Newsbits
September 11, 2017
Issue No: 
3

Contents

Superintendent's Message

 SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE

Remembering 9/11
 
Today marks the 16th anniversary of that sad and terrible September day.  Like most people, I vividly recall exactly what I was doing.  I was the principal at Loy Elementary School.  I was the principal of the school where almost every parent of the students within the school was in lockdown on Malmstrom Air Force Base.  The Base was in real-world Threat Condition Delta.  The parents weren’t sure what was going on, they were unable to leave their homes or work to get to their children, there was uncertainty as to if or when Malmstrom would open its gates at the end of the school day, and the media was wanting a story about all of it. Oh ya, I remember that day well.
This summer, I had the privilege of visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.  It tells the story of what happened on 9/11, including the events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the story of Flight 93. The exhibition explores the background leading up to the events and examines the aftermath and continuing implications.  It reminds us of the bravery of fire fighters, law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens.  It reminds us that we must never forget.
We complimented this visit by taking in the Broadway play “Come From Away” which tells the story of 38 planes and 7,000 passengers that were diverted to the small town of Gander on the island of Newfoundland.  It’s a wonderful story of a community coming together to help strangers.
As I serve pancakes this morning at our own community’s remembrance breakfast at Fire Station #1, I will contemplate what I learned at the Memorial and at the play this summer.  I will remember how lucky we are to live in a country where we are protected by so many who put their lives on the line for others.  I will remember that communities can and do come together to help and support others.  I will also recommit myself to thanking those who take care of us and to doing my part to support community efforts that help others. As we embark upon the annual giving campaign that will commence in a few weeks, I hope you will join me. 
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.
Tammy
 

Health Department Services for Families

The City-County Health Department has several free programs to support families.  Check it out and pass it along as you see fit.  Please click here for PDF version of their services matrix.

2017-18 Insurance and Financial Information

 

     The following dates are scheduled for presentations regarding:
·         Health Insurance Changes/Updates
·         Employee Wellness Announcements
·         Voluntary Insurance Options
·         Flex Plan Discussion
·         Retirement Programs Information
 
ALL employees eligible for insurance, licensed and classified, are encouraged to attend.  It is important to attend a meeting so employees can be wise consumers of health insurance and other benefits of employment.  The health insurance rates will also be discussed.  Employees can attend any of the scheduled meetings.  Spouses are invited to attend as well.
DATE
BUILDING
PLACE
TIME
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
DOB
Aspen
1:00 PM
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
DOB
Aspen
4:00 PM
Thursday, August 24, 2017
DOB
Aspen
10:00 AM
Thursday, August 24, 2017
DOB
Aspen
1:00 PM
Thursday, August 24, 2017
DOB
Aspen
3:00 PM
Thursday, September 7, 2017
CMR
Bill Williamson Hall
3:45 PM
Monday, September 11, 2017
GFHS
Auditorium
3:45 PM
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
PGEC
Hub
3:45 PM
Thursday, September 14, 2017
NMS
Cafeteria
3:45 PM
Monday, September 18, 2017
EMS
Room D-2

3:45 PM

ALL ENROLLMENT INFORMATION IS DUE NO LATER THAN

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Retiring Teachers

SEVERANCE PAY FOR RETIRING TEACHERS

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester. You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.   You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information. Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 20, 2017 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.                                                         Human Resources Office 

June Teacher, Psychologist, MRP Direct Deposits

June Teacher, Psychologist, MRP Direct Deposits

A small change in direct deposits has been made in an effort to eliminate the potential for errors caused by an outdated process.  June direct deposits for teachers who elect the 12 pay option will no longer show up as three separate deposits on pay day.  In June 2018, those who elected 12 pay, will see one single bank deposit for the full amount.  This does not affect the amount of your check.  If you have loan distributions (payments) set up where the number of deposits trigger an equal number of payments please contact your bank to make any necessary changes.  If you have any questions please call Katie Allen in the Business Office at 268-6064.