Our big push to get staff to attend Board Meetings is paying off. We have had great staff turnout to the monthly Board meetings. It is imperative that we continue to maintain an active presence at these meetings especially as the Board begins to examine the upcoming budget and make a multi year financial plan.
While not all speech by teachers is protected, it is your first amendment right to speak publicly to the Board about items of public interest. Below is a link from the ACLU that can help guide you as you decide whether or not to express your opinions.
On that note we have arranged for IEA to present their Idaho Education Law class in Hailey on February 27 The class is open to any teacher for classified employee who wants to attend, however, non-members will be required to pay $50. We have amazing feedback on evaluations from these trainings and hear over and over, “It should be required for every teacher” and “Every new teacher should come to this” and “I now feel empowered to take control of my profession.” Participants can earn a $60.00 credit from NNU. Space is limited, so we don’t want people to miss out!
Education Law Class
Community Campus - Minnie Moore Room
9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. (Arrive Early)
To Register, contact Debra White at
208-734-5015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowing your rights is half the battle and can help you make informed decisions and can keep you out of trouble.
Finally, we are rapidly approaching negotiations season. Idaho Code requires that we negotiate annually and this year the entire Master Agreement is open to negotiations. Dates have been set and we are actively seeking people interested in negotiating.
Mark your calendars!
Negotiations between the Blaine County School District and BCEA will be held on:
Thursday April 28 3-8 pm
Friday April 29 8-4 pm
Thursday May 5 3-8 pm
Friday May 6 - 8-4 pm
Our current Team includes the following members:
- Tim Rierden - WRMS
- Beth Andrews - WRMS
- Jaimie Harding - Hemingway Elm
- Matt Phillips - WRHS
- Laurie Roark - Hailey Elm
- TBA - HS Level
We have one slot available and need another HS Teacher. If you are interested in being on the negotiating team please email Maritt Wolfrom email@example.com. We will also need people to assist with research so if you are interested in just the prep/research work let her know that as well.
Stay tuned for more news an information. There is a lot happening right now . . .
- We are working on nailing down dates for a Charlotte Danielson training
- The legislature is in session - Already there is concern about education money being diverted to private and religious schools see the IEA Hotline for details. Write your legislators asking them to keep public education public.
- Delegate Assembly is coming in April. BCEA has been allotted 14 delegates. If you are interested in attending and becoming more involved in our professional association please email TVanSlyke@blaineschools.org.