Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
We wish him well.
“In the best case environment, we could open up some time during the 2008/09 school year. If the timeline slips for any reason, then we may have to push back until the 2009/10 school year.”Ted Alejandre, quoted in today's News-Mirror.
And how much will it cost?
Take a look at the article in the N-M to find out all the details.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Teachers' Choice Award - Linda S. from the Specialists
Teachers' Choice Award - Susan A from Wildwood
Teachers' Choice Award - Lori H from Meadow Creek
Teachers' Choice Award - Melody F from Calimesa
Teachers' Choice Award - Marilyn S. from Ridgeview
Retiree Donna H listens to praise from her friend Pat P
Retiree Linda C receives her plaque
Susan A talks about her friend, retiree April K
A great crowd, great location - we'll be back!
20 year service pins
Grete L, Gayle T, Kay P
10 year service pins
Retiree Kay P shares the moment with her friend Adrienne M
Retiree Lana S listens to her friend Chris K
Dunlap Elementary and Teachers' Choice - Jan M.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Norma W. and Jack B.
Ellen G. and Ann M.
Friday, May 18, 2007
What do YOU think? Post a comment and let us know.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Yucaipa High School teacher John Hawkins proudly displays his CTA Communications Award, presented to him at the San Gorgonio Service Center Council WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards Dinner. John received this award from the California Teachers Association for his informative, illustrated set of emails called "Postcards from Orlando" sent from the NEA Representative Assembly last summer. CTA bestows only a small number of Communications Awards, for newsletters, websites, and for this "special" category in which John was selected. We're very proud that one of our members has received this statewide honor.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Please write them letters, patronize their businesses, and thank them in person.
These business sported "WE SUPPORT YUCAIPA-CALIMESA TEACHERS" signs:
Big John's Philly Steaks
Hair 'n' U
The Water Store
Dr. Wise Orthodontics
El Pollo Loco
Mr. Crum's Donuts
Dr. Jarrett (chiropractor)
Rosa's Beauty Shop
The Training Zone
Saturday, May 12, 2007
What a heartwarming sight it was to walk out of the district office after 7 hours of sitting to see the hundreds of teachers, parents, and other supporters who came to the rally. Some of the negotiations team were moved to tears. It made us go back in there and continue to fight for a fair settlement.
We could never have done this without all of you.
This is the view we had out of the window after you finished your march around the district office. We found out later that the beginning of the line caught up with the end! How cool was that?!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thanks so much!!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Check back tonight for pictures.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
How will the Board recognize us for all that we do?
Will they offer us a fair salary settlement?
Will they have the courage to stop by school sites and talk with teachers to find out what they could do to make things better?
Or...will they send out a cheap, Xeroxed proclamation and try to ignore us?
Monday, May 7, 2007
Let's put an end to the crisis THIS WEEK!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
In Saturday's Sun, Colton school board member Marge Mendoza-Ware discussed the lessons she learned from the crisis in Colton. We are impressed. Her words should be required reading for all school board members, especially ours.
Here's her letter:
If we learn from our mistakes, then our mistakes may very well be worth the pain. If we share with others the lessons we learn and they take heed of those lessons, then we can see the fruit of our labor.
As a school board member for the Colton Joint Unified School District, I recently made some mistakes. It is my hope that school board members and administrators in other school districts will benefit from what I have learned..
• Lesson No. 1: Play fair. Do not insult your teachers by making a ridiculously low first offer.
• Lesson No. 2: Listen to your teachers. They are not trying to break the bank–they understand that if the bank is broken, they won't have a job.
• Lesson No. 3: Listen to your parents. Parents in the CJUSD wanted the district to dig deep and compensate the teachers with as much as we could.
• Lesson No. 4: Communicate openly, honestly and frequently with all stakeholders: teachers, parents, administrators and classified staff. Above all, be absolutely sure you are making your best possible offer.
• Lesson No. 5: Broken relationships are much harder to mend than those that remained honest and respectful. Do not let negotiations become a battle of us vs. them. If you do, your students will lose.
• Lesson No. 6: Your students are aware, and they are watching. They love their teachers and want the to be in the classroom, undistracted and ready to teach.
• Lesson No. 7: Visit your schools as frequently as possible.
• Lesson No 8: Remember your job is to facilitate the best possible education for your students. Having happy, well-compensated teachers and classified staff who feel you support their efforst is the quickest way to happy, well-educated students.
County Schools Superintendent Herb Fischer once told me about a time in his career when he thought he was absolutely correct in a position he had taken until one day he heard another side of the issue he had not considered. The argument was so compelling that he changed his position. I have always respected him for sharing that story.
I hope somewhere in my lesson you, too, will listen with an open mind, and if you have heard a compelling argument, you will change your position.
Jim, Patty, Sue, and Joyella - SHE'S SPEAKING TO YOU!!!!
Parents In Support of Teachers have their own blog...visit it at:
be sure and leave a comment or two to show them that everybody in the Yucaipa-Calimesa community appreciates their hard work in helping to retain quality teachers in the YCJUSD.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Friday afternoon, YCEA was informed that the District has filed yet another unfair labor practice charge; this time, it concerns our notification that we intend to terminate the contract this month. Apparently they argue that we have no right to exit a contract even though we entered into it voluntarily. In fact, they seem to contend that our current contract will last, day to day, forever!
What will it take to make our Superintendent and the board change their minds? How about a horde of locust, frogs falling from the sky, a plague, or …
460 really frustrated teachers outside the District Office on May 10?
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
For your information, take a look at these numbers:
In addition to the approximately $31 million dollars of taxpayer money from the state,
- $1,000,000 transferred out of the CFD (Community Facilities District)* to the General Fund “for construction of Mesa View Middle School gymnasium.”
- $391,153 out of the CFD to pay for environmental consulting and traffic studies for MVMS.
- $15,000 out of the CFD to pay for inspection services for the road.
- $35,670 out of Maintenance and Operations to pay for asphalt for MVMS.
- $5,283 per month, plus benefits, out of the General Fund, for a full-time custodian and groundskeeper to take care of an empty school.
* For our readers who don’t know what a CFD is: It’s a “Special Tax” paid by local property owners to finance public improvements and services. In this case, the CFD was established by YCJUSD, and the local property owners have a “Special Tax Lien” placed against their property.
Source: YCJUSD School Board Minutes for 6/29/04, 9/13/05, 2/7/06, 3/21/06, 5/2/06, 8/8/06, 11/7/06