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BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BUILDING PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEE. Presented to Granite ARs by Star Orullian UniServ Director Granite Education Association August 2009. Our Purpose. To ensure that the Building Committee is correctly implemented in Granite schools.

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Building a successful school building professional committee

BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BUILDING PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEE

Presented to Granite ARs

by Star Orullian

UniServ Director

Granite Education Association

August 2009


Our purpose
Our Purpose

  • To ensure that the Building Committee is correctly implemented in Granite schools.

  • Use the Building Committee to increase membership

  • Build a working relationship with the administration


What does the professional agreement say
What Does the Professional Agreement Say?

  • Article 24 of the Professional Agreement.

  • Page 39.

  • Read through it when you receive your new copy from the Association!


Highlights
Highlights

  • “For the encouragement of an acceptable relationship among the faculty and to assist in the efficient operation of the school.”

  • “Advisory, problem-solving body.”

  • “Prior to the implementation of new policy initiated at the local school school building level, the policy will be reviewed by the the school building committee in consultation with the faculty.”


Highlights continued
Highlights… continued

  • Less than 30 teachers [educators] consists of: one member from the faculty, one appointed by the principal, and one shall be the duly elected faculty representative (this is where you come in).

  • More than 30 teachers consist of: two members from the faculty, two appointed by the principal, and one shall be the duly elected faculty representative (again—you’re up!).


Highlights continued1
Highlights… continued

  • The chairperson (elected by the Committee) shall call and conduct all meetings. The Committee shall meet at least once a month.

  • The principal shall meet as often as necessary, but it is not mandatory for her or him to be at all meetings.*

  • Additional meetings may be called at the request of the principal or chairperson of the Committee.

    *This may become a problem unless there is a designee appointed from the principal’s office.


Question
Question:

  • How many of your schools have a School Building Professional Committee that looks like what is demanded by policy?

  • How many of you would like a School Building Professional Committee that looks like the “policy vision” in your building?


Building blocks what do i have to do now
Building Blocks: What do I have to do now?

  • Meet with principal.

  • Review policy together.

  • Organize for elections at opening faculty meeting.

  • Personally consider who would be best to serve on this committee and approach them about being willing to put forth their name.

  • Hold elections.

  • Elect a chairperson (you?), establish guidelines (Robert’s rules?), take notes (WRITE IT ALL DOWN), and begin meeting.


What are some of the issues that the building committee may be called to deal with
What are some of the issues that the Building Committee may be called to deal with?

  • Disputes: Assemblies during P.E. time.

  • Problems: Clean restrooms.

  • Disagreements: Grade changes, Bus duty.

  • Scheduling: Lunch, P.E., AB Day

  • Suggestions: Copies on the copy machine.

  • Review site based decisions: Why is it done this way? Is there a better way? What is it?

  • Not to discuss personnel issues!


Remember our purpose
Remember our Purpose? be called to deal with?

  • Many issues that come to the GEA offices have the potential to be solved at the local school.

  • Use the Building Committee to increase membership.


The building committee as a membership vehicle
The Building Committee as a Membership Vehicle. be called to deal with?

  • Is it possible to increase GEA membership through the effective use of the Building Committee?

  • If yes, how?

  • If no, why not? And what needs to change?


Possible ideas
Possible Ideas be called to deal with?

  • As potential members come with concerns and they are addressed through the School Building Professional Committee, approach them with a membership form.

  • Members may utilize the School Building Professional Committee to address various issues.

  • Basis of “What does GEA do for us?”

  • GEA represents educators at the local school level.


Last thoughts
Last thoughts… be called to deal with?

  • “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”

    • U.S. Army slogan (Ours, too.)


Conclusion
Conclusion be called to deal with?

  • The AR is the most important person in GEA.

  • The AR is our voice, eyes, and ears at the individual schools.

  • By effectively organizing a Building Committee, the AR can effect change at the grassroots level.

  • We will increase GEA membership by asking potential members “Will you belong to the Association? Your voice is important to us!”


Now that you have the tools
Now that you have the tools… be called to deal with?

START

BUILDING


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