February 16 2011 FEA Europe Update

1. Staffing, Excessing, and Placements
2. Mid-Term Vacancies
3. Transfers
4. Retiring Members
5. Area Directors' Travels
6. Guantanamo Members Featured
7. Summer Workshops
8. RAT Travel
9. President's Report
10. Important Dates

1. Staffing, Excessing, and Placements -- This is one of the most difficult and stressful times of the year in our schools. FRS's should be working with your Principals to ensure that staffing, excessing, and the reporting of vacancies are done correctly. Each District is setting the date for the District Placement of excesses, etc. so please contact your District Rep if you have questions or to let them know of vacancies in your school for next year.

2. Mid-Term Vacancies -- A number of questions have come up lately concerning midyear vacancies and how they are to be filled. Attached is the MOU which should provide some clarification. (Other MOU's are available on the FEA website.)

3. Transfers -- People often preface their transfer questions to us with, "I heard that…" or "my friend told me…" Please remember, for the BEST, most accurate, and up to date information, go to the FEA website. Our Transfer Information Page contains Connie's "Tips for Transfers" as well as several pages of Frequently Asked Questions. You will need your membership number to log into this portion of the FEA website.

As of today, FEA has updated its Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Transfer Program. The newly updated document can be found via the link at and now contains answers to more questions like the following:

Q -- I am excess and have applied to both the excess district placement program and the world-wide transfer program? If I accept a placement through the district placement program should I withdraw my application from the world-wide transfer program?

Q -- As of today (February 15), how many applicants have applied for transfer?

Q -- Can I apply for a compassionate transfer through the world-wide Transfer Program?

Members have already sent us corrections for the Transfer Application website which our "Transfer Guru," Connie Shanaghan will relay to management for us.

Please let your Area Directors know if you encounter problems with the application site.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 25, 2011. The transfer round is scheduled to begin March 14, 2011.

Please also remember, FEA members can take advantage of our Transfer Verification Service which is also outlined on our website. Please submit ONLY the final version of your transfer application.

4. Retiring Members -- If you have members who are retiring this year, and you would like an FEA certificate to present to them, please send a list of your retirees to Gretchen Wessels on Outlook. We will forward that to FEA HQ so that those members can receive a certificate of appreciation for their service and membership. Please include the address where the certificates should be mailed.

5. Area Directors' Travels -- Last week, I visited 7 schools in the UK along with Lisa Ali, Isles District Rep. It was a long, but productive week. Many thanks to all those local leaders who helped facilitate our meetings and to the members who took time to speak with us. We will be following up on issues which were brought to our attention. A special thank you to the Lakenheath EA and the Alconbury EA for hosting afternoon meetings with their memberships. I also had the opportunity to see some wonderful teachers at work with their students, which is always a highlight of any trip.

This week, I will be in my office trying to catch up, while Alex heads to Bamberg on Thursday to visit both Bamberg ES and MS/HS as well as attending an evening meeting of the Bamberg EA.

6. Guantanamo Members Featured -- Speaking of travel, when I visited our Guantanamo schools in the fall, I was accompanied by John Rosales of the NEA Interactive Media Department and Gary Hritz, our FEA Communications Director. The resulting story on our FEA members at Guantanamo will be featured in the upcoming issue of the NEA Today. The magazine will be sent to all FEA members in the mail. It will also be available on the web site, as well as an online video and slideshow. We will let you know when those are available. (

7. Summer Workshops -- Association leaders have certainly heard from our members concerning the recently released program for Summer Training and the lack of offerings. Please be assured that we are strongly advocating at every level for appropriate grade and subject specific training for our members. Generic, "one size fits all" training does not meet the needs of our teachers with new curricula, new standards, and new technology.

8. RAT Travel -- As you begin to look toward summer, the attached information on obtaining travel orders may be helpful.

9. President's Report - Michael Priser's February 15 President's Report contains lots of good information. If you did not receive it, you can find it on the FEA website. Also, be on the lookout for the next edition of the FEA Journal in the mail soon.

10. Important Dates --
February 25 -- Deadline for submitting transfer applications
March 1 -- Area JCC
March 2 -- Read Across America (
March 14 -- FEA BOD, Washington DC
March 14 -- Transfer Round scheduled to begin

Hang in there…the work we do is important. Thanks for all you do,


Chuck McCarter
FEA Europe Area Director
Tel/Fax: 0611-44756234
0611-44756131 or DSN 335-5373/69