Instead of the usual end of the year membership business meeting, the STA executive board treated all district union members to a great afternoon filled with food and friendship on May 30th.
It was great to see member representation from every building during this event.
The STA would like to thank all of the members for a great year!
Enjoy the summer, you deserve it!
On May 16th, From 5:00 – 7:00 PM, we will be rallying in front of the State House to FUND OUR FUTURE!
We have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass bills increasing funding for our public schools and colleges by more than $1.5 billion a year. On May 16, the Fund Our Future coalition is planning State House actions during the day and a big rally on Beacon Hill in the later afternoon.
On Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m., join with students, educators, parents and community members at the State House to call on our legislators to Fund Our Future and reverse years of underfunding of our public schools and colleges!
The closest bus will leave from Melrose High School at 3:30, To join in RSVP to https://actionnetwork.org/forms/may-16
If you are unable to attend, remember to #wearredfored
Due to the large number of participants in the Teacher Tuition Reimbursment Program found in the teacher’s contract which was capped at $60,000 for the 2018/19 year, the following calculation will take place. (Click Here for for explanation video)
Feel free to contact the STA leadership should you have a question.
We Love Our Public Schools!
What’s it all about?
PreK-12 Schools. The nonpartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission found in 2015 that the state is underfunding our schools by more than $1 billion a year. Too many schools lack adequate staff, enrichment programs, books, technology and supplies. Too many students don’t receive the academic, social and emotional support they need to thrive.
Public Higher Education.The state would have to spend $574 million more a year to bring per pupil public higher education funding levels back to where they were in 2001. That’s roughly the same amount of additional funding recommended in 2014 by the Higher Education Finance Commission. Because of underfunding student debt has skyrocketed, class sizes have ballooned, too many full-time faculty have been replaced by poorly paid adjuncts, and services are being outsourced.
Read about our legislation HERE.
A new inniative was adopted by our local Union Reps to commit to reaching out to all members in the form of social gatherings and monthly ten-minute talks at your home schools, to not only keep you up to date on what is going on but to get to know each other better. So that you as a member, know who you can go to for questions or help. This was the first time the STA held a new member social on Thursday October 25th at Biltmore and Main in Reading. Members, new and old, had a great time connecting with one another!
We hope you will join us on Thursday, October 25th at Biltmore and Main in Reading from 3-6pm for appetizers and drinks! Help us to welcome our new STA members and take time to connect outside of the school day! Please let your building rep know if you plan to stop by OR reply to this email!
High School: Deb Cronin and Jason Eppskrier
Central Middle: Ashley Puopolo and Randie Brisson
Colonial Park: Laura Graham
South: Beth Carrozza
Robin Hood: Heather Chesbrough
We will be holding an informational meeting to highlight the tentative agreement for our new teacher’s contract. The meeting will be on TUESDAY, JUNE 12TH AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA AT 3:15PM.
The vote will be held on WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH AT THE STONEHAM POLICE STATION FROM 7:00-7:45AM AND 3:00-3:45PM.
The informational power point will be available to review on our website immediately following Tuesday’s meeting. Members of the P R and R team will be working both voting times on Wednesday, so if you are unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting, you are welcome to ask any questions you may have prior to casting your vote. Please be reminded that your elected P R and R team are recommending that all members vote in favor of this agreement!
Our annual meeting will be held on Monday, May 14th, 3:15 pm in the Stoneham High School library. All STA members are encouraged to attend this important meeting where you will elect new STA officers and vote on adoption of STA bylaws. STA leadership will present an update on contract negotiations, highlight important STA moments from the past year, and distribute leadership stipends at this meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.