Mt. Abe Principal Screening Committee Seeks Community Input
Posted Jan 25, 2016, 6:53 AM by Web Master
Addison County Truancy Protocols with Letter of Clarification
Posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:13 AM by Web Master
Public Statement Concerning Mediation
Posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:25 AM by Web Master
Addison Northeast Supervisory UnionBoard Negotiation Council forTeacher Contract NegotiationsDecember 10, 2015Public Statement Concerning MediationOn December 2, 2015, the Addison Northeast Board Negotiation Council participated in mediation with the negotiation council for Addison Northeast teachers. The mediation was conducted by a professional mediator over a period of approximately five hours.The boards and teachers had last exchanged substantive proposals at a face-to-face negotiation session on August 12, 2015. At that session the boards submitted a “comprehensive” proposal to resolve all issues. At the commencement of negotiations in February of 2015, the Boards had twenty-seven (27) separate contract proposals. In the interest of moving negotiations forward, the boards withdrew fourteen (14) proposals, one of which involved changing the health insurance benefits provided teachers. Recognizing the importance of this benefit to teachers, the boards decided to leave this benefit unchanged.In February of 2015, the teachers identified twenty-two (22) proposed contract changes. Over the course of five (5) subsequent negotiation sessions, theteachers presented specific language for each requested change and withdrew one of their initial proposals. At the session on August 12, 2015, as part of its comprehensive settlement proposal, the boards confirmed acceptance of three teacher proposals, including the teacher’s request to limit the term of the new contract to only one year, instead of the three years sought by the boards. The boards also provided counter-proposals to two teacher proposals.In response to the boards’ comprehensive settlement proposal, the teachers on August 12th rejected all of the boards’ thirteen (13) remaining proposals, withdrew four (4) of its proposals, accepted one of the boards’ counter proposals and reduced its request to increase salaries by 5.2% on base, with step, in FY 2016 to3.5% on base, with step. At the next negotiation session on September 1, 2015, the boards and teachers mutually declared impasse given the large number of issues remaining in dispute and the magnitude of the differences, in some cases.Based on what had occurred at the August 12th negotiation session, the boards began the mediation on December 2, 2015 believing that thirteen (13) of its original issues remained in dispute, along with sixteen (16) of the teachers’ original issues. During early discussions by the parties with the mediator, the boards learned that the teachers’ withdrawal of four (4) issues and acceptance of one counter-proposal on August 12th had been nullified by the declaration of impasse. Consequently, twenty-one teacher issues remained in dispute. While the mediation continued for several hours after this discovery, it ultimately ended with no reportable resolution of any of the thirty-four (34) positions in dispute. The parties will now select an impartial fact-finder and proceed to a fact-finding hearing. It is unlikely that this will occur any earlier than late January of 2016.For additional information please contact Steve Barsalou, Chair of the BoardNegotiation Council; email@example.com.
Armando Vilaseca - ANESU Interim Superintendent
Posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:23 AM by Web Master
The Addison Northeast Supervisory Union extends a warm welcome to former Vermont State Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca to serve as the Interim Superintendent of Schools. Superintendent Vilaseca has 34 years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, superintendent, Vermont’s Commissioner of Education and, most recently, advisor to the Director of Education in Abu Dhabi.
“I have noticed how truly caring and supportive the schools are,” says Superintendent Vliaseca, “I have been impressed with the level of commitment from school board members and the amount of work school board members, teachers and administrators are doing to improve the quality of education available to our students. I have enjoyed having an opportunity to meet teachers and staff and mostly the kids in the supervisory union.”
Superintendent Vilaseca visits the schools on a weekly basis where he has been impressed by how fluent Simone Skerritt’s Spanish students are, been involved in heated discussions about baseball (he is a Yankees fan) and talked with the kids about his experience in the Middle East where boys and girls attend different schools and where educators are focusing on the same issues as we are: engaging students in their education and graduating students prepared to meet their highest potential.
“There are challenges and opportunities available for the supervisory union,” says Superintendent Vilaseca, “My goal is to be encouraging and visible and to support the good work that is going on here. We are all in this together.”
Teacher and Support Staff Collective Bargaining Information - 2015-2016
Collective bargaining negotiations for a successor agreement between the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, its member districts and its teachers are now under way. Vermont statutes require school districts to form Bargaining Councils for the purpose of negotiating contracts and each school district within the ANESU has appointed members to serve on the ANESU Bargaining Council. Teachers from each of our schools are represented by the Addison Northeast Education Association and affiliated with Vermont-National Education Association.
All school district meetings are publically warned and conducted in accordance with Vermont open meeting legal requirements. The meetings have been filmed by NEAT TV and minutes of the meetings are taken and posted electronically on the district’s website.
The following contract language, salary and benefit proposals were exchanged by each side.