September 2

Insurance Update

Major changes to the district benefit plans being offered will take effect for the 2014-15 plan year


·        Switching from Premera Blue Cross to Regence Blue Cross

o   Regence has closely mirrored all Premera plans, all the same plans will be offered – Plan 2, 3, 5 EasyChoice (new name Regence Choice) Plans A, B, and C and the High Deductible plan

o   No change in doctors required, both plans use the same network of doctors

o   Both Legacy Salmon Creek and PeaceHealth hospitals are in-network

o   Rate increase will be 1% over our current Premera rates

·        We will now offer 2 Kaiser medical plans

o   Option 1 will be the same as current plan being offered, there is a 10.7% rate increase over last years rates

o   Option 2 will have a $250.00 deductible, co-pays vary by type of service and will have a 10% co-insurance on hospitalization, outpatient services and durable equipment


Letter to EE’s RE Regence

Kaiser benefit summaries – both plans


·        Open enrollment will be from August 25th through September 30th – new benefits effective November 1st

·        Benefits Fair will on September 10th at Battle Ground High School in the cafeteria from 2:30 – 6:00

·        We are keeping all the same Dental plans and the VSP vision coverage

May 6

All Staff BBQ

Good Afternoon!


We are excited to announce an End-of-Year Barbeque for all staff to welcome and introduce Mr. Mark Hottowe, our new superintendent!


The barbeque will take place on Monday, June 23 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Battle Ground High School. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and Mr. Hottowe will speak to the group about the transition in leadership at 12:15 p.m. A district-provided barbeque lunch will follow.

This event is not mandatory, but will be available to all staff.

Please contact Julie Backous with any

April 29

April is School Library Month!

BGEA is lucky to have all 15 Teacher Librarians that serve our district as members! Combined these amazing folks have over 274 years in education. They all hold Master degrees. All teach classes. All help students find the resources and information they need.

Celebrate National School Library Month by going to

April 29

Free Movie

Dear Member,

WEA-Riverside and Evergreen Education Association have partnered together to offer you the opportunity to view the movie,“STANDARDIZED  LIES, MONEY & CIVIL RIGHTS: HOW TESTING IS RUINING PUBLIC EDUCATION” (1 hr, 14 min).  For decades, standardized testing has been a part of public education. Within the last ten years, however, education reform has promoted even more testing. Test scores, mistakenly viewed as effective assessments of student ability and teacher / school effectiveness, are anything but. STANDARDIZED sheds light on the invalid nature of tests, the terrible consequences of high-stakes testing, and the big money that’s involved.

You can also click here for more information on the movie, including interviews, press and testimonials.

The movie will be shown on Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Evergreen High School Auditorium. The auditorium is on the Evergreen High School campus at 14300 NE 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98684. You can click here to get directions by entering your starting point and requesting directions. You are welcome to invite family, friends and neighbors to join you at the movie to gain a better understanding about the impact testing has on both students and teachers.

If you have questions about the event,  you can send them to Teresa Correy, WEA-Riverside, or Cindy Brown, Evergreen Education Association.

WEA-Riverside & Evergreen Education Association

April 28

PHS Gets Grant from California Casualty


Prairie High School- Athletic GrantOn April 14th, Erica Reich presented PHS a check for the $1,000 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from the NEA Member Benefits Auto and Home Insurance Program, California Casualty.

 The School is going to use the money to upgrade field facilities for the Soccer and Football Field.

BGEA Member Lisa Whitling, referred Andy Schoonover to apply for the Grant from California Casualty. 

For more information, please contact Erica via the information below:



Erica Reich | Field Marketing Manager

NEA Member Benefits- Auto & Home InsuranceProgram
California Casualty Management Company
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April 22

Initiative 1351



BGEA Head Reps were given petitions yesterday, Monday, April 21st, to distribute to each member in our Association. Sometime this week they will be hosting a short before school, after school, or lunch time meeting. There, each member will receive their own petition.

Each petition is numbered so we can track who has which one. Our goal is to have everyone get 10 signatures.

There will be two pick up days: Thursday, May 1st and Thursday, May 8th. Be sure to turn in your completed petitions by those days to your head rep!

Petitions CANNOT be placed in school mailboxes, nor can you use school time/email to discuss the petition. You MAY use duty-free time to discuss the petition.

If you need additional petitions, please e-mail me, using non-school time and resources, at schelvantj (at)

Check out and for more information!