Contract Between
Mantua Tp B/E-Gloucester
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Mantua Tp EA
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07/01/2006 thru 06/30/2009


CategorySchool District
UnitOther, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
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PREFACE




This agreement made this 3rd day of January 2007, between the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MANTUA, in the County of Gloucester, party of the first part, hereinafter called the BOARD OF EDUCATION, and the MANTUA TOWNSHIP EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, party of the second part, hereinafter called the ASSOCIATION.



WITNESSETH THAT:



The parties hereto for the purpose of promoting relationships which are conducive to the maintenance of a sound school system, each for the benefit of the other, their mutual benefit and each in consideration of the execution of this AGREEMENT by the other, do covenant and agree with each other as follows:
ARTICLE I
RECOGNITION

1.1 The BOARD OF EDUCATION hereby recognizes the ASSOCIATION as the exclusive and sole representative for the collective negotiations concerning the terms and conditions of employment of certified personnel under contract or on authorized leave of absence. These positions shall be defined as the following: certified teacher, nurse, social worker, learning disabilities teacher/consultant, and psychologist regardless of source of funding.

1.2 Unless indicated, the term TEACHERS when used in this AGREEMENT shall refer to all professional employees represented by the ASSOCIATION in the negotiated unit as defined above.
ARTICLE II
NEGOTIATION PROCEDURE

2.1 The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor agreement in accordance with existing State laws in a good effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning the terms and conditions of employment of teachers covered by this Agreement. Proposals of the ASSOCIATION are to be submitted to the Superintendent in accordance with the timelines as outlined in PERC rules and regulations. Before September 30th of the year immediately preceding the expiration year of the current contract, the Business Administrator/Board Secretary will meet with the appropriate MTEA representative to establish the dates in which proposals will be exchanged and meetings will be scheduled. Any Agreements negotiated shall apply to all Association members covered by this agreement, be reduced to writing, be signed by the BOARD OF EDUCATION and the ASSOCIATION and adopted by the parties. It is further agreed that this Agreement may not be modified in whole or in part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties and attached hereto.

2.2 During negotiations, the BOARD OF EDUCATION and the ASSOCIATION or their designated representatives shall present relevant data, exchange points of view and make written proposals and counter proposals.

2.3 Upon agreement by the parties in negotiations, these parties shall make recommendations for agreement to their respective constituents for consideration or ratification. Neither party in negotiations shall control the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party.

2.4 The provisions of this Agreement shall constitute the entire understanding between the parties; and no changes, revisions, alterations, or amendments shall be effected during the term of this Agreement.

2.5 The BOARD OF EDUCATION will provide the ASSOCIATION with its proposal for negotiations at the first scheduled meeting for negotiations. By September 30th of the new negotiating year, the BOARD OF EDUCATION will provide the ASSOCIATION with a scattergram to be used for determining the base salary amount.
ARTICLE III
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

3.1 Preamble
The BOARD OF EDUCATION and the ASSOCIATION endeavor to promote relationships that are conducive to building a sound school system. In line with this attitude, they believe that all professional employees are entitled to have their grievances investigated and resolved through established channels. Satisfactory settlement of grievances contributes to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the professional employee, to the advantage of the students and the school system.

It is essential that definite procedures be established and followed for the presentation and solution of grievances. The Superintendent of Schools shall develop these procedures by:

A. Making provision for the employees to direct communication with the person responsible for the alleged grievance.

B. Assuring that the channels of communication are open without fear of reprisal.

C. Providing for the use of representation by the employee in the procedure.

3.2 Definition
A. A grievance is an appeal of the interpretation, application, or violation of policies, agreements and administrative decisions affecting a teacher or group of teachers as it concerns terms and conditions of employment.

B. Any grievance based on administrative decision or Board policy and affecting terms and conditions of employment shall be appealable no further than the BOARD OF EDUCATION. Only a grievance based on the language of this contract as it affects terms and conditions of employment shall be appealable to arbitration.

3.3 Procedure
A. All grievances are to be filed at the lowest appropriate level. For the purpose of this Agreement, the lowest appropriate level shall be the level at which the grievance was created or the level that has the authority to resolve the grievance. If Level Two is deemed to be the lowest appropriate level, a photocopy of the grievance shall be given to the building principal, if the grievance is filed on the behalf of a single grievant, or to all district administrators, if the grievance is filed on behalf of the teachers.
B. LEVEL ONE: Should Level One be deemed to be the lowest appropriate level, the formal grievance shall be submitted to the building principal. The building principal shall render a decision and return the grievance to the Association Chairperson for the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee, with a courtesy photocopy to the Association President and the Superintendent within ten (10) calendar days, excluding school holidays, of receipt of the grievance.

C. LEVEL TWO: Should Level Two be deemed to be the lowest appropriate level, the formal grievance shall be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools; or, if the grievance has passed through Level One and has not been resolved to the grievant’s satisfaction, it shall be presented to the Superintendent within ten (10) calendar days, excluding school holidays, of being returned to the ASSOCIATION. In either case, the Superintendent shall render his decision and return the grievance to the Association Chairperson of the Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee, with a courtesy photocopy to the Association President within ten (10) calendar days, excluding school holidays.

D. LEVEL THREE: If the aggrieved is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s decision, the aggrieved and his representative may file through the Superintendent’s Office, within ten (10) school days after receiving the Superintendent’s decision, an appeal, in writing to the BOARD OF EDUCATION. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to notify the BOARD OF EDUCATION of the receipt of such a written appeal. The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall meet with the parties of interest within twenty five (25) calendar days of receiving the written appeal at a mutually acceptable time and place in Executive Session, in order to hear the merits of the case. The aggrieved party has the right to the merits of the case. The aggrieved party has the right to counsel, representation, and witnesses on their behalf. The decision made by the BOARD OF EDUCATION shall be communicated to the respective parties in writing within forty (40) calendar days of the hearing.

The grievant must notify the BOARD OF EDUCATION within twenty (20) calendar days, excluding school holidays, of receiving the BOARD OF EDUCATION’S decision of its intention to appeal said decision to arbitration. If the grievant does not do so within twenty (20) calendar days, excluding school holidays, the grievance is considered automatically resolved based on the decision rendered by the BOARD OF EDUCATION.


E. If a resolution of the grievance is not achieved at the BOARD OF EDUCATION level, an arbitrator may be selected by mutual agreement or from the American Arbitrators Association or from a list supplied by the New Jersey Public Employees Relations Commission. The cost of such an arbitrator shall be shared by both parties. The decision handed down by such arbitrator shall be binding on both parties.

It shall be the duty of the Superintendent of Schools and the ASSOCIATION to maintain a complete file of written grievances. Such file shall not become a part of the aggrieved’s personnel file.
ARTICLE IV
TEACHER RIGHTS

4.1 Pursuant to existing laws, the BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees that teachers shall have the right to organize and support the ASSOCIATION and its designated affiliates. The BOARD OF EDUCATION further agrees that it shall not deprive or coerce any teacher in the enjoyment of any rights confirmed by the existing laws of the State of New Jersey and the BOARD OF EDUCATION also agrees that it shall not discriminate against any teacher because of membership in the ASSOCIATION. No teacher shall be disciplined, reprimanded, or reduced in rank or compensation without just cause.

4.2 Whenever a teacher is required to appear before the BOARD OF EDUCATION or agent thereof concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that teacher in his office, position, employment or salary, or any increments pertaining thereto, then s/he shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview and shall be entitled to have a representative of the ASSOCIATION present to advise him/her and represent him/her during such meeting or interview.

4.3 The BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees that no teacher shall be prevented from wearing pins or other identification of membership in the ASSOCIATION or its affiliates.

4.4 No teacher is to be disciplined or reprimanded in front of students, parents, or staff members.

4.5 When a parent complaint is filed, the teacher has the right to address concerns according to Board policy and administrative procedures.
ARTICLE V
ASSOCIATION RIGHTS

5.1 The ASSOCIATION shall have the right to use the interschool mail facilities, E-mail, and school mailboxes with the prior knowledge of the building principal of the dissemination of appropriate material.
ARTICLE VI
TEACHER WORK YEAR

6.1 The BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees to establish a school calendar of 186 days. This number shall be inclusive of days when students are required to be in attendance, orientation days for returning teachers, in-service days, one day of attendance at the NJEA Convention or the appropriate school and, further, shall include half-day sessions for students the first two (2) days and last two (2) days of school. On Monday following the Convention, all staff shall sign in for either Thursday or Friday, indicating attendance at either the Convention or school.
      The Board of Education reserves the right to establish the work year calendar for all students and staff. Each year the Board of Education in preparing this calendar will review the plans for staff development in conjunction with the professional development committee and if not all six of the teacher in-service days are needed, will consider scheduling one of these days on the day after the last day for students. This paragraph will expire at the term of the contract. (Side bar agreement which will expire at the end of this contract).

One half of the first in-service day for a new school year shall be utilized for the purpose of room preparation.

Members of the Child Study Team will work five (5) days in addition to those listed above and will be compensated at a rate equal to their per diem rate of pay. The scheduling of these days will be mutually agreed upon between the staff member and the Supervisor of Child Study Team.

6.2 Those teachers who are directed by their supervisor or appropriate school administrator to report for assigned duties prior to the start of the school calendar shall be compensated at their regular hourly and/or per diem rate of pay.

Teachers who are responsible for preparing their classrooms for orientation programs will be permitted to be released for one of the half-day teacher in-service sessions prior to the start of the school year.

6.3 All newly employed teachers must report to scheduled orientation sessions before the start of the regular school calendar. One day is required without additional compensation and a second day, if needed, would be compensated at the current hourly rate for curriculum development, as set forth in Article XIII.
ARTICLE VII
TEACHING HOURS

7.1 Preamble
As professionals, teachers are expected to devote to their assignments the time necessary to meet their responsibilities. They shall log in and log out, but are not required to designate hours and minutes.

7.2 Arrival and Departure Time
A. The arrival and departure times for all classroom teachers shall be designated in Subsection B. However, their total in-school work day shall consist of not more than seven (7) hours and fifteen (15) minutes, which shall include a duty-free lunch period as set forth under Section 4 of this Article.

B. No teacher shall be required to report for duty earlier than thirty (30) minutes before the opening of the pupils’ school day.
      C. Days before holidays which exceed one (1) day (Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break) shall be early dismissal days. Teachers may leave fifteen (15) minutes after the close of the pupil’s day. An early dismissal day shall be the minimum number of hours required by the State to constitute a full day. Teachers may leave after the close of the pupils’ day providing that their students are safely out of their classroom. This sentence will expire at the term of this contract. (Side bar agreement which will expire at the end of this contract).

D. On Fridays or days when teachers return in the evening for school functions, teachers may leave fifteen (15) minutes after the close of the pupils’ day.
          For the duration of this contract, in lieu of the above, teachers may leave on Fridays or days when teachers return in the evening for school functions after the close of the pupils’ day providing that their students are safely out of their classroom. This sentence will expire at the term of this contract. (Side bar agreement which will expire at the end of this contract).

7.3 Daily Hours
A. The daily teaching hours in the elementary schools shall not exceed five (5) hours, forty-five (45) minutes of pupil contact.

B. Section 7.3-A does in no way impinge upon or prohibit an individual from volunteering or accepting any other activities connected with or concerning pupil contact within the school system which exceeds the daily teaching hours.
C. The BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees to provide all teachers with a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) minutes of release time during a normal work week, unless an emergency related to the shortage of instructional personnel or a situation which would adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of students should occur which requires the presence of the teacher scheduled for release time. It shall be the building principal’s responsibility to make such a determination. A normal workweek is defined as any week consisting of five (5) full session days in addition to a guaranteed lunch period.
      D. Release time will be provided for IEP development for special education staff. Special education teachers who have more than ten (10) students will be permitted to request up to one day of release time for the purpose of completing student IEP requirements. The Supervisor of Special Education will review these requests and will work with the school principals to arrange the agreed upon release time. The last two sentences will expire at the term of this contract. (Side bar agreement which will expire at the end of this contract).

7.4 Lunch Periods
A. Teachers who teach more than four and three quarter (4) hours per school day shall have a duty-free lunch period of at least thirty (30) minutes.

B. Teachers may leave the building during their scheduled duty-free lunch period without requesting permission, but must notify the building principal’s office upon leaving and returning.

C. Teachers who are assigned to more than one building per day shall be granted a 30 minute period of time between teaching assignments for the purpose of travel and classroom preparations. This time is in addition to a duty-free lunch period.

7.5. Other Duties
A. All reasonable efforts will be made by the administration and the BOARD OF EDUCATION to relieve teachers of before-school, lunchtime, after-school playground duties and bus loading duties.

B. On half-day sessions, teachers of art, music, physical education and multimedia who travel will continue to do so provided they do not have more than seven (7) class assignments on the affected days. On these half-days, classes will meet for twenty-five (25) minute sessions with sufficient travel time included in the schedule. Should any of these specialists have more than seven (7) assignments on half-days, they will alternate schools.

C. All teachers will be required to attend two (2) faculty meetings per month after school until 4:00 p.m. All teachers shall attend up to nine (9) meetings per year after school which shall be extended to 4:15 p.m. One additional meeting per month, which may be extended until 4:15 p.m., at the discretion of the administration.

Five (5) school days notice shall be provided for any meeting expected to extend beyond 3:30 p.m. In the case of regularly scheduled building faculty meetings, notice setting meeting dates may be published once at the start of the school year. Advance notification of 48 hours minimum for rescheduling of the meeting shall be provided. Attendance at rescheduled meetings may be excused with approval of supervisor.

D. A teacher shall be reimbursed for required supervision of students approved by Board action beyond the school day. The rate shall be $33. per hour for the duration of the contract. Reimbursement for extra time will be made in 15 minute increments.

E. Teachers shall attend the one (1) annual Back-to-School Night at the appropriate building. Required attendance at additional Back-to-School Nights, shall be paid at the rate set forth in Article VII-D above.

F. Staff members may be required to make one professional presentation to the Board per year without pay. Any subsequent presentation during the same school year will be paid at the rate of $33. per hour for the duration of the contract.

G. The BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees to pay $25. per hour for required room changes necessitating such work outside of regular contractual day and/or calendar year as outlined for sixteen (16) hours if the move is between buildings or eight (8) hours if within the same building. There must be a prior request made to the appropriate administrator and approval given before such work commences.

H. The Board of Education agrees to pay $20.00 per hour to teachers who attend evening meetings of the District Advisory Committee and/or School-Based Planning Teams.

7.6 Field Trips
All teachers who supervise approved field trips that extend beyond the regular contractual school day shall be compensated at the rate of $33. per hour for the duration of the contract.
Teachers who supervise approved overnight field trips shall be compensated $129. for the first year, $133. for the second year, and $137. for the third year of the contract. Nurses will be compensated at a rate equal to their per diem rate of pay.

Mentoring
      The BOARD OF EDUCATION and the MTEA hereby agree to the payment schedule below for teachers who serve as mentors to first year teachers.
      Mentor teachers shall be paid at the rate set forth in Article XIII, 13.3, for fifteen (15) hours of service to the beginning provisional teacher.
      For the beginning provisional teacher being mentored, a payroll deduction will be established equal to the amount needed to reimburse the mentor, with an additional $150.00 being deducted to cover the cost of related expenses (release time, training, workshops and related supplies). If payment is received from the state to cover the partial or total cost of the mentor, and/or related expenses, this amount will be reimbursed to the beginning provisional teacher. Any monies not used for related expenses will also be returned to the beginning provisional teacher.
ARTICLE VIII
PROTECTION OF TEACHERS

8.1 Teachers shall not be required to work under unsafe or hazardous conditions or to perform tasks that endanger their health, safety, or well-being.

8.2 A teacher may, within the scope of his/her employment, use and apply such amount of force as is reasonable and necessary; to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to others; to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person or with the control of the pupil; for the purpose of self defense; and for the protection of others.

8.3 Whenever any action is brought against a teacher before the BOARD OF EDUCATION or before the Commissioner of Education of the State of New Jersey which may affect his/her employment or salary status, the BOARD OF EDUCATION shall reimburse him/her for the cost of his/her defense if the action is dismissed or results in a final decision in favor of the teacher.

8.4 Pursuant to the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, whenever any civil action has been or shall be brought against any person holding any office, position or employment under the jurisdiction of any Board of Education, including any student teacher, for any act or omission arising out of and in the course of the performance of the duties of such office, position, employment or student teaching, the BOARD OF EDUCATION shall defray all costs of defending such action, including reasonable counsel fees and expenses, together with costs of appeal, if any, and shall save harmless and protect such persons from any financial loss resulting therefrom; and said BOARD OF EDUCATION may arrange for and maintain appropriate insurance to cover all damages, losses and expenses.

8.5 Pursuant to the Statutes of the State of New Jersey, should any criminal action be instituted against any teacher for any such act or omission and should such proceeding be dismissed or result in a final disposition favorable to such person, the BOARD OF EDUCATION shall reimburse him/her for the cost of defending such proceeding, including reasonable counsel fees and expenses of the original hearing or trial and all appeals.

8.6 Teachers shall immediately report cases of assault suffered by them in connection with their employment to their principal or immediate supervisor.

Teachers shall immediately report to their immediate supervisor cases of assault upon pupils.

Such notification shall be immediately forwarded to the Superintendent by the building principal or immediate supervisor who shall comply with any reasonable request from the teacher for any information in the possession of the Superintendent relating to the incident or the persons involved and shall act in appropriate ways as liaison between the teacher, the police and the courts.
ARTICLE IX
LEAVES OF ABSENCE

9.1 Types of Leaves
For the purpose of this Article, the following types of leaves shall be recognized:
Sick Leave Compassionate Leave
Personal Leave Involuntary Leave
Maternity Leave Professional Leave
Sabbatical Leave

9.2 Sick Leave
A. All teachers employed shall be entitled to eleven (11) sick leave days, with pay, each school year as of the first official day of said school year, whether or not they report for duty on that day. Unused sick leave shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit. Sick leave shall be defined by New Jersey Statutes with the following permissive change:

All teachers who are absent from their duties for three (3) or more consecutive teaching days will be required to submit to the Secretary of the BOARD OF EDUCATION a certificate from a physician stating the reason of such absence.

Convalescence must be a continuity of the illness.
          Catastrophic leave will be available in accordance with the provisions of 18A:30-6 when sick leave is exhausted and shall be administered on an individual basis, i.e., 1/200th of annual salary minus the cost of the substitute. The Board of Education reserves the right to determine if catastrophic leave will be granted and if so, the length of time to be approved.

B. The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall reimburse retiring teachers for unused sick leave at the rate of $45. per day up to a maximum $5,400. (120 days) for the duration of the contract. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the retiring teacher must possess a minimum of fifty (50) days accumulated sick leave at the end of the academic year in which the retirement is executed. Notice of said retirement must be given by December 1st in order to receive payment in the following year.

Any teacher employed after July 1, 1988 must attain ten (10) consecutive years of service in the District in order to be eligible for any retirement reimbursement.

Should the employee die before retirement, after having given formal retirement notification, the accrued entitlement will be paid to the beneficiary or to the employee’s estate, as appropriate.

C. Whenever a teacher is absent due to illness, injury, or other disability requiring an extended period of absence and an anticipated date for returning to work cannot be estimated, the individual must notify the Superintendent thirty (30) days in advance of the anticipated date of return or as soon as it has been projected by the attending physician. Once this has been established, the teacher must then notify the Superintendent five (5) work days in advance of the actual return date to confirm the return.

In such cases, reassignment will be subject to available positions in the area of certification, based upon the Superintendent’s recommendation. Should an appropriate position not be available, the returning teacher shall serve as a substitute until the Superintendent can make an appropriate recommendation.

9.3 Compassionate Leave
      Leaves of absence shall be granted by the Superintendent, with pay, to an individual for a death in the immediate family. The number of days per year shall not be defined, but the maximum number of days per any one crisis shall not exceed five (5).

The immediate family shall be considered as: father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, spouse, child, brother, sister, grandchild, stepparent, and stepchild.

A leave of three (3) days shall be granted with the same stipulations as above in the event of a death of a mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandparent-in-law or any other person with assumed comparable roles.

One (1) day leave shall be granted with the same stipulations as above in the event of a death of any other relative or any other person domiciled in the teacher’s household. There shall be no deduction of pay or sick leave.

9.4 Personal Leave
A. A teacher shall receive a maximum of four (4) personal leave days with pay. No more than six (6) teachers in the entire district shall be eligible for personal leave on any given day. Requests shall be honored on a “first come, first served” basis.

All requests for personal day leave must be made in writing on prescribed forms, submitted forty-eight (48) hours in advance, and be processed by both the building principal and Superintendent. In the event that an emergency prevents such advance notification time, the proper forms must be completed retroactively.

B. For those staff members who have sufficient unused personal days remaining at the end of each school year, all remaining unused personal days shall be converted to accumulated sick leave annually.

C. Personal leave which is taken on a day before or a day after a holiday or scheduled extended school recess will be counted as two (2) personal days.

D. Requests for personal day leave will be limited to three (3) consecutive days.

9.5 Involuntary Leave
Involuntary leave may be requested only after other appropriate accumulated leave has been exhausted. All requests for involuntary leave must be in writing on prescribed forms, submitted seventy-two (72) hours in advance to the building principal and be approved by the Superintendent. Involuntary leave shall be limited to use for a court subpoena or family/household emergency.

Any involuntary leave expected to be longer than five (5) days must be approved by the BOARD OF EDUCATION. No compensation shall be granted for leaves in excess of five (5) days. In such cases, the leave shall be without pay in all instances.

9.6 Maternity Leave
A. The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall grant maternity leave in accordance with Board policy and the laws of the State of New Jersey.

B. Upon return, the teacher will be placed on the same step and guide in effect when her leave commences and with all benefits previously accrued. If the teacher served five (5) full months prior to executing her leave option, she will be placed on the next higher step upon returning at the start of or during the following school year.

C. The BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees to provide six (6) months of child rearing leave without pay for adoption of an infant. All rights and privileges granted in 9.6-A & 9.6-B shall also apply to child-rearing leave. In addition, both male and female employees shall be eligible. In the event that both parents are employed by the MANTUA TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION, only one (1) parent shall be eligible for child-rearing leave.

D. The Board of Education agrees to provide one (1) day of paternity leave.

9.7 Professional Leave
A. For the purpose of instructional and program improvement the BOARD OF EDUCATION shall provide each teacher with two (2) professional days annually. Such days must be requested in writing on prescribed forms, submitted five (5) days in advance and be approved by both the building principal and Superintendent.

B. The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall reimburse teachers for the cost of attending a total of two (2) professional workshops, seminars or other similarly approved functions, up to a maximum of $250. This shall apply to a non-graduate course at an approved institution when included in the individual’s Professional Improvement Plan (PIP). One professional day may be used for this purpose. Teachers will be entitled to the full amount listed above. How these monies are utilized will be at the teacher’s discretion.

9.8 Sabbatical Leave
A. Purpose
A sabbatical leave shall be granted to a teacher by the BOARD OF EDUCATION for study, including study in another area of specialization, for travel, or for other reasons of value to the school system.

B. Conditions
Sabbatical leave shall be granted, subject to the following conditions:
(1) If there are sufficient qualified applicants, sabbatical may be granted to a maximum of two (2) teachers in any academic year.
(2) Requests for sabbatical leave must be received by the Superintendent in writing in such form as may be mutually agreed on by the ASSOCIATION and the Superintendent no later than January 1 and action must be taken on all such requests no later than April 1 of the school year preceding the academic year for which the sabbatical leave is requested.
(3) The teacher in order to qualify for sabbatical leave must have completed at least seven (7) full school years of service in the Mantua Township School District.
(4) The teacher on sabbatical leave shall be paid fifty percent (50%) of his/her contract salary for the year in which the sabbatical is requested.
(5) Upon return from the sabbatical leave, the teacher shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level which s/he would have achieved had s/he remained actively employed in the system during the period of his/her absence. A recipient of a sabbatical shall agree to return to his/her duties within the school district for a period of not less than two (2) years. Should a sabbatical recipient fail to return to the service of the Mantua Township Schools for a period of two (2) years immediately following the sabbatical, the recipient shall repay the BOARD OF EDUCATION the full amount received while on sabbatical leave of absence.
(6) A sabbatical leave shall be granted for no more or no less than one (1) academic year. All sabbatical leaves shall be effective from the opening day of school and last until the closing day of school during the same academic year.
(7) A sabbatical leave shall be granted to a teacher not more than once during his/her entire employment in Mantua Township Schools.
(8) A teacher on sabbatical leave shall be entitled to any and all fringe benefits which are extended to all teachers and for which the recipient is eligible, at personal expense.
ARTICLE X
REIMBURSEMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL COURSES

10.1 Preamble
Recognizing the desire and responsibility of the professional staff to increase professional skills, acquire greater knowledge, and achieve professional advancement through formal education, the BOARD OF EDUCATION and the ASSOCIATION agree to the following Article.

10.2 Tuition Costs
The Mantua Township BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees to pay tuition costs for professional personnel in accordance with the provisions outlined below:

A. Eligibility
All professional employees who hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college will be eligible.
      1. Reimbursement
          The BOARD OF EDUCATION will establish a pool of money for the purpose of reimbursing staff members for approved graduate course work. This amount will be $35,000. for the first year of the contract, $36,000. for the second year of the contract and $37,000. for the third year of the contract. These amounts will be distributed as follows:
            50% for courses which end between July 1st and December 31st

            50% for courses which end between January 1st and June 30th (any monies left from the above amount will be added to this amount).

          Eligibility for these allotments will be based on matriculation in a graduate program or approved professional certification that is directly related to the employee’s responsibilities as per their job description. Those individuals who qualify will be reimbursed 100% of the costs for tuition, matriculation and registration (additional expenses for books, parking fees, late fees, etc. must be assumed by the individual) as long as the total requests do not exceed the available pool as stated above. In the event that the requests do exceed the available pool, matriculated individuals will be reimbursed on an equal basis. An “equal basis” is hereby defined as each staff member getting 100% of the cost of each credit until the funds are depleted. In the event that the amount being requested exceeds the available pool of monies, the following procedure will be used to determine the amount to be distributed to each staff member:
          1. The total number of credits being requested for reimbursement will be divided into the available pool.
          1. This per credit amount will then be multipled by the credits being requested by each individual teacher to determine how much the staff member will receive.
          Staff members who are not matriculated will be eligible for reimbursement if money is available after matriculated individuals have been reimbursed. These funds will be distributed on an equal basis as outlined above.
          All staff wishing to be eligible for reimbursement must have coursework included in their Professional Improvement Plan for the current year.

The maximum amount to be reimbursed to the employee shall not exceed the cost of nine (9) graduate credits based on the cost of credits for New Jersey state colleges for the academic year in which the approved course work was taken. The maximum amount eligible for reimbursement will be approved by the Board annually at its July meeting. Should this amount be increased during the school year, the BOARD OF EDUCATION will adjust its reimbursement amount accordingly.

10.3 Procedure
      Course approval requests for courses which conclude between July 1 and December 31 must be submitted to the Superintendent through the building principal no later than June 1 of the year the course is being taken. Within thirty (30) days of the above date the Superintendent will return the course approval request indicating whether the course has been approved and the amount available for reimbursement.

Course approval requests for courses which conclude between January 1 and June 30 must be submitted to the Superintendent through the building principal no later than December 1 of the year the course is being taken. Within thirty (30) days of the above date the Superintendent will return the course approval request indicating whether the course has been approved and the amount available for reimbursement.

All courses must be approved by the Superintendent in order to be reimbursed. The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall reimburse only those courses that are related to the instructional process at the elementary level. These courses shall include, but not be limited to, the fields of guidance and supervision.

B. Upon completion of the Request for Course Reimbursement form, proof of payment and a transcript or grade card shall be submitted to the Superintendent as evidence of successful completion of the course(s). Reimbursement shall be made only to applicants who present evidence (course mark as shown on official transcripts) of having received a grade of “B” or better.

C. The reimbursement periods shall take place thirty (30) days after the BOARD OF EDUCATION received notification of successful completion.
ARTICLE XI
INSURANCE PROTECTION

11.1 Health Care Insurance
The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall pay the full premium cost of Aetna US Healthcare Patriot V or Patriot X (or a plan of equal or greater benefits) for each teacher and eligible dependents.

Those individuals who are entering their third consecutive year of employment in the district as a permanent teaching staff member will receive dependent coverage at Board of Education expense.

Co-pays for services will be changed as follows:
      Patriot X Out of network deductible from $100/$200 to $300/$600

      Out of network coinsurance limit from $400/$1,200 to $2,000/$4,000

      Out of network coverage from 100% to 80%

Any teacher eligible for Health Care Insurance shall be offered the following in lieu of coverage payment:

Family $2,500.
Husband/Wife $2,250.
Parent/Child $2,000.
Single $1,750.
          Payment will be made in two installments, December and June.

          In the event of documented loss of coverage, the teacher will have the opportunity to re-enroll in the Health Insurance Plan and they will receive a prorated share of the above payment.

          New employees hired during a plan year who elect to waive medical coverage will receive compensation on a prorated basis beginning with the date of eligibility for health coverage.

11.2 Group Income Protection Plan
The Board of Education agrees to provide each eligible teacher a contribution towards accident/sickness disability coverage through the Prudential Insurance Company of America equal to one of the following two plans:
      Plan #4568 Accident/Sickness (formerly Washington National) with a maximum monthly benefit amount of $510.00. This plan is only available to those staff members who are enrolled in this plan as of July 1, 2006.

      Pru-Protect 14-day elimination period with a maximum monthly benefit amount of $1,000.00.
      This contribution can be used towards the cost of any accident/sickness plan through Prudential selected by the teacher with the teacher paying any cost over the board contribution amount.

11.3 Prescription Drug Insurance
The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall pay the full premium cost for prescription drug insurance coverage for each teacher and eligible dependents, based on the following co-pays:
$10. Generic Preferred
$15. Brand Preferred
$25. Non-Preferred

11.4 Dental Insurance
The BOARD OF EDUCATION shall pay the full premium cost for dental insurance for the employee only. Family coverage will be available at employee’s expense.
ARTICLE XII
DEDUCTION FROM SALARY

12.1 Deductions: Dues
The BOARD OF EDUCATION agrees to deduct from the salaries of its teachers (at the option of the teacher) dues for the Mantua Township Education Association, the Gloucester County Education Association, and New Jersey Education Association or the National Education Association, or any one or any combination of such associations as said teacher individually and voluntarily authorize the BOARD OF EDUCATION to deduct. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 310 Public Laws of 1967 (NJSA 51:14-15.9e) and under rules established by the State Department of Education.

Said monies, together with records of any corrections, shall be transmitted to the Treasurer of the Mantua Township Education Association by the 10th of each month following the monthly pay period in which deductions were made. The ASSOCIATION’S Treasurer shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association(s). The amount of the check will be based on the September NJEA enrollment figure. Required adjustments will be made on the following month’s check. The final June check will be disbursed only after reconciliation is made for the year.

AGENCY SHOP
    Any employee who is represented by MTEA during the term of this Agreement and who does not become a member of the Association shall be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for the purpose of offsetting the employee’s per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as a majority representative. Representation fees for non-members shall be deducted prospectively only, beginning September 1 of each contract year.

    Unless otherwise specified in this article, the maximum representation fee for non-members, notification of procedures available to non-members for appeal and the establishment of return system, etc. shall comply with 34:13A-5.4, et. seq., in effect at the time of the execution of this contract.

    On or about November 1 of each year the Association will submit to the Board the names of those employees who have not become members of the Association for that year. The Board will deduct the total amount of representation fee in equal installments, as nearly as possible, in each pay period for the remainder of the year.

    On or about the last day of each month beginning in November of each year, the Board will notify the Association of employees newly employed during the month. The Association will notify the Board within thirty (30) days if any newly employed employee does not become a member of the Association.

    Any employee having a representation fee deducted and who terminates employment prior to January 1 of any contract year will have the representation fee deducted for January 1 of that contract year from his/her final pay, provided the employee has filed the appropriate notification with the Association and the Board.
      Any employee having a representation fee deducted and who terminates employment after January 1 of any contract year, will have the total representation fee for that contract year deducted from his/her final pay.

    Procedures for the transmission of representation fees to the Association will, as nearly as possible, be the same as those used to the transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.

    The Association shall indemnify, defend and save harmless the Board of Education against any and all claims, demands, suits or other forms of liability, including liability for reasonable counsel fees and other legal costs and expenses that may rise out of, or by reason of, suits challenging the legality of this provision.

12.2 Elective Monthly Basis
A. Teachers employed on a ten (10) month basis shall be paid in twenty (20) equal semi-monthly installments. Teachers may elect to have salary direct deposited to their account by contacting the Board Office for necessary paperwork. The BOARD OF EDUCATION will provide, at the beginning of each school year, a check distribution guide outlining the actual paydays for the course of the school year.

B. (1) Teachers may individually elect to have any amount of their monthly salary deducted from their pay for deposit in individual accounts with the ABCO Credit Union. The interest accrued will be applied to their individual accounts by the Credit Union. Withdrawal of funds is subject to the rules of the Credit Union.
(2) Teachers must submit written forms, which will be prepared by the Board Office, in order to have payroll deductions made. The amount of deductions authorized by the teachers at the beginning of the school year may not be changed. Deductions will be discontinued only if the Board Office is notified by the 15th of the month prior to the date of discontinuance.

C. When a payday falls on or during a school holiday, vacation, or weekend, teachers shall receive their paychecks on the last previous working day.
ARTICLE XIII
SALARY GUIDE

13.1 Salary Steps

Each teacher shall advance one step on the salary guide each year until the final step is reached.

      2006-07
      Step BA MA MA+15 MA+30 PhD
      1 41,900 43,300 44,000 44,700 45,400
      2 42,200 43,600 44,300 45,000 45,700
      3 42,500 43,900 44,600 45,300 46,000
      4 42,800 44,200 44,900 45,600 46,300
      5 43,300 44,700 45,400 46,100 46,800
      6 43,800 45,200 45,900 46,600 47,300
      7 44,300 45,700 46,400 47,100 47,800
      8 45,300 46,700 47,400 48,100 48,800
      9 46,800 48,200 48,900 49,600 50,300
      10 48,800 50,200 50,900 51,600 52,300
      11 51,800 53,200 53,900 54,600 55,300
      12 55,300 56,700 57,400 58,100 58,800
      13 59,300 60,700 61,400 62,100 62,800
      14 63,416 64,816 65,516 66,216 66,916

      2007-08
      Step BA MA MA+15 MA+30 PhD
      1 43,760 45,160 45,860 46,560 47,260
      2 44,060 45,460 46,160 46,860 47,560
      3 44,360 45,760 46,460 47,160 47,860
      4 44,660 46,060 46,760 47,460 48,160
      5 45,160 46,560 47,260 47,960 48,660
      6 45,660 47,060 47,760 48,460 49,160
      7 46,160 47,560 48,260 48,960 49,660
      8 47,160 48,560 49,260 49,960 50,660
      9 48,660 50,060 50,760 51,460 52,160
      10 50,660 52,060 52,760 53,460 54,160
      11 53,660 55,060 55,760 56,460 57,160
      12 57,160 58,560 59,260 59,960 60,660
      13 61,160 62,560 63,260 63,960 64,660
      14 65,360 66,760 67,460 68,160 68,860





      2008-09
      Step BA MA MA+15 MA+30 PhD
      1 45,560 46,960 47,660 48,360 49,060
      2 45,860 47,260 47,960 48,660 49,360
      3 46,160 47,560 48,260 48,960 49,660
      4 46,460 47,860 48,560 49,260 49,960
      5 46,960 48,360 49,060 49,760 50,460
      6 47,460 48,860 49,560 50,260 50,960
      7 47,960 49,360 50,060 50,760 51,460
      8 48,960 50,360 51,060 51,760 52,460
      9 50,460 51,860 52,560 53,260 53,960
      10 52,460 53,860 54,560 55,260 55,960
      11 55,460 56,860 57,560 58,260 58,960
      12 58,960 60,360 61,060 61,760 62,460
      13 62,960 64,360 65,060 65,760 66,460
      14 67,221 68,621 69,321 70,021 70,721

13.2 Recognitory Levels

A. Teachers who have reached their twentieth (20th) year of service in Mantua Township shall receive for the twentieth (20th) and each continuing year of service in Mantua Township a recognitory increment of $1,175. during the term of the contract.

B. Teachers who have reached their fifteenth (15th) year of service in Mantua Township shall receive for the fifteenth (15th) through the nineteenth (19th) year of service in Mantua Township a recognitory increment of $975. during the term of the contract.
      C. Teachers who have earned and been awarded a Master’s Degree in Education or in an allied field shall receive $1,400. in addition to their rightful places on the Bachelor’s Degree salary guide. In addition, recognition shall be given for a Master’s Degree plus fifteen (15) credits earned, a Master’s Degree plus thirty (30) credits, and for a Doctorate degree at $700. at each level.
          Documentation of said change in degree status must be provided within three (3) months of the completion of course work for the change to be retroactive to the first day of the month following the change in degree status. Documentation received after this time will become effective on the date it is approved by the BOARD OF EDUCATION.



13.3 Special Activities Positions
2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
      5th and 6th Grade Band Director $ 1,182 $ 1,241 $ 1,303
      New Players Band Director $ 644 $ 676 $ 710
      5th and 6th Grade Chorus Director $ 1,182 $ 1,241 $ 1,303
      4th Grade Chorus Director $ 644 $ 676 $ 710
      Drama Coach $ 683 $ 717 $ 752
      Assistant Drama Coach $ 447 $ 469 $ 492
      Talent Show Coordinator–5th and 6th grade (2) $ 420 each $ 441 each $ 463 each
      Safety Patrol Advisor $ 788 $ 827 $ 868
      Student Council Advisor $ 1,050 $ 1,103 $ 1,158
      4th Grade Helping Hands – CC/Sewell (2) $ 762 each $ 800 each $ 840 each
      Art Coordinator (2) $ 840 each $ 882 each $ 926 each
      Physical Education Coordinator $ 788 $ 827 $ 868
      Career Education Coordinator $ 761 $ 799 $ 839
      Curriculum Fair Coordinator (3) $ 525 each $ 551 each $ 579 each
      District Newsletter Coordinator $ 788/newsletter $ 827/newsletter $ 868/newsletter
      Head Teacher (3) $ 840 each $ 882 each $ 926 each
      Summer Library * $ 1,234 $ 1,295 $ 1,360
      Summer Instrumental ** $ 1,234 $ 1,295 $ 1,360
      Summer school instruction and/or curriculum work $33.00/hour
      * Summer Library
A minimum of fifty (50) students must pre-register in order to establish a Summer Library program. If 100 or more students attend the program each week, a bonus of $200. will be added.
      ** Summer Instrumental
A minimum of twenty (20) students must pre-register in order to establish a Summer Instrumental program. If forty (40) or more students pre-register and attend 80% of the lessons, a bonus of $200. will be added.

13.4 Withholding of Employment or Adjustment Increment
Employment or adjustment increment may be withheld in whole or in part for inefficiency or other just cause only in accordance with the following:
At least ninety (90) days prior to transmitting any such recommendation to withhold a teacher’s increment to the BOARD OF EDUCATION, the Superintendent shall give written notice to the teacher against whom the recommendation shall be made, specifying the alleged causes for the recommendation, with such particulars as to furnish the teacher with an opportunity to correct and overcome the same. Within ten (10) days after such a recommendation is forwarded to the BOARD OF EDUCATION, the involved teacher may file a grievance in accordance with Article III, starting at the Board level.

13.5 Mileage Reimbursement
Employees who are required to use their own automobiles in the performance of their duties and responsibilities and employees who are assigned to more than one building per day shall be reimbursed for all such travel at the rate established by the IRS. The rate applicable in September shall remain in effect for the duration of the school year.

13.6 Hourly Salary Adjustment
On early dismissal days when personnel are required to stay beyond the contractual time in order to fulfill State law, their pay shall be prorated, based on their annual salary.
ARTICLE XIV
DURATION

14.1 Term
The term of this Agreement shall be for three (3) years. This Agreement shall commence and be effective on July 1, 2006 and continue in full force and effect to June 30, 2009.

14.2 Witness of Signatures
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the party of the first part has caused these presents to be signed by its President, attested by its Secretary and its corporate seal to be affixed hereto, pursuant to a Resolution of its Board Members, and the party of the second part has caused these presents to be signed by its President, attested by its Secretary and its corporate seal to be affixed hereto, pursuant to a Resolution of its members, the day and year first above written.

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF
MANTUA IN THE COUNTY OF GLOUCESTER


By:


Attest:



THE MANTUA TOWNSHIP EDUCATION ASSOCIATION


By:


Attest:
Table of Contents

PREFACE 1
ARTICLE I – Recognition 2
ARTICLE II - Negotiation Procedure 3
ARTICLE III - Grievance Procedure 4-6
    Preamble 4
    Definition 4
    Procedure 4-6
ARTICLE IV - Teacher Rights 7
ARTICLE V - Association Rights 8
ARTICLE VI - Teacher Work Year 9
ARTICLE VII - Teaching Hours 10-13
    Preamble 10
    Arrival and Departure Time 10
    Daily Hours 10
    Lunch Periods 11
    Other Duties 11
    Field Trips 12-13
    Mentoring 13
ARTICLE VIII - Protection of Teachers 14-15
ARTICLE IX - Leaves of Absence 16-20
    Types of Leaves 16
    Sick Leave 16-17
    Compassionate Leave 17
    Personal Leave 17-18
    Involuntary Leave 18
    Maternity Leave 18-19
    Professional Leave 19
    Sabbatical Leave 19-20
ARTICLE X - Reimbursement for Professional Courses 21-23
    Preamble 21
    Tuition Costs 21-22
    Procedure 22-23
ARTICLE XI - Insurance Protection 24-25
    Health Care Insurance 24
    Group Income Protection Plan 24-25
    Prescription Drug Insurance 25
    Dental Insurance 25
ARTICLE XII - Deduction from Salary 26
    Deductions: Dues 26
    Elective Monthly Basis 27
ARTICLE XIII - Salary Guide 28-31
    Salary Steps 28-29
    Recognitory Levels 29
    Special Activities Positions 30
    Withholding of Employment or Adjustment Increment 30
    Mileage Reimbursement 30-31
    Hourly Salary Adjustment 31
ARTICLE XIV – Duration 32


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