January - February 2006



We need you!! On Friday, March 3, members from the KCEA will participate in Lobby Day at the WV Legislature. Come and bring other educators. The more educators attending, the more power we have to meet the needs of each of you. Meet at the WVEA Headquarters,1558 Quarrier St. at 9:00 a.m. for a briefing. Your PRESENCE is all that is needed to SPEAK for our issues in the upcoming legislative session.

WVEA has proposed to change the law which allows 80/20 PEIA premiums. We continue to fight to bring the pay of WV educators to the national average or above. This session we propose a 6% increase. Our organization is working FOR YOU. Come and be a part of our efforts!!!

PEIA premium increases will average $600 for WV school employees. Help us by contacting Kanawha Co.legislators and express your concerns. Ask them to repeal the 80/20 law! Find addresses/e-mails for your representatives here.


Let WVEA/KCEA know your concerns about issues in our county. E-mail our Co-President with your ideas about:
     • the school calendar
     • PEIA
     • or other concerns.
YOUR OPINION is important to us!!

KCEA Proposal for 2-hour early dismissal
approved unanimously by KCS Board

In November, KCEA Co-Pres. Dinah Adkins addressed the KCS Board and asked that accrued time be used for a 2-hour early dismissal. This time could be used for school meetings, team planning, test analysis, program development, on-school time to access Grade Quick, and record keeping, etc. The KCS Board placed this item on the December board meeting agenda and subsequently approved it 5-0. At the direction of the Board, these early dismissals will begin in February.
     • February 15   • March 8    • April 12    • May 24    • June 2

KCEA requests substantial county raise

At the November KCS Board meeting, the Kanawha County Education Association requested the KCS Board propose a substantial pay raise beginning with the 2006-7 school year. Board members were reminded by our Co-President that employees are on the job daily contributing to the successes of children and the school system. This pay raise is now under consideration by the Board.


WVFIE Grants Approved

Congratulations to the recipients of the West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education Grants. This effort is sponsored by the WVEA for members in WV counties to promote programs which enhance the education of students and provide resources for our teachers. Kanawha County Education Association is proud to acknowledge:

“Kids are Terrific”--
Carolyn Burton, project manager
Cross Lanes Elementary

“Snapshots for Preschoolers”--
Carol Lane, project manager
King Center/YMCA Head Start


KCEA supports staff development for the 2006-7 school year which is directly related to the new math and science textbook adoptions. Team/individual planning and preparation time are needed if these implementation are to be successful.

Mississippi has now passed West Virginia educators in salary (starting salary over $30,000).


J To board members who listened to the concerns of parents, teachers, staff,
and volunteers at Pt. Harmony Elementary and supported dismissing students for two days in order to relocate four classrooms from portable buildings into the
main building. Thanks to Barbara Welch and Pete Thaw for visiting the school. Becky Jordan’s concern and support and the workers from Crede were all very much

To teachers, staff, Crede workers and volunteers who worked at Cedar Grove Elementary to clean up the damage from vandalism.
to the parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers at Pt. Harmony Elementary who moved over twenty classrooms or staff offices.


Eric Jon White has joined WVEA as Director of Field Services. Jon is a Boone County native and was active as a teacher leader prior to taking a staff position with WVEA. He has worked with the NEA and many state affiliates and brings a wealth of experience to WVEA.

Perry Bryant has retired. Perry worked for the WVEA for the past 19 years. He was the WVEA’s Government Relations Specialist. Perry has also served as a UniServ Consultant with Kanawha County and surrounding region.

Misty Peal-Auville has been hired to fill the position of Government Relations Specialist. Misty was formerly the coordinator of Family Court Services for the West Virginia Supreme Court. She has a law degree from WVU and a BA from Concord.

Anita Mitter, former Region 6 UniServ Consultant out of the Charleston office, has transferred to the eastern panhandle to fill a vacancy created there by Harvey Bane’s retirement.

Nick Roberson has been hired as the Organizational Development Specialist for the South-Central Region of which Kanawha County is a part. Roberson has previous organizing experience with the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA). He is
also a classroom veteran with over 30 years of experience.


Reminder--If you are fifty or over, be sure to take advantage of the Colonoscopy Screening covered by PEIA. Don’t wait until it is too late--you owe it to your family!
Also... have that mammogram!


Let's get out the books and be ready to READ ACROSS AMERICA on March 2. Teacher support of this program makes it a success each year in Kanawha County.


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