Special Ed Conference

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

9am-6pm

Prairie High School

The Southwest Washington Special Education Conference and Resource Fair will offer concurrent workshops/sessions, an exhibit hall, and a keynote speaker. This event is open to families of children with special needs, regardless of age (birth-21) or nature of disability (mild-severe). Professionals working to serve families/children are also invited to attend. Please visit our website and Facebook page for detailed information.

Conference Chair; Annie Lamberto

Lamberto.annie@battlegroundps.org

360-885-5049

http://www.spedconference.org

http://www.facebook.com/spedconference

Sponsored by WEA Riverside and

 Battle Ground Education Association

Superintendent Candidate Meet and Greet

 

BGEA MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO

“Meet & Greet”

The Battle Ground Public Schools’

SUPERINTENDENT FINALISTS

 

 BGEA Members will have an opportunity to attend a Q & A session with each of the three candidates for superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools

There will be three sessions (one with each of the three candidates) on:

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

9:00 a.m. to noon

CHIEF UMTUCH MIDDLE SCHOOL

700 NW 9TH ST.

BATTLE GROUND, WA

Bring your iPad, Smart Phone or other electronic device to complete the online Feedback form.  Comment forms will also be available at each session.

If you are not able to attend this session,

please join us at the Community Form

that evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: JULIE BACKOUS AT 360.885.5360

GO ONLINE AT WWW.BATTLEGROUNDPS.ORG

Elections

Nominations are now open for the following positions:

Secretary—2-year term, $400 Annual Stipend

The secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings of the Executive Board, Representative Council, and General Membership.  He/She shall maintain official files and shall assist the president upon request.  He/She shall brief the Reps. At Large on the constitution and bylaws.

 

Treasurer—2-year term, $2,000 Annual Stipend

The Treasurer shall hold the funds of the Association and disburse them upon authorization by the Executive Board and/or Rep. Council.  He/She shall keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements, shall submit a balance sheet to each regular meeting of the Rep. Council, and shall prepare an annual financial statement for publication to members as directed by the Executive Board to inform members of the financial condition of the Association.  He/She shall assist the Executive Board in the initial drafting of the annual budget

 

Primary Rep @ Large—2-year term, no stipend

Middle School Rep @ Large—2-year term, no stipend

The Reps. At Large shall serve as guardians of the Constitution:  To that end, they shall be conversant on the Constitution.  The Reps at Large shall see that the officials of the Battle Ground Education Association conduct their offices within the limits of the Constitution.

The Reps at Large shall serve as the Ombudsmen of the Association.  They shall provide a direct link between the Association Members and the elected officials of The Battle Ground Education Association.  The Reps at Large shall seek answers to complaints and questions that concern Association members.

The Reps at Large shall attend all Executive Board and Representative Council meetings in their capacity of Guardians of the Constitution.  They shall have voting power on the Executive Board.

The Reps. At Large shall serve as the Election Committee of the Battle Ground Education Association.  They shall conduct and monitor all Battle Ground Education Association elections and ratification votes.

The Reps. At Large shall be responsible for monitoring the Association calendar and its timelines.

The Reps. At Large shall be named as trustees of the corporation of The Battle Ground Education Association.

 

Anyone interested in running for any of the position, please e-mail me (schelvan.ted@battlegroundps.org)

Nominations will be close at the April BGEA Rep Council Meeting.

Voting will take place the first week in May.

Young Champions Student Athlete Heart Screening–Feb 22nd

Young Champions Student Athlete Heart Screenings use cardiac ultrasound and EKG tests to spot a serious heart condition known to cause sudden cardiac death in active teens. The screening program is sponsored by PeaceHealth Southwest Heart & Vascular Center and the Quinn Driscoll Foundation.

Please click on the link below for more information.

2-22-14 Young Champs Flyer

WEA Representative Assembly

WEA Representative Assembly

April 3-5, 2014

Spokane Convention Center

Are you interested in representing Battle Ground at this year’s WEA Representative Assembly? Nominations are now open and will close at the January 22nd BGEA Rep Council Meeting. BGEA pays for flight to Spokane, lodging while there (double occupancy) and meals. We will also pay for your sub on the 3rd and 4th.

If you are interested, please e-mail Ted Schelvan (schelvan.ted@battlegroundps.org).

Superintendent Search–Share Your Voice

Superintendent Search

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE SURVEY

Invitation to the Public from the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors
(click here for full letter)

We invite you to join the Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors search for a new superintendent. Your voice is needed to guide us in making the best choice for our students, stakeholders, and our staff. Our job is to narrow down candidates and make a final selection, with a goal of a superintendent start date of July 1, 2014. This is a tall order and an important turning point for our district and community. The superintendent is an educational and community leader. Your contribution will lay the foundation for this selection process.

The first phase of community outreach will go through the month of November. You are invited to participate in the community forums and online surveys designed to gather input from students, stakeholders and our staff. Your participation is critical during this initial phase of the process.

Community Forums:

You are invited to join any of these community forums to share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Each of these forums will be facilitated by Dr. Boring and Dr. Cohen with McPherson & Jacobson LLC. There are multiple locations and times across the district. Thank you for participating.

Date Day Time
Place (Click Name for Map) Groups
11/14/13 Thursday 9:30 AM Amboy MS (Media Ctr) Community, Staff
11/14/13 Thursday 12:30 PM Chief MS (Media Ctr) Staff, Community
11/14/13 Thursday 6:30 PM Prairie HS (Media Ctr) Community, Staff, Students
 
11/19/13 Tuesday 9:30 AM Chief MS (Media Ctr) Community, Staff
11/19/13 Tuesday 12:30 PM Prairie HS (Media Ctr) Staff, Community
11/19/13 Tuesday 6:30 PM Amboy MS (Media Ctr) Community, Staff, Students

If you are unable to join the community forums please take a moment to fill out our online survey or print survey. These are the same questions presented during the forums.

Survey Options:

Online Survey

Click Here for the online survey.

Update to TRS 3

Washington Education Association: Strengthening Washington's Public Schools
Nov. 1, 2013

To all members in the Teachers Retirement System Plan 3 (TRS 3):

Beginning in January 2015, you will no longer be able to change your personal contribution rate.

Under an agreement between the federal Internal Revenue System (IRS) and the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS), TRS 3 members will be allowed to continue to make a change in January 2014 and January 2015. TRS 3 members should consider the next two years as the last chance you will have while continuing to work for your current employing school district to make this change that affects both your take-home pay levels and your retirement savings.

The DRS has worked very closely with WEA to retain this benefit for as long as possible.

Currently, about 1,500 to 2,000 (about 5 percent) Plan 3 members exercise this option every year. However, DRS has known for some time that the IRS was not fond of this option in the TRS plan due to the amount of “choice” this creates, and since about 2006, the DRS has advised members (at WEA’s urging) in their annual announcement that they should treat the opportunity to change their rate as the last one they will have.