AVUTA PRESIDENT’S QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER MAY 2017
Summer Break is one week away. The year is nearly down, and we have a few things left to knock out
before we get out and go our separate ways. But before we go, I want to give the last update of the year
Measure F- AVUTA Representative Council has voted to support a YES vote on Measure F. We ask all
Teachers to take a look at the AVUTA website under PAC tab. There you will find more detailed
information. Measure F Concerns water, and in a desert water is very important.
The 16-19 Contract – Was ratified by the AVUTA general membership on 28 FEB 2017 and adopted by
the AVUSD School Board on 2 MAR 2017. If you want to view the new provisions all changes are on the
AVUTA website under the Contract tab. We also had to do a few Memorandums of Agreement and
Memorandums of Understanding to wrap up some of the final details of the contract. We have just
placed these finished agreements on the AVUTA website. On 1 AUG 2017 you will receive another
3% raise to the salary schedule.
$200 AVUSD Teacher Attendance Award- AVUSD will be giving all teachers with perfect attendance
this year (2016-2017) a $200 reimbursement for classroom supplies. The district will put out details in
the near future.
3rd Annual AVUTA Vendor Fair – was held on 29 APR 2017 AT Apple Valley High
School from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Again it was an absolute success. About 300 people, AVUTA
members and their families attended, AVUTA food coupons were provided to all that attended,
This year our “Lunch Truck” theme for the food was great, and people had a lot of fun choosing the
type of food they wanted. The picture booth was also another fun stop. Special thanks to Holly Blagg
the Organizing chair, and the Organizing committee of Kristy Croft, Michelle Roland, Kristen Wallace,
Nicole Collins and Greg McMahon.
“It’s a Gas to go to Class” is nearly over for the year. AVUTA handed out $500 in gift cards to
students at the high schools, and $350 to teachers this year, and at our welcome back meeting in AUG
AVUTA will award 3 more teachers with perfect attendance with a $50 gift cards.
Political Action- AVUTA was awarded the prestigious Joyce Faydm Award. Our Political Action Chair
Tayari Kuanda and the entire PAC committee of Lance Art, Monica Ortloff, and Laura Quigley have done
superlative work on Political Action in support of AVUTA
AVUTA Elections- AVUTA Executive Board elections were held on 12 APR 2017. The winners are:
First Vice President: Kristy Croft
Recording Secretary: Lance Arnt
Treasurer- Michelle Roland
Executive Board Member at large: Wendy Kelly
AVUTA/CTA State Council Alternate: Janet Ambe
The Elections committee did a superb job on the election. Special thanks goes to Derek Castellanos the
AVUTA Elections Chair, and the entire Elections committee of Sandy Rodriguez, Randi Evens and Monica
AVUTA Scholarships- AVUTA has passed out 18 AVUTA scholarships totaling $2000 to children of AVUTA
members this year congratulations to all the scholarship winners. Each Student will receive a $125 in the
fall when they show proof of their post-secondary enrollment. The Grant/Scholarship Chair Loralyn
Farris did an outstanding job and the grant committee of Megan Lukehart, Holly Blagg , Pamela
Yearton-Garreett did great work.
I have appointed the following people to committee chair positions with Executive Board concurrence:
Negotiations Chair- Kristy Croft
Grievance Chair - Wendy Kelly
I have appointed the following people to committees with Executive Board concurrence:
Bylaws- Loralyn Farris
Negotiations - Leslie McNenly
Organizing- Greg McMahon
The following committees still have a position open:
Grievance - 1 position open
Elections- 1 position open
Organizing 1 position open
If you are interested in being on a committee please contact me directly at my email.
The AVUTA office has moved from P80 at the D.O to P68 at the D.O. It is now located about 200 feet
North of Conference Room A in the front parking lot, our building has a Red “AVUTA OFFICE”
sign up on the roof.
I have been making site visits for the last two months. I go to each site and brief upcoming events, the
contract, and answer any questions members have about anything AVUTA. Your Site Reps will let you
know when I am coming to your site. This is your chance to ASK the President. This year I have spoken
with nearly 300 members. The receptions have been kind and thoughtful, many great questions have
been asked and discussed during these meetings.
Finally, if you need any sort of union help make sure that you know who your Site Representative is and
contact them. They are wealth of information on most issues, and if they don’t know the answer they
will move up the chain of leadership until we get the answer. Representative Council Meets every 3rd
Tuesday 4:15 PM in D.O. Conference Room A. All members are free to stop in and see how your union
operates. Rep Council meetings are no secret. That’s what AVUTA is here for- to help you. Check out
the AVUTA website, there is a lot of key information there.
Next year the AVUTA President starts full time release. My standard office hours will be
9:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the AVUTA office P-68. It is always better to call or email me to set up an
appointment in advance. Many times I am called into emergency meetings to represent members or I
am in meeting with AVUSD leadership, the High Desert President’s Council or San Bernardino County
Finally, I never forget what an Honor it is to be your President. I wake up thinking about AVUTA and I fall
asleep thinking about AVUTA. OK, so we have one week left to go and 16-17 year is history. You are now
updated. Have a great Summer Break. Be safe, enjoy your 1 AUG 2017 pay raise because you deserve it,
and thanks for all your hard work and dedication as educators.
J. ZACHAU AVUTA PRESIDENT
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