September 19, 2019
In This Issue
  • Negotiations Update
  • Student Project Gains Support of Amnesty International  
  • Reminders: Teacher of the Year Celebration, Open Enrollment, and More!
  • Kudos 
  • Board Briefs
  • Upcoming Events
Negotiations Update

Maintaining high-performing schools is a priority for our island community, and supporting our educators is a priority for our district. Yet for some years now, AUSD teachers and staff have been among the lowest paid in the county. 

We are excited to announce that at a meeting earlier this week, the AUSD bargaining team offered the Alameda Education Association a 4% raise for this year and an 8% raise beginning next year, contingent on the passage of a parcel tax dedicated solely to employee salaries. We have more details about the negotiations in this community bulletin

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Butterfly Project Soars with Amnesty International

A 6th grader at Wood Middle School has started a project to draw attention to the 15,000 children currently being held in detention centers along the border and across the United States.

Called the Butterfly Effect Migration Project, the initiative is now being picked up around the world and has gained the support of Amnesty International.

You can learn more about this inspiring young woman's vision here.

Don't Forget! ACOE Teacher of the Year Celebration, Open Enrollment,  and More
  • AUSD's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Pauline Stahl of Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School, and other Teachers of the Year from  Alameda County, will be honored and celebrated October 3 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts. The 2019 County Teachers of the Year will also be announced! This event is open to the public; details are available on the  Alameda County Office of Education website
    We hope to see lots of you there!
  • Our  open enrollment period this year is from September 9, 2019 to October 4, 2019. You can find information about the various plans on our  Open Enrollment flyer
  • By the way, as part of the Open Enrollment process, American Fidelity will be visiting each campus to assist employees who want to enroll in  Flexible Spending account plans and learn about additional supplemental benefits such as Accident, Cancer, Critical Illness, Disability, and Life Insurance plans/programs that the company offers. Please keep an eye out for more emails about this opportunity from HR. 
  • Don't forget to send Joie Garchar your official transcript(s) for salary reclassification if you earned units from an accredited university for "column" advancement by September 30. If the university sends electronic transcripts, please make a request and have them emailed to Joie Garchar, as this method of delivery is the fastest. You are more than welcome to drop off paper transcripts as well. [Note:  Per Article 14.06.03, [for] salary reclassification in any given year, credits earned must be submitted by September 30. If a transcript is not available, the employee may submit a written statement of courses taken and credit earned. In this case, salary adjustments shall be contingent upon receipt of an official transcript on or before November 30 reflecting that the units were earned on or before September 30.]
  • The Certificated Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank is open for donations from September 5 to October 30, 2019.  Donating into the bank is the only way donated sick leave days may be claimed by a member.  Please email the completed form to Tonya Morgan or send it to Human Resources, Tonya Morgan, Attn: CSL Bank.

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Kudos to...

...Two AUSD seniors who have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program: Samantha Zimmerman (ASTI) and Alexander Lack (Encinal). Congratulations, students!

...Keelan Doss (Alameda High School, '14), who has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. Doss played for the UC Davis Aggies for five years after graduating from AHS.
Board Briefs

At its September 10 public meeting, the Board of Education heard presentations on Alameda High School and this year's enrollment. The Board also approved the unaudited actuals financial report for 2018-19 and directed staff to declare the Emma Hood Swim Complex "surplus property" and lease it to the City, contingent on the City developing it into a new swim complex. 

Upcoming Events

September 24, 6 pm - 8 pm
Citywide College Night
College of Alameda Gymnasium

September 24, 6:30 pm
City Hall

October 2, 2019, 6:30 pm
Franklin Elementary School

October 3, 6 pm - 9 pm
Castro Valley Center for the Arts

October 5, 12 pm - 3 pm
Rhythmix Cultural Works

October 11
Non-student day/professional development

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