Our new contract has been passed by our HVEA members and ratified by the school board. It passed by 298 yes votes and 104 no votes. I thank all of you who took the time to vote on both TA's. I would also like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, our HVEA Bargaining Team for all of their hard work and dedication to our Association during these very long months of working on your behalf.
Please know that just because this TA passed, I know there is still A LOT of work to do to improve your financial situation as well as your working conditions. I do believe that now is the time to open a new chapter in Huron Valley Schools, leave the past behind while not forgetting the history of where we have been these past many years. It is time for COAT to walk the walk with us as we move forward.
While it is far from the perfect contract, it is the first time that there have been triggers in the contract which guarantees raises on schedule. I do believe HVS is poised to reach above the 7% trigger during the life of this contract. The Financial Review Committee is in place as the Association watch dog as to how money will be spent in HVS. Also, work will continue on improving our working conditions via the Contract Maintenance Committee. As always, evaluations are on the front burner and I am always advocating for improvements there, both within the Evaluation Review Committee and on my own, pretty much every day!
If anyone would like to get involved in the HVEA Professional Issues Committee, we have openings on both the elementary PIC and the secondary PIC. We meet after school three times a year to discuss issues arising during the school year. Our first meeting will be held in November. We also have a Special Education PIC which currently well represented.
As soon as changes are finalized, we will post the new contract on our website in the Members Area.