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May 10, 2016

Payroll & Benefits: Critical information for the end of the year

With the end of the school year fast approaching, the payroll department just wanted to send you a friendly reminder that any pay changes for June, July, and/or August are due to the payroll office no later than May 19, 2016. After May 19, 2016, any changes in your direct deposit will not go into effect until September 2016.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: if you change banks, close accounts, etc, your check will be processed incorrectly and we will not be able to reissue your payroll until after the wire from the bank is returned to us.

All payroll stubs will be posted on your SISFIN portal with deposit dates listed below.

If the address listed on your paycheck stub is incorrect, please submit an address change via your SISFIN portal. If you do not know your log in, please contact payroll and we can send this information to employees. This information cannot be emailed, the payroll department can send in the interoffice mail or you can pick this up from the payroll department during regular business hours (8-4). As an employee, you are also responsible for submitting your address change to Blue Cross.

We will be releasing checks for teachers and salaried paraprofessionals as follows:

June 20th payroll will be deposited June 20, 2016

July 20th payroll will be deposited June 29, 2016

August 20th payroll will be deposited June 30, 2016.

We will be releasing checks for building administrators and building secretaries as follows:

June 20th payroll will be deposited June 20, 2016

July 20th payroll will be deposited June 29, 2016

All 12 Month Employees will be paid as scheduled.

Also, please don’t forget that all health, dental, and vision insurance changes, additions, etc for open enrollment are due to the payroll office no later than May 13, 2016. NO EXCEPTIONS!

If you will no longer be with the district and are moving out of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City area and currently have the Blue Care plan, you may want to consider changing your plan to a PPO plan because Blue Care is an HMO plan. Therefore, it’s possible the HMO plan does not reach to the area you are relocating to, so you would be required to return to an approved area to be seen by your primary care physician. Also, if you have a child who will be going away to college, please contact customer service with Blue Cross to sign up for the Away from Home Care.

Friday is also the deadline to opt in or out of the flexible spending open enrollment. You need to complete this regardless if you choose to participate or not. Information about the flexible spending opportunities is here.

Need more information? Have questions about enrollment or the benefits of this program? Come to CO on May 16, 8am - 4 pm, or May 17th 8am - 3:30 pm to meet with Joy.

Thank you in advance. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Shawna Leeper at 489-7009 or Linda Fisk at 816-489-7016.

Group Term Life Insurance Changes

Employees who make more than $50,000 may notice a variance in their pay this month for Group Term Life Insurance.

Per IRS regulations, life insurance paid by the employer up to $50,000 is not subject to any type of tax. Any amount over the initial $50,000 must be reported as income based on a premium table. Therefore, any amount of salary over $50,000 will be reported as income on your W2.

You are required to pay taxes on this amount, which is based on your age and income over $50,000. Previously this tax has been withheld all at once in December. Starting with this next payroll we will play a one time catch-up on the taxes that have been due since January and then going forward the taxes will be withheld every pay period instead of in one lump sum at the end of the year.

If you have any questions please contact Linda Fisk at 489-7016 or Shawna Leeper 489-7009 in the Payroll office.

Conscious Discipline Column -- from BOSCO's Betsy Warren

Do you know the meaning behind the word "discipline"? Discipline comes from the word "disciple", which is rooted in the Latin word that means "to teach". Opportunities for discipline occurs during moments of conflict between the needs and wants of the people involved. How we resolve these moments teaches our children to resolve conflicts for the rest of their lives. Teaching moments will show our students how to treat others when a disagreement arises and how problems can be solved. The greater the connection between a teacher and student, the greater the chances are that the conflict will be respectfully resolved.

Check out chapter 2 in the "I Love You Rituals" book by Dr. Bailey for more information on the meaning behind discipline.

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Summer Technology Institute -- Register Today!

Join us on August 1, 2, and 4 for various technology sessions. To celebrate the Olympics this summer, our sessions will range from bronze (beginner), silver, and gold (advanced) levels to meet the needs of all. Session topics include: Virtual Reality, Integrating Technology with Conscious Discipline, MasteryConnect, Canvas, Google Tools, Social Media, and many more!

Learn more and register - Summer Institute Registration - Deadline July 1st but walk-ins are always welcome.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Technology Update from Tony Arbisi

BOAT - Belton Overdrive: Academy of Technology

Do you believe technology enhances learning experiences for students?

Do you want to increase your technology skill set so that you can better integrate technology in your classroom? Then join our BOAT crew!

The Belton Overdrive: Academy of Technology (BOAT) will set sail this August.

  • Commitments from teachers who participate:

    • Apply to join our 3-year academy (application link here)

    • Attend a 90-minute meeting after school once every month (August-May, 10 meetings total per year)

    • Support innovative technology use in your classroom

  • Incentives for teachers who participate:

    • Increased technology tools/devices for your classroom

    • One CEU credit possible per year (3 CEUs district maximum)

    • One-on-one instructional technology support

    • Collaboration time with BOAT crew

Deadline to apply is June 6th, 2016 and applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 9th, 2016. For more information, check out our BOAT Information section of the BOAT Website. Contact Brad or Ivy for more information.