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President's Payday Reminder 11/18/2015:

Dear Members:

I hope you and your loved ones are able to gather and enjoy Thanksgiving.  That extra day is definitely something for which to be thankful!  Safe travels to those of you venturing away from home.

Important Info from PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak:  Each month, I receive a President-to-President message from President Oleksiak.  This month's message contained information that I thought all members would benefit from knowing.  So please read the important updates below:

Here's some good news: You made history

AppleHandoutLast week, you made history. PSEA-recommended candidates won every single contested seat on the Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court. That is simply amazing, and I want to thank you and all of the PSEA members who worked so hard to make this happen.

Our members made thousands of phone calls, had hundreds of conversations with their colleagues, and distributed more than 100,000 of our apple handouts, reminding them to VOTE.

And that's exactly what our members did. They turned out in droves, voted, and won a historic election.

Please let your members know that they made a real difference in this election, and please thank them for everything they did. They made history. 

State budget impasse: Is the end in sight?

Budget graphic

After 120 days of budget impasse, Gov. Wolf and legislators are getting closer to shaking hands on a final deal.

In the next few weeks, there are going to be a lot of rumors, trial balloons, incorrect media coverage, and who knows what else. But, I want to make sure that we give our members the facts we have - and let them know that we may need them to contact their legislators on key issues at a moment's notice.

Here's a quick rundown of where things stand.

School funding: Discussions are centering around a $350 million school funding increase through the basic education subsidy and $50 million more for special education. If this is in the final deal, it is a historic increase in school funding and exactly what our schools and students need to end the school funding crisis we've been in for the past four years.

Sales tax: There is general agreement about increasing the  sales tax.

  • 6 percent to 7.25 percent in most parts of the state
  • 7 percent to 8.25 percent in Allegheny County
  • 8 percent to 9.25 percent in Philadelphia

Marcellus Shale tax: It is highly unlikely that a final budget deal will include a Marcellus shale severance tax.

There are a lot of other moving parts in the budget negotiations, and there is no final deal yet. But I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date as we learn more.

Pension attacks are back

We've been fighting off bad pension bills for the past six years. Now, it's likely that we're going to need to keep fighting.

Behind closed doors, some legislators are pushing a new pension proposal that would force new school and state employees into a plan that includes a 401(k)-type pension. This plan also likely includes some changes to the retirement benefits of current employees.

This proposal isn't even written down on paper yet, but we're watching the issue very closely. 

As I've said many times before, we will oppose any plan that attacks our current pension system. And if a bill changing the future benefits of current employees becomes law, we will go to court to fight it.

We'll likely need our members to contact their legislators opposing this plan. So, stay tuned for critical alerts and make sure your members are ready to ACT.

Backend referendum changes?

Backend Referendum Graphic

Something else that legislators are talking about behind closed doors is a plan to eliminate the Act 1 Index and the remaining exceptions, and require school districts to use backend referenda for any local property tax increase.

By now, you've probably seen a news report about this or even heard from school officials or your own members. The fact is that this situation is extremely fluid, and the details of any plan will likely change as part of the back-and-forth discussions on the state budget. 

We're watching it very carefully, talking with lawmakers, and making sure everyone knows why it is a very bad idea to force all school districts to go to backend referendum for any property tax increase.

Heads up: New survey to support PSEA's organizing initiative

PSEA is partnering with Mountain West Research to conduct a telephone survey of members and non-members that will help us develop and refine membership recruitment materials and support PSEA’s organizing initiative. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and will measure attitudes toward fair share, as well as attitudes toward and benefits of membership in PSEA.

Randomly selected EA and ESP members and non-members will be contacted by telephone to participate in the survey. Mountain West Research will make the calls.

So, if you’re contacted by members or non-members in your local about this, please encourage them to participate in this important survey.

Open Enrollment: The Open Enrollment period ends December 4th.  Don't delay!

Adopt A Board Meeting: Thank you Pequea members for covering the December Board meeting!

Get together with your friends in the building and go to dinner first, then head to the Board Meeting!  Thank you, in advance, for helping your Association be seen as an active participant in the decision-making process of our district.

If you attended a Board Meeting and I did not note your name below, please e-mail so I can add it to our list!

School Board meeting dates and coverage:

All meeting are at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

September 8, 2015 (Tuesday) – Manor; Dell Jackson

September 21, 2015 – Manor; Travis Masten

October 5, 2015 – Marticville Middle; Dell Jackson (Manor)

October 19, 2015 – Marticville Middle - Diane Kreider; Dell Jackson (Manor)

November 2, 2015 – High School; Erick Dutchess and Matt Fox; Dell Jackson (Manor)

November 16, 2015 – High School; Donna Brady; Dell Jackson (Manor)

December 7, 2015 – Pequea

January 4, 2016 – Hambright

January 19, 2016 (Tuesday) – Hambright

February 1, 2016 – Eshleman                                .

February 16, 2016 (Tuesday) – Eshleman

March 7, 2016 – Conestoga

March 21, 2016 – Conestoga

April 4, 2016 – Letort

April 18, 2016 – Letort

May 2, 2016 – Central Manor

May 16, 2016 – Central Manor

June 6, 2016  - Martic

June 20, 2016 – John Matusek

Retirement Seminar:  Jim Collier, from Teacher Benefit Strategies, has prepared a seminar titled: "Unpredictability of PSERS Pension Reform- Considerations for Those Approaching Retirement."  This year's topic was chosen due to the numerous questions he has received over the past year.  Although this is open to all members, his seminar will be focused towards veteran teachers who may be considering retirement in the next five to ten years. This is an opportunity to hear from a retired teacher about the last three attempts at pension reform, and to get information about what changes are likely to occur.  Perhaps you have even wondered, "If pension reform is enacted, could it make sense for me to retire early?"  The answer is likely, "It depends."  If you are interested in more information come to this seminar.  


The seminar will be held at the Manor Middle Auditorium on Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm.  Reservations are not required, but please email your building rep or me to let them know you are planning to attend.  This will help Jim know what amount of refreshments he needs to bring.

PMEA Website Erick Dutchess will be posting items on the "Buy and Sell" section of our website (  Please send him an e-mail at  Don't forget that you can access our current contract and health care documents on our site.

November Representative Council Meeting:  The next meeting of the year is scheduled fortoday, Wednesday, November 18, at 4:00 p.m. in the faculty room at Manor Middle School.  All members are welcome to attend.

Mary Kay

Mary Kay Fair
Penn Manor Education Association
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Penn Manor Guidance Department recently present information as a school board meeting about programs and functions of the guidance department on career readiness. Thanks Melissa Ostrowski for presenting and providing us with information.

PMSD Counseling Department K-12 College and Career Readiness



Grade 5—4 Lessons—PA Career Education and Work Standards


Grade 7—Career Day,

                  Career Exploration Lesson


Grade 8—Career Day,

                  Two Career Exploration Lessons,

                  Career Shadowing


Grade 9—Importance of 4-Year Planning/HS Success Lesson,

                 Graduation Project Lesson

Grade 10-10th grade Academic Success,

                 Intro to PSAT testing,  PSAT results interpretation

                 CTC Cluster Information,

                 Dual Enrollment Workshop,      

                 CTC Tours,

Grade 11- College Application Process Assembly,

                 Financial Aid Workshop,

                 PSAT Testing-Pre and Post Testing instruction and interpretation,


                 Dual Enrollment Workshop,      

                 Stevens Program Presentation and tour,

                 SAT and ACT site administration,

                 CTC Presentation, CTC Tours,


                Individual 11th Grade Interview—late winter/spring of Junior Year

                        Includes making sure on target with all planning-credits, NCAA, Honors

                        Make sure transcript is accurate/updated with activities,

                        Guide course selection decisions,

                        Identify goals, outline process for steps needed to work toward goals,

                        Teach/Model/ how and where to locate information on post-secondary                                  options,

                        Advise on school visit, selection and entrance requirements,                 

                        Provide supporting website, printed materials,

                        Information sent home to families


Grade 12- FAFSA PIN Sign -ups,

                  Parchment Lesson,


                  Undecided Senior Meetings and Tour options,- HACC,           Stevens, CareerLink,                                     CTC Adult Education,

                  Senior Interview: Goal Setting with student post-secondary plan,

                                               Clarifying options, deadlines, requirements for application,

                                                Ensuring transcript is up to date and submitted,

                                                NCAA deadlines met,

                                                Scholarship information shared,

                                                FAFSA assistance



Provided to grades 9-12—Education Day, Career Seminars, Course Selection Presentations and Advising, Parchment Electronic Transcript Service, Updated PMHS Counseling Blog with significant Scholarship page,  on site ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP testing, Financial Aid Night, Community Service Resource List,



9-12 Career Oriented Graduation Project: 

Grade 9          Complete Career Matchmaker interest inventory,

                        Create a Resume,

Grade 10       School Comparison activity,

                        Informational Career Interviews,

                        Update Resume,

Grade 11       Career Shadowing,

                        Community Service,

                        Update Resume

Grade 12       Reflection Paper




Parent Offerings:

Education Day

Financial Aid Night

My Smart Borrowing Workshop

FAFSA Completion Workshop

Planning meetings as requested



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