Volume 7, Number 4, March 2014
Until March 17
Beginning with the 2014-15 year, employee ID badges will be reprinted on an annual basis. The new badge template will display the school year for which the badge is valid. Employees are not required to get a new badge photo. Before the new badges are printed however, employees will have a one-time opportunity to have a new badge photo taken at no cost. The new photo will be used for the 2014-15 badge. A new badge will not be printed at this time.
Employees who work at a school site may have a new photo taken when photographers visit their campus for student pictures this spring. Your school principal and secretary will share information about dates and times with you. If spring pictures are not taken at your school site, you may visit one of the sessions available for department employees.
Employees who work at a department site may have a new photo taken at one of the following sessions:
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:30 - 11:30 am at the Operations Conference Room, 555 S. Lewis or 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Administrative Services Center, Room 301, 63 East Main Street.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at Fremont Transportation, 837 North Power Road or 1:30 - 4:30 pm at Governing Board Room 549 North Stapely Drive.
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8:30 - 11:30 am at Student Services Center, Room 103, 1025 North Country Club Drive or 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Food and Nutrition Conference Room, 143 South Alma School Road.
Tuesday, April 1, - Thursday, May 22, 2014, Human Resources offices, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Prior to April 1 and after May 22, the normal fee of $20 will be charged for an updated photo. The fee is paid through a payroll deduction. After May 22, the 2014-15 badges will be printed using the most current photo on file. The new badges will be sent to schools for distribution prior to the start of the new school year. Questions may be directed to Vicki at (480) 472-0457 or Christi at (480) 472-0404
All preschool and kindergarten teachers are now required to have an Early Childhood Endorsement. Teachers who hold a valid Arizona Elementary or Special Education certificate may qualify with one of the following options:
- 21 semester hours in Early Childhood coursework, AND
- 4 semester hours of practicum OR one year of full-time teaching experience, birth-preschool, AND
- 4 semester hours of student teaching OR one year of full-time teaching experience, K-3, AND
- A passing score on the AEPA Early Childhood Subject Knowledge exam (#36)
- a passing score on the AEPA Early Childhood Professional Knowledge exam (#93) AND
- 4 semester hours of practicum OR one year of full-time teaching experience, birth-preschool, AND
- 4 semester hours of student teaching OR one year of full-time teaching, K-3, AND
- a passing score on the AEPA Early Childhood Subject Knowledge exam (#36)
- a passing score on the AEPA Early Childhood Subject Knowledge exam (#36) AND
- three years full-time teaching experience in grades K-3
To speed the certificate renewal process, Human Resources will roll your fingerprints and verify professional development hours in advance: 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 10, Room 303 (third floor), Administrative Services Center, 63 East Main St., Mesa.
If you get a head start Thursday, April 10, you may use the VIP lane at the Recertification Event on Tuesday, April 29. Representatives from the Arizona Department of Education will be present to assist with on-the-spot certificate renewal.
Come to the ADE recertification event
11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, Curriculum Services Center - Governing Board Room at 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa.
- Submit your completed renewal application along with the appropriate fees to Arizona Department of Education officials, and receive your new teaching certificated on the spot.
- Human Resources representatives will roll your fingerprints, verify professional development activities and answer any questions regarding this process.
Certificate renewal is quicker, easier than ever!
- How do I renew my standard certificate?
Complete 180 hours of professional development activities within the given period of your valid teaching certificate. Complete the Arizona Department of Education's renewal application for your standard certificate.
- How do I convert my provisional certificate to a standard certificate?
Requirements for this conversion are two years or four semesters of teaching experience. If you have not been employed in a teaching position for two years, you can apply for a one-time extension, which is good for three years. You are eligible to convert to a standard certificate once you obtain four complete semesters or two full years at any time during the three year extension.
- What are considered appropriate professional development activities?
The State Board of Education requires that you participate in professional development activities during the last valid period of your certificate. The activities should meet two criteria:
- Professional - Activities should relate to education or a subject taught in Arizona public schools. Courses that enhance academic skills to apply to another certificate are acceptable. Courses for personal growth, such as real estate, are not acceptable.
- Development - Activities should provide training to improve teaching skills. Activities within your normal job responsibilities are not acceptable. Activities must provide new learning.
- Who verifies activities?
Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, or a Human Resources representative will review your documented activities and sign the renewal application from the Arizona Department of Education.
- See the Web site, or call if you have questions.
Visit the Arizona Department of Education's Web site CLICK HERE
Be sure to check the original copy of your certificate for deficiencies. Any deficiencies must be removed prior to application for renewal or conversion of your teaching certificate. After visiting the ADE web site, if you have additional questions, please call Human Resources, (480) 472-0408.
Governing Board and employee association representatives began talks on Mesa Public Schools salaries and benefits in February. All meetings are open to employees and the public.
MEA and MPS teams: On the Mesa Education Association's team will be Tammie Pursley (spokesperson), Joelyn Hilton, Kathy Eustace, Nancy Munoz, and Josh Buckley.
The board's team will be comprised of Pete Lesar (spokesperson), Jill Bonewell, Steve Green, Jeff Abrams, Andrea Erickson, and Jan Cawthorne.
MESPA and MPS Teams: The Mesa Education Support Personnel Association's team will include Frank Hunter (spokesperson), Rich Berumen, Liz Galloway, and Liz Dean.
They will meet with board reps Pete Lesar (spokesperson) and Jill Bonewell.
MESPA, MEA Adviser: Mike Weaver, MEA organizational consultant, will be an adviser to the MEA and MESPA teams.
MEA Sessions Began February 10: The first session was February 10 at 4 p.m. in the Board Room at the Curriculum Services Center, 549 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa. Future sessions will be on Mondays through March and possibly into April.
MESPA Sessions Began February 12: The first session was February 12 at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Administrative Services Center, 63 East Main Street, Mesa. Future MESPA sessions will be Wednesdays through March and possibly into April.
GBKB, the district's drug and alcohol policy, and it regulations - GBKB-(R)1 and GBKB-(R)2 - affect all MPS employees. The guidelines are designed to ensure a safe workplace, to promote employee health and well-being, and to comply with federal and state drug-free workplace mandates. CLICK HERE for the Policy Manual.
Testing is required if your supervisor has a reasonable suspicion that you are drinking or taking drugs on district property, while on the job or within four hours of coming to work. Testing is also required if your supervisor has a reasonable suspicion that drugs or alcohol impaired your job performance or were a factor in an accident. You will be told the basis for the suspicion, and you will have a chance to explain.
Testing Can Be Required
If a reasonable suspicion remains, you will be taken to an approved testing facility immediately. If you do not cooperate fully, you may face disciplinary action and possible termination for insubordination. You will not be allowed to drive your vehicle from district premises. Your supervisor will arrange for transportation. If you insist on driving, the police will be notified. Until the test results are in, you will be reassigned from work to home with pay.
Two regulations are associated with policy GBKB
GBKB-(R)1 applies to staff who must have commercial driver's licenses for their jobs - generally bus drivers. R(1) provides the procedures for adherence to the Omnibus Act.
GBKB-R(2) applies to all employees not covered by R(1). R(2) explains what happens if the tests are positive. Procedures vary for certified and support staff, based on state statutes. R(2) also describes the process you may follow if you want to appeal the test results.
Report Prescriptions, Charges, Convictions
If you are taking a prescription drug, you must report it to your supervisor if it might impair your job performance, or affect your safety or the safety of others. This information will be kept confidential. You are expected to use over-the-counter drugs responsibly.
Any employee charged with a drug- and/or alcohol-related criminal offense, such as driving under the influence (DUI), must notify his or her immediate supervisor no later than 48 hours after being charged. "Charge" includes a charge, indictment, information or complaint.
You must report all occurrences at any time, even if they are outside your work term. If you cannot contact your supervisor, or if you feel more comfortable sharing the information with someone other than your supervisor, you may give it to the appropriate administrator in Human Resources.
An employee must notify the district, in writing, no later than five days after any conviction of a drug- or alcohol-related criminal offense.
Employee Assistance Program
If you have a drug or alcohol problem, please ask for help. If you seek assistance before MPS suspects you of violating the policy, you will be directed to EAP Preferred, the district's employee assistance program provider. Information is available online (CLICK HERE) or you may call (602) 264-4600. Enter username: MESAUSD and password: eappreferred. CLICK HERE for a brochure.
Call Human Resources With Questions
If you have questions
about policy GBKB, regulations R(1), R(2) or the procedures, contact Human
• Certified contact: Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, (480) 472-0412
• Classified contact: Jill Bonewell, Executive Director of Human Resources, (480) 472-0408
Human Resources Matters is published by the Human Resources Department of Mesa Public Schools, an equal opportunity organization. If an employee feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, handicap or disability, the employee should contact the district's compliance officer, Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at (480) 472-0412.