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  1. Helena Education AssociationandHelena Public Schools Consensus Negotiations & Professional Compensation Alternative Plan (PCAP)

  2. Introduction Helena’s Consensus Negotiations and Professional Compensation Alternative Plan (PCAP) Dr. Bruce Messinger - Superintendent, Helena Schools Tammy Pilcher - President, Helena Education Association Don Jones - Trustee, Helena School Board Larry Nielsen - Field Consultant, MEA-MFT

  3. History • Bargaining History: Collective Gaining (late 70’s to 1993) Traditional Bargaining (1993-96) Interest Based Bargaining (1996-2002) Consensus Negotiations (2002-Present) Ongoing Bargaining (2007-Present)

  4. District Climate / Leadership • Low Trust and Confrontational Since 1993 • Stability of District Leadership • Board of Trustees • Superintendent • Central Administration • New HEA Leadership • Opportunity for Change • Commitment from HEA & Board of Trustees • High Level Risk • District Encouraged HEA to Consensus Negotiations • All Trustees agreed to participate

  5. Consensus Process • Interviews (Occur prior to first meeting) • Grounding • Greeting Circles • Review of History / Decision Making • Worst Fears • Best Possible Outcomes • Strategies to achieve Best Possible Outcomes • Closing • Collective Statements • Small Group Work • Committee Work

  6. What Happens • Perspectives are shared • Relationships are built • Commonalities emerge

  7. Creation of PCAP Tentative Agreement Highlights from 2003 • Alternative Compensation Schedule: • Committee to develop • Developed by January 2004 • Negotiation Team Approval • $30K to $65K • Starts 04-05 school year. • New educators must be on new schedule. • Current educators have option to select new schedule. • Approval of new schedule with tentative agreement vote.

  8. Process of Alternative Compensation • Alternative Compensation Committee Completes Plan in Ten Months • Compensation plan changed from an educational tiered system to a single ladder with stipends. • Alternative Compensation Committee Plan is reviewed, revised and finalized. • Short & Long term cost analysis conducted by District and outside source. (Augenblich, Palaich & Associates – Denver) • Finalized plan is presented to educators and community.

  9. Components of PCAP • Career Development Plan • Professional Service Commitments • Positive Evaluation

  10. Career Development Plan • Length of Plan – 1, 2 or 3 years • Various Areas Included: • Plan Description • Goals • Timeline • Methods/Strategies • Indicators of Progress • Sharing • Your Educational Plan

  11. Professional Service Credit • Professional Service Requirements • Steps 0-9 – 1 PSC / year • Steps 10-19 – 2 PSC / year • Step 20/above – 3 PSC / year • PSC cannot be used for Career Development Plan or PIR • Must directly benefit students, school or district • Agreed upon annually by educator and immediate supervisor

  12. Positive Evaluation • Two Types of Evaluation Plans • Accountability • Professional Growth • Safe Guards • Appeal Contents of Evaluation

  13. Consensus NegotiationResults and Effects • Establishment of Transition Team (Labor/Management Committee) • Enrollment for current educators (60% the first year, 93% currently) • Training for Administrators • New Educators Orientation and Training in Writing a CDP • Ongoing Bargaining

  14. B.E.S.T. Mentoring Program • Beginning Educator’s Support and Training • New educators assigned mentors • B.E.S.T. Kickoff • Quarterly Topic Meetings • Release days

  15. Learning Academies • Assessment • Technology Integration • Instructional Strategies / Differentiated Instruction • Reading Across the Curriculum • Mathematics At All Levels • Early Childhood

  16. Impact on District • Attitude and Climate • Recruitment • Costs, Reallocation of resources (No new money) • New Professionalism

  17. Current Salaries Step 24 $73,173 Step 23 $71,823 Step 22 $70,473 Step 21 $69,123 Step 20 $67,773 Step 19 $65,424 Step 18 $64,074 Step 17 $62,724 Step 16 $61,374 Step 15 $60,024 Step 14 $56,969 Step 13 $55,619 Step 12 $54,269 Step 11 $52,919 Step 10 $51,569 Step 9 $48,515 Step 8 $47,165 Step 7 $45,815 Step 6 $44,465 Step 5 $43,115 Step 4 $40,817 Step 3 $39,467 Step 2 $38,117 Step 1 $36,767 Step 0 $35,417

  18. Advanced Professional Education and Training Stipends(APETS) • $2000 Masters Degree • $2000 National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certified • $2000 Certification of Clinical Competency for Speech Pathology • $1000 Primary Montessori Certification • $1000 Nationally Certified School Psychologist Credential

  19. Closing Thoughts • Risk of moving to unknown • Questions

  20. Resources Collective Bargaining Agreement http://www.helena.k12.mt.us/staff/helenaed/document/index.dhtm PCAP Booklet and Information http://www.helena.k12.mt.us/district/departme/personne/pcapinfo/index.dhtm

  21. Contact Information Dr. Bruce Messinger bmessinger@helena.k12.mt.us Tammy Pilcher tpilcher@helena.k12.mt.us Don Jones don@hohenlohejones.com Larry Nielsen lnielsen@mea-mft.org