November 25, 2019


Thank you for everything that you do each and every day on behalf of our students, our families, our district, and our union.  You have the most important job in the world--and often the most demanding.  Every day you come to school and something amazing happens--that "aha" moment when your student "gets it"; that day you finally break through to the child who has been resistant; that minute that your kiddo gives you a hug and says "I'm glad to be here!"  

You probably don't hear it often enough, but I know that so many people out there think it: Thank you!  Thank you for what you do.  Thank you for what you give up to do what you do.  Thank you for caring about children.  Thank you for caring about education.

Enjoy your well deserved holiday break.  Safe travels to those of you who will be on the road.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!


November 20, 2019

Results of HEA Bargaining Survey

November 18, 2019

394 Respondents (out of 593 members) 66% of membership

Many people have said that an increase to the salary scale is the most important item for bargaining. Is this true for you?

58%      Yes, an increase to the salary matrix is a must

28%      I would be great with my salary step increase and a $1000 bonus

18%      No, I think the salary matrix is fine as is

Would you be interested in seeing a new salary scale for existing employees?

23%      Yes

40%      Maybe

37%      No

Would you be interested in seeing a new salary scale for new employees?

30%      Yes

52%      Maybe

18%      No

Would you be interested in a salary scale that is higher for those with advanced degrees (as opposed to the stipend system now in use)? (More like a traditional steps and lanes scale.)


November 8, 2019

Congratulations to those folks who were able to take advantage of the Retirement Incentive offered this fall. I wish every one of you the best as you move into the next chapter of life--whatever that may be! I know that HSD is losing very talented and dedicated educators. On behalf of the HEA, I want to thank you for your years of service to our students, our school district, and our union. You will be missed!

HEA and HSD has been working on a new transfer form (thank you Kelly Elder!) which will be available online soon.  We anticipate that there may be quite a bit of movement, so make sure that you start thinking about where you would like to be next year.  If you are even considering a possible move, or have a dream job in mind, make sure that you put in for a transfer, even if that particular position is not currently open--you never know, it just may open up.  As soon as the transfer form is live, I will let you know by email.

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