THE WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
THE WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
Commencing: July 1, 2014
Terminating: June 30, 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I Recognition 3
II Part-Time Paraprofessionals 3
III Salary and Other Compensation 4-6
IV Salary Payment Procedure 7
V Grievance Procedure 7-8
VI Health Benefits Program 8-9
VII Deductions 10
VIII Work Year 10
IX Respective Rights 11-12
X Miscellaneous Provisions 12-15
WHEREAS, the parties have reached an agreement on all matters set forth in the agreement between the parties;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants, obligations and conditions, this Agreement shall be effective July 1, 2014 for the period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 by and between the Washington Township Board of Education (“Board”) and the Washington Township Education Association (Paraprofessionals Unit) (“Association”).
Washington Township Education Association shall be recognized as the representative of all full-time and part-time Paraprofessionals employed by the Washington Township Board of Education.
Part-time Paraprofessionals shall be defined as those Paraprofessionals employed for less than thirty (30) hours per week. Full-time Paraprofessionals are those Paraprofessionals who are employed for thirty (30) or more hours per week .
Effective July 1, 2014, the following salary schedule will be put in place:
All Paraprofessionals shall be hired at Step 1 and move to Step 2 at the completion of their first year, to Step 3 at the completion of their second year, etc.
1. Basic ABA Training: Paraprofessionals providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) support to autistic students will be paid an additional $2 per hour above the salary schedule. In order for the Paraprofessional to receive the additional $2 per hour the following conditions must be met:
2. Beyond Basic ABA Training: a Paraprofessional who receives additional ABA Module training and passes the required module tests will be paid an additional $2 per hour for a total of $4 above the salary-schedule rate noted above.
3. Specialized Skill: Paraprofessionals who are required by their assignment to be proficient in Braille or American Sign Language will be paid an additional $2 per hour above the salary schedule. In order for the Paraprofessional to receive the additional $2 per hour the following conditions must be met:
The District may not reduce a Paraprofessional’s hours, where the primary purpose for doing so is to avoid implementation of the salary differential.
Paraprofessionals directed by the administration to travel between schools as needed and approved by the administration, shall be reimbursed at the mileage rate set by the NJ Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Vouchers are to be submitted to the Business Administrator on a monthly basis. In the event OMB or state regulation is abolished, reimbursement shall be set at the allowable Federal IRS rate.
A. Reimbursements and Compensations
Paraprofessionals who chaperone the 6th grade three-day environmental trip shall be paid a $225.00 per trip stipend in addition to their regular per diem compensation based upon their typical scheduled daily work day. If chaperoning less than the full three days of the trip, the stipend will be pro-rated.
2. 6th Grade Environmental Trip Compensation
3. Course Reimbursement
The Board will support appropriate college training for full-time and part-time Paraprofessionals to the extent of paying the Warren County Community College tuition rate. Paraprofessionals in their first year of employment in the district are not entitled to tuition reimbursement. Paraprofessionals in their second year of employment in the district may be reimbursed for three (3) credits per year and Paraprofessionals in their third year and beyond may be reimbursed for six (6) credits per year.
Payment, by the Board, shall not exceed the per credit cost paid by the Paraprofessional.
The maximum expenditure for each school year shall be limited to and capped at $2,000. No monies shall be paid to any Paraprofessional taking courses until the end of the school year, at which time whatever monies are available would be distributed on a pro-rated per credit basis among all who have taken courses. The Administration, Board, and Association may review and mutually agree to distribute these monies at an earlier date. It is recognized that such distribution may result in certified staff members receiving less per credit than the Warren County Community College tuition rate.
Courses must have been offered by an accredited institution of higher education, except as this requirement is waived by the Superintendent.
Courses must contribute to the member's performance in this school district. Any courses taken should apply to a job description within the district in the field of education.
Course registration must be approved in advance by the Superintendent.
Reimbursement shall be granted only for the successful completion of the course, which shall be demonstrated by an earned grade of "B" or better on a transcript submitted directly to the Superintendent by the institution in which the course was taken. Summer course reimbursement only if the employee returns to work the following school year. If an employee does not return to work in September, only courses completed before June 30th of that year will be reimbursed.
The three (3) or six(6) credits will be reimbursed per year running from July 1st to June 30th
Paraprofessionals must remain in the District for one (1) school year after successfully completing coursework or shall be required to reimburse the District for all funds received during the last twelve (12) months of course reimbursement. A Paraprofessional whose contract is not renewed will not be responsible to reimburse the District for completed coursework.
SALARY PAYMENT PROCEDURE
Paraprofessionals employed on a ten month basis shall be paid in twenty-(20) equal gross pay installments. Paraprofessionals may request direct deposit. Salary payments will be made on the 5th and 20th of September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and May. The June payments will be made on June 5th and on the last day of school for certified staff. When a pay day falls on or during a school holiday, vacation or weekend, Paraprofessionals shall receive their pay checks on the last previous working day.
Any individual Paraprofessional or Paraprofessionals shall have the right to appeal the application of policies and administrative decisions affecting the terms and conditions of employment. With respect to a personal grievance, the grievant, grievants, and his/her representatives and the Washington Township Education Association shall be assured freedom from restraining, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal in presenting his/her appeal.
Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered as a maximum and every effort should be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified may, however, be extended by mutual agreement. All days are business days when school is in session.
Any Paraprofessional who has a grievance shall identify it as such within 30 days of the grievable occurrence and discuss it with the immediate superior in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level. The Paraprofessional has the right to be represented at any level. Within 10 days of the presentation of the oral grievance, the immediate superior shall give his/her verbal response.
(2) Level Two
If, as a result of the Level One decision, the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Paraprofessional, within 10 days of receipt of the verbal response, the Paraprofessional shall set forth the grievance in writing to the Superintendent of Schools, who shall communicate a decision to the Paraprofessional in writing within 10 days of receipt of the written grievance.
If the grievance is not resolved to the Paraprofessional’s satisfaction, the Paraprofessional may, within 10 days of receipt of written response from the Paraprofessional’s superior, request a review by the Board. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of Schools, who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education for appropriate action. The Board shall acknowledge receipt within 5 days, schedule a hearing to be held with the aggrieved Paraprofessional within 20 days, and render a decision in writing within 20 days of the hearing.
The final step shall culminate with advisory arbitration. The parties shall mutually agree upon the selection of an arbitrator, whose fees and expenses shall be borne equally by and between the parties. If agreement of an arbitrator can not be achieved, application shall be made to the Public Employment Relations Commission for the submission of a panel from which the selection shall be made.
HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM
A. Health Care Insurance
1. The Board shall provide the health-care insurance protection hereinafter set forth for full-time Paraprofessionals who shall be defined as employed for thirty (30) hours or more per week. The Board shall pay the full premium for individual coverage and full family coverage as requested in accordance with the regulations of the benefits provider. Insurance premiums (hospitalization, physician, and major medical) are paid by the Board. However, each year, as mandated by P.L. 2011 Chapter 78, all employees shall contribute a portion, determined by the state, of their annual salary to defray the cost of health benefits.
2. The existing health insurance coverage is provided through Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey. If the option is available from the health-care insurance provider and there is no cost to the Board, part-time Paraprofessionals shall have the ability to purchase health-care insurance coverage at the district’s group rate.
3. For each full-time Paraprofessional who remains in the employ of the Board for the full school year, the Board shall make payment of insurance premiums to provide insurance coverage for the full twelve (12) month period commencing September 1st, and ending August 31st. When necessary, payment of premiums on behalf of the full-time Paraprofessionals shall be made retroactively or prospectively to assure uninterrupted participation and coverage.
4. The Board shall provide to a newly hired full-time Paraprofessional a description of the health-care insurance coverage provided under this ARTICLE, as soon as available, which shall include a clear description of conditions and limits of coverage listed.
5. A full-time Paraprofessional may elect to waive health care. In this case, the Paraprofessional will be paid in lieu of benefits at the following rates:
Such payments will be made on June 30th of each year.
Medical + Prescription Dental
Single $1,800 $200
Parent/Child $2,800 $300
Husband/ Wife $3,800 $300
Family $4,800 $500
B. Dental/Prescription Drug Plans
The Board shall provide a dental health insurance program that continues the existing coverage as provided to each full-time Paraprofessional through Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.
2. Prescription Plan
The Board shall provide a $12 brand/$5 generic/1 x mail co-pay prescription drug program to maintain the level of coverage now in existence as provided for each full-time Paraprofessional by the Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey.
A. If a Paraprofessional does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e. from September 1 to the following August 31) which is covered in whole or in part by the Agreement, said Paraprofessionals will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. This fee shall not exceed 85% of the Association’s regular membership dues for paraprofessionals and shall be determined, by NJEA, in accordance with the Association’s filing of the annual LAFAP report.
B. The Association shall indemnify and hold the Board harmless against any and all claims, demands, suits and other forms of liability, including liability for court expenses that may arise out of, or by reason of any action taken by the Board in conforming with this provision. Dues shall be transmitted electronically, if the payroll provider maintains capability on a monthly basis.
A. The Paraprofessionals work year shall follow the student calendar.
B. Paraprofessionals will be compensated for one additional day in exchange for their required attendance at one of the District’s scheduled Staff Development days each year. This Staff Development day will be scheduled by June 30 of the previous school year and announced to the Paraprofessionals by including the date in their individual annual contracts.
C. Paraprofessionals shall only be paid for hours actually worked. The number of hours worked by a Paraprofessional are individual to that Paraprofessional’s position.
D. As per NJSA 18:27-10.2 the Board will provide Paraprofessionals notice of re-employment by May 15th of each school year.
E. Paraprofessionals who work five (5) or more hours during a workday shall be provided with one fifteen (15) minute paid break for each such day worked as determined by the classroom teacher and/or building principal.
A. Employee Rights
1. Rights and Protection in Representation
Pursuant to Chapter 123 Public Laws 1974, the Board hereby agrees that every Paraprofessional of the Board shall have the right to freely organize, join and support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations and other concerted activities for mutual aid and protection. As a duly selected body exercising governmental power under the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage or deprive or coerce any Paraprofessional in the employment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974 or other laws of New Jersey or the Constitutions of New Jersey and the United States; that it shall not discriminate against any Paraprofessional with respect to hours, wages, or any terms or conditions of employment by reason of his/her membership in the Association and its affiliates, his/her participation in any activities of the Association and its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or his/her institution of any grievance, complaint or proceeding under this agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms or conditions of employment.
2. Statutory Savings Clause
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any Paraprofessional such rights as he/she may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable
laws and regulations. The rights granted to Paraprofessionals hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere.
3. Just Cause Provision
To the extent permitted by existing law, no Paraprofessional shall be discharged or disciplined 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.
4. Required Meetings or Hearings
Whenever any Paraprofessional is required to appear before any administrator or supervisor, Board or any committee, member, representative or agent thereof concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that Paraprofessional in his/her office, position or employment or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto, then he/she shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview and shall be entitled to have representative(s) of the Association present to advise him/her and represent him/her during such meeting or interview. Any suspension of a Paraprofessional pending charges shall be with pay.
5. Association Identification
No Paraprofessional shall be prevented from wearing pins or other identification of membership in the Association or its affiliates. Such pins or other identification shall be in good taste. This privilege would not extend to the wearing of negotiations-related buttons in the classroom that may be disruptive to the educational program.
The Board reserves to itself sole jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy and retains the right, subject only to the limitations imposed by the language of this Agreement and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to the following:
1. To direct Paraprofessionals of the school district;
2. To hire, promote, transfer, assign, and retain Paraprofessionals in positions in the school district, and for causes stipulated by law or in this Agreement, to suspend, to demote, discharge or take other disciplinary action against Paraprofessionals, for just cause, to the extent consistent with existing law;
3. To relieve Paraprofessionals from duty because of reduction in force or for other reasons as determined by law;
4. To maintain the efficiency of the school district operations entrusted to them;
5. To determine the methods, means, and personnel by which such operations are to be conducted;
6. To take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the mission of the school district in situations of emergency.
A. Other Items
In the event that the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey or the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey shall, during the term of this Agreement, determine that other items constitute terms and conditions of employment, the Board shall engage in collective negotiations with the representative concerning same.
B. Board Policies
It is understood that the current Board policy provisions shall apply whenever applicable.
C. Sick Leave
Paraprofessionals shall be entitled to sick leave in accordance with statute.
D. Personal Days
Paraprofessionals shall receive three (3) paid personal days annually. A Paraprofessional must give three (3) days advance notice of intent to use a personal day. Exceptions may be made regarding the three (3) day notice in cases of extreme circumstance. The granting or not granting of a waiver shall not be grievable. A maximum of fifteen (15%) percent of the staff will be approved to use paid or unpaid days at any one time. The Superintendent may approve use above the fifteen (15%) percent for special circumstances. Every effort should be made to not schedule days during standardized testing days, or adjacent to vacation/holidays. Up to three (3) personal days may be carried over into the following school year for a maximum of six (6) days in any one year. Paraprofessionals may convert up to two (2) unused personal days to sick days annually. Up to two (2) days without pay per year may be taken to observe religious holidays.
Paraprofessional’s seniority shall be defined as service in the District as a Paraprofessional. In the case of a reduction in force, seniority shall prevail in cases where the Board deems two Paraprofessionals equally qualified. In cases where qualifications are not an issue, according to the Board, then seniority shall prevail. In cases where a less senior Paraprofessional has demonstrated greater job qualifications, then the Board may retain a less senior Paraprofessional in the case of a reduction in force. In the event that a vacancy occurs, a laid off Paraprofessional shall be entitled to recall in the order of his/her seniority provided that the Board may first recall a more qualified Paraprofessional having less seniority, if it elects to do so. Notice of recall to work shall be addressed to the Paraprofessional’s last known address.
In the event of a death of a member of the Paraprofessional’s family or friend, such Paraprofessional will be excused for a period not to exceed the number of days listed on the table below and will receive payment for the number of days listed on the table below. The allowed days will begin the day the Paraprofessional leaves. Such leave will not be cumulative and will exclude Saturday, Sunday, and school holidays. If bereavement days are not taken immediately after the death, the superintendent must be advised within 10 days as to other arrangements for the use of the bereavement days. The Board and Association acknowledge and agree that there may be extenuating circumstances requiring bereavement leave in excess of the number of days set forth herein. In such a case, the Paraprofessional may request from the Superintendent permission to take additional days without pay. The consent of the Superintendent will not be unreasonably withheld.
1. Maternity Leave
|Spouse, Parent, Parent-in-Law, Brother/Sister, Child, Grandchild, person living in employee’s home for an extended period|
Not to exceed five (5) days
Three (3) days will be paid by the Board
|Brother-in-Law/ Sister-in-Law, Son-in –Law/ Daughter-in-Law, Grandparent|
Not to exceed three (3) days
Two (2) days will be paid by the Board
|Grandparent-in-Law, Aunt, Uncle, First Cousin, Niece, Nephew|
Not to exceed two (2) days
One (1) day will be paid by the Board
|Friend or other relative (up to 2 per year)|Not to exceed one day
(up to 2 occasions/yr.)
One (1) day will be paid by the Board
Maternity Leave shall be in accord with New Jersey State and Federal statutes. Sick days may be taken for 20 working days before the due date and 20 days after the birth of the child. If the Paraprofessional is physically able to return to work, as per doctor’s release, after 20 working days, but chooses not to return at this time, the Paraprofessional must apply for childcare leave.
2. Childcare Leave
The Board may grant up to one (1) year childcare leave without pay or benefits.
3. Family Leave
Family Leave shall be granted in accord with New Jersey State and Federal statutes and shall run concurrently with childcare leave.
Newly hired Paraprofessionals may receive additional days of paid training in order to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the employment position. Any such days are to be at the recommendation of the Superintendent.
All Paraprofessional job vacancies will be posted on the district’s website and posted in both buildings prior to public posting.
A Paraprofessional must give the Board and Superintendent at least two weeks notice of intent to resign.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Washington Township Board of Education and the Washington Township Education Association (Paraprofessionals Unit) have caused this Agreement to be executed this ______ day of ____________, 2014.
Attest: WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP BOARD OF
Attest: WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP EDUCATION