Statement to the School Board

April 8, 2020

SMJUHSDFA members, Last night at the School Board meeting, I was asked to prepare a statement as the representative of the SMJUHSDFA. Please find attached the statement that I read. As many of you may already be aware, the California Department of Education’s recent document, “FAQs on Grading and Graduation Requirements,” directs our District to … Read More

School Closure Update

March 21, 2020

On Friday, the District Office sent out two emails with updates regarding the current school closure. After receiving a few questions I would like to clarify a few things for everyone: Although it is not recommended, the schools are currently open and available for us to go to our classrooms to login to our computers … Read More

School Closure MOU

March 19, 2020

I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this very difficult time. Please find attached the MOU that was agreed to by the SMJUHSD and the SMJUHSDFA. Although every part of this agreement might not be perfect, please know that we spent many hours coming to an agreement that we feel … Read More

School Closure Info

March 18, 2020

3/13/20 On Monday, The Faculty Association will be meeting with District Administration. After our meeting, the District will send out an email with an update regarding the school closures. This email should contain answers to many of our questions. At this time, I am able to confirm that we will be paid during the time … Read More

Update March 2020

March 13, 2020

Searching for Information? Periodically, I receive requests from members asking for particular information. Recent questions have included: “How many In Lieu days can I take in a year?” “Who are the site reps at SMHS?” “I cannot find the email you sent us on student loan forgiveness. Could you please resend me the information?” While … Read More

LCAP Survey

March 3, 2020

On March 13, 2020 the District will have the LCAP Steering Committee meeting. Four of our Faculty Association members will be representing us at this meeting. If you are interested in providing your opinion on the LCAP Goals and the allocation of money, please complete the attached survey and return it to me by Monday, … Read More

CTA Election

February 25, 2020

CTA is currently holding an election for NEA/RA 2020 NEA Representative Assembly Our part of this election will take place next week. Voting will start at 7:00 AM Tuesday, March 3 and end at 3:00 PM on Friday, March 6. On Tuesday morning you will receive an invitation, from Simply Voting, to participate in this … Read More

Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop

February 21, 2020

CTA is offering another Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop. It will take place on Monday March 16th from 4:00 to 5:30 at the Souza Center. If you are interested, please see the attached flyer and RSVP to Jesi Bender at

2020 NEA Representative Assembly

January 19, 2020

The 2020 NEA Representative Assembly delegate elections are approaching. If you are interested in running for delegate, please see the attached timeline and Declaration of Candidacy form. Each form must be filled out before being sent to the CTA office to be placed on the ballot. When electronically sending, or through the US Mail, please … Read More

MOU $30/hour

January 17, 2020

At the last School Board Meeting on January 14, 2020, a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) between the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Faculty Association CTA/NEA was ratified by the School Board. Bargaining unit members serving in hourly extra-pay assignments other than summer school will … Read More