Thursday, January 14, 2010

LCEA Executive Board Meeting Minutes 1/14/2010

LCEA January Meeting Minutes
Date: 1/14/2010
Place: High School Room 403
Time: 4:15

Roll Call: Barb Motes, Kim McLaughlin, Jennifer Doorlag, Dave Bergman (absent), Tom McLaughlin
HS Reps: Allison Towne, Ruth Kreger, Sharon Crawley (absent)
MS Reps: Margot Argotsinger, Beth Frank, Al Lorenz, Dot Sillau
TH Reps: Lisa Scieszinski, Joanna Stenlund, Kathy Dorsey, Farah Guetter
Kreft Reps: LoriAnn Brougham, Lee Dwyer, Angie Tucker

Secretary’s Report (Kim McLaughlin)
• Stenlund moved that the October minutes be approved, Towne seconded it, and the motion passed.
• Kreger moved that the November minutes be approved, Brougham seconded it, and the motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report (Jen Doorlag)
• Towne moved that the report be approved, Dwyer seconded it, and the motion passed.

Building Reports
• Kreft: No report.
• Titan Hill: No report.
• Middle school: No report.
• High school: A member asked to be released from the contract and was told no. That person was asked to turn in a letter of resignation, but that person has decided not to take the other job offer yet. The member has been asked repeatedly for a resignation letter, and our advice to the member has been to ignore that request—no resignation letter should be submitted before having another job lined up.

President’s Report (Barb Motes)
• RTTT: The recommendation to the School Board will be to reject this grant money. There will be a second MOU coming. There is a lack of clarity about details, which has contributed to the rejection of the grant money.
• SIG: This is grant money for school improvement. It includes four options/models, none of which is attractive: become a charter school, close the school, fire the principals and teachers, fire the principal and revamp professional development. This grant will be rejected as well.

Committee Reports
• Negotiations (Beth Frank): Frank distributed a copy of the initial proposals (see attached) and explained the proposals from each side. The next meeting will be in February.
• Grievance (Tom McLaughlin): Legislative Conference was snowed out—not a grievance issue, of course. T. McLaughlin will also send some info pieces for buildings to post in order to make LCEA more visible. Midwest Regional Conference is coming up, and T. and K. McLaughlin will be attending.

Old Business
• Building meetings with principals: Weather has prevented these.
• Dinners with members: The January dinner has been cancelled. The February dinner is on the ninth. (That was later changed to the sixteenth.)

New Business
• Elections for new officers: We need names for the February meeting so we can vote in March.
• Taking a fourth person to ISEA Delegate Assembly: T. McLaughlin read a letter from a member who wants to run for a delegate position (to be voted on in March). We discussed a couple of possibilities for changes to the Bylaws in order to allow for more people to become involved in Delegate Assembly. T. McLaughlin will create a Bylaw amendment motion to be added to the ballot for Board positions.
• Read Across America in March: The middle school is hosting this year.

• T. McLaughlin moved that the meeting be adjourned, Tucker seconded it, and the meeting adjourned at 5:15.