Thank you so much to those of you who voted. We increased our voting by 10% over the last election for president. Hopefully, as we need to vote on things like the contract, we can engage more of you to vote through the electronic voting.

All members!! Please check on your life insurance through NEA. Many people have not indicated who they want as the beneficiary, or need to change their beneficiary. This is an important piece of your membership.

As you know, the last day of school is now June 14. The language about this is very clear in the contract, and at this point we have gone over the number of hours required. We did argue it quite vigorously.

We are bringing the question of losing preplanned days out to snow days beyond the superintendent’s office. At least one day will be returned to those who lost their preplanned day due to a snow day at this point.

We are still waiting for approval of the new evaluation system from the principals union. They are being fully trained on the new system so they will be ready for next year. Please remember that the MEA has nothing to do with writing the evaluation system – your colleagues wrote this plan in conjunction with the district. MEA Leadership was invited to help with editing at the end of the process. The district is required by DOE to write a new eval plan and a new PD plan every 5 years.

Please report any safety issues to your building principal first, then have your building rep inform me so I can make sure these issues are resolved.

Please make sure you are reporting any and all incidents in writing to your principal, especially incidents of school violence.


Congratulations to: Sarah Dumais at West for a $1000 grant from NEA partner California Casualty for spring sports equipment; and Jeff Normandin for being named Teacher of the Year by The Hippo Press.


MEA has 31 members retiring this year!!! We are honored to have worked along side these people in the pursuit of educating Manchester children.