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February 7, 2011
The meeting was called to order by President Richard Berman at 3:40 P.M.
Secretary Loren Myhill called the role of Representative Council Members present, and established that a quorum was present for the conduct of Association business.
Copies of the minutes from our last meeting on December 13, 2010 were available at the meeting and on the website http://www.ocsea.com. Dave Glick raised a question regarding the information that was requested by the Rep Council with respect to the salary schedule and expenditures for all CTA staff for the fiscal years of 2007, 2008 and 2010. Richard Berman said that he would send a request to Gail Mendes, CTA Secretary-Treasurer immediately. Debbie Crew moved and Marcia Garten seconded that the minutes be approved as presented. Motion carried.
Treasurer's Report: Pat Elliott presented the report and reviewed the copies available at the meeting. Tom Rotunno moved and Marcia Garten seconded that the report be approved as presented. Motion carried. The donation to the Roger Slagle Memorial fund has been made, and scholarships will be presented by Anne at graduations. A notice will also be in the What's News.
Vice-President Mary Jane Roberts was excused from attending the meeting due to personal reasons.
President's report: Richard Berman reported that the IBPST will be meeting with the Department regarding their 185 new hire proposal. If the IBPST can come up with a compromise it will go to membership for a final vote. There was considerable discussion about the possibilities of this concept. We are still down about 200 students from where we were last year at this time. We still have some teachers who have short rosters. (Nina Boyd has stated that there will be a RIF in Special Schools, but was not sure at that time about ACCESS.) Richard also shared that there are other options that may actually work better than the 185 idea.
The CDE Special Ed. investigation regarding vacant case loads and related student assignments and services, teachers working outside out of classification and lack of proper credentials, and students forced into signing away their rights to services, is still ongoing. The Association is supporting this is an effort to better serve students, our members, and prevent costly litigations. Questions were answered regarding the possible impact on our program.
School Site Councils: The Department is still required to establish SSC's like we have been telling them for years in order to continue receiving the funds.
On-Line Elections Update: Results of the voting were 131 yes, and 10 no.
Marcia Garten moved that OCSEA use on-line voting for our next election. Dave Glick seconded. Motion carried.
Health Benefits: We have looked into other brokers. AON has merged with Hewitt and we are still deciding who our broker will be in the future. Our claims experience this year is worse than last year and this directly influences our premiums. The worst area is prescription costs, and thus all are encouraged to use mail order whenever possible. Also, everyone needs to go to Urgent Care Centers rather than Emergency Rooms whenever possible. The cost is about one fifth what Emergency Rooms charge. Also try to get the generic brand Rx if possible. Costco does not require membership for anyone to use their pharmacy, and sometimes they are less expensive.
The new president for CSEA is now Julie Gundling.
A memo has gone out to all regional secretaries to help the Department track all association absences.
Dave Glick moved that OCSEA direct CTA to file a Williams complaint against OCDE no later than March 1, 2011 if they do not cease current violations of the Williams Act. John Wells seconded. Motion carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:25.