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15-16 TENTATIVE Agreement

Here is the TENTATIVE agreement that your negotiating team has come up with. It was shared with everyone who attended our mass meeting on June 29th. It was discussed and voted upon to accept the agreement. This is still dependent upon approval by the school board.

Some of the highlights are:
Steps for all ESP’s
.5% on lane 17
Lane changes for certain positions to help our salary schedule more closely match other districts
.10 increase to all head custodian positions
.25 to Para-educators in severe behavior units
District will fund insurance increase


15-16 TESPA Negotiated Agreement PROPOSAL

We will be signing this at the board meeting on Tuesday night, please come out and show your support.


Ratification Mass Meeting

We have finished up negotiations for the year and now we need you to come to the mass meeting to ratify the agreement.
This is also the time for nominations for the executive board positions.
If you are interested in running please be sure that you are nominated or feel free to nominate your self. This is a great opportunity to help shape TESPA and the work that is done. If you know of someone that you think would do a great job, make sure they get nominated. They can always decline if they are not interested, but you never know who is waiting to serve.
The mass meeting will be at Settlement Canyon Elementary  in the community room at 5:30 PM on Monday June 29th.

Mass Meeting Thursday March 5th at 5:00 PM Settlement Canyon Elemntary

It is very important that you attend this meeting!

We are starting the negotiation process and need your help. This is a very important part of what the Association does for you, and we need to hear from you.

Please come to the mass meeting prepared to discuss your ideas and concerns.

Please bring along someone who is not yet a member, if they want to have the opportunity to give input they can sign up there.

ESP Day Nov 19th

Today is National Education Support Professional Day!

Thank you to you for the work you do on behalf of the students of TCSD.

“ESPs make up nearly 40% of the school workforce. They work together daily with teachers and administrators to create and maintain schools as safe and supportive learning environments. They are the superheroes, the unsung heroes who meet the needs of the whole student — physical, mental, emotional, and social.”

Anti-bullying and suicide prevention training to be held for school support staff Friday at Tooele High School       
Training marks launch of “Bully Free – It Starts with Me” campaign

Tooele, UT – Tomorrow, the Tooele Education Support Professionals Association (TESPA) in partnership with the Tooele County School District (TCSD) and the Utah School Employees Association (USEA) will come together to provide in-depth training for school support staff on bullying and suicide prevention. The training marks the launch of an anti-bullying campaign in the district.

“Education support professionals, such as bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and paraeducators, are often present where bullying occurs, so they need concrete strategies to use during an incident,” said TESPA President Mike Garcia. “This training will help support staff understand what bullying is, what bullying is not, and what to do about bullying when they see it.”

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Note: Media are invited to attend general session presentations and panel participants will be available to speak with the media at the conclusion of the first general session.

Date:  Friday, October 31, 2014

Place:  Tooele High School, 301 West Vine Street, Tooele, UT

The training will include instruction on how to identify bullying, when to intervene in a bullying incident, how to advocate for bullied students, and how to work together with the community for student well being. School support staff will hear a presentation by Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall, founder of HOPE4UTAH, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and support for bereaved family members. Mary Kay Kirkland, a board member with the Utah Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, will present on the Whole Child approach and the vital roles that support staff play in ensuring that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. The event will also include a panel discussion featuring State Senator Daniel W. Thatcher, USEA President Jerad Reay, USEA Executive Director Bryan Sprague, TCSD Board President Maresa Manzione and TESPA President Mike Garcia.

Bullying occurs once every seven minutes. According to a National Education Association study, students are bullied due to their weight (23%), gender (20%), perceived sexual orientation (18%), and disability (12%).

“Every Utahn knows and loves someone who has been affected whether they know it or not. Most choose to suffer in silence because these are uncomfortable issues and many people want to look away and ignore the problem. I am honored to support USEA and TESPA in their fight to bring these issues to light, and to save our children,” said Utah State Senator, Daniel W. Thatcher.