Highline Education Association & Highline School District Joint Committees 2020-2021

These joint committees are established through the bargaining process. They meet several times each year to monitor and discuss aspects of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA.) HEA, Highline Education Association, committee members are appointed by the HEA President. HSD, Highline School District, committee members are appointed by the district administration. These groups frequently make recommendations to the Joint HEA-HSD Bargaining Teams and/or the HSD Board of Directors:

  • District Safety Teams: Every building should have one District Safety Lead Point of Contact per state regs. 
    • HEA: Sandy Hunt (Co-chair), Larcy Amorelle (Co-chair) 
  • Operations Committee for COVID-19 Safety (COVID Reopening Schools MOU) 
    • Haley Fidler (ES), Jessica Walsh (ESA), Julie Nguyen (Nurse), Kathy Myers (Nurse), Larcy Amorelle (HEA Lead), Renee Agatsuma (HS), MIDDLE SCHOOL POSITION OPEN, Sandy Hunt  
    • Find your HEA Covid-19 Captains here
  • Dual Language Leadership Team - Established in Section 4.23 of the CBA, this team meets 4-6 times per year to support effective implementation of the dual-language program, including materials and resources, professional development, and training, and workload/staffing.
    • HEA: Nicole Grambo (Co-Chair), Sandy Hunt (Co-Chair) Bethany Plett, Emily Ezpeleta, Kimberly Rodriguez, Lan Nguyen, Maria Cruz, Salvador Gomez, Rich Coker 
    • HSD: Adina Thea (HSD Co-Chair), Shajaira Lopez (HSD Co-Chair), Debbie Ellis, Vicki Fisher, Kelley Schottle
  • Kindergarten Assessment Work Group - Colloquially known as the WaKIDS Committee, this workgroup is established in Section 4.24 of the CBA. They meet at least once per year to continue monitoring the implementation of TS GOLD and Kindergarten Assessment in general.
    • HEA: Yazmin Gil (Co-Chair), Sandra Aguila, 2 OPEN POSITIONS
    • HSD: Kathy Emerick (HSD Chair)
  • Members of the Joint Assessment Review Committee 
    • Sandy Hunt (Co-Chair), Catherine Saephanh, Dr. Emily Chapman, Daniel Ervin, Grace Friedman, Lisa Juvinall
  • Joint Evaluation Team (JET)/TPEP Issues  - Established in Section 19.2 of the CBA, the JET meets 3-5 times per year to monitor the implementation of the PG&E system and address questions/concerns as they arise. This team also reviews and approves any PG&E support documents.
    • HEA: Brandice Tranholt (HEA Chair), Elizabeth Beck (WEA UniServ Rep.), Marquia Montero, Stephanie Nelson, OPEN POSITION
    • HSD: Chris Larsen (HSD CHair), Kimberly Jones, Maggie Heater, Deena Russo
  • Special Education Joint Committee - Established through a Letter of Agreement (LOA), this committee meets 4-6 times per year to monitor special education issues and make recommendations to the joint bargaining teams about staffing, workload, and other mandatory subjects of bargaining.
    • HEA: Edissa Jaramillo (HEA Co-Chair), Abby Hardy (ILC), Ann Kelly (DL Elementary LRC), Elizabeth Beck (WEA UniServ Rep.), Erik Kory (Secondary LRC), Jessica Wade (Psych), Katie McGrew (IK), OPEN POSITION 
    • HSD: Gaye Bungart (HSD Co-Chair), Darren Spencer (HSD Co-Chair), Robin Lamoureux, Chad Kodama, Norma Barrineau, Alicia Gaynor
  • Highline Assessment Team (HAT) - Established through a Letter of Agreement (LOA), this team meets 4-6 times per year to monitor assessment issues and make recommendations to the HSD Board of Directors and/or the joint bargaining teams about assessments and assessment support.
    • HEA: Sandy Hunt, Joe Boyer, Grace Friedman, Emily Chapman, Jon Thumim, Kim Knopke, Daniel Ervin
    • HSD: Rebekah Kim (HSD CHair), Julie Hunter, Jenniffer Reinig, Jessica Ma, Gil Parsons, Princess Garvida 
  • Student Behavior Support Team (SBST) - Formed through a Letter of Agreement for the 2020-2022 school years, the  SBST will work to address goals such as: supporting effective implementation of culturally responsive student engagement; identification and elimination of existing barriers and practices that hinder equity; and implementation of instructional strategies that minimize exclusions of students from educational environments. As a new committee, the frequency of meetings has yet to be established.
    • HEA: Sandy Hunt (Co-Chair), Bethany Tate, Elizabeth Beck (WEA UniServ Rep.), Joe Bourgeois, Kiana Brisco, Natalie Dunn, Tracy Werthman
    • HSD: Doug Judge (HSD CHair), Millicent Borishade, Simon Iniguez, Chad Kodama, Holly Ferguson , Val Allen, Jeff Petty, Laurie Morrison
  • Highline Equity and Anti-Racist Team (HEART) - Created through a Letter of Agreement for the 2020-2022 school years, the HEART is comprised of representatives from HEA, HSD administration, HSD classified staff, and community members. This team will work with other committees such as the SBST and IMC to promote anti-racist professional learning and curricula that include important events and perspectives from historically marginalized communities. This group will also develop a structure for site-based Equity Teams in Highline, and support worksites in conducting equity and anti-racist analyses. The frequency of meetings will be determined by the group.
    • HEA: Shawna Moore (HEA Co-chair),  Amelia Swinton, Jay Novelo, Yvonne Walker
    • Other Committee Members: Shajaira Lopez, Sid White, Holly Ferguson, Marisa Lampert, Fred Garcia, Doyle Harper 

In addition, the HEA-HSD CBA mandates HEA member involvement in the adoption of curriculum and other instructional materials. Therefore, HEA representation is needed on the following HSD Committees:

  • Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) - School Districts are required by state law to have an Instructional Materials Committee to review and recommend instructional materials and curriculum adoption cycles. HEA and HSD have agreed to contract language mandating that at least 1/3 of the total members of Highline's IMC will be members of HEA's bargaining unit recommended by the HEA President for participation on the committee.
    • HEA members: Sandy Hunt (Co-chair), Cheri Clymer, Hilda Huizar, Jennifer Ferry, Stefan Nelson
    • Other Committee Members: Bernard Koontz, Julie Hunter, Kathy Emerick, Gaye Bungart, Jami Haskin, Susanne Jerde, Shajaira Lopez, Jennifer Renig, 
  • Curriculum Adoption Committees - These are short-term committees, dependent upon curricula under review. HEA and HSD have negotiated that at least 1/2 of the members of an adoption committee will be members of HEA's bargaining unit recommended by the HEA President for participation.

Interested? Email Sandy Hunt