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5/1/23 Rep Council Minutes

RCTA Representative Council Meeting Agenda

Redwood City Teachers’ Association Mission Statement: The Redwood City Teachers Association exists to promote and protect the professional health and longevity of its members. It is dedicated to the pursuit and support of excellent teaching, equity, collective bargaining, and fair working conditions. We are devoted to the education of the children, their families, and the community of Redwood City.


Monday, May 1st, 2023 3:45-5:30 PM

Google Meet Link:


1. Call meeting to order at: 3:51 p.m.

2. Land Acknowledgement: We are doing this work on the unceded land of the Ohlone Nations.


3. (Need a motion) Approval of the agenda Motion: Jacob Havey 2nd: Sharon Tsuchiyama


4. Roll call

Adelante Selby: Yesenia Bravo, Rita Melton

CDC: Ivonne Castillo

Clifford: Larry Goity

Garfield: Anastacia Stamates, Chris Taylor

Henry Ford: Sandra Covacha, Angie Teupel

Hoover: Kevin Sugar, (Devin Mulllane)

Kennedy: Endre Balogh, Cindy Meek

MIT: Mary Jane Gertz, Rich Wallace

Northstar: Ariana Baltay, Jacob Havey

Orion: Jackie Kroner (Regina Lemp)

Roosevelt: Eryn Heon, Chris Holm, Sharon Tsuchiyama

Roy Cloud: Eve Avalos, Xa Mai

SLP: Megan Klein

Taft: Kerry Benjamin, Sigrid McCarthy


11/24

Attendance Key: Present Absent


5. Approval of the Minutes



6. Site by Site 1 Minute Share-outs

Adelante Selby Reps: Dias de los Ninos and a Science Fair last week; 4th grade to Columbia State Park

CDC Preschool Reps: Meeting with Wendy Kelly and ??; inclusion for preschool

Clifford Reps: Move-a-thon: well attended; PTO put in quite a bit of work to make it successful; a lot of testing; teachers are beginning to think of classes for next year; Definitely the end of the year, middle school kids had a lot fun at the Move-a-thon; getting ready for testing next week. Getting ready for 8th grade activities.

Garfield Reps: middle of transitioning with our students because no longer k-8; field day for Dia de los Ninos; Admin. gave minimum day on Friday for Teacher Appreciation; 8th grade for one more year.

Henry Ford Reps: End of the year: testing; big fundraiser: baskets, teachers raffle off an item; leadership team brainstorm for next year; school talent show for the kids - nice to see the different talents.

Hoover Reps:

Kennedy Reps: Band musical was a hit. Skating night a week ago Friday. Parent in RWC who owns skating equipment…might offer to other RCSD school. Chaperone policy change for Great America - need to one adult over 21 for every 10 students.

McKinley Reps: Lost Asst Principal - Split between Taft or MIT. Love the Assistant Principal. Two meetings this week; for May staff have 4 meetings. Admin led training; Testing; Teachers would love grade level meetings to help students have in common.

North Star Reps: Starting CAASPP testing; Principal, VP, and Office Adminstrators will be leaving next year

Orion Reps: Principal had to leave for the rest of the year. Looking to find a sub for her. Asst Principal was out today; usual end of the year stuff.

Roosevelt Reps: Testing; starting to sort classes for next year; behavior is ramping up; middle school having some issues with behavior; TK-5 and 8th; Variety Show and then Open House the following week;

Roy Cloud Reps:

SLP: Everything is good.

Taft Reps: Kids are feeling spring fever and teachers are too. A few teachers out where there are not enough subs. Admin helps cover. 4th and 5th grade teacher wanted clarification for Prep Time. Don’t always get consistent coverage because the PE doesn’t start right away and then if the credentialed PE teacher is absent, one teacher has to cover. Conferences to minimum days? Minimum days mean different things to different schools. Does everyone get the same amount of release time for the conference? Special Ed/RSP Teachers are overwhelmed with testing and workload.


Erinn: **All schools were supposed to hire a certified music or STEAM teacher.


7. Committee Reports


Treasurer's Report: Steve Murray

Spending YTD- 9/2022-3/2023


Balance Checking: Balance Savings:

For reimbursements, please submit receipts to Steve Murray at rctatreasury@rctacares.com


Last Meeting, RCTA rep council approved .15 president release time to be paid for from savings.


CTA $768>>$786

NEA $204>>$208

Monthly increase looks like $115.70>>$117.90

RCTA $185 annually (not changing)


Cindy Meek moves to Membership Chair Stipend to $1500 from the CTA conference budget. Joan Solari seconded it. Without objection, approved the 2023-2024 Budget


RCTA 8th Grade achievement scholarship award

2 students per school

Deadline: May 22nd

Steve will pony 8th grade teachers the certificates and checks.


Membership Committee: Cindy Meek CINDYHM@pacbell.net

The district will not be giving new employees the association sign up form anymore. Traditionally, this is how 90% of people have signed up for CTA/RCTA.

Organizing meeting for new member orientation on August 8th:

August 1st 9-11am breakfast meeting at Red Morton in RWC

August 8th 30 minutes before lunch around noon: Shari Tsuchiyama, Sigrid McCarthy, Rita Melton, Cindy Meek, EB, Yesenia Bravo,



Social Organizing Committee: Belinda Mendez, Xa Mai

Retirement/end-of-year bash: CHANGE ON CALENDAR May 22, 2023 3:45-5:30

Rustic Oyster House on El Camino Real

Retiring or know of someone retiring? Fill out this form


CPR class. RCTA and RCSD will share the cost. Patrinia Redd, RCSD Director of Health and Wellness is organizing this. Classes will be on a Saturday morning in September…no exact date and time yet. September 16th



Bargaining/Negotiations Team: Brian Cagle, Michelle Territo, Erinn Washburn, Jenn Tanti, Yesenia Bravo, Amy Barstad

RCTA has Ratified the 2022-23 Compensation package and the new 23-26 CBA

152 Votes

9 no

143 yes


Elections: Steve Murray

Travel Dates: July 1st and July 7th

RCTA representatives for the NEA RA are:

  1. Yesenia Bravo

  2. Jacob Havey

Alternate 1: Jeanne Martin


CTA state delegate from RCTA

-Erinn Washburn


Organizing Committee: Rita Melton, Cindy Meek, Jacob Havey, Angie Tupel

Winning with Words-organizing training/planning session

Wednesday, May 3rd 4:00-5:30 RSVP

Listening Tour from NEA: asking specific questions, so they can gather data. It will take a lot of us to make it happen.

Joan to order food for 15 people


Board Meeting sign up 7 pm - 10 pm. RCTA will pay $15 toward your meal on meeting night. Site Schedule:


Oct. 26 Nov. 9Silvia AntonelliNov. 16Erinn Washburn, Brian CagleDec. 7CliffordDec. 14CliffordJan. 11Garfield Jan. 18Roy CloudFeb. 8FordFeb. 15FordMar. 8MITMar. 22KennedyApr. 19HooverApr, 26OrionMay 10RooseveltMay 24TaftJun. 14 Jun. 21 Jun. 28

  • A teacher (Lily O’Connor) spoke at the last Board Meeting regarding minimum days being different across the district.

  • Discussion: minimum days difference between dismissal times - CLIMATE COMMITTEE

  • RCTA can say we need THIS MUCH TIME to meet with the families in our district.

  • Go to May 17th meeting.

  • Decisions are being made at LCAP meeting. Put $ into budget for teachers to make home visits. Break out rooms in Zoom - we need to have a teacher in the room to say what is feasible.

  • LCAP meetings: 5/16 and ?


Calendar Committee: Brian Cagle, Erinn Washburn, Pam Barasch, Steve Murray, Anastacia Stamates

Two additional professional development days MOU

Draft was approved by the board. Erin Kekos sent out the calendars.


Climate Committee: Anastasia Stamates, Erinn Washburn and Jacob Havey meet with John Baker, Wendy Kelly, and Janet Lawson to discuss solutions to district-wide concerns.

What would you like discussed at our May 8th meeting?

Add any concerns to the climate committee document


Human Rights and Equity Committee: Erinn Washburn-LGBTQ Chair, Joan Solari-Women’s Chair, Ethnic Minorities Chair-Open


NEA LGBTQ Social Justice and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas -Erinn Washburn

-folks in California might need our help. Craziness in Murrieta.

-maybe need other CTA member voices at their school board meeting.


Conferences Coming up:

Presidents Conference | July 13-16 – Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame Erinn and Joan will attend

Summer Institute | July 23-27 – UCLA Mary Jane will attend

Special Education Conference | October 6-8 – Hyatt Regency OC, Garden Grove




State Council Report: Erinn Washburn SM-2 representative

There are 4 seats open. If you would like to join me in LA quarterly, declare your candidacy here!! By May 5th.


Grievance Committee: Michelle Territo rctagrievance@rctacares.com

It is very important that you talk to your site administrators about any problems you have at your site. Document these interactions.

A grievance is an RCTA contract or EdCode violation


Benefits Committee: Ann Barlijafa,

To set up your site visit contact:


California Casualty

Angie Rajczyk- ARajczyk@calcas.com

Will be at new member meeting on 8/08


Michael Moore-Provident Credit Union

mmoore@providentcu.org 800-632-4600 ext. 2612


Set up a time with the benefits vendors to come to your site. Order lunch for your members. RCTA will reimburse you. Try to keep it at $15 per person. Save your receipts and email them to rctatreasury@rctacares.com to receive your reimbursement check.


How do I set up a luncheon for my members? Try this.


Political Action Committee: Jacob Havey


9. Announcements:

1. May 17th is a Goal Setting proposed process planning meeting.

2. August 14th will be District-wide breakfast and planning meeting at MIT.

2. The minutes for this meeting will be posted in the blog section of RCTAcares.com


Meeting adjourned at:

10 minute meeting/Leadership Team To Do’s:

1. Someone not getting union emails? Have them sign up here: RCTA contact

2. Interested in planning with our Organizing committee? Winning with Words RSVP

3. Share end of year and retirement party information End of year/Retirement Party Flyer

4. Let us know if you know someone retiring. Fill out this form

5. RCTA has Ratified the 2022-23 Compensation package and the new 23-26 CBA

152 Votes

9 no

143 yes



Resources:



Meeting adjourned at 5:13.


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