Date: Wednesday, May 25
Time: 4–5 p.m.
Location: 400 First Ave., 5th floor, Manhattan
In attendance: Helen Kaufman, assistant superintendent; Cecilia Cortez, UFT HES chapter leader; Janet Palumbo Katz, Staten Island HES-related service teacher and UFT delegate; note taker Donna Kafko, Brooklyn West HES-related services teacher and delegate; and Noel Lehrer, Brooklyn East HES-related services teacher and UFT delegate.
Ms. Cortez told Ms. Kaufman that Manhattan teachers have a number of questions about audiology that they would like audiologists to answer. She asked if the HES supervisors could allocate time for audiologists to answer teachers’ questions during monthly meetings.
Ms. Kaufman stated that she believed audiologists would be a part of the of the monthly meetings to answer all of the teachers' questions. Ms. Kaufman said that she will speak to the Manhattan supervisor to make sure that there is sufficient time to allow an exchange of information and questions between teachers and audiologists at every monthly meeting.
EXCESSED TEACHERS AND THE CASCADE
Ms. Cortez asked Ms. Kaufman about the Cascade seniority agreement and excessed teachers. Ms. Kaufman said that three teachers from Murray Bergtraum High School for Business Careers and a teacher in a self-contained class in Manhattan are being excessed.
Ms. Cortez stated that every borough will create their own programs. In that way, each borough will know how many programs they will have next year, as well as how many teachers they will need. Once they those numbers, they will know if any borough has vacancies. According to the contract, only if there are vacancies in a borough can excessed teachers go to work at that borough.
Excessed teachers can only take vacancies. For example, if you are excessed, you have access to a current list of all vacant positions in the city (which are posted online) and can apply for any or all of them in your license area. We do not have access to the online vacancy list, and are informed of vacancies by our supervisors.
Once there are vacancies, excessed teachers will go to borough's pick. Supervisors will inform excessed teachers which borough they are assigned to based on the information they have from the preference sheet and from the number of vacancies in that borough. Excessed teachers' names will be placed on the list based on their seniority. On the day of the pick, they will choose their program for the next year. Ms. Kaufman said that nobody will be without a job.
Ms. Kaufman said she can shift the four positions into related services to absorb the excessed teachers. The Bronx has the most hard of hearing children. If there are too many teachers in one borough, Ms. Kaufman can assign them to another borough based on their seniority, vacancies, and preferences in their preference sheet. These excessed teachers will be placed in the cascade by order of seniority. Ms. Kaufman will speak to the supervisors regarding the preference sheets of the excessed teachers and those who want to change boroughs.
In addition, if any related service providers in any borough wish to move to another borough, they can do so. They must let their supervisor know on the preference sheet if there are vacancies in their preferred borough. They will be told by their supervisor that they can go to that particular pick. Those related service providers will be placed on the list based on their seniority and will choose their program for next year.
Ms. Cortez stated that it is important to use all the RSA and that programs should not be excessively large. New students becoming five years old should be added to the programs. For that matter, the students becoming four-years-old should be added to our program. All new positions must be posted.