Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
School District of Janesville will begin deploying a new Internet browser on all District computers. To head off any problems, staff and students will have access Mozilla Firefox. Already, some staff and students are experiencing problems with Gmail locking up, displaying random, meaningless error messages. Using Firefox will correct this.
WindowsXP users who have IE8 on their home or personal computers are encouraged to upgrade before the deadline as well. It is reported that users who attempt to use Google Mail or Google Apps on IE8 after November 15 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser. Some staff and students have already reported trouble with certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, and Google Sites, and eventually they apps will stop working entirely.
If you're interested in reading more about Firefox, you can see current news and information from their official blog at: http://blog.mozilla.org/
Monday, September 24, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
six different groups for 1-2 hours. The information I gathered was very informative and
I appreciated the time people spent telling me what was most important to them as we
considered the Handbook. The following comments are regarding the topic of The School
This represents information from all focus groups:
- Only the JEA is involved in setting the calendar. We weren’t allowed to participate. Our group would like to be involved in this process.
- I would like to see some way that ERT time could have additional opportunities. There isn’t enough days that it can be used.
- I like that a committee reviews the calendar. It seems democratic. Everyone has a chance to give input.
- I don’t see the harm in the other groups having the same input or vote on the calendar.
- I think there is a concern about year round school.
- Yearlong school was beneficial in the inner city where I worked. It gave students something year round to be a part of. It needs to be the best fit for the community and parents. I think we do a good job with summer school and august academies.
- There are opportunities for students year round.
- People like the built in snow day make up.
- We would still have the 180 contact days with additional days for work (185 contract days).
- I do think it helps employees to feel they have control over their work time with ERT and optional work days.
- If there is a chance of year round school, we will have to figure out how to clean the schools during break times.
- Built in snow day make up is helpful for custodians too. Not having to make it up on Saturdays.
- I think the calendar works, the only day that is weird is the non-paid non-work day, although the day is placed well in the calendar. Some people would like a voice into setting the calendar.
- Knowing the calendar ahead of time, can we find a way to do it longer than a year at a time?
- Give everyone a voice.
- Optional work days in place the last couple years have been very helpful.
- Works great now.
- Maybe all employees have a voice instead of just JEA.
- I like how it is, I think it works.
- Consideration needs to be made for people of other religions, make compensation for them through personal days.
- October conferences are during PE conference. This is a conflict.
- I think it works well. We collaborate. I like the process.
- I like the process.
- Is there administrative thought to needing a longer school year?
- The last contract negotiations…190 days was the longest in the big 8. If we are going to work more and we want to attract and retain the best we should be paid more.
- We would need a strong purpose to extend beyond the current 190 days.
- I like the ERT and the optional work days.
- It acknowledges that we have unique needs and allows for that (ERT and optional work days)
- I think that classroom aids should have a vote on when breaks are (Christmas, spring, etc.)
- I think people are more knowledgeable. We can share correct information, not misguided information. I think that there should be representation from everyone.
- It would be nice to have a voice in setting the calendar.
- Has been a JEA thing in the past. Get everyone's input. Would be more equitable.
- To have a complete calendar in November for the next school year due to requests. Major things should be looked at and built in. Look at major conferences so staff can attend. Ask representatives from each area to represent those areas.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
and the 2011 Summit presentations are available at: http://www.setda.org/web/guest/2011leadershipsummitgallery.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
- Offer options. Pay more if you want a more flexible plan.
- Option for a health savings account.
- If we go to HMO, I would appreciate a PPO option for those who don’t go to Mercy or Dean. Keep dental insurance and counseling insurance current. Keep volunteer benefits the same.
- I have to stick up for those who don’t have insurance…part time employees. Everyone deserves to have that coverage. Employees shouldn’t be sacrificing their health because they don’t have insurance.
- CHC does help, both the client and the district.
- I am concerned about raising the premium share. In our group our wages are much lower. The 12%... I am concerned about the hit that my take home pay will take. WRS contribution is the same for everyone, but the 12% of the premium will be a bigger percentage of my income as compared to a higher wage earner. Then add in a high deductible plan and that would be an ever harder hit. We aren’t state employees, we have a different health insurance…why does it have to be 12%? We can set it where we need to.
- Dental should be looked at. The coverage needs to be increased to cover more. I like the idea of having the options of health care insurance so we can go to the providers we want to go to. That is a huge benefit. Long term and short term disabilities should be kept as well.
- As a district we have good coverage. The quality is very good.
- We have paid for the health insurance with our wages…holding down raises for better benefits.
- Two workings spouses, can one spouse opt out? Could cost go toward retirement or other benefits?
- Preventative medicine pays off in the long run, so it would save the district in the long run.
- Making sure that we keep prescription drug coverage is important.
- Holistic health care.
- Retirees should be able to go to different providers when they move away. Keep premiums where it’s at and deductibles the same. If we go HMO, don’t have 20% responsibility.
- I’m very afraid of the deductible of $4000. I am scared of a large deductible. I’m a person who is hoping to have kids. I always want to have the opportunity to take them to the best doctors and not be tied to a specific HMO.
- I really like the option of a base insurance, if you want to go to another hospital you pay the difference. I would like to have the opportunity to select.
- I like any type of option. I would like the option of a higher deductible for lower premiums. Everyone’s situation is completely different.
- When people don’t spend money on health care they get sicker and develop bigger health care issues.
- People who have severe medical issues need the flexibility to go to their own specialist.
- Is there any incentive if you choose not to take health care?
- You don’t want to penalize someone for a health issue.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012