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Newsletter

Spring Quarter
NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
President Delna Bryan
Vice President Sheila Walker
VP of Teacher Affairs Hope Lee
VP of DISD ESPs Carmen Behrend
Secretary Vivian Bryant
Treasurer Angela Davis

Here is a note from Staff:


A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
GREETINGS DEAR NEA-DALLAS MEMBERS; We have an abundance of questions of whether to sign a document or not.
Sign everything, with the exception of a letter of resignation without talking to
Spring is almost here at last! The Midday Express Train is still on an amazing journey in TSTA staff or the Help Center (Legal). If you have any doubts--simply write your
our school district. However, as I write this some days are as cool and as crisp as a fall signature and then add "for receipt only"--this phrase simply means that you
or winter day. Living in Texas is never dull when it comes to the climate. Just wait received the letter, but it does not mean that you agree or disagree with the
content. It only means that you received it.
around, and it will change in a few hours or a few days. We are getting ready for some
of the most beautiful flowers come full spring. Look at the blossoms of the white Get a copy of everything you sign. If you are unable to get a copy take a picture
splendor of the pear trees. We can imagine some trees coming back from a long sleep
on your phone.
during winter with the magentas, the pinks, the purples. We can start to appreciate all If you have any questions, please call the NEA-Dallas office at 214-821-2061.
the grandeur of a truly beautiful spring! There is a different smell in the air with the
flowers blooming, a different feel to the day as we walk by, drive by, or put our head May 4 election includes three contested seats on Board of Trustees
out the windows of the train to the smell the new rebirth. BY THE HUB ON FEBRUARY 19, 2019NEWS BRIEFS
Three new faces will join the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees after the May 4
The first week in March was Read Across America and Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s election, as the incumbents for District 4, District 5 and District 7 are not seeking
birthday. We would go on to Carnival or Mardi Gras for those of us who took the time re-election.
The District 4 seat is vacant after incumbent Jaime Resendez resigned this
to go celebrate in Brazil, New Orleans or Panama. Some of us waited for Spring Break
month. District 5 incumbent Dr. Lew Blackburn and District 7 incumbent Audrey
to have our rest and relaxation in the sun away from the school for a few days. Daylight Pinkerton are not seeking re-election.
Saving Time began with gusto for many. Happy Belated Spring Break to all! I hope that The candidates who will appear on the May 4 ballot are:
you enjoyed every minute of it wherever you might have gone!!! ▪ District 4: Karla Garcia, Omar Jimenez, Amalia Lozano and Camile D.
White
We had March to the Capitol on March 11th that was a huge success. ▪ District 5 : Maxie Johnson, David King and Ola M. Allen
▪ District 7: Ben Mackey and Brent McDougal
Both the NEA President, Lily Eskelsen García and the AFT President, Randi Weingarten Find information about the candidates here.
along with Noel Candelaria, TSTA President and Louis Malfaro, Texas AFT president Early voting will be available April 22-30. If a runoff election is necessary for the
were in Austin with the several thousand teachers and school personnel who were District 4 and District 5 seats, it will be conducted on June 8.
there during the first day of Spring Break. https://thehub.dallasisd.org/2019/02/19/may-4-election-includes-three-contested-
seats-on-board-of-trustees/
I was invited to speak about the March to the Capitol on KNON’s Radio Show “The
Worker’s Beat” with Bonnie Mathias and Gene Lantz. It was a delight to talk to the
callers about our views on asking for the proper financing for our schools, and a raise
for all teachers, counselors, librarians…all educational professionals.

Also, in March, we went on to celebrate Texas Independence Day, the Ides of March,
and St. Patrick’s Day. The entire month of March is just packed full of exciting things to Come join us for the General Membership meeting.
do each day. There is never a dull moment! Don't miss out on important information & news.
We would like to welcome and celebrate with all our new
March also brought us several dozen new members to our NEA-Dallas Organization.
We will join hands in welcoming them at our April General Membership Meeting on
members!
April 13th at 10:00 a.m. @ 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite #520.

The month of April is also full of events galore to do and see. The birthday of one of my When:
favorite authors falls in this month. Maya Angelou’s birthday is April 4th. The month of Saturday, April 13, 2019
April carries Passover, Good Friday and Easter for our sacred holidays. The Pulitzer Prize Time:
program awards are announced on April 14th, and Earth Day is April 22nd. This is the 10 a.m.
month that we annually celebrate our Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Where:
NEA-Dallas
In a few more weeks, we will be thinking in of STAAR, AP Exams, ACPs. It will be the
close of a successful 2018-2019 school year. However, before that and in closing, I
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
would like us to embrace as colleagues in warm camaraderie, and friendship this Dallas, TX 75206
upcoming Holy Season in April. A Blessed Easter to you and your family here and RSVP to:
around the globe. Raya Staley (214) 821-2061 or
officemanager@logixonline.com
Delna
[REMINDERS]

3/7/18 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am


3/11/18 March to the Capitol
3/11-15/19 Spring Break
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
3/28/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
NEA-Dallas www.NEADALLAS.com
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 www.TSTA.org
Dallas, Texas 75206 www.NEA.org

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Lunch Break 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
4/11/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am [Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
4/13/19 General Membership Meeting @10 am TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
NEA-Dallas Office
4/19/19 Inclement Weather Makeup Day
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
Janna Connolly Raya Staley
4/22/19 Inclement Weather Makeup Day TSTA Staff Office Manager
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED (469) 952-7288 – cell (214) 821-2061
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA jannac@tsta.org officemanager@logixonline.com
4/25/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
4/26-27/19 TSTA House of Delegates
NEA-Dallas neadallas1

TSTA Help Center


1-877-ASK-TSTA
www.TSTA.org

NEAMB Signature Discount


5/9/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
When you enroll in the AT&T Signature Discount program,
5/23/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm through your organization-and have a qualified wireless service
5/27/19 Student Holiday / Staff Development agreement- you'll save on your monthly service charge for
5/30/19 Student Holiday / Staff Development qualifying plans.
As an AT&T Signature Discount member, you’ll receive:
DISD 2018-2019 SUMMER SCHEDULE for CENTRAL STAFF: • 15% off qualified wireless plans & services
Central Staff employees will work a four-day work week and the District will close on Fridays during a portion • 20% off eligible wireless accessories
of the summer. Central office hours during the summer will be 7am until 6pm, Monday through Thursday.
• Monthly Employees – employees paid monthly will work the four-day work week from June 3 through
August 2, 2019 and resume their regular work hours on August 5, 2019.
• Biweekly Employees – employees paid biweekly will work a four-day work week from June 7 through
August 8, 2019, NOT working on June 7th if they participate in the four-day. They will resume their For more information and details go to the website listed below:
regular work schedule August 9, 2019.
• The District will be closed for Summer Break from July 1 – 5, 2019. Union Member discounts available at
www.att.com/wireless/NEAMB
Unless otherwise approved by your Chief, employees are not allowed to work for pay while the District
is closed. July 4th is a holiday, and employees will report back to work on July 8th.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND supervisors may require employees to change their daily work schedule, work
overtime and/or work on Fridays for operational needs, instead of adhering to the summer schedule. It is the
employee’s responsibility to consult the supervisor for the start, end, and lunch times for their daily work
schedule during the summer.
NEA-DALLAS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS FROM JUNE 3 – AUGUST 2, 2019
NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program
and JULY 1 - 5, 2019. Our summer office hours will be 8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday through
Thursday. TSTA will still be able to be reached 7am – 7pm at 1-877-ASK-TSTA, Monday –
Brandon Watson – (512) 520-7248
Friday. bwatson@calcas.com
Trustees approve mid-year raises for identified Operations Possibly the best way to be safe on campus is to ensure all staff and
positions students are visibly wearing their ID badges. The badges immediately
BY THE HUB ON MARCH 1, 2019 HEADLINES identify a person as someone who is supposed to be on campus. Anderson
Trustees have approved the recommendations of a salary study conducted by said when officers respond to an emergency at a school, the badge is
the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) calling for mid-year salary crucial in sorting out what is going on.
increases for certain job positions in Food & Child Nutrition Services, Police & “If I come onto your campus and you don’t have one of these on, guess
Security, and Maintenance & Facilities Services, Construction Services, and
where you are? You’re on the on the ground,” he said. The key is starting
Transportation Services. The action will result in pay scale changes and
off each day focused on screening everyone who comes on campus and
compensation increases for 61 percent of employees in those departments
effective March 1, 2019. ensuring they have their badges. “That’s what keeps you safe. If you can
The TASB study compared the salaries and pay scales for positions in the win the morning, you can win the day when it comes to safety.”
Operations division with average pay for similar positions in the Dallas labor Officer Victoria Tsalikis encouraged everyone to take lockdown drills
market. Comparisons were based on jobs requiring similar skills, qualifications seriously, which hasn’t always been the case.
and responsibilities at other school districts and Dallas employers. “When we say you can’t come out of the room, don’t come out of the
The study found that salary adjustments are needed to recruit and retain
room,” she said. “We don’t know who the threat is, and you look like the
employees in grounds and food services. As a result, the study recommended
the district provide an immediate pay raise to employees in certain job threat when you’re walking the hallways.
categories to be more competitive in the market. Safety and security is a team effort.
Among recommendations approved by trustees: “Help us help you keep your school safe,” Anderson said. “You are in
▪ Raise the minimum wage for all employees to $12 per hour. charge of a lot of lives.”
▪ Add adjustments for experienced employees in the bottom half of https://thehub.dallasisd.org/2019/02/26/dallas-isd-police-share-top-tips-to-
the pay range (i.e., those below market pay). improve-safety-security-in-the-district/
▪ Reset pay ranges to match market pay scales.
▪ Adjust the pay for other groups of employees during the regular
budget cycle. Dallas ISD Upcoming Job Fairs
▪ Create a new pay structure for Construction Services. https://www.dallasisd.org/hcmjobfair
Based on the Board’s action, 1,900, or 61% of employees in Police & Security,
Maintenance, Food Services, Construction Services, and Transportation Dallas ISD is committed to setting a new standard for education not only in
Services will receive immediate salary increases ranging from 9.6 percent to North Texas, but in the country. As part of our team, you will help shape the
15 percent. The anticipated cost for the raises for the remainder of the fiscal future of teaching and learning for generations to come. The Talent
year is approximately $1.6 million, which will be covered with funds from the Acquisition team is proud to present you with diverse and specialized types
district’s general operating budget and special revenue funds. of hiring events where you will have the unique opportunity to meet a
TASB is currently conducting a second study to review the salaries of all other campus decision maker.
district employees. It’s expected the findings will be presented to the board in
April. Any recommendations for salary adjustments as a result of that study Join our community of educators and administrators who bring diverse
will be considered as part of the district’s 2019-2020 budget deliberations. skills and experience, thought leadership, and a passion for delivering
https://thehub.dallasisd.org/2019/03/01/trustees-approve-mid-year-raises- effective and innovative instruction to our students. Register today to
for-identified-operations-positions/ receive more information and to participate in our events!

Dallas ISD Police share top tips to improve safety, security in the Date Time Type of Event Location
district Large Scale Teacher Emmett J. Conrad
April 13, 2019 9AM - 12PM
BY THE HUB ON FEBRUARY 26, 2019 INSIDE DALLAS ISD Job Fair High School
Dallas ISD’s Risk Management Services provided several helpful reminders Special Programs Wilmer Hutchins
April 25, 2019 5:30PM - 7:30PM
to help boost safety and reduce risk districtwide – including a presentation Teacher Job Fair High School
by the district’s police department. Large Scale Teacher Emmett J. Conrad
May 18, 2019 9AM - 12PM
Dallas ISD Police Lt. Terri Thomas said that while officers are only a phone Job Fair High School
call away, the first line of defense begins with each individual. Large Scale Teacher
June 13, 2019 4PM - 6PM Skyline High School
“The No. 1 person to keep you safe is yourself,” Thomas said. “Be Job Fair
situationally aware.” Large Scale Teacher Emmett J. Conrad
July 18, 2019 4PM - 6PM
Job Fair High School
Inside schools and buildings, that means things like making sure the right
staff members have radios and know how to use them. Officer Derrick
For more information about the events or regarding any recruitment
Anderson said that district police can hear all the chatter on campus initiatives, please email: futureteacher@dallasisd.org.
radios, so talking about lunch should be relegated to brief code words.
Also, he said radios need to be on each wing and on each floor of a
building.
Anderson told staff to not leave keys or cell phones on desks. Because
desks belongs to the school district, unsecured personal items left on or in
them are considered as abandoned. That means anyone – including a
student – could take the items possibly without legal repercussions.
Prevention is important in the parking lot, too, he said. Tailgates and third-
row seats in large SUVs are a hot theft item, he said, so backing vehicles up
to a wall can prevent a would-be thief from having access to them. Patrol
officers are also available to escort employees to their cars at night.
Anderson cautioned against believing more crime happens in Dallas ISD,
he said, but that crime happens everywhere.
“We have a great product in Dallas ISD,” he said. “We don’t want you to
lose faith and hope. There are great things going on.”