KEA has been in existence since 1946 and, as of 1981, has been independent of state and national affiliation. Kent Education Association has successfully maintained its independence and strength as a professional organization due to the hard work of its members. Because the KEA is independent, it is able to offer similar, yet unique, services to those of the OEA, and at a very reasonable rate. In fact, dues decreased in the year 2014 due to careful management of funds.
The strength of KEA is based on our membership which is consistently at 95% or more of certified staff. Members in each building elect trustees based on a 1:10 ratio. Trustees meet monthly to decide on issues facing the association and its members. Officers, consisting of President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Hospitality Coordinator, Treasurer, and Communications Coordinator, are elected annually. In addition, the association has a number of standing committees which assist officers and trustees in the day-to-day functioning of KEA.
The President and Vice Presidents facilitate open communication with Central Office Administration through monthly scheduled pre-board meetings. They also meet with high school and middle school principals on a regular basis and with elementary principals on an as-needed basis. The President and/or Vice President and representatives attend each of the monthly Board of Education meetings.
- The KEA President has released time daily, so is available on an as-needed basis for consultation.
- The KEA Legal Fund is available to any member who has demonstrated to the Legal Fund Committee a need for professional legal help arising from work-related concerns.
- Two or three Senior Citizens’ Nights Out are co-sponsored by KEA and the RHS Drama & Music Departments.
- The association provides monetary and volunteer support for bond issues and levy campaigns as voted by the membership.
- The association annually presents a 4-year KEA Scholarship to a promising RHS Senior who has made education his or her career choice.
Kent Education Association . . .
- Active organization of professional staff
- Facilitates direct and open communication with administration
- Offers community service
- Promotes future teacher education through scholarships
- Provides legal support and council, if needed, for members
- Consists of members, Board of Trustees, Officers, and numerous committees
- Endorses a professional approach to teaching and problem solving
- Informs membership of current District, State, and National educational issues of importance
- Serves as a link among the community, Kent Schools and Kent State University
Together . . .
All Kent teachers are invited to join and become an active part of an association that makes a difference in the lives of Kent’s kids.