CONTRACT BETWEEN THE
NORTHVALE BOARD OF EDUCATION
NORTHVALE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
|Rights and Obligations of Both Parties|
|Association and Member Rights|
|Transportation of Students|
|Salaries and Other Compensation|
|Leaves of Absence|
|Teaching Hours and Teaching Load|
|Teacher Assignments and Vacancies|
|Support Staff Work Rules|
|Health and Insurance Benefits|
|Duration of Agreement|
This Agreement, entered into this Day of , 2016 by and between the Board of Education of Northvale, New Jersey, hereinafter called the "Board," and the Northvale Education Association, hereinafter called the "Association," and shall continue in full force and effect until a new agreement has been negotiated as hereinafter provided.
ARTICLE I – RECOGNITION
A. The Board hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiations concerning the terms and conditions of employment for all certified staff, aides, secretaries, clerks, custodians, maintenance, and library aide, excluding all of the titles not mentioned herein.
B. Unless otherwise indicated, the term "employee" when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as above defined except for the benefits contained in Articles XI and XV which apply only to regular employees working 25 or more hours a week.
C. Unless otherwise indicated, the term "teacher" when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to all "certified employees" represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as above defined.
D. Unless otherwise indicated, the term "administration" when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to the Superintendent of Schools, Principals, Vice-Principals and Administrators.
ARTICLE II - RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE BOARD AND THE ASSOCIATION
A. Any agreement negotiated shall apply to all employees, be reduced to writing, be adopted by the Board and the Association and be signed by the Board and the Association.
B. The Board shall provide the Association with a copy of the minutes of each open public Board meeting.
C. The Board and the Association agree to enter into collective negotiations according to the timetable that shall be established by the Public Employment Relations Commission in accordance with Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974. N.J.S.A. 13A-5.4(e). Any agreements so negotiated shall be reduced to writing, be signed by the Board and the Association and shall then become a binding agreement between the parties.
ARTICLE III - BOARD RIGHTS
The Board reserves to itself sole jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy and retains the right, subject only to the limitations imposed by language of laws and regulations (a) to direct employees of the school district; (b) to hire, promote, transfer, assign and retain employees in positions in the school district and to suspend, discharge or take other disciplinary action against employees; (c) to release employees from duty because of lack of work or for other legitimate reasons; (d) to maintain efficiency of the school district operations entrusted to them; (e) to determine the methods, means and personnel by which such operations are to be conducted; (f) to establish reasonable work rules; (g) to take whatever action may be necessary to carry out the mission of the school district in situations of emergency; and, (h) the aforementioned rights and authority shall be limited by the terms of the contractual relationship between the Board and the Association, past practice and applicable law.
ARTICLE IV - ASSOCIATION AND MEMBER RIGHTS
A. The Association, a majority representative of public employees in an appropriate unit, shall be entitled to act for and to negotiate agreements covering all employees in the unit and shall be responsible for representing the interests of all such employees without discrimination and without regard to employee organization membership. Proposed new rules or modifications of existing rules governing working conditions shall be negotiated with the majority representative before they are established.
B. Just Cause Provision - No employee shall be discharged, disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation, 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.
ARTICLE V - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
The term "grievance" means a complaint by any employee, group of employees or the Association over the application, interpretation or violation of a policy, agreement or administrative decision affecting the terms and conditions of employment of said employee or group of employees.
The term "grievance" and the procedure relative thereto shall not be deemed applicable in the case of the failure or refusal of the Board to renew the contract of a non-tenured employee. Neither shall the grievance procedure be invoked by any individual claiming tenure under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:28-5 where charges have been brought against such individual pursuant to the provisions of the Tenure Employees Hearing Law, N.J.S.A. 18A:6-10 et seq. In such cases the procedure to be followed shall be that set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:6-10 et seq.
In cases involving the withholding of increments pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:29-14, an individual affected by such action shall have the right to invoke the grievance procedure through a hearing before the Board. From the final determination by the Board, the method of review shall be that set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:29-14.
The term "employee" shall have the meaning as set forth in Article I - Recognition.
The term "representative" shall include any organization, agency, or person authorized or designated by the Association, or by the Board to act on its behalf and to represent it or them. The determination of the organization shall be as outlined in Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974; N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1; A-13.
The term "immediate supervisor" shall mean the person to whom the aggrieved employee is directly responsible.
The term "party" means an aggrieved employee, the employee's immediate superior, the school Principal or any staff member below the Superintendent who may be affected by the determination of the Superintendent in connection with the procedure herein established.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed as limiting the right of any employee having a grievance to discuss the matter informally with any appropriate member of the administration, and having the grievance adjusted without the intervention of the Association.
Whenever the term "Superintendent" appears in the procedure, it shall mean the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee.
An aggrieved employee shall institute action under the provisions hereof within thirty (30) school days of the occurrence complained of or within thirty (30) school days after the employee would reasonably be expected to know of its occurrence. Failure to act within said thirty (30) school day period shall be deemed to constitute an abandonment of the grievance. Any employee shall have the right to have a representative at any level of the grievance procedure.
Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered as maximum and every effort should be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified may, however, be extended by mutual agreement.
In the event a grievance is filed at such time that it cannot be processed through all the steps in the 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 time limits set forth herein shall be reduced to that the grievance procedure may be exhausted prior to the end of the school year or as soon thereafter as is practicable.
An employee shall first present the grievance in writing to the employee's immediate superior (supervisor or Principal). Where the immediate superior is below the rank of Principal, the Principal shall be notified and shall have the right to be present at and to participate in said hearing. A decision shall be rendered within five (5) school days of said hearing.
If the grievance is not resolved to the employee's satisfaction within five (5) school days, or if no decision is forthcoming in five (5) school days of the above hearing, within five (5) school days from the determination referred to in Paragraph 4 above, the employee shall submit the grievance to the Superintendent in writing, specifying:
The nature of the grievance.
The results of the previous discussion.
C. The basis of the employee's dissatisfaction with the determination.
D. The desired remedy.
A copy of the writing called for in Paragraph 5 above shall be furnished to the school Principal, the immediate superior of the aggrieved employee and the Association.
Within ten (10) school days from the receipt of the written grievance, the Superintendent shall hold a hearing at which all parties in interest shall have the right to be heard.
Within ten (10) school days of said hearing, the Superintendent shall, in writing, advise the employee, Association, and the employee's representative, if there be one, of the Superintendent's determination and shall forward a copy of said determination to the school Principal and to the immediate superior of the aggrieved employee.
In the event of the failure of the Superintendent to act in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 6 and 7 or, in the event a determination by the Superintendent in accordance with the provisions therefore is deemed unsatisfactory by either party, the dissatisfied party, within ten (10) school days of the failure of the Superintendent to act, or within ten (10) school days of the determination by the Superintendent, may appeal to the Board of Education.
Where an appeal is taken to the Board, there shall be submitted by the employee the writing set forth in Paragraph 5, and a further statement in writing setting forth the employee's dissatisfaction with the Superintendent's action. A copy of said statement shall be furnished to the Superintendent, the adverse party, and the Association.
If the employee, in an appeal to the Board, does not request a hearing, the Board may consider the appeal on the written record submitted to it, or the Board may, on its own conduct a hearing; or it may request the submission of additional written material.
Where additional written materials are requested by the Board, copies thereto shall be served upon the adverse parties who shall have the right to reply thereto. Where the employee requests, in writing, a hearing before the Board, a hearing shall be held.
The Board shall make a determination within twenty (20) school days from the receipt of the grievance and shall, in writing, notify the employee, the employee's representative (if there be one), the Principal, and the Superintendent of its determination.
In the event an employee is dissatisfied with the determination of the Board, the employee shall have the right to request that the Association submit the grievance to binding arbitration pursuant to rules and regulations established by Public Employment Relations Commission, under the Provisions of Chapter 123, Public Law 1974.
The authority of the Arbitrator shall be subject to the following:
A. The Arbitrator shall have no authority to modify, add to, subtract from, or in any way whatsoever alter the terms and provisions of this Agreement.
B. The Arbitrator shall be bound by the decisions of the Commissioner of Education of the State of New Jersey, the decisions of the State Board of Education, the decisions of the Courts of New Jersey, and all New Jersey Statutes.
C. The Arbitrator shall have no power to make any monetary award which shall require expenditures of funds not allocated in the budget.
A request for arbitration shall be made no later than twenty (20) school days following the determination of the Board. Failure to file within the said time period shall constitute a bar to such arbitration unless the Association and the Board shall mutually agree upon a longer period of time within which to assert such a demand.
In the event of arbitration, the costs of the arbitrator's services shall be shared by the Board and the Association. Each of the parties shall bear its own costs.
In any case, where a grievance is based upon the direct order, ruling, or determination of the Superintendent, the aggrieved employee may appeal directly to the Board within fifteen (15) days of the time when same has been brought to the employee's attention, by filing with the Secretary of the Board a written statement setting forth:
A. The order, ruling or determination complained of.
B. The basis of the complaint.
C. A request for a hearing if a hearing is desired.
A copy of the writing set forth above shall be served upon the Superintendent who shall have the right to reply in writing thereto. A copy of such reply shall be served upon the aggrieved employee. Upon receipt of a grievance filed under the provisions of Paragraph 15 the procedure shall be set forth in Paragraph 10 and 11.
No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by the Board or by any member of the administration against any party in interest, any building representative, or any participants in the grievance procedure by reason of such participation.
All documents, communications, and records dealing with the processing of a grievance shall be filed in a separate grievance file and shall not be kept in the personnel file of any of the participants.
Forms for filing grievances, serving notices, taking appeals, making reports and recommendations, and other necessary documents shall be prepared jointly by the Superintendent and the Association and given appropriate distributions so as to facilitate operation of the grievance procedure.
All meetings and hearings under this procedure shall reflect the mandates of the Open Public Meeting Act regarding the public's right to know Chapter 231, Public Law 1975.
ARTICLE VI - CLASS COVERAGE
A. Whenever a teacher shall be assigned to cover a class, the teacher shall be paid at the rate listed in Schedule B per period of coverage.
B. Assignment of teachers to class coverage shall be done on an equitable, rotational basis. Teachers shall be allowed to volunteer for more frequent coverages.
ARTICLE VII - CONTRACTS
A. An individual contract between the Board and an individual employee, heretofore or hereafter executed, shall be subject to and consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If an individual contract contains any language inconsistent with this Agreement, this Agreement during its duration shall be controlling.
B. Salary statements will be offered to employees by May 15th. If negotiations have not been concluded, the salary will be as determined upon completion of negotiations. Contracts will be offered to non-tenured employees by May 15th. Failure by the Board to present a contract to a non-tenured employee by May 15th will be construed as an offer of a contract pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:27-10.
C. Non-tenured employees must notify the Board of acceptance of contract by June 1. Failure to notify the Board will be construed as refusal of contract.
ARTICLE VIII - TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS
No employee shall be required to transport students in the employee's own automobile. If an employee elects to transport students in the employee's auto, written administrative approval is required.
ARTICLE IX - AGENCY FEE
A. Purpose of Fee
B. Amount of Fee
If an employee 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 this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year to offset the costs of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.
C. Deduction and Transmission of Fee
Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association will notify the Board in writing of the amount of the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for that membership year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members will be equal to the maximum allowed by law.
The Board agrees to deduct from the salary of any employee who is not a member of the Association for the current membership year the full amount of representation fee set forth in Section B above and promptly will transmit the amount so deducted to the Association.
The Board agrees to deduct the representation fee in equal installments, as nearly as possible, from the paychecks paid to each employee during the remainder of the membership year in question. The deductions will begin thirty (30) days after the employee begins his/her employment in a bargaining unit position.
D. Termination of Employment
If an employee who is required to pay a representation fee terminates his/her employment with the Board before the Association has received the full amount of the representation fee to which it is entitled under this Article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in question and promptly forward same to the Association.
Except as otherwise provided in this Article, the mechanics for the deduction of representation fee and the transmission of such fees to the Association will, as nearly as possible, be the same as those used for the deduction and transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.
ARTICLE X - SALARIES AND OTHER COMPENSATION
A. The salary guide for teachers is set forth in Schedule A and by this reference made part of this Agreement for the period of July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. The first paycheck will be given to staff during the first week in September that school is in session.
Upon written request and prior approval of the Superintendent, the Board will reimburse teachers up to a maximum of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) per year for tuition costs. Should the administration disapprove any request, it shall do so in writing giving reasons for such action.
The Board shall establish a fund of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for tuition reimbursements which, if not expended, will be partially distributed among staff who received earlier tuition reimbursement for course work taken during said school year, based on credits earned.
Reimbursement for successfully completed, approved courses (except that there shall be no remuneration for in-service credit courses) shall be made upon presentation of a receipt from the College or University and proof of satisfactory completion of the course.
C. Salary Placement
1. To be considered for movement based upon completion of an advanced degree or a designated number of graduate hours, a teacher must indicate in writing to the district by January 1st that he/she will be applying for this benefit during the school year commencing the following September.
D. In-Service credits shall be accepted as follows:
2. Teachers who complete an advanced degree or a designated number of graduate credit hours shall (provided that notice was given by the preceding January 1st as outlined in # 1) upon presentation of evidence (transcript) of reaching a new step on the degree guide, receive the salary prescribed for that step as of September 1st, if evidence is presented not later than October 31st, or as of February 1st, if evidence is presented not later than March 31st.
|BA||None||Degree from accredited College or University.|
|BA+16||4||BA degree plus 12 graduate credits required.|
|MA||None||Degree from accredited College or University.|
|MA+16 ||4||MA degree plus 12 graduate credits required.|
|MA+32 ||14||MA degree plus 18 graduate credits required.|
Graduate and in-service credits approved prior to July 1, 1998, shall remain in effect.
E. Mileage Payment
Employees who may be required to use their own automobiles in the performance of their duties shall be reimbursed for such travel. Reimbursement for such expenses shall be made in accordance with Board Policy and the New Jersey State Regulations concerning travel as set forth in Circular Letter 08-13-OMB as may be amended from time to time by any subsequent Circular Letters issued by the Office of Management and Budget.
F. Extracurricular Compensation
G. Compensation – Custodians
Teachers performing extracurricular duties shall be compensated in accordance with Schedule B. Athletic extracurricular activities shall be posted with the number of games shown at the time of posting. The number of games shall be twelve (12) for basketball, soccer and volleyball, plus participation in the NVRHS tournaments.
1. Effective July 1, 2016, custodians shall receive a 3.2% increase in salary for the 2016-2017 school year.
2. Effective July 1, 2017, custodians shall receive a 3.1% increase in salary for the 2017-2018 school year.
3. Effective July 1, 2018, custodians shall receive a 3.0% increase in salary for the 2018-2019 school year.
4. Custodian/bus drivers shall receive an annual salary differential of $1,500.
H. Compensation - Secretaries and Clerk/Typists
1. Effective July 1, 2016, secretaries and clerk/typists shall receive a 3.2% increase in salary for the 2016-2017 school year.
2. Effective July 1, 2017, secretaries and clerk/typists shall receive a 3.1% increase for the 2017-2018 school year.
3. Effective July 1, 2018, secretaries and clerk/typists shall receive a 3.0% increase for the 2018-2019 school year.
4. Temporary secretarial help, which may be employed during the summer months or for up to one (1) month during the regular school year, shall be compensated at the minimum rate equal to the Federal minimum hourly wage.
I. Compensation - Aides
All aides employed by the Northvale School District shall be compensated at the following rates:
|Instructional Aides||2016-2017||=|| *$41,077 |
|2017-2018||=|| *$42,350 |
|2018-2019||=|| *$43,621 |
|All Other Aides ||2016-2017||=|| *$34,311 |
|2017-2018||=|| *$35,375 |
|2018-2019||=|| *$36,436 |
* +Two hundred dollars ($200.00) for NJ Teacher certification in addition to above salaries.
J. Compensation - Unused Sick Leave
Upon termination from employment in the Northvale School District, employees will receive reimbursement of accumulated, unused personal illness days if either of the following conditions exist:
1. The employee has served for 15 or more years in the Northvale School District and is retiring.
2. The employee is at least 55 years of age, has been employed in the Northvale School District for 15 or more years and is offered a contract that is less than his/her previous contract.
The rate for such reimbursement will be determined by the following table. The rate will be applied to all days that are accumulated.
Number of days
1 - 50
51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
Example: An employee with sixty (60) days accumulated would receive 60 times $40.00 which is $2,400.00.
Employees shall provide notification of their intention to resign as early as possible in order to enable the Board to adjust its budget accordingly. The reimbursement rate for unused sick days shall be increased by $5 (five dollars) per day for each employee who provides the Board with an irrevocable letter of resignation by January 15th of the school year prior to his or her retirement. The Board may waive this notification requirement for employees who experience medical conditions or significant lifestyle changes which warrant an abrupt separation from employment.
Said payment will be made within one hundred twenty (120) days of termination. At the option of the employee, one half of the payment may be postponed until after January 1st of the following year.
Unused sick leave will be paid to his/her estate upon the death of an employee after twenty-five (25) years of service.
K. Compensation - Overnight Field Trips
Teachers shall be compensated in accordance with Schedule B for overnight field trips. Payments shall be received by the teacher within thirty (30) days of their completion of the trip. All assignments for overnight field trips shall be on a voluntary basis.
L. Compensation - Chairperson of the Child Study Team
The Chairperson of the Child Study Team shall be paid from the salary guide plus a stipend in accordance with Schedule B.
M. Compensation for Work on Non-School Days
Employees who agree to work in school or attend meetings, workshops, or conferences on days that their attendance is not scheduled, shall be compensated at the rate of $75.00 per day. At the Board's discretion, an additional personal day or compensatory time may be offered in lieu of pay.
N. Longevity 1
Employees have the right to voluntarily perform above functions without compensation, however, the voluntary nature and expectation of no compensation must be clearly expressed in the planning of said service.
Beginning on July 1, 2013, a longevity increment of $1,898 will be added to the salary guide amount on the month after the teacher’s completion of 15 years of service in the Northvale School District. Any teacher who was on Step 15 prior to July 1, 2013 and received a longevity increment without first completing fifteen (15) years of service in the Northvale School District shall be “grandfathered” and shall continue receiving the same longevity increment under Longevity 1. Said increment is to be deemed part of the employee's contractual base pay for pension calculations.
O. Longevity 2
Beginning on July 1, 2013, a longevity increment of $637 will be added to the salary guide (plus Longevity 1) amount on the month after the teacher's completion of 20 years of service in the Northvale School District. Said increment is to be deemed part of the employee's contractual base pay for pension calculations.
P. Longevity 3
Beginning on July 1, 2013, a longevity increment of $637 will be added to the salary guide (plus Longevity 1 and 2, if applicable) amount on the month after the teacher's completion of 22 years of service in the Northvale School District. Said increment is to be deemed part of the employee's contractual base pay for pension calculations.
Q. ELEVEN MONTH PAY OPTION
R. Effective July 1, 2009, the Child Study Team Chairperson/Learning consultant (hereinafter referred to as the “CSTC/LC”) shall be responsible for duties beyond the traditional 10 month contract for at least 20 days (hereinafter referred to as “Additional Days”) for the period from July 1 through August 31, thereby requiring that the CSTC/LC work on a 12 month contract, defined by 24 pay periods. The CSTC/LC’s annual salary shall be prorated for his/her Additional Days consistent with the negotiated salary guides contained in this Agreement. Therefore, 11 months of salary will be paid over 24 pay periods. The CSTC/LC shall receive 20 non-cumulative unpaid vacation days to be taken during the period from July through August 31 of each school year.
An eleven month pay option will be offered in September, 2008 and thereafter. Teachers can elect to have $200 deposited, after tax salary, from each paycheck. Election must be done the preceding June. One check will be paid in July from monies withheld during the school year.
ARTICLE XI - LEAVES OF ABSENCE
A. Personal Illness
All employees shall be allowed sick leave with full pay for twelve (12) days in any school year in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A.
Furthermore, if any such employee requires, in any school year, less than the specified number of days of sick leave with pay allowed, all days of such sick leave not utilized that year shall be accumulated, to be used in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A. In defining the term personal illness, the wording of N.J.S.A. 18A:30-1 shall apply.
The Board of Education shall grant an extended personal illness leave without pay for a period not to exceed one year, subject however, to the provisions hereinafter set forth, to any teacher upon request and subject to the following stipulations and limitations.
1. An employee's physical condition or capacity renders said employee incapable of performing assigned duties, which shall be deemed to exist if:
a. The employee produces a physician's certificate that said employee is medically unable to perform his/her duties, or
b. The employee presents other evidence of incapability satisfactory to the Board.
2. Any action taken by the Board in connection with either the granting of an extended leave of absence for personal illness or for an extension thereof shall in all events be governed by the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:30-1 et seq.
3. Wherever possible an employee applying for an extended leave shall be required to do so thirty (30) calendar days prior to the time when the leave shall commence. Said application shall set forth the date when the employee desires the leave to commence, the reasons for such leave together with the information called in Paragraph A above.
The Board shall have the power to extend any such leave for medical reasons provided application of an extension shall be made in writing to the Board by the employee. Such leave shall be not for a period exceeding one (1) year unless the Board for good cause shown, in its sole and unlimited discretion, shall extend same for an additional period not to exceed one (1) year. In no event shall a total personal leave run for a period in excess of two (2) years.
Prior to the resumption of duties by an employee who has been granted an extended sick leave for physical reasons, the Board may require such employee to produce a certificate by the treating physician certifying that said employee is able to resume his/her duties. In no event shall an employee who has been out on an extended personal leave for physical reasons be permitted to resume his/her duties without the approval of the medical officer of the Board of Education.
4. Nothing contained in this provision shall be deemed to constitute a guarantee that upon return to the system from an extended personal leave for physical reasons, an employee will be returned to the same position occupied at the time of the commencement of said leave. The Board shall have the right to reinstate the employee in the position formerly occupied or in any other position within the certification of the employee.
5. Nothing contained in this Article shall be deemed to impose any obligation on the part of the Board to continue the employment of a non-tenured employee beyond the contract year. In no event shall a period of time spent in leave be counted towards tenure.
6. Where an employee has been granted an extended personal leave for physical reasons, upon return to the system, said employee will be placed upon the next step of the guide provided that said employee worked more than ninety (90) days during the year when the leave commenced. In the event an employee has worked less than ninety (90) days during the year when said leave commenced, said employee shall not be permitted to advance to the next step of the salary guide upon completion of the leave and return to the Northvale School District.
B. Personal Business
A ten (10) month employee will be allowed up to three (3) days for personal leave with pay. An eleven (11) month employee will be allowed up to three and a half (3 1/2) days for personal leave with pay. A twelve (12) month employee will be allowed up to four (4) days for personal leave with pay. Any portion of said personal leave days may be used for observance of religious holidays. Notification for a personal day should normally be given to the respective administrator at least one (1) week in advance. Normally, a personal day will not be granted on either the day preceding or following a scheduled school closing. The administration reserves the right to request an acceptable reason for a personal day on either a Monday or a Friday. Unused personal leave days will be credited as sick leave days.
C. Death in the Family
In case of death of a parent, brother and spouse, sister and spouse, husband, wife, child and spouse, grandparents, or other relative in the immediate family residing in the household, or his or her spouse's parent, an employee shall be entitled to three (3) school days without loss of pay.
In case of a death of any other family member not mentioned above, the employee shall be entitled to one (1) day without loss of pay. Further leave for bereavement may be granted, at the discretion of the administration, for no longer than five (5) additional days without loss of pay.
D. Court Order
In case of absence from school by reason of subpoena by a court, jury duty, or by law, no deduction shall be made. In case of jury duty the amount paid for jury duty will be deducted from the salary.
E. Pregnancy/Child Care Leave
1. Pregnant employees shall be entitled to disability leave for the presumptive period of disability which is thirty (30) days prior to and thirty (30) days subsequent to the date of delivery. The written request to the Board must include a physician's note that indicates the anticipated delivery date. The disability leave will be treated the same as all other types of disability leaves. A teacher who seeks disability leave due to pregnancy must request such a leave in writing to the Board. The request must be made sixty (60) days prior to the anticipated date of delivery. The disability leave may be extended upon written request to the Board. Such a request must be supported by a physician's note. No employee shall be prevented from working rather than taking disability leave provided she can demonstrate that she is physically fit to perform her duties.
2. The Board may remove any pregnant employee from her duties who has not chosen to take disability leave, to be placed on medical leave, on any one of the following bases:
a. Her performance substantially declines from the period preceding pregnancy.
b. Her physical condition or capacity renders her incapable of performing her assigned duties, which shall be deemed to exist if:
i. The pregnant employee fails to produce a physician's certification that she is medically able to continue her duties, or
ii. The Board's physician concludes she is unable to continue teaching, or
iii. In the event that a conflict of opinion exists between the Board's physician and the employee's physician as to her capability to perform her assigned duties, a mutually agreed upon third physician's opinion shall be sought. The opinion of said third physician's examination and opinion shall be borne by the Board of Education.
c. Any other just cause that is found to exist in N.J.S.A. 18A.
3. All employees shall be entitled to family leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child in accordance with the applicable state and federal acts.
4. The Board shall grant child care leave which is in addition to any disability and family leave to employees covered by this Agreement provided the procedure outlined below is followed.
5. Any employee seeking child care leave shall apply to the Board sixty (60) calendar days prior to the beginning of leave. At the time of application the employee shall specify in writing the date on which he/she wishes to commence leave and the approximate date on which he/she wishes to return to work. Should there be a request for commencement of leave before November 1st, said leave shall be granted effective the first day of classes in September of that school year. Should there be a request for return from child care effective after May 1st, such return shall be effective the first day of the following school year.
6. The Board is under no compulsion to continue the employment of non-tenured employee beyond the contracted period so long as the non-renewal of employment is not based solely upon a condition of pregnancy or childbirth. The child care leave period shall not be counted for tenure purposes.
7. Advancement on the salary guide shall be based upon the date of commencement of the leave of absence. The employee will be granted a full salary guide step if he/she has worked more than ninety (90) days during the academic calendar year. The presumptive period of disability shall not count toward the ninety (90) days. Working of ninety (90) days or less shall result in no advancement on the established salary guide. The employee's salary shall be determined on the established salary guide in the negotiated contract between the Association and the Board.
8. Employees may apply for and be granted, at the Board's discretion, additional child care leave, not to exceed a total of three (3) school years. The first year shall follow the procedure in Section E.5 of this Article. Each additional school year must be applied for by the end of February of the calendar year in which the leave is being requested.
F. General Leave
A leave of absence without pay of up to one (1) year shall be granted to any tenured employee who joins the Peace Corps, VISTA, National Teacher Corps or serves as an exchange teacher or overseas teacher and is a full time participant in either of such programs or doctoral studies or accepts a Fulbright Scholarship.
G. Military Leave
Military leave without pay shall be granted to any employee who is inducted or enlists in any branch of the armed forces of the United States for the period of said induction or initial enlistment.
H. Leave for Educational Pursuits and Other Personal Reasons
The Board may grant a one (1) year leave of absence for the pursuit of advanced education, without pay, to any tenured employee who completed five (5) or more years of continuous full time service in the Northvale School District. Application for such leave shall be made on or before January 1 of any year, the form of such application to be established by the Superintendent.
The Board may grant a one (1) year leave of absence for other personal reasons whenever such action is deemed by the Board to be in the best interests of the district.
Limitations (applicable to both of the above leaves):
If approved by the Board, such leave shall officially commence at the beginning of the school year immediately following said Board approval. Tenure rights shall not be impaired, but the period of leave shall not count as regular service for the purpose of retirement planning. All benefits shall be suspended during the period of leave. An employee shall not be granted credit for such leave toward movement to the next step of the salary schedule, seniority, pension or related areas. If a teacher completes the requirements for lateral movement on the salary schedule (e.g. BA to BA+16), said teacher shall be granted such lateral movement.
I. Extended Personal Leave for Illness in the Family
Whenever an illness occurs involving a member of the immediate family of an employee, the employee may apply for an extended personal leave without pay based upon the illness of said family member upon condition, however, that said employee shall present the Board evidence setting forth the physical incapacity of the family member which evidence shall be in the form set forth in Paragraph A of the Extended Personal Leave Policy. All other provisions and conditions of said policy shall be in force and followed when a request for personal leave for illness in the immediate family is requested.
The term "immediate family" as used herein shall be limited to a spouse, father, mother or child of said employee. The Board will also consider application for extended personal leave for illness in the family for all other family members not included in the aforementioned definition pursuant to the general terms of this policy.
ARTICLE XII - TEACHER HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD
A. Teacher Workday
1. The teachers’ workday shall begin at 8:15 AM.
2. Length of Instructional Day: The instructional day will begin at 8:30 AM, and end at 3:00 PM. There will be passing time built into the schedule.
3. Teachers shall not be assigned duties after 3:10 PM.
4. Dismissal time for teachers shall be 3:30 PM on Mondays through Thursdays and the end of the student day on Fridays except for the following situations:
a. Non-homeroom teachers who provide coverage shall be required to stay until 3:10 PM on Fridays to provide said coverage. These teachers may choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, to leave at 3:20 PM rather than 3:30 PM.
b. Teachers shall be required to stay past 3:30 PM on Mondays when faculty meetings are scheduled. The latest time that a teacher shall be required to stay at a Monday faculty meeting is 3:45 PM. When there is no meeting on a Monday, the end of the teachers’ day shall remain 3:30 PM.
c. Teachers shall be allowed to leave at the same time as the students on any day before a scheduled school closing.
d. Teachers shall be allowed to leave at 3:15 PM on days (Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday) when the additional 15 minutes is scheduled to be used for a teaching/learning event during another day that week which will require 45 minutes. For example, a teacher may attend a meeting with other teachers on Thursday for 45 minutes after school, allowing her/him to leave school at 3:15 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.
e. Teachers with time conflicts for courses, medical treatments, etc. may schedule the additional 45 minutes on one day, allowing them to leave at 3:15 PM on the other two (2) days (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday).
f. Teachers who are presented with a request to meet with a parent before the workday begins shall count that time as part of the additional 45 minutes.
g. Teachers seeking any alternative to the above dismissal times will submit a request form to the Principal for approval at least one (1) day prior to the proposed adjustment. This time notice can be waived for urgent situations. If the Principal is not available, the Superintendent will handle the request.
1. Teachers may be required to remain after the end of the regular workday, without additional compensation, for the purpose of attending faculty or other professional meetings (including Professional Learning Communities) not to exceed two (2) per month. Such meetings shall begin no later than ten (10) minutes after the student dismissal time and shall run no longer than until 3:45 PM. (Except in cases of emergency involving the health and safety of students and teachers.) If additional time is needed, students shall be dismissed early. The third Monday of every school month will be set aside for an Association meeting. On the remaining Monday(s), when there are no meetings scheduled, the teachers’ day shall end at 3:30 PM.
2. Meetings which take place after the regular in-school workday and which require attendance shall not be called on Fridays or on any day immediately preceding any holiday, or other day upon which teacher attendance is not required at school except in cases of emergency.
3. An Association representative may speak to the teachers during any meeting referred to in Paragraph 1 above for no more than fifteen (15) minutes on the request for the representative.
4. The notice and agenda for any meeting shall be given to the teachers involved at least two (2) days prior to the meeting whenever possible, except in an emergency. Teachers shall have the opportunity to suggest items for the agenda.
5. Teachers may be required to attend no more than one (1) afternoon and four (4) evening assignments or meetings each school year without additional compensation.
C. All teachers shall attend the Eighth (8th) Grade Promotion Ceremony. Conflicts shall be addressed to the administration for resolution so that no undue hardships result from the scheduling of the promotion ceremony. The administration may excuse teachers from attending the promotion ceremony for conflicts that cannot otherwise be avoided.
D. Whenever any representative of the Association or any teacher is required to participate during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences or meetings called by the Board, Principal or Superintendent, said representative or teacher shall suffer no loss in pay.
E. Before the adoption of the calendar for the following year the Board shall consider any recommendations of the Association. Where changes in the calendar become necessary because of emergency conditions, the Association shall be notified as soon as possible, of said changes.
F. The Board shall be permitted to regularly assign, once per day, any teacher to lunchroom duty who teaches less than six (6) daily instructional periods, provided that such assignments shall be on a rotating basis to the extent practicable. A teacher who has been assigned to unpaid lunchroom duty shall have a thirty (30) minute, duty free lunch period during a different student lunch period that same day. They will participate in recess coverage according to the same rotating schedules as listed below. Any teacher who teaches six (6) daily instructional periods or more and who volunteers to be assigned to lunchroom duty shall be paid at the lunchroom supervisor’s per diem rate or have the equivalent amount of time deducted from their teaching load.
G. Duty Free Lunch and Recess Supervision
Each daily lunch period for students shall be forty-five (45) consecutive minutes in length, divided into thirty (30) minutes of lunch followed by fifteen (15) minutes of outdoor or indoor recess.
On days when students have indoor recess, all teachers shall have a minimum daily duty-free lunch of thirty (30) consecutive minutes, and shall be assigned to supervise indoor recess during the remaining fifteen (15) minutes of the lunch period on a fair, equitable, rotating basis, to the extent practicable, which shall be determined using a schedule developed by the Association and approved by the Board. When not assigned, pursuant to this schedule, to supervise indoor recess during the remaining fifteen (15) minutes of the lunch period, teachers shall be entitled to a duty free lunch of forty-five (45) consecutive minutes.
Assignment to indoor recess supervision is separate and distinct from assignment to lunchroom duty, as set forth in Section E above, and therefore a teacher may be assigned to indoor recess supervision and lunchroom duty on the same day without violating the provisions of this article. The Board expressly reserves the right to require all teachers to supervise indoor recess if the Association fails to develop and present to the Board a fair and equitable rotating schedule, or fails to properly oversee the implementation of an approved schedule. In such instances, all teachers shall have a daily duty-free lunch of thirty (30) consecutive minutes and shall be required to supervise indoor recess for the remaining fifteen (15) minutes of the lunch period.
On days when students have outdoor recess, teachers shall have a daily duty-free lunch of forty-five (45) consecutive minutes, except that no more than seven (7) teachers shall be required, without additional compensation and on a monthly rotating basis, to supervise students during outdoor recess, limiting their daily duty-free lunch period to thirty (30) minutes. To the extent practicable, the number of teachers assigned to supervise students during outdoor recess shall be limited to four (4) teachers per daily lunch period.
The provisions contained herein shall be interpreted consistent with N.J.S.A. 18A:35 et seq. To the extent that any provision contained herein is inconsistent with that statute, the provisions of the statute shall control.
H. The number of year end 1:00 PM closing days shall be three (3) per year.
I. The day before Thanksgiving will be a 1:00 PM closing and teaching staff may leave at that time.
J. Planning Periods
All full-time teachers shall have five (5) planning periods per week built into their schedules. Each planning period will be forty-five (45) uninterrupted, continuous minutes in length. These planning periods will be scheduled one (1) per day whenever possible. The use of planning periods will be at the discretion of the teacher unless an unanticipated emergency requires that the administration redirect the use of a planning period. Class coverage payment will apply whenever a teacher's planning period is redirected, provided that the first two (2) times a teacher’s planning period is redirected for IEP meetings, 504 meetings, or I&RS meetings, no compensation shall be provided.
K. Teachers shall be required to work 184 days (181 student contact days plus 3). The additional three (3) days shall be scheduled as follows: one (1) day before the student’s report; one (1) **day on Election Day in November which will be scheduled for parent teacher conferences; and one (1) day which will be utilized for professional development. The district administration will make every effort to provide an in-service program that will conform to the guidelines necessary to have these hours count toward the state mandate (100 hours) on professional development.
** Election Day: Teachers will conduct parent-teacher conferences between the hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM with one hour designated for dinner (time will be mutually agreed upon between Association and school administration). Parent-teacher conferences will also be conducted on the Monday before Election Day from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. There will be no faculty meeting scheduled on this day.
ARTICLE XIII - TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS AND VACANCIES
1. All teachers shall be given written notice of their class and/or subject assignment by June 1st.
2. In the event that changes in class and/or subject assignment are proposed after June 1st, the teacher shall be notified as promptly as possible in writing.
3. A teacher who comes to school to relocate his or her classroom prior to the beginning of the school year will be compensated for one (1) day at the substitute rate of pay.
4. In assigning of staff to extracurricular and co-curricular activities, the following steps will be followed:
a. Advertise all positions annually.
b. Select from staff by June 15th of the year prior to the activity.
All vacancies shall be posted. Said posting shall provide adequate information and time for interested employees to apply for said vacancies.
ARTICLE XIV - SUPPORT STAFF - WORK RULES
The regular work week shall be forty (40) hours. All hours over forty (40) in any week shall be paid at the following rate:
|One and one half (1 1/2) times basic hourly rate|
|One and one half (1 1/2) times basic hourly rate|
|Two (2) times basic hourly rate|
For purposes of determining overtime, all holidays, sick leave and other leave shall count as regular workdays.
An employee who has worked the normal eight (8) hour schedule workday and has left and is required to return for an assignment shall be guaranteed at least three (3) hours work and shall be paid at time and one half (1 1/2) his/her straight time rate for all time worked. (Excludes snow removal outside normal workday.)
3. Snow Removal
When a custodian is required to shovel snow outside the normal workday he/she shall be paid at the proper hourly overtime rate for all hours spent at snow removal.
4. Rest Periods
Each custodian shall be allowed a fifteen (15) minute rest period during the first four (4) hours of his/her shift and a second fifteen (15) minute rest period during the second four (4) hours of his/her shift.
5. Uniforms and Shoes
The Board shall provide each custodian with three (3) sets of uniforms each year and either one (1) pair of work shoes or up to $125 towards the purchase of work shoes upon presentation of a receipt. Shoes must be approved by the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds. Work shoes must be worn. The Board will also provide $100 per year towards a winter coat and warm gloves upon presentation of a receipt. The winter coat must be purchased and used with budgeted money. The Board shall also provide foul weather gear where necessary. Said gear to be kept in the building.
Each employee shall be entitled to the following vacation with pay according to the following schedule:
|One (1) - Five (5) years||=||Two (2) weeks|
|Six (6) - Fourteen (14) years||=||Three (3) weeks|
|Fifteen (15+) years||=||Four (4) weeks|
Each custodian shall receive twelve (12) holidays each year. The list of these holidays shall be mutually agreed to prior to the beginning of the contract year and listed in each work station, with a copy for each employee.
8. Just Cause
Tenure shall not apply to custodial personnel, however, no employee shall be disciplined, or reduced in rank or compensation without just cause and due process.
B. Secretaries/Clerk Typists
1. The regular work week shall be thirty-five (35) hours. All hours over thirty-five (35), but less than forty (40) shall be compensated at the basic hourly rate. All hours over forty (40) shall be compensated at one and a half (1 1/2) times the basic hourly rate, Sundays and Holidays shall be compensated at two (2) times the basic hourly rate.
2. Ten (10) month secretaries/clerk typists shall report for work on September 1st and leave on June 30th. Ten (10) month secretaries/clerk typists shall observe all holidays on the school calendar.
3. Eleven (11) month secretaries/clerk typists shall work from September 1st through June 30th. Eleven (11) month secretaries/clerk typists shall work every day that the teachers are required to work. In addition, eleven (11) month secretaries/clerk typists shall work an additional month during the summer as assigned by the administration. Eleven (11) month secretaries/clerk typists shall follow the teachers’ calendar for the purpose of determining holidays and vacations, including Holiday recess and Winter recess. In the event that Winter recess is not scheduled or is canceled, eleven (11) month secretaries/clerk typists shall not be entitled to any additional time off in its stead.
4. During summer months (July and August), secretaries and clerk typists shall work 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday with one (1) half (1/2) hour duty free lunch and 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Fridays with no duty free lunch.
5. Twelve (12) month secretaries shall work from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM with one (1) hour duty free lunch. Twelve (12) month secretaries shall receive the same benefits and vacation time as twelve (12) month custodians except that the twelve (12) month secretaries shall also be off during the December Holiday recess.
6. All support staff except custodial staff will comply with the school calendar regarding days off, except for the Winter and Spring recess. It is further understood that these are days off with pay, and they have no bearing on the employees’ personal days off or their sick days.
ARTICLE XV - HEALTH AND INSURANCE BENEFITS
A. Health Insurance
The Board of Education shall pay the premium for health care insurance protection for all employees employed by the Board and for family or other dependents of said employees, where applicable subject to the employees’ obligation to make contributions pursuant to P.L. 2011, c. 78 and N.J.S.A. 18A:16-17, et seq. Said contributions shall be deducted from the employees’ salaries and paid, in equal installments, in accordance with the payroll schedule established by the Board. The health care insurance protection shall include all of the options of the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program including prescription coverage and encompassing all the provisions under the New Jersey State Health Benefits Plan.
B. The Board of Education shall pay the full premium for the mutually agreed to dental plan for each employee and, where applicable, for his/her dependents.
C. The Board of Education shall pay the premium for prescription insurance coverage under the Major Medical of the N.J. State Health Benefits Plan for each eligible employee employed by the Board and for eligible family or other dependents of said employee subject to the employees’ obligation to make contributions pursuant to P.L. 2011, c. 78 and N.J.S.A. 18A:16-17, et seq. Said contributions shall be deducted from the employees’ salaries and paid, in equal installments, in accordance with the payroll schedule established by the Board.
D. The Board shall continue health insurance coverage for any employee, during any approved leave of absence, when his/her sick leave is exhausted in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.32g.
E. Teachers serving their mentoring year shall have the state required fee deducted through automatic payroll deductions. Teachers serving as mentors shall receive their payment from the Board.
F. The Board of Education shall provide for voluntary flu shots. All costs shall be paid by the Board. All employees shall be eligible to participate in the flu shot program.
ARTICLE XVI - MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement to any employee or group of employees is held to be contrary to law, then such provision or application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting, except to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications shall continue in full force and effect.
B. Reproduction of this Agreement
The cost of reproducing this Agreement shall be borne equally by both parties.
C. Children of teaching staff may attend the Northvale School District on a tuition free basis. Other personnel contracted for extracurricular activities may apply to the Board for this benefit. The Board will make its decision based on what is in the best interest of the district.
D. All employees will participate in direct deposit.
This Agreement represents and incorporates the complete and final understanding and settlement by the parties of all issues which were or could have been the subject of negotiations. During the term of this Agreement, neither party will be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter, whether or not covered by this Agreement, whether or not within the contemplation of either or both of the parties at the time they negotiated. The above proposed accommodations are subject to final approval by the negotiating teams for both parties, and the final form ratification by both the majority of the Board and the Association of the total contract.
ARTICLE XVII - DURATION OF AGREEMENT
This Agreement shall be effective July 1, 2016, and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2019, or until a subsequent Successor Agreement has been negotiated. Negotiations for a Successor Agreement shall begin not later than December, 2018.
In witness whereof the Association has caused this Agreement to be signed by its President and Secretary and the Board has caused this Agreement to be signed by its President, attested to by its Secretary on this ______ st day of _____________ , 2016.
|NORTHVALE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION||NORTHVALE BOARD OF EDUCATION|
Board Vice President
Board Secretary/Business Administrator
2016-2017 Salary Guide
BA + 16
BA + 32
MA + 16
MA + 32
Beginning the 16th consecutive year in Northvale, add $1898 to the above
Beginning the 21st consecutive year in Northvale, add $637 to the above
Beginning the 23rd consecutive year in Northvale, add $637 to the above
BA + 16
BA + 32
MA + 16
MA + 32
Beginning the 16th consecutive year in Northvale, add $1898 to the above
Beginning the 21st consecutive year in Northvale, add $637 to the above
Beginning the 23rd consecutive year in Northvale, add $637 to the above
BA + 16
BA + 32
MA + 16
MA + 32
Beginning the 16th consecutive year in Northvale, add $1898 to the above
Beginning the 21st consecutive year in Northvale, add $637 to the above
Beginning the 23rd consecutive year in Northvale, add $637 to the above
EXTRACURRICULAR ASSIGNMENT STIPEND SCHEDULE
|Basketball Coach |
|Spring Track Coach|
|Art Club Advisor|
|Band Director (when not part of schedule)|
|Choir (when not part of schedule)|
|Computer Club Advisor|
|Debate Club Advisor|
|Drama Art Designer|
|Drama Director |
|Homework Helpers Advisor|
|International Club Advisor |
|Literary Magazine Advisor |
|Student Council Advisor|