BOARD OF EDUCATION
FOR THE PERIOD
July 1, 2005 -- June 30, 2008
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE PAGE NO.
I Recognition 1
II. Grievance Procedure 2
III. Vacation - Holidays 7
IV. Temporary Leaves of Absence 8
V. Extended Leaves of Absence 10
VI. Work Hours 13
VII. Salaries 14
VIII. Health Program Coverage 15
IX. Payment for Unused Sick Leave 16
X. Duration of Agreement. 19
Salary Guides 20
The Hillsdale Board of Education, after examination of all signed authorization cards, hereby
recognizes the Hillsdale Education Association as the exclusive negotiating representatives in
accordance with the provisions of Chapter 303, New Jersey Public Laws of 1968, for all
secretaries in the schools and central office who are or wish to become members during the
duration of this Agreement exclusive of the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools,
Secretary to the Business Administrator, Payroll Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, and those
who are employed for less than twenty five (25) hours per week.
NOTICE TO PARTIES"All notice or communications by and between the parties shall be as below:
If by the Association to the Board:
If by the Board to the Association:
Superintendent of Schools
32 Ruckman Road
Hillsdale, New Jersey 07642
The Association shall be required to notify the Superintendent of Schools of the home and school address of the Association President within five (5) calendar days of the date of taking office."
School Building Address or Home Address
The use of masculine or feminine gender in this agreement shall be construed as including both genders and not as sex limitations.
A "grievance" shall mean a complaint by an employee of the Public School System or the Hillsdale Education Association who claims that there has been to him a personal loss, injury or inconvenience because of a violation, misinterpretation, misapplication, or inequitable application of the contract, an administrative decision, including a disciplinary determination and/or an established policy governing the employees' terms and conditions of employment. The term "grievance" shall not apply to:
(a) any matter for which a method of review is prescribed by law; or (c) a complaint of a nontenure employee which arises by reason of his not being reemployed.
(b) any rule or regulation of the State Commissioner of Education, or
A grievance to be considered under this procedure must be initiated by the employee or Hillsdale Education Association within thirty (30) calendar days of its occurrence, assuming the employee or Hillsdale Education Association could reasonably be expected to do so.
Level I Principal, Supervisor of Special Services for Special
Any employee who has a grievance shall discuss it orally with her Principal, Supervisor of Special Services, or Business Administrator in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level.
ARTICLE II (continued)
Level II - Principal, Supervisor of Special Services, Business Administrator
If as a result of the discussion the matter is not resolved
to the satisfaction of the employee within five (5) school days, she shall set forth her grievance in writing to the Principal, Supervisor of Special Services, or Business Administrator specifying:
(a) The nature of the grievance including what contract provisions, Board Policy, or
Administrative decision is being grieved and the remedy is being sought.
(b) The nature and extent of the injury, loss, or inconvenience.
(c) The results of the previous discussions.
The Principal, Supervisor of Special Services, or Business Administrator shall
communicate his decision to the employee in writing within five (5) school days of
receipt of the written Grievance.
Level III -Superintendent
The employee may appeal the Principal's, Supervisor of Special Services', or Business Administrator's decision to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) school days. The appeal to the Superintendent must be made in writing reciting the matter submitted to the Principal, Supervisor of Special Services, or Business Administrator, as specified above. The Superintendent shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible but within a period not to exceed ten (10) school days. The Superintendent shall communicate his decision in writing to the employee.
ARTICLE II (continued)
Level IV - Board of Education
If the grievance is not resolved to the employee's satisfaction, he may request a review by the Board of Education within five (5) school days. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education within five (5) school days. The Board, or a committee thereof, shall review the grievance and may hold a hearing with the employee within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the grievance by the Board. The Board shall render a decision in writing within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the grievance by the Board or within thirty (30) calendar days of the date of the conclusion of the hearing with the employee.
Level V - Arbitrator
If the employee is dissatisfied with the decision of the Board of Education, the employee or the Education Association may request the appointment of an arbitrator, such request to be made known to the Superintendent no later than two weeks after the decision in writing of the Board of Education was made known. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the Board and the Association from requesting arbitration on items which are in consonant with the definition of grievance.
ARTICLE II (continued)
Level V - Arbitrator (continued)
The following procedure will be used to secure the services of an arbitrator:
(a) A request will be made to P.E.R.C. to submit a roster of persons qualified to function as an arbitrator in the dispute in question.
(b) If the parties are unable to determine a mutually satisfactory arbitrator from
the submitted list, they will request that P.E.R.C. submit a second roster of names.
(c) If the parties are unable to determine, within ten (10) school days of the initial request for arbitration, a mutually satisfactory arbitrator from the second submitted list, P.E.R.C. shall be requested by either party to designate an arbitrator. The arbitrator shall limit himself to the issue submitted to him and shall consider nothing else. He can add nothing to, nor subtract anything from the Agreement between the parties or any policy of the Board of Education. The recommendations of the arbitrator shall only be advisory. Only the Board and the aggrieved and his representatives shall be given copies of the arbitrator's report of findings and recommendations. This shall be accomplished within thirty (30) days of the completion of the hearings.
Level V - Arbitrator
The cost for the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, will be borne equally by the Board of Education and the Hillsdale Education Association. Any other expenses incurred shall be paid by the party incurring same.
VACATION - HOLIDAYS
1. Twelve-month employees are entitled to two weeks' annual Summer vacation after one full year of service; three weeks after five full years; and four weeks after twelve (12) full years. After eight (8) full years of service, an employee shall receive one (1) additional day vacation for each full year of service up to a maximum of four (4) weeks. For less than one full year of service prior to July 1, an employee will receive one day's Summer vacation for each full month served to a maximum of ten work days. Vacations should usually take place between July 1 and August 31 as requested by the employee and approved by the Superintendent. Unused vacation days may be carried into the following year subject to the approval of the Superintendent.
1. School building office personnel and Child Study Team office personnel shall follow the school calendar adopted annually by the Board of Education.
2. Secretaries will be guaranteed a minimum of six (6) holidays based on the number of closings for religious observances in the fall and the winter holiday break in February.
Employees shall be entitled to the following leaves of absence with full pay for each school year. For less than full-time employees, application of this Article shall be prorated accordingly. Leaves taken pursuant to this Article shall be in addition to any sick leave to which an employee is entitled under the law, twelve (12) days for twelve-month employees and ten (10) days for ten-month employees). Copies of applicable sections of Title 18A, New Jersey Statutes, will be provided in the Non-certificated Employee Handbook.
TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE
A. Personal Days
1. Five (5) days for personal, legal, business, household, paternity or family matters
2. Absence initiated by the Administration or Board for employees to attend meetings
which require absence during school hours. Notification to the Superintendent
through the Building Principal or immediate supervisor of personal leave shall be made at least three (3) days before taking such leave except in the case of emergency. The employee shall not be required to state a reason for taking such leave other than she is taking it under this section, except in the event the employee is to take such a day immediately before or after a holiday in the Hillsdale School District. In such case, the employee shall give the specific reasons, in writing, for such day(s) and shall be subject to a salary reduction of 1/480 of his/her annual salary for each day taken. This reduction may be waived by the Superintendent. The decision of the Superintendent is final and shall not be subject to the provisions of the grievance procedure.
or conventions concerning school business shall not be credited to the above
ARTICLE IV (continued)
B. Death in The Immediate Family
C. Death Outside The Immediate Family
Up to five (5) days at any one time in the event of death of an employee's spouse, child, children-in-law, parent, parent-in-law, sister, brother, sister- or brother-in-law, or any other member of the immediate household.
1. One (1) day at any one time in the event of death of a relative. If death occurs at a distance, extended time for traveling may be granted by the Superintendent with pay, less the established rate of a substitute.
2. In the event of the death of a teacher, employee or student in the school district, a representative number of employees, such number to be at the Superintendent's discretion, in consultation with the Building Principal and Association leadership, shall be granted time off to attend the funeral. Personal Days, as described in Part A. above, may not be used to circumvent this section.
D. Illness or Emergency in Immediate Family (As defined in B. of this Article) The employee shall be granted three (3) days' absence during any given school year without loss of pay. In addition, the school employee may claim two (2) additional days at the rate of salary less the established rate of substitute pay, during any school year for the same purpose. In no case will a salary allowance for absence due to illness in the immediate family be granted beyond the five (5) days during any school year. Application of this clause shall be made through the Superintendent's office.
Time necessary for persons called into temporary active duty of unit of The U. S. Reserves or State National Guard, provided such obligations cannot be fulfilled on days when school is not in session. This will be in accordance with statutory requirements.
EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
Any employee who is inducted or enlists in any branch of the armed forces of the United States shall be granted a leave of absence, without pay, for the period of said induction or initial enlistment.
B. Child Care (Maternity-Paternity)
Leave for employees under this section shall be in compliance with the Family Leave Act S-2035 C.261-1989, with the following additions:
1. A female employee shall notify the Superintendent of her pregnancy,
in writing, accompanied by her physician's note stating expected date of delivery, at least twelve (12) weeks prior to the requested commencement date of the leave unless a shorter period of time for such notice is made necessary by the medical condition of the employee. 2. Child Care Leave shall commence on a date mutually acceptable to
the employee and the Board of Education, with exact dates of the leave to be arranged, if possible, with the least disruption to the operation of the school system.
a. The Board need not grant or extend the leave of absence of any nontenured employee beyond the end of the contract school year in which the leave is obtained unless the Board, in its own discretion, agrees to an extension of said leave.
ARTICLE V (continued)
B. Child Care (Maternity-Paternity) (continued)
2. b. The grant of Child Care Leave to a nontenured employee shall
under no circumstances be deemed to be an offer of employment within the meaning of N.J.S.A. 18A:27-10 for any school year or portion of a school year in which such leave is granted.
c. If a tenured employee wishes to return to work after the close of the school year, she may do so at the beginning of the first or second September lst (if the date of leave is during the school year) or the second September 1st (if the child is born during July or August) provided she gives the Board notice in writing on or before March lst of the year she intends to return. If a tenured employee wishes to return to school on the first February lst following the date she left, she must give notice in writing to the Board by the previous November lst.
3. No employee shall be removed from her duties during pregnancy solely
because she is pregnant. She may be removed based upon one of the following conditions:
a. Her performance has substantially declined from the accepted standard of performance established for the employees in which such person is employed.
b. The employee is found to be medically unable to continue working by her own physician and the Board's physician, or where these physicians disagree, by a third physician jointly selected by the Board's and the employee's physician whose opinion on medical capacity shall be final and binding.
c. Any other grounds for which a nonpregnant employee may be removed.
4. An employee adopting a child shall receive similar leave which
shall commence upon receiving de facto custody or earlier if necessary to fulfill the requirements for adoption.
ARTICLE V (continued)
C . Illness in The Immediate Familv
(Immediate family as defined in Article IV, B.)
A leave under this section shall be in compliance with the Family Leave Act, S-2035 C.261- 1989 with the following addition:
A leave of absence without pay up to one year may be granted for the purpose of caring for a member of the employee's immediate family.
D. Good Cause
Other leaves of absence up to one year without pay may be granted by
the Board for good reason such as, but not limited to, appointment or election to serve in a full-time position of State or National professional or Governmental organization or
agency, career or life re-evaluation, temporary reassignment of employee's spouse, with the following restrictions:
(a) To be eligible an employee must have seven (7) years of service in the district.
(b) The leave must be taken from September 1 - June 30 of a given school year.
(c) Only one person per year will be granted a leave under this section on a first come first serve basis.
(d) The leave is subject to the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.
E. Return from Leave
1. Employees on extended leaves of absence shall notify the Administration before March lst of his/her desire to return effective September lst.
1. All secretaries shall work a seven (7) hour day, excluding lunch period, five (5) days per week. The starting time shall be set by the Building Principal or, in the case of the Supervisor of Special Services Secretary, by the Supervisor of Special Services.
2. All secretaries shall be entitled to one fifteen (15) minute break per day.
1. Salaries for all full-time secretaries shall be as set forth in this Agreement. Part-time secretaries (working 25 hours or more) shall be paid a proportionate amount of the appropriate salary guide step.
2. Increases are not automatically granted. A satisfactory rating upon evaluation by the
appropriate Administrator each year is essential for an increase to be granted.
Withholding of an increment will be done in accordance with Title 18:29-14.
3. Secretaries hired before January 1 will be entitled to move to the next step on guide in
accordance with item two (2) above. Secretaries hired after January 1 will repeat the
step on guide.
4. The Board of Education agrees to compensate secretaries who have completed the
following years of service in the Hillsdale School System at the indicated increase in base
TIER I TIER II
Employed Prior to July 1, 1999 Employed On or After July 1, 1999
10 years $1150 21 years $1500
15 year $1400
18 years $1900
21 years $2400
24 years or more $2900
Such service shall be completed prior to July 1 for twelve-month employees. No credit shall be given for those years in which there were unpaid leaves of absences.
A. Health Plan
HEALTH PROGRAM COVERAGE
The Board will pay the full premium for individuals eligible under State law and eligible
dependents for all health insurance presently included in the New Jersey State Health
Benefits Program. (Eligible employees are defined as employees working twenty-five
(25) hours or more per week.) Employees hired prior to July 1, 1999, who worked more
than twenty two (22) hours per week during the 1998-99 school year, whose work hours
are subsequently reduced to twenty (20) or more will continue to receive all benefits as
outlined above. In addition, employees who worked more than twenty-two (22) hours
during the 2004-05 school year will continue to receive all benefits as outlined above
as long as they continue to work a minimum of twenty-two (22) hours in the Hillsdale
B. Dental Plan
The Board shall provide for coverage of eligible employees and eligible dependents in the New Jersey Dental Plan, Inc., or other plan, which is mutually accepted. An “eligible
employee” under this Paragraph B of this Article VIII shall be an employee who is eligible to receive the Health Plan Benefits of Paragraph A of this Article VIII and was employed by the Board prior to July 1, 1995. Employees hired on or after July 1, 1995, will be subject to a twenty-five (25) percent co-pay for their initial three (3) years of employment.
Payment for Unused Sick Leave
A. Subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, an eligible employee who
retires or dies shall receive payment for unused sick leave. To be eligible to receive such payment, the employee must satisfy all of the following conditions.
(1) The employee must have at least thirteen (13) years of service in the Hillsdale School District as of the effective date of retirement or the date of death. In computing the required thirteen (13) years of service, any paid or unpaid leave of absence having a time duration of one-half of a school year or longer shall not be counted.
(2) The employee must have at least sixty-five (65) days of accumulated sick leave as of the effective date of retirement or the date of death. In computing the required number of days of accumulated sick leave, only sick leave days accruing under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:30-2 shall be counted. In no event shall sick leave days accruing or awarded under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:30-2.1, 18A:30-6 or any other law be counted.
(3) Where the claim for payment of unused sick leave is based upon the retirement of the employee, the employee must have filed a bona fide application for retirement with the Public Employees' Retirement System of New Jersey under the applicable provisions of law and the application so filed must request the payment of a pension commencing immediately on the effective date of the employee's retirement from the Hillsdale School District; it being the intention of the parties to this agreement that a deferred retirement of the employee shall not qualify for the payment of unused sick leave.
Payment for Unused Sick Leave (continued)
B. Where the claim for payment of unused sick leave is based upon the
(4) A written application requesting payment for unused sick leave shall be filed by or on behalf of the employee with the Hillsdale Board of Education no later than twelve (12) calendar months immediately following the effective date of retirement or the date of death of the employee, whichever shall first occur. In no event shall payment for unused sick leave be made if the required application is filed after the expiration of the twelve (12) month period.
retirement of an employee for reasons other than physical or mental disability, the employee must give written notice of an intention to retire to the Hillsdale Board of Education at least six (6) calendar months prior to the effective date of retirement, but no later than January 15, in order to receive payment during the next school budget year. The written notice shall specify the effective date of retirement.
A written notice of intention to retire complying with the provisions of this Paragraph B may be filed with the Hillsdale Board of Education in lieu of the written application specified in Section (4) of Paragraph A of this Article IX, if such written notice of intention to retire is filed prior to the expiration of the twelve (12) month time period specified in said Section (4) of Paragraph A; it being the intention of the parties to this agreement that no payment for unused sick leave shall be paid to any employee unless either the written application specified in Section (4) of Paragraph A or the written notice of intention to retire specified in this Paragraph B is filed with the Board prior to the expiration of the twelve (12) month period specified in Section (4) of Paragraph A.
Payment for Unused Sick Leave (continued)
C. Payment for unused, accumulated sick leave under this Article IX shall be at the rate
of $53.00 per day for all days of unused sick leave accumulated by an eligible employee provided, however, that the maximum total payment to any eligible employee for all sick days of unused sick leave accumulated by the employee shall not exceed the total sum of $12,750 (2005-06), $13,000 (2006-07), and $13,500 (2007-08). Payment shall be made only for unused sick leave days accumulated by an eligible employee under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:30-2 and not under any other provision of law. Effective with the 2005-06 school year, sick leave days accumulated by an employee while serving in a part-time position (less than 25 hours per week) shall not be eligible for payment. No payment shall include interest of any kind.
(1) When the employee is living at the time of payment of this
(2) When the employee is deceased at the time of payment of this benefit, payment shall be made to the person named by the employee as beneficiary to receive this benefit on a "Beneficiary Designation" form, provided by the Hillsdale Board of Education. If the employee shall fail to name a beneficiary to receive this benefit or if the person so named shall be deceased at the time of payment of this benefit, payment shall be made to the employee's estate.
benefit, payment shall be made directly to the employee.
DURATION OF AGREEMENT
A. This Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2005, and shall continue in effect for a
period of three years ending June 30, 2008, provided, however, that if a successor Agreement is not entered into between the parties hereto on or before July 1, 2008, the present Agreement shall remain operative and binding upon the parties until such successor
Agreement becomes effective.
B. In witness whereof the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their
respective presidents, attested by their respective secretaries, all on the day and year first written.
HILLSDALE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
HILLSDALE BOARD OF EDUCATION
James D. Hayden, Jr.
Lirca R. Garcia
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