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Announcing 2017-2018 Exemplary Student Scholarships
 

ANNOUNCING:

2017-2018 JCTA Martin Luther King Jr. Exemplary Student Scholarship


JCTA is offering Exemplary Student Scholarships to two Jefferson County Public School seniors.  The Jefferson County Teachers Association will honor these two JCPS seniors during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dinner with a $1,000 scholarship for each recipient.  The dinner will take place during January 2018. (Details regarding the location and time will be provided to the winners in November.)  The scholarship winners are requested to attend the Memorial Dinner and will be provided two complimentary tickets for guests.
Scholarship Funds will be released upon receipt of class schedule with the official seal submitted by August 30, 2018.


 

 




Announcing 2017-2018 MLK Jr Diversity Arts Contest
 

ANNOUNCING:

JCTA’s Human & Civil Rights Committee’s Annual MLK, Jr. Diversity Arts Contest

2017-2018 Themes:

Elementary (K-3, 4-5, ECE):
“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” —from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

Middle School (6-8, ECE)/High School (9-12, ECE):
“… I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.”—MLK, Jr speech at Cornell College on October 15, 1962

Categories:
(Elementary: K-3, 4-5; Middle School: 6-8; High School: 9-12: ECE)
Writing----Visual Art----Drama

 




JCTA UniServ Vacancy Notice
 

Jefferson County Teachers Association

UniServ Director Vacancy Notice:

The Jefferson County Teachers Association is seeking applicants for a full-time UniServ Director to support all facets of JCTA's membership out of its JCTA Office in Louisville, KY.  JCTA members interested in the vacant UniServ Director position can log in to the MEMBERS-ONLY portion of the JCTA Website to view the posting.




Superintendent Screening Committee Candidates
 

Superintendent Screening Committee Candidates

 

Crystal G. Adams, Academy@Shawnee.

Beth Fuller, Carter Traditional Elementary.

Beverly Chester-Burton, Frost Sixth-Grade Academy: Our students today, will become future leaders of tomorrow.  I want to help our educators and other stakeholders by having a voice and addressing issues that will affect future outcomes of our district. If I am elected to the Superintendent Screening Committee, I will ensure that the process is fair.   

Brent McKim, JCTA: As your JCTA president, I advocate for teachers and engage directly with the superintendent.  I understand the leadership dispositions and capacities we need for JCPS to succeed.  I ask for your vote to serve on the superintendent screening committee so I can help select the best possible superintendent for JCPS.

Patty Wilson, Trunnell Elementary.
 




LEAP Candidate Resumes
 

Local Evaluation Appeals Panel
 
LEAP Resumes

 

McKim, Jo—VanHoose Education Center—I am a high school English teacher, and I have served on the Educator Quality Oversight Committee (EQOC). Having served on EQOC, I have a strong foundational knowledge of the evaluation system and the importance of the LEAP process. I would be honored to serve as a teacher member of the Appeals Panel.

Stratton, Causandra – Maupin Elementary - I have served one term on the LEAP Committee. I have enjoyed serving on this very worthwhile committee. There were not many cases during my term, so I would love the opportunity to use the skills I have learned. I hope to be able to continue to serve on LEAP.

VanCleave, Sharon – Shelby Traditional Academy - My desire to serve on the Local Evaluation Appeal Panel (LEAP) for summative evaluation appeals comes from my experience and understanding of the rewards and challenges of being an educator. My vast experience as a SBDM Committee Member coupled with my knowledge in Instructional Leadership will serve as an asset.

Walker, Tyra – Roosevelt-Perry Elementary - I welcome the opportunity to serve on the LEAP Committee. I am very active in the JCTA, and serving on the LEAP would be another way for me to be involved in JCTA.

 




JCPS Announces Employee Benefits/Health Fair
 

 

The JCPS Employee Benefits/Health Fair will be held from 8:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Monday, October 9th in the North Wing of the Kentucky Expo Center. Parking is free and flu shots will be available to those who bring their KEHP health insurance ID card. Employees are encouraged to stop by the Benefits Fair to learn about their benefit plans and the changes/enhancements for 2018. Computers and Benefits Counselors will be available to assist employees with their online open enrollment at the Fair.


HEALTH INSURANCE: Open Enrollment will be October 9th through October 20th. Health Insurance enrollment is mandatory for all full-time employees this year. Employees who do not complete their online enrollments on the State website in October will be assigned to the default health insurance plan effective January 1, 2018.


VOLUNTARY BENEFITS: Open Enrollment for voluntary benefits will be October 9th through October 20th There are no changes to the JCPS voluntary benefits for 2018. Any JCPS voluntary benefits will automatically roll over for 2018 unless changes are made on the Employee Self-Service website during open enrollment.




Now Accepting 2017-2018 LEAP Nominations
 

Local Evaluation Appeal Panel Election

Nominations to serve on the Local Evaluation Appeal Panel (LEAP) for summative evaluation appeals are now being sought. JCTA/JCPS’s panel includes12 certified personnel (non-administrative), who must be elected to serve on the panel. This year, four teachers will be elected to serve three-year terms. Elected LEAP members will receive training. The appeals hearings will be held in the late spring and early summer. These positions are open to anyone in the JCTA bargaining unit. If you are interested in serving on the LEAP panel, please submit a brief nomination form, which can be found here: LEAP Nomination Form 2017

The deadline to submit your nomination form is Wednesday, September 6 at 5:00 p.m. The election will be open to all certified employees in our bargaining unit and will be conducted electronically through the JCTA website September 20-27. For more information, contact UniServ Director Elana Crane (elana.crane@jcta.org).




Pension Benefits Inject $3.4 Billion into the Economies of Kentucky Counties
 

As the governor and General Assembly consider additional cuts to pension benefits for employees, it’s important to understand the role such benefits play in local economies. In 2016, public retirees of the Kentucky Employees’ Retirement System, State Police Retirement System, County Employees Retirement System and Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System received pensions totaling $3.4 billion.  That’s the economic equivalent of an entire industry — for comparison, the accommodations and food services industry in Kentucky generated $4.5 billion in earnings in 2015 while the construction industry generated $7 billion, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

 

Read more about how pensions benefit communities in the article below:

Pension Benefits Inject $3.4 Billion into the Economies of Kentucky Counties