Employee newsletter, January 22, 2020

Upcoming events

Superintendent search update

Recruitment firm McPherson & Jacobson has been selected to facilitate the national search for the next superintendent of schools. 

Employees, families and community members will soon be asked to share their thoughts with the board in an upcoming online survey. A search timeline and additional information will be posted on the district website in February. Learn more in upcoming issues of Mesa Agenda.

Salary and benefits talks begin in February

Governing Board and employee association representatives begin talks on district salaries and benefits soon. All meetings are open to employees and the public.

The first MEA session begins 1:30 p.m., Feb. 3, in the Board Room at Curriculum Services Center. Future sessions will be select Mondays at 4 p.m. through May. MESPA sessions begin 3:30 p.m, Feb. 5, in Room 301A at Administrative Services Center, with future sessions on select Wednesdays through May.

Employee tax forms expected by Jan. 31

Employee W2 forms will arrive by Jan. 31 via mail and the iVisions employee self-service portal. Tax day is April 15. Did you know you can make 2019 ECA tax credit contributions up to April 15? Don't miss your chance to support our students.

Retiring or resigning at the end of the year?

If you plan to retire or resign at the end of your contract year, maximize your reimbursement for unused sick leave by turning in your resignation or retirement form to human resources on or before the following deadlines:

  • Certified staff and administrators: March 1
  • Classified staff (nonsupervisory): 30 days prior to last day of work
  • Classified supervisors: 60 days prior to last day of work

Find certified and classified forms on the human resources webpage. Please submit your form to your immediate supervisor and send a copy to human resources.

Health Office Appreciation Day; Thanks for all you do for our students, staff and communityHealth Office Appreciation Day

Jan. 22 is Health Office Appreciation Day at Mesa Public Schools. Thank you to our outstanding health professionals who keep our students healthy and ready to learn. Your dedication to your schools, staff and community does not go unnoticed. 

Find more opportunities to celebrate your colleagues by reviewing the special days calendar on the communications & engagement webpage.

National School Choice Week

Jan. 26-Feb. 1 is National School Choice Week. This is a great opportunity to promote your school as a school of choice via social media and post "Thank you for choosing [school name]" on your marquee. Follow along on district social media @mpsaz to share themed posts all week long.

Plan for retirement

Is retirement in the horizon? Plan to attend a 90-minute Arizona State Retirement System meeting. All meetings are held on the third floor of the Administrative Services Center, 63 E. Main St., Mesa.

Route 4 - Retiring within the next year

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Register for a class on the human resources webpage. Employees who do not have internet access may use the computers in the human resources lobby or seek assistance at their work site. Hurry, meetings fill up quickly!

Employees hired to work at least 20 weeks and at least 20 hours per week are required to enroll in ASRS. Contributions are set up automatically through payroll deduction for eligible employees.

It is important to establish an online ASRS account to ensure your contributions are correctly posted. Enrollees can review account statements, use benefit estimation tools and manage beneficiary information. Visit the ASRS resource page to learn more and build your retirement timeline.

Questions? Contact Debra Herman in human resources at 480-472-0404.

Remember, your email is a public record

It is important to be professional and thoughtful when corresponding by email, because email sent from or received through your district email account may be subject to a public records request. Arizona's public records law states that, "Public records and other matters in the custody of any officer shall be open to inspection by any person at all times during office hours."

There is no exception to the requirement to disclose official email upon request just because the content may be embarrassing. According to the Arizona Attorney General's Agency Handbook, Arizona's broad public records law is intended to "increase public access to government information and to make government agencies accountable to the public." Questions? Contact legal assistant Sue Beyer at 480-472-0208.

Mesa Public Schools in the news

The recent Hacktivate Mesa student event, which is a partnership between CTE and City of Mesa, was featured on ABC15.

Joe and Karen Eulate are longtime district employees and leaders in the Red Mountain community. Because of their dedication, they have been named Hometown Heroes by Whataburger and are featured on their corporate website.

Media communications specialist Laurie Struna wrote an article promoting kindergarten enrollment in the January issue of Ranchers' Roundup.

East Valley Tribune published an article about the Red Mountain High DreamCatcher Club.

Mesa High JROTC students were featured in an Arizona Republic article about the Sacred Steel Pearl Harbor exhibit in Mesa.

Learn more about participatory budgeting at Carson Junior High in a feature published in the Arizona School Administrators January newsletter.

Cue the applause

Eva Ramos-Ortiz and Erik Hedrick at jan 14 board meetingEdison Elementary's Jaime Clemens has been named Counselor of the Year by the Arizona School Counselors Association. Dr. Michael Garcia, director of opportunity & achievement, has also been named Administrator of the Year and Advocate of the Year. Both will be recognized at the AzSCA luncheon Feb. 3. 

Mesa High social worker Nicole Delgado was recognized as a difference maker at the Jan. 21 Speak up, Stand up, Save a Life student conference.

Lindbergh Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and the opportunity & achievement department were honored during the spotlight recognitions program at the Jan. 14 Governing Board meeting. Roosevelt Elementary third-grade teacher Kelly Garrin was named Educator Who Makes a Difference. Lindbergh Elementary special education clerk Eva Ramos-Ortiz (pictured, left, with Principal Erik Hedrick) and AVID department specialist Lindsay Linoff were named Employees Who Make a Difference. Customer Service Champions were Lindbergh Elementary office specialist Susan Gulden, Roosevelt Elementary office specialist Ondina Olivas, and social and emotional learning department specialist Dr. Melissa Valenzuela. See all honorees and view spotlight videos on the communications & engagement webpage.


Send your news to:

Heidi Hurst, communications & engagement director

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