Contract Between
Lawnside B/E-Camden
- and -
Lawnside EA
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06/01/2014 thru 06/30/2017


CategorySchool District
UnitAides, Custodians, Mechanics, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

THE LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION

AND

THE LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP EDUCATION ASSOCIATION


2014-2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE NO.
TITLE
PAGE NO.
1
Recognition
1
2
Negotiation Procedure
1
3
Grievance Procedure
2
4
Employee Rights/Personnel Record
5
5
Reduction in Force
5
6
Work Year/Work Day
6
7
Professional Development and Improvement
13
8
Duty-Free Lunch Periods and Preparation
15
9
Salary Guides/Increments
16
10
Extra-Curricular Activities
17
11
Temporary Leaves of Absence
18
12
Extended Leaves of Absence
20
13
Disability/Child Rearing Leave
21
14
Sick Leave
22
15
Insurance
24
16
Deduction from Salary/Representation Fee
26
17
Employee Evaluation
29
18
Part-time Teachers’ Work Day, Leaves of Absence, and Other Terms and Conditions of Employment
29
19
Miscellaneous Provisions
30
20
Understandings Reached by the Parties
32
21
Duration of Agreement
33
APPENDICES
A
Grievance Form
35
B
Schedule X (Extra-Curricular Activities)
36
C-1
Teachers’ Salary Guide – 2014-2015
38
C-2
Teachers’ Salary Guide – 2015-2016
39
C-3
Teachers’ Salary Guide – 2016-2017
40
D-1
Maintenance, Grounds People, and Custodians’
Salary Guides – 2014-2015
41
D-2
Maintenance, Grounds People, and Custodians’
Salary Guides – 2015-2016
42
D-3
Maintenance, Grounds People, and Custodians’
Salary Guides – 2016-2017
43
E-1
Tier II Aides’ Hourly Rate Guides – 2014-2015
44
E-2
Tier II Aides’ Hourly Rate Guides – 2015-2016
44
E-3
Tier II Aides’ Hourly Rate Guides – 2016-2017
44

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ARTICLE 1
RECOGNITION

  1. The Board recognizes the Association as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiations concerning the terms and conditions of employment for all certified personnel and support staff including teacher aides (Tier II aides), maintenance mechanics, custodians and grounds person, whether under contract, or on leave, employed by the Lumberton Township Board of Education and reimbursed fully or partially by guides or scales represented in the terms and conditions of this agreement.
      Excluded are the Superintendent, Principals, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Principal, Child Study Team Director, Board Secretary/School Business Administrator, Educational Technology Director, Coordinator of Communication Services, Athletic Director, all Managerial Executives, Supervisors and employees within the meaning of the Act, Confidential employees, Clerical employees, Craft employees, Supervisory Employees, Daily Substitutes, EDC employees and all other employees employed by the Lumberton Township Board of Education.
  1. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “employee”, when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiations unit as defined. References to male employees shall include female employees.
ARTICLE 2
NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURE
  1. The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123 Public Law 1974 in a good-faith effort to reach agreement on matters concerning the terms and conditions of employees’ employment. The parties shall exchange written proposals simultaneously on the November 1st preceding the expiration of this Agreement. The parties shall schedule a date so that negotiations commence no later than November 15th. Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to all employees, be reduced to writing, be signed by the Board and the Association and be adopted by the Board.
  1. During negotiations, the Board and the Association shall present relevant data, exchange points of view and make proposals and counter proposals.
  1. Neither party in any negotiations shall have any control over the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party. The parties mutually pledge that their representatives shall be clothed with all necessary power and authority to make proposals, consider proposals, and make counter proposals in the course of negotiations as is allowed under Title 18A of the Statues of New Jersey.
D. 1. Representatives of the Board and the Association’s negotiating committee shall meet at the request of either party for the purpose of reviewing the administration of the Agreement, and to resolve problems that may arise. Each party shall submit to the other at least four (4) days prior to the meeting, an agenda covering matters they wish to address. LTEA shall deliver the LTEA’s proposed agenda to the Superintendent. These meetings are not intended to bypass the grievance procedure.
      2. All meetings between the parties shall be regularly scheduled, whenever possible to take place when the employees involved are free from assigned instructional responsibilities, unless otherwise agreed.
      3. Should a mutually acceptable amendment to this Agreement be negotiated by the parties, it shall be reduced to writing, be ratified by the Board and Association, and be signed by the authorized representative of the Board and the Association.
      4. Copies of the adopted Agreement shall be distributed after ratification to each member of the Association within 90 days. The cost of printing and distributing the collective bargaining agreement with be shared equally between the Board and the LTEA.

The Board or its representative shall not negotiate with any other individual or organization relative to terms and conditions of employment concerning the employees covered by Article 1 of this agreement, other than LTEA, for the duration of this Agreement.

During the term of this Agreement neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter whether or not covered by this Agreement and whether or not within the knowledge or contemplation of either of the parties at the time they negotiated or executed this Agreement.

G. This Agreement shall not be modified in whole or in part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.

ARTICLE 3
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

A. Definitions/Conditions
      1. A “Grievance” shall mean a complaint of an employee (1) that there has been as to him/her a violation, misinterpretation or inequitable application of any of the provisions of the Agreement (Articles under Section 1 shall be binding on both parties by the arbitrator’s decision. 1) or (2) that he/she has been treated unfairly or inequitably by reason or any act or condition which is contrary to established Board policy or administrative practice governing or affecting employees. (Articles under Section 2 shall be non-binding on both parties by the arbitrator’s decision.) However, the term “Grievance” shall not apply to any matter which (a) a method of review is prescribed by law or State Board Rule having the force and effect of law, or (b) the Board of Education is without authority to act or (c) a complaint of a non-tenured employee which arises by reason of his/her not being re-employed. As used in this definition, the term “employee” shall mean also a group of employees having the same grievance.
      1. An “aggrieved person” is the person or persons making the claim.
      1. A “party in interest” is the person or persons making the claim and any person who might be required to take action or against whom action might be taken in order to resolve the claim.
      1. Person or persons making such claim must do so within ten business days of the alleged incident or within ten business days of the time the affected party knew or should have known from the attendant circumstances that a potential grievance existed. Exceptions of business days shall be those days designated as “paid holidays” in Article 6, Section C.1.i. of this agreement.
      1. The attached grievance form shall be utilized in the filing of a complaint by a unit member.

B. Procedure
      1. Level One
          1. An employee with a grievance shall first discuss it with his/her principal or immediate supervisor, with the objective of resolving the matter informally.
          1. If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the result of discussion of his/her case at 1. (a) he/she may file a grievance in writing to the principal or immediate supervisor within ten (10) business days. He/she must render a written decision within five (5) business days from receipt of the written grievance.
      1. Level Two
          If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the principal’s or immediate supervisor’s decision at 1.(b), he/she may appeal in writing to the Superintendent within five (5) business days from receipt of that decision. The Superintendent must render a written decision within five (5) business days. Also, the Superintendent shall be available for discussion within these same five (5) business days with the grievant.
      1. Level Three
          If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s decision at Level Two, he/she may file a written appeal to the Board within fifteen (15) business days from receipt of the Superintendent’s decision. The Board shall meet with the aggrieved and the Association Representative(s) at the first regularly scheduled board meeting after notification (or by mutual agreement at the following regularly scheduled board meeting). Notification to the Board shall be addressed to the Board Secretary. The Board shall render a written decision within ten (10) business days of the meeting.*
      * Exceptions to time frames at Level Three and Four must be mutually agreed to by both parties.
      1. Level Four
          If the aggrieved is not satisfied with the decision at Level Three, within fifteen (15) business days from receipt of the Board’s written decision, the grievant may request arbitration of the dispute utilizing the American Arbitration Association.*

          The cost of arbitration will be borne equally by both parties.

          The Arbitrator shall not have the power to add to, or subtract from, or by any other means change the terms and conditions of this contract.

          Copies of all written correspondence from either party shall be promptly forwarded to the Board Secretary.

          If each party does not meet the contractual obligations of the time constraints, the grievance shall be considered null and void if the Association does not meet the requirements, or the grievance shall be granted to the aggrieved party if the requirements are not met by the Board.

          If is understood that reasonable extension to the time requirements will be granted in the event the Administration cannot provide a timely response due to the absence of applicable administrators.
      Exceptions to time frames at Level Three and Four must be mutually agreed to by both parties.

ARTICLE 4
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS/PERSONNEL RECORDS
  1. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any employee such rights as the employee may have under New Jersey School laws or other applicable laws and regulations.

B. 1. Upon twenty-four (24) hours written request to the superintendent, an employee shall have the right to review the content of his/her files during lunch and or break time or before or after working hours as mutually scheduled. The employee shall be entitled to be accompanied by an LTEA representative during such review.
      1. No material shall be placed in personnel files unless the employee has had the opportunity to review same. The employee shall have the opportunity to submit a written rebuttal to such material and his/her answer shall be reviewed by the Superintendent and attached to the file copy, where such material is not removed from the employee’s files.
          The employee shall initial and date all documents to be placed in the personnel file. The employee’s initials shall not mean agreement with the contents of the document, but that the contents of the document have been made known to the employee.
      1. If upon examining his/her files the employee has reason to believe that there are inaccuracies in documents contained therein, the employee may submit a written memorandum to the Superintendent explaining the alleged inaccuracy. If the Superintendent concurs with the employee’s contentions, the Superintendent shall either remove the faulty document or attach the employee’s memorandum to the document in the file and note thereon the Superintendent’s concurrence with the memorandum’s contents.

C. Upon request, the Board shall provide the Association with information necessary to negotiate and administer the collective bargaining agreement. The cost of copying such documents shall be in accordance with Board policy on copying costs and such copying costs to the Board shall not exceed $200 annually.

ARTICLE 5
REDUCTION IN FORCE
  1. Teachers
      Reduction in force of tenured teachers shall be in accordance with Title 18A, New Jersey Statutes annotated.
  1. Support Staff
      Seniority shall be based on continuous service in the district in a job title. The support titles under this Agreement are: Maintenance Mechanics, Grounds, Custodians, and Tier II Aides. An employee who is assigned to a different title retains his/her service time in the former title. In case of layoff, seniority in the title shall apply (i.e., last in, first out). In case of recall, inverse seniority shall apply (i.e., last out, first in). Recall shall be limited to five (5) years after the initial reduction-in-force.
  1. The Board and the Association shall jointly and cooperatively prepare a seniority list of unit members not later than March 15th of the academic year.
ARTICLE 6
WORK YEAR/WORK DAY
  1. Teachers/Ten Month Employees
      1. The in-school work year for teachers employed on a ten month basis shall not exceed 186 days. At least five (5) entire work days will be devoted to in-service training for teachers.
      2. The school work day for teachers shall be as follows:
          a. Teachers scheduled at the Middle School, Bobby’s Run School, and the Ashbrook Elementary School shall work seven hours and 20 minutes per day on all scheduled days, except for half days that are part of the school calendar. Effective July 1, 2001, the teacher non-instructional time shall be reduced in some combination of eight (8) minutes at the Middle School and at Bobby’s Run. One (1) minute has been added to each period to create eight (8) 48 minute periods.

          b. Teachers assigned to the F. L. Walther Elementary School shall work seven hours and 28 minutes per day on all scheduled days, except for half days that are part of the school calendar.

          c. The ten (10) minutes added to the teacher day effective with the 2014-2015 work year are for the purposes of increased student supervision before and after school and coverage of the breakfast program. This added time requires no additional instructional responsibilities for teachers.



          d. The school work day for teachers shall normally begin at 8:20 a.m. Starting times may be adjusted to accommodate student transportation needs within a range of plus or minus thirty-five (35) minutes.

          e. Notice of school starting time shall be made to teachers the day after the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board in August.

          f. Guidance Summer Work

              1. All other Guidance work in the summer shall be paid at the per diem rate of pay, subject to the provisions of 4. below.

              2. a. At the Middle School and at Bobby’s Run, there shall

                  be at least five (5) days of summer guidance work.

                  b. In the event that the District needs additional days beyond those in a. above, it shall give written notice to all affected employees by June 1st.

                  d. Days worked under a. shall be treated as pensionable income.

              3. Days worked beyond 10 days shall be paid in salary or in compensatory time, at the teacher’s choice.

              4. Scheduling of days shall be mutually agreed between the employee and the building administrator except in the case where there has been no mutual agreement and the District requires the services to be performed by the specific employee. In that event, the day(s) shall be scheduled by the Administration.

          g. The Autistic Teacher position requires working an additional thirty-one (31) 4.5 hour days. Within this time, the teacher will receive thirty (30) minutes of daily preparation time, fifteen (15) minutes prior to and fifteen (15) minutes following the student’s four (4) hour day. The teacher’s salary will be prorated for 62.76% of his/her daily salary in the fiscal year that the program occurs. This additional salary is to be calculated and paid throughout the summer months consistent with the summer pay dates for twelve (12) month employees. The dates of the extended year program will be conveyed to the teacher 30 days prior to the start of the program.
      1. Under the current eight (8) period middle school (6, 7, 8 grades) schedule, teachers will be required to carry up to a maximum of thirty (30) teaching periods a week.
      1. The school day shall consist of half (1/2) days the last two (2) student days of the school year.
      1. Faculty meetings may be scheduled by the administration to begin ten minutes after the close of the student day. Attendance by teaching staff members at scheduled faculty meetings shall be required unless excused by the building principal. Faculty meetings shall not exceed forty-five (45) minutes in length. Effective July 1, 2010, attendance shall not be required at more than 15 faculty meetings during the course of the school year. No more than two faculty meetings shall be scheduled each month.
      1. Teachers shall be required to attend one “Meet Your Teacher Night” event per year determined by the building level administration.
  1. Support Staff Work Year
      The work year, subject to the Board’s right to abolish and create positions, shall be as follows:
      1. Custodians – 12 months
      1. Tier II Aides – Student calendar. Additional hours may be assigned as requested by the administration on a pro-rated hourly basis.
      1. Cafeteria Aides and Other Support Personnel – Student calendar on days when lunch is served; plus an orientation day and/or clean-up day, as assigned.
  1. Support Staff Work Day
      1. Custodians
          1. During the school year, three workshifts will be established on a Monday through Friday basis as follows:
              1. 6:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
              1. A “flex shift” from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. where the actual starting and ending times may be adjusted by as much as two hours. Once the board has determined the actual time to be set for the flex shift in each of the Board’s school buildings, the times of the “flex shift” shall remain fixed for the duration of the school year.
              1. 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
        1. (1.) During the summer recess, the work shifts shall be revised
              as follows:
                  • 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
                  b.) 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
                  Volunteers will be requested for the 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. work shift during the summer months. If no one volunteers for this shift, then custodians will be assigned to the later shift on a rotating basis.
          1. (1.) There shall be one (1) custodian on a Tuesday through Saturday shift which will run from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Fridays and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

              (2.) The custodian filling this shift must possess a Black Seal license.

              (3.) Assignment to such a schedule initially shall be made to a custodian who volunteers for this schedule change. The volunteering custodian who has the most seniority in the District will be appointed to the position.

              (4.) In the absence of an appointment under 3. above, assignment by the administration will be made to the next full-time custodian hired on or after July 1, 2001.

              (5.) In the event of a vacancy in this Tuesday-Saturday shift after the initial appointment, the District shall seek volunteers for the position. The volunteering custodian who has the most seniority in the District will be appointed to the position. In the absence of a volunteer, assignment by the administration will be made to the next full-time custodian hired after the vacancy occurs.

          Custodians shall receive notice of shift assignment and flex shift hours by August 18th of each calendar year of this agreement.
          e. Except in emergency situations, custodians shall be provided thirty days notice of transfer from one shift to another.
          f. Any custodian called to return to work outside of his/her regularly scheduled shift shall be paid a minimum of two (2) hours.
          g. Overtime shall be paid at the rate of one and one half (1-1/2) times the employee’s regular straight time hourly rate for all time worked in excess of forty hours per week. All overtime assignments shall be offered on a District seniority basis and shall follow a rotational schedule.

          h. Vacations


              1. During the first year of employment, vacation is earned pro rata through June 30th under the terms of C. 1. below. During the last year of employment, if the employee leaves prior to July 1, vacation is earned pro rata through that date under the terms of C. 2., 3. or 4., below, as relevant.
              For an employee who begins after July 1 in any year, the time between July 1 and September 30 shall count as if he/she was employed as of July 1 for the purposes of this section. Such time will also qualify as a “full year” for the purposes of C. below.
              2. Vacation is accrued annually on July 1 following the initial hire date and then each year thereafter.
              3. These are the vacation entitlements:
              a) Less than 1 year in District 1 day per month
              up to 10 days
              b) Completed one full year but
              less than 4 years as of July 1 10 days

              c) Completed 4 full years but
                  less than 11 years as of July 1 15 days
              d) Completed 11 or more years 20 days
              as of July 1
              4. If an employee, under 3. c) and 3. d) above, has an anniversary date other than July 1, he/she will also be credited with a proportion of the increase from 10 days to 15 days or from 15 days to 20 days based upon when his/her anniversary date is in the following year. For example, if an employee’s 4th anniversary date is January 1, 2009, he/she shall be credited on July 1, 2008, with 10 days’ vacation plus half of five days for a total of 12 and days. On July 1, 2009. he/she shall be credited with 15 days.

              5. Custodians shall submit his/her intended vacation day(s) request in writing to the supervisor. Upon receipt of the request, the supervisor shall respond within five (5) business days. If within the five (5) day period, another custodian applies for the same day(s), seniority shall prevail. Once the five (5) day period response period has elapsed, approved vacation cannot be revoked because of a seniority claim of another custodian. While the Administration may make operational determinations regarding the approval of vacation time requested, nothing in the foregoing can be read to imply, within those determinations, that vacation may only be granted to one custodian on any day or series of days. The Administration shall give fair consideration to all vacation requests.

              The supervisor shall post a monthly update of the custodial vacation list continually encompassing all scheduled vacation.

          i. The eight hour work shifts shall include two (2) ten (10) minute coffee breaks and a thirty (30) minute lunch. Part time shifts of at least four (4) hours shall receive one (1) ten (10) minute coffee break.
          j. The following shall be considered paid holidays:
              New Year’s Day
              Martin Luther King Jr. Day
              President’s Day
              Good Friday
              Easter Monday
              Memorial Day
              Fourth of July
              Labor Day
              Columbus Day
              Thanksgiving Day
              Work day following Thanksgiving (in observance of Veteran’s Day)
              Christmas Day
              Work day preceding Christmas Day
              1. In the event that any of the above holidays fall on a scheduled school day, the custodians shall work that day and receive a day off in lieu thereof as mutually agreed. Work on that day shall be paid at two (2) times the regular hourly rate.
              1. In the event that any of the holidays fall on a Saturday, the employee shall receive the preceding Friday as the holiday. In the event the holiday falls on a Sunday, the employee shall receive the following Monday as the holiday.
          If specific custodial uniforms and shoes (including safety shoes) are required, the Board shall incur the full cost.
      1. Tier II Aides

          a. Definition – Tier II Aides shall consist of all other aides, including: instructional aides, kindergarten aides, cafeteria aides and playground aides.

          b. Benefits – Tier II Aides employed over 30 hours shall be entitled to full benefits.

          c. Lunch – Tier II Aides shall not be compensated for time spent at lunch.

          d. Work Day – Tier II Aides shall be assigned the following minimum hours per work day, in accordance with position:

              (1) Cafeteria/Playground Aides – 1 hour daily minimum

              (2) Kindergarten Aides – 2 hour daily minimum

              (3) Instructional Aides – 3 hour daily minimum

          e. Payment – Tier II Aides shall be compensated on an hourly basis. Payment shall be at the same time as other employees of the school district with the exception of new aides in their first school year of employment whose pay will be on a two week delay (21 equal pays).

          f. When the District has early closings or late openings that do not appear in the adopted calendar, Tier II aides shall make up the time not worked or be docked the equivalent pay, at their choice. Scheduling of make-up time must be approved by the principal. The make-up time shall occur during the same school year as the early closing or delayed opening.

  1. Overtime shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half (1) times the employee’s regular straight time hourly rate for all time worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week.
  1. All instructional aides shall be paid their hourly salary when required to attend work related meetings called by the administration.
ARTICLE 7
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT
  1. When recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board, payment shall be provided by the Board for the full cost of tuition and other reasonable expenses incurred in connection with any workshops, seminars, conferences, in-service training sessions, or other such sessions which an employee is required and/or requested to take by the administration.
  1. The Board shall provide a tuition reimbursement program for employees who attend an approved college, university, technical school/training program provided that the employee has completed each of the following steps.
      1. Step One – Pre-Approval
          All courses for which tuition reimbursement is sought must be pre-approved by the Board. The employee shall submit a written request to the Board for such approval prior to taking the course. If the request does not receive the endorsement of the school administration, the employee may appear personally before the Board to advance the reasons the request should be approved. The written request submitted should provide a basis to justify how the proposed course would improve the employee’s performance. All requests for pre-approval should include the course name, the course number, the institution providing the instruction, and the tuition expense for the course.
      1. Step Two – Proof of Completion
          Proof of successful completion of the pre-approved course shall be provided to the Board within six months of course completion; otherwise, the employee’s ability to receive tuition reimbursement will be deemed waived. Proof of successful completion shall consist of any of the following:
          1. Transcript;
          2. Affidavit of instructor or institutional official certifying successful course completion.
      1. Step Three – Payment
          The Board shall provide the required reimbursement within sixty (60) days of submission. However, completed submissions received between May 1 and June 15 will be reimbursed from the then current fiscal year and will be applied against the current year’s cap.
  1. Provided that all appropriate steps prior to reimbursement have been observed, the Board shall pay three-quarters of the cost of the approved educational credits taken, with a maximum payment of $1,350 per employee each school fiscal year.
      Total tuition reimbursements for each fiscal year in this Agreement shall not exceed $32,000. Reimbursement approvals will be made on a first come-first serve basis.

      1. A teacher who receives reimbursement under C. and who then leaves the District’s employment within one (1) year of the receipt of the reimbursement, shall reimburse the District 100% of that reimbursed amount. There are exceptions to this reimbursement set forth in 3. below.

      2. A teacher who receives reimbursement under C. and who then leaves the District’s employment more than one (1) year but less than two (2) years of the receipt of the reimbursement, , shall reimburse the District 50% of that reimbursed amount. There are exceptions to this reimbursement set forth in 3. below.

      3. Those teachers who: retire, separate due to disability, are reduced in force, are non-renewed, enter military service, die, or separate due to the relocation of a spouse or life partner are not covered by 1. and 2. above.

      4. The application form for reimbursement shall contain an acknowledgement by the applying teacher that the provisions of the prior paragraph is in effect and that the teacher shall reimburse the District pursuant to them and that the above monies may be withheld from the last paycheck of the departing teacher.

      5. All returned monies shall be placed back in the tuition reimbursement pool in the year that they are recovered.

  1. In the event an employee is otherwise entitled to tuition reimbursement, but cannot receive tuition reimbursement because the total cap for the then current fiscal year has been met, the employee so affected shall receive tuition reimbursement during the next fiscal year, provided that a tuition reimbursement provision is contained in the successor year collective bargaining agreement. Any tuition reimbursements carried over to a forthcoming year shall be credited against the employee maximum and the total cap existing in that year, assuming a cap exists.
  1. Upon completion of any graduate course in the field of education and verified by transcript or affidavit, certified personnel will be placed on the proper step of the salary guide.

      1. Any employee who presents completed proof by transcript or affidavit between February 1 and August 31 will be adjusted effective September 1.
      2. Any employee who presents completed proof by transcript or affidavit between September 1 and January 31 will be adjusted effective February 1.
  1. All “in-house” course credit must be pre-approved by the Superintendent prior to taking the course in order to qualify for either credit or payment. No more than twenty (20) in-house credits shall be accrued by any individual.

G. Each school year, the District shall provide in-service and in-house offerings to help meet the State mandate of 100 hours of professional development.

ARTICLE 8
DUTY-FREE LUNCH PERIODS AND PREPARATION
  1. The time accorded for lunch period shall be as follows:
      1. In the F. L. Walther Elementary School, teachers shall have a daily duty-free lunch period of sixty (60) minutes, these minutes to be consecutive.
      1. In the Middle School, Bobby’s Run School, and Ashbrook School, teachers shall have a daily duty-free lunch period of forty-eight (48) minutes, these minutes to be consecutive.

B. Effective upon ratification of the 2011-2014 Agreement, preparation periods shall be scheduled as follows:
          1. In the Florence L. Walther School, teachers shall have, in addition to his/her duty-free lunch period, 270 minutes of duty-free preparation periods per 6 day, full day cycle. The preparation period shall be at least 45 minutes in length and shall occur on at least five (5) of the six (6) days in the cycle.

          2. Kindergarten teachers shall be guaranteed 270 minutes of duty-free preparation periods per 6 day, full day cycle. The preparation period shall be at least 45 minutes in length and shall occur on at least five (5) of the six (6) days in the cycle.

          3. Teachers based at the Bobby’s Run School, the Middle School, and Ashbrook School shall have, in addition to his/her duty-free lunch period, 288 minutes of duty-free preparation periods per 6 day, full day cycle. The preparation period shall be at least 48 minutes in length and shall occur on at least five (5) of the six (6) days in the cycle.

          4. If a teacher covers a class and loses a preparation period guaranteed under 1., 2. and 3. above, he/she shall be compensated $35 per period for this assignment. Effective July 1, 2015, the rate shall be $40 per period.

C. Exceptions to the provisions of Sections A., B. and C. may be made in cases of emergency including delayed openings and early closings.

D. Teachers shall be provided compensatory time off on the days annual conferences are held.

E. Prep time shall be pro-rated in accordance with time worked (e.g. A .6 teacher will receive a .6 daily prep period. A prep period shall be assigned for each day worked.)

ARTICLE 9
SALARY GUIDES/INCREMENTS
  1. Teachers
      1. After 10 years in the district an additional increment of $1,000 shall be added. (Total $1,000)
      1. After 15 years in the district an additional increment of $500 shall be added. (Total $1,500)
      1. After 20 years in the district an additional increment of $500 shall be added. (Total $2,000)
      1. After 25 years in the district an additional increment of $500 shall be added. (Total $2,500)
  1. Custodians/Maintenance Mechanics/Grounds
      1. After 10 years in the district an additional increment of $700 shall be added. (Total $700)
      1. After 15 years in the district an additional increment of $300 shall be added. (Total $1,000)
      1. After 20 years in the district an additional increment of $400 shall be added. (Total $1,400)
      1. After 25 years in the district an additional increment of $300 shall be added. (Total $1,700)
      1. A custodian-maintenance mechanic or grounds person possessing a black seal license shall receive an additional increment of $700 per year.

C. The parties agree that service time of less than .6 which occurs on or after July 1, 1994, is not creditable service for the purposes of longevity.

D. Ten (10) month employees shall be given the opportunity to select a schedule of salary payments either on a ten (10) month plan or a twelve (12) month plan. Ten (10) month employees shall be obligated to notify the Secretary to the Board of Education in writing of his/her choice of option no later than the first day teachers are required to be in school each school year.
      Teachers who elect a twelve (12) month summer payment plan shall have, as an additional option, the ability to have deductions submitted to the ABCO Public Employees Federal-Credit Union. This option must be exercised by June 15 prior to the next school year. In addition, once this option is selected, the teacher may not withdraw from the plan until the next school year.

E. Effective September 1, 2009, employees shall be paid every other Friday beginning with the first scheduled pay date in September.

F. Teachers

1. Initial credit on the salary guide shall be given for teaching experience in a position which requires any state’s teaching certification at a rate of 50% of experience up to a maximum of ten (10) steps on the guide.

2. In addition, credit may be granted at the discretion of the Superintendent for additional years of public school teaching experience in a position which requires any state’s teaching certification.

      3. Military service shall be granted consistent with New Jersey statutory requirements.

G. Support Staff
      The Board of Education retains the right to negotiate with an employee as to initial placement on the salary guide.
H. After initial placement, employees shall qualify for salary guide movement thereafter. Employees who have worked at least 50% of their contract year shall qualify for movement to the next step on the salary guide.

ARTICLE 10
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
  1. Compensation for extracurricular activities, detention, voluntary supervision, homebound instruction, tutoring, and curriculum work beyond the school day shall be compensated in accordance with Schedule X, annexed hereto.
  1. All staff shall be notified of existing positions for extra-curricular activities by the first school day in September.
  1. The activities named in this agreement shall not be exclusive of additional proposals. In the event that either party wishes to propose an additional club or activity for any school building in the district for which compensation is sought, the following procedures shall be utilized:
      1. a written proposal shall be submitted to the Superintendent or the LTEA, as the case may be; and
      1. the parties shall negotiate an appropriate stipend or method of compensation; and
      1. the negotiated proposal shall be submitted to the Board of Education for approval.
ARTICLE 11
TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE

Employees shall be entitled to the following leaves of absence with full pay during each school year.
  1. Death in Immediate Family
      A maximum of ten (10) days per year shall be allowed for death in the immediate family, with a maximum of five (5) days per occurrence. Immediate family shall consist of parent, child, spouse, brother, sister, grandchild, grandparent, spouse’s parent, step-relation, or person residing in the employee’s house.

      For part time Tier II aides and part-time custodians, maintenance and grounds employees : A maximum of five (5) days per year shall be allowed for death in the immediate family. Immediate family shall consist of parent, child, spouse, brother, sister, grandchild, grandparent, spouse’s parent, step-relation, or person residing in the employee’s house. Each day shall be prorated to the employee’s length of work day.

      One (1) of the above maximum days for either full-time or part-time shall be allowed for death of other relatives such as aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, brother-in-law and sister-in-law.

      This leave shall be non-accumulative.

  1. Personal Days
      1. Employees with less than three (3) years’ experience in district shall be entitled to three (3) personal days. Beginning with the fourth year of employment, they shall be entitled to four (4) personal days per year.

          Effective July 1, 2008, in the application of the foregoing sentence, the following crediting will be in effect:
          a. Unit employees who work 12 months and have a fourth anniversary date on July 1, shall be credited on that date with one (1) additional personal day (for a total of four).

          b. Unit employees who work 12 months and have a fourth anniversary date from July 2, through September 30, shall be credited with one (1) additional personal day (for a total of four) on the previous July 1.

          c. Unit employees who work 12 months and have a fourth anniversary date from October 1, through December 31, shall be credited with three-quarters of one additional personal day (for a total of three and three-quarters days) on the previous July 1.

          d. Unit employees who work 12 months and have a fourth anniversary date from January 1, through March 31, shall be credited with one-half of one additional personal day (for a total of three and one-half days) on the previous July 1.

          e. Unit employees who work 12 months and have a fourth anniversary date from April 1, through June 30, shall be credited with one-quarter of one additional personal day (for a total of three and one-quarter days) on the previous July 1.

          f. Unit employees who work 10 months and have a fourth anniversary date on September 1, shall be credited on that date with one (1) additional personal day (for a total of four).

          g. Unit employees who work 10 months and have a fourth anniversary date from September 2, through November 15, shall be credited with one (1) additional personal day (for a total of four) on the previous September 1.

          h. Unit employees who work 10 months and have a fourth anniversary date from November 16, through January 31, shall be credited with three-quarters of one additional personal day (for a total of three and three-quarters days) on the previous September 1.

          i. Unit employees who work 10 months and have a fourth anniversary date from February 1, through April 15, shall be credited with one-half of one additional personal day (for a total of three and one-half days) on the previous September 1.

          j. Unit employees who work 10 months and have a fourth anniversary date from April 16, through June 30, shall be credited with one-quarter of one additional personal day (for a total of three and one-quarter days) on the previous September 1.

      1. Such leave shall not precede or succeed a holiday. Exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the Superintendent, in exigent circumstances.
      1. These days are to be requested at least four (4) days in advance, except in case of an emergency. The Administration shall respond within two (2) days of receipt of request.
      1. Up to four (4) unused personal days per year shall accumulate as sick days and be added to the employee’s accumulated sick days, if any.
  1. Other leaves of absence with pay may be granted by the Superintendent for good reason. If denied, a written request may be submitted to the Board of Education.

D. Part-time teachers working .6 or more shall be entitled to coverage under A., B. and C. above.

ARTICLE 12
EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
  1. The Board of Education may consider extended leaves for reason of personal illness and unusual family circumstances.
  1. Such leave is to be considered only for tenured teachers and support employees who have been employed for at least three (3) continuous years.
  1. Leave shall be for one (1) year from the effective date. Shorter or longer leaves may be considered by the Board of Education.
  1. Certified Personnel granted such leave shall be returned to a position within the scope of their certificates.
      Employees granted such leaves shall be returned to equivalent positions subject to seniority rights under the layoff recall provision of the Agreement.
ARTICLE 13
DISABILITY/CHILD REARING LEAVE
    A. Disability Leave
        1. Disability leaves of absence, including a disability leave related to pregnancy, shall be granted in accordance with existing law and appropriate rules and regulations issued by the responsible agencies involved.
            1. In any case where it is known in advance that a disability leave will be necessary (such as in the case of advance notice of surgery or pregnancy) the employee shall notify the Superintendent sixty (60) days in advance of such leave date request to the Board; the employee shall specify in writing the date on which he/she wishes to commence disability/maternity leave and the date on which he/she wishes to return to work after cessation of disability or birth.
            2. The employee shall provide the Superintendent with a certificate from the treating physician supporting the anticipated leave dates. However, the Board reserves the right to have an independent medical evaluation at its expense whenever it deems such an evaluation appropriate.
            3. Where medical opinion is supportive of the leave dates requested, such requested leave shall be granted by the Board, except that the Board may change the requested dates upon a finding that the grant of a leave for those dates would interfere with the normal administration of the school.
            4. To the extent that an employee has paid sick leave available, it will be used during the period of disability.
            5. Nothing herein shall obligate the Board to continue the employment of a non-tenured employee beyond the end of his/her contract period.
    B. Child-Rearing Leaves
        1. In cases of natural birth, the employee may request an unpaid leave of absence to commence upon conclusion of the disability period related to the birth of a child. Such leave shall be requested in writing contemporaneously with the notice required under subparagraph a. of A.1. above. Subject to law, the request shall be granted for a period ending with the employee’s work year following the birth of the child.
        1. In cases of adoption of an infant child, the employee may request an unpaid leave of absence in writing as soon as placement approval is known. Subject to law, the request shall be granted for the same period as natural birth, with the leave commencing upon de facto possession of the child.
        1. Nothing in this policy shall obligate the Board to grant maternity leaves of absence without pay to non-tenured employees beyond the end of their contract period.
        1. Tenured employees are entitled to leave of one full contract year, in the year following the year in which the leave began. This unpaid leave shall count against leaves pursuant to any State or Federal statutory or regulatory requirements.
        1. Subject to law, the employee shall bear the cost of any medical coverages in force and effect at the commencement of the leave. Failure to make the appropriate payments will result in the employee’s being dropped from the coverages.
    ARTICLE 14
    SICK LEAVE
    1. Eleven (11) days sick leave shall be allowed each year to all ten month full-time employees. Twelve (12) days sick leave shall be allowed each year to all twelve month full-time employees. Sick leave days not utilized shall be accumulated for use in subsequent years.
        The status of unused sick leave days shall be reported in written form to each employee not later than September 30 of each year.

        Full-time and part-time employees in a given year who use no sick leave and personal leave days shall be remunerated in the amount of $300.

        When a teacher changes from a part-time status to a full-time status or vice-versa, his/her accumulated sick leave converts at that time to proportionate value. For example, a teacher who goes from .5 part-time and who had 40 accumulated sick leave days in the part-time status, will be credited with 20 accumulated sick leave days in the full-time status. And, for example, If a teacher goes from full-time status to a .5 part-time status and who had 40 accumulated sick leave days in the full-time status, will be credited with 80 accumulated sick leave days in the part-time status.

    1. Payment for Unused Sick Leave
        1. Upon retirement from the district, as verified by the Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) or Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) for support employees who have been employed for at least 15 years in the district shall be eligible for payment for unused sick leave accumulated while employed in the district. This provision shall not apply in cases of deferred retirement under provision of TPAF or PERS. To be eligible for payment in the year of retirement, an employee must notify the Board of Education in writing of his/her intention to retire on or before January 1 of the school year in which retirement is to occur.
        1. Upon retirement from the district, teachers shall be paid $70 for each accumulated sick day. The Board of Education shall be required to allocate the sum of $40,000 during each year. In the event the yearly allocation is not needed in any year, the Board will be required to pay only the amount actually due and payable.
        2. Upon retirement from the district, support employees shall be paid 20% of their daily average income during the school year of their retirement. The Board of Education shall be required to allocate in each fiscal year the sum of $6,000. In the event the yearly allocation is not needed in any given year, the Board will be required to pay only the amount actually due and payable.
        1. Payment to retirees shall be made on June 30.
        1. Priority of payments to eligible employee:
            1. Retiring employees who provide the earliest written notice to the Board during the year of retirement shall be given priority for payment. Further priority positions shall be established in accordance with the date of notification.
            1. Should the number of retirements in any given year result in exhaustion of the allocated amount and in the event of equal time of applicable notice, seniority within the District will determine priority for payment in the year of retirement.
            1. Should the allocated amount be depleted in any given year, those applicable eligible employees who have not been paid shall be given priority status in all subsequent years until fully paid.
        1. Death Benefits – Following notification to the Board of the employee’s intention to retire and prior to receipt of payment due under the provisions hereof in accordance with the criteria of this Article, in the event of the death of the employee, any payment to be made on June 30 of any given year shall be made to the estate of the deceased employee. In the event of the death of an employee who has completed at least 15 years of service in the District, the Board shall pay the employee’s estate a sum for the accumulated sick leave days in accordance with the above.
        2. Cap on Payment

        a. For those employees hired on or after July 1, 2014, there shall be a $15,000 cap on payments under B.

        b. For each employee on staff prior to July 1, 2014, the higher of either 1) the computed value of his/her accumulated sick leave as of June 30, 2019, or 2) $15,000, shall set the maximum payment under B,. for him/her.

    ARTICLE 15
    INSURANCE
    1. Health and Hospitalization Insurance Coverage
        1. Enrollment of all eligible employees desiring coverage shall be in the District’s Health Insurance Plan. The insurance coverage provided shall be contingent upon proper timely enrollment in the respective programs by the employees and shall commence on the date of eligibility. Effective May 1, 2009, said coverage will be provided through the School Employees Health Benefits Program.

        2. The Board shall pay 100% of the present costs of the aforementioned plan for the employee and his or her eligible dependents upon making the request and subject to and in accordance with the provisions as set forth in paragraph 3. No substitute coverage will be provided by any other carrier that affords benefits that are inferior to the present coverage.

        3. Effective enrollment date is subject to the rules and regulations of the provider. The Board of Education is absolved of all responsibility of coverage from the initial employee request for coverage until the effective date of coverage.

        4. The Board of Education reserves the right to determine the insurance carrier and guarantees the coverage to be equal to the coverage under the New Jersey Public and School Employees Health Benefits Program.

    1. Prescription Drug Insurance Coverage
        1. The Board of Education shall provide a prescription drug program for all employees and, where applicable, for their dependents. Effective May 1, 2009, said coverage will be provided through the School Employees Health Benefits Program. All the terms of the SEHBP Program prescription plan shall apply.

        2. The insurance coverage provided above shall be contingent upon proper timely enrollment in the respective programs by the employees and shall commence on the date of eligibility.

    1. Dental Insurance Coverage

        Effective April 1, 2009, the Delta Premier Plan option shall be the dental coverage for all eligible employees for individual and dependent coverage.
    D. Employees with twenty-five (25) years of service, who retire from the Lumberton Township School District pursuant to the provisions of the Teacher’s Pension and Annuity Fund and who do not elect State paid coverage under the SEHBP shall be provided family prescription and single dental insurance coverage at no cost to the employee to age 65; such coverage shall be consistent with paragraphs B and C. Employees hired on or after July 1, 1992, must have served at least twenty-five (25) years in the district.

    E. In the event there are coverage changes or plan changes due to any reason the Board of Education shall (except in case of emergency) notify the President of the Association thirty (30) days in advance of such change and discussion of changes involved shall take place between designated representatives of the Board, Association, and Insurance Carriers.

    F. Insurance Coverage Waiver Plan

        1. Each year the Board shall provide appropriate forms to all employees covered by insurance. Said form will contain a final return date.
        2. Employees, including eligible retirees pursuant to D. of this article, who elect to waive coverage pursuant to A., B. and C. above shall be entitled to receive 30% of applicable premiums for waiving such insurance. While the District is covered under the SEHBP for coverages under A. and B. above, waivers payment limits set by SEHBP shall be controlling.
        3. Payment of monies shall be made to all eligible employees on or before December 31 of each year.
        1. Employees must waive such insurance for a full year, to be eligible for said payment.
        1. Employees who have no other comprehensive insurance shall not be permitted to waive coverage.
        1. Employees who have initially waived coverage and then need to re-enroll in the district’s plan shall be covered by the district at the next available enrollment period without lapse in coverage. It shall be the employee’s obligation to notify the District’s Board Secretary/Business Administrator of the pending loss in coverage due to a change in status relative to availability of comprehensive insurance coverage.
        1. Should the employment status of such employee change, there shall be a pro-rata payment based upon the time elapsed in the plan. Should such separation of employment be due to death, his/her estate shall receive such pro-rata payment.
          8. Waivers of insurance beginning with January 1, 2010, shall be on a calendar year basis. All other provisions of F. remain in effect.
      G. Support Staff
          1. Support staff employees who work over 30 hours per week shall be entitled to insurance coverage under Article 15, to leaves of absence under Articles 11, 12, 13, and 14 and to longevity.

          2. Support staff employees who work 25 to 30 hours per week shall be entitled to be covered by the provisions of Article 11, A. (bereavement leave), Article XI, B. (personal leave) and Article 14, A. (sick leave).

          3. Support staff employees who work fewer than 25 hours per week shall be entitled to one (1) personal leave day.

          4. The following employees shall continue to receive prescription coverage, whether or not they work more than 25 hours: Kathy Harven.

      H. Part-time teachers who work at least .6 but less than 25 hours per week shall be entitled to coverage under C. above. Should the Board provide insurance under A. above through a carrier other than the SEHBP, those part-time teachers shall receive coverage under A. above. Should the Board provide insurance under B. above through a carrier other than the SEHBP, those part-time teachers shall receive coverage under B. above.

      ARTICLE 16
      DEDUCTION FROM SALARY/REPRESENTATION FEE

      The Board of Education agrees to deduct from salaries of its eligible employees dues for the New Jersey Education Association, the National Education Association, the Burlington County Education Association, and the Lumberton Township Education Association. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 310, Public Laws of 1967 (N.J.S.A. 52:14-15. 9e) and under the rules established by the State Department of Education. Employee authorization shall be in writing in the form set forth below:
      AUTHORIZATION TO DEDUCT ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP DUES

      NAME ________________________ S. S. # ________________________

      SCHL BLDG _____________________ SCHL DSTRCT __________________

      To: Disbursing Officer – Lumberton Board of Education
          I hereby request and authorize the above named disbursing officer to deduct from my earnings an amount sufficient to provide for the payment of those yearly membership dues as certified by the organization indicated in equal monthly payments for all or part of the current school year and for succeeding school years. I understand that the disbursing officer will discontinue such deductions only if I file such notice of withdrawal as of the January 1st next succeeding the date on which notice of withdrawal is filed. I also agree that upon termination of employment, the disbursing officer shall deduct any remaining amount due for the current school year. I hereby waive all right and claim for paid monies so deducted and transmitted in accordance with this Authorization, and relieve the governing board and all of its officers from liability therefore.
          I designate the Lumberton Township Education Association to receive dues and distribute according to the organizations indicated.

      New Jersey Education Association
      National Education Association
      Burlington County Education Association
      Lumberton Township Education Association
      1. Each of the associations named shall certify to the Board, in writing, the current rate of its membership dues. Any Association which shall change the rate of its membership dues shall give the Board written notice prior to the effective date of such change.
      1. Additional authorizations for dues deduction may be received after August 1st under rules established by the State Department of Education.
      1. The filing of notice of an employee’s withdrawal shall be prior to December 1st and become effective to halt deductions as of January 1st next succeeding the date on which notice of withdrawal is filed.
      1. Purpose of Representation Fee
          Effective July 1, 1998, if an employee included under the provisions of Section A, Paragraph 1, Article 1 does not become a member of the Association during any membership year which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee shall be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. The purpose of this fee will be to offset the employee’s per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.
      1. Amount of Representation Fee
          1. Notification
              Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association shall notify the Board in writing of the amount of regular membership dues, fees, and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for the membership year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members shall be determined by the Association in accordance with the law.
          1. Legal Maximum
              In order to adequately offset the per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative, the representation fee should be equal in amount to the membership dues, fees, and assessments charged by the Association to its own members. The representation fee has been set at 85% of that amount solely because that is the maximum presently allowed by law. Should the law be changed in this regard, the amount of that representation fee automatically will be increased to the maximum allowed, said increase to become effective as of the beginning of the Association membership year immediately following the effective date of the change.
      1. Reduction and Transmission of Representation Fee
          1. At the beginning of each membership year covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, the Association in conjunction with the Board Secretary shall establish a list of those eligible employees who have not become members of the Association for the then current membership year. The Board shall deduct from the salaries of such employees in accordance with Paragraph 2 below, the full amount of the representation fee and promptly shall submit the amount so deducted to the Association.
          2. Payroll Deduction Schedule
              The schedule for the deduction of representation fees and the transmission of such fees to the Association will be the same as those used for the deduction and transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.
          3. Changes
              The Association shall notify the Board in writing of any changes in the list provided for in Paragraph 1 and/or in the amount of the representation fee.
          4. New Employees
              On or about the last day of each month, beginning with the month this Agreement becomes effective, the Board shall 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 shall include names, job titles, and dates of employment for all such employees.
      ARTICLE 17
      EMPLOYEE EVALUATION
      1. Employees shall be evaluated annually by their immediate supervisors. A conference shall be held to discuss the evaluation. When appropriate, the supervisor shall identify any deficiencies and offer assistance for correction.
      1. No material derogatory to an employee’s conduct, service, character, or personality shall be placed in his/her personnel file unless the employee has been given the opportunity to review the material and attach a written answer.
      Article 18
      PART-TIME TEACHERS’ WORK DAY, LEAVES OF ABSENCE,
      AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

      A. A part-time teacher is defines as a teacher who does not work the full day as defined in Article 6, A. 2. a or b., as relevant.

      B. For any part-time teacher (except those part-time teachers who are exactly .5), there shall not be an unassigned and uncompensated gap of more than 15 minutes in any work day.

      C. Preparation time will be pro-rated in accordance with the time worked. For example, a .6 teacher will receive a .6 preparation period. Preparation time will be assigned in the same manner as current full-time teachers.

      D. Lunch time will be pro-rated in accordance with the time worked. For example, a .6 teacher will receive a .6 daily duty-free lunch period.

      E. Part-time teachers shall attend a pro-rated number of faculty meetings as defined in Article 6, A. 5. The principal shall designate the faculty meetings which the part-time teacher must attend. Such notice shall be given at least 30 days before the scheduled meeting.

      F. Part-time teachers shall attend the evening meetings under Article 6, A. 6.

      G. Part-time teachers shall be entitled to pro-rated leaves under Articles 11.

      H. Part-time teachers shall be covered by tuition reimbursement under Article 7, B.

      I. A part-time teacher shall be paid the salary which equates to the ratio that his/her assigned time (including pro-rated lunch and prep time) of the full-time teacher work day. Part-time teachers who are at .6 or more are eligible for longevity (Article 9, A).

      J. When a teacher changes from a part-time status to a full-time status or vice-versa, his/her accumulated sick leave converts at that time to proportionate value. For example, a teacher who goes from .5 part-time and who had 40 accumulated sick leave days in the part-time status, will be credited with 20 accumulated sick leave days in the full-time status. And, for example, if a teacher goes from full-time status to a .5 part-time status and who had 40 accumulated sick leave days in the full-time status, will be credited with 80 accumulated sick leave days in the part-time status.


      ARTICLE 19
      MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
      1. This Agreement constitutes Board policy for the term of said Agreement, and the Board shall carry out the commitments contained herein and give them full force and effect as Board policy.
      1. If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement to any employee or groups 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.
      1. The Board and the Association agree that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures, and policies of the school system shall clearly exemplify that there is no discrimination in the hiring, training, or in the application or administration of this Agreement on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, natural origin, sex, domicile, or marital status.
      1. The Lumberton Township Education Association, its officers and its agents, shall not conduct Association business during those hours that are part of the school day, except when the parties involved are not assigned to any specific duty. This language shall not apply during support staff’s scheduled lunch and breaktime.
      1. The Lumberton Township Education Association may be allowed to use the school facilities for Association meetings when such use will not conflict with other activities planned for the building. Requests for the use of the facilities should be made 24 hours in advance of the anticipated use of the facilities. The request for building usage shall be made to the Superintendent’s office.
      1. All Support Staff shall receive written notification of assignment by July 31st, subject to change.
      1. All teachers shall be given posted notice of their grade level and subject assignments, building and room assignments for the forthcoming year by close of school. Notice shall be accomplished by posting the assignments in each school building. All teachers that have been transferred from one grade level to another shall receive independent written notice of the transfer. Such grade level and/or assignments may be subject to change if enrollment dictates such change. If changes are made, notification shall be sent to those teachers affected and shall be post marked no later than July 31st, unless new information arises or unforeseen circumstances occur thereafter.
      1. Any known vacancies for represented positions shall be posted in the main office of each school building during the school year. Known vacancies shall be identified on a call-in answering machine during the summer months.
      1. The Lumberton Township Education Association shall not participate or assist in strikes, sanctions, work slowdowns, or in any effort that will impair or disrupt the daily operation of the school.
      1. Whenever a representative of the Association or any employee is mutually scheduled by the parties or any administrative agency to participate during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences, or meetings, he/she shall be paid his/her full salary.
      1. Upon request by either party, the Board of Education and the Association shall establish liaison committees which shall meet jointly to discuss matters of mutual interest.
      1. In the event of termination of employment of any Support Staff member, the Board of Education is required to give at least thirty (30) days written notice of termination. Support Staff employees who wish to resign shall provide the Board with at least thirty (30) days written notice of intent to resign.
      1. Teachers who are required to write and/or modify IEP’s (Individual Education Plan) shall be provided one (1) day’s release time (or time equal to working hours) annually for this purpose. The Board shall make a reasonable effort to provide suitable space to personnel that are requested to write and/or modify IEP’s.
      1. Employees who are assigned to more than one (1) school per day and use their own vehicles shall be reimbursed for all such travel at the prevailing mileage allowance permitted by the State of New Jersey for all authorized driving done after arrival at the first location and beginning of their work day.
          For approved school related business, anything above employees’ daily mileage to and from work shall be compensated at the prevailing mileage allowance permitted by the Internal Revenue Service.

          Employees attending approved school related business shall receive 100% reimbursement for tolls and parking fees. Any additional expenses must have the prior approval of the Superintendent.
      P. Effective July 1, 2009, all employees must participate in direct deposit for their biweekly check.

      ARTICLE 20
      UNDERSTANDINGS REACHED BY THE PARTIES
      1. At the Florence L. Walther School, such assignments shall continue to be made on a volunteer basis. If no volunteers are forthcoming, assignment shall be made by the Administration on a weekly, rotating basis.
      1. At the Bobby’s Run School, the professional staff, as a group, shall have the option to have non-instructional duties scheduled on either a fixed or a rotating basis.
      1. At the Lumberton Middle School, the Administration will assign staff not scheduled during homeroom to other duties such as bus duty, hall duty, and other duties as deemed necessary. Assignment shall be made on a weekly, rotating basis. Specifically excluded from rotating assignment shall be those specialists that would be required to be in an assigned appropriate area.

      D. Stipends contained in Schedule X, except for those listed as a per hour amount, shall be paid by separate check. Deductions for Federal and State taxes shall be made according to law.

      ARTICLE 21
      DURATION OF AGREEMENT
      1. This Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2014, and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2017, subject to the Association’s right to negotiate over a successor Agreement as provided in Article 2. This Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated.
      1. IN WITNESS THEREOF the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective presidents, attested by their respective secretaries and their corporate seals to be placed hereon, and shall be considered retroactive to July 1, 2011.
          LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP
          EDUCATION ASSOCIATION BOARD OF EDUCATION


          BY:______________________ BY:_______________________
          (PRESIDENT) (PRESIDENT)


          BY:______________________ BY:_______________________
          (SECRETARY) (SECRETARY)














      APPENDICES
      APPENDIX A
      GRIEVANCE FORM

          Name of Grievant: _______________________
          Date Filed: _________________


          Level One: Informal Attempt at Resolution
          Level Two: Principal

          Statement of Grievance:




          Relief Sought:



          Signed: _____________________________ Date: __________________

      Level Three: Superintendent

      Date Received by Superintendent: ___________________________

      Disposition of Superintendent:





      Level Four: Board of Education

      Position of Grievant or PR&R Committee:


      Date Submitted to Board of Education: ____________________

      Disposition of Board of Education:





      Level Five: Arbitration
      Date Submitted: _______________________________
      APPENDIX B
      Schedule X

      2014-2015
      and
      2015-2016
      2016-2017
      Coach A Team
      Basketball
      3,271
      3,345
      Baseball (boys)
      2,974
      3,041
      Softball (girls)
      2,974
      3,041
      Soccer
      2,974
      3,041
      Field Hockey
      2,974
      3,041
      Coach B Team
      Basketball
      2,528
      2,585
      Head Track & field Coach
      2,974
      3,041
      Assistant Track & Field Coach * (occurs when 30 children have enrolled)
      1,487
      1,520
      Assistant Track & Field Coach ** (occurs when 60 children have enrolled)
      1,487
      1,520
      Cheerleading Coach
      3,271
      3,345
      Intramurals/New Clubs & Activities (20 sessions at 1 hour and 15 minutes or 25 hours)
      1,487
      1,520
      Academic Pride Coordinator – 6-8
      2,827
      2,891
      Academic Pride Coordinator – 4-5
      1,487
      1,520
      AVA Coordinator – 6-8
      1,487
      1,520
      AVA Coordinator – 4-5
      1,487
      1,520
      AVA Coordinator – 2-3
      1,487
      1,520
      AVA Coordinator – Pre K - 1
      1,487
      1,520
      8th Grade Advisor
      3,271
      3,345
      Musical Production Drama Coordinator
      1,635
      1,672
      Musical Production Music Coordinator
      1,635
      1,672
      Safety Patrol Advisor – 6-8
      2,378
      2,432
      Safety Patrol Advisor – 4-5
      2,378
      2,432
      Student Government Advisor – 6-8
      3,271
      3,345
      Yearbook Advisor – 6-8
      2,455
      2,510
      School Newspaper – 6-8
      2,455
      2,510
      Literary Magazine – 6-8
      2,455
      2,510
      Computer Club – 6-8
      2,528
      2,585
      Computer Club – 4-5
      2,528
      2,585
      Technology Trained Assistant
      2,528
      2,585
      Homework Club – 6-8
      3,271
      3,345
      Homework Club – 4-5
      3,271
      3,345
      Stage Band – 6-8
      3,271
      3,345
      Flute Ensemble – 6-8
      1,561
      1,596
      APPENDIX B, continued
      Schedule X
      2014-2015
      and
      2015-2016
      2016-2017
      Lumbertones
      2,293
      2,345
      LMS Chorus
      1,561
      1,596
      Select Chorus
      3,271
      3,345
      Environmental Club Coordinator
      2,455
      2,510
      Cognetics Coordinator
      2,455
      2,510
      Crowd Control/Chaperon
      $65/event
      $67/event
      Detention/Voluntary Supervision
      $43/hour
      $44/hour
      Bus Duty (a.m. and p.m. beyond school day)
      2,528
      2,585
      Homebound Instruction, Tutoring, Parent/Community Workshops
      $52.00
      $53.00
      Curriculum Work & Preparation Time for teaching In-House Course (beyond the school day) (minor revision = 10 hr block; major revision = 20 hr. block)
      $52/hour
      $53/hour
      Staff Development
      $52/hour
      $53/hour
      Teaching In-House Course
      $52/hour
      $53/hour
      Compensation for taking an in-house course; in house credits
      $744/10 hrs
      $761/10 hrs.
      Teachers who are hired for staff development shall, at the teacher’s option, be entitled to receive two (2) in-house credits for a ten (10) hour course in lieu of payment of the negotiated rate. This option may be exercised only for the first occasion that the teacher instructs the course. Should the teacher instruct the course a second time (or more), the teacher will receive the negotiated rate of compensation.

      Preparation time for the first time teaching a course shall be at the Staff Development rate shown above. There shall be one (1) hour of preparation time paid for each course hour.

      Compensation for taking an in-house course, in the event in-house credit is not received, shall be as follows: 10 hrs. at the “Teaching In-House Course” rate shown above.

      The Superintendent shall have the right to determine whether the employee will receive monetary compensation or in-house credit prior to the employee undertaking the course.44
      APPENDIX C-1
      TEACHERS’ SALARY GUIDE – 2014-2015
      STEP
      STEP
      BA
      B10
      B20B30MM10M20M30
      850
      170025503400425051005950
      ***
      1
      50500
      51350
      52200 53050 53900 54750 55600 56450
      1
      2
      50750
      51600
      52450 53300 54150 55000 55850 56700
      2
      3
      51000
      51850
      52700 53550 54400 55250 56100 56950
      3
      4
      51250
      52100
      52950 53800 54650 55500 56350 57200
      4
      5
      52650
      53500
      54350 55200 56050 56900 57750 58600
      5
      6
      54550
      55400
      56250 57100 57950 58800 59650 60500
      6
      7
      56700
      57550
      58400 59250 60100 60950 61800 62650
      7
      8
      59475
      60325
      61175 62025 62875 63725 64575 65425
      8
      9
      61400
      62250
      63100 63950 64800 65650 66500 67350
      9
      10
      64200
      65050
      65900 66750 67600 68450 69300 70150
      10
      11
      67300
      68150
      69000 69850 70700 71550 72400 73250
      11
      12
      69850
      70700
      71550 72400 73250 74100 74950 75800
      12
      13
      73150
      74000
      74850 75700 76550 77400 78250 79100
      13
      14
      73950
      74800
      75650 76500 77350 78200 79050 79900
      14
      15
      75150
      76000
      76850 77700 78550 79400 80250 81100
      15
      16
      78450
      79300
      80150 81000 81850 82700 83550 84400
      16-17
      17
      84026
      84876
      85726 86576 87426 88276 89126 89976



      APPENDIX C-2
      TEACHERS’ SALARY GUIDE – 2015-2016

      STEP
      STEP
      BA
      B10
      B20
      B30
      M
      M10
      M20
      M30
      850
      1700
      2550
      3400
      4250
      5100
      5950
      ***
      1
      50500
      51350
      52200
      53050
      53900
      54750
      55600
      56450
      1
      2
      50750
      51600
      52450
      53300
      54150
      55000
      55850
      56700
      2
      3
      51000
      51850
      52700
      53550
      54400
      55250
      56100
      56950
      3
      4
      51250
      52100
      52950
      53800
      54650
      55500
      56350
      57200
      4
      5
      52650
      53500
      54350
      55200
      56050
      56900
      57750
      58600
      5
      6
      54550
      55400
      56250
      57100
      57950
      58800
      59650
      60500
      6
      7
      56700
      57550
      58400
      59250
      60100
      60950
      61800
      62650
      7
      8
      59475
      60325
      61175
      62025
      62875
      63725
      64575
      65425
      8
      9
      61400
      62250
      63100
      63950
      64800
      65650
      66500
      67350
      9
      10
      64200
      65050
      65900
      66750
      67600
      68450
      69300
      70150
      10
      11
      67300
      68150
      69000
      69850
      70700
      71550
      72400
      73250
      11
      12
      69850
      70700
      71550
      72400
      73250
      74100
      74950
      75800
      12
      13
      73150
      74000
      74850
      75700
      76550
      77400
      78250
      79100
      13
      14
      73950
      74800
      75650
      76500
      77350
      78200
      79050
      79900
      14
      15
      75150
      76000
      76850
      77700
      78550
      79400
      80250
      81100
      15
      16
      78450
      79300
      80150
      81000
      81850
      82700
      83550
      84400
      16-17
      17
      85026
      85876
      86726
      87576
      88426
      89276
      90126
      90976


      APPENDIX C-3
      TEACHERS’ SALARY GUIDE – 2016-2017

      Note: teachers move laterally from their step in 2015-2016.
      STEP
      STEP
      BA
      B10
      B20
      B30
      M
      M10
      M20
      M30
      850
      1700
      2550
      3400
      4250
      5100
      5950
      ***/1
      1
      52371
      53221
      54071
      54921
      55771
      56621
      57471
      58321
      2
      2
      52621
      53471
      54321
      55171
      56021
      56871
      57721
      58571
      3
      3
      52871
      53721
      54571
      55421
      56271
      57121
      57971
      58821
      4
      4
      53121
      53971
      54821
      55671
      56521
      57371
      58221
      59071
      5
      5
      54521
      55371
      56221
      57071
      57921
      58771
      59621
      60471
      6
      6
      56421
      57271
      58121
      58971
      59821
      60671
      61521
      62371
      7
      7
      58571
      59421
      60271
      61121
      61971
      62821
      63671
      64521
      8
      8
      61346
      62196
      63046
      63896
      64746
      65596
      66446
      67296
      9
      9
      63271
      64121
      64971
      65821
      66671
      67521
      68371
      69221
      10
      10
      66071
      66921
      67771
      68621
      69471
      70321
      71171
      72021
      11
      11
      69171
      70021
      70871
      71721
      72571
      73421
      74271
      75121
      12
      12
      71721
      72571
      73421
      74271
      75121
      75971
      76821
      77671
      13
      13
      75021
      75871
      76721
      77571
      78421
      79271
      80121
      80971
      14
      14
      75821
      76671
      77521
      78371
      79221
      80071
      80921
      81771
      15
      15
      77021
      77871
      78721
      79571
      80421
      81271
      82121
      82971
      16
      16
      80321
      81171
      82021
      82871
      83721
      84571
      85421
      86271
      17
      17
      85526
      86376
      87226
      88076
      88926
      89776
      90626
      91476

      APPENDIX D-1
      MAINTENANCE MECHANICS, GROUNDS PEOPLE, CUSTODIANS
      2014-2015
      STEP
      STEP
      MAINTENANCE
      GROUNDSCUSTODIANS
      13-14
      14-15
      ***
      1
      35960
      3301028738
      1
      2
      36468
      3351929247
      2
      3
      36977
      3402729755
      3
      4
      37485
      3453630264
      4
      5
      37689
      3473930569
      5
      6
      37943
      3683130772
      6
      7
      39000
      3827832096
      7
      8
      40542
      3972432886
      8
      9
      41994
      4143533673
      9
      10
      43570
      4231634671
      10
      11
      45287
      4320036136
      11
      12
      47151
      37063
      12
      13
      49030
      37903
      13
      14
      50912
      38688
      14
      15
      52792
      40046
      15
      16
      54318
      40079
      16-17
      17
      54682
      40351


      APPENDIX D-2
      MAINTENANCE MECHANICS, GROUNDS PEOPLE, CUSTODIANS
      2015-2016


      STEP
      STEP
      MAINTENANCE
      GROUNDS
      CUSTODIANS
      14-15
      15-16
      ***
      1
      36682
      33673
      29316
      1
      2
      37201
      34192
      29835
      2
      3
      37720
      34711
      30353
      3
      4
      38239
      35230
      30872
      4
      5
      38446
      35437
      31183
      5
      6
      38706
      37572
      31391
      6
      7
      39784
      39047
      32741
      7
      8
      41356
      40522
      33547
      8
      9
      42838
      42267
      34350
      9
      10
      44445
      43167
      35368
      10
      11
      46198
      44069
      36862
      11
      12
      48098
      37808
      12
      13
      50016
      38665
      13
      14
      51935
      39466
      14
      15
      53853
      40851
      15
      16
      55410
      40884
      16-17
      17
      55781
      41162




      APPENDIX D-3
      MAINTENANCE MECHANICS, GROUNDS PEOPLE, CUSTODIANS
      2016-2017


      STEP
      STEP
      MAINTENANCE
      GROUNDS
      CUSTODIANS
      15-16
      16-17
      ***
      1
      37097
      34054
      29647
      1
      2
      37622
      34579
      30172
      2
      3
      38146
      35103
      30696
      3
      4
      38671
      35628
      31221
      4
      5
      38881
      35838
      31536
      5
      6
      39143
      37996
      31746
      6
      7
      40233
      39488
      33111
      7
      8
      41824
      40980
      33926
      8
      9
      43322
      42745
      34738
      9
      10
      44947
      43655
      35767
      10
      11
      46720
      44567
      37278
      11
      12
      48642
      38235
      12
      13
      50581
      39102
      13
      14
      52522
      39912
      14
      15
      54461
      41313
      15
      16
      56036
      41346
      16-17
      17
      56412
      41628



      APPENDIX E-1 - TIER II AIDES * 2014-2015

      13-14
      14-15
      STEP
      STEP
      RATE
      ***
      1
      14.38
      1
      2
      14.63
      2
      3
      14.89
      3
      4
      15.08
      4
      5
      15.24
      5
      6
      16.22
      6-7
      7
      16.62

      APPENDIX E-2 - TIER II AIDES * 2015-2016

      14-15
      15-16
      STEP
      STEP
      RATE
      ***
      1
      14.69
      1
      2
      14.95
      2
      3
      15.21
      3
      4
      15.41
      4
      5
      15.57
      5
      6
      16.57
      6-7
      7
      16.98

      APPENDIX E-3 - TIER II AIDES * 2015-2016

      15-16
      16-17
      STEP
      STEP
      RATE
      ***
      1
      14.96
      1
      2
      15.23
      2
      3
      15.49
      3
      4
      15.70
      4
      5
      15.86
      5
      6
      16.88
      6-7
      7
      17.30

      In order to track step movement from year to year, read horizontally.
      *These amounts are listed in dollars paid per hour.
      *Annual salaries are listed in money paid per hours for bookkeeping purposes only. The total annual salary shall be listed on the employee’s personal contract.


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