• The Objectives of this Organization are to:

    • Provide its members with duly authorized representation for the purpose of protecting and improving their rights under the Merit System.
    • To settle disputes between employee and employer arising from grievances as they apply to the Merit System, and
    • To provide the communication vehicle between employee and employer.

Member Spotlight – Patrick Moore

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Who is SOSCA member Patrick Moore?

Job Title:  Education Associate/ Kern YouthBuild Program Manager

Department/Division:  Student Services

How long have you been with KCSOS?  16 years

What is your favorite job duty?  Graduation coordinating. For several years now I have had the chance to coordinate the Alternative Education graduation ceremony and each year comes with a special surprise. The gathering of students and family members to celebrate the once dismal dream come alive. I play a part in other job duties that too are of great joy and my newest one is the Kern YouthBuild program.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  My free time is spent traveling and coordinating events. There is never a dull moment when I sit and think on it with my free time. I’ve coordinated; travel events, weddings, birthday parties, and family reunions. Also, I’ve taking up quilting – I have completed 7 blankets thus far.

What else would you like to share with us?  I am a man of many hats and sometimes I have to wear them all at once. I enjoy providing a smile to everyone I meet and truly believe everything will be alright!

Click here for past Member Spotlights.

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SOSCA Hosts Vendor Table at Richardson Center’s 5k Family Fun Run

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Our own Sarah Tierce participated in the event. Way to go!

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Did you miss it?!

Find all of the handouts & resources here.

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Congrats to our January General Meeting Winners!

These folks won a combined $165 just for coming to the meeting! Come to the May General Meeting (5/15/2014) for your chance to win.

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(l-r) Corey Eby, Martha Benavides, Carlos Lara, Maria Madrigal-Haynes, Kay Henry & Patricia Croxton

And the winners are…

  • $25 VISA – Martha Benavides – Community Learning Center (Site Rep drawing)
  • $15  Starbucks – Corey Eby – Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability
  • $25 Movie Card – Carlos Lara – Community Connection for Child Care
  • $25 Target Card – Maria Madrigal-Haynes Kern County Consortium
  • $25 Texas Rhode House Grill – Kay Henry – Internal Business
  • $50 VISA – Patricia Croxton – CalSTRS Client Outreach and Guidance Services
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No Voting Necessary for 2014 SOSCA Board

Nominations were solicited for the five (5) SOSCA Board positions coming open January 2014. None of the positions had more than one member running, therefore eliminating the need for voting.

The following four (4) positions were unopposed and therefore filled by the incumbents:
1)       Director of Negotiations – Darie Wright
2)       Director of Public Relations – Michelle Palmer-Dickinson
3)       Director of Grievance – Pete Cook
4)       Vice President – Leslie Lund

The remaining position received only one nomination and, by default, goes to that nominee:
5)       Director of Membership – Sarah Tierce

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2013 October General Meeting Winners!

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(left to right)  Rhonda Langley ($25 movie gift card), Miriam Sanchez ($25 Roadhouse Grill gift card), Karen Brown ($10 Sequoia Sandwich gift card), Toni Williams (Site Rep $25 pre-paid Mastercard), Kerri Sherwood ($15 Subway gift card), and Martha Benavides ($50 pre-paid Visa)

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Votes are in…

TO:                 All Staff

FROM:           Christine Lizardi Frazier

SUBJECT:     Negotiations Results

I am pleased to report the successful conclusion of negotiations with our two employee associations.  Before I get into the specifics, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to your representatives from SOSCA and KCEA for a professional, collaborative and open process.

As KCSOS implements the new Local Control Funding Formula, it was important to take the time necessary to understand how this will affect our budgets in future years.  In addition, continued increases in benefit costs mean that all of us must be prudent in our spending and cautious about future revenues.  That said, I am pleased to report the following results, which were supported overwhelmingly by nearly all KCSOS employees.  These results apply to all permanent Classified, Certificated and Management staff:

  • All permanent Classified, Certificated and Management staff will receive a 3% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2013.  The retroactive pay will appear in employees’ September 30, 2013 paycheck;
  • For 2013-14, KCSOS will cover 100% of the increase to benefit costs.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 years, KCSOS will cover any cost increases up to 3% unless otherwise negotiated or if negotiations are not completed by October 1, 2014.

Please note that Payroll & HR staff will only be able to answer questions about the COLA payment after October 1, 2013 as staff will be working hard between now and then to calculate and process the pay rate changes for all permanent KCSOS employees.  We appreciate your patience during the next few weeks and remind you that your COLA payment will appear on your September pay statement.

I am so proud of KCSOS employees and your dedication to the students and school districts we serve and am pleased to be able to provide a pay increase that recognizes your efforts over the past several years.  Thank you for your unwavering dedication as “advocates for children”!

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Congratulations to our 2012-13 Retirees

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SOSCA, KCSOS Board of Education and Christine Frazier, Superintendent, recognized KCSOS retirees (Denise Harness, Ann Peterson-Saslaw, Susan Sniffen, Beckie Evans, Simona Othart-Rhoten, Mary Duarte & Karen Korn) at the annual Retiree Reception.

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We’re now on Facebook!

Like us for a chance to win a gift card at the May 16th General Meeting.

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