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SCTA General Election Results


President:  Nikki Milevsky  — 570

1st Vice President: Scott Smith— 543

2nd Vice President:  David Fisher — 529

Secretary:  Cheryl Sims — 513

Treasurer: Robert Lynch— 514

Elementary Director (2 elected): Cindee Stewart— 247

Todd Thibodeau — 237

Middle School Director:  Bob Priestley — 45

High School Director:  Nate Starace — 81

Pupil Services Director:  Evelyn Sandoval — 27

Special Ed Director:  Jack King — 63

State Council Alternates (4 elected):  Sandy Olson — 415

Stacey Willett — 407

Damian Harmony — 401

Lesa Hertel — 383

State Council Reps (4 elected):  CTA rules state that each person must attain more than 50% of the total votes cast in order to be declared a winner.  That total for this election was 364.  Unfortunately, none of the candidates attained the total needed to be declared a winner so there needs to be a runoff election for State Council Rep.  This election will be held within the next two weeks.


REMINDERGeneral Election Ballots due in SCTA Office — 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, April 5, 2013.  Ballots were sent to all sites the week of March 18th.

Cesar Chavez March — Saturday, April 6, 2013.  Rain or Shine!   Please join your fellow educators and community members for the Cesar Chavez March on April 6th. The march begins at 10 am fromSouthsidePark (6th andT Street,Sacramento). Complimentary Daily Passes from RT for the day of the march are available at the SCTA office until 5:00 pm Friday. The march will loop back toSouthsidePark with speakers beginning at 1:00 pm. A special thanks to our PPS Director, Evelyn Sandoval, who will speak on our behalf after the march. Please wear your SCTA T-shirts and enjoy this great event.  Be sure to stop by the SCTA table and say ”hi”.

Scholarship Applications Available.   SCTA Scholarship applications are now available on the SCTA website ( or at the SCTA Office.  If you need information mailed to you, please call Jolene at 452-4591.  Applications are due in the SCTA Office on Tuesday, April 30th — 5:00 p.m.

REMINDER:  There will be a special meeting for laid- off Child Development and Parent Pre-School teachers with our CTA Lawyer, Costa Kerestenzis, at the SCTA Office (5300 Elvas Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819) TUESDAY, APRIL 9th. Laid Off Parent Participation Pre-School teachers will meet here at 4:30 p.m. and laid off Children Center teachers will meet here at 6:30 p.m.

Temporary Releases

If you received a notice from the district stating Re: Notice of Release/Non-reemployment and using Education code 44954, it means the District has determined that you will be released at the end of the school year from the temporary status in which it classified you for 2012/13. This is not a “pink slip.” You are being temp-released, not laid off, so you are not entitled this year to a layoff hearing.  However, if you were laid off last year, you will continue to have your 39-month reemployment right (if permanent status when laid-off) or 24-month reemployment right (if probationary then) that you had as of layoff.” There will be a meeting for you At the SCTA office on Thursday, April 4th at 4pm to discuss your Temp Release with a CTA lawyer. 

Pink Slipped Teachers

The meeting for laid off teachers will be:

2012-13 Layoff Meeting

Wednesday, March 20th 4:00-5:00 p.m.

West Campus Cafeteria

5022 58th Street

 If you received a layoff notice this school year it is very important that you request a hearing.  It is important that you get your request for a hearing (you should have received it with your layoff paperwork from the District) into the District Human Resources Department.  Please be sure to have it time stamped and retain a copy for our attorneys.  It is very important that you have it in by the deadline stated on your paperwork.

If you need additional information please call the SCTA office at 916-452-4591 or email

Ruling in on Priority Schools Lawsuit

On Friday many of our laid-off members won a partial victory when the judge ruled that the District ignored seniority-based job protections in the 2012 layoffs.   The Judge’s ruling says the District erred in categorically exempting all teachers at priority schools from following seniority in last year’s layoffs.  The Judge also said the District was permitted to make “high-need” exceptions to seniority-based layoffs on a case by case basis.  It is unclear at this time if our members or the District will appeal the decision.  What is clear is that Priority Schools will be allowed to continue for now but they will not be allowed to use the same flawed criteria for skipping.  We will keep you informed as this issue progresses. 


March 15, 2013



If you or any of your members received a layoff notice this school year it is very important that you request a hearing.  As a result of the litigation concerning skipping at priority schools we will be asking the administrative law judge look at all trainings very closely in this year’s layoff.  It is important that you get your request for a hearing (you should have received it with your layoff paperwork from the District) into the District Human Resources Department.  Please be sure to have it time stamped and retain a copy for our attorneys.  It is very important that you have it in by the deadline stated on your paperwork.  SCTA will be holding a meeting for all members who received a layoff notice at the time and address listed below.  It is very important that you attend this meeting to know your rights and allow our legal team to get the information they need for the hearing.  If you need additional information please call the SCTA office at 916-452-5491 or email


2012-13 Layoff Meeting

Wednesday March 20th 4:00-5:00 p.m.

West Campus Cafeteria

5022   58th Street


Ed Jobs Settlement Plan Voted on By Rep Council


Last night after much debate the SCTA Representative Council voted to pursue a settlement plan with the District concerning the distribution of the Arbiter’s award stemming from the Ed Jobs Arbitration.


Ed Jobs Background:  In 2010 the District received stimulus monies from the federal government.  These funds became known as the “Ed Jobs” money. While most of this money went to support existing positions and programs the District and SCTA agreed in December of 2010 that each member qualified employed on June 30, 2011 was to receive funds under the stimulus program in the form of a one-time bonus of six hundred ($600).  The agreement called for the bonuses to be paid by June 30th of 2011.  This one-time bonus was to go only to “qualifying” members.  It would have not gone to certain membership categories of members like Adult Education and Child Development for examples.  When the District refused to pay in the summer of 2011 SCTA filed a grievance and that grievance ended up being herd in front of an Arbitrator who has the authority under our contract to issue an award or refuse our claim to the bonus.   The Arbitrator agreed with SCTA, that the bonus was owed.  In addition, the Arbitrator also ordered that the District must pay legal interest of 10% on the bonus. The total award with interest will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 million.  In November of 2011 the SCTA Board of Directors and the Representative Council put forward a motion that the direction of any settlement was to try and include members that paid the ninety five dollars ($95.00) for class size reduction but were not part of the group that originally qualified for the bonus.  The rationale was that these members paid in the ninety five dollars ($95.00) towards class sized reduction in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years and therefore SCTA should try and do everything possible to help make things equitable for all.


The plan voted on last night was for SCTA to pursue a settlement that:


  • Pays all qualifying members employed in 2010-11 school year under the original agreement who will not continue their employment into the 2013-14 School year six hundred dollars ($600.00).  This would include any member who qualified to receive the money in June of 2011 that has retired, quit or has been laid off between then and the start of the 2013-14 school year.


  • All members employed in the 2013-14 school year, the two (2) furlough days given up as a result of the two (2) year contract extension in 2012 would be restored.  This would be a greater than six hundred dollar ($600) gain for a majority of our members.


  • As a tradeoff for the removal of the two (2) furlough days in the 2013-14 school year SCTA members would be required to perform an additional twelve (12)hours of common planning time (CPT) and or combination of Professional Development (PD) in the 2013-14 school year.  Additional time would be made available prior to the start of the school year along with more opportunities during the school year. Principals would need to work collaboratively with Site Representatives on a plan for CPT or PD.


  • This agreement would give a portion of the interest owed on the award to members of the bargaining unit like Child Development members who were not eligible for the original payment in 2011.  This is being done because these members paid in the ninety five dollars ($95.00) for CSR and as a result of their funding and scheduling would not benefit from a reduction in furlough days in the 2013-14 school year.


SCTA will provide language to the District on Monday spelling out the direction of the Representative Council.  At that point we will try and reach a settlement that goes along with the desires of the council.  There is a chance the District may not agree with the desired changes.  If that does occurs the District could meet their obligation to the Arbiter’s by simply paying all members eligible for payment in June of 2011 plus the interest.  We will keep you informed as we proceed with us having a final answer before the start of spring break.


Superintendent to Recommend Honoring the Contract

SCTA has just been informed that Superintendent Raymond will be recommending to the school board that they pull agenda item 9.6 at tonight’s meeting.  Agenda item 9.6 was the initial proposal to reopen SCTA’s closed contract to try and force further cuts to our agreed upon benefits plan.  Our understanding is that the board will likely support this recommendation.  SCTA wants to see this as a sign that the Superintendent is willing to work with us to meet the needs of the District.


School Closure Update


As reported in a local paper the Superintendent will also recommend that Mark Twain and Tahoe remain open for the 2013-14 school year.

School Closures


In case you missed it, our school board voted on February 21st to close seven (7) of the eleven (11) schools they had originally put forward for a closure vote.  The school board will meet again on March the 7th to consider the closure of Mark Twain and Tahoe.  SCTA’s Representative Council voted on February 14th to not support the closure plan.  While SCTA has wholeheartedly supported closures as a sound financial decision in the past, the Representative Council felt the painful process of selecting sites for closure must be a well-conceived, democratic process that involved all stakeholders INCLUDING SCTA!  The path our school board members have chosen was not well-conceived and after hearing the objections from the communities hit by these closures it was clear that all stakeholders were not involved.


We are now being told that the board members and Superintendent are upset with SCTA for not supporting their school closure plan.  The punishment for not going along with their plan, will be an attempt to re-open our closed two (2) year contract.   Our agreement to take us through the 2013-14 school year.  The District is planning on presenting this proposal at the March 7th school board meeting.  We bargained the following language with the District last year:


  1. The parties recognize that this Agreement anticipates that the state school finance system will remain substantially unchanged as prescribed in current law.  If there is a significant change in the funding system (e.g., “sweeping” of categorical funds, weighted student formula, or some other significantstructural change in funding), the District will provide prompt written notification to the SCTA of its belief that such a change has occurred.  Based on this notification, the parties will meet promptly thereafter to negotiate modifications to this Memorandum that attempts to carry forward the intent of the current agreement while also conforming to the relevant changes in the school funding system.


As you can see SCTA would have an obligation to re-open, IF the legislature passes a new funding system.  We would only want to do that after a change actually occurs and it has the Governor’s signature.  If there were any new negotiations SCTA would want to talk about the additional funding (Please see the New Money piece below) that is projected.  Please remember SCTA gave up two (2) furlough days and made major healthcare concessions in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years to help the District shore up their fiscal house.


Even though we have been asking the District to do something to reign in the spending on consultants and new programs, they continue to assert that employee health benefits are the cause of their fiscal issue.   The District’s No Consultant Left Behind policy is not even questioned by our school board.  This is after we have identified many questionable programs and asked repeatedly for our school board members to act.  Their response has been to lay off our members and attack our medical benefits.  We have pointed out that SCTA has historically given up salary increases in negotiations to retain the benefits offered in our health plan.  Many of you may remember the strike during the 80’s over this very same issue.  We will keep you informed on this as it develops.




One other thing our board did at that February 21st meeting was vote to layoff one hundred and fifty three (153) certificated employees across many job classifications. This again is an attempt to punish SCTA and its members for not supporting the school closure plan.  We will monitor this situation and keep you informed as they go forward with this process.


New Money


There is quite a bit of talk about the District budget, Proposition 30, and the possibility of new money on its way.  Let’s start with Prop 30 and how its passage helped the SCTA contract.  The passage of Prop 30, with the help of our members and CTA did not bring any new dollars into the District.  Prop 30 only stopped any additional cuts from occurring.  Remember we had language built in our agreement that would have forced SCTA to take up to ten (10) furlough days if Prop 30 had not passed.  The additional cuts would have been due to further reductions to the District budget from the state.  The “New Money” that is being talked about is from the Governors new funding formula for Districts that is being referred to as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  The new formula would do the following for our Districts finances:


  • Increase funding for the 2013-14 School year by $293 per student (a 4.3% increase) or an additional $12,185,577
  • Increases funding in the 2014-15 school year by $450 per student (a 6.3% increase) or an additional $18,715,050
  • By full implementation (in 5 to 6 years) funding would be increased around 60% or an average of 10% a year in new dollars


Please remember that this is all subject to the legislative process and things can change but the good news is there is budget relief on its way.















FEBRUARY 19, 2013


SCTA Representative Council Votes to Oppose THE CURRENT Plan to Close Schools

SCTA has wholeheartedly supported school closures as a sound financial decision, one for which we have been advocating for several years without success.  But we are adamant that the painful process of selecting sites for closure, must be a well-conceived, democratic process involving all stakeholders.  That is why, after careful review of the current plan that would close eleven (11) schools, the Representative Council voted to not endorse this plan.

The list of schools slated for closure is not, as Board President Cuneo would have us believe, based on a strict “percentage of enrollment to capacity” basis.  The Superintendent’s priority schools were skipped en masse, despite low enrollment numbers.  Schools with greater space utilization were placed on the list and others with lower capacity utilization were not.  Middle schools and high schools were not considered, despite some schools serving as few as 200 students.  Parents and employees who are a part of these communities were not even consulted in the creation of the schools that were selected to close.

SCTA proposes to immediately invite representatives of the district and those groups affected by school closures, to convene and work to select sites based on a thoughtful, collective decision.  It’s only February; this important process can be easily accomplished together before the end of the school year.

The SCUSD Board will meet this Thursday February 21st to vote on the closure plan.  Should the school closure plan not pass we anticipate the District to go forward with its plans to lay-off more of our members.

STRS Workshop

If you are thinking about retiring or you just want more information about your retirement, we will be holding a STRS retirement workshop here at the SCTA office on Wednesday, February 27th at 4:00 p.m.










    Chuck Denonn – Substitute

Statement:  Since joining the SCTA family two years ago, I have worked closely with the chair of the Human and Civil Rights Committee to promote equity in education and with the political action team to make more than 2000 phone calls on behalf of SCTA endorsed candidates.

      Nichole DeVore – C.B. Wire

Statement:  Not only do I enjoy being a SCTA representative, but I dutifully attend, debate, and vote at all RA meetings.  As co-chair  of the NEA GLBT Caucus, RA gives me opportunities to continue                                            working with members from across the country on issues that effect GLBT members, students, and families.

      Maria Angelica Lopez de Howard – J.F. Kennedy

Statement:  I would like to represent you because I feel passionate about education.  It was instilled in me first by my parents, then by my teachers.  I now feel very strong in helping my students achieve in their own merit, and want my colleagues and I to be treated fairly and professionally.

      Robert Lynch – C.B. Wire/SCTA

Statement:   It’s been my privilege to represent you at past RA’s.  As your SCTA Treasurer it is important for me to hear about   how our dues are spent at the national level.  I will be there to  hear the debates and vote for your best interest.  Vote Robert Lynch for RA delegate.

       Stacey Willett – Luther Burbank

Statement:   Advocacy is my passion. Long time site rep/committee work has allowed local service; RA is  opportunity for national representation. With your vote, I will be your voice, your advocate.

    Eileen Boyd – Hubert Bancroft

Statement:  Teacher 37 years (30 in SCUSD), SCTA Rep Council,  SCTA Board of Directors, SCTA Public Relations Committee,  CTA State Council, CTA Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee, NEA National Representative    Assembly (5 times).  Present Assignment:  Teacher, 2nd Grade, at  Bancroft Elementary.  Please vote for me!

      Jack King – Rosemont

Statement:  My name is Jack King.  I have been the Special Education Director for your SCTA Union Board for more than two years.  Would you please consider me to be your NEA  representative at this year’s Assembly.  My goal is to find out as much information as I can to help our groups.  Thank you.

     Owen Jackman – Leonardo da’Vinci

Statement:  My name is Owen Jackman.  I would be honored to  represent SCTA at the National Convention inAtlanta,Georgia.  I  have been active in SCTA for over 10 years.  I have held numerous   positions in the association.  I have been PIC chair numerous  times, Special Ed director and Site Rep.  I have actively  participated in every school board election since 2004.  Please  consider me for one of the RA delegate positions.

    Lesa Hertel -  Woodbine

Statement:   As an active CTA member for over 28 years, I would love to represent your concerns at the NEA Representative  Assembly inAtlanta,GA.Currently I am on the SCTA Bargaining Team and would welcome the opportunity to    attend and learn so I can better represent you.

   Sandy Olson – Substitute

Statement:  My name is Sandy Olson, and I would be honored to  once again represent SCTA at the NEA Representative Assembly.  I promise to make informed decisions on the issues ,and to  advocate for our best interests. I hope you will once again entrust  me with this responsibility.

Ed Amundson – C.K. McClatchy

Statement:  27 time RA delegate;  experienced, successful floor  lobbyist.  I have worked hard to representCalifornia’s interests.    Your continue support will guarantee your concerns are heard.

 Laura Shirley – Rosa Parks

Statement:   As a current member of the Bargaining Team and an active SCTA teacher, I am eager to attend the NEA Rep Assembly this year.  I hope that this opportunity will hence my skills and  knowledge.  Thank you very much for your vote.

 Cheryl Sims – Nicholas

Statement:  As your SCTA Secretary, I would be humbled and  honored (as I was in 2012) to have your vote to attend the 2013  NEA Representative Assembly inAtlanta,Georgia.  We will  analyze and vote on NEA policy that will impact our teaching  profession.  May I have your vote?

 Cindee Stewart -  Woodbine/Sutterville

Statement:    As your Elementary Director I continue to learn and grow in union affairs. It would be my honor to continue to  represent you as your local delegate at the NEA Convention.  I  would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

 Sandra Natale – Special Education Department

Statement:  My name is Sandra Natale.  This is my thirteenth year  as a SCUSD School Psychologist.  I have served as an SCTA Rep for three years and I have sat on the SCTA Board of Directors for one year.  I would be honored to represent SCTA this year in  Atlanta,Georgia.

 Ramon Navarrete – Edward Kemble

Statement:  I have been actively involved with our union in the  scope of:  Scholarship, Political Involvement, By Laws and  Constitution Committees.  I have a passion for the political  and  policy side of the labor movement and would     like to represent you in making positive changes in those areas.

David Fisher – C.B. Wire

Statement:  I have had the opportunity to represent my site for 17 years and have attended three RA’s previously.  I look forward to helping shape NEA policy and representing SCTA members once again.



Candidates are listed in the order of the CTA Alphabet for 2012-13



Teacher Retirement Stipend

For teachers planning to retire at the end of 2012/13 school year, the district is offering a one-time increased retirement stipend of $750.  This stipend is available for teachers who turn in their retirement paper to Human Resources by Friday, February 22, 2013.  The usual retirement stipend of $500 is available for all who submit their retirement to HR by March 1st, 2013.  Submitting your retirement is irrevocable.

By letting HR know as early as possible if you plan to retire at the end of the school year, it allows them to plan for next year and decreases surplussing and possible layoffs.   You should have received a memo entitled “Teacher Retirement: $750 or $500 Bonus” from the district in your school mail box with all the information. To obtain the stipend, complete and submit the Termination of Employment form and submit it to:  Jess Serna, Chief Human Resources Officer at SCUSD Human Resources Box 770 by February 22, 2013.  This form may be obtained from the Human Resources Services Office located at 5735 – 47th Ave.; district’s website at www.scusd or by calling 643-9050.  To access the Termination of Employment form via the Employee Internet, please do the following:

  2. Click on Internet
  3. Click on ISO forms directory (orange shaded area).
  4. Enter PSL-F008, complete in the Search Box, click and Apply button.
  5. Download form PSL – F008, complete, and submit.

The teacher retirement stipend will be paid on June 28, 2013.

If you did not receive the memo please contact Human Resources at 643-9050.

Online Elections

Future elections and surveys will be conducted online.  In order to vote on line you must have your “CTA Membership ID NUMBER”.  The number can be found on your CTA membership card or on the CTA Advocate Magazine address label.

Crab Feed!!! Mark Your Calendars!  Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crab tickets are going fast so make sure you get in to the SCTA office and get yours.  Seating is limited and tickets Will Not be sold at the door.  The price is $42.00 per ticket and $400.00 for a table of 10.  We only accept cash and checks (made payable to the SCTA Scholarship Fund).  Checks will be deposited upon receipt and will not be held, as in the past, until after the Crab Feed.  We are also in need of donations for the auction and raffle.  We have baskets available for you to fill if you are planning to donate a basket.  Baskets are limited so contact SCTA as soon as possible to get one.

Peer Assistance

This is a reminder that Peer Assistance happens every Monday from 2:30 -   4:45 pm.  This special time is put aside just for this service, all other times you must have an appointment with a director.  However, emergency situations will be handled immediately.

Have You Updated Your Information

Members, if you have moved, changed your phone number, or e-mail address please make sure to contact SCTA with your new information.  Ensuring your information is current will help us keep you informed.





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