Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 Classroom Grants Application Is Now Available

Are you preparing your room for school?  Classroom budget a little too slim?  

The 2016 LCARSP Grant Applications are now available online!  Each Fall, the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel offer a $200 Classroom Grant to one teacher in EACH of the four public school districts in Lincoln County. Directions for applying are found on the application below.

Have a great school year, Lincoln County Teachers!



2016 Classroom Grants Application Is Now Available

Are you preparing your room for school?  Classroom budget a little too slim?  

The 2016 LCARSP Grant Applications are now available online!  Each Fall, the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel offer a $200 Classroom Grant to one teacher in EACH of the four public school districts in Lincoln County. Directions for applying are found on the application below.

Have a great school year, Lincoln County Teachers!



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Local MRTA Members Serve on Restorative Justice Board


Lincoln County has many active retired educators who make a positive difference in our community.  Several members of the Lincoln County Area Retired School Personnel have been serving on a unique justice program board.  The Restorative Justice program was created by the 45th Judicial Circuit in May of 2012.  The only other Missouri county with this program is Greene County.

The basic premise of the program is to work with non-violent persons that have committed a misdemeanor or felony for the first time and have been approved by the court to participate in the program.  Restorative Justice is more concerned with the preservation and restoration of relationships both at an individual level and at a community level.

The board works with the offenders for one year (or a specified period of time).  The offender is required to meet with the board, one time per month, as well as, with a probation officer each month. During the period of time in the program, clients assigned to the program must accomplish a variety of goals that may include community service hours, payment of restitution, completion of their high school diploma; writing of essays; taking a prison tour and completing other items, as deemed appropriate. 

Briefly, Restorative Justice serves to:

1. Bring about restitution for crimes in a way that benefits the victim, offender and the community.
2. To do so following a structured, effective timeline of steps.
3. End with greater satisfaction for all parties and a lesser chance of repeat offenses. 

During the course of the program, Restorative Justice asks these questions:

*  Who was harmed?
*  What is the harm?
*  What needs to be done to repair it?
*  How do we involve everyone?

After successful completion of the program, the Restorative Justice Board may recommend to the court that the offender is allowed to withdraw the plea of guilty and the case is dismissed. 

We extend a special  THANK YOU to these caring and dedicated individuals who donate their time to this program.  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Write the Governor and Sign MRTA Petition

MISSOURI RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL
877-366-MRTA
3030 DuPont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
 

July 8, 2016

Call to Action!
Action Required! 

Write the Governor & Sign MRTA's Petition 

Dear MRTA:

Your cost of living adjustment (COLA) was reduced at the June 14th PSRS/PEERS Board meeting by a vote of the board. It will now be 0% and likely will remain 0% for some time to come. This is unacceptable and was not necessary. Retired educators did not and do not have a voice or representation on the Board of Trustees (click here for details). Our first step in restoring the COLA is a petition to the Governor. You may collect signatures on hard copy (click here to print) and have them faxed or sent to the MRTA office by August 15, 2016, or you may sign and encourage other voters and taxpayers to sign the petition on our website by clicking here.
 
MRTA also asks everyone to immediately call or write the Governor by clicking here. Please use your own words asking for these new appointments to the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees OR copy and paste the following wording.
 
Dear Governor Nixon:
 
As a voter and taxpayer, I ask for the immediate removal of Wayne Wheeler who sits in an expired seat as the retiree representative on the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees. I ask a new representative be appointed, no matter how short the appointment. I also ask the current vacant citizen seat on the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees also be filled, no matter how short the appointment.
 
These actions are necessary as the current retiree representative Wayne Wheeler is not representing the education retiree. He sits in an expired seat. I strongly feel education retirees do not have a voice in the decision making of the PSRS/PEERS Board. The PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees voted on June 14 to reduce our pension benefits by reducing the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to 0% when the CPI is 2% or below. This is a substantial burden to retirees of public education over time. As he held a position letter from MRTA recommending a different option, Mr. Wheeler, made the motion, then voted in favor of the COLA reduction to 0%.  I ask for your immediate attention to this important issue. THANK YOU 


THANK YOU for being counted as a member of MRTA!

The #1 priority of MRTA and Public School Personnel is to promote and protect pensions, programs, and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement. United we stand strong!

Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shocked! Stunned! Disappointed! by Jim Kreider, MRTA Executive Director

The latest edition of the MRTA News Bulletin is available online  
and shares some disturbing news. The PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees have decided to change the COLA policy that will eliminate a cost-of-living adjustment for 2017!
MISSOURI RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL
877-366-MRTA
3030 DuPont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109

July 1, 2016

No COLA for 2017- PSRS/PEERS Policy Change

Dear MRTA Members:

You will not be receiving a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2017.  Click here to read more.

For comments or more information contact:



MRTA Executive Director Jim Kreider - mrtadirectorkreider@mrta.org 

THANK YOU for being counted as a member of MRTA!

The #1 priority of MRTA and Public School Personnel is to promote and protect pensions, programs, and benefits of all public school personnel in retirement. United we stand strong!

Jim Kreider
MRTA Executive Director