Contract Between
Oaklyn B/E-Camden
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Oaklyn EA
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07/01/2005 thru 06/30/2008

CategorySchool District
UnitClerical, Custodians, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below

Agreement Between

The Board of Education of the Borough of Oaklyn
The Oaklyn Education Association

2005 - 2008
Table of Contents

Article No. Title Page
          Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
1 Recognition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2 Negotiation of Successor Agreement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
3 Employee’s Rights. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
4 Association Rights and Privileges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
5 Board Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
6 Grievance Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
7 Fair Dismissal Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
8 Teacher Evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
9 Teacher Work Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
10 Custodian/Principal’s Secretary Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
11 Teacher Hours and Teaching Load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
12 Salary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
13 Extra-Curricular Compensation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
14 Insurance Protection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
15 Teacher Assignment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
16 Voluntary Transfers and Reassignments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
17 Involuntary Transfers and Reassignments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
18 Leaves of Absence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
19 Professional Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
20 Reduction in Force. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
21 Miscellaneous Provisions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
22 Duration of Agreement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
          Salary Guides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schedules A- B

This AGREEMENT entered into this 6th day of October, 2005 between the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE BOROUGH OF OAKLYN, Camden County, New Jersey (hereinafter called the “BOARD”) and OAKLYN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, (Hereinafter called the “Association).

WHEREAS, the Board has an obligation, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:13 A-1 et. seq. to negotiate with the Association as the representative of employees hereinafter designated with respect to the terms and conditions of employment; and


NOW THEREFORE, it is on day and year first above written agreed by and between the parties in consideration of the mutual covenants as follows:
Article 1
    The Oaklyn Board of Education recognizes the Oaklyn Education Association as the exclusive majority representative as defined in Chapter 123, P.L. 1974 for all certified staff members, including basic skills personnel, custodians and Principal’s Secretary whether under contract or on a leave approved under this agreement, but excluding administrative and supervisory staff members.
    Unless otherwise indicated, the term “teacher”, “custodian”, “Principal’s Secretary” when used in this Agreement shall refer to all personnel under 10 or 12 month contract with the Board within the definition of A. above. References to male teachers shall include female teachers.

    Custodians and Principal’s Secretary are excluded from Articles 3(c), 9, 11, 12(a) (c) & (d), 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 (h), 19, 20 (b) (c) & (d).
Article 2
Negotiation of Successor Agreement
    The parties agree to enter into collective negotiation over a successor Agreement in accordance with N.J.S.A. 34:13 A-1 et seq. in a good faith effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning the terms and conditions of teachers’, custodians’ and Principal’s Secretary’s employment. The Association must notify the Board in writing of its intention to commence negotiations, no later than 15 days prior to the start of negotiations. Negotiations shall commence no later than November 1, 2008, or as soon thereafter as practicable. Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to all employees, be reduced to writing, be signed by the Board and the Association, and be ratified by the Board and the Association.

    As many formal negotiation sessions as are necessary will be held by the representatives of the Board and the Association in order to reach a successor Agreement. It is understood that P.E.R.C. has the right to appoint a mediator in the event that the parties fail to achieve an agreement by 90 days prior to the Board’s required budget submission date. The agenda for such sessions will be subject to mutual agreement and submitted to all parties prior to the next session. Neither party shall have control over the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party.

    This Agreement shall not be modified in whole or in any part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.
Article 3
Employee Rights
    Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:13 A-1 et seq., the Board hereby agrees that every employee of the Board shall have the right freely to organize, join and support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations and for mutual aid and protection. As a duly elected body exercising governmental power under the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage or deprive or coerce any employee in the enjoyment of any rights conferred by N.J.S.A. 34:13 A-1 et seq. or other laws of New Jersey or the Constitution of New Jersey and the United States; that it shall not discriminate against any employee with respect to hours, wages, or any terms or conditions of employment by reason of his membership in the Association and its affiliates, his participation in any lawful activities of the Association or its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or his institution of any grievance, complaint or proceeding under this Agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms or conditions of employment.

    Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any employee such rights as he may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable laws and regulations.

    Basic Skills personnel – It is agreed that the Basic Skills personnel, shall be titled Basic Skills Teachers. Their terms and conditions of employment shall be incorporated into the contract and shall vary only as it pertains to the salary and working hours. It is agreed these teachers shall acquire tenure in accordance with the tenure law.
Article 4
Association Rights and Privileges

    The Board agrees to make available to the Association in response to reasonable requests from time to time all available public information concerning the financial resources of the district and such other public information that shall assist the Association in developing intelligent, accurate, informed and constructive programs, together with public information which may be necessary for the Association to process any grievance or complaint.

    Whenever any representatives of the Association or any employee participates during working hours in negotiations for a successor agreement with the Board or in a grievance proceeding initiated by him, he shall suffer no loss in pay.

    The Association and its representatives shall have the right to use school buildings at all reasonable hours for meetings outside the school day with prior approval of the principal. The principal of the building in question shall be notified in advance of the requested time and place of all such meetings.

    The Association shall have the right to use school facilities and equipment for Association business, including typewriters, copiers, calculating machines, computers and all types of audio-visual equipment at reasonable times, when such is not otherwise in use. The Association shall pay for the cost of all materials and supplies incident to such use, and for all repairs necessitated as a result thereof.

    The Association shall have the right to use the intraschool mail facilities and school mailboxes as it deems necessary and without the approval of the principal or other members of the Administration.

    The rights and privileges of the Association and its representatives as set forth in this Agreement shall be granted only to the Association as the exclusive representative of the teachers, custodians, and Principal’s Secretary, and no other organization.

    Representation Fee
        Purpose of Fee
          If any certified teaching staff member, custodian, or Principal’s Secretary does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e., from September 1 to the following August 31) which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. The purpose of this fee will be to offset the employee’s per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.
        Amount of Fee/Notification
          Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association will notify the Board in writing of the amount of the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for that membership year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members will be determined by the Association in accordance with the law.
        Deduction and Transmission of Fee
            On or about the 15th of September of each year the Board will submit to the Association, a list of all employees in the bargaining unit. On or about December 1 of each year the Association shall notify the Board of Education as to the names of those employees who are required to pay the representation fee.
          Payroll Deduction Schedule
            The Board will deduct from the salaries of the employees referred to in section (3-a) the full amount of the yearly representation fee in equal installments beginning with the first paycheck in January and ending with the last paycheck in June.
          Termination of Employment
            Any member, or non-member paying a representation fee, who terminates his or her employment with the Board before the Association has received the full amount which it is entitled to, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in question.
            Except as otherwise provided in this Article, the mechanics for transmission of such fees to the Association will, as nearly as possible, be the same as those used for the transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.
        Indemnification and Save Harmless Provision
          The Association shall indemnify and hold the Board harmless against any and all claims, demands, suits, and other forms of liability, including liability for reasonable counsel fees and other legal costs and expenses, that may arise out of, or by reason of any action taken or not taken by the Board in conformity with this provision.
        Demand and Return System
          The obligation of the Board to deduct representation fees in accordance with this Article is expressly contingent upon the establishment by the Association of a “demand-and-return system” in accordance with law. The Association shall, on an annual basis, provide the Board with evidence of its establishment of a “demand-and-return system”. The Board shall have no obligation, however, to satisfy itself that such “demand-and-return system” satisfies the requirements of law. The Board shall have no obligation to deduct this membership fee if this evidence is not furnished prior to December 1 of each year.
Article 5
Board Rights

    The Board, on its own behalf and on behalf of the electors of the district, hereby retains and reserves unto itself, without limitation, all powers, rights, authority, duties, and responsibilities conferred upon and vested in it by the applicable laws and regulations of the State of New Jersey, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the right;
        To the executive management and administrative control of the school system, and its properties and facilities, and the activities of its employees;

        To hire all employees, and subject to the provisions of law, to determine their qualifications, and the conditions for their continued employment, to their dismissal or demotion; and to promote, and transfer such employees;

        To establish grades and courses of instruction, including special programs, and to provide for athletic, recreational and social events for students, all as deemed necessary or advisable by the Board;

        To decide upon the means and methods of instruction, the selection of textbooks and other teaching materials, and the use of teaching aids of every kind and nature.

        To determine class schedules, the hours of instruction, and the duties, responsibilities and assignments of teachers and other employees with respect thereto, and non-teaching activities, and their terms and conditions of employment.

        The Board of Education retains the right to create the school calendar for each year. The calendar shall cover the period of time from September 1 to June 30th.

The exercise of the foregoing powers, rights, authority, duties and responsibilities by the Board, the adoption of policies, rules and regulations, and practices in furtherance thereof, and the use of judgment and discretion in connection therewith; shall be limited only by specific and express terms of this agreement and then only to the extent such specific and express terms thereof are in conformance with the applicable laws and regulations of the State of New Jersey.

Nothing contained herein shall be considered to deny or restrict the Board of its rights, responsibilities, and authority under the New Jersey School Law, commonly known as Title 18A; the Administrative Code, commonly known as Title 6; or any other national, state, county, district, or local laws or regulations as they pertain to education.
Article 6
Grievance Procedure
    The term “Grievance” means a complaint by any employee or the Association that, as to him, there has been an inequitable, improper, or unjust application, interpretation, or violation of a policy, agreement, or administrative decision affecting said employee.

The term “grievance” and the procedure relative thereto, shall not be deemed applicable in the following instances:
        The failure or refusal of the Board to renew a contract of a non-tenure teacher;

        In matters where a method of review is prescribed by law, or by any rule, regulation, or by law of the State Commissioner.
        In matters where the Board is without authority to act.

        In matters involving the sole and unlimited discretion of the Board;

        In maters where the discretion of the Board may not be unlimited but where, after the exercise of such discretion a further review of the Board’s action is available to employees under provisions of State Law.

The term “representative” shall refer to the Oaklyn Education Association.

The “aggrieved person” is the person or persons making the claim.
    “party in interest” is the person or persons making the claim and any person who might be required to take action or against whom action might be taken in order to resolve the claim.

    The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, equitable solutions to the problems which may from time to time arise affecting employees. Both parties agree that these proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure.

    Any grievant shall institute action under the provisions hereof within fifteen (15) calendar days of the occurrence complained of, or within fifteen (15) calendar days after he would reasonably be expected to know of its occurrence. Failure to act within said fifteen (15) days period shall be deemed to constitute abandonment of the grievance.
        A grievant processing a grievance, shall be assured freedom from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal.

        In the representation of a grievance, the grievant shall have the right to present his own appeal or to designate a representative to appear with him at any step in his appeal. A minority organization shall not have the right to present or process a grievance.
        Whenever the grievant appears with a representative, the Board shall have the right to designate a representative to participate at any stage of the grievance procedure.
        A grievant shall first discuss his grievance orally with the principal. The principal will endeavor to resolve such grievance or problem promptly; if, at the conclusion of one calendar week, the principal has been unable to resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of all concerned, the problem will be reduced to writing by the grievant and submitted to the principal who will submit to the Superintendent on the same day his written version of the grievance and his action to date.

        Within five (5) school days from the receipt of the written grievance (unless a different period is mutually agreed upon), the Superintendent shall hold a hearing at which all parties in interest shall have the right to be heard.
        Within five (5) school days of said hearing (unless a different period is mutually agreed upon), the Superintendent shall in writing, advise the grievant and his representative, if there be one, of his determination and shall forward a copy of said determination to the school principal.
        In the event of the failure of the Superintendent to act in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 5 and 6, or in the event a determination by him in accordance with the provisions thereof is deemed unsatisfactory by either party, the Superintendent shall schedule a meeting with the parties concerned and the Board at its next scheduled meeting.
        Where an appeal is taken to the Board, there shall be submitted by the grievant the writing set forth in Paragraph 4, and a further statement in writing setting forth the grievant’s dissatisfaction with the Superintendent’s action. A copy of said statement shall be furnished to the Superintendent and to the adverse party.
        A grievant appealing to the Board may submit written materials in support of his application provided, however, that the same shall be served upon the adverse parties at least ten (10) school days prior to the hearing.
        The Board shall make a determination within five (5) school days from the hearing thereon and shall in writing notify the grievant, his representative if there be one, the principal and the Superintendent of its determination. This time may be extended by mutual agreement of the parties.
          Only on issues involving allegations of a violation of the specific terms of this agreement, the Association, at the request and with the approval of the grievant, may proceed to advisory arbitration. Request shall be made known to the Superintendent and the Board no later than two (2) weeks after the decision was made to request the advisory arbitration.

          The arbitrator will be selected by the parties mutually agreeing on the name of an arbitrator but if agreement cannot be reached then the grievant may invoke a procedure of the Public Employment Relations Commission or American Arbitration Association with respect to the selection of any advisory arbitrator.
          The advisory 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 will be for advisory purposes only and will not be binding on the Board.
          Only the Board, the grievant and his representative shall be given copies of the arbitrator’s advice.

            The fees and expenses of the arbitrator shall be paid by the losing party. (Other costs: each party will bear the costs incurred by themselves).

            If the decision is split, the fees and expenses of the arbitrator will be shared equally.
            Arbitration proceedings shall not take place during the school days. If this is not possible, the teacher shall suffer no loss in pay.
        It is understood that all employees shall, during and notwithstanding the pending 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.

        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. The time limits specified may, however, be extended by mutual agreement.
        In the event a grievance is filed at such time that it cannot be processed through all steps in the grievance procedure by the end of the school year, and, if left unresolved until the beginning of the following school year, could result in irreparable harm to a party in interest the time limits set forth herein shall be reduced so that the grievance procedure may be exhausted prior to the end of the school year or as soon thereafter as is practicable.
        No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by the Board or by any member of the administration against any party in interest, any representative, any member of the Association or any other participant in the grievance procedure by reason of such participation.
        If, in the judgment of the Association a grievance affects a group or class of teachers, the Association may submit such grievance in writing to the Superintendent directly and the processing of such grievance shall be commenced at Level Two.
Article 7
Fair Dismissal Procedure

    On or before May 15th of each year, the Board shall give to each non-tenure teacher, custodian, Principal’s Secretary continuously employed by it since the preceding September 30th either:
        A written offer of a contract for employment for the next succeeding year providing for at least the same terms and conditions of employment but with such increases in salary and benefits as may be required by law or agreement between the Board and the Association, or

        A written notice that such employment shall not be offered.
    Any non-tenured employee who receives a notice of non-employment may, in writing, request a statement of reasons for such non-employment from the Superintendent, which statement shall be given to the employee in writing.

    If the employee desires to accept such employment he shall notify the Board of such acceptance, in writing, on or before June 1st of the same year.
    Article 8

    All monitoring or observation of the work performance of an employee shall be conducted openly. The use of eavesdropping, public address, audio systems, cameras, and similar surveillance devices shall be strictly prohibited. No derogatory material, including complaints, shall be put into an employee’s personnel file without notifying such employee. If there is any material in the personnel file, which the employee believes to be derogatory, the employee may submit a written rebuttal that shall be put into his/her personnel file. An employee shall also have the right to make copies of any document in the personnel file. There shall be one official personnel file for each employee.
      A teacher shall be given a copy of all class visits or evaluation reports prepared by his evaluators at least (1) day before any conference to discuss it. No such report shall be submitted to the central office, placed in the teacher’s file or otherwise acted upon without prior conference with the teacher. No teacher shall be required to sign a blank or incomplete evaluation form. The teacher’s signature indicates only that he has read the evaluation.

      A teacher shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of his personnel file.
    Prior to any annual evaluation report, the immediate supervisor of a non-tenured teacher shall have had appropriate communication, including but not limited to, all steps listed below, with said teacher regarding his performance as a teacher.
      Supervisory reports shall be presented to non-supervisory personnel by the principal or counterpart supervisor periodically in accordance with the following procedures:
        Such reports shall be issued in the name of the appropriate supervisor based on a compilation of reports, of observations, and of discussions with any or all supervisory personnel who came into contact with the teacher in a supervisory capacity.

        Such reports shall be addressed to the teacher.

        Such reports shall be written in a narrative form and shall include when pertinent:
            Strengths of the teacher as evidenced during the period since the previous report.
            Weaknesses of the teacher as evidenced during the period since the previous report.
            Specific suggestions as to measures which the teacher might take to improve his performance in each of the areas wherein weaknesses have been indicated.
        Attempts should be made to report on nontenured teachers at least three (3) times each year; the first not later than October 30th, and the last not later than April 30th.

        An attempt should be made to report on tenure teachers at least once each year, not later than April 30th.
    Full-time Custodians with three (3) years of continuous service and tenured principal secretaries shall be evaluated once a year before May 1st. Full-time Custodians with less than three years of continuous service and non-tenured principal secretaries shall be evaluated two (2) times a year; one before January 31st and another before May 1st. The person conducting an evaluation shall meet with the employee within ten (10) working days after the evaluation. The employee shall be given a copy of the evaluation one (1) day prior to the meeting. No evaluation shall be put in the employee’s file or acted upon without prior conference with the employee. The employee has a right to submit a written rebuttal to the employee. The employee has a right to submit a written rebuttal to the evaluation within ten (10) working days after the conference. The employee shall review and sign the evaluation. The signature merely indicates receipt of the evaluation copy and does not indicate agreement or disagreement with the evaluation itself. No employee shall be required to sign a blank or an incomplete evaluation form.
      Article 9
      Teacher Work Year

      The in-school work year for teacher employees on a ten (10) month basis shall consist of maximum of 186 days. Two (2) days shall be non-pupil contact days, one (1) before the opening and one (1) after the closing of school. Teacher day before opening of school shall include at least of a full day for room preparation and /or scheduling time for teachers. Teachers new to the district would come to an orientation day before school opens for in-service to be provided by the administration. This one day new teacher orientation will be over and above the normal teacher year. There shall be a minimum of 180 pupil contact days and an additional four (4) optional days that may or may not be pupil contact at the discretion of the Board.

      Where any teacher has not finished his check-out schedule by a reasonable hour on the last day of the in-school work year, he may be required by the Superintendent to return for the number of reasonable working days required to complete his check-out schedule.
      The Board or its designee shall endeavor to provide the Association a copy of the proposed school calendar for review and comment prior to its approval.
        Article 10
        Custodial/Secretarial Terms and Conditions
    A. Custodian
      The work week for custodians is 40 hours per week. Hours over 40 hours are compensated at 1 time. Employees working Sundays and holidays shall be paid double time.

      All custodians shall be entitled to the following Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, day after Thanksgiving, day Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
      Board allowance of $100 per year to purchase work clothing to be used on the job.
      Custodians shall receive vacation according to the following schedule:
          6 mos. to 1 year 1 week
          1 year to 5 years 2 weeks
          5 years and beyond 3 weeks

        Scheduling of vacation needs approval of custodial supervisor and principal or superintendent.
        Nothing in this contract shall be deemed to grant custodians tenure status.
        B. 10 Month or 12 Month Principal’s Secretary
          The terms and conditions for the 10 month or 12 month Principal’s Secretary are as follows:

          Hours – 7:30 am to 3:30 pm – Monday to Friday
          Lunch – hour
          Overtime – a 37 work week with time and one half over 40 hours, between 37 and 40 hours-straight time.
          Calendar – the principal’s secretary shall follow the school calendar with the exception of delayed openings, early dismissal/closing(s), leaving on Fridays and before holidays when children have been dismissed, and staff in-service days. On these days the 10 month or 12 month Principal’s Secretary will maintain the established regular hours.
            Summer schedule may reduce the working hours of the 12 month principal’s secretary by one (1) hour per day. Summer schedule applies to the months of July and August. In addition, July 4th is a holiday. The 10 month Principal’s Secretary is not under contract for the summer and any time worked is agreed upon outside of the contract between the 10 month Principal’s Secretary and the administration. Payment for 10 month Principal’s Secretary for summer hours is based on the hourly rate as calculated by the yearly salary.

            10 month or 12 month Principal’s Secretary leaves early, with principal, last day before winter break.
          Vacation- 12 month principal’s secretary shall receive vacation according to the following schedule:
              6 mos. to 1 year 1 week
              1 year to 5 years 2 weeks
              5 years and beyond 3 weeks
            Scheduling of vacation needs approval of Principal and Superintendent.

          10 month Principal’s Secretary is not entitled to vacation.
            Article 11
            Teaching Hours and Teaching Load
          No teacher shall be required to report for duty earlier than 8:00AM, nor shall be required to remain in school longer than thirty (30) minutes after the close of the pupil day. Basic Skills work hours are six hours per day, five days per week between 8:30AM and 2:30PM or such time as the pupil days ends in an early dismissal.

          The Administration shall make every reasonable effort, within the limits of practicability and within the ability to properly schedule a pupil day, not to schedule a teacher to teach continuously for more than four (4) periods for Junior High teachers, or three (3) hours for elementary teachers.
          The Administration shall make every reasonable effort, within the limits of practicability and within the ability to properly schedule a pupil day, to provide for each teaching staff member one (1) period of preparation per day. All teachers will be compensated for any lost designated preparation period(s) at a rate of thirty-five ($35.00) dollars per period. A period shall be no less than 44 minutes. If a teacher had received more than five (5) preparation periods in a week, the Board may recover such excess period(s) by assigning said teacher to a duty of educational nature.
            The Administration shall provide each teaching staff member one (1) duty free lunch equal to the student lunch period.
          The Administration shall establish committees, when a need arises, for evaluation of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Statement of need may be initiated by teachers as well as the Administration. By June 1st of each year a list of committees will be posted on the central office bulletin board, and teachers will be given a one week period to volunteer before any assignments are made.

          Elementary conferences schedule shall be three (3) days and one (1) evening for a total of four (4) half days for each conference period. The junior high school conference schedule shall be two (2) days and one (1) evening for a total of three (3) half days for each conference period. Elementary and Junior High conference to be scheduled on the same evening and evening conferences are not to exceed a total of two (2) hours. Junior High conferences will be scheduled by the administration and elementary conferences to be scheduled by the individual teachers.
          All teachers will be permitted to leave at the end of their school day on any day when evening conferences are to be held, if no afternoon conferences are scheduled for said teacher.
          Dismissal on the last working day before Winter Break shall be 1:00PM.
          There shall be three (3) pupil early dismissal days the last three (3) days of the school year. The Superintendent directive on AM/PM 10 minute duty will continue for all professional staff using a 60 day rotating schedule.
          “Full time” is defined as working thirty (30) hours per week.
        Article 12

          It is agreed that salaries for all certified personnel for the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 school years shall be shown on Schedule “A1”, “A2” & “A3” hereto annexed.

          The Board shall establish interest-bearing accounts for each teacher who participates in the summer savings plan.

        C. Basic Skills teachers hired after July 1, 1999 shall be placed on the appropriate step
        on the guide at 84.5%.

          D. It is agreed that all Chapter 1 funds will be utilized for the Basic Skills program.

          E It is agreed that salaries for Custodians in the bargaining unit for 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 shall be shown on Schedule “B1”, hereto annexed.
            It is agreed that salaries for the Principal’s Secretaries in the bargaining unit for 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 shall be shown on Schedule “B1” and Schedule “B2” hereto annexed.
                Staff hired to perform summer curriculum work will be paid at the rate of $350 per curriculum. Staff required to perform any other summer professional work, i.e., guidance, kindergarten testing, staff development; will be paid at an hourly rate of $35.00 per hour.
                Teachers who have worked 28 years and above will receive longevity payment of $1,000.00 above maximum.
                Support Staff who have worked 28 years and above will receive a longevity payment of $800.00 above maximum.
        Article 13
        Extra-Curricular Compensation

          Extra-curricular assignments are designed at the following levels:
            Level I
            Boys J.V. Baseball Coach (1)
            Boys J.V. Soccer Coach (1)
            Boys J.V. Basketball Coach (1)
            Girls J.V. Field Hockey Coach (1)
            Girls J.V. Basketball Coach (1)
            Girls J.V. Softball Coach (1)
            Safety Patrol Advisor (2)
            Choral Group Sponsor (1)
            Cheerleading Advisor (1)
            Newspaper Advisor (1)
            Audio-Visual Aids Coordinator (2)
            Band Director (1)
            Peer Mediation (1)
            Curriculum Coordinator (3)
            Jr. High Honor Society/Promotion

            Level II
            Student Council Advisor (2)
            Girls Varsity Field Hockey Coach (1)
            Girls Varsity Softball Coach (1)
            Girls Varsity Basketball Coach (1)
            Boys Varsity Basketball Coach (1)
            Boys Varsity Soccer Coach (1)
            Boys Varsity Baseball Coach (1)
            Computers (2)
            Year Book Advisors (2)

            Level III
            Basic Skills Coordinator (1)

            Designation of a team as “Boys” or “Girls” is merely for identification, and does not employ and exclusion of any student, either boy or girl, from said team.
          Extra-Curricular assignments are to be paid at the levels indicated below for the school year.
                    05-06 06-07 07-08
            Level I $2,040 $2,140 $2,245
            Level II $2,320 $2,434 $2,553
            Level III $5,199 $5,453 $5,720
          Subject to approval by the Board, the Superintendent shall have the authority to designate alternates for non-functioning activities within the prescribed levels of extra-curricular compensation whether new activity is currently included in contract or not.
          All extra-curricular activities operate at the discretion of the Superintendent.
          A teacher assigned to a Pupil Assistance Committee (PAC) and who is obligated to render service beyond the regular workday shall be paid at Thirty Dollars ($30.00) per hour.
          F. A Home Instruction teacher shall be compensated at Thirty Dollars ($30.00) per hour.
          Article 14
          Insurance Protection

          The Board will continue to pay 100% of the cost of medical-surgical and $100.00 deductible major medical for all full time employees and eligible enrolled dependents.
              Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan shall become the base plan for all medical insurances.
              Employees hired prior to July 1,1992 shall not contribute to the cost of medical-surgical up to the PPO plan.
              Employees hired on July 1,1992 and thereafter shall contribute 4% toward the cost of the medical plan.
              Any employee who chooses to carry the traditional plan will be responsible for the difference in costs between the PPO and the traditional plan
              The Board shall pay for full family medical-surgical coverage except for the 4% contribution paid by employees hired on July 1, 1992 and thereafter.
            Any employee not eligible for health insurance because he or she is enrolled in a medical surgical plan through his or her spouse, may be enrolled at the Board expense in the Prudential or Franklin Life Disability Income Plan _________. Any such employee may select a higher class of coverage than class E provided he shall be responsible for any costs in excess of the cost borne by the Board for class E coverage. Any employee enrolled in the health insurance plan as outlined in A or B above may also elect at his own expense to be enrolled in the Prudential or Franklin Insurance Disability Income Plan.

            New personnel shall make such election within thirty (30) days after signing their contract. Such election shall be irrevocable and no change in enrollment for any individual employee in any particular plan will be permitted until an open enrollment period offered by the health insurance carrier.
            The Board shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the cost of full family prescription coverage to all employees with the following co-pays:
              2005-2007 – $5.00 for Mail Order; $5.00 for Generic; and $10.00 for Brand Name
              2007-2008 - $5.00 for Mail Order; $10.00 for Generic; and $15.00 for Brand Name

            The Board shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the cost of a full family dental plan for all employees with benefits equal to or greater than the Blue Cross plan in effect on July 1, 1999

            Employees are eligible for an “opt-out” for duplicate coverage at 40% of the plan cost. The Board will offer opt out at 40% of the single PPO rate for medical-surgical and grandfather current opt out payments for employees currently receiving it.
          Article 15
          Teacher Assignment

            All teachers shall be given written notice of their class or subject assignments for the forthcoming years as soon as possible.

            The Superintendent shall notify all newly appointed personnel as to their specific positions, subject area or grade level as soon as practicable.

            Article 16
            Voluntary Transfers and Reassignments

            The Superintendent shall deliver to the Association and post in the school building a list of the known vacancies.

            Teachers who desire a change in grade or subject assignment may file a written statement of such desire with the Superintendent. Such statement shall include the grade or subject to which the teacher desires to be assigned.
            Article 17
            Involuntary Transfers and Reassignments

            Notice of an involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be given to a teacher as soon as practicable.
            Article 18
            Leaves Of Absence

            All full time employees shall be entitled to ten (10) sick leave days during the school year. All 12 month custodians and Principal’s Secretaries shall be entitled to twelve (12) sick leave days during the year. 10 month Principal’s Secretaries shall be entitled to 10 sick leave days during the school year. Any unused sick leave days shall be accumulated to be used for additional sick leave as needed in subsequent years. Employees employed less than full time shall be entitled to pro-rated sick leave.

            Sick Leave and Retirement
                  Effective July 1, 2005 the reimbursement rate for accumulated sick days shall be $55.00 per accumulated day up to $5,000.00; 2006-2007: $50.00 per accumulated day up to $5,000.00; 2007-2008: $45.00 per accumulated day up to $5,000.00 after ten (10) working years in the district, upon retirement, permanent disability or death.
              2. Support Staff
                  The reimbursement rate for accumulated days shall be $35.00 per day up to $3,000.00. after ten (10) working years in the district, upon retirement, permanent disability or death.
              In case of death, the employee’s estate shall receive the value of accumulated days.
              4. The Board shall be notified by February 1st of the year in which a member expects to retire. (i.e. retiring 6/30/06, notify Board by 2/1/06). The retirement pay out, when the Board is notified by February 1st, shall be paid on July 1st of the retiring year; otherwise, payment shall be July 1st of the following year.
              Employees shall be entitled to a maximum of five (5) days leave with pay, per occurrence for a death in the immediate family. Immediate family shall be defined as spouse, child, father, mother, brother, sister, any member of the immediate household, Grandparents, Mother-in-Law, Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law and grandchild. An additional sufficient number of days will be allowed at the discretion of the Superintendent if death occurs to a spouse or child. One day leave with pay per year shall be granted for death of a close friend or another relative not a member of the immediate family. No unused days shall be accumulated for use in another school year.
              All employees shall be permitted 4 personal days, no questions asked, per school year. Jury Duty and Professional Days shall not be counted toward the 4 days. No unused days shall be accumulated for use in another school year.
              Any regularly appointed employee should notify the Superintendent of her pregnancy as soon as it is medically confirmed and not later than five (5) months prior to the expected birth. The Board shall not remove any teacher from her duties during pregnancy except on any one of the following basis:
                    Performance: Her teacher performance has substantially declined from the time immediately prior to her pregnancy.

                    Physical incapacity: Her physical condition or capacity is such that her health would be impaired if she were to continue teaching, and which physical incapacity shall be deemed to exist only if:
                        The pregnant teacher fails to produce a certificate from her physician that she is medically able to continue teaching, or
                        The Board of Education’s physician and the teacher’s physician agree that she cannot continue teaching or,
                        Following any difference of medical opinion between the Board’s physician and the teacher’s physician, the Board may request expert consultation in which case a third impartial physician agreed upon by the teacher and the Board, shall be appointed to examine the teacher and whose medical opinion shall be conclusive and binding on the issue of medical capacity to continue teaching. The expense of any examination by an impartial third physician under this paragraph shall be shared equally by the teacher and the Board.
                    Any other “just cause” as defined in NJSA Title 18A.
                The Board shall grant maternity leaves of absence without pay to pregnant teachers under the following terms and conditions:
                    Any tenured or non-tenured teacher seeking a leave of absence for pregnancy shall make application to the Board or its authorized agent at least sixty (60) days prior to the commencement date of the requested leave of absence. The Board shall grant such leave of absence with the requested commencement date, which commencement date may be any time prior to birth.

                    Any tenured or non-tenured teacher may return to work within the school year in which her leave begins, provided she shall have requested to do so in her application for a leave of absence and shall have specified the month when she desires to return. Any extension or reduction of the date or return within the same school year shall only be allowed at the discretion of the Board provided application is made following the original grant of the leave of absence but prior to the announced commencement date thereof. Such extension or reduction may be granted by the Board for an additional period of time for reasons associated with the pregnancy or birth or for the proper cause provided that such extension or reduction will not substantially interfere with administration of the school
                    The Board shall not be required to extend the leave of non-tenured teachers beyond the school year for which they were hired. Non-tenured teachers wishing to return for the following school year shall be considered by the Board for re-employment for the following year.
                    Any tenured teacher may return to work subsequent to the school year in which her leave begins, provided she shall have requested to do so in her application for a leave of absence. Any such teacher shall be permitted to return to work at the beginning of any of the two school years following the school year in which her leave commences, provided such teacher has given the Board written notice of her intention to do so not less than six (6) months prior to the beginning of the school year in which she wishes to return.
                      Except as otherwise provided in the Article, no tenured or non-tenured teacher shall be barred from returning to work after the birth of her child by any prescribed waiting period between the date of birth and the date of return to work, however, each such teacher shall be required to file, at least two weeks prior to the date of return or at the time of giving the required notice of intention to return, whichever is earlier, a certificate from her physician stating that she is physically capable of resuming her full duties, provided that if the Board’s physician is in disagreement, that conflict of medical opinion shall be resolved in the same manner as set forth in paragraph F.2.c. of this Article.

                      Any employee granted a leave of absence under this Article shall be eligible for an increment in the following year (or in a subsequent year in which she actually returns from such leave) provided she has completed at least five (5) months of work during the school year in which the leave commences.
                Any employee adopting an infant child shall receive similar leave which shall commence upon receiving de facto custody of said infant child, or earlier if necessary to fulfill the requirements of the adoption. Tenured teachers shall receive the same time limits and benefits as the above tenure policy. For non-tenured benefits as the above tenure policy. For non-tenured teachers the Board shall not be required to extend the leave beyond the school year for which they were hired.

                A teacher serving seven (7) or more consecutive years in the Oaklyn system may be entitled to a non-paid educational leave of absence for a period of one (1) year under the following conditions and limitations.
                  Subject to Board approval.

                  The individual must approach the Administration with written application prior to February 1 of the school year proceeding the year of leave.

                  By February 1 of the leave year the teacher must notify the Administration in writing of his intent to return.

                  Upon return to the Oaklyn School system, the teacher will be placed upon the appropriate step of the salary scale as if no absence had occurred.

                All full time teachers having no days of absence, other than workshop days, bereavement days, and/or jury duty days, during the current school year will receive a $500.00 bonus. Effective July 1, 2005, all full-time custodians and principal’s secretaries having no days of absence, other than workshop days, bereavement days, and/or jury duty days, during the school year shall receive a Two Hundred dollars ($200.00) bonus. This bonus will be paid on June 30 of the school year in which the exemplary attendance occurred.
                Effective with the 2005-2006 school year, a Sick Leave Bank (Bank) shall be established for the purpose of providing paid leave of absence to full-time bargaining unit members who are absent for an extended period due to life threatening illness or injury. The Bank shall operate in accordance with the following rules and regulations:
                    A full-time bargaining unit member may voluntarily participate in the Bank if she/he has donated a minimum of one (1) sick day during an enrollment period prior to the employee’s request to utilize the Bank. Each year, the enrollment period shall be from March 1st to March 31st, inclusive.
                    2. The Bank shall be available only to those employees who had:
                      a. exhausted all of their earned accumulated leave time (vacation, sick, and personal); and
                      been absent a minimum of thirty (30) consecutive workdays.
                    A written request to utilize the Bank must be submitted to the Superintendent or his/her designee. The request must include medical verification of illness, injury or disability. Verification of continued disability may be required at 45-day intervals.
                    The request to utilize the Bank is subject to the approval of the Board or its designee. The Association shall be notified of final disposition of such requests.
                    Each request to utilize the Bank shall be for no more than 100 sick days and it shall not overlap the following school year.
                    6. The Board or its designee shall provide the Association with an annual report on the disbursement of sick days by the Bank no later than August 1st.
                Article 19
                Professional Development

                There shall be a tuition reimbursement system for certified teachers. Reimbursement shall occur as follows:
                  The teacher must enroll in a course related to the grade level or subject area taught.

                  The teacher must have received prior, written approval of the course from the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final.
                  The teacher must present the Superintendent with a completed course receipt and must receive a minimum grade of “B”.
                  Reimbursement shall be made to the teacher at completion of the course with proof of grade.
                The Board’s liability under the terms of A. above shall be as follows:
                  Reimbursement is limited to the actual tuition charged for the course.

                  Effective September 1, 2002 there shall be a maximum reimbursement to a teacher of $2,500.00 in a September 1 through August 31 period, on a first come, first served basis.
                  Effective September 1, 2002 there shall be a maximum reimbursement to all certified teachers in the unit of $12,500.00 in each school year. Such reimbursement shall be made to the teachers no later than 15 days after the approval of the Board following the submission of appropriate documents.
                  Graduate credits-courses credited for horizontal movement on the salary guide must be graduate courses in the Education field related to Elementary or Junior High programs, unless said course is taken at the direction of the school district. Those persons who have previously achieved movement on the guide based on undergraduate courses are grandfathered in their current status. Undergraduate courses taken, beyond Bachelor’s degree, to December 31, 1993 will be grandfathered.
                C. Mentoring
                  All vacancies for mentoring positions shall be posted as early as the district is aware of its needs. The postings shall include the qualifications for the position.

                  If an employee is involuntarily assigned to a mentoring position, said employee shall not be involuntarily assigned again until all other qualified employees have been assigned.
                  No teacher shall serve as a mentor to more than one provisional/alternative route teacher simultaneously.
                  Work day same as all full-time teachers.
                  Article 20
                  Reduction In Force
              If a reduction-in-force is being considered, the Board, via the Superintendent, shall notify the Association as soon as practicable but not less than sixty (60) days before the layoff is to take place.

              Tenure teachers on layoff shall be considered as awaiting recall.
              All tenure teachers on layoff and the Association shall receive written notice of the deadline time for them to exercise recall rights at least sixty (60) days before such deadline.
              With regard to basic skills teacher’s seniority shall be based on the applicable tenure statutes. In the event a basic skills teacher transfers to a classroom position, the step on the salary guide will be equal to years of experience in the school district.
              Article 21
              Miscellaneous Provisions

                The Board and the Association agree that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures and policies of the school system shall clearly exemplify that there is no discrimination in hiring, training, assignment, promotion, transfer or discipline of teachers or in the application of administration of this Agreement on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, domicile or marital status.

                If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement 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 to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications shall continue in full force and effect.
                The following “No Strike Clause” is included:

                  “The Association covenants for itself, its officers and representatives and its members not to engage in, authorize, promote, aid, encourage, or condone any strike, work stoppage, walk-out or work refusal (hereinafter called job action). No employee included within this bargaining unit shall engage in any such “job action” by the Association, its officers, representatives or members or by any such employee. Any job action shall be violation of this Agreement. In furtherance of this covenant, the Association pledges to actively discourage and to take whatever affirmative steps are necessary to prevent or terminate any such “job action” by its members.

                  This covenant shall be equally applicable to any such “job action” by the Association or its members in support of any “job action” by any other employee union or group of employees.

                  This covenant shall be effective during the term of this Agreement and shall continue in force after the expiration of the term of this Agreement during any period prior to the execution of a successor Agreement.

                  Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit or restrict the Board in its right to seek and obtain such judicial relief as to which it may be entitled.

                  The Board of Education agrees that it shall not lock out any employee during the term of this agreement.
                Three copies of this Agreement shall be reproduced at the expense of the Board after agreement with the Association on format within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed. The Agreement shall be available for review by all teachers now employed, hereafter employed, or considered for employment by the Board.

                Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties to this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provision(s) of this Agreement, either party shall do so in writing at the following address:
                    If by Association, to the Board at
                      Board Office
                      Oaklyn Public School
                      Kendall Blvd.
                      Oaklyn, NJ 08107
                    If by Board to the
                      President of the Association at his school address or at his home address during Christmas, spring and summer vacations.

                      Article 22
                      Duration Of Agreement
                This Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2005 and shall be in effect until June 30, 2008.

                The parties agree to reopen negotiations pursuant to Article 2, A.
                IN WITNESS THEREOF, The Board of Education of the Borough of Oaklyn, Camden County, New Jersey and the Oaklyn Education Association, have caused these presents to be signed by their proper officers and their respective Corporate Seals to be annexed hereto this ___ day of ____, 2006.


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              Oaklyn BE and Oaklyn EA 2005.pdf