Lincoln HR Department News
October 26th, 2022
HR Office Welcomes
I want to formally welcome Lori Veihl and Donna Bentley to the Human Resources Office.
Lori was previously the Childs’ Building Secretary who has taken on the role of Director’s Secretary. Lori has already become our Red Rover guru and will be helping me to manage our leaves of absence among a multitude of other Human Resources tasks. Lori has a wealth of experience and expertise in her 20+ years at Lincoln.
Donna has supported Lincoln over the last 10 years in a variety of roles - as a parent, an active PTO participant, subbing in a variety of roles including working in our Transportation Department, and most recently she’s taken on onboarding and recruiting as a Human Resources Generalist. Donna is a problem solver and will assist in other special projects.
Please join me in welcoming the new additions to HR.
Important HR Dates & Reminders
Absence Approvals & Note Expectations
Teachers requesting personal days on early release days, half days, or days without students are required to obtain approval from the Superintendent.
Upcoming Non-student Reporting, Early Release & Half Days (some of these may be non-student reporting days for only part of the District, please refer to the Master Calendar for more detail):
- Oct. 27th
- Nov. 11th
- Dec. 2nd, 9th
- Jan. 18th - 20th, 23rd
- Feb. 10th
- Mar. 3rd, 10th, 16th
- Apr. 12th, 13th, 21st
- May 5th
- Jun. 9th, 12th, 13th
- Teacher absences before or after a vacation or holiday period are required to provide documentation for the absence if it has not already been approved. The day before or after the vacation or holiday periods include:
- Thanksgiving Period (11/22 & 11/28)
- Winter Recess (12/22 & 1/9)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/13 & 1/17)
- President’s Day (2/17 & 2/21)
- Spring Break (3/24 & 4/3)
- Good Friday (4/6 & 4/10)
- Memorial Day (5/26 & 5/30)
MESSA *OPEN ENROLLMENT* UPDATE
Effective Tuesday, November 1, 2022, MESSA’s open enrollment is ONLINE for all eligible staff. Open Enrollment closes Wednesday, November 30, 2022. If you are satisfied with your existing medical and optional coverages, you do not need to do anything. However, if you are looking to make changes effective January 1, 2023, you will need to make selections during the open enrollment period.
See the attached Online Open Enrollment User Guide for directions. Please do NOT print as it is 12 pages.
The online benefits website is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for you to enter and review your contact information, benefit enrollment information, eligible dependents, beneficiaries and more.
If you intend to make no changes to your benefits, you do not need to take any action. However, if you plan to adjust the dependents covered, or modify any benefit levels, you will need to log onto www.messa.org and go through the open enrollment process.
If you have any questions, are having trouble logging into the website or you cannot reset your messa.org password, please contact MESSA Member Services at 800.336.0013.
- Open Enrollment is from 11/1/2022 - 11/30/2022
- Only need to go on if you would like to make changes
- Takes effect 1/1/2023
- Insurance is deducted from 18 pays (if 3 pays in a month, it will only come out of the first 2 payments of that month)
- Even though it comes out of 18 pays, you are covered the entire year
VISION AND DENTAL UPDATE
Dental and Vision Benefits Plan Year to Change
The MESSA dental and vision benefits plan year from July to June will switch to a calendar year starting Jan. 1, 2023. MESSA is announcing the change early to make members aware of the transition.
MESSA is making the change to make it easier for members to monitor their coverage once all benefits and deductibles reset on Jan. 1 each year. The change will also allow the dental and vision benefits plan to coincide with the calendar year, matching the MESSA medical benefits format.
The transition will happen automatically, so members will not have to take action. Meanwhile, members will continue to receive the same unmatched personal service from MESSA that they expect and deserve.
Questions? Contact MESSA’s Member Service Center at 800-336-0013
**TIP - YOUR VISION AND DENTAL PLANS WILL RESET IN JANUARY. SO GO GET THOSE GLASSES AND TEETH CHECKED OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR!
Total Lincoln Employees: 491
Building and Long-Term Subs: 14
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