TVEA Update

School Board News (3/19/09)
Thursday, March 19 2009

Tuesday evening, the TVUSD School Board voted 4-1 to close Sparkman Elementary School. Where Sparkman students will go to school next year has not been completely decided yet. Later in the evening, the vote was 5-0 to move the Alternative Education programs to Sparkman for expansion reasons. We wish them all well!

Another topic of interest was the District Office’s presentation regarding new categorical flexibility in the budget. Certain items in the budget, like textbooks, are categorical dollars. This means that they can only be used for the purpose that they were designated. Because of the California state budget crisis, quite a few of these categories are allowed to be used by districts in any way the district sees fit. This is good news for our local situation.

The District Office proposed to use 3.6 million dollars from categorical funds in order to close the current budget deficit of 9.2 million dollars. Jeff Okun’s presentation to the School Board is on the TVUSD website.

Negotiations and Tentative Agreement (3/19/09)
Thursday, March 19 2009

TVEA has concluded negotiations with the district.  A vote will take place after Spring Break.

Negotiation Process for the current Tentative Agreement

In November of 2007, the TVEA Bargaining Team identified contract items that needed language clarification along with the addition or removal of contract language. These areas included PLC, Hours, Kindergarten, Special Education, Compensation, and Transfers.

Ad-hoc committees were created from the general membership and met last year in order to provide anecdotes, collect data, and propose changes to the contract language in the areas mentioned above.

Trends emerged that affected multiple articles in the contract which created the bargaining priorities. The TVEA Bargaining Team then created proposals to present during negotiation sessions.

Although many proposals were discussed, not all reached a level of discussion where both parties agreed to the changes. Only the articles where both parties reached an understanding were included in the current Tentative Agreement.

As soon as the current contract is settled, the TVEA Bargaining Team will begin to organize for the next cycle.

If you have any questions regarding this Tentative Agreement, please contact:
Edgar Diaz, Bargaining Chair.
Anne McNulty, TVEA President at 699-9970

TVEA strongly supports this agreement and encourages you to vote YES. Voting will occur after Spring Break.

Tentative Agreeement

Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation (3/19/09)
Thursday, March 19 2009
If you have a High School Senior in the TVUSD who has applied for a Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation scholarship , please contact the TVEA office to let us know. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your child’s name and school by April 17th.
Equity and Human Rights Conference Update (3/19/09)
Thursday, March 19 2009

6 TVEA members, were fortunate enough to attend CTA’s Equity and Human Right’s Conference in San Jose, March 6-8th. Part of CTA’s Mission Statement says, “…to ensure that the dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more equitable and democratic society”. The sessions were very diverse and represented many different ethnic and minority groups.

A few of the sessions included: Immigration, Legal Issues for Women, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Asian American, Suicide Prevention, Union News, Sustainable Energy, and much more. There was something for everyone and attendees took home information that could be easily implemented.

Next year’s conference will be in Irvine and we urge as many people as possible to attend. If you would like more information about the conference, please contact Heather Polk.

NEA Representative Assembly Election (3/19/09)
Thursday, March 19 2009

Marcia Varner from French Valley Elementary School is our only TVEA Member running for State Delegate for National Education Association Representative Assembly. Marcia is #6 on the list. You may vote for up to 31 members.

You may vote online by locating the San Gorgonio Service Center NEA Representative Assembly Election link in MyCTA between February 27 and April 3, 2009.

To open MyCTA go to Once you are logged on MyCTA, you will need to locate the San Gorgonio Service Center Council NEA Representative Assembly Election link at the bottom of the page , click on the link, and submit your vote. The link looks like this:

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