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.
1. Call meeting to order at: 3:49
2. Land Acknowledgement: We are doing this work on the unceded land of the Ohlone Nations.
3. Roll Call and check in- Elected Site Representatives
Adelante Selby-Rita Melton and Yesenia Bravo Jennifer Mercado will take info back
Roy Cloud-Belinda Mendez and Maureen McPeek
Roosevelt- Kohlby Hong and Chris Holm ✔️✔️
Clifford- Jennifer Tanti
Orion-Jackie Kroner ✔️
North Star-Jacob Havey ✔️
Garfield-Anum Khan ✔️
MIT- Susanne Pillay ✔️
Kennedy-Cindy Meek ✔️
Taft-Kerry Benjamin and Kim Combs
Henry Ford-Angie Teupel and Sandra Covacha
SDC Preschool - Bernadette Garcia
Preschool -Aida Ortiz
Independent Study- Rebecca Robinson ✔️
4. Approval of the Minutes
Minutes approved without objections
5. Site by Site Share-outs
Adelante Selby Reps: 5th grade promotion ceremony on the 9th at 3pm, TK gets certificates, field day last week with inflatables and stations.
Garfield Reps: Special Needs event from 9-12 at San Mateo County Fair field trip today, 8th grade graduation ceremony, 5th and Kinder graduations also this week. Open House for Garfield is Tuesday, Jun 7.
Hoover Reps: High turnover, sunshine committee has cards out for all the staff leaving (15), 8th grade graduation is Thursday at 3pm
Kennedy Reps: Open house two weeks ago, high turnout of families, Great America Field Trip, Volleyball and Basketball games against staff, 8th graduation is Thursday at 6pm. Absorbing 6th graders from Roosevelt.
Orion Reps: New building opening soon after 3 years after the John Gill merge. Staff got to tour the new building last week, 5th grade graduation Wednesday.
McKinley Reps: High staff turnover, many teachers leaving to move over to Kennedy to follow Nick (principal), some non-reelect teachers. New principal and VP coming over to MIT.
North Star Reps: Field day last Friday with MIT, Festival of Numbers last week, Graduation on Wednesday for 8th grade, virtual talent show.
Roosevelt Reps: 6th grade is closed next year. High staff turnover this year (14 teachers) many are unhappy with administration, 8th grade had Great America field trip today, 8th grade graduation on Wednesday, met PTA jog a thon goal ($50,000)
Roy Cloud Reps: Weds. 5pm 8th grade graduation, new principal met staff this past week. 6th and 7th went on a field trip to the park today.
Independent Study Reps: Uncertain what is to come, teachers are not sure about if there will be independent study next year, finished on Thursday, too!
Clifford Reps: Absent
Henry Ford Reps: Absent
Taft Reps: Absent
CDC Preschool Reps: Absent
SDC Preschool Reps:Absent
6. Committee Reports
45/306 members voted
Roles and responsibilities of Executive Board Members can be found in our bylaws.
President: Erinn Washburn
VPresident: Joan Solari
Treasurer: Steve Murray
Corresponding Secretary: Jennifer Tanti
Recording Secretary: Christina Granato
NEA RA State Delegates: Erinn Washburn, Jacob Havey
NEA RA Local Delegate: Yeseniah Bravo
RCTA needs to vote on whether we pay for the two state delegates’ non-funded half
Motion to pay for the second half of NEA delegates’ funds, by Chris Holm, seconded by Joan Solari
Motion met without objection
Rep Council Budget Votes:
Since we now only have one local delegate and two state delegates, will RCTA pay ½ hotel cost for State Delegates? CTA only pays ½ of the state delegate hotel cost. RCTA budgeted $3,000 per local delegate. Which means, we now have a $3,000 surplus on this line in our budget.
Need to vote on a new PAR panel. 4 teachers.
President is already a position
Still need 2 more members
Anum Khan volunteered
New Chair: Belinda Mendez
Members: Xa Mai,
Monday August 29th -Organize new member+old member mixer/bbq/party
Roy Cloud’s Open House is Tuesday, August 30,2022
- Set up CTA Site rep training
-Summer Institute July 24-28 at UCLA
First RCTA meeting Monday, September 12th
No issues presented by rep council
Next year, maybe mix in-person and online meetings
*Make sure all RCTA MEMBERS GET A UNION TSHIRT in 2022-2023
2021-2022 Budget: Approved 12/6/21
Dues increase will be reflected on April pay stub.
Balance Checking: Balance Savings: May expenses: May dues disbursement:
Will the rep council allow 14% president release time money for next year. This will give the president 5 hours of flex time to work union business each week and maintain a full time teaching schedule. Approximate cost $18,890 (Total cost: 2020-2022 $20,495.80)
Motion to add this to the 2022-2023 RCTA Budget Vote by Anum Khan, Chris Holm seconded the motion
Met without objection by Rep Council
Pam Barasch, Erinn Washburn
Anyone else interested in speaking on behalf of this committee?
Aug. 11th -New Teacher orientation
Aug. 12th uninterrupted work day
Aug. 15 8:30-10am breakfast at DO Welcome Back
Aug. 15-16 site training and prep
Aug. 17th first day with students
Aug. 24th tenure ceremony
CSEA did not agree to the 2022 winter break change to match the Sequoia calendar.
Winter break remains December 19 - January 2
NOT ALIGNED with Sequoia
Human Rights and Equity Committee:
Erinn Washburn, Natalie Delahunt, Emily Farrell
Sigrid McCarthy, Silvia Antonelli, Chelsea Williams, Anum Khan, Erinn Washburn
Needs new Chair
Administrative role in discipline
Tiered Discipline and Intervention Matrix from RCSD
**All schools should be using a two way form to communicate actions taken. Paper and informed k12 combination**
Administrator evaluations: John Baker visits with each 3X/year. Based on CSPEL
District sees this as good communication and feedback, not disciplinary.
Recognition that everyone has a heavier lift right now.
Christina Granato firstname.lastname@example.org
Address changes for CTA database-Christina Granato email@example.com
Needs new Chair
Cindy Meek volunteered for this position for 2022-2023 school year!
Michelle Territo, Belinda Mendez
It is very important that you talk to your site administrators about any problems you may be having at your school. It is best to keep record of these interactions in case administrators do not respond.
Brian Cagle, Michelle Territo, Erinn Washburn, Jenn Tanti
Needs Preschool and elementary member for future negotiations
Changes in some preschool scheduling may require negotiations.
3-4 preschool teachers will have afternoon pk/tk combinations.
Tk has 6 hours of instruction in the morning and may spend an additional 3 hours in preschool afternoon class. Parents can sign up their 4 year old children for this full 9 hour program.
District has said for preschool teachers effected:
full eight hours will be on a salary schedule-no time cards for additional hours (positively affects retirement).
no change in programming for pm class
no extra meetings
no preschool required testing for tk pm students
First RCTA meeting of new school year will be held online on September 12th
August 8, 9, 10 PD days are paid per diem or 4.5 PGCE units.
Fill out the sign in sheets to be compensated.
If you do not attend, you will not be compensated.
SPSL: This leave will become available for use on February 19, 2022 and is retroactive to January 1, 2022 for qualifying absences.
If you have taken leave between 1/1/2022-2/19/2022 for Covid related reasons, you can apply to use this leave by completing this form.
7. Member Concerns:
*Please make sure to first go to site admin
Some sort of active shooter and lockdown training with RCPD NEEDS TO HAPPEN, not online training modules, site-by-site to ensure we are the most prepared and most effective at feeling prepared to protect our students and ourselves.
Facilities also not fixing items for requested work orders at some sites.
Meeting adjourned at: 5:08pm
10 minute meeting To Do’s:
1. August 29th beginning of the year mixer.
2. September 12th first RCTA meeting
3. Get folks at your site to be on your committee!