April 3, 2017

Superintendent’s Message


Please Vote:  Trustees and Tech Levy
I can’t say this emphatically enough:  Being a citizen of the United States comes with civic responsibility and one of those responsibilities is to VOTE.  GFPS will have an election on May 2.  On the ballot will be the selection of three trustees and a vote for a Technology Levy.  For the next several weeks, I will write about the Technology Levy.  Today I will share some basics about the election.  Please read these messages.  As an employee. you will get questions and I want you to have accurate answers.

The work of our Board of Trustees impacts each of us daily and therefore, it is important that we do our part…that we participate in the voting that seats the Board.  Again this year, there are three seats up for election.  Those are the seats of Chair Jan Cahill, and Trustees Jason Brantley and Don Ryan.  All three incumbents have filed as have three other candidates:  Patrick Flaherty, Jacob Griffith and Don Petrini.  I haven’t heard of a forum being held but the Tribune usually prints an article about the candidates.  Do some research.

If you haven’t registered to vote, TODAY is the last day of regular registration.  You can still use late registration but it is easier to get it done on time.  To register, stop by the Elections Office at 325 2nd Ave. N.  It only takes a moment.  If you aren’t sure if you are registered to vote, you can check at this website:  https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/.
Just one more reminder.  There are specific rules about using public time and other public resources to advocate for candidates and ballot issues such as levies.  Check out the article in Newsbits for more information about that.  In the meantime…
Take care.  Be safe.  Stay well.

GFPS Employee Election Guidelines

GFPS Employee Election Guidelines
These hold true for the upcoming Trustee and Tech Levy election.
MCA 13-35-226:  A public employee may not solicit support for or opposition to any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue while on the job or at the place of employment.
MCA 2-2-121:  Public funds may not be expended for any form of commercial advertising in support of or opposition to a bond issue or levy submitted to the electors.
GFPS 5224 Personnel Policy—Political Activity—Staff Participation:  No person may attempt to coerce, command, or require a public employee to support or oppose any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue.  No District employee may solicit support for, or opposition to, any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue while on the job or at his place of employment.  However, nothing in this section is intended to restrict the right of a District employee to express his or her personal political views.
The following are examples of prohibited activities by governmental bodies. Not all possibilities can be shown:
  1. Political signs to expressly advocate for or against a ballot issue or candidate may not be placed on school property or buildings.
  2. District equipment such as telephones, copy machines, fax machines, video equipment, audio equipment, and cameras may not be used to expressly advocate for or against a ballot issue or candidate.
  3. District computer equipment such as computer hardware, computer software, and printers may not be used to expressly advocate for or against a ballot issue or candidate.
  4. District e-mail and web sites may not be used to expressly advocate for a ballot issue or candidate.  School district employees should not use District resources or time to forward or generate e-mails that advocate for or against a ballot issue or candidate.
  5. Posters, brochures, buttons, flyers, or promotional literature of any type that advocate for or against a ballot issue or candidate cannot be displayed by schools.
  6. Employees may not engage in campaign activities of any sort during time the employees are expected to be engaged in official work duties.
  7. Employees cannot encourage others to support or oppose the election of any person to office or the passage of a ballot issue during the time the employee is expected to be engaged in official work duties.
  8. Teachers may not send advocacy literature home with students.

The teachers’ lounge cannot be used to distribute or display advertisements that are for or against a ballot issue or candidate.

This list is not all-inclusive.
1.   Know the facts and be prepared to answer student, parent and community questions regarding the facts.    
2.  Volunteer on non-work time to participate in a citizen committee.  District employees may be members of independent citizen committees to advocate for or against a candidate or ballot issue, and may solicit or encourage members of the public to be part of a citizens’ committee, so long as these activities occur on personal time and off District premises.
3.  Make phone calls from home to discuss the election.
4.  Personally donate money to citizen committees.
5.  E-mail on personal time from a personal account and network to other personal accounts information about the election.
6.  Provide impartial, factual information as a part of the employee’s job on work time or in a school facility. 

                          This list is not all-inclusive.              TLacey 4/17

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory of 
Whittier Special Education Teacher
Christine “Chrissie” Jackson
3/29/1957 – 3/27/2017

Click here for more information on services and donations.

In-District Teacher Transfers, April 3, 2017

In-District Teacher Transfer Information
Current openings were posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 and will close TOMORROW on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postings) for a list of all current in-district teacher job openings.   If you are interested in applying for these openings please hand-deliver your In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office to meet the deadline.


PIR Classes

Sign Up for PIR Classes Now Open
Sign up for PIR Classes Now Open
The PIR catalog of classes is now online. Please sign up for at least 18 hours of classes (unless part time), and don’t forget to enroll in the appropriate District-Directed course, based on the letter you received.
In addition, be sure to sign up for MEA, MIET or other conference if you think you might attend those. Classes with low enrollment will be cancelled May 8, so sign up soon.
Click here to log in www.solutionwhere.com/ww/gfps/
Do you have your PIR credits completed for the year?
Here is a video on how to complete evaluations and check your transcript properly.

Click this link to find out. 

2017 Spring Wellness Challenge

Spring 2017 Wellness Challenge
Sign Up Today!

Are you ready for the revolution? Better health begins when you resolve to make healthier choices. The “Resolution Revolution” is a simple challenge that will help you revolutionize your life, one day at a time. The challenge itself is easy and will last four weeks April 10 to May 7, 2017.  It will include tracking activity, nutrition and a few other areas of health and wellness! Should be fun! Cash prizes will be available too. Go to the GFPS Employee Wellness website to register for the challenge. Click here for the site.