This week we are sending out a letter that describes newly-negotiated changes to the collective bargaining agreement to all members.Download the letter here. We have sent the letter to all members using the mailing address we have on file. If you know someone who does not receive the letter, please have him or her email here to request a new address form or a membership application form. Thank you.
This information is doubly important this year inasmuch as we have changed our election voting procedures and all members will receive an application in the mail with which to request an absentee ballot. We will therefore need your correct mailing information. So if you need to correct the information we have on file, please email here. Thank you.
New BTU PD Institute In Offing; Comments and Ideas Welcome
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, there will be set up a new BTU Professional Development Institute whose director will be hired as a BTU member and whose salary shall be shared equally with the BPS. We are looking forward to this initiative. As a first step, we are interested in hearing your thoughts, so please take the time, if interested, in participating in a brief survey. See here. We will publish the suggestions and ideas.
Membership Meeting Next Week
A membership meeting is coming up next week, Wednesday 12/12/12. Numerologists take note of the date. Please remember to bring a membership card or a salary stub. As always, we will have a “problem” table set up to expedite entry to the meeting.
Poll Results on the Aspen SIS
Last week we did a survey on Aspen and asked the following question:
And we got the following answers:
- I like it. It provides my students, their parents, and me with what we need: 32%
- I like it, but it doesn’t work as well as other systems I have used: 15%
- I don’t like it because it doesn’t work as well as other systems I have used: 47%
- None of the above: 6%
Instant Analysis: One half of our 260 respondents like the program, but two-thirds of our respondents think it’s inferior to other systems they have used. Incidentally, there was a dramatic and sudden spike in the top response (the “32%”) at the end of the polling period. Prior to the last hour or so last Tuesday night, the first day of the polling, the results were running respectively 16%-16%-62%-6%. These percentages, give or take 1%, were consistent all day, except for the last hour or so, when the first response rate spiked quickly from 16% to 32%. Hmmm. In any event, the message is pretty clear: The Aspen SIS could be much improved. We hope SD managers take note.
The paycheck this week will represent a full pay check of the salary increase and the increase will remain in effect through the end of this school year. There will be an additional 3% boost in salary across the board in each of the following three Septembers (September 2013, September 2014, and September 2015).