By: Leigh Hawkinson, AEA President

As I sit writing this last message for the year, the election results are now known and I am humbled and proud of the support from you. I am incredibly proud of the trust and support the results show for your Executive Board and by extension, your Bargaining Team. Our focus and pledge has been to be honest, truthful and do what we believe is right and that you would know you could trust us.  We will never veer from this vision!

My pledge to all of you is that I will work to fairly and equally represent you. I promise that I will work hard to make you proud of AEA.  I know that not everyone will always agree or understand all that we do, but I will discuss issues with you and be honest about them. Feel free to contact me by phone or email anytime.

You will receive this after the last Board demonstration of the year. We continue to stick to our fair and reasonable salary offer and to push for a settlement.  I have been awestruck at the demonstrations around the country by our fellow educators.  There really is a movement afoot to focus on educators and the jobs we do.  As I said in a recent message, we are tired of not being given all that we need to do our jobs and a professional salary commensurate with our education and experience.  If the strikes and demonstrations are any indication, the tide is turning for governmental leaders to focus on our students and educators. Here’s hoping that the Alvord School Board gets the message!

Have a great summer break and be sure to give your home email address to your site reps so that they can keep you updated on our negotiations progress.

Thank you again for your support,

Leigh