Tuesday, December 25, 2007

2008-2009 12 Month Pay Option

All participants in the 12-month deferred payment plan must re-enroll for the 2008-2009 school year. Deferred Compensation occurs when eligible 10-month employees choose to have their wages paid over a 12-month period, causing them to defer part of their “earned” income from one calendar year to the next.

The IRS has specific guidelines and requirements that must be followed and adhered to if electing to participate in the Defer Pay Plan:

  • Eligible employees must complete a written election form. (SEE FORMS SECTION OF BLOG)
  • The election must be made before the first work day of the school year.
  • The election is irrevocable; it cannot be cancelled during the school year.
  • This election will remain in effect until a cancellation form is received for the subsequent school year.
  • The accumulated deferred wages will be paid during the months of June, July and August depending on the school year calendar.

Friday, December 21, 2007

2008 Payroll Highlights

Please be advised of the following Payroll Highlights for 2008:

* W-2 forms for calendar year 2007 will be distributed as soon as they are available, but no later than January 31, 2008.

* The Social Security taxable wage base is increased to $102,000 the maximum social security tax at $6,324.00.

* The 1.45 % Medicare tax applies to all of an employee's FICA-covered wages, there is no maximum for the Medicare tax limit.

* Advance EIC payments: Eligible employees must file a new W-5 form every year.

* If you are exempt from Federal Withholding, a new W-4 form, attesting to the exempt status, must be filed by February 16, 2008.

Monday, December 10, 2007

December 21 - Not an Opt Day

Please be aware that December 21st is NOT a Teacher Planning Day. As a reminder the upcoming opt days are January 18, March 21 and 28. If you intend to be absent at any point next week, please give Ms. Tillman ample notice to make the necessary arrangements.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

New testing standards for mentally impaired students

Source: Sun-Sentinel

One FCAT milestone in recent years was when some of the exam scores of students with various disabilities began counting toward school letter grades.

Another significant testing hurdle involving the special needs population is coming in March. That's when schools will begin administering a new Florida Alternate Assessment for children in grades 3-11 with the most severe mental impairments.

Scores from this special assessment — designed for children classified by the state as profoundly mentally handicapped, among other disabilities — will likely count toward school grades in the 2009-10 school year.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Upcoming Paychecks

Please note the following for the paycheck of December 7, 2007:

  • All changes authorized during the United Way campaign will be reflected on this paycheck.
  • 2007-08 MEP Salary increases will be reflected on this paycheck. No retroactive payment necessary, as the effective date is November 16, 2007 (the first day of the pay period).
  • 2006-07 Advanced Placement (AP) Bonus payments will be included in this paycheck.

Please note the following for the paycheck of December 21, 2007:

· 2007 Fall Coaching lump sum payment will be paid.

· 2006-07 Outstanding Teachers In D/F Schools Bonus will be paid.

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Tardy Students

As a courtesy to our chronically tardy students, we began sending wake up calls via the connect-ed system each morning. We started it yesterday with one student. Please e-mail me the names of the students that you would like to be included in this intervention.

Pictures from the Florida Marlins on Junior Achievement Day

Please click the link above to view the pictures that the Florida Marlins staff took on Junior Achievement Day at our school.

These pictures can also be found on the Major League Baseball Website.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Copy Request Policy

Effective immediately, Ms. Johnson has been directed to return your copy requests to you no sooner than the following school day. In addition, make sure to provide her with enough paper to meet your request.

Please see one of the administrators if more clarity is needed.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Math and Science Reminders

Please click the link above for this week's mathematics and science reminders.

Monday, December 03, 2007

EESAC Meeting

Our next EESAC Meeting wil take place on Thursday, Decemebr 13 at 3:15 p.m. in the Media Center to discuss the Mid Year Review of our School Improvement Plan.