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September 10, 2007

Registration of members and guests.

Meeting called to order at 3:35 p.m.

Role call of Rep. Council

Request by President: all attending members please sign in and fill out a name tag.

Thank you for attending: In addition to some great food enjoyed by all, first time visitors were given free movie passes this month. The time and dedication of all who attend our meetings is greatly appreciated.

Ground rules: Mutual respect of all speakers, no side remarks or interruptions. Remember that the words of each person are equally as important as yours. Please choose your words carefully so that you need to speak one time to any issue as time constraints may not allow a second chance. Discussion is limited to the motion on the floor. Motions limited to ten minutes. No ringing cell phones and phone conversations during the meetings.

Norma Potter, our CTA Representative, attended this meeting. A Mission Statement from CTA was presented.

Secretary presents the minutes:

Minutes approved as read.

Treasurer's Report:

Treasurer's report approved as presented. Copies of the September report available to members. Copies of the report from July and August, 2007, were also presented.

Committee Reports:


Please send all home address corrections, new member updates to Richard Berman. Richard is now at Fischer. His telephone number is 714-935-7651. All new membership applications and personal information updates are to be sent to Richard at Fischer School for processing with CTA and OCDE.

Gifts presented to first time attendees. Loren is updating email addresses. Richard reports that he has received the new membership cards. Twelve new members have joined OSCEA. Loren has membership application blanks available.


Everyone is encouraged to check out

PAR Report:

The next PAR meeting is on September 19, 2007. Carolyn reported that final budget report and renewal money from the state is needed in order to continue this year. There is a need for coaches. Carolyn gave a brief overview of the benefits to members of the PAR committee.

Elections Committee:

No meeting held.

President's Report:

Negotiations update: Copies of the bargaining unit Agreement have been printed and are available on the OCDE intranet. The contract is available at our web site The IBPST met September 7, 2007, in preparation for this year's session that will begin Tuesday, September 11, 2007. The primary topics last time were health benefits for retirees and adding roster size limitations for Special Education teachers to the contract. There was no opposition to the latter expressed, but Administration wanted to review the formula again.

Contract maintenance: All teachers are responsible for reporting violations to the contract. Even if it is another teacher at your site who is being violated it is a serious matter and does affect you. Never forget that an injury to one is an injury to all. No one should be working in a hostile environment, and the vast majority of us do not. We must rally in support of anyone who is being abused and not ever become tolerant of this behavior. Everyone suffers in a negative environment, but we can change it if we all unite and stand up for each other.

Old Business:

New member packets and information is available from Richard Berman, who has moved back to Fischer School, at 714-935-7651. Site visits: Loren and Richard will continue to visit sites as time permits. If you want your site or staff meeting to be next in priority, please let them know.

The Department reports that sixty-nine teachers still do not have access to OCDE email.

New membership cards and calendars have been sent to us by CTA for distribution to members.

Site Liaisons are to be performing all the normal functions and duties of a teacher, and in addition, may assume designated functions in the absence of an administrator. See Article 17 and Appendix D.

UCLA SUMMER INSTITUTE and President's Conference

Carolyn gave a report to the members on the 2007 Summer Institute. Loren and Rich reported that the President's Conference was a very positive experience. Loren brought copies of handouts for all members. Loren stated that he would like to encourage more members to take advantage of the training and attend the Institute next time.

New Business:

Treasurer reimbursements: Loren asked that requests for reimbursement be made during New Business, and that receipts be given to Mary when expenditures are approved.

Survey Results: Loren presented the results of the Negotiations Survey to the members. A copy of the results is available to all members at the OCSEA Website.

Motion: To approve Loren Myhill, Richard Berman, Mary Burton, Mary Jane Roberts, and Scott Turner for the '07 -- '08 IBPST. Recommended alternate for training is Joel Harrison. Motion carried.

Motion: To pay expenditures for postage, mileage, and website contract. Motion carried.

Motion: To take the grievance (transfer/reassignment article) to arbitration. Motion carried.

Next Meeting: October 1, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. at Alton.

Items from membership as time permits. These should be on the agenda prior to the meeting and addressed under New Business is possible.

Meeting adjourned at 5:31 p.m.

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