Contract Between
Bridgewater-Raritan Reg B/E-Somerset
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Bridgewater-Raritan Prin Assn
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07/01/2005 thru 06/30/2008

CategorySchool District

Contract Text Below


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Negotiation Procedure

Grievance Procedure

Vacation and Holidays

Sick Leave

Temporary Leave of Absence

Sabbatical Leave

Extended Leaves of Absence

Health Care Insurance

Reimbursement for Graduate Study




This Agreement is entered into this 13th day of September 2005, by and between the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education, Bridgewater, New Jersey, hereinafter called the "Board" and the Bridgewater-Raritan Principals' Association, hereinafter called the "Association".
    A. Pursuant to NJSA 34:13 A-l through 21, the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education hereby recognizes the Bridgewater-Raritan Principals' Association as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiation concerning terms and conditions of employment for all principals under contract by the Board of Education as included herein:
          High School Principal
          Middle School Principal
          Primary/Intermediate School Principals
      High School Assistant Principals
      Middle/Intermediate School Assistant Principals
    B. This Agreement incorporates the entire understanding of the parties on all matters which were the subject of negotiation. During the term of this Agreement neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter whether or not covered by this Agreement and whether or not within the knowledge or contemplation of either or both of the parties at the time they negotiated or executed this Agreement.
    C. If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this to any employee or group of employees is held to be contrary to law, then such provision or application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting, except as permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications shall continue in full force and effect.
    D. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as indicating that the Association or the Board waive their rights with respect to the future negotiability or non-negotiability of items of terms and conditions of employment with respect to successor agreements.



    A. The parties agree to enter into collective negotiation of a successor Agreement not later than October 1 of the year the contract is to expire in accordance with NJSA 34:13A-1 through 21 in a good faith effort to reach agreement concerning the terms and conditions of principals' employment. Any Agreement negotiated shall apply to the unit defined, be reduced to writing, be ratified by the Association, be adopted by the Board and be signed by the Association and the Board. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, nothing contained herein shall be interpreted and/or applied so as to eliminate, employment existing prior to its effective date.



    A. A "grievance" shall mean a claim by a principal that there has been misinterpretation,
        misapplication or a violation of Board policy, this Agreement or an administrative decision
        affecting him/her. A grievance to be considered under this procedure must be initiated by the
        principal within ten (10) business office work days of the time the principals knew or should have
        known of its occurrence.
    B. 1. It is agreed by both parties that these proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of this procedure.

        2. Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decision on a grievance within the

        specified time limits shall permit the aggrieved employee to proceed to the next step. Failure

        at any step of this procedure to appeal a grievance to the next step within the specified time

        limits shall be deemed to be acceptance of the decision rendered at that step.

        3. It is understood that principals shall, during and notwithstanding the pendency of any

        grievance, continue to observe all assignments and applicable rules and regulations of the

        Board until such grievance and any effect thereof shall have been fully determined.

        4. Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days
        indicated at each level should be considered as a maximum and every effort should be made
        to expedite the process.

    C. Grievance Levels
        Level One
        Any principal who has a grievance shall discuss it first with an immediate superior in an attempt
        to resolve the matter informally at that level.

        Level Two
        If as a result of the discussion at Level One the matter is not resolved, the principal may, within
        five (5) business office work days of the discussion conference, set forth the grievance in writing
        to the superior on the grievance forms provided. The superior shall communicate a decision to
        the principal in writing within five (5) business office work days of receipt of the written grievance.

      Level Three
        The principal, no later than five (5) business office work days after receipt of the superior's
        decision, may appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools. The appeal to the
        Superintendent must be made in writing reciting the matter submitted to the superior as specified
        above and the reasons for dissatisfaction with the decisions previously rendered. The
        Superintendent or a designee shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible but within
        a period not to exceed ten (10) business office work days. The Superintendent shall communicate
        a decision in writing with reasons to the principal and the superior.

        Decisions of the Superintendent in any matter excluded from the definition of a grievance

        heretofore shall be final and binding on all parties in interest and such decision shall neither be

        the subject of an appeal to the Board nor submitted to advisory arbitration. The parties expressly

        agree that consideration of such questions by the Superintendent is not intended and shall not be

        construed to be a waiver of the fact that such matters are not to be deemed grievances.

      Level Four
        If the grievance is not resolved to the principal's satisfaction, the principal, not later than five (5)
        business office work days after receipt of the Superintendent's decision, may request a review by
        the Board of Education. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of
        Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request within five (5) business office
        work days to the Board of Education. The Board shall review the grievance and shall, at the
        option of the Board or upon request of the principal hold a hearing with the principal and render
        a decision in writing with reasons within thirty-five (35) calendar days of receipt of the grievance
        by the Board or of the date of the hearing with the employee, whichever comes later.

        Level Five
        No claim by a principal shall constitute a grievable matter beyond Level Four or be processed
        beyond Level Four if it pertains to (a) any matter for which a detailed method of review is
        prescribed by law, (b) any rule or regulation of the State Commissioner of Education, but not to
        the violation misinterpretation or misapplication of such rule or regulation, (c) any By-Law of the
        Board of Education pertaining to its internal operation or (d) any matter which according to law is
        beyond the scope of Board authority.

        If the decision of the Board does not resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the principal and

        the principal wishes review by a third party, the principal shall so notify the Board through the

        Superintendent within ten (10) business office work days of receipt of the Board's decision. A

        principal in order to process his/her grievance beyond Level Three must have the request for such

        action accompanied by the written recommendation for such action by the Association-

        Procedure for Securing the Services of an Arbitrator

      D. Procedure for Securing the Services of an Arbitrator

      The following procedure will be used to secure the services of an Arbitrator:

        1. A request will be made to Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) to submit a roster of persons qualified to function as an arbitrator in the dispute in question.

        2. If the parties are unable to determine a mutually satisfactory arbitrator from the submitted list, they will request that PERC submit a second roster of names.

        3. If the parties are unable to determine, within ten (10) business office work days of the initial

        request for arbitration, a mutually satisfactory arbitrator from the second submitted list.

        PERC may be requested by either party to designate an arbitrator.

        4. The arbitrator shall be limited to the issues submitted and shall consider nothing else. The

        arbitrator can add nothing nor subtract anything from the Agreement between the parties or

        any policy of the Board of Education. The decision of the arbitrator shall be binding upon the

        parties when there is a claim by an employee, employees, or representatives of an employee or

        employees, that there has been misinterpretation, misapplication or a violation of any of the

        provisions of the Agreement. Only the Board and the aggrieved and representatives shall be

        given copies of the arbitrator's report of finding, reasons and recommendation. This shall be

        accomplished within thirty (30) calendar days of the arbitrator's hearing.

      E. Rights of Principals to Representation
        Any aggrieved person may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure by
        himself/herself, or at his/her option by a representative selected or approved by the Association.

      F. Costs
        1. Each party shall bear the total cost incurred by themselves.
        2. The fees and expenses of the arbitrator are the only costs which will be shared by the two
        parties and they will be shared equally.

      G. Any principal shall have the right to representation at any formal grievance step or any grievance

      invoked against him/her. Any costs incurred as a result of such a grievance shall be borne by the

      Board of Education.



      A. Principals shall be entitled to 26 days vacation annually (July 1 to June 30).

      B. Principals with 20 years of service in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District are

      entitled to a stipend of $1500 a year. All present members of the Association are entitled to a

      stipend of $1500 a year upon completion of 20 years of service with the Bridgewater-Raritan

      School District. Principals hired subsequent to July 1,1989 will not be entitled to this benefit.

      These monies will be added to the base pay for the purpose of the TPAF.

        C. All vacation time must be taken within 24 months of the date earned. Vacation time not used within 24 months will expire.

        D. Principals submitting a written notification of their intent to retire at least six months prior to retirement shall be awarded additional vacation time. Principals shall be awarded one vacation day for each month’s notice they provide to the board of education, to a maximum of twelve vacation days. The additional vacation time shall be payable upon retirement at the per diem rate of pay for the principal.

        E. In the event of the death of a retirement or deferred retirement eligible principal as defined by TPAF, the principal’s estate shall be paid their compensation for all accumulated vacation leave.

        F. Vacation time will be scheduled in accordance with principal's requests, in so far as this is

        possible, consistent with the needs and interest of the school district subject to the following


        1. The principals shall be available three (3) full work days following the close of school in


        2. A maximum of 25 vacation days are permitted between July 1 and August 31 inclusive.

        3. During the required in-service week - the third week in August - vacation time will not be

        permitted except as approved in advance by the Superintendent.

        G. Holidays shall be granted in accordance with the Board adopted calendar, but no less than 15 days


                            ARTICLE V
                            SICK LEAVE
      A. All principals are entitled to fifteen (15) sick leave days each school year with pay as of the first

      official day of the school year. Unused sick leave days shall accumulate from year to year with

      no maximum limit.

      B. All principals who have exhausted their sick leave because of prolonged illness may request an

      extension of their sick leave. The Superintendent of Schools may recommend to the Board of

      Education that the limitation be exceeded in extenuating circumstances.

      C. The Board of Education through administrative channels reserves the right to have the reason(s)

      for absence due to illness validated by medical evidence. As a general rule, such a request will

      not be made until after the third day of illness.

      D. The Board of Education shall provide health-care insurance coverage as indicated in Article IX

      to any principal granted a bona fide sick leave up to a maximum of one (1) year.

      E. All unit members, hired prior to July 1, 1993, shall upon termination of their employment by retirement or deferred retirement as defined by TPAF, be compensated by the Board of Education for unused accumulated sick leave as follows: 1 day for every 3 days of unused accumulated sick leave to a maximum of 90 days at 1/240th of the annual salary of the employee at the time of retirement.

      Unit members hired on or after July 1, 1993 shall upon the termination of employment by retirement or deferred retirement as defined by TPAF, be compensated for unused sick leave upon the following basis:

      One(1) day for every three(3) days of unused accumulated sick leave not to exceed the following amounts for any retiring principal:

      2005-06 $22,000 2006-07 $23,000 2007-08 $24,000

      The compensation rate shall be at 1/240th of the salary of the principal at the time of retirement

      The board of education shall deposit these monies into a tax-sheltered 403b or 457 plan. The principal shall have the option of determining which plan(s) funds are deposited.

      In the event of the death of a retirement or deferred retirement eligible principal as defined by TPAF, the principal’s estate shall be paid their compensation for accumulated sick leave upon the basis of Article V. E. as stated above.

      F. Sick Day Bank: When the concept of sick leave banks for public employees becomes permissible by law, the members of the Bridgewater-Raritan Principals. Association shall become eligible for the establishment of a sick leave bank.



      A. Principals may be granted temporary leaves of absence with pay, by the Superintendent of Schools, in cases of necessity.

      B. A principal who is required to undergo military field training or to attend service school for a

      period of two (2) weeks or less during any school year shall be granted a leave of absence with


      C. If possible, forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be given by individuals requesting leave.

      D. The Superintendent of Schools, in the best interest of the school district, is empowered to deny

      any requests for temporary leaves of absence. Such denial may be appealed to the Board of




      A. A sabbatical leave may be granted upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools for

      farther education toward a degree beyond the master's degree with particular consideration given

      in those cases of university residency requirements of one year. Sabbatical leave may also be

      granted for reasons which the Board deems beneficial to the school district. As a general rule, no

      more than one principal shall be granted leave during any given year.
      B. Generally, requests for sabbatical leave should be received by the Superintendent of Schools in

      writing on such forms as designated by the Board of Education, no later than January 15 and

      action should be taken on all such requests no later than April 1 of the school year preceding the

      school year for which the sabbatical leave is requested.
      C. A principal on sabbatical leave for a full school year shall be paid by the Board of Education at

      seventy-five percent (75%) of the salary rate the principal would have received if the principal

      had remained on active duty. '
      D. Any principal granted a sabbatical leave of absence must agree in writing to continue working in-

      the Bridgewater-Raritan School District for a minimum of two (2) years following the sabbatical

      leave. If the total years of service is not completed, the amount owed will be pro-rated and the

      principal will be obligated to reimburse the Board of Education over a two year period for all

      salary expenses granted. In the case of death or total disability said reimbursement shall be

      waived by the Board of Education.
      E. A report or summary of the sabbatical leave must be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools

      and the Board of Education upon completion of the leave. Periodic progress reports of the

      sabbatical leave, as requested by the Board of Education and the Administration shall be furnished

      by the individual during the leave period.
      F. Upon return from sabbatical leave, a principal shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level

      which would have been achieved had the principal remained actively employed in the system

      during the period of absence.
      G. The Association agrees to the recommended changes in sabbatical leave as proposed by the

      district Sabbatical Leave Committee upon approval of those changes by the Board of Education.



      A. Requests for leaves of absence without pay may be granted at the discretion of the Board of

      Education upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools.
      B. All benefits to which a principal was entitled at the time the leave commenced, including unused

      accumulated sick leave, shall be restored upon return, and the principal shall be assigned within

      the scope of the principal's certification as determined by the State Board of Examiners.
      C. Military leave without pay shall be granted to any principal who is inducted or enlists in any branch of the armed forces of the United stated for the period of said induction or initial enlistment.
      D. Leave of absence without pay will be granted to any tenured principal for maternity upon written application by the employee to the Superintendent at least sixty (60) days prior to the date the leave is to commence. Such leave will terminate either at midyear or end of school year for principals. Benefits for the period from July 1 to the commencement of school to be reimbursed to the board, at discretion of the board, should employee not return as announced. The board may require a statement from the employee’s physician regarding the employee’s physical condition. The maximum of any maternity leave will be two (2) years. Employees on leave shall notify the board of intent to return by September 1 for mid-year returns and March 1st for end of year returns.
      E. Any tenured employee adopting an infant child may be granted an unpaid leave of absence of up to a period of two (2) years. Such leave shall commence upon receiving the defacto custody of said infant, or earlier if necessary to fulfill requirements for adoption.
      F. Upon returning from leave granted to Article VIII section C, principals shall be considered as if actively employed by the Board during the leave and shall receive the salary at the level that would have been achieved if the employee had not been absent, and shall receive credit towards longevity. Principals shall not receive increment credit for time spent on leave granted pursuant to section D and E of this ARTICLE.



      A. 1. The Board of Education agrees for the duration of this agreement it will provide individual and

      full family health-care insurance coverage for all employees in the defined unit working 20

      hours per week or more. Effective October 1, 2005, the Traditional Plan will be replaced with the PPO plan. The in-network co pay on the PPO will be $10. The out-of network deductible will be $200 per individual and $400 per family. The out-of-pocket coinsurance maximum will be $400 per individual and $800 per family. This is excluding the deductible.

      A.2. New employees hired on or after February 1, 2000, shall receive medical benefits including

        family coverage in the managed health care program at no premium cost to the employee for the

        first five (5) years of employment. During the first five (5) years of employment the employee

        may elect to be enrolled in the PPO medical insurance plan program contract by paying the

        difference in premium cost between the managed health care plan and the PPO plan.

        Beginning in the sixth (6th) year of employment the employee may elect to enroll in the

        PPO plan paid for by the Board. Effective October 1, 2005, the prescription drug benefit included in the managed care plan will have the following co pays: $5 Generic/$10 Brand Name; 2x mail order.

      B. The Board agrees to provide a family dental plan for all employees in the bargaining unit.

      Carrier will be determined by the Board. Benefits shall be substantially comparable to those

      detailed in the contract for group #7279 through the Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey. Effective October 1, 2005 orthodontic coverage will be added for dependent children under the age of 19. It will be reimbursed at 50% up to a lifetime maximum of $1500 per child.

      C. The Board shall provide for continuance of health-care insurance after retirement on the terms

      detailed in the master policies and contracts agreed upon by the Board and the Principals'

      Association. The retiree shall be responsible for all premium costs involved.

      D. The Board shall give written notification at the time of hiring to all employees new to the district

      that the responsibility for insurance coverage during the interim period rests with the employee.

      E. Health care coverage shall remain substantially equal to or better than the current coverage.

      F. Waiving of Medical Insurance

        1. Employees who elect to waive their medical insurance benefits outlined in Article XTV.A. shall be

        compensated each year two thousand ($2000) dollars for family coverage, one thousand seven

        hundred fifty ($1750) dollars for husband/wife coverage, and one thousand two hundred fifty

        ($1250) dollars for parent/child coverage. Prior to making such an election, employees must

        provide evidence that they and their families, where appropriate, are covered by a medical

        insurance policy other than the policy provided by the Board of Education. The Board shall

        provide a guarantee that the employees may re-enroll in the health plan if they lose their

        alterative health insurance. The Board shall file the proper petition to comply with applicable

        tax regulations. In the event there is a tax penalty, for the Board's failure to comply, the Board

        will assume financial responsibility and this provision shall become void.


        ARTICLE X


      A. Principals are eligible for reimbursement of 100% of the cost of accredited graduate courses

      based on the New Jersey State College tuition rates upon successful completion of courses

      related to their assignments. No more than six (6) credits per semester will be reimbursed when

      school is open and eighteen (18) credits is the maximum which may be reimbursed in one school


        In order to receive the reimbursement, a principal must be in the employ of the Board at the time

        of payment of the reimbursement.

        ARTICLE XI
      A. The salaries for all principals covered by this agreement are set forth in the attached salary
      guides. These have been established for the period July 1, 2005-June 30, 2008.

      B. Individual salaries are set forth in a confidential memorandum and are made part of this

      C. 1. In the event that a principal is promoted to a higher classification during the term of this agreement, compensation for the higher classification shall be negotiated between the Board

      and the Association and the principal. Upon either party's request, a representative of the

      Association may be present. In no event will a change in classification result in a reduction in


        2. External candidates initial salary shall be negotiated solely between the candidate and the
      D. Principals shall be entitled to a one-time longevity stipend of $3,750. This stipend shall be added to their base salary at the beginning of their 15th year of total service in the district. The base salary, plus one-time longevity stipend, will continue in succeeding years, subject to any further negotiated adjustments. Total service shall include all job descriptions including teacher, supervisor, etc., and shall be calculated from the principal's initial date of hire in the district in any job description.

      E. The Board agrees to provide for a maximum of five (5) voluntary deductions from salary for tax sheltered annuity programs (403b or 457), plus the Somerset County Teachers’ Federal Credit Union. Among the choices of tax sheltered annuity programs shall be those programs offered by the Vanguard and Fidelity Investment Companies.



      A No principal shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or have his/her
        increment withheld without just cause. Any such action, asserted by the Board, or any
        agent or representative thereof, shall not be made public until formal action is taken by
        the Board and shall be subject to the grievance procedure herein set forth.

      B. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any principal such rights as

      he/she may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable laws and regulations of the

      State of New Jersey.

      C. Any contract executed between the Board of Education and an individual principal shall be

      subject to and consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If the aforesaid

      contract contains any language inconsistent with this Agreement, this Agreement during its

      duration shall be controlling.

      D. Principals who are required by job assignments to use their private cars on school business are

      entitled to reimbursement at the mileage rate established by the Board of Education and for the

      cost of tolls and parking.

      E. Upon approval of the Superintendent, membership in one state and one national association shall be

      provided through budgeted funds for all members of the unit.

      F. The provisions of the Agreement shall be applied equally to all employees without

        discrimination as to handicap, age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin or
        political affiliation. Both the Board and the Association shall bear responsibility for complying
        with this provision of the Agreement.

      G. 1. Principals shall be permitted to attend conventions annually according to Board Rule 4051.1-R.

        2. In the event that more than the allowable number of eligible principals apply, the

        Superintendent shall make the final determination.

      H. Each principal shall undergo a physical examination once every two years and the medical report

      shall be filed with the Board of Education, if the physical is performed by the Board Physician,

      the Board of Education shall pay the full cost. If the physical is performed by an individual's personal physician, reimbursement of up to $100.00 will be made by the Board of Education upon submission of the medical report and the receipted bill. Principals over the age of 50 are eligible for an annual physical exam.
      I. The Board of Education agrees to allow Flexible Spending Accounts (Section 125 Plan) Optional, tax-free accounts, funded via payroll deductions, which may be established for:
      a. Medical expenses ($2,000/year maximum)
      b. Dependent Care ($5,000/year maximum)


      A. This Agreement shall be effective July 1,2005 through June 30, 2008.
      B. This Agreement constitutes a Board policy for the terms of said Agreement, and the Board shall carry out the commitments contained herein and give them full force and effect as Board policy.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed by the '

      proper officers and their seals to be affixed hereto the day and year first written above.

      By:_________________________________ By:_______________________________
      President, Negotiations Co-Chairperson President

      By:_________________________________ By:_______________________________
      Vice-President Vice President

      By:_________________________________ By:_______________________________
      Negotiations Co-Chairperson Board Secretary

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