Representing Akron Teachers since
March 4th, 2004
In the last
Notes, we challenged buildings to help Brian Williams by
buying a $70 radio ad. You more than answered the call. The
Adopt-An-Ad campaign raised $5,857! Listed below are the buildings
that participated in the campaign and the number of ads they adopted:
# of Ads
Salem Dawn Brannan 7+ Buchtel
Ben Terril 5+ Kenmore M. Papp, B.
Beck 5 Child Study Aileen
Mullaney 4+ Essex Lisa Feist
Jim Patterson, Kathy Krieger 4
Betty Jane Barb
Dolensky 3+ Firestone T. Saal, M. Reaman 3+ Voris
Madeline Corvington 3+ Garfield Denise Vittum
3+ King Debbie
Hendryx 3 Findley Kathleen Shippy 2+
Harry Cameron 2+ Litchfield Dee
Williams 2+ Riedinger Phil Livengood 2+
Carrie Evans 2+ Pfeiffer
Ranay Hatherill 2 Smith
1+ Hotchkiss Georgene Kalapodis 1+ North Bob Herceg,
Larry O’Neil 1+ Kent Dale Hartwig
1+ Lawndale Andrea Lambo
Marv Conner 1+ McEbright
Sally Hodge 1+ Ellet P. Jawyn,
J. Cochran 1+ Heminger Alice Sharkey 1+
Miller-South Ellen Beldean 1+ Barber
Carol Caughron 1+ Goodrich
Jeff Moats 1+
Goodyear Joe Findley 1+
Rankin Gina Hohman 1+ Mason
Judy Lalli 1
Ritzman Marian Steinert
Jennings Randy Crane 1
Letter to AEA Members
Dear AEA Members:
I am writing this 'Thank You' on Election
Day (March 2) without knowing the results of my first-ever involvement as a
candidate for political office. Bill and I talked about my running shortly
after my retirement as Superintendent, but the timing just wasn't right. Two
years later, and nothing in the way of progress with the Ohio General
Assembly regarding the school funding crisis or Community/Charter Schools,
convinced me that the time was right, and thus the initiation of my
Bill said I could be assured of support of
Akron Teachers with votes and with finances and BOY was he correct!! Many of
you sent donations for my fund raiser in early February, and I was grateful!
However, when donations trailed off, Bill sent out a request for help and
you really stepped to the plate!! Because of this response, we were able to
more than double the number of radio ads we planned and we were really able
to be a presence in the Akron Beacon Journal. Our half page ads were most
visible and I hope will make the
I also appreciate the contacts made by Bill
and Mike with teacher leaders in other school districts in the 41st House
District...this should help greatly!! Win or lose, I want you to know how
very much Sue and I appreciate your votes and every dollar you sent to us to
help get out our message. The children of Akron and of Ohio deserve better
than they are getting and I hope our efforts result in a more vocal Akron
voice in Columbus!! Your President (Bill) and Vice President (Mike) realize
the importance of quality representation in the Ohio House and went the
'extra mile' to assist with campaign support and we are eternally grateful.
Assuming a positive vote on March 2, I will
need your support again in November in the General Election, and based on
this primary experience, I am confident we can take the 41st House seat and
begin making a difference for the children of this state.
Thanks again to you and to your officers,
and I look forward to working with you again in the near future."
Brian G. Williams
41st House District
Board to Vote Monday on
The Akron Board of
Education will meet Monday to vote on budget cuts being proposed by the
administration. The cuts are intended to address an estimated $18 million
deficit in FY06 and to keep the district out of “fiscal caution.” Fiscal
caution is a condition defined by the state in which a school district is
showing an operating deficit of between 2% and 8%. In FY06, APS’s total
budget is $297 million. The $18 million deficit is roughly 6% of the budget.
Under Ohio law, a district could fall into “fiscal watch” and even “fiscal
emergency” if corrective action isn’t taken under fiscal caution.
In a meeting on Wednesday with the leaders
of all employee groups, Board President Loretta Haugh, VP Paul Allison, the
Superintendent, the Treasurer and counsel for the Board advised that cuts
would occur across the board and would include more than just personnel
reductions. District leadership also notified bargaining units that they
would be requesting “in-term bargaining” at some point this year to attempt
to negotiate cost-shifting concessions in the health care plans.
We will keep
you informed of further developments in the days and weeks after the Board’s
vote on Monday.
4.01 (a) Saves Thousands
in Taxes Planning to Retire? Read This
Last year we negotiated a 4.01 (a) Plan.
These plans allow members to tax shelter all of their severance pay.
Retirees who qualified for the Plan in 2003 were elated by the thousands of
dollars in tax savings they realized through the Plan.
We will host a meeting for all members who
are planning to retire this year to explain how the 4.01 (a) Plan works. The
meeting will take place at the AEA office on Thursday, April 1, at 4:00.
4.01 (a) Plans are IRS-approved.
Participation is non-elective; everyone who meets eligibility requirements
must participate. In order to be eligible, a member’s last day of employment
must be after the year in which s/he attained age 54. The member must also
be entitled to a minimum of $1,000 in severance benefits.
Mark your calendar now for April 1. The
details of our 4.01 (a) Plan will be thoroughly covered at that time.
On the Back: A “thank you” note from Brian Williams; results
of the Adopt-An-Ad Campaign.