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Human Resources Newsletter, December Edition 2019

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Help Us Welcome Our Newest Team Member!

Please join us in welcoming Laquisha Burney to the HR Team. She will serve as HR Personnel Assistant handling Fingerprinting and Background Checks. She comes to us with 8 years of experience in the district. We are beyond excited that she is joining our team. Welcome Aboard Laquisha!!!


Laquisah Burney can be reached at mailto:Laquisha.Burney@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8564

Earn Your Well-Being Incentive Points Before the Deadline

Attention District Employees covered under State Health through Anthem-BCBS or United Healthcare:


The 2019 Earning Period for Well-Being Incentive Points ends November 30, 2019.

The points are like cash when it comes to out-of-pocket medical costs. Let’s all earn those points before the deadline!


Go to https://www.bewellshbp.com/well-being-incentive-credits/ to learn more about earning points.


For questions, contact Katrina Swindle at mailto:Katrina.Swindle@bcsdk12.net / 478.765.8570 or Carolyn Robinson at mailto:Carolyn.Robinson@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8574

Letters of Intent for Principals & Administrators

FY21 Letters of Intent for Principals and Administrators will be distributed December 9, 2019 and will be due in HR December 13, 2019.


*Important Note: At this time, Letters of Intent are only needed for Principals, APs, and Directors. All other employees, will receive their letter of intent from their supervisor in the re-election packet in January.

TKES/LKES Implementation

Upcoming Deadlines:
  • TKES - Dec 13, 1st Formative Evaluation
  • TKES - Jan 17, Mid-Year Conference & Teacher Assurance
  • TKES - Jan 17, Mid-Year PSC PL Goals/Plans Progress
  • TKES - Jan 31, 3rd Walkthrough


  • LKES - Jan 21, Formative Assessment
  • LKES - Jan 28, Mid-Year Conference
  • LKES - Jan 28, Mid-Year PSC PL Goals/Plans Progress


HR runs TKES/LKES implementation reports the Monday before each VIP meeting. The goal is to have 100% completion on all steps. You can find a complete list of evaluation guidelines on the HR Webpage under Forms & Documents. (see link below to view evaluation guidelines)


For questions, contact Connie Chin at mailto:Connie.Chin@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8679

Classified Mid-Year Evaluations

Classified Mid-Year evaluations should be completed by January 17, 2020. You must upload each employee's evaluation in their PowerSchool Records folder. Instructions for uploading documents are located in SharePoint and are attached below.


For questions, contact Lewanna Stubbs at mailto:Lewanna.Stubbs@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8538

Calling All Substitute Teachers

The Substitute Teacher Application will open December 15, 2019 - January 11, 2020. Help us spread the word to all qualified candidates that may be interested in serving the district. We are always looking for hard-working and committed substitutes. Keep in mind that parent volunteers often make wonderful substitute teachers.


Click on the link below to view qualifications for becoming a Substitute Teacher: https://www.bcsdk12.net/departments/human_resources/substitute_teacher_requirements


For questions, contact Ingrid Brown at mailto:Ingrid.Brown@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8571

Deadline to Hire Permanent Classified Staff

The deadline to hire permanent classified employees that work less than 225 contract days is January 1, 2020. After this date, you should utilize substitute teachers until FY21 hiring begins. This process helps to ensure that late hired employees have regular earning potentials and are not subject to pro-rated salaries.

At-Risk Employees

Principals, please begin submitting names and documentation for At-Risk employees. Remember, documentation is an essential part of the At-Risk process. If it's not documented, then it didn't happen.


You should start documenting at the beginning of the year and continue through-out the year. At-Risk meetings for Non-Renewal decisions will take place in January and February. If an employee's performance improves, you may remove them from the At-Risk list at any time.


The deadline to submit At-Risk forms is January 31, 2020. (Form is attached below and will also be included in your re-election packets).


If you have questions about documentation or the At-Risk process, please contact:

Ed Aaron at mailto:Edwin.Aaron@bcsdk12.net / 478.765.8515 or

Mack Bullard at mailto:Mack.Bullard@bcsdk12.net / 478.765.8733

New Certification Processes and Procedures

The GaPSC is in the process of implementing a few new procedures for certification. To view their website, click here: https://www.gapsc.com/


Remember to visit the HR Procedures Manual in OneNote (click on the Certification tab) for BCSD Certification Processes and Procedures. Here you will find information for the following and much more:

  • Certification Upgrades
  • Adding Additional Fields
  • Conversions and Changes in Tier Requests
  • Rectification and Renewal Requests
  • Reciprocity


*Click on the Certificate Processes-Procedures link below for a quick reference to these certification hot topics.


For questions, contact Melanie Brown at mailto:Melanie.Brown@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8565

Planning to Retire in 2020?

If you are planning to retire in 2020, please contact Regina Stokes, Retirement Administrator, at mailto:Regina.Stokes@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8563 to schedule a retirement meeting. You must also submit a Resignation/Retirement Form in PowerSchool. (see link below for instructions on submitting the Resignation/Retirement form)


Employees who are members of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) should utilize the website at http://www.trsga.com or call 1-800-352-0650 to request an Estimate of Benefits with their anticipated retirement date. Please be advised that due to the large volume of retirements at the end of each school year, the deadlines for summer retirements with TRS are:

  • June Retirement: March 31
  • July Retirement: April 30
  • August Retirement: May 31

*TRS recommends submitting your application as early as six (6) months, no later than two (2) months, prior to your date of retirement to avoid any delays of monthly retirement checks and possible interruption of health coverage.


Employees who are members of Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) are encouraged to apply for retirement as early as three (3) months prior to their retirement date to avoid any delays of monthly retirement checks and possible interruption of health coverage. PSERS employees should call 1.800.805.4609 or visit http://www.ers.ga.gov to request an Estimate of Benefits with their anticipated retirement date.

New Teacher Orientation Take II

We will host "New Teacher Orientation Take II" on January 29, 2020 from 8:00-4:00 at the PLC. This will be a one day training for all new teachers hired after July 20, 2019. Registration will be in PD Express soon. Please remind all teachers hired after July 20 to register for this training.


For questions, contact Melanique Floyd at mailto:Melanique.Floyd@bcsdk12.net or 478.765.8586

BCSD Annual Teacher Recruitment Fair

Mark Your Calendar:


Please plan to join us for the BCSD Teacher Recruitment Fair Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:00-12:00. As always, we are looking forward to this opportunity for the district to showcase BCSD's Pride at its best while we work hard to Recruit and Retain the Right People!


More information coming soon!

Employee Referral Bonus Program

Help Us Build A Great Team!


Employees who refer a "Teacher" candidate will receive a $1000 Referral Bonus if that candidate is hired and works in the district for a full year. Reach out to friends and family interested in teaching and tell them about the great things happening in Bibb! Please see the attached flyer for guidelines.

Upcoming Dates

Nov 22 - Certification Renewal Packets Distributed

Dec 9 - Letters of Intent (Principals/Administrators) Distributed

Dec 13 - Certification Renewal Packets Due

Dec 13 - Letters of Intent (Principals/Administrators) Due

Dec 13 - TKES Mid-Year Conference and Teacher Assurance

Dec 15 - Jan 11 - Substitute Teacher Application Window Open

Jan 1 - Deadline to Hire Permanent Classified Employees

Jan 6 - Re-election Packets Distributed

Jan 7 - Letters of Intent Distributed to all Staff

Jan 17 - Letters of Intent for all Staff due to Principals

Jan 17 - TKES - Mid Year Conference

Jan 17 - Classified Mid-Year Evaluations Due

Jan 24 - TKES - 3rd Walkthrough

Jan 24 - LKES - Mid Year Conference

Jan 29 - NTO Take II

Jan 31 - Employee Rosters, At-Risk Forms, Resignations/Retirements due to HR

"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel."


Carol Buchner

BCSD Human Resources

Dr. Mack Bullard, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources


Vision:

Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.


Mission:

The Bibb County School District develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.