2 (board office) @ 9a
Fri Feb 22 -- Bargaining Day 3 (board office) @9a
Tues Feb 26 -- CEA members vote to ratify MOUs (HS, 3-4:30p); CEA Exec meeting @ 4:30p
Negotiations -- Your survey responses are being used to generate the key issues and build our rationale. Your Negotiations team members are: Angela Beekman (Park), Dwight Goss (HS), Dan Heintz (HS), Mary Pat Martin (elementary), Tammy Segulin (CEA president), Dr. Anne Thomas (OEA). The observers are: Maggie Cook (MS), Sarah Cudo (Munson), Betty Murzynsky (Munson). Our next planning session is Mon Jan 7, followed by training with the federal mediator and OEA's "Advocacy & Organizing Institute". Bargaining begins late February.
Negotiations starting in February 2019
Chardon Local Schools BOE increased substitute pay to $95/day
Monday December 17: LPDC @ 4PM Chardon Middle School & Board Meeting @ 6:30PM
Sept 20- Professional Growth Plan
Sept 28- SLO Test submitted to ez-SLO
Sept 30- Improvement Plan (if necessary)
COMPLETE teacher self-evaluation prior to first observation, if on a full eval cycle
Oct 12- NEOEA Day
Oct 19- CEA vs KEA Bocce Tournament
Recognition Dinner -- Tues May 1 at St. Mary's. All members are invited to celebrate our colleagues' milestones and other honors in their education profession. You should have received an invitation in your mailbox. Payment of $28/person is due to Patty Pinckard (CMS) by Fri Apr 20 and is BYOB.
Friend of Education Nomination -- Every year we like to honor a member of the community (not an employee) who donates time/energy to our students and/or schools. They are invited to the Recognition Dinner to receive their award. If you'd like to nominate someone, please email Tammy by Monday April 9 with the person's name, contact information and detailed summary of their contribution to our students/schools. You will be notified if your person is selected.
REDUCTION IN FORCE Mrs. Tammy Segulin, Drs. Hanlon and Klein, Ms. Elegante, Mr. Kofol, Anne Thomas (OEA labor relations consultant) and our Classified union leadership. As outlined in our collective bargaining agreement, both Admin and Association must meet to discuss potential RIFs prior to those members receiving formal notification.
ANNUAL INTENT FORM - as soon as Feb 21 - If the Reconfiguration plan is approved, Administration will issue the Intent Form via Google forms. More will be discussed at Gen Mbsp Mtg on Feb 12.
Grade-Level & Building Reconfiguration Plan -- Later this week, CEA, CACE, Dr. Hanlon, Dr. Klein and Dr. Anne Thomas (OEA) will meet. More details will be shared on Friday's P.D. day.
Levy attempt slated for May 2018 -- The Board will place a 3.9 mil levy on the May 8, 2018 ballot. At a recent work session, they deliberated several millage amounts but finally agreed to keeping the same millage attempt as Nov 2017, thinking it is still a viable ask. Treasurer Brudno reiterated that winning small millages requires shortened levy cycles; this community is used to levies lasting 5+ years; however, the state's school funding model, college-credit-plus tuition and charter school funding laws have dramatically changed how often districts must return to the voters. REDUCTION-IN-FORCE is quite possible should this levy fail.
Levy Info- The Board of Education is currently determining what course of action to take now that the 3.9-mil levy did not pass
Major Medical Insurance- We've renewed our insurance with Aetna at an increased premium rate.
Portage County DD -- These 19 educators are still on strike, hoping their Board of Education will return to the bargaining table with a federal mediator. We've shared their newsletter to your personal email and you can follow local news outlets or their Facebook page "Support our Portage SSAs".
District Seniority List -- Last week, everyone received a digital copy of the seniority list draft from Christa Barto. This is your one opportunity to have items corrected before the list is finalized Oct. 31.
BARGAINING -- The negotiations team will meet with the Board's team on May 8 and 10 after school. We continue to discuss major topics and are making headway.
LPDC -- The Licensure Committee has their last meeting of this school year on Mon May 15. Please prepare your documents if you are closing out your IPDP and renewing your license. See email from Vicki Eby for specifics.
CEA COMMITTEES -- All committee chairpersons and committee members are asked to continue in their posts for the 2017-18 school year unless someone else is ready to assume the duties. Please notify Tammy of any committee membership changes or vacancies that need posted to general membership.
Negotiations -- We are underway with the help of a Federal Mediator and a new process called Critical Issues Bargaining. Teams met March 2 to exchange issues and now enter a data collection phase to prepare for the next all-day session on March 17
Negotiations Team -- Angie Beekman (Ma), Dwight Goss (MS), Dan Heintz (MS), Mary Pat Martin (Ha), Tammy Segulin (At-large), Anne Thomas (OEA). Observers: Betty Murzynsky (Mu), Maggie Cook (MS/HS). For the Board: Mike Hanlon (Sup), Ed Klein (AS), Doug Murray (HS), Louise Henry (Mu), Linda Elegante (SpEd), Eric Johnson (Bd Att'y). Observer Board Members: Madelon Horvath, Karen Blankenship.
CEA Elections -- Please refer to email from Tammy Segulin in regards to our Elections Chairperson, Cheri Gualdoni sent on Febuary if interested in a CEA position. Nominations deadline is April 21, 2017.
SLO -- SLO year-long post-assessments administered - No later than April 21, 2017 - SLO final rating due to administrator with completed SLO Scoring Template. -May 1, 2017
By now, you should be well into your evaluation process and have met with your evaluator. In the coming months, your walk-throughs and formal observations will be complete. It is worth 50% of your summative rating.
If this is your full eval year, you must complete the Self-Evaluation which was emailed separately. Make a copy, complete it and submit to your evaluator. It is worth 15% of your summative rating.
Lastly, give yourselves enough time to administer/grade your SLO (remember per the state Safe Harbor provision, all A1 and A2 teachers are using SLO results not the AIR test results from last year). All SLO data and student growth results must be submitted to your evaluator by April 30. It is worth 35% of your summative rating.
Public School Works -- The CEA issued a Demand to Bargain notice to Administration and formally met Fri Feb 10. We reached a tentative agreement and will present the terms at the GMM.
Facilities Advisory Committee-- This new committee is specifically discussing the master facilities plan for new/renovated buildings. New members always welcome. Notify Ellen Ondrey.
CEA Elections -- Elections Chairperson, Cheri Gualdoni, is currently accepting nominations for building representatives, OEA/NEOEA representatives, President, Secretary. All members will vote in April; persons receiving the highest vote are elected to the position; next highest are alternates
First facilities meeting at 6:30 in the Chardon Middle School Library.