Volume 7, Number 5, April 2014

In this issue: Pilot amendment to voluntary transfer | Voluntary transfer for certificated staff | Planning for retirement meetings with ASRS | Change of personal contact information | Financial health fair.


April 10                       
Hours Verification and Fingerprinting Room 303 ASC 7-9 am & 3-5 pm (certificated)

April 18           
April Break

April 24
Financial Health Fair at Student Services 3:15 -7:30pm 

April 29                      
Re-certification Day with ADE, 11 am - 5 pm, Board Room (certificated)

May 22
Last Day of School

May 26
Memorial Day 

June 3
Planning for Retirement Meetings 

Pilot amendment to voluntary transfer process

The Meet and Confer teams for the District and the MEA have been discussing the voluntary transfer process for the past several weeks. Two main interests have emerged during the discussions, the opportunity for existing staff to interview for vacancies throughout the district and the timeliness of the staffing of the schools in the district with the goal of hiring the most competent and qualified educators.

The District and MEA Meet and Confer teams have agreed to pilot an amendment to the existing voluntary transfer process outlined in Article 47 of the 2013-14 Working Conditions and Benefits Document. The following language will be piloted throughout the 2013-14 voluntary transfer process:

The voluntary transfer process will be conducted for a maximum of four (4) weeks, with the last posting no later than the second Monday in June. The four (4) week posting period will begin with the first eligible posting in the individual categories of elementary (K-6), secondary (7-12), special education (K-12), and pre-K regular and special education.

All other language in Article 47 will remain the same.

Voluntary transfer process for certificated staff to begin

The voluntary transfer is the process for certificated staff who are looking to move to a different school or site within our district.  

The voluntary transfer process for certificated employees begins as soon as possible each spring following the placement of obligatory transfer employees. We anticipate that the process will begin April 15 for elementary and special education teachers and  April 22 for secondary teachers. Please watch the HR Voluntary Transfer webpage for postings and information if you are interested in moving to another school with our district.

The vacancies available for voluntary transfer application by internal candidates are posted Mondays at midnight and remain open for 48 hours, closing on Wednesdays at midnight. New vacancies will be posted each Monday at midnight for four weeks in all grade level/categories. We anticipate the final postings for elementary and special education will be the week of May 5th and the week of May 12 for secondary vacancies. CLICK HERE for the voluntary transfer instructions for teachers.

Planning for retirement

Planning for Retirement meetings with ASRS have been scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the Administrative Services Center, 63 East Main Street, Mesa, Room 303. The meetings are at 8 :00 am, 10:30 am, and 2:00 pm. These meetings are for those persons who are planning to retire in 1-3 years. The sessions run approximately 1-1/2 hours. In these meetings you will learn about your pension benefit, how it's calculated, options for retiree health insurance and other benefits, member responsibility, annuity options and more.

To register, contact Penny Gumser at 472-0416 or send an e-mail to pgumser@mpsaz.org. Indicate which session you wish to attend and include your home e-mail address if you have one. Space is limited and requests will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

Inform Human Resources of changes in personal contact information

The district uses a variety of methods to provide important information to employees. Voice messages at our personal phone numbers may be sent with important information, or individual-specific information may be sent to employees at their home addresses. In order to receive information in a timely manner, please report changes in primary phone number and/or address to Human Resources.

To change your personal contact information, please complete the Personal Data Change form and fax it to Human Resources at (480) 472-0422.

Employees who are members of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) should notify them of the address change as well. ASRS address changes are submitted on the web at https://secure.azasrs.gov/web/Login.do

Financial Health Fair

Today's economy continues to wreak havoc on the finances of many families. To provide resources and information to assist in navigating financial situations, the Benefits Department will hold its annual Financial Health Fair on Thursday, April 24 from 3:15 pm - 7:30 pm at the Student Services Center located at 1025 N. Country Club Drive.

The Fair will feature a vendor area and workshops on such topics as Wills & Trusts, Budgeting, and Exploring Debt Options. Workshops will be held every hour on the half hour, beginning at 3:30 pm. You may register for the workshops by clicking the link below. Registration is not required but will secure your seat.

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.


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