February 2017 FEA Stateside Newsletter



School Changes/Openings/Closings -- DoDEA has plans to change the configuration of some of our stateside schools next school year. We were given notice of two school closures, however one of those closures has been recently cancelled. Mahaffey Middle School at Fort Campbell was to close and merge into Wassom Middle School at the end of SY 16/17. That change has been cancelled and both middle schools will remain open in SY 17/18. We were also notified that Galer Elementary School at Laurel Bay would close at the end of this school year. School openings for SY 17/18 include Poole ES on Fort Bragg, Kingsolver ES at Fort Knox and Barkley ES at Fort Campbell.

NEA Read Across America Grant -- The Fort Jackson Association of Educators was awarded a $3500 grant from NEA to help fund the local's Read Across America Program. The grant will be used for "Prize Patrol" which is an incentive program to support family reading. Thank you and congratulations to FJAE President, Alan Danahy, local leaders Kerrie Ammons and Jenna Vaughn for attaining this grant, which benefits the students and families of Fort Jackson.

Federal Hiring Freeze -- DoDEA provided the Association notice on January 25 of a hiring freeze that affects federal employees. We will be discussing the impact of this freeze with DoDEA HQ next week.

Travel -- Last month FEA SR had the opportunity to visit schools at Fort Rucker, AL. Local President, Rebecca Raichle took us on tours of Fort Rucker Elementary and Primary schools. We also had the opportunity to meet with members and answer questions and discuss concerns. It was a pleasure to see teachers and students in such a positive and professional learning environment. Next month I will travel to Guam and visit schools with the local president, Denise Sheedy. MLA Training will be provided to faculty representatives and local leaders.. Chuck McCarter, FEA President, will accompany me on this visit. We are looking forward to seeing our members in Guam.

Spring Area Council -- The Area Council will be held in Wilmington, North Carolina. We will meet as a Council March 9 -11. All members are invited to attend. Please speak with your local president if you are interested in attending.

Understanding Your Association Rights -- MLA Article 6 Section 14 -- School Board Meetings

a. The Local Association President or designee will be permitted to attend all local district school board meetings, including regularly scheduled meetings and working group meetings. Executive session meetings may be closed under 10 U.S.C. 2164 (d)(6). The Local Association President/designee may submit items for placement on the agenda. The Local Association President/designee may participate in school board discussions of agenda items in accordance with local school board procedures. A copy of the agenda and the previous month's minutes will be provided to the Local Association President/designee upon distribution to the school board. Official time will be provided if the meeting is held during the school day.

b. A copy of all minutes of open meetings of the board will be posted in each school upon approval and distribution.

c. These rights will apply to any future established school board(s).

d. If travel outside the commuting area is required for attendance at a school board meeting, the Local Association President, or designee, will receive reimbursement for travel expenses in accordance with the JTR.

MLA Certified - The Association met with the Agency in a mediation session over the Certified MLA at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Atlanta, GA. The current Certified MLA remains in full effect. The Association will keep you informed as this process moves forward.