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This Agreement, entered into this 20th day of December, 2005, by and between the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UPPER DEERFIELD, in the County of Cumberland, hereinafter called the “Board” and the UPPER DEERFIELD ADMINISTRATORS’ ASSOCIATION, hereinafter called the “Association”.
RECOGNITION AND DEFINITIONS1:1 The Upper Deerfield Board of Education hereby recognizes the
Upper Deerfield Administrators’ Association as the exclusive and sole
representation for the collective negotiations concerning the terms and
conditions of the employment for all Principals and Directors employed
by the Board.
1:1.1 For purpose of clarity, the term "administrator" when used in this
contract shall refer to all persons/positions represented by the UDAA in
the negotiating unit as defined above. Reference to one gender shall
include the other gender unless expressly stated.
1:1.2 The term "Board" shall include its officers and agents.
1:2 The Board agrees not to negotiate with any organization as representative
for the administrators other than that designated as the representative for
the duration of this Agreement.
Article Two Except as this Agreement shall otherwise provide, all terms and conditions
of employment applicable on the signing date of this Agreement to
administrators covered by this Agreement established by the rules,
regulations and/or policies of the Board administrative procedures and
practices in force on said date, shall continue to be so applicable during
the terms of this Agreement. Unless otherwise provided in this
Agreement, nothing contained herein shall be interpreted and/or applied
so as to eliminate, reduce nor otherwise detract from any employee
benefit existing prior to its effective date.
Article Three3:1 Effective July 1, 2006, all of the UDAA employees shall receive a 4.2% increase:
Effective July 1, 2008, all of the UDAA employees shall receive a 4.2%
Effective July 1, 2007, all of the UDAA employees shall receive a 4.2% increase.
These salaries are set forth in Appendix A which is made part of
3:2 Paychecks shall be issued the 15th of each month and the
last day of each month. When a payday falls on, or during, a school
holiday, vacation, or weekend, employees shall receive their paychecks
on the last previous working day. If a payday falls on a Monday,
paychecks shall be issued on the last previous working day. Ten month
employees shall be issued their final checks five (5) workdays after the
close of the school year but in no case earlier than June 20.
3:3 An administrator may individually elect to have bimonthly deductions
taken from his/her salary in elected denominations for payment in an
individual account in the Cumberland County Federal Credit Union.
However, the amount of such initial bimonthly deduction shall remain
in effect until the first pay period of the following September or January,
at which time the administrator may elect to change or establish a
deduction amount. All requests for changes must be forwarded on the
proper forms to the Business Office prior to August 30th or December
30th. Credit Union loan deductions shall not be affected by this
3:4 An administrator may individually elect to have bimonthly deductions
taken from his/her salary for deposit in a Board approved Tax Shelter
Annuity Plan. However, the amount of such bimonthly initial deduction
shall remain in effect until the first pay period of the following September
or January, at which time the administrator may elect to change or
establish a deduction amount. All requests for changes must be
forwarded on the proper forms to the Business Office prior to August
30th or December 30th. Credit Union loan deductions shall not be affected
by this article.
3:5 The Board will provide for electronic deposit of paychecks. Such deposit
shall be limited to one account designated by the administrator and one
change shall be permitted during the school year. Timelines for
enrollment and for a single change shall be determined by the Board.
A minimum of (20) participants, made up of administrators, teaching
staff or other employees entitled to this benefit shall be required for
this benefit to be activated.
Article Four4:1 The Upper Deerfield Township Schools' ten month school calendar
HOLIDAY, VACATION AND COMPENSATORY TIME
includes legal holidays, N.J.E.A. Convention, Winter Recess and
Spring Recess. The Superintendent of Schools reserves the right to
require any or all administrators to work during any of the days off,
other than legal holidays. Administrators required to work over
summer days off or on holidays, other than legal holidays, will be able
to take like time worked off, up to three days, during the school year
as compensation for their service to the school district or shall be paid
his/her per diem rate for each day the administrator works, as approved
by the Superintendent. Days worked in addition to three will be paid
at the per diem rate. Twelve month administrators' calendar includes
one additional legal holiday, July 4. Twelve month administrators are
granted 20 days of vacation time per school year commencing the
second year and each subsequent year they are employed by the
district. New twelve-month administrators, or ten-month administrators
moving to twelve months, are granted 15 days of vacation time in the
first year in addition to the school holidays previously listed.
Article Five5:1 The Board shall give notice at the time of hiring to all employees hired
that the responsibility for filling out the proper enrollment cards rests
with the employee. No employee shall be covered unless he/she has
requested coverage and has signed the necessary documents subject to
the enrollment policies of the insurance company.
Any employee denied coverage due to the failure of the employer to give
the appropriate said notice or to properly process the employee documents
shall be made whole by the Board.
5:l.l For all administrators, the Board shall pay 100% of the premium for
coverage in the New Jersey State Health Benefits Plan (New Jersey
Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Rider J benefits, major medical coverage),
or equal to or better than Board approved medical coverage, for the
administrator and any eligible dependent (s), subject to the
enrollment policies of the insurance company. Such premium
5:2 All administrators shall receive, upon their request, coverage in a
payments shall be for the full twelve (12) month period of the
coverage year and for the duration of the Agreement.
5:3 All administrators shall receive, upon their request, payment of the
The rights for the prescription plan shall be subject to the provisions of
prescription plan for the administrator and any eligible dependent(s). In no event, shall the administrator's portion of the premium exceed his/her contribution rate in effect on June, 2000. The maximum administrator co-pay for each prescription is $25 as agreed upon in the previous agreement.
the enrollment policies of the Insurance Company. New enrollees may
enroll during open enrollment periods as provided by the Insurance
administrator's share plus 100% of the family plan premium for those
who qualify, of a dental plan including major coverage with the Board's
share capped at the 1994-95 level. The cost of the dental plan shall be
supplemented by the administrator to meet any increased premium cost.
The rights for the dental plan shall be subject to the provisions of the
enrollment policies of the Insurance Company. New enrollees may
enroll during open enrollment periods as provided by the Insurance
5:4 The benefits set forth in this article shall be subject to the provisions
of the enrollment policies of the Insurance Company(ies). New
enrollees may enroll during open enrollment periods as provided by
the Insurance Company(ies).
5:5 Eligible employees that choose to not be covered through the district’s medical, prescription rider, or dental plans will receive 35% of the Board’s cost for that insurance in lieu of coverage. The amount will be paid at the end of the school year each June.
Those declining coverage must meet the following conditions:
a. Proof must be provided that the employee is covered by a medical plan under another plan and a waiver must be signed.
b. Anyone declining coverage in the current year can only return to coverage after reapplying during an open enrollment event or upon the loss of the other coverage based upon the happening of a “life event” such as death of a spouse, divorce, spouse’s loss of job, or other similar situation. In that event, the employee will be required to reimburse the Board, by payroll deduction, for any excess payments received.
Article Six6:1 During the term of this Agreement, any administrator who shows
evidence of successful completion of post-graduate courses in the
field of education, supervision, or administration taken during
the duration of this Agreement and approved by the Superintendent
prior to enrollment in the courses shall be reimbursed for up to nine
(9) credits per school year at the current Rutgers University tuition
cost per graduate credit only. In order to obtain reimbursement for
a course, an administrator must achieve a grade of "B" or better.
With prior approval of the Superintendent, a grade of "Pass" in a
course graded on a pass/fail basis, will be reimbursed.
6:2 Administrators having completed post-graduate courses must submit
a billform with evidence of course completion not later than two
months after completion of the courses in order to receive reimbursement.
6:3 The Board will continue to make payments to help defray the costs of
professional association memberships. The Board sets these payments
at $1,442 for the first year, $1,485 for the second year, and $1,530 for the
third year of this contract. The $100.00 (One hundred dollars), which is the Legal Defense Fund portion of the dues to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, will be paid by the administrator. Any unused portion of this payment shall be retained by the Board.
Article Seven7:1 DEFINITION
A grievance is a claim by an administrator or the Association based upon
the interpretation, application, or violation of this Agreement, policies,
or administrative decisions affecting the administrator's or group of
administrators' terms and conditions of employment.
7:2.1 Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decision on a
grievance within the specified time limits shall permit the aggrieved
administrator(s) to proceed to the next step. Failure at any step of this
procedure to appeal a grievance to the next step within the specified
time limits shall be deemed to be acceptance of the decision rendered
at that step. All procedural timelines for any grievance(s) filed after
May 31st and before August 15th shall be determined by school days and
not calendar days. Calendar days shall apply under all other
7:2.2 It is understood that administrators shall, during and notwithstanding
the pendency of any grievance, continue to observe all assignments and
applicable rules and regulations of the Board until such grievance and
any effect thereof shall have been fully determined.
7:2.3 Level One:
7:2.3a Any administrator(s) with a grievance shall first discuss it with the
Superintendent in an attempt to resolve the matter informally.
7:2.3b A grievance to be considered under this procedure must be initiated
within thirty (30) calendar days of its occurrence or within thirty (30)
calendar days of when the administrator(s) should have know of the
occurrence. If the grievance is not filed within this thirty (30) calendar
days limit, the grievance is deemed waived.
7:2.3c A decision shall be rendered by the Superintendent within fourteen (14)
calendar days after presentation of the grievance at this Level.
7:2.4 Level Two
resolved to the administrator's(s') satisfaction, he/she/they may request a
If, as a result of the informal discussion, the grievance is not
review by the Board of Education within fourteen (14) calendar days of
the Superintendent's written response or within (14) calendar days from
when a decision should have been rendered. The request shall be
submitted through the Superintendent of Schools, who shall attach all
related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education at its
next regular meeting. The Board shall review the grievance and shall
hold a hearing with the administrator(s) within thirty (30) days of said
Board meeting and render a decision in writing within fifteen (15)
calendar days from the date of the final hearing with the administrator(s).
The grievance shall be in writing and specify:
1) The nature of the grievance
2) The nature and extent of the injury, loss or inconvenience
3) The result of previous discussions
4) His/her/their dissatisfaction with decisions previously rendered (in the informal step)
5) Remedy sought
7:2.5 Level Three
No claim by any administrator(s) shall constitute a grievable matter
beyond Level Two or be processed beyond Level Two if it pertains to:
7:2.5a Any matter for which a method of review is prescribed by law, or any
rule or regulation of the State Commissioner of Education, or any
matter which, according to law, is either beyond the scope of Board
authority or limited to action of the Board alone.
7:2.5b Dismissal or failure to renew the contract of a non-tenured administrator.
7:2.5c A complaint by certificated personnel occasioned by appointment to or
lack of appointment to, retention in or lack of retention in any position
for which tenure is either not possible or not required.
7:2.5d If the administrator(s) or the Association is/are dissatisfied with the
decision of the Board of Education, and only if the grievance pertains to
a violation of this Agreement between the Board and the Association
and/or terms and conditions of employment, the Association or
administrator(s) may request the appointment of an arbitrator. Such
request shall be made known to the Superintendent by certified mail,
receipt returnable, no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the
decision of the Board, in writing.
7:3 ARBITRATION PROCESS
7:3.1 The following procedure will be used to secure the services of an
7:3.1a A joint request will be made to obtain the services of a mutually
7:3.1b If the parties are unable to determine a mutually satisfactory arbitrator,
they will request the Public Employment Relations Commission to submit
a roster of names.
7:3.1c If the parties are unable to determine, within fourteen (14) calendar days
of the initial request a mutually satisfactory arbitrator from the submitted
list, the Public Employment Relations Commission may be requested by
either party to designate an arbitrator.
7:3.2 The arbitrator shall limit himself/herself to the issues submitted to him/her
and shall consider nothing else. He/she can add nothing to nor subtract
anything from the Agreement between the parties or any policy of the
Board of Education. The parties further agree to accept the arbitrator's
award as final and binding upon them.
7:4.1 Each party will bear the total cost incurred by themselves.
7:4.2 The fees and expenses of the arbitrator are the only costs which will
will shared by the two parties and such costs will be shared equally.
7:4.3 If time is lost by any administrator(s) due to arbitration proceedings
necessitating, as determined by the Board of Education, the retention
of a substitute(s), the Board of Education shall pay the cost of the
substitute(s). The time lost by the administrator(s) must be without
pay from the Board of Education unless the decision is in favor of the
administrator(s). However, the administrator(s) may use personal or
vacation days, if such time is available to attend the arbitration
proceedings. Effort shall be made to schedule such proceedings after
Article Eight8:1 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 laws and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, and of the United States, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the right:
8:1.1 To the executive management and administrative control of the school
system and its properties and facilities, and the activities of its
8:1.2 To hire all administrators and, subject to the provisions of law, to
determine their qualifications, and the conditions for their continued
employment, or their dismissal or demotion; and to promote and transfer
all such administrators.
8:1.3 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;
8:1.4 To decide upon the means and methods of instruction, and the duties,
responsibilities, and assignments of teachers/administrators, and other
employees with respect thereto, and non-teaching activities, and the
terms of employment.
8:2 The exercise of the foregoing powers, rights, authorities, 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 the specific
specific and express terms hereof are in conformance with the
and express terms of this Agreement and then only to the extent such
Constitution and the laws of the State of New Jersey and the Constitution
and laws of the United States.
8:3 Nothing contained herein shall be considered to deny or restrict the Board
of its rights, responsibilities and authorities under the New Jersey General
School Laws or any other national, state, county, district, or local laws or
regulations as they pertain to education.
Article Nine9:1 In accordance with existing laws, the Board hereby agrees that every party
to this Agreement shall have the right freely to organize, join and support
the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective
negotiations and other concerted activities for mutual aid and protection.
As a duly selected body exercising governmental power under color of
law of the New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not
directly or indirectly discourage or deprive or coerce any administrator in
the enjoyment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public laws of l974
or other laws of New Jersey or the Constitutions of New Jersey and the
United States; that it shall not discriminate against any administrator with
respect to sex, race, religion, creed, age, hours, wages, or any terms or
conditions of employment by reason of his/her membership in the
Association and its affiliates, his/her participation in any activities of the
Association and its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or
his/her institution of any grievance, complaint or proceeding under this
Agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms or conditions of
9:2 Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any
administrator such rights as he/she may have under New Jersey School
Laws or other applicable laws and regulations.
9:3 Subject to law, no administrator shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced
in rank or compensation or deprived of any professional advantage
without just cause. Any such action asserted by the Board or any agent
or representative thereof, shall be subject to the grievance procedure
herein set forth.
9:4 Required Meetings or Hearings
9:5 Criticism of Administrator(s)
Whenever any administrator is required to appear before any supervisor,
the Board or any committee member, representative or agent thereof,
concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of
that administrator in his/her office, position or employment, or the salary
or any increments pertaining thereto, then he/she shall be given prior
written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview and shall be
entitled to have a representative present to advise him/her and represent
him/her during such meeting or interview if the administrator so requests.
Any suspension of an administrator shall be in accordance with NJSA
Title 18A and other applicable laws, statutes and/or court decisions.
9:5.1 Any questions, complaints or criticism by the Superintendent, a board
member, or by any officer, agent or employee of the Board, of an
administrator and his/her methodology shall be made in confidence and
and not in the presence of students, parents, or other public gatherings
unless the administrator requests that such discussion or criticism be held
9:5.2 Any complaints or criticism regarding an administrator made to any
member of the Board or officer, agent, and/or employee thereof, by any
in evaluating an administrator shall be called to the attention of the
parent, student, or other person, which are or may be used in any manner
administrator within ten calendar days of the time the complaint or
criticism is received by the full Board.
The Superintendent shall establish supervisory procedures that will
guarantee a minimum of three (3) written evaluations per year for each
non-tenured administrator consistent with the law. Tenured administrators
shall receive at least one (1) written evaluation per year.
10:2 GENERAL CRITERIA
10:2.1 Evaluation Procedures
Any evaluation statements that could, in the administrator's judgment,
affect his/her employment status shall be made in writing, and presented
to the administrator. She/he shall have the right to discuss such
evaluative material with his/her supervisor and respond in writing before
it is placed in his/her personnel file.
10:2.2 Right of Administrator to Respond
A conference shall be arranged upon request between the evaluator and
the administrator. At such time, the administrator is entitled to have
his/her response to the evaluation heard and appended to the evaluation
report. The administrator shall reserve the right for written comment or
rebuttal to such material before final placement in his/her personnel file.
10:3 PERSONNEL RECORDS
An administrator shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents
of his/her personnel file and to receive a copy of any document at Board
10:3.2 Derogatory Material
No material derogatory to an administrator's conduct, service, character
or personality shall be placed in his/her personnel file unless the
administrator has had an opportunity to review such material by
affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed with the express
understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with
the contents thereof. In the event that the administrator in question
refuses to sign the copy of the material, another member of the
administrative association will affix his/her signature as witness,
indicating the refusal to sign, and the material will then be placed in
the administrator's personnel file. The administrator shall also have
the right to submit a written rebuttal to such material and said rebuttal
shall be reviewed by the Superintendent and attached to the file copy.
10:3.3 No Separate File
Although the Board agrees to protect the confidentiality of personal
references, academic credentials and other similar documents, it shall
not establish any separate personnel file which is not available for the
11:1 When a complaint of any kind regarding any administrator(s) is
made by a parent or guardian to any member of the Board or to
any officer, agent, and/or employee of the Board, the complaint
shall be handled by the Superintendent.11:2 The Superintendent shall immediately notify the administrator(s)
of the complaint and attempt to resolve it in discussion with the
administrator (s). If the Superintendent is unable to resolve the
problem satisfactorily with all concerned, he/she shall schedule
a meeting involving the concerned parties in an effort to resolve
the problem through direct discussion between the parties and the
Superintendent. If the complaint remains unresolved, the
Superintendent will involve the Board of Education, where efforts
fair one in the administrator (s) opinion, the administrator (s) is/are
will be made to resolve the situation. If the final decision is not a
entitled to file a grievance. The administrator(s) is/are entitled to
representation at all times and at all meetings.
Article Twelve12:1 INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS
TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS
12:2.1 Use of Voluntary Requests
Before a permanent vacancy shall be filled by means of involuntary
transfer or reassignment, a qualified volunteer shall be considered to
Notice of an involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be given to
administrators as soon as is practicable and, except in cases of emergency,
not later than the issuing of letters of intent for continuation of
12:2.3 Meeting and Appeal
An involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be made only after a
meeting between the administrator involved and the Superintendent, at
which time an administrator shall be notified of the reason thereof. In
13:1 The Board of Education recognizes that the daily schedule of an
the event the administrator objects to the transfer or reassignment at this
meeting, a meeting between said administrator and the Superintendent
shall be arranged upon the administrator's request. The administrator may,
at his/her option, have a representative present at such a meeting. If not
resolved to the administrator's satisfaction, a meeting shall be arranged
between the administrator and the Board of Education upon the
administrator's request. The administrator may at his/her option, have a
representative present at such a meeting.
HOURS OF WORK
administrator's work cannot be fixed. There will be times when an
administrator, in fulfilling his/her duties and responsibilities, will be
required to be in attendance during the evening or weekend. During
events deemed by the Superintendent to require the attendance of one or
more administrators and/or scheduled for other than normal school day
hours, the administrator(s) who is (are) assigned by the Superintendent
will be available and on duty in the school in which said event is being
held. At the sole discretion of the Superintendent, other arrangements for
administrative supervision and/or professional security services at said
event will be permitted or required. Whenever practicable, the
administrator(s) assigned this duty will be advised of the requirement for
their presence one (1) week prior to the date of the event. The
administrator will remain on duty until after the last member of the public
or professional staff member has safely exited the school grounds. It is
expected that each administrator shall work the necessary number of hours
per week to perform his/her job in an effective and efficient manner.
When an administrator provides coverage for another administrator, it
shall be assigned on an equitable basis.
Article Fourteen14:1 During the term of this Agreement, all administrators who are 10-month
employees covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to ten (10) sick
leave days each school year. Administrators who are 12-month employees
shall be entitled to twelve (12) sick days each school year. All sick leave
is available on the first official day of said school year, whether or not the
administrator(s) report(s) for duty on that day. Unused sick leave days
shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit.
14:2 NOTIFICATION OF ACCUMULATION
Administrators shall be given a written notice of accumulated sick leave
days at the time of the first salary payment of each school year.
14:3 REIMBURSEMENT FOR ACCUMULATED SICK LEAVE
The Board has allocated a bank of $18,000 to be utilized among eligible
UDAA members as a retirement bonus. This amount will be divided as
specified by the UDAA and paid to the individual, eligible administrators
14:4 Administrators hired after January 1, 1997 shall be paid fifty dollars ($50.00) per day for each day of accumulated unused sick leave upon his/her retirement. The maximum number of days said administrator may be reimbursed for shall be 100 days. Said monies shall be paid to all eligible administrators retiring from the Upper Deerfield Township Schools after a minimum of twelve (12) years continuous service to these schools. Administrators may opt to receive payment for this benefit up to twelve (12) months after retirement. Failure to notify the Board six months prior to retirement may result in postponement of the sick leave payment for one year, at the discretion of the Board. Eligible unit members with 12 continuous years of service shall have said benefit paid to their estate in the event of death. Administrators must be pension-eligible to receive this benefit. For the purposes of this article, pension-eligible shall mean, "the administrator must qualify under the guidelines of the NJ Division of Pensions (TPAF)".
upon their retirement from the Upper Deerfield Township Schools. Administrators hired after January 1, 1997 shall not be eligible for this benefit. Said monies shall be paid to all eligible employees retiring from the Upper Deerfield Township Schools after a minimum of twelve (12) years continuous service to these schools. Administrators may opt to receive payment for this benefit up to twelve (12) months after retirement. The estate of any administrator who dies between retirement and the deferred payment date shall receive the payment. In order to receive
reimbursement for this benefit an employee must notify the Board of his/her intention to retire six months prior to retirement. Failure to notify six months prior to retirement may result in postponement of the sick leave payment for one year, at the discretion of the Board. Eligible unit members with 12 continuous years of service shall have said benefit paid to their estate in the event of death. Administrators must be pension-eligible to receive this benefit. For the purposes of this article, pension-eligible shall mean "the administrator must qualify under the guidelines of the NJ Division of Pensions (TPAF)". This article shall expire when the allocated bank of $18,000 has been exhausted.
Article Fifteen15:1 TYPES OF LEAVES
TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE
following temporary nonaccumulated leaves of absence with full pay for
During the term of this Agreement, administrators shall be entitled to the
each school year, except as noted in 15:1.1 concerning Personal Day
Four days leave of absence for personal, legal business, household or
family matters which require absence during school hours. Applications
to the Superintendent for personal leave shall be made at least 24 hours
before taking such leave (except in the case of emergencies) and the
applicant for such leave shall not be required to state the reason for taking
such leave other than that he/she is taking it under this section. This leave
may not be taken on a day immediately before or after a holiday unless
such leave is specifically approved by the Superintendent. The decision of
the Superintendent to grant or not to grant such leave shall not be
challengeable under the grievance procedure contained in this Agreement.
No personal days may be used within the first and last five (5) work days
of school year or within five (5) days of the last day of school unless an emergency exists. Three unused personal days in any year shall be added to the administrator's accumulated sick leave total if the administrator has accumulated 75 or more days of sick leave. If the total number of accumulated days is less than 75 all four days may roll over into the administrator’s accumulated time.
Time necessary for appearances in any legal proceedings connected with
employment or with the school system or in any other legal proceeding,
if the administrator is required by law to attend.
A leave of absence of up to five (5) school days shall be granted for death
in the immediate family. The immediate family is considered to be
husband, wife, child, father, mother, brother, sister, mother-in-law, or
shall be granted emergency leave of absence, depending on the individual
father-in-law. Upon notification of the Superintendent, an administrator
circumstances as reviewed and determined by the Superintendent. In all
other cases of death, other than the immediate family, as defined, an administrator shall be granted time off to attend a funeral at the discretion
of the Superintendent.
15:1.4 Professional Visitation
Time shall be provided for the purpose of visiting other schools and
attending meetings or conferences of an educational nature, with approval
of the Superintendent. Registration, food and lodging (when appropriate)
will be paid by the Board of Education within preapproved limits and with
documentation of expenditures. Travel expenses at the IRS mileage rate
will also be paid. After the visitation or conference, a written report is to
be submitted to the Superintendent summarizing the professional
15:1.5 Good Cause
Other leaves of absence with pay may be granted by the Board for good
15:2 In Addition to Sick Leave
Leave taken pursuant to Section 16:1 above shall be in addition to any sick
leave to which the administrator is entitled.
Article Sixteen16:1 MATERNITY LEAVE
EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
16:1.1 Definition: The term "maternity leave" does not refer to involuntary
absence from assigned duties solely during the period of pregnancy-
related disabilities. Such an absence is governed by Article 15 of this
Agreement. The term "maternity leave" refers to a voluntary absence
from active employment either:
a. commencing while the pregnant administrator is physically able to
b. commencing after the end of a pregnancy-related disability of the
effectively perform her duties and continuing through the period of
a pregnancy-related disability; or
16:1.2 Procedure: Maternity leave without pay shall be granted by the Board
administrator or of the administrator's spouse for the purpose of child care.
of Education in accordance with the following procedure and shall be in
addition to any time requested under the New Jersey State or Federal
Family Leave Acts:
a. All initial applications for, and applications for extensions or
b. The administrator shall request maternity leave to the Superintendent
reduction of, maternity leave shall be made in writing to the
c. The requested date of commencement or termination of the maternity
of Schools in writing at least sixty (60) days before the date she/he
wishes his/her leave to begin. Such written request shall specify the
date when the administrator wishes his/her leave to begin and to end.
d. Following the grant of such leave, the administrator may request a
leave may be changed within a semester by the Superintendent if she/he finds that the grant of a leave for those dates would substantially interfere with the administration of the school, provided that such a change is not contrary to what is medically advisable.
e. The Board may require an administrator, during her pregnancy, to
reduction of maternity leave. Such request shall be in writing to the Superintendent. The Board may grant such proposed reduction. The Board may require the administrator to produce a certificate from her physician stating that she is physically able to work effectively at her assigned duties.
f. In the event of any question as to the condition of the pregnant administrator, a conference shall be arranged between the Board's physician and the attending physician.
produce certificates from her physician stating that she may continue working effectively at the duty to which she has been assigned.
g. Nothing stated herein is intended to restrict the right of the Board to
h. Any administrator shall be granted maternity leave for the entire
remove any pregnant administrator from her duties if it should determine that her performance has substantially decreased from the time immediately prior to her pregnancy or for any other just cause.
i. Time spent on maternity leave of absence shall not count toward salary guide placement experience, sick leave accumulation, etc.
academic school year in which the maternity leave began.
16:1.3 ADOPTION LEAVE
Any administrator may apply for a leave in the case of adoption by such
administrator of a child four (4) years of age or younger under the same
terms as the maternity or child care leave above; except that the sixty (60)
day notice in 17:1.2b hereinabove shall be an intent notice, and actual
notice shall be presented when the administrator has notice of the actual
adoption. If the child is more than four (4) years of age, such leave may
be granted at the sole discretion of the Board. Adoption leaves shall begin
upon the administrator's receiving de facto custody of the infant child, or
earlier if necessary to fulfill the requirements for the adoption.
16:2 CHILD REARING LEAVE PROCEDURE
Child rearing leave, without pay, will be granted upon Board approval
under the following procedures and shall be in addition to any time
requested under the New Jersey State or Federal Family Leave Acts:
16:2.1 All initial applications for child rearing leave shall be made in writing
to the Superintendent.
16:2.2 Such written requests shall specify the date when the administrator
and end of such leave shall be on a semester basis. However, in
wishes to begin or end leave. Under normal conditions, the beginning
16:3 ILLNESS IN FAMILY
emergency situations, leave could be granted under other arrangements.
A leave of absence, without pay, of up to one (1) year shall be granted for
the purpose of caring for a sick member of the administrator's immediate
family. Immediate family shall be spouse, children, parent (including
16:4 GOOD CAUSE
Other leaves of absence, without pay, may be granted by the Board for
All benefits to which an administrator was entitled at the time his/her
16:6 EXTENSIONS AND RENEWALS
leave of absence commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave,
shall be restored to said administrator upon his/her return, and he/she
shall be considered for the exact same position which the administrator
held at the time said leave commenced.
All extensions or renewals of leave shall be applied for; and, if granted,
shall be done in writing.
Article Seventeen17:1 If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement
to any administrator or group of administrators is held 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.
Article Eighteen18:1 This Agreement shall be for a period of three years from the effective
NEGOTIATION OF SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT
be reopened during that time except by mutual written agreement of the
date. Negotiations concerned with the terms of this Agreement shall not
18:2 Neither party in any negotiations shall have any control over the
selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party.
18:3 The parties mutually pledge that their representatives shall be clothed
with all necessary power and authority to make proposals, and make
counterproposals in the course of negotiations. However, the Board
negotiating team shall not have the authority to bind the Board, and all
agreements shall be subject to final approval of the Board of Education.
Additionally, the Association negotiating team shall not have the
authority to bind the Association, and all agreements shall be subject to
ratification by the Association.
18:4 This Agreement incorporates the entire understanding of the parties on
all matters which were the subject of negotiation. During the term of
this Agreement, neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect
to any such matters.
18:5 This Agreement shall not be modified in whole or in part by the parties
except by the instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.
18:6 Deadline Date – The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with the NJ Public Employment Relations Law (PERC) in a good-faith effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning the terms and conditions of employment. Such negotiations shall begin not later than October 1 of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the Agreement expires.
18:7 Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to all administrators in the bargaining unit, be reduced to writing, be submitted for ratification by the
Association and adoption by the Board, and be signed by the President of the Board and Business Administrator/Board Secretary and the President and Secretary of the Association.
DURATION OF AGREEMENT
In witness whereof, the Association has caused this Agreement to be signed
This Agreement, signed January 24, 2006 shall be effective as of July 1, 2006, and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2009.
by its President and Secretary and the Board has caused this Agreement to
be signed by its President, attested by its Business Administrator/Board
Secretary and its corporate seal to be placed hereon, all on the day and year
first above written.
UPPER DEERFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION
By Business Administrator
UPPER DEERFIELD ADMINISTRATORS' ASSOCIATION
* Lewis Katzmar
* Mr. Katzmar also receives a stipend for Affirmative Action Officer for the district. This is not reflected in the salary shown.