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Updates, Reminders, And Guidance From WWCS Human Resources

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Plan, Strategize, Execute!

February 2023

As we begin the new year, as a department, we are committed to discussing and celebrating our progress on the individual and team goals we established in August. We have successfully determined our goals, but more importantly, we have agreed on our identity as a department as we pursue them as a team. In our District Improvement Plan (DIP), departments throughout our organization have well-defined goals that drive our daily work. We will continue to collect and assess different data points as we monitor the progress toward our goals and make appropriate adjustments. A powerful piece of data we will gather through various methods is the feedback from WWCS personnel to guide our decisions to enhance our HR department. Please complete the WWCS Human Resouces Goals Survey, which will provide valuable insight as we work to improve the experience for all members of our school district.

As we continue our professional journey, I encourage everyone to revisit their personal and team goals. With your supervisor, a trusted peer, or an entire department, analyze your progress, determine changes to action steps, visualize the joy you will experience as you hit milestones, and enthusiastically attack your goals! Beyond your goal monitoring, please spend time as a team determining the ideals and values you strive for daily. Check out the link below to hear how Simon Sinek briefly shares his perspective on visions, goals, and ideals. Remember, WWCS is greater than the sum of its parts, so let's continue working together to maximize student outcomes!

Human Resources Department Goals:

  1. Support our staff in a professional, collaborative, and timely manner.

  2. Make information accessible and easy to understand.

  3. Streamline processes to help maximize productivity for district personnel.

WWCS Human Resources 2023 DIP Goal:

  • Strategically recruit and retain quality staff while intentionally offering meaningful career development.


Dr. Alex Ofili

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Simon Sinek on Goals vs Vision

HR Focus - Extra Work/Extra Pay Contract Riders

The first payment for Yearlong Contract Riders is just around the corner, February 3. Based on this, we wanted to revisit some information regarding Contract Riders and Payments.

  • Extra Work/Extra Pay Contract Riders are a negotiated piece of the WWEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. They can be found in Appendix C, and all payments for this work have been negotiated with the WWEA Union.

  • These assignments are reposted annually. Previously assigned staff must reapply to be considered for the assignment again.

  • Payments are typically split between two payment dates. You can see the 2022/2023 Payment Schedule here. The first payment will take place when scheduled. The second payment will occur when the work has been confirmed to be completed by the overseeing administrator.

  • Some Extra Work/Extra Pay Contract Riders require a CPR/First Aid Certification. These included Cafeteria, Medication, and Athletics. It is the responsibility of the person awarded the assignment to obtain and maintain up-to-date certificates and submit them to Human Resources.

If you have any questions regarding Extra Work/Extra Pay Contract Riders please contact Peggy Powers or Melissa Kukulka in the Human Resources Department at 734-419-2025.

Thank you,

Peggy Powers

Human Resources Specialist

HR Focus - Qualifying Life Events

Did you know that when major life events occur to WWCS employees, an employee can make changes to their insurance? Specific changes in your life situation that allow you to make changes to your plan are qualifying life events, like losing health coverage due to a change in your household. These qualifying events will enable you to sign up for a new health insurance plan or change your existing one outside the Open Enrollment Period or New Hire Enrollment.

Qualifying life events typically include, but are not limited to:

• Becoming newly married or divorced.

• Having a baby or adopting a child.

• Experiencing a death of the insurer in the family or a dependent.

• Losing health insurance coverage due to job loss.

• Losing Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Insurance Program eligibility.

• Turning 26 and losing coverage from your parent’s health insurance plan.

What do I do after a qualifying life event occurs?

When changes happen, report them to the insurance office within 30 days of the qualifying event. These exceptions allow you to make necessary updates to your health insurance coverage due to special circumstances. To determine your eligibility for a qualifying life event, notify personnel in the insurance office as soon as possible for guidance.

What documents do I need to provide to the insurance office personnel for my qualifying life event?

Documentation often depends on the event and could include, but is not limited to:

• Birth Certificates

• Adoption Records

• Marriage Licenses

• Divorce Papers

• Death Certificates

Thank you,

Angelle Allen

Benefits Coordinator

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Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning in state-approved Career Technical Education programs requires students to participate in experiences of progressing quality and intensity. This school year, Wayne-Westland Community Schools Department of Human Resources and William D. Ford Career-Technical Center have partnered to create opportunities for students to begin their careers serving our community.

Work-Based Learning experiences are matched to the student’s specific career interests, abilities, maturity, and progression through the program. Currently, students are employed and interning as paraprofessionals, interns at our central office, and more.

We encourage you to join us in welcoming, supporting, and encouraging our students as they enter the talent pipeline.

Career Tech Students holding their district employment ID

GEM Awards

Congratulations to our latest group of GEM Awards winners! We applaud their efforts to make WWCSD a great place for students. Please click on the link below to learn more about our award winners.

WWCS GEM Award Winners

WWCS GEM Award Nominees

Legal Focus - Working After Retirement

Throughout the year, we will focus on different educational law topics relevant to our daily work. The monthly resources will reinforce lessons highlighted by Kevin Sutton of Miller Johnson Attorneys, our legal counsel, and likely answer frequently asked school-related legal questions.
Big Changes To Working After Retirement For Michigan Public Educators

HR Reminders & Updates

  • February 3, the first half of Year-long Rider payments will be made.

  • The form for Additional Hours & Degrees will be sent to the appropriate collective bargaining groups in late January by Kari Matyscik.

  • Staff members should use this link to report their positive case of COVID -19 to Angelle Allen COVID Reporting. Please get in touch with Angelle (ext.2040) in the Human Resources Office if you have any questions.

  • Informational sessions regarding 403B, short/long term disability, HSA's, etc., are coming soon!

Leader Spotlight - Kelly Anderson

As a district, we are fortunate to be led by a highly talented group of leaders! Each month, we will spotlight one district leader and share their exceptional contributions to impact WWCS positively.

Name: Dr. Kelly Anderson

Title: Stottlemyer Early Childhood Principal

Did You Know: Kelly and her husband, Mike, have been married for almost four years. They have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Andrea, and a second child is expected any day now! They also have a wonderful Goldendoodle, Aria. In her downtime, Kelly loves crafting, knitting, and long-distance running. Her goal is to run another half marathon sometime in 2023.

Noteworthy Contribution: Kelly has done a superb job coordinating our district's efforts to secure funding for our early childhood programs while enhancing the overall academic experience for our youngest WWCS learners. Dr. Anderson successfully represented WWCS at the MASA Mid-Winter Conference. She presented tools we've used to improve best teaching practices and student outcomes in the district to other educational leaders across the state. Dr. Anderson is an asset to our organization, and her colleagues describe her as a "highly organized and committed instructional leader who always puts kids first!"

Dr. Kelly Anderson, Stotlemyer Principal
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