Contract Between
Somers Point B/E-Atlantic
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Somers Pt EA
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07/01/2004 thru 06/30/2007

CategorySchool District
UnitAides, Clerical, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below

Agreement between




Covering the period

July 1, 2004


June 30, 2007

Table of Contents

Article Title Page

I Recognition 3
II Negotiations Procedures 4
III Representation Fee 4
IV Grievance Procedure 6
V Employees Rights 9
VI Association Rights and Privileges 10
VII School Calendar 11
VIII Teaching Hours and Teaching Load 11
IX Non-Teaching Duties 13
X Teacher Employment 13
XI Salaries 13
XII Miscellaneous Terms and Conditions-Secretaries, Instructional and
Non-Instructional Aides 14
XIII Teacher Assignment 17
XIV Voluntary Transfer and Reassignment 18
XV Involuntary Transfer and Reassignment 19
XVI Summer School/Home Teaching/Federal Programs 19
XVII Procedures for Complaints Against Staff 19
XVIII Sick Leave 19
XIX Temporary Leaves of Absence 20
XX Extended Leaves of Absence 20
XXI Professional Development and Educational Improvement 22
XXII Miscellaneous Provisions 23
XXIII Insurance Protection 23
XXIV Severance Pay-Accumulated Sick Pay 24
XXV Promotions 25
XXVI Employee Evaluation 26
XXVII Association/Administration Liaison 27
XXVIII Teachers’ Facilities 27
XXIX Duration of Agreement 27
Schedule A-1 Teachers’ Salary Guide – 2004-2005 29
Schedule A-2 Teachers’ Salary Guide – 2005-2006 30
Schedule A-3 Teachers’ Salary Guide – 2006-2007 31
Schedule A Conversion Chart 32
Schedule B Extracurricular Activities Stipends – 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 33
Schedule C Secretaries’ Salary Guide – 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 34
Schedule D Instructional Assistants’ Salary Guide – 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 35
Schedule E Instructional Aides’ Salary Guide – 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 36
Schedule F Non-Instructional Aides Hourly Rate Guide – 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 37

This Agreement entered into this 27th day of April 2004, by and between the City of Somers Point Board of Education in the County of Atlantic, hereinafter called the “Board” and the Somers Point Education Association hereinafter called the “Association”. The Term of this contract will be July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007.

A. In accordance with Chapter 123, P.L. of New Jersey, the Board recognizes the Association as the sole and exclusive representative for collection negotiations for all staff members who hold one of the following positions:


but excluding all those holding the position of:


B. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “employees” when used hereinafter in this Agreement shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiation unit as above defined, and references to male teachers shall include female employees.

C. “Instructional assistants” are defined as employees possessing 60 or more undergraduate credits who are carrying out the functions of instructional aides.
    NOTE: An asterisk (*) indicates articles that pertain to professional employees under TPAF only.

    A. The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor agreement, such negotiations shall be according to the Rules and Regulations of P.E.R.C. in the school year in which this agreement expires. Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to all employees in the unit, be reduced to writing and be adopted and signed by the Board and ratified and signed by the Association.

    B. Neither party in any negotiation shall have any control over the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party.

    A. Purpose of Fee

    If an employee who is included in the bargaining unit does not become a member of the Association during any membership year which is covered in whole or 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 employees per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.

    B. Amount of Fee

    1. 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.

    2. Legal Maximum

    In order to adequately offset the per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative, the representation fee would be equal in amount to the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to set up to 85% of that amount as the maximum amount set by statute.

    C. Deduction and Transmission of Fee

    1. Notification

    Once during each membership year covered in whole or in part by this agreement, the Association will submit to the Board a list of those employees who have not become members of the association for the then current membership year. The Board will deduct from the salaries of such employees, in accordance with paragraph 2 below, the full amount of the representation fee and promptly will transmit the amount so deducted by the Association.

    2. Payroll Deduction Schedule

    The Board will deduct the representation fee in equal installments, as nearly as possible, from the paychecks paid to each employee on the aforesaid list during the remainder of the membership year in question. The deduction will begin with the first paycheck paid:

    (a) 10 days after receipt of the aforesaid list by the Board,

        (b) 30 days after the employee begins his or her employment in a bargaining unit position, unless the employee previously served in a bargaining unit position, and continued in the employ of the Board in a non-bargaining unit position or was on layoff, in which event the deductions will begin with the first paycheck paid 10 days after the resumption of the employee’s employment in a bargaining unit position, which is later.

    3. Termination of Employment

    If an employee who is required to pay a representation fee terminates his or her employment with the Board before the Association has received the full amount of the representation fee to which it is entitled under this Article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in question.

    4. Mechanics

    Except as otherwise provided in this Article, the mechanics for the deduction of representation fees and the transmission of such fees to the Association will, as nearly as possible be the same as those used for the deduction and transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.

    5. Changes

    The Association will notify the Board in writing of any changes in the list provided for in paragraph 1 above and/or the amount of the representation fee, and such changes will be reflected in any deductions made more than 10 days after the Board received said notice.

    6. New Employees

    On or about the last day of each month, beginning with the month this agreement becomes effective, the Board will submit to the Association a list of all employees who began their employment in a bargaining unit position during the preceding 30 day period. The list will include names, job titles and dates of employment for all such employees.

    A. Definitions

    1. Grievance

    A “grievance” is a claim by an employee or the Association based upon the interpretation, application or violation of this agreement policies, and administrative decisions and practices affecting the terms and conditions of employment of a teacher or group of teachers.

    A grievance to be considered under this procedure must be initiated in writing within thirty (30) calendar days from the time when the grievant knew or should have known of its occurrence.

    2. Aggrieved Person

    An “aggrieved person” is the person(s) to whom it is alleged an injury has occurred excepting:
        (a) An employee not covered by the terms of this contract;
        (b) A non-tenure employee whose complaint arises by reason of his not being re-employed;
        (c) An employee whose complaint is 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;
        (d) An employee whose complaint is:
            1. Any matter for which a method of review is prescribed by law;
    2. Any application of a rule or regulation of the State Board of Education;
            3. Any situation upon which the Commissioner of Education has rules or has the power to rule;
    4. Any matter in which this board does not have the power to act.

    An aggrieved person shall continue to perform in his position under the direction of the Superintendent and Administrators pending the outcome of any grievance hereunder.

    3. Party in Interest

    A “party in interest” is the person(s) 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.

    B. Procedure

    Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decision on a grievance within the specified time limits shall permit the grievant 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 waiver of further appeal of the decision.

    1. Level One - Principal or Immediate Superior

    An employee with a grievance shall first discuss it with his immediate supervisor with the objective of resolving the matter informally. If the grievance is not adjusted to the satisfaction of the teacher within five (5) school days following the discussion, the employee shall refer the grievance to the principal within ten (10) school days of the initial filing of the grievance with the principal who shall render his decision within five (5) school days.

    2. Level Two - Superintendent

    The employee grievant, no later than five (5) school days after the receipt of the decision of his principal or other immediate superior, may appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools. The appeal to the Superintendent must be made in writing specifying: (a) the nature of the grievance; (b) the nature and extent of the injury, loss or inconvenience; (c) the results of previous discussion; (d) his dissatisfaction with the decisions previously rendered; and (e) the remedy sought. The Superintendent shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, but within a period not to exceed ten (10) school days from the receipt of the appeal. The Superintendent shall communicate his decision in writing to the employee grievant, to the Association and to the principal or other immediate supervisor. The Superintendent shall personally hear the employee grievant if desired and agreed upon by both parties.

    3. Level Three - Board of Education

    If the grievance is not resolved to the grievant’s satisfaction he may no later than five (5) school days after receipt of the Superintendent’s decision request a review by the Board of Education. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education. The Board, or a committee thereof, shall review the grievance and shall hold a hearing with the employee grievant at the request of the grievant. The Board shall render a decision in writing and forward copies thereof to the grievant and to the Association within thirty (30) calendar days from the time the Board receives the grievance. The referred to hearing shall be held within a reasonably expeditious time after receipt of the appeal notice.

    4. Level Four - Arbitration

    Failure to settle a matter of grievance shall be resolved in the following manner:
    (a) If the decision of the Board does not resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the Association and the Association wishes review by a third party, the Association shall so notify the Board through the Superintendent within ten (10) school days of the receipt of the Board’s decision, except in the case of grievance involving any of the following points:
    (1) Any matter for which a method of review is prescribed by law or, any rule or regulation of the State Board of Education or any matter which according to law is either beyond the scope of Board authority or limited to action by the Board alone;
    (2) A complaint of a non-tenured teacher which arises by reason of his not being re-employed;
    (3) An employee whose complaint is occasioned by appointment to or lack of appointment to retention in or lack of retention in any position for which is either not possible or not required;
    (4) No grievance other than that arising from interpretation and application of contract provisions shall be submitted to binding arbitration.
    (b) The Public Employment Relations Commission procedures shall be followed to secure the services of an arbitrator.
    (c) The arbitrator shall limit himself to the issues submitted to him and shall consider nothing else. He can add nothing to, nor subtract anything from, the agreement between the parties. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon both parties. Only the Board and the aggrieved and his representatives shall be given copies of the arbitrator’s award. This shall be accomplished within thirty (30) days of the completion of the arbitration proceedings.
    (d) The fee and expenses, if any, of the arbitrator, shall be shared by each party paying one-half.

    C. Rights of Employees to Representation

    1. Any aggrieved person may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure by himself, or, at his option, by the Association or by a representative selected by him.
    2. When an employee is not represented by the Association in the processing of a grievance, the Association shall, at the time of submission of the grievance to the Board of Education, be notified by the Superintendent that the grievance is in existence and shall be notified of the result.
    3. No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by the Board or any member of the administration against any party in interest, any representative, a member of the Association, or any other participant in the grievance procedure by reason of such participation.

    D. Miscellaneous

    1. Separate grievance file

    All documents, communications and records dealing with the processing of a grievance shall be filed in a separate grievance file and shall not be kept in the personnel file of any of the participants.

    2. Forms

    Forms for filing grievances, serving notices, taking appeals, making reports and recommendations, and other necessary documents, shall be prepared jointly by the Superintendent and the Association.

    3. Meetings and Hearings

    No meetings or hearings under this procedure shall be conducted in public.

    A. Statutory Savings Clause

    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.

    B. Evaluation of Students

    The teacher shall determine grades and other evaluations of students within the grading policies of the Board based upon his professional judgment of available criteria pertinent to any given subject area or activity to which he is responsible. No grade or evaluation shall be changed without prior discussion with the teacher.

    C. Association Identification

    No employee shall be prevented from wearing pins or other identification of membership in the Association or its affiliates.

    D. Just Cause Provision

    No tenured teacher shall be discharged, disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation, or deprived of any professional service 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.

    A. The Board agrees to make available to the Association in response to reasonable requests from time to time any public information of the Board. The Board will provide to the Association President, on a monthly basis and in advance of the meeting, a copy of the Board Agenda for the month and a copy of the Board minutes from the preceding month.

    B. Whenever any representative of the Association or any employee is mutually scheduled by the parties to participate during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, or other pertinent matters mutually agreed upon, as approved by the Superintendent, he shall suffer no loss in pay.

    C. The Association and its representatives shall have the privilege to use school buildings at all reasonable hours in accordance with Board policy.

    D. The Association shall have the privilege to use the inter-school mail facilities and school mailboxes as it deems necessary and without approval of building principals or other members of the administration.
    E. The rights and privileges of the Association and its representatives and set forth in this Agreement, shall be granted only to the Association as the exclusive representative of the employee, and to no other employee organizations.

    F. The Association shall have the right to use school facilities and equipment at reasonable times when such equipment is not otherwise in use, providing such notification is made in advance to the building principal. The Association shall pay for the cost of all materials and supplies incident to such use and for any repairs necessitated as a result thereof.

    G. The Board shall provide to the Association President one copy of each proposed board policy change or addition at such time as the same is recommended to the Board for first reading by the Board Policy Committee. In addition, the Board shall provide one copy of the board policy per school building as well as updating them as necessary.

    H. The Board shall provide the Association President with a half-hour a week to perform his or her duties. It is agreed that the half-hour will be in lieu of the assigned half-hour of duty assigned weekly.


    A. The Superintendent shall consult with the President of the Somers Point Education Association concerning the school calendar prior to Board adoption.

    B. The number of pupil contact days remains as in the past in accordance with the past practices of the Board of Education and consistent with State regulation. New teachers may be required to attend one (1) additional day for orientation.

    C. All professional staff shall have a l83 work day calendar for the term of this contract. The additional day, added beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, is to be used by the Board to provide in-service that counts toward the “100 hour” State requirement. If it is not used for this purpose, then it cannot be used and the work calendar shall be 182 days.

    A. Arrival and Dismissal Time and Student Instructional Time

    1. *The certified staff is expected to devote to their assignment the time necessary to meet their responsibilities. However, no teacher shall be required to report for duty earlier than fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the pupils school day and shall be permitted to leave twenty (20) minutes after the close of the pupils school day except when faculty meetings are scheduled, in-service training is scheduled when pupils are on half session, parent conferences are scheduled, or other professional responsibilities of an emergency nature arise. Administrative permission to leave school earlier than twenty (20) minutes after the end of the pupils day may be granted on request of the teacher.

    Teachers will be permitted to leave at the close of the pupils school day preceding holidays.

    In the event of an emergency the Superintendent shall seek the agreement of the Somers Point Education Association before requesting the teachers to remain after school.

    2. Effective with the 2001-2002 school year student instructional time shall be increased 20 minutes from within the existing (2000-2001) work day for elementary schools and 10 minutes from within the existing (2000-2001) work day for the Middle School. Homeroom shall be considered as instructional time.
      B. *Each teacher shall have a duty free lunch period equal in length to the time of the pupil’s lunch period. Teachers will not be required to supervise in the lunchroom or on the playground during their duty free lunch period through the course of the year.

      C. *Teachers shall be required to attend faculty or other professional meetings, providing at least one day’s notice has been given. Where notice has not been previously given, and the meeting is of an “emergency” nature, the teacher will not be held responsible for attending if he has so notified the building principal or Superintendent of a previous commitment.

      D. *The Board may require each professional unit member to attend three workshops at 100% cost to the Board with the approval of the Superintendent and/or Supervisor of Instruction.

      E. *A written plan for equalized duty will be implemented. Effective 1995-96, said plan will be collaboratively developed between the teachers and the administrators.

      F. *Teachers are expected to participate in field trips from time to time which extend beyond the regular school day without additional compensation, however, teachers will be paid $50.00 (Fifty Dollars) per trip for any over night trip.

      G. *The Board will consider written requests from teachers when they request relief from trips involving overnight stays with students.

      H. *If enough teachers do not volunteer to chaperone overnight field trips, as determined by the Administration, the Board shall cancel the field trip.

      I. Teachers agree to work the following day:
              2004-2005 - 6 hours 42 minutes
              2005-2006 - 6 hours 45 minutes
              2006-2007 - 6 hours 50 minutes
      The time increase is non-instructional time.
      Secretaries and Aides are not required to increase their day.

      A. List of Non-Teaching Duties

      Personnel other than teachers shall perform the following duties:
      1. Keeping registers and/or custodial functions
      2. Standard Achievement tests and Intelligence tests will be machine scored once per year.

      B. Every effort will be made to provide a daily preparation period for every classroom teacher in addition to his lunch period. The Kindergarten teacher will receive at least three preparation periods per week.

      A. Teachers returning to full time employment from an authorized leave of absence from the schools of this district shall upon returning to the system receive one year credit on the salary schedule for each year of military experience to a maximum of four years. Alternative Civilian service such as Peace Corps or VISTA at National Training Corps may be considered for credit on the recommendation of the Superintendent and the approval of the Board.

      B. Tenured teachers shall be notified in writing of their contract and salary status for the ensuing year according to law, if negotiations are completed. Non-tenured teachers shall be notified in writing according to law of their status.

      C. Previously accumulated unused sick leave days will be restored to all teachers returning from an approved leave of absence.

      A. The salary guides of all teachers covered by this agreement are set forth in Schedule A attached hereto and made a part hereof. However, the salary increments specified in these guides are not automatically granted, but are conditioned upon the recommendation of the Superintendent as delineated, NJSA 18A 29:14.

      B. The salary of a “teacher” shall be paid every other Friday.

      C. Each employee may individually elect to have ten percent (10%) of his monthly salary deducted from his pay. These funds shall be sent to the credit union on a monthly basis, in the employee’s name.

      A. Salaries
      1. Salary guides for 10 and 12 month secretaries are attached hereto and made a part hereof as Schedule C.
      2. Salary guides for Instructional Assistants are attached hereto and made a part hereof as Schedule D.
      3. Salary guides for Instructional Aides are attached hereto and made a part hereof as Schedule E.
      4. Salary guides for Non-Instructional Aides are attached hereto and made a part hereof as Schedule F.

      B. Extra Pay

      For working during school emergency, time and a half will be given to the secretary for the hours worked in school when school has been closed for an emergency (snowstorm, equipment breakdown, etc.). Secretaries will be compensated for 3 hours for each required evening conference session. Approval for working evening conferences shall be made by the Principal.

      C. Workshops will be considered professional days and paid by the Board of Education including mileage and reasonable expenses with prior approval from the Superintendent (the decision is not grievable).
        D. Daily Work Hours

        1. Twelve Month Secretaries
        The in-school workday for twelve-month secretaries shall not exceed seven and one-half (7 1/2) hours inclusive of a sixty-minute duty-free lunch period. Summer work hours (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or such other six and one-half hour per work day schedule as shall be approved by the supervising administrator) inclusive of a sixty minute duty-free lunch period shall commence no later than seven (7) work days after the last day for students in June and shall end August 31st.

        2. Ten Month Secretaries

        The in-school workday for ten-month secretaries shall not exceed seven and one-half (7 1/2) hours inclusive of a sixty minute duty-free lunch period. The work year for ten-month secretaries shall be from September 1 to June 30.

        E. Instructional Assistants, Instructional Aides and Non-Instructional Aides
                Instructional Assistant- 60 credits (County Substitute Certificate required)
        Instructional Aide - Less than 60 credits
        Non-Instructional Aide Less than 60 credits

        F. Daily Work Hours-Instructional Assistants, Instructional Aides & Non-Instructional Aides

        The in-school workday for all Instructional Assistants, Instructional Aides & Non-Instructional aides shall not exceed six and one-half hours inclusive of a thirty-minute lunch period.

        G. Work Year – Instructional Assistants, Instructional Aides and Non-Instructional Aides

        The work year for all Instructional Assistants, Instructional Aides and Non-Instructional Aides shall be 180 days.
          H. Seniority and Job Security

          1. Definition

          School District seniority is defined as a service by appointed employees in the School District in the collective bargaining unit covered by this Agreement. An appointed employee shall lose all accumulated school district seniority only if he/she resigns or is discharged for cause, irrespective of whether he/she is subsequently re-hired by the school district.

          2. Job Security

          No employee shall be dismissed or be subject to a reduction in salary except for inefficiency, incapacity, conduct unbecoming an employee or other just cause, following written notice of such reasons and a hearing before the Superintendent of Schools. If an employee is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her case, he/she may request a hearing before the full Board of Education. If it is found that such cause does, in fact, exist, then it is sufficient for such reduction in salary or dismissal. Should the employee not be satisfied by the determination of the Board, at his/her request, the matter shall be subject to the grievance procedure and arbitration in the same manner and to the same extent as is provided for arbitration of grievances by this Agreement.

          In the event of any Reductions in Force (RIF), district-wide seniority shall apply. The Board shall retain the right to reduce the number of positions when done in good faith and for just cause.

          Any such reduction as above defined shall only be accomplished in accordance with the following procedures:
              The employee(s) affected by such a reduction shall have seniority rights over the most junior employee within the category of employment and those employee(s) thus affected shall retain the same rights in replacing the most junior employee(s). All reduction in force shall be based on inverse of seniority, i.e. last hired, first terminated.

              It is mutually agreed that the person exercising seniority rights over a junior employee in seniority rights must have the same skills as the junior employee.
          I. Holidays

          All Secretaries shall be entitled to the same holidays and vacation periods, with pay as the teaching staff, including two (2) days to attend the NJEA Convention. Twelve-month secretaries shall be entitled to the additional following holidays with pay:

          Independence Day
          Labor Day

          J. Vacations for Twelve Month Secretaries

          1. Vacations will consist of 10 working days from year 1 to 3 years of service. Vacations after four years of service and up to 10 years of service will consist of 15 working days. Vacations after 10 years of service shall be 20 working days. Vacations will be scheduled with prior approval of the building principal and/or the Superintendent.

          2. When a ten (10) month secretary moves to a twelve (12) month position, each ten (10) month year she/he worked in the ten (10) month position shall be counted as a full year of service for vacation credit purposes.

          3. No more than 25% of an individual secretary’s annual entitlement may be used when school is in session. A secretary may not take more than three (3) consecutive weekdays for vacation purposes during the period when school is in session.

          K. Travel Expenses
          See Article XIII; Section B; Paragraph 2.

          L. Insurance

          See Article XXIII.

          M. Severance Pay-Accumulated Sick Pay

          See Article XXIV

          N. Overtime-Secretaries
          Secretaries shall be paid straight time through 40 hours per week and then be paid at time and one-half for all time worked after 40 hours per week. Overtime must be requested by the administrator.

          ARTICLE XIII

          A. Notification

          1. Date for presently employed teachers

          All teachers shall be given written notice of their class and/or subject assignments, building assignments and room assignments for the forthcoming year not later than June 1st. A list of said schedules and assignments shall be simultaneously sent to the Association. Any revision shall be subject to the conditions set forth in part XIII, A-2.

          2. Revisions

          In the event that changes in such schedules, class and/or subject assignments, building assignments, or room assignments are made after August 1, the Association and any teacher affected shall be notified promptly in writing and upon the request of the teacher and the Association the changes be promptly reviewed between the Superintendent or his representatives and the teacher affected and, at his option, a representative of the Association.

          B. Traveling Teachers

          1. Schedules

          Schedules of teachers who are assigned to more than one school shall be arranged so that no such teacher shall be required to engage in an unreasonable amount of inter-school travel. Such teachers shall be notified of any changes in their schedules as soon as practicable.

          2. Traveling Reimbursement

          Teachers who are assigned to more than one school may apply for mileage for travel between schools. The distance to and from the teacher’s home shall not be included in weekly mileage reports. The teacher sent by the school authorities on school business shall receive the maximum allowable by IRS. To receive reimbursements a form must be completed and submitted to the Board office.

          ARTICLE XIV

          A. Notification of Vacancies

          1. Date

          No later than April 15th of each school year, the Superintendent shall deliver to the Association and post in all school buildings a list of known vacancies, which shall occur during the following school year. As vacancies occur after the above date, they shall be posted in all school buildings.

          2. Filing Requests

          Teachers who desire a change in grade and/or subject assignment, or who desire to transfer to another building, may file a written statement of such desire with the Superintendent. Such statement shall include the grade and/or subject to which the teacher desires to be assigned and the school, or schools to which he desires to be transferred in order of preference.

          Such requests for transfers and reassignments for the following year shall be submitted not later than May 15.

          B. Criteria for Assignment

          In the determination of requests for voluntary reassignment and/or transfer, the wishes of the individual teacher shall be considered to the extent that the transfer does not conflict with the instructional requirements and best interests of the school system as defined by the Superintendent.

          ARTICLE XV

          Notice of an involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be given to teachers as soon as practicable. Except in case of emergency teachers will be notified not later than June 1.
          ARTICLE XVI

          All openings for positions in the summer schools home teaching federal projects and other programs (including non-teaching positions for which teachers may be qualified and eligible) shall be publicized by the Superintendent. Summer school openings shall be publicized not later than the preceding May 1 and teachers shall be notified of the action taken not later than June 1. Home teaching openings shall be posted as they occur.
          ARTICLE XVII

          A. Procedural Requirements

          Any complaint regarding a teacher made to any member of the administration by any parent, student or other person, which does or may influence evaluation of a teacher, shall be processed according to the procedure outlined below.

          B. Meeting with Principal or Immediate Superior

          The Principal or immediate superior shall meet with the teacher to apprise the teacher of the full nature of the complaint and they shall attempt to resolve the matter informally.

          C. Right to Representation

          The teacher shall have the right to be represented by the Association at any meetings or conferences regarding such complaint.
          SICK LEAVE

          A. All 10 month employees shall be entitled to ten (10) sick leave days each school year and 12 month employees shall be entitled to twelve (12) sick leave days each school year as of the first official day of said school year whether or not they report for duty on that day. Unused sick leave shall be cumulative from year to year with no maximum limit.

          B. Each teacher shall be notified in writing of the total amount of unused sick leave credited to him September 30th each year.

          ARTICLE XIX

          A. Personal Leave Days

          Teachers and ten-month employees shall be granted three (3) leave of absence days per year. Twelve-month employees shall be granted four (4) leave of absence days per year. Unused leave of absence days shall be cumulative as sick days. Personal Leave may only be taken in full day segments. The employee must apply for Personal Leave three (3) days in advance of the day(s) requested except in the case of emergency or extenuating circumstances. The applicant must receive the Superintendent’s approval in advance except for emergencies. No personal leave days may be taken on the day immediately preceding or following a holiday or vacation without prior consent of the Superintendent.

          B. Compassionate Leave

          Up to five (5) additional days per year shall be granted at any one time in the event of death or serious illness of a teacher’s spouse, child or parent. Three (3) additional days per year shall be granted in the event of death or serious illness of a teacher’s son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent and any other member of the immediate household. Teachers shall be granted one (1) day per year in the event of the death of a close friend. Compassionate leave may only be taken in full day segments. The employee must apply for compassionate leave three (3) days in advance of the day(s) requested when possible.
          ARTICLE XX

          All candidates for an unpaid leave of absence should be aware of the following conditions:

          1. During any leave of absence, all costs for fringe benefits will be borne by the candidate if such benefits are desired.

          2. Upon return from a leave of absence a teacher shall be placed on the next step of the salary scale. Example: a teacher with 10 years of service would return on the eleventh (11) step of the scale. A step is not given for the year he is on leave.

          3. By March 30th of the year of the unpaid leave of absence, the candidate will notify the Superintendent in writing of his intention to return to a teaching position of his certification. Failure to notify the Superintendent may result in disciplinary action by the Board, or lack of employment by the Board.

          4. The Board of Education will not be financially responsible for courses taken during an unpaid leave of absence.

          A. *A leave of absence without pay of up to two (2) consecutive years may be granted to any teacher who joins the Peace Corps, VISTA, National Teacher Corps, or serves as an exchange or overseas teacher, and is a full-time participant in either of such programs, or accepts a Fulbright Scholarship.

          B. Good Cause

          Other leaves of absence without pay may be granted by the Board for good reason. Nothing in this agreement shall obligate the Board of Education to grant Good Cause Leave of Absence to non-tenured employees beyond the end of their contract period.

          C. Child-Rearing Leave of Absence

          A female employee who becomes pregnant may remain in her position as long as her physical condition does not incapacitate her in the efficient and thorough performance of her duties. When the disability attendant upon childbirth, miscarriage or abortion occurs or when competent medical authority attests that her physical condition is such that she cannot continue in her position, she shall be awarded sick leave to the extent of her entitlement until such time as she is physically able to return to work. A pregnant employee may request leave of absence without pay, and it shall be granted by the Board of Education. Such leave shall not exceed one year in duration unless the Board agrees to the extension of time requested and its expiration shall coincide with the beginning of a school year. An employee whose leave of absence begins before she has become eligible for sick leave (see above) may not receive sick leave benefits.

          Nothing in this Agreement shall obligate the Board of Education to grant maternity leaves of absence to non-tenured employees beyond the end of their contract periods.

          D. Illness in Family

          A leave of absence without pay of up to one year shall be granted for the purpose of caring for a sick member of the employee’s immediate family. Additional leave may be granted at the discretion of the Board. A medical doctor’s certificate will be required. Nothing in this agreement shall obligate the Board of Education to grant leave of absence for illness in the family to non-tenured employees beyond the end of the contract period.

          E. Educational/Health Leaves of Absence

          An unpaid leave of absence up to one year shall be granted by the Board of Education to a maximum of two employees for educational purposes, health reasons or travel. Only teachers are eligible for leave for educational purposes. A leave that is granted for health reasons will be certified by a physician. The Board reserves the right to challenge the physician’s findings. Requests for an unpaid leave of absence will be granted by seniority in years of teaching and priority according to educational purposes, health reasons and travel.

          1. Requests

          Requests for an unpaid leave of absence must be received by the Superintendent in writing in such form as shall be mutually agreed upon by the Association and the Superintendent no later than January 1; and, action must be taken on all requests no later than February 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which the unpaid leave is requested. Said requests shall be responded to in writing.

          2. Minimum Time to Qualify
          The teacher has completed at least ten (10) school years of service in the Somers Point School District.
          ARTICLE XXI

          A. The Board of Education will reimburse 100% of tuition up to six (6) credits per year (up to the Rowan State College graduate tuition rate as of July 1st of each year) per teacher for teachers pursuing graduate studies under the following conditions:
              1. Such courses carry graduate credits and are related to duties performed by the teacher. The determination of whether a course meets this standard shall be made by the Superintendent before the start of study.
              2. The Board of Education will provide a pool of tuition reimbursement money of $35,000 each year of the contract. When the pool is close to depletion, seniority will prevail.
          3. The teacher receives a grade of not less than “B” for the course.
              4. Online/video courses will be approved if accredited by a national recognized Accrediting Agency.

          B. The staff member shall apply in writing for reimbursement on a form provided by the Superintendent’s office, and shall support such application by suitable evidence of successful completion of the courses and the amounts of tuition paid. A teacher will not be reimbursed for more than six credits per year unless recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board of Education.
          ARTICLE XXII

          A. If any provision of the 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.

          B. Any individual contract between the Board and an individual employee heretofore or hereafter executed, shall be subject to and consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If an individual contract contains any language inconsistent with this Agreement, this Agreement, during its duration shall be controlling.

          C. Copies of the Agreement shall be printed and collated within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed, and shall be presented to all employees represented by the Association. The cost of printing the Agreement shall be shared equally by the Association and the Board.

          D. Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties to this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provisions of this agreement, either party shall do so in writing to be sent to the following addresses:

          1. If by the Association to: Board of Education, Jordan Road School
          2. If by the Board to: Somers Point Education Association, Jordan Road School

          A. The Board shall pay the full cost of the hospital plan providing hospital, medical surgical costs, Rider J coverages and major medical benefits under the New Jersey State Health Benefits Plan Program, or equal..

          B. It is agreed that in the case of new employees, health insurance protection shall be provided as soon as possible consistent with the insurance carrier’s enrollment procedures. Effective July 1, 2001, employees hired after July 1, 1999 but before July 1, 2003, shall receive Board-paid single coverage in the P.O.S. plan for the first two years of employment and then full coverage at any enrollment level in the P.O.S. plan at Board expense. Effective July 1, 2003, employees hired after July 1, 2002, shall receive Board-paid single coverage in the P.O.S. plan for the first year of employment and then full coverage at any enrollment level in the P.O.S. plan at Board expense. Employees receiving P.O.S. coverage may buy up to higher cost insurance through payroll deduction.

          C. The Board agrees to pay the cost of full coverage of the Pharmaceutical Program. Said plan shall have a $1.00 generic; $5.00 brand name; and $0.00 mail order co-pay.

          D. The Board shall pay for full family coverage of a dental plan under Dental Benefit Management, Inc., or a similar plan mutually agreed to by both parties. In school year 2006-2007 every employee will contribute through payroll deductions $200.00 per year for Dental coverage. Employees willing to drop Dental coverage will not have to contribute.

          E. The Superintendent shall permit representatives of the Prudential National Income Protection Plan to meet with teachers for the purpose of enrolling new members and permitting present members to adjust their coverage’s at faculty meetings on a district or building level at the request of the Association.

          Requests for such meeting shall be made no more than once a year. It is agreed that the Prudential representative shall be permitted a minimum of twenty (20) minutes for the meeting.

          F. Any married staff member who has health insurance coverage provided by his or her spouse may, upon presentation of proof of such coverage, request that the insurance coverage otherwise required by this agreement shall be canceled. Such cancellation shall entitle the staff member to a payment in lieu of health benefits coverage in the sum of $1,500.00 additional compensation per annum to be paid, pro rated and subject to withholding, at the end of each contract year.
          ARTICLE XXIV

          A. Upon retirement from the Somers Point School District, the Board of Education agrees to pay the retiring employee a sum equal to 60% of any unused, accumulated sick leave. Said amount will be based upon the employee’s final daily rate of pay based on 1/200 of their annual contract for a ten month employee and 1/240 of their annual contract for a twelve month employee; said payment shall not exceed a total of $18,000.

          B. A retired employee shall be defined as one who is fifty (50) years of age or older and who has served twenty (20) years or more in the Somers Point School District. Up to four (4) years credit for military service, Peace Corps/VISTA service may be applied to establish twenty years in the district. Credit will not be given, however, for sick days during said four (4) years. Written notice must be given twelve (12) months of the expected retirement date. In the event of the employee’s death, after age fifty (50) and twenty (20) years continuous service in the Somers Point School District and after submission of a letter of retirement, beneficiaries of the deceased employee will receive the financial sick-leave benefits. In cases where twelve (12) months notice cannot be given and the employee requests a waiver, the Board of Education will evaluate the request.

          C. In order to be eligible for severance pay, an employee must have a minimum of twenty-five (25) accumulated sick leave days.

          ARTICLE XXV

          A. Positions Included

          Promotional positions are defined as follows: Positions paying a salary differential and/or positions on the administrator-supervisory levels of responsibility including but not limited to positions as principal. All vacancies in promotional positions, including specialists and/or special project teachers, pupil personnel workers and positions in programs funded by the Federal government shall be adequately publicized by the Superintendent in accordance with the following procedure:

          1. Date of Posting

          When school is in session, a notice shall be posted in each school as far in advance as practicable. A copy of said notice shall be given to the Association at the time of posting. Teachers who desire to apply for such vacancies shall submit their applications in writing to the Superintendent within the time limited specified in the notice, and the Superintendent shall acknowledge promptly in writing the receipt of all such applications. Applications shall be kept on file in the Superintendent’s office.

          2. Application Procedure

          Teachers who desire to apply for a promotional position which may be filled during the summer period when school is not regularly in session shall submit their names to the Superintendent together with the positions for which they desire to apply, and an address where they can be reached during the summer. The Superintendent shall notify such teachers of any vacancy in a position for which they desire to apply. Such notice shall be sent as far in advance as practicable. The Superintendent shall post a list of promotional positions to be filled during the summer period at the administrative office in each school and a copy of said notice shall be given to the Association.

          B. Criteria for Notice

          In both situations set forth in Section A, the qualification for the position, its duties, and the rate of compensation shall be clearly set forth. No vacancy in a promotional position shall be filled other than in accordance with the above procedure.

          C. Method of Selection

          All qualified teachers shall be given adequate opportunity to make application and no position shall be filled until all properly submitted applications have been considered.
          ARTICLE XXVI

          A. Intent

          It is agreed that prior to the start of the school year the Superintendent, Supervisor of Instruction, President and Vice-President of the Somers Point Education Association shall meet to discuss evaluation procedures to be used during the school year.

          B. General Criteria

          1. Open Evaluation
          All monitoring or observation of the work performance of an employee shall be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the employee. The use of eavesdropping, public address, cameras, audio systems and similar surveillance devices is strictly prohibited.

          2. Copies of Evaluation

          An employee shall be given a copy of any written evaluation report prepared by his evaluators at least one (1) day before any conference to discuss it. No such report shall be submitted to the Central Office, placed in the employee’s file or otherwise acted upon without prior conference with the employee. All evaluations shall be signed by the employee to acknowledge receipt. No employee shall be required to sign a blank or incomplete form.

          C. Evaluation Procedure

          1. Communication

          Prior to any evaluation report, the immediate superior of an employee shall have had appropriate communication, including, but not limited to, all steps in paragraph 2 below.

          2. Reports

          (a) Such reports shall be issued in the immediate name of the superior based on written observation.
          (b) Such reports shall be addressed to the employee.

          D. Personnel Records

          1. File

          An employee shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of his personnel file and to receive one (1) copy at Board expense of any documents contained therein. An employee shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association accompany him during such review. At least once every ten (10) years, an employee shall have the right to indicate those documents and/or other materials in his file which he believes to be obsolete or otherwise inappropriate to retain. Said documents shall be reviewed by the Superintendent or his designee and if, in fact, they are obsolete or otherwise inappropriate to retain, they shall be destroyed.

          2. 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 employee’s inspection.

          A. Meetings with Superintendent

          The Association’s representatives shall meet regularly with the Superintendent during the school year to review and discuss current school problems.

          A. The Board of Education will provide a call-in service for teachers’ use concerning securing substitute teachers. Teachers will not be required to call their own substitutes.
          ARTICLE XXIX

          A. This agreement shall be effective as of the date first written above. This agreement’s term shall end 6/30/2007.

          B. This Agreement shall not be amended nor modified in whole or in part by the parties hereto except by written agreement ratified and adopted in the same manner as the original Agreement.

          C. In witness whereof the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective presidents attend to by their respective secretaries all on the day and year first written.

          For the Somers Point Board of Education For the Somers Point Education Association

          ___________________________ _____________________________
          President President

          ___________________________ _____________________________ Secretary Secretary

          Date: _______________________________


          STEP BA BA+15 BA+30 MA+15 MA+30

          1 $37,949 $39,149 $41,049 $42,249 $43,549

          2 38,001 39,201 41,101 42,301 43,601

          3 38,079 39,279 41,179 42,379 43,679

          4 38,287 39,487 41,387 42,587 43,887

          5 38,495 39,695 41,595 42,795 44,095

          6 38,703 39,903 41,803 43,003 44,303

          7 39,528 40,728 42,628 43,828 45,128

          8 39,939 41,139 43,039 44,239 45,639

          9 43,116 44,316 46,216 47,416 48,716

          10 47,803 49,003 50,903 52,103 53,403

          11 52,808 54,008 55,908 57,108 58,408

          12 59,151 60,351 62,251 63,451 64,751

          13 65,392 66,592 68,492 69,692 70,992

          13 65,392 66,592 68,492 69,692 70,992

          STEP BA BA+15 MA MA+15 MA+30

          1 $39,298 $40,498 $42,398 $43,598 $44,898

          2 39,352 40,552 42,452 43,652 44,952

          3 39,433 40,633 42,533 43,733 45,033

          4 39,648 40,848 42,748 43,948 45,248

          5 39,863 41,063 42,963 44,163 45,463

          6 40,079 41,279 43,179 44,379 45,679

          7 40,934 42,134 44,034 45,234 46,534

          8 41,359 42,559 44,459 45,659 46,959

          9 44,649 45,849 47,749 48,949 50,249

          10 49,503 50,703 52,603 53,803 55,103

          11 54,686 55,886 57,786 58,986 60,286

          12 61,253 62,453 64,353 65,553 66,853

          13 67,392 68,592 70,492 71,692 72,992



          STEP BA BA+15 MA MA+15 MA+30

          1 $40,678 $41,878 $43,778 $44,978 $46,278

          2 40,762 41,962 43,862 45,062 46,362

          3 40,984 42,184 44,084 45,284 46,584

          4 41,207 42,407 44,307 45,507 46,807

          5 41,429 42,629 44,529 45,729 47,029

          6 42,313 43,513 45,413 46,613 47,913

          7 42,753 43,953 45,853 47,053 48,353

          8 46,154 47,354 49,254 50,454 51,754

          9 51,171 52,371 54,271 55,471 56,771

          10 56,529 57,729 59,629 60,829 62,129

          11 63,318 64,518 66,418 67,618 68,918

          12 69,392 70,592 72,492 73,692 74,992


          2003/2004 2004/2005 2005/2006 2006/2007

          Yrs. Exp./Step Yrs. Exp./Step Yrs. Exp./Step Yrs. Exp./Step

          NEW 1 NEW-1 1
          NEW 1 1 2 2 2
          NEW 1 1 2 2 3 3 3
          1-2 2 2-3 3 3-4 4 4-5 4
          3-5 3 4-6 4 5-7 5 6-8 5
          6 4 7 5 8 6 9 6
          7 5 8 6 9 7 10 7
          8 6 9 7 10 8 11 8
          9 7 10 8 11 9 12 9
          10-12 8 11-13 9 12-14 10 13-15 10
          13 9 14 10 15 11 16 11
          14 10 15 11 16 12 17+ 12
          15 11 16+ 12 17+ 13 17+ 12
          16 12 17+ 13 17+ 13 17+ 12
          17+ 13 17+ 13 17+ 13 17+ 12


          2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007

          $1700.00 $1800.00 $1900.00

          ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR: $4,000.00


          Art, Basketball (Intramurals Boys 7 & 8 Gr., Boys JV, Girls 7 & 8, Girls JV), Band, Drama, 8th Grade Advisor, Boys and Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Softball, Student Council, Student of the Month Club, Year Book, Natural High Coordinator and Builders Club, Think Day, Homework Club, and Newspaper.


          STEP 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006/2007

          1 $21,996 $23,328 $24,642 $25,938

          2 22,296 23,646 $1,650 24,978 $1,650 26,292 $1,650

          3 22,611 23,946 1,650 25,296 1,650 26,628 1,650

          4 22,940 24,261 1,650 25,596 1,650 26,946 1,650

          5 23,269 24,590 1,650 25,911 1,650 27,246 1,650

          6 23,598 24,919 1,650 26,240 1,650 27,561 1,650

          7 23,927 25,248 1,650 26,569 1,650 27,890 1,650

          8 24,257 25,577 1,650 26,898 1,650 28,219 1,650

          9 24,586 25,907 1,650 27,227 1,650 28,548 1,650

          10 24,915 26,236 1,650 27,557 1,650 28,877 1,650

          11 25,244 26,565 1,650 27,886 1,650 29,207 1,650

          12 25,573 26,894 1,650 28,215 29,536 1,650

          13 25,902 27,223 1,650 28,544 29,865 1,650

          OG $27,453 OG $29,103 OG $30,753 OG $32,403
          OG 28,001 OG 29,651 OG 31,301 OG 32,951
          OG 29,298 OG 30,948 OG 32,598 OG 34,248
          OG 30,920 OG 32,570 OG 34,220 OG 35,870

          LONGEVITY: $720
          Longevity is earned after the completion of the 5th year in the district. Additional longevity is earned after completion of the 10th, 15th, and 20th years, up to and including the 25th year.

          6 HOURS WORK DAY - 180 DAYS PER YEAR

          2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007


          1. $10,568 1. $10,944 1. $11,302 1. $11,673
          2. 10,730 2. 11,148 2. 11,513 2. 11,890
          3. 10,894 3. 11,319 3. 11,728 3. 12,112
          4. 11,492 4. 11,908 4. 12,338
          5. 11,687 5. 12,090 5. 12,527
          6. 11,867 6. 12,295 6. 12,719
          7. 12,029 7. 12,484 7. 12,935
          8. 12,182 8. 12,655 8. 13,134


          1. $13,351 1. $13,876 1. $14,383 1. $14,908
          2. 13,551 2. 14,083 2. 14,598 2. 15,131
          3. 13,760 3. 14,294 3. 14,817 3. 15,358
          4. 13,980 4. 14,515 4. 15,039 4. 15,588
          5. 14.211 5. 14,747 5. 15,271 5. 15,821
          6. 14,456 6. 14,991 6. 15,515 6. 16,065
          7. 14,711 7. 15,249 7. 15,771 7. 16,322
          8. 14,973 8. 15,518 8. 16,043 8. 16,592

          OG $17,857 OG $18,837 OG $19,817 OG $20,848
          OG $21,135 OG $22,295 OG $23,455 OG $24,675

          OG $35,569 OG $36,636 OG $37,735 OG $38,867
          OG +3%

          UNDER 60 CREDITS
          6 HOUR WORK DAY - 180 DAYS PER YEAR

          2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007


          1. $ 9,533 1. $ 9,894 1. $10,241 1. $10,600 2. 9,689 2. 10,056 2. 10,409 2. 10,774
          3. 9,859 3. 10,221 3. 10,579 3. 10,950
          4. 10,400 4. 10,752 4. 11,129
          5. 10,579 5. 10,941 5. 11,312
          6. 10,779 6. 11,129 6. 11,510
          7. 10,979 7. 11,340 7. 11,708
          8. 11,179 8. 11,550 8. 11,929


          1. $12,039 1. $12,492 1. $12,928 1. $13,378
          2. 12,239 2. 12,700 2. 13,143 2. 13,600
          3. 12,448 3. 12,911 3. 13,361 3. 13,826
          4. 12,668 4. 13,131 4. 13,583 4. 14,056
          5. 12,899 5. 13,364 5. 13,815 5. 14,289
          6. 13,144 6. 13,607 6. 14,059 6. 14,533
          7. 13,399 7. 13,866 7. 14,315 7. 14,790
          8. 13,662 8. 14,135 8. 14,587 8. 15,060

          18. $18,874 18. $19,910 18. $20,946 18. $22,036
          OG $22,482 OG $23,716 OG $24,950 OG $26,948


          STEP 2004-05 2005-069 2006-07

          1 $7.51 $7.79 $8.11
          2 $7.61 $7.89 $8.21
          3 $7.71 $7.99 $8.31
          4 $7.81 $8.11 $8.41
          5 $7.91 $8.21 $8.53
          6 $8.01 $8.31 $8.63
          7 $8.11 $8.41 $8.71
          8 $8.21 $8.51 $8.81

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