United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

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UTR Updates 3.20.17

Dear UTR members,

 Two weeks left before Spring Break! Below are UTR updates and important information. If you know of anyone who does not get our newsletter please forward it to them or they may sign up by calling the UTR office or emailing staff@unitedteachersofrichmond.com

Upcoming UTR sponsored PDs

 We will be hosting a Loan Forgiveness training on April 13th at Helms Middle School. This training was rescheduled from February and we are very excited that is actually happening. For more information, sign up, and share the flyer please download HERE. 

We will be co-hosting the New Teacher Spring Gathering this coming Saturday, March 25th at Lovonya DeJean Middle School from 8:30 to 12:30. This training is very similar to the one hosted in the fall and will provide lots of information as well as professional development on classroom management, trauma support, tech PD, self-care and prioritizing, student engagement, and lesson planning. Anyone is welcomed and you may time card or use towards your 10 hours of self-directed professional development. For the flyer with more information please download HERE.

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UTR Elections

Congratulations to all of those who participated in the recent UTR general election. A big thank you to all the candidates. The victorious candidates are listed below with number of votes:

Marissa Glidden, Vice President (incumbent): 305 votes
Diane Maddox, Secretary (incumbent): 294 votes
Mike Rossi, Treasurer (incumbent): 309 votes
Robert Gerson, Elementary Director (incumbent) 184 votes
John Irminger, Middle School Director (incumbent) 292 votes
John Ohlmann, High School Director (incumbent) 297 votes
Colleen Ballantine, Special Srvcs Director (incumbent)  291 votes
Mike Rossi, Area One Director (incumbent) 302 votes
Priya Sembi, Area Two Director (incumbent) 291 votes
Doug Marques, Area Three Director, (incumbent) 297 votes
Doug Marques, CTA State Council Rep 177 votes

Robert Ellis, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 226 votes, UTR funded for RA
Terri Jackson, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 221 votes, UTR funded for RA
Mike Rossi, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 209 votes, UTR funded for RA
Doug Marques, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 182 votes
Kristyn Jones, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 170 votes
Mary Flanagan, Local Delegate for NEA/RA 154 votes

Kudos to the elections committee for their commitment and support of the UTR membership.

 Warm Regards,

Diana Ortega,
UTR Elections Chair

For final results please click HERE.
For official Ballot and Tellers Report please click HERE. 

School Board Meeting – Study Session

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
For the agenda please click HERE.

 There will be a District Budget Workshop that will be hosted by the West Contra Costa Unified School District, March 22nd at 6:00 PM in the DeJean Multi-Purpose Room during the study session. We encourage any members curious about the state of the budget from the districts perspective to please attend. 


Drafts of the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 School Calendars were sent last week. Over 100 people have given their input, if you would like to as well please go to the link below:


Historically the academic calendar gets negotiated in collaboration with all the unions in WCCUSD. The unions get input from their memberships and come to the table. This is separate from our bargaining negotiations.

 Draft 3 in the 2018-19 School Year reflects membership request to have a full week off during Thanksgiving; however, it extends the school year from June 5th to June 7th.  


(and a whole lot more)


Want to help plan?
Come to our next Organizing Meeting!
Email our organizing chair Eric Swabeck: eswabeck@yahoo.com 

Grant opportunity

The Contra Costa County School District is offering $500 dollar grants for teachers in K-12! The process is very simple. If you want more information please download the flyer HERE.

Contra Costa County Grant
Demetrio GonzalezIn solidarity,
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA