Voting Results

Here are the results of the online election that was held on Friday, May 29th
Executive Board for 2020-2021 School Year:

Here are the results of the online election that was held on Friday, May 29th
Executive Board for 2020-2021 School Year:

President- Eileen Barry

Vice President- Brendan St. George

Treasurer- Kathleen DeChane

Membership Chair- Brenda Malone

Recording Secretary- Jennifer Collins

Corresponding Secretary- Jessica Hey

Parliamentarian- Lisa LeDuc Creamer

Webmaster- Laura Douglas

Thank you to all who took the time out to vote 

MEA Elections

Dear MEA Members,

I hope you are safe and well. As the year draws to a close, I hope you are able to find some time to reflect on your work during the most uncertain and unprecedented times. The teachers of Marlborough Public Schools and members of our association have responded to this call to action and strived to provide our students with the stability, routine and quality education that we would in our classrooms, often whilst juggling their own family’s need. At times like these, it is easy to ask yourselves, am I doing enough? I believe you are, and for that, I would personally like to thank you.

Tomorrow, Friday, May 29, the MEA will hold it’s annual election of officers electronically. You will receive an email containing a link to the ballot through Survey Monkey. The EBoard believes the members’ right to vote confidentially is paramount and is using Survey Monkey to maintain this.

The link to vote will be available to members from 9am to 9pm, giving members an opportunity to cast their vote during the busy day.

Thank you for all you do.

Be Well and Stay Safe.

MEA Office Elections

Dear MEA Members, 

School buildings may be closed, but the work goes on. I would like to take a moment to thank the MEA Officers and Executive Board members for their continued hard work to represent our membership. 

Sadly, but necessarily, due to the Governor’s stay at home order and restrictions on large gatherings, the MEA has decided to postpone the Annual Meeting and Celebration of Retirees to a later date, when it is safer for us all to be in the same space.

Annual elections for Officers however, will take place online on May 29

After much research and discussion, the MEA EBoard has agreed to use Survey Monkey to conduct the vote to ensure the security and anonymity of voting members. An email containing the link to the ballot will be sent out on May 29. 

The names of those running for elected office are attached. 

Also attached are two By Laws documents. One is proposed Formatting changes and the other, revised language and proposed By Law changes. All revisions and changes are highlighted.

I would like to thank the MEA Parliamentarian, Lisa Creamer and the members of the By Laws Committee for their diligent and thoughtful work reviewing and revising the current MEA By Laws. Work which was long overdue.

Stay Safe and Be Well,


Intent to Retire

Dear MEA Members,

The School Committee and Superintendent have extended the Intent to Retire at the end of the 2019/2020 school year to June 1, 2020 given the current circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We all understand these are trying times and some member’s decisions to return will be based on the health situation in the fall.

For those who are eligible and considering retiring prior to your intended date, please send a letter attached to an email to the Superintendent by June 1, 2020 for consideration. Please reach out to me at if you have any questions. I will try my best to answer.

The email should be sent to Michael Bergeron at

Be well and stay safe.


Letter From President April 2

Dear MEA Members,

We hope we find you in good health and good spirits during this unprecedented time. There are still many unknowns and questions to be answered. Unfortunately, the nature of the school closures in the Commonwealth means that some cannot yet be answered.

By now, you have all received the plan for Phase II of the extended school closure. The MEA Negotiations Committee and leadership provided feedback to the Superintendent and his team to create a plan from the Commissioner’s Guidance Document that works for the faculty and students of Marlborough. The plan calls for flexibility for both the students and faculty. We made it clear that many of our members have children of their own who are learning remotely and schedules need to be flexible to ensure the needs of our members and their families. Planning for phase II instruction has already begun with your building administrators and supervisors.

Phase II will begin on April 8 and end on May 4. April 20 – April 24 will remain as April break and not be an instructional week.

As we plan for the next steps, we would like you to remember the Superintendent’s words, we cannot replicate a school day. We all wonder, are we doing enough? We are not in the classroom and cannot control the situation beyond the phone calls, online classes and letters we send out. We care about our students and their learning. By providing our students remote lessons and learning everyday, we are doing what we can within the confines of social distancing and health and safety.

The Joint Evaluation Committee met virtually today to begin discussions about the Evaluation process for this school year. It is our hope to forward an agreement to the MEA Negotiations Committee to review by early next week and a Memorandum of Understanding to be drafted very soon after.

Lastly, the MEA EBoard met this week. Due to the extenuating circumstances, the EBoard has voted to extend the date for those members interested in running form MEA Officer positions to April 15, 2020 from April 1. If you are interested in running for any of the Officer positions for the 2020/2021 school year, please email Jess Hey at no later than April 15. In addition, at this time, Eboard is looking into voting procedures other than voting in person.

The MTA Annual Meeting of Delegates will be held virtually on Saturday, May 2nd. If you are interested in representing the MEA as a delegate, please email Rupal Patel at no later than April 14. April 15 is the deadline for registration of delegates by the President.

COVID 19 and the situation it has presented was not something any of us saw as we started the new school year last fall. The MEA would like to thank the membership for their commitment to the students of Marlborough and their patience as we move forward in this most unusual school year.

Be safe, be well and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Rupal, Eileen and the MEA EBoard

Mar 24 Letter from President

Dear MEA Members,

As we enter the middle of the second week, we want to check in with the membership. To say these are unprecedented times would be a major understatement.

Teachers are carers and givers. We are proud of the efforts of our members to keep the learning going. We are used to leaning on our colleagues and the camaraderie, and we are used to the controlled chaos we call our classrooms or spaces. We are missing all those things, and missing our students, the reasons we do what we do. And they, are missing us and each other. I sent a message to my students and their families today, and somehow got over 200 message notifications as they talked to me and each other!

The MEA is proud of how our membership has stepped up, without a moments notice to keep on doing what we have always done…teach. Thank you for giving your time to your students, many of you have had to be creative with the challenge of teaching your own children at the same time. Others are making sure your loved ones are safe and taken care of. Your efforts and dedication to the students of Marlborough have not gone unnoticed!

We want to make sure you are also taking care of yourselves. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, please access the resources sent out by the Superintendent earlier this week. The mental and physical health of our membership during this time is important during this uncertain time. Please reach out to Building Reps or the MEA Leadership if you need help. All questions or concerns will be addressed, as they always have with total confidentiality.

As of now, there is no news about if or how long schools will be closed beyond April 7 or other DESE/state requirements. As soon as we know, you will know. The MEA has been in constant communication with Superintendent Bergeron and Assistant Superintendent Murphy.

Stay safe and well. And continue to do so.

Rupal, Eileen and the MEA EBoard

March 14 letter from our President regarding COVID-19

Dear MEA Members,

Marlborough Public Schools will be closed from March 16-27. There may be a need to extend the closing more than two weeks.

The MEA has been in regular communication with the Superintendent throughout the period up to the decision to close. We continued to make our members a priority in these unknown and uncertain times.

There will be a need for the MEA and the district to bargain over some repercussions of this unprecedented school closure and remote learning.

The last day of the 2019/2020 school year will now be June 23. We will not be expected to work beyond this date. We will receive our regular salaries as negotiated in the CBA for the 19/20 school year.

In the meantime, please follow all the guidelines distributed through Marlborough Public Schools. Please do not go to school if you are sick or have a fever. The district has formulated a plan for students to receive the work that the MEA members worked so diligently to prepare in the event of this event. The district will also be distributing breakfast and lunch to our students by keeping the bus routes running to deliver meals.

We are all in this together, and there is a need to be flexible and cooperate in the best interests of our colleagues and students. There are many uncertainties and never before situations arising from the need to stem the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to update you.

Stay healthy, safe and take care of yourselves and those around you.


Rupal Patel
Marlborough Educators Association