NEWSLETTER
October - November 2005

 
 



PEIA ALERT ! STOP THE SCHEDULED PEIA INCREASES !

Following the successful pay increase package by the legislature, teachers are now financially threatened by an increase in PEIA premiums, scheduled for January 1st. KCEA supports a change in the law to end the mandated 80/20 split in premium payments for PEIA. PEIA has a SURPLUS, yet the law allows the premiums to increase over the coming years.

RETIREMENT SYSTEM MERGER

All members need to be informed voters in March when they are allowed to express their wishes in the matter of the Retirement System by voting to stay in the “new” TDC plan or be included in the “old” TRS plan. How you vote is up to you! You will receive a ballot in March-- 50 % of the participants must vote in order for the vote to be valid. Be Informed... Read about the details of the merger here.

KCEA / WVEA can save you $$$

Don't renew your current auto insurance policy before getting a free rate quote. Call now and see if you could save up to $327.96 or more a year. Your affiliation with the WVEA entitles you to a Group Savings Plan discount of up to 15% off Liberty Mutual's competitive auto insurance rates.
     Jeff Hiestand   1-866-562-6556  (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday)

DON'T FORGET YOUR ACCESS CARD

Check the WVEA web site for information about new vendors. Using your Access Card can save you $$$ through local and national vendors.

ACCESS CARD SPOTLIGHT: Get 10% off at Target.com. $3-$5 off at UNOs

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Kanawha County Staff Development needs to be completed soon. Log on to WEBCT using your user id: first letter of first name and last name - all caps; and your password (last 4 digits of your SS#)

POINT HARMONY TEACHER RECOGNIZED

Lisa Cox, Point Harmony teacher who keeps all the gifts she receives from her students, is the subject of an article in the current NEA Today. Check it out!

"Year after year, teachers receive special gifts from students at Christmas or through the year. Point Harmony's fourth grade teacher, Lisa Cox, has included these gifts in her "Teacher's Collection Room" at her home. Her ceramic figurines, embroidered pillows, 'Survivor' t-shirt, and handmade quilt are among the items received from a whole generation of students." This Kanawha County teacher has a special place in the hearts of her students and co-workers!

MORE HELP IS ON THE WAY

WVEA's new HELP Center is up and running. The dedicated line for the HELP Center is 1-866-568-WVEA. The HELP Center is for WVEA/KCEA members and you will be asked to identify yourself with your name and the last four digits of your social security number. It will be available to you Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. or you may log onto the WVEA Website and click on the Help Center logo, fill in the information, and hit 'submit'.

RUMOR CONTROL
BEWARE - KCEA has been told an employee of Kanawha County Schools is telling service personnel that WVEA no longer takes service personnel as members.  THIS IS NOT TRUE!  According to our sources, this occurred at the service personnel training at the Civic Center in August.  WVEA/KCEA has always included service personnel as an important part of our organization. Please pass this information to KCS employees at your school. If you have been told this, please e-mail our Co-President as soon as possible.

KCEA SMILES AND FROWNS

J to teachers who are preparing students each day for benchmark tests
J
to librarians in Kanawha County who will give the 1st nine weeks benchmark tests
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to KCS for approving a change in principal selection so that the interview portion increases from 15% to 25%

 

 
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Watch Along the Kanawha is the official publication of the
Kanawha County Education Association
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Dinah Adkins Co-President & Editor
Cynthia Lemon-Co-President

Member Comments and Suggestions for Future Articles are invited by Writing to the Editor at the above address or e-mail the editor at dadkins@charter.net

 
   

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