Contract Between
Springfield Tp BE-Burlington
- and -
Springfield Tp EA (Burlington)
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07/01/2004 thru 06/30/2007


CategorySchool District
UnitAides, Cafeteria Workers, Clerical, Custodians, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
9/2/2005
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AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

THE

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF EDUCATION

AND

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP
EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

2004-2005
2005-2006
2006-2007










TABLE OF CONTENTS

Article I Recognition 3
Article II Negotiation Procedure 3
Article III Work Year/Work Day/Work Hours 4
Article IV Meetings 4
Article V Bus Duty 5
Article VI Temporary Leave 5-8
Sick Leave 5
Personal Days 5
Training 5
Professional Days 6
Restrictions 6
Disability Leave/Pregnancy 6
Teachers-Child Rearing 6-7
Teachers-Return from Leave 7
Teachers-Emergency Leave 7
Death Leave 7
Teachers-Sabbatical Leave 8
Article VII Insurance 8-10
Article VIII Additional Compensation 10
Article IX Members Rights 10-11
Discrimination 10
Just Cause 10
Representation 11
Vacancies 11
Teacher Suspension 11
Report Card Time Lines 11
Article X Association Rights and Privileges 11
Article XI Representation Fee 11
Article XII Credit Union 12
Article XIII Grievance Procedure 12-14
Article XIV Administrative/ Member Council 14
Article XV Salary Adjustments 14-15
Timelines 14
Direct Deposit 14
Professional Development-Asst. 14
Salary Base 14
Night Shift Differential 15
Article XVI Rights of the Board of Education 15
Article XVII Sick Leave Reimbursement 15
Article XVIII Chaperoning duties 15-16
Article XIX Student Tuition 16
Article XX Tuition Reimbursement 16-17
Article XXI Pilot Scheduling Committee 17
Article XXII Duration of Agreement 17
ARTICLE I
RECOGNITION

The Board of Education recognizes the Springfield Township Education Association as the exclusive and sole representatives for employment for certificated staff: all regularly employed classroom teachers, specialists, librarians, nurses, social workers; and support staff employees: teacher assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers, van drivers and secretaries. These categories of employees shall be referred to as bargaining unit members. Excluded from the unit are all managerial executives, psychologists and learning disability director, confidential employees and supervisors within the meaning of the PERC Law; craft employees, professional employees, police employees, casual employees, secretary to the Superintendent, secretary to the Board Secretary/Business Administrator, and all other employees employed by the Springfield Board of Education.
ARTICLE II
NEGOTIATION PROCEDURE

    A. GENERAL
The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with chapter 123, Public Law 1974. Any agreement so negotiated shall be submitted to the Board and the Association for ratification and, if ratified, be signed and adopted by both parties.

1) Representatives of the Board and the Association’s Negotiating Committee shall meet at the discretion of either party. All meetings between the parties shall be scheduled at the convenience of both parties.

2) Should a mutually acceptable amendment to this Agreement be negotiated by the parties, it must be adopted by the Board and the Association.
    B. AVAILABLE DATA
During negotiations, the Board and the Association shall present relevant data, exchange points of view and make proposals and counter-proposals. The Board shall make available to the Association for inspection all public records of the Springfield Township School District.
    C. NEGOTIATING COMMITTEES
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. The parties agree to bring no more than five (5) representatives to the negotiations table at any one session.
    D. LIMITATION OF NEGOTIATION TO DEFINED UNIT
The Board agrees not to negotiate concerning said employees, in the negotiating unit as defined in Article I of this Agreement, with any organization other than the Association for the duration of this Agreement.
    E. MODIFICATION OF THE AGREEMENT
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 III
Work Year/Work Day/Work Hours

    A. The work year shall be defined as 181 days for 10 month support staff employees. An additional paid orientation day will be added for new assistants.
    B. Full-time employment for custodians/maintenance shall consist of eight (8) hours per day. Full time employment for teacher assistants shall consist of six and three-quarter (6.75) hours per day.
    C. Full time custodian/maintenance employees shall have two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute duty free lunch. Food service personnel shall have a 30 minute duty free
    lunch. Teacher assistants shall have a 45 minute duty free lunch.
    D. Twelve month employees shall receive twelve (12) paid holidays per year, to be determined by the Superintendent when the student calendar is being developed.
    E. Twelve month employees shall receive vacation as follows:
1-5 years 2 weeks
6-14 years 3 weeks
15+ years 4 weeks
Teaching Hours
    All professional staff will be guarantied a minimum of 150 minutes of prep time per week. A minimum of thirty (30) minutes per day whenever possible.
    Teachers total in school work day shall consist of six and (6-3/4) hours inclusive of forty-five minute duty-free lunch period.
    Teachers shall have a duty-free lunch of forty-five (45) minutes duration unless students have less than forty-five (45) minutes during an emergency situation.
      When inclement weather, or some other unavoidable condition prohibits the practicality of duty-free period, the staff shall supervise students in their homeroom.
      Teachers may leave at student dismissal time when unable to have a full forty-five (45) minutes duty-free lunch.
      The Board will attempt to maintain the current level of Special Area Teachers within its ability to budget sufficient funds. When Special Area Teachers are absent due to illness, personal days, professional days or field trips, a substitute will be obtained whenever one is available. If a teacher misses a special which cannot be made up later in the week, s/he may leave school at student dismissal time on a day, except faculty meeting days, of her/his choice within five (5) working days.
ARTICLE IV
MEETINGS

    Teachers’ attendance at Home and School Association Meeting is required at Back to School Night and one (1) additional meeting per year.
    Teachers will attend one (1) or two (2) evening conferences in the fall (based on a parent survey) and one (1) evening conference in the spring. In both cases, early school closing will occur on conference days. Evening conferences will not be scheduled on consecutive nights unless agreed to by the Association.
ARTICLE V
BUS DUTY

Teachers shall not be required to perform bus duty; however, in an emergency, bus duty will be assigned for child safety.

ARTICLE VI
TEMPORARY LEAVES

    A. SICK LEAVE
Ten month employees shall receive ten (10) days sick leave per year. Twelve month employees shall receive twelve sick leave days per year. Unused sick days shall carry over to the following year. Each bargaining unit member shall receive yearly written notification of his/her available sick leave. Any bargaining unit member who does not utilize any sick leave during a school year shall receive a letter of commendation from the Superintendent and the Board. Additionally, the bargaining unit member shall receive a fifty dollar ($50.00) award, or will be reimbursed up to fifty dollars ($50.00) for a restaurant dinner upon submission of a receipt to the Board of Education.
    B. PERSONAL DAYS
      1. Bargaining unit members shall receive three (3) personal leave days per year.
      2. These personal days shall be converted to accumulated sick leave if not utilized.
      3. Written notification of the use of personal leave shall be provided to the Superintendent at least one week in advance.
    Support Staff

      A maximum of two (2) bargaining unit members may take personal leave at any one time.
      2. One of the three personal days may be used as an emergency day.

    Certified Staff

      1. Teachers shall be required to notify the Superintendent of School in writing at least one (1) week in advance of their selected Personal Day.
      2. Personal days at the beginning and end of any extended school calendar vacation (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.) will be permitted (in cases of unusual circumstances) with advance permission of the Superintendent. Personal days will not be granted on Parent-Teacher conference days, or on Friday and Monday of the same weekend.
      3. One (1) of three (3) existing personal days to be defined a personal/emergency day which can be used once the pool of (11) days has been exhausted, if unused, personal days will convert to sick days. A maximum of (3) teachers will be allowed off at any one time.
    C. TRAINING

Training will be provided during the workday with compensation when bargaining unit members are required or requested by the Superintendent to attend. If training is provided on weekends or beyond the contractual days (181 days for 10 month employees and 240 days for 12 month employees) training hours will be compensated as if they were work hours.
    PROFESSIONAL DAY

Each teacher shall have the prerogative of one (1) Professional Day a year. A pool of ten (10) extra professional days will be made available for staff members who have already utilized their one (1) allotted professional day.
      Written notice of date and location of the Professional Day shall be given to the Superintendent of Schools at least one (1) week in advance.
      To be considered a bonafide Professional Day, any activity relating to the enlightenment of good education practice, in the judgment of the teacher involved, shall be acceptable.
      This privilege shall not be abused.
    RESTRICTIONS

No more than one teacher will be granted either a Personal or Professional Day on the same day. This restriction may be waived by the Superintendent based on the advance availability of appropriate substitutes.
    F. DISABILITY/DISABILITY DUE TO PREGNANCY/CHILD REARING LEAVE
      Disability Leave
    1. Leaves for disability due to pregnancy shall be covered as any other sickness or illness under sick leave. The Board of Education shall be in compliance with the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA)

    2. A bargaining unit member who anticipates the need for a disability leave (other than due to pregnancy) shall notify the Superintendent in writing of the anticipated commencement date of the disability leave, as soon as the employee knows of his/her disability.

    3. In the case of disability leave due to pregnancy, the bargaining unit member shall inform the Superintendent in writing, no later than sixty days prior to the anticipated delivery date, of her request for which accumulated sick leave may be utilized.

    4. The Board of Education reserves the right to regulate the termination dates of anticipated leaves in order to preserve educational continuity. The Board of Education may require, as a condition of the employee’s return to work, a certificate from a physician that the employee is medically able to resume teaching duties.

    G. TEACHERS-CHILD REARING LEAVE

    1. Any employee seeking an unpaid leave of absence for reasons associated with child rearing shall file a written request for such a leave with the Superintendent, at least sixty (60) days in advance of the date when said leave is to commence; or, as notification of an impending adoption. Such request shall specify when the employee proposes to return.

    2. A leave of absence for child rearing for a tenured employee shall be for the remainder of the school year in which it is requested. Said leave may be extended for one additional year if requested in writing by April 1st to the Superintendent.

    3. Such leave for a non-tenured employee shall not extend beyond the end of the school year in which the leave is to commence.

    4. An employee may request, in writing to the Board, an extension or reduction in the
    previously approved child rearing leave of absence at least sixty (60) days prior to the
    expected termination date. Such requests shall specify when the employee proposes to return.

H. TEACHERS-RETURN FROM LEAVE
    1. Incremental movement on the salary guide will occur only if the employee on leave has
    worked more than ninety (90) days in the school year in which the leave commences or
    terminates.

    2. All contractual benefits to which an employee was entitled, at the time the leave of absence commenced including accumulated sick leave, shall be restored to him/her upon his/her return in accordance with the current negotiated agreement. He/she shall be assigned to the same position which he/she held, at the time of said leave, if available; or if not, to an equivalent position.

I. TEACHERS-EMERGENCY LEAVE
    1. A pool of eleven (11) emergency days will be made available for staff members.

    2. An emergency is defined as a circumstance of an unforeseen nature that impacts on the
    immediate family of the employee. Flood or fire in the home or automobile emergency or
    illness of father, mother, brothers, sisters, spouse or children are the only legitimate reasons
    for an emergency day.

    3. Any staff member who uses an emergency day from the pool of eleven (11), will take any
    succeeding emergency day without pay. At the end of the school year the staff member will be reimbursed from any days left in the pool. If there are days remaining in the pool but not enough to cover the number of people requesting the extra days, the days will be shared equally.

    4. The Superintendent of Schools shall determine the validity of the circumstances. If the
    decision is negative, the decision can be appealed to the Administrative-Teacher Council,
    whose decision is final.

    5. All teachers will be allowed up to five (5) days off at half pay for serious illness in the
    immediate family (spouse, child, mother, father) upon approval of the superintendent.

J. DEATH LEAVE

Policy 4151.3 Death In Immediate Family
Immediate family is hereby defined as follows: own children (natural or adopted), spouse, parents, grandparents, mother or father-in-law, brother, sister, brother or sister-in-law, aunt or uncle.
A bargaining unit member will be paid for a period of:
    1. Up to five (5) days for death of parents, own children, (natural or adopted) or spouse.
    2. Up to three (3) days for death of mother or father-in-law, brother, sister, brother or sister-in-law or grandparent.
    3. One (1) day for aunt or uncle.


    K. TEACHERS-SABBATICAL LEAVE
Sabbatical Leave will be granted by the Board of Education for a period not exceeding one year under the following conditions:
    1. The teacher must have completed seven (7) consecutive years in the district.
    2. The request of sabbatical leave is received by the Board of Education prior to the January
    Board Meeting of the current school year.
    3. The sabbatical leave must run concurrently with the school year September to June.
    4. A suitable substitute can be found.
    5. The sabbatical leave time will not count for placement on the current salary guide.
    6. Sabbatical leave will be granted for the purpose of attendance at a university or college that offers course work relating to elementary education.
    7. The teacher must notify the Board of Education by March 1 of the following year of his/her desire to return to the district.
    8. No more than one (1) sabbatical leave will be granted per year.

ARTICLE VII
INSURANCE

    A. The Board of Education will pay the full health premium for any Board approved plan except that bargaining unit members selecting the traditional indemnity plan will contribute twenty dollars ($20.00) per month toward the premium cost. New members may select the traditional indemnity insurance plan in their second year of employment with the Springfield Township Board of Education.

    B. The PPO plan will include an eye care plan equal to or better than the current HMO eye care plan. The HMO plan will no longer be an insurance option.

    C. In the event that the premium for any Board of Education approved health plan would exceed the cost of the traditional indemnity plan employees will pay the difference in cost between the plan in which they are enrolled and the traditional indemnity plan.

    D. The Board of Education will pay the premium for a 21/1 prescription drug plan with co-pay amounts of $10.00 brand name/$0.00 generic/$0.00 mail.

    F. 1. Support Staff Employees working twenty-seven (27) hours per week or more
        shall be eligible for single health benefits during their first twelve (12) months of employment (ten (10) months for (10) month employees).

    2. Support Staff Employees shall be eligible to elect couple, parent child or family
    health coverage after their first 12 months (for 12 month
    employees) or 10 months (for 10 month employees) of employment.
    (employees employed prior to March 1, 2000 who worked fewer than
    twenty-seven hours per week and received health insurance shall
    continue to receive health insurance, unless their hours should decrease
    to less than twenty (20) hours per week, at which time they would be
    ineligible for insurance.)

    G. The insurance outlined in this article, except employee-only dental, will cover all teachers (and their families according to individual notification) as follows:

    1. Employment prior to 1995-1996
    Teachers with less than 0.6 teaching schedule will be eligible for single coverage, only
    teachers with 0.6 or greater teaching schedule will be eligible for family coverage.

    2. Employment after 1995-1996
    Employment after 1996 with .59 or less teaching schedule (less than 20 hours per week) will not be eligible for any health coverage.
    3. Teachers with a 0.6 or greater teaching schedule, will be eligible to receive employee-only
    health/prescription/dental coverage until tenure is obtained; except that, a non-tenured teacher employed during or after this date who had at least five (5) or more years of previous teaching experience on the salary guide will be eligible for family health/prescription/dental coverage after their first year of employment.
    MEDICAL COVERAGE WAIVER (added the title)

    An employee entitled to family coverage may elect to accept a payment
    of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) in lieu of medical coverage and/or
    a payment of three hundred dollars ($300.00) in lieu of prescription
    coverage. An employee entitled to single coverage may elect to receive
    a payment of eight hundred forty dollars ($840.00) in lieu of medical
    coverage or a payment of one hundred thirty dollars ($130.00) in lieu of
    prescription coverage.

    I. DENTAL
    Support Staff

    1. The Board will pay the full premium for family dental for eligible bargaining unit members employed full time. There will be a fifty dollar ($50.00) per person deductible with a family aggregate of one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00)

    2. Employees shall be eligible for single coverage during their first twelve (12) months of employment (ten (10) months for ten (10) month employees).

    3. Coverage for new employees will be effective the first of the month following sixty (60) calendar days of employment.

    4. Bargaining unit members eligible for single coverage(s), may at their option, elect couple, parent-child or family coverage with the difference in premium to be paid by the bargaining unit member.

    5. The Board of Education will pay the full cost of dental insurance, capped at the premiums in effect on June 30, 2004.




Certified Staff

    1. The Board will pay the full premium, for an employee or family, $50.00 deductible, dental plan.

    2. Coverage for new employees will be effective the first of the month following sixty (60)
    calendar days of employment.

    3. The Board of Education will pay the full premium, capped at the 2000-01 premium.
ARTICLE VIII
ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION

    The Board agrees to provide the following additional compensation upon presentation of a receipt to the Board office.
      1. $250.00 clothing and shoe allowance (for items to be worn on the job) for all full time custodial/maintenance and food service employees.
      $150.00 clothing and shoe allowance (for items to be worn on the job) for all part-time custodial/maintenance and food service employees.
      The Board of Education agrees to provide additional compensation to teachers who have obtained graduate credits beyond a Bachelor’s Degree in an accredited Master Degree Program in Education as per the included salary guide. The Board of Education shall pay the above additional compensation based upon the number of graduate credits and/or Master’s Degree obtained in education by the first day of September and the first day of February.
      Certified staff, who work beyond the school day and/or the school year, will be compensated at the rate of $30.00 per hour.
ARTICLE IX
BARGAINING UNIT MEMBERS RIGHTS

    A. NO DISCRIMINATION

The Board agrees that it will not discriminate against any employee with respect to hours, wages or any term or condition of employment by reason of his/her membership in the association.
    B. JUST CAUSE

No bargaining unit member shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation or deprived of any professional advantage without just cause. Any such action asserted by the Board, or any agent or representative thereof, shall be subject to the grievance procedure herein set forth.




    C. REPRESENTATION

Whenever any bargaining unit member is required to appear before the Superintendent of Schools, Board or any committee or member thereof concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that bargaining unit member in his/her office, position or employment or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto, then he/she shall be given prior oral or written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview and shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association present to advise him/her and represent him/her during such meeting or interview. Any suspension of a bargaining unit member pending charges shall be without pay.
    D. VACANCIES-SUPPORT STAFF
    1. Vacancies will be posted in a place that will be consistent and known to employees. Posting will be for a minimum of five (5) school days during the school year. During the school year, a substitute may be hired during the advertising, interviewing and hiring period, but this process must begin and end in a reasonable period of time with the full intention of hiring a replacement.
    2. During the summer, vacancies will be posted for ten (10) business days.

    An interview will be granted to all applicants who are bargaining unit members.

    E. REPORT CARD GRADES TIMELINE

Teachers shall be given four (4) school days beyond the end of the marking period to complete report cards at the completion of each marking period.
ARTICLE X
ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES

Whenever any representatives of the Association or any bargaining unit member is mutually scheduled by the parties to participate during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences or meetings, he/she shall suffer no loss in pay.

The Association and its representatives shall have the right to use the inter-school facilities and school mail boxes with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.

Association meetings may be held twice per month providing advance notice be given to the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent may grant additional meetings as needed.

The Association shall have, in each school building, the exclusive use of a bulletin board in each faculty lounge and teachers’ dining room.
ARTICLE XI
REPRESENTATION FEE

The Board of Education agrees to collect and forward to the Association a representation fee pursuant to NJSA 34:13A-5.5.



ARTICLE X11
CREDIT UNION

The Board agrees to deduct from the employees’ salaries money for the ABCO Public Employees Federal Credit Union programs as said bargaining unit members individually and voluntarily authorize Board to deduct and to transmit the monies promptly to the Credit Union. The employee may change the amount of deductions to be effective January 1, April 1, July 1 and/or September 1 by submitting written notice to the Secretary of the Board sixty (60) days in advance of the prementioned dates. A new employee may elect to enroll at the time of initial employment.
ARTICLE XIII
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

    A. DEFINITIONS

    1. A “grievance” is a claim based upon an event or condition which affects the welfare and/or terms and conditions of employment of a bargaining unit member and/or the interpretation, meaning or application of any of the provisions of this Agreement.

    2. ( Support Staff only--It does not include the failure or refusal of the Board to renew a contract of a non-tenured employee.)

    3. An “aggrieved person” is the person making the claim.

    4. 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.

    B. PURPOSE

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

    2. Nothing herein contained shall be construed as limiting the right of any bargaining unit member having a grievance to discuss the matter informally with any appropriate member of the administration, and having the grievance adjusted intervention of the Association, provided the adjustment is not inconsistent with the terms of the Agreement and that the Association has been given the opportunity to be present as such adjustments and to state its views.

    C. PROCEDURE

    1. Since it is important that grievance be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered as a maximum and every effort should be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified, however, may be extended by mutual agreement.

    2. In the event a grievance is filed at such time that it cannot be processed through all the steps in this grievance procedure by the end of the school year and, if left unresolved until the beginning of the following school year, could result in irreparable harm to a party in interest, the grievance procedure may be exhausted prior to the end of the school year or as soon thereafter as its practicable.

    3. Level One: An aggrieved person shall discuss a grievance with his/her superior within thirty (30) school days after the occurrence. A bargaining unit member with a grievance shall first discuss it with his/her principal or immediate superior with the objective of resolving the matter informally. The aggrieved shall have the right to have the Association’s designated representative present.

    4. Level Two: If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her grievance at Level One, or if no decision has been rendered within five (5) school days after presentation of the grievance, he/she may file the grievance in writing with the Association for review with a duplicate copy to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) school days after the decision at Level One to ten (10) school days after the grievance was presented, which ever is sooner. Within five (5) school days after receiving the written grievance, the Association Committee may refer it to the Superintendent of Schools for resolution.

    5. Level Three.

    If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his/her grievance at Level Two, or if no decision has been rendered within ten (10) school days after the grievance was delivered to the Superintendent of Schools he/she may within five (5) school days after a decision by the Superintendent of Schools or fifteen (15) school days after the grievance was delivered to the Superintendent of Schools, whichever is sooner, request in writing that the Association submit his/her grievance to the Board of Education. The Association may submit the grievance to the Board of Education within fifteen (15) school days after receipt of a request by the aggrieved person.

    b. If the Board and representatives of the bargaining unit member’s organization are unable to agree, they may, at the request of either party and with concurrence of both parties, submit the matter to advisory arbitration within fifteen (15) school days after the request is made and concurred with.

    c. The advisory arbitrator will be selected from a panel submitted by the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration must be restricted to a decision based upon the facts submitted to him/her and be restricted from expanding the agreement, i.e. “cannot add to or subtract from…”

    d. The costs for the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and actually and necessary travel, subsistence expenses and the cost of the hearing room shall be borne equally by the Board and the Association. Any other expenses incurred shall be paid by the party incurring the same.

    D. MISCELLANEOUS

    1. No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by the Board or by any members of the administration against any party in interest, any member of the Association Committee or any other participant in the grievance procedure by reason of such participation.

    2. If, in the judgment of the Association Committee, a grievance affects a group or class of bargaining unit members, the Association Committee, may submit such grievance at level One. The Association Committee may process such a grievance at all levels of the grievance procedure even though the aggrieved person does not wish to do so.

    3. All decisions shall be in writing setting forth the decision and the reasons therefore and shall be transmitted promptly to all parties in interest and to the Chairman of the Association Committee.

    4. All meetings and hearings under this procedure shall not be conducted in public and shall include only such parties in interest and their designated or selected representatives, heretofore referred to in this ARTICLE.
ARTICLE XIV
ADMINISTRATIVE/BARGAINING UNIT MEMBER COUNCIL

An Administrative/Bargaining Unit Member Council shall be established and shall meet at the discretion of either party. The purpose of the Council shall be to strengthen the educational program through discussions. The council may consider but not be limited to curriculum improvements, instructional organization, extra curricular programs, inservice training, and other related matters regarding the effective operation of the Springfield Township School District.
The Council shall consist of four (4) members; the Superintendent of Schools and another member selected by him/her and two (2) members selected by the Association President.
The Council shall meet at least once per month unless mutually agreeable to meet more or less. The meeting shall be held at a mutually agreeable time and shall not last more than an hour unless mutually agreeable.
ARTICLE XV
SALARY ADJUSTMENTS

    A. Employees whose employment began prior to February 1 will be compensated on the next step of the adopted salary guide for the following school year.
    B. Employees whose employment began February 1 or after will be compensated on the same step of the adopted salary guide for the following school year.
    C. Bargaining unit members may elect to have their paychecks directly deposited into a bank of their choice.
    D. Professional Development for Assistants-$400.00 per year (as of July 1, 2005) for 30 college credits and $800.00 per year (as of July 1, 2005) for 60 college credits or Associates Degree. The college credits must provide a benefit to the school district or
    satisfy the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, subject to the approval of the Chief School Administrator.
    For certified staff the salary base for 2003-2004 shall be increased by 5.00% for 2004-2005 and again by 5.00% for 2005-2006 (compounded) and again by 5.00% for 2006-2007 (compounded). These increases are inclusive of increment.

    For support staff the salary base for 2003-2004 shall be increased by 5.00% for 2004-2005 and again by 5.5% for 2005-2006 (compounded) and again by 5.5% for 2006-2007 (compounded). These increases are inclusive of increment.

The new money each year shall be distributed by first moving people up on the guide (paying the increment) and then distributing the remaining money as equal money (per hourly rate both on guide and off-guide for support staff).
    F. Full-time custodial night differential shall be increased to $.40 an hour.
ARTICLE XVI
RIGHTS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

A. In recognition of the fact that the laws of the state vast responsibility in the Board for the quality of education in and the efficient and economical operation of the school district, it is herein agreed that except as specifically and directly modified by express language in a specific provision of this contract, the Board retains all rights and powers that it has, or may hereafter be granted by law.
    B. TEACHER SUSPENSION

Any suspension of a teacher pending charges shall be without pay.

ARTICLE XVII
SICK LEAVE REIMBURSEMENT

Support Staff

    The Board will pay retiring bargaining unit members for accumulated sick leave as follows:

    1. After 10 – 15 years of employment the Board will pay twenty ($25.00) dollars per day (as of July 1, 2005) to a maximum of 100 days.
    2. After 16 – 20 years of employment the Board will pay twenty ($25.00) dollars per day (as of July 1, 2005) to a maximum of 150 days.
    3. After more than 20 years of employment the Board will pay twenty ($25.00) dollars per day (as of July 1, 2005) to a maximum of 200 days.
    For the purposes of this article, retirement will mean that an employee, 55 years of age or older, will be leaving the employment of Springfield Township Schools and will not be employed elsewhere in the same capacity.
    Certificated Staff

    Upon retirement, teachers with ten (10) years or more of consecutive service in the district will receive $50.00 per day (as of July 1, 2005) to a maximum of 200 days.

    1. Number of days paid shall be at this rate once a minimum of 30 days has been accumulated. If a minimum of 30 days has not been accumulated, a rate of $10 per day shall be paid for the number actually accumulated.

    2. Estate of deceased teacher receives reimbursement only if employee has declared intention to retire.
    3. In order to be eligible for this sick leave reimbursement, the employee must notify the Board of Education by January 31st of the year prior to the anticipated retirement. Sick leave reimbursement shall be paid on July 1st. of the preceding school year. Failure to provide this notification will result in a one (1) year delay in payment.






ARTICLE XVIII
CHAPERONING DUTIES

Chaperoning duties for school events that are scheduled beyond the contractual day for bargaining unit members shall be voluntary. In the event there are not adequate volunteers to provide for the safety of the students, the administration may assign additional bargaining unit members to chaperoning duties. Such assignments shall be as equitable as possible. (Bargaining unit members shall be paid at the rate of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per event.)
ARTICLE XIX
STUDENT TUITION

Bargaining unit members who live outside of Springfield Township and wish to have their children attend Springfield Township School will pay seventy-five percent (75%) of the regular established tuition rate.
The Board reserves the right (based on enrollment patterns) to decide whether or not a child can be accepted into a particular grade.
ARTICLE XX
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

    Tuition reimbursement shall be provided as follows:
    Support Staff

    1. Maximum of nine (9) credits per fiscal year by any one bargaining unit member, measured by the fiscal year in which the class ends.

    2. Maximum of $100.00 per credit or an annual total of $900.00 for credit and non-credit classes.

    3. Maximum expense to the Board of Education of $3,000.00 (as of July 1, 2005) per fiscal year. All reimbursements shall be made in June. If more credits have been taken than can be reimbursed under the $2,000.00 maximum, reimbursement shall be proportional per credit.

    4. Courses shall be taken at an accredited college, and shall be submitted to the Superintendent for prior approval prior to registration. Non-credit courses or workshops may be approved at the discretion of the Superintendent. The costs shall come out of the $2,000.00 pool set forth above.

    To be reimbursed, an employee will provide proof of passing or completion of a graded or non-graded course and proof of payment to the Board Office.
    Certificated Staff

    Nine (9) credits at $240. A cap of $6000.00 (as of July 1, 2005), to be divided equally among the staff in any year up to a maximum of nine (9) credits per year. Payment will be made upon completion of the course and the submission of transcript or grades.

    All courses to be considered for reimbursement shall have prior approval of the Board. A grade of “B” must be obtained for reimbursement purposes.

    Teachers who wish to be eligible for increased compensation as a result of additional graduate credits shall notify the Superintendent of their intention, in writing, by January 31st of the preceding year.

    Graduate credit which can be applied to salary movement will be granted for workshops attended as an employee of the Springfield Township Board of Education as follows:
            Workshops of 2 or 3 days duration = 1 credit.
            Workshops of 4 or more days duration = 2 credits.
All such workshops shall have advance approval of the Superintendent who will verify that they are relevant to the teacher’s assignment.
ARTICLE XXI
PILOT SCHEDULING COMMITTEE

There shall be a pilot committee to meet before the beginning of school to work on the schedule. The results of this pilot will be reviewed at the next negotiations session. This shall begin in August, 2005.

ARTICLE XXII
DURATION OF AGREEMENT

    A. This Agreement and all its provisions shall be effective as of July 1, 2004 and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2007. This Agreement shall not be extended orally and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date above indicated.

    B. In witness whereof the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective presidents and attested by their respective secretaries.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF EDUCATION EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

_______________________ __________________________
President President

_______________________ __________________________
Secretary Secretary










Certificated Staff Salary Guides
BASE YEAR
2003-04SPRINGFIELD
Salary Guide
Step
BA
BA+9
BA+18
BA+27MA
1
37,149
37,824
38,723
39,398 40,073
2
37,711
38,386
39,286
39,961 40,636
3
38,273
38,948
39,848
40,523 41,198
4
38,836
39,511
40,411
41,086 41,761
5
39,398
40,073
40,973
41,648 42,323
6
39,961
40,636
41,536
42,211 42,885
7
40,636
41,311
42,211
42,885 43,560
8
41,198
41,873
42,773
43,448 44,123
9
41,986
42,660
43,560
44,235 44,910
10
43,223
43,898
44,798
45,473 46,148
11
44,460
45,135
46,035
46,710 47,385
12
45,810
46,485
47,385
48,060 48,735
13
47,019
47,694
48,594
49,269 49,944
14
48,369
49,044
49,944
50,619 51,294
15
50,731
51,406
52,306
52,981 53,656
16
53,290
53,965
54,865
55,540 56,215
17
56,468
57,143
58,043
58,718 59,393
18
60,883
61,558
62,458
63,133 63,808
19
65,352
66,027
66,927
67,602 68,277

YEAR 1
2004-05SPRINGFIELD
Salary Guide
Step
BA
BA+9
BA+18
BA+27
MA
1
38,908
39,609
40,542
41,243
41,943
2
39,308
40,009
40,942
41,643
42,343
3
39,708
40,409
41,342
42,043
42,743
4
40,292
40,993
41,926
42,627
43,327
5
40,875
41,576
42,509
43,210
43,910
6
41,460
42,160
43,094
43,794
44,493
7
42,160
42,860
43,794
44,493
45,194
8
42,743
43,443
44,377
45,077
45,778
9
43,560
44,260
45,194
45,894
46,594
10
44,844
45,544
46,478
47,178
47,879
11
46,127
46,828
47,761
48,462
49,162
12
47,528
48,228
49,162
49,862
50,563
13
48,782
49,483
50,416
51,117
51,817
14
50,183
50,883
51,817
52,517
53,218
15
52,633
53,334
54,267
54,968
55,668
16
55,288
55,989
56,922
57,623
58,323
17
58,586
59,286
60,220
60,920
61,620
18
63,166
63,866
64,800
65,500
66,201
19
67,803
68,503
69,437
70,137
70,837




Certificated Staff Salary Guides
YEAR 2
2005-06SPRINGFIELD
Salary Guide
Step
BA
BA+9
BA+18
BA+27
MA
1
40,535
41,260
42,227
42,953
43,678
2
40,935
41,660
42,627
43,353
44,078
3
41,335
42,060
43,027
43,753
44,478
4
41,735
42,460
43,427
44,153
44,878
5
42,339
43,064
44,031
44,757
45,482
6
42,944
43,669
44,636
45,362
46,086
7
43,669
44,395
45,362
46,086
46,811
8
44,273
44,999
45,966
46,691
47,416
9
45,120
45,844
46,811
47,537
48,262
10
46,449
47,175
48,142
48,867
49,593
11
47,779
48,504
49,471
50,197
50,922
12
49,229
49,955
50,922
51,647
52,373
13
50,529
51,254
52,221
52,947
53,672
14
51,979
52,705
53,672
54,397
55,123
15
54,518
55,243
56,210
56,936
57,661
16
57,268
57,993
58,960
59,686
60,411
17
60,683
61,408
62,375
63,101
63,826
18
65,427
66,153
67,120
67,845
68,571
19
70,230
70,955
71,923
72,648
73,373
YEAR 3
2006-07SPRINGFIELD
Salary Guide
Step
BA
BA+9
BA+18
BA+27
MA
1
42,365
43,118
44,122
44,875
45,629
2
42,765
43,518
44,522
45,275
46,029
3
43,165
43,918
44,922
45,675
46,429
4
43,565
44,318
45,322
46,075
46,829
5
43,965
44,718
45,722
46,475
47,229
6
44,593
45,346
46,350
47,104
47,856
7
45,346
46,099
47,104
47,856
48,609
8
45,973
46,726
47,731
48,484
49,237
9
46,853
47,605
48,609
49,362
50,115
10
48,233
48,986
49,990
50,744
51,497
11
49,613
50,367
51,371
52,124
52,877
12
51,120
51,873
52,877
53,631
54,384
13
52,469
53,222
54,226
54,980
55,733
14
53,975
54,729
55,733
56,486
57,239
15
56,611
57,364
58,369
59,122
59,875
16
59,467
60,220
61,224
61,978
62,731
17
63,013
63,766
64,771
65,524
66,277
18
67,940
68,693
69,697
70,451
71,204
19
72,927
73,680
74,684
75,438
76,191





Support Staff Salary Guides

04-05
1.041
0.00%
05-06
1.0455
0.00%
STEP AIDES CUST VANSTEP AIDES CUST VAN
1
9.87
10.11
12.43
1
10.61
10.86
13.00
2
9.97
10.21
12.53
2
10.71
10.96
13.10
3
10.34
10.58
3
10.81
11.06
4
10.69
10.93
4
11.18
11.43
5
11.05
11.29
5
11.55
11.80
6
11.41
11.65
6
11.93
12.18
7
11.76
12.00
7
12.30
12.55
8
12.19
12.43
8
12.74
13.00
OFF
21.55
15.93
OFF
22.53
16.65
12.70
13.28
21.56
22.54
13.54
14.16
14.96
15.64
06-07
1.04806
0.00%
STEP AIDES CUST VAN
1
11.41
11.68
13.63
2
11.51
11.78
13.73
3
11.61
11.88
4
11.71
11.98
5
12.10
12.37
6
12.50
12.77
7
12.89
13.16
8
13.36
13.62
OFF
23.61
17.45
13.92
23.62
14.84
16.39


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