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The purpose of this Association shall be to promote the general educational welfare of the Altoona Area School District; to protect and advance the interests and general welfare of its' members; to foster professional zeal; and to advance educational standards. 

  
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AAEA Members Support Locked-out Workers - Thursday, January 16, 2014

AAEA Members Support Locked-out Workers

At its recent meeting, AAEA asked its members to show support for locked-out Penelec workers. At the urging of Association leadership, members contributed $700.50 during the meeting.

These funds will go directly to the locked-out workers, helping to recoup some of the wages lost during the lockout.

 
Senator Eichelberger to Host First Town Hall of 2014 - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Patrick Schurr

pschurr@pasen.gov

(814) 695-8386

** NEWS RELEASE**

Senator Eichelberger to Host First Town Hall of 2014

Comments, concerns and questions welcome at upcoming informal gathering

HOLLIDAYSBURG (January 10, 2014) – State legislators will face significant challenges as they return to session for the first time in the new year.

 

Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr. (R-Blair) is looking forward to conversations about how he plans to tackle those issues, as he’s set to hold his first Town Hall meeting of 2014.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us this year,” said Senator Eichelberger. “Getting input and feedback from the community in an informal setting is a valuable tool in helping us develop solutions and move Pennsylvania forward.”

 

The meeting will also be an opportunity to hear directly from Senator Eichelberger about his current legislation, his efforts to ease financial burdens on taxpayers, and additional priorities in 2014.

                                         

                                          WHO:             State Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr.

                                          WHAT:          Town Hall Meeting

                                          WHEN:          Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

                                          WHERE:       Southern Blair Senior Center

                                                                  15229 Dunnings Highway

                                                                  East Freedom, PA 16637

Please contact Wendy Reitz, Legislative Aide, at 814-696-6039 or email wreitz@pasen.gov for additional information.

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Spinfit at Progressive Martial Arts Offers Member Discount - Monday, January 13, 2014

 Spinfit at Progressive Martial Arts would like to help you reach your 2014 fitness goals!

 Spinfit and Progressive Martial Arts is offering a discounted rate Spinfit class.  All you need to do is mention you are from the Altoona Area School District.  Just by mentioning the Altoona Area School District you can receive a 10 class punch card for $40 which is a $10 savings, this rate will be good all thru 2014.  Or you can choose to pay one class at a time for $5 per class which is a $2 savings. 

Also, if you bring a friend and they purchase a 10 class punch card you receive a 10 class punch card free!

For more information on Spinfit at Progressive Martial Arts please call 312-7943, or EMAIL: spinpmas@yahoo.com or find them on fb at Spin at Progressive Martial Arts.

Classes are offered the following days and times:

Sunday: 5:00-6:00 45 min class 

Tuesday: 5:30-6:30 45 min class

Thursday: 5:30-6:30 45 min class

Saturday: 9:00-10:00 45 min class

All participants are to arrive 15 minutes before class to get equipment set up.

 
Current News Stories Impact AAEA Members - Friday, December 20, 2013

"GOP pushes performance-based teacher furloughs in Pennsylvania"

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2013/12/04/GOP-pushes-performance-based-teacher-furloughs-in-Pennsylvania/stories/201312040071

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"Pennsylvania public schools would have wider latitude to furlough employees during tough economic times and would not have to start with the least senior workers under proposals that were debated Tuesday in the state Capitol."

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=AJfT4h5I

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"School boards would be required to give the public a 48-hour heads up about what a proposed labor agreement with employees contains before voting on it under a bill that won House Education Committee approval on Tuesday."

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/11/bill_advances_in_pa_house_to_b.html

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"With the historic transportation funding legislation now out of the way, Rep. Glen Grell, R-Hampden Twp., said he is optimistic the pension reform issue that has been a top priority for him will finally move front and center for the Legislature."

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/11/next_up_for_legislators_pensio.html#incart_river

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"Illinois pension vote today could be Pa. omen"

http://blog.pennlive.com/capitol-notebook/2013/12/illinois_pension_vote_today_co.html

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"Despite dismal record of Pa. cybercharter schools, six more apply to open"

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/62384-despite-dismal-record-of-pa-cybercharter-schools-six-more-apply-to-oppen?linktype=hp_impact 
AAEA Announces Committee Participation Incentive Program - Thursday, December 19, 2013

news_iconLooking for a New Year's resolution that you can actually stick to?  Why not make this year's resolution to get more involved in your union?  AAEA offers a variety of great opportunities to get involved, one of which is joining a committee.  The Public Relations Committee is offering an incentive to help you get motivated.

Starting in January, and for the rest of the school year, every time any committee meets, the chairperson will take attendance and send it to Maggie Lewis, the PR chair.  She will then put all committee meeting attendees' names into a hat.  Each month, one lucky attendee will win a $20 gift card for a local merchant, just for attending a committee meeting!

 
Annual Volleyball Tournament Benefits Mountain Lion Backpack Program - Thursday, December 12, 2013

Many of our AAEA brothers and sisters were ballin’ this past Saturday, December 7, 2013, for a good cause.  For the third year in a row, the Wellness Committee, lead by Jim D’Angelo and Erica Stopp, sponsored a volleyball tournament to raise money for a worthy cause.  The event was held at Logan Elementary School.  Various schools have participated each year; this year’s volleyball tournament had representatives from the high school, junior high school, Logan Juniata, Juniata Gap, Penn Lincoln, and the administration wing, with the overall winning team being from the high school.  This year, participants from across the district raised $720.00 for the Mt. Lion Backpack Program.                                   

 

Besides the volleyball tournament, D’Angelo and Stopp also organize an annual softball tournament each the spring.  Thinking you’d like to get involved?  Contact jdeangelo@altoonasd.com for more information!

 
AAEA Supports Locked Out FirstEnergy Workers - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We are all frustrated about the current state of our negotiations, but things could be much, much worse. On Monday Nov 25th, First Energy decided to lock out workers while in the middle of negotiations, as the holiday season was just beginning.  These workers were negotiating in good faith and they were far from an agreement; they wanted to continue to work under the old contract, yet the owners of the company decided to lock them out.  The Association feels that showing support for our brothers and sisters in labor is vital. That is why we decided to place this information on the website. You can read the issues that lead to their being locked out below on the web page.

The following information was provided by the Utility Workers Union of America:


FirstEnergy Bosses Say 'Thanks for Nothing'

Penelec Locks Out Utility Workers for Thanksgiving!

Only days before Thanksgiving, Penelec locked out 150 members of Utility Workers Union of America as part of a scheme by parent company FirstEnergy to cut customer service standards and to impose huge concessions on working families.

The locked out workers are linemen and power station workers operating from worksites in Altoona, Lewistown, and Shippensburg, Pa. FirstEnergy locked out these employees - skilled utility workers who sacrifice every day to ensure reliable electric power for consumers across central Pennsylvania- in a vicious attempt to impose painful cuts in pension and retiree health insurance.

For consumers, schedule changes demanded by Penelec for first responder crews also risk reliable customer service by causing longer delays during emergency power restorations.

Despite good faith efforts by union negotiators since May 2013 to reach a new agreement, the millionaires who run FirstEnergy are now trying to force hourly workers into submission by inflicting pain on their families during the holiday season. FirstEnergy refused to provide bargaining information essential for the union to negotiate over proposed new company benefit plans, and then threatened to lock out Penelec employees if they didn't blindly accept the management cutback demands.

The UWUA believes top Akron bosses ordered Penelec to punish local workers as part of a corporate plan to impose similar concessions on nearly 1,000 additional utility workers in negotiations at FirstEnergy's West Penn Power and Potomac Edison utilities across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

With the holidays approaching and the onset of winter weather, FirstEnergy has placed reliable electric power at risk by replacing skilled utility workers with supervisors and outside contractors. We urge the public to complain about this irresponsible lockout by contacting FirstEnergy CEO Tony Alexander at 330/384-5793 (phone), 330/384-5669 (fax), or by email at alexandera@firstenergycorp.com.

Please tell Tony Alexander to end the Penelec lockout now and to negotiate a fair contract for utility workers with no cuts in customer service standards!

 

Utility Workers Union of America

Branch 180- System Local102
 
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AAEA Sponsors Memorial Day Float To Honor Veterans - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Many AASD employees, both past and present, have served in the various branches of the U.S. military. At this year's Altoona Memorial Day Parade, AAEA created a float honoring those AASD employees with a military background. The float was escorted through the parade route by current AAEA members. These veterans have served our country, community and students.

 

 

  
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President Doug Rosenberry

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1988 graduate of Altoona Area High School…graduated from Harvard University in 1992 with a degree in English and American Literature and Language…received teacher’s certification in Secondary English from Saint Francis University in 1997…coached football at AAHS for several years as well as wrestling at AAHS and Roosevelt Junior High School…first taught as a full-time sub at both RJHS and Keith Junior High School on a traveling basis for the first half of the 1997-98 school year…monitored the In-school Suspension room at AAHS during the second half of the 1997-98 school year…became full-time in English at AAHS in 1998-99 and has been at it ever since…resides in Altoona with wife Jen (Juniata Gap-2nd grade) and children Tanner, Eli, and Alexandra.Contact Doug...

Vice President Jason Geis

   

1989 graduate of Altoona Area High School... Graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with a degree in Physics and Secondary Education... Worked as a daily sub for a number of years, and was hired as a full time sub in mathematics in 2004 at the Kimmel Alternative School... Has taught general and academic physics for the last eight years at Altoona Area High School... Served as a building representative for five years as well as the AFL-CIO liaison for the past year... Currently resides in Hollidaysburg. Contact Jason...

Second Vice President Jim Krug

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1998 Graduate of Bishop Carroll High School…Graduated summa cum laude from Juniata College in 2002 with a degree in Earth & Space Science and Secondary Education…Graduated from St. Francis University in 2007 with a Master's in Education and principal's papers... Taught Earth & Space Science for 1 year at West Perry High School in Elliottsburg, PA before accepting the job as Planetarium Director at the Altoona Area High School…Has taught Academic Astronomy and Astronomy classes in the Neil Armstrong Planetarium at the high school since the 2003-2004 school year…Is the adviser of the high school’s Astronomy Club…Runs the elementary sky show program, and holds multiple public planetarium shows throughout the year...Served as an AAEA Building Rep and Executive Committee member from 2006-2008…Served 2 terms at AAEA President from 2008-2012…Currently 2nd Vice President, position of the previous President…Resides in Altoona with wife Stephanie and daughters Camille and Lydia…Pastimes include skiing, baseball, biking, and hunting. Contact Jim...

Secretary Christine McGeary

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1991 Graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School…Graduated from Pennsylvania State University in January 1996 with a degree Early Childhood Education…Taught for 1 year at the Learning Express…Has taught at Wright Elementary since 1999 as a Second Grade, Kindergarten, and (currently) First Grade teacher…served as an AAEA Building Rep 2008-2010…Resides in Altoona with husband Doug and twin daughters Abigail and Riley.Contact Chris...

Treasurer Lesley Ventre

1985 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School...Graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 1989 with Bachelor of Science in Art Education, K-12....Graduated 1995 from Saint Francis University with Master's of Education. Day-to-day substituting 1990-1991 and long term substitutute at Hollidaysburg Area School District 1991. Worked for 1 day as a teacher's aide at The Learning Express at Curtain when called upon to become the Elementary Art Itinerant Teacher K-6 since the 3rd day of the 1991-1992 school year. Has taught art at all AASD elementary buildings. Currently assigned to Juniata, Juniata Gap, Washington & Jefferson, Logan, McAuliffe Heights, and Ebner Elementaries. Member of the AAEA Executive Committee 2010-2012. Currently resides in Duncansville.

 


  
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 NameRoleEmailTelephoneTelephone 2
1 Doug RosenberryAAEA President (814) 207-5580(814) 946-8239
2 Jason GeisAAEA Vice President   
3 Christine McGearyAAEA Secretary (814) 946-8407 x.202 
4 Lesley VentreAAEA Treasurer (814) 935-8400 
5 Jim KrugAAEA Second Vice President   

  

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