Contract Between
Wildwood B/E-Cape May
- and -
Wildwood EA
* * *
07/01/2005 thru 06/30/2008


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

Contract Text Below






AGREEMENT BETWEEN

WILDWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION

AND

WILDWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

2004-2005
&
2005-2008



DRAFT: 08-Aug-05

FINAL: 02-Nov-05


TABLE OF CONTENTS



ARTICLE TITLE PAGE

Preamble 1
1 Recognition 2
2 Successor Agreement 4
3 Grievance Procedure 5
4 Rights of the Parties 9
5 School Calendar 12
6 Clerical and Custodial Vacation 14
7 Work Hours 16
8 Employment Procedures 24
9 Salaries 26
10 Extracurricular Compensation 29
11 Evaluation 32
12 Sick Leave 34
13 Temporary Leaves of Absence 37
14 Extended Leaves of Absence for Certificated Personnel 39
15 Professional Development and Educational Improvement 43
16 Health Insurance 47
17 Salary Provisions 48
18 Personal and Academic Freedom for Employees 49
19 Academic Department Heads 50
20 Uniforms 51
21 Fully Bargained 52
22 Agency Shop 53
23 Miscellaneous Provisions 55
24a Duration of Agreement 56
24b Duration of Agreement 57

Salary Schedules:
A-1 Teachers: 2004-2005
A-2 Teachers: 2005-2006
A-3 Teachers: 2006-2007
A-4 Teachers: 2007-2008
B Secretarial: 2004-2008
C Custodial: 2004-2008
D Teacher Aide: 2004-2008
E Extracurricular Position and Index Chart: 2004-2008
Extracurricular Stipend Proficiency Chart: 2004-2008

Addendum: Sidebar Agreement, Athletic TrainerWildwood Board of Education Page 57
and 2004-2005 & 2005-2008 Contract
Wildwood Education Association 02-Nov-05


PREAMBLE

This Agreement entered into this day of , 2004, by and between the Board of Education of the City of Wildwood, New Jersey, hereinafter called the "Board" and the Wildwood Education Association, hereinafter called the "Association."

AND

This Agreement entered into this day of , 2005, by and between the Board of Education of the City of Wildwood, New Jersey, hereinafter called the "Board" and the Wildwood Education Association, hereinafter called the "Association."

Whereas, the Board has an obligation pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974, to negotiate with the Association as a representative of the employees hereinafter designated with respect to terms and condition of employment, it is agreed by the parties that:





ARTICLE 1

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 the following categories of employee:

1. Certificated Personnel (whether actively employed or on leave)
Teachers
Librarians
Nurses
Specialists
Child Study Team Members
Guidance Counselors

2. Clerical Personnel--full and permanent part-time

3. Custodial Personnel

4. Aides (Teacher and Clerical)
    As utilized in this Agreement, the term "employee" shall mean only those male or female personnel specified in this paragraph (1-A.).

B. The following categories of employees are expressly excluded from the bargaining unit represented by the Association:

1. Superintendent of Schools and all employees of his/her office.
    Administrative Personnel
a. Director of Mandated Programs
b. High School Principal
c. Elementary School Principal
d. High School Vice Principal
e. Elementary Vice Principal
f. Special Programs Supervisor
g. Curriculum Supervisor
h. Supervisor of Guidance
i. Child Study Team Supervisor
j. Athletic Director








3. Board Business Administrator and all employees of his/her office

4. Custodial Supervisors
a. Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
b. Supervisor of Maintenance
c. Supervisor of Construction

5. Substitute Personnel

6. Other non-Certificated Personnel not dealt with in "A." above.


ARTICLE 2

SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT


A. The Association shall have the right to negotiate a successor Agreement. Therefore the parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a Successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123, N.J. Public Law of 1974 (NJSA 34:13 A-1 et seq.), in a good faith effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning the terms and conditions of employment. Such negotiations shall begin not later than the October 1st immediately preceding the expiration date of this Agreement. Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to the Bargaining Unit, be reduced to writing, and after ratification by the Board and the Association, be executed by both parties, and said Agreement shall apply to all members of the bargaining unit.

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

C. The Board agrees not to negotiate concerning said employees in the bargaining unit as defined in Article 1 of this Agreement with any organization other than the Association for the duration of this Agreement nor may any sub-group of this Association or its membership negotiate for separate or improved benefits other than those negotiated by the authorized negotiating committees.

D. 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. Any such amendment shall be inserted into the existing contract.

E. No benefit accruing to either party pursuant to this Agreement may be eliminated or reduced without being negotiated unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or unless found to be contrary to the laws of the State of New Jersey or the United States of America. Proposed new rules or modifications of existing rules of the Board governing working conditions shall be negotiated with the Association before they are established.

F. 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; provided, however, that if the voiding of the Section in question alters the intent of the article, said Article shall be re-negotiated within thirty (30) days of the determination of illegality.




ARTICLE 3

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


A. Definition

    1. A grievance shall mean a complaint by an employee and/or the Association that there has been to him/her a personal loss or injury because of a violation, misinterpretation or inequitable application by the Board or any of its administrators of any terms of this Agreement.
    2. A grievance to be considered under his/her procedure must be initiated in writing by the employee within thirty (30) calendar days from the time when the employee knows or should know of its occurrence.

B. Procedure
    1. Understood
        a. Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decision on a grievance within the specified time limits shall permit the aggrieved employee to proceed to the next step. Failure at any step of this procedure to appeal a grievance to the next step within the specified time limits shall be deemed to be acceptance of the decision rendered at that step.
        b. It is understood that employees shall, during and notwithstanding the pendency of any grievance, continue to observe all assignments and applicable rules and regulations of the Board until such grievance has been fully resolved under the terms of this section.
    2. Any employee who has a grievance shall discuss it first with his or her immediate supervisor in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level.
    3. If, as a result of the discussion, the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee, the grievance shall be submitted in writing to the following:

    a. Certificated Personnel, Clerical Staff, and Aides to the appropriate immediate supervisor.
    b. Custodial personnel to the Business Administrator.







    4. The grievance shall specify the following:
        a. The nature of the grievance and redress desired.
        b. The nature and extent of the injury or loss.
        c. The results of previous discussions
        d. His/her dissatisfaction with decisions previously rendered.
    The decision shall be communicated to the employee in writing within five (5) working days of receipt of the written grievance.
    5. The employee, no later than five (5) working days after receipt of the written decision, may appeal this decision to the Superintendent of Schools. The appeal to the Superintendent must be made in writing reciting the matter submitted as specified above in paragraph four (4) and his or her dissatisfaction with the decisions previously rendered. The Superintendent shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, but within a period not to exceed ten (10) working days. The Superintendent shall communicate his/her decision in writing to all signatories of the grievance.

    6. If the grievance is not resolved to the employee's satisfaction, the employee, not later than five (5) working days after receipt of the Superintendent's decision, may request a review by the Board of Education. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education. The Board, or a committee thereof, shall review the grievance and shall, at the option of the Board, hold a hearing with the employee and render a decision in writing within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the grievance by the Board. Notification of the Board's intent to have or not have a hearing shall be given within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date of receipt.

    7. If the decision of the Board does not resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the aggrieved, and the aggrieved, with the agreement of the Association, wishes review by a third party, the Association shall so notify the Board through the Superintendent within ten (10) working days of receipt of the Board's decision, except in the case of grievance involving any of the following points:
        a. Any matter of which a method of review is prescribed by law or prescribed by any rule or regulation of the State Commissioner of Education or any matter which according to law is either beyond the scope of Board authority or limited to action by the Board alone.
        b. A complaint of a non-tenured employee which arises by reason of his/her not being re-employed.



    8. Procedure
        a. The following procedure will be used to secure the services of an arbitrator:
            1. A request will be made to the Public Employment Relations Commission to submit a roster of persons qualified to function as an arbitrator in the dispute in question.
            2. The procedures of the Public Employment Relations Commission shall be followed with regard to the selection of the arbitrator.
        b. The arbitrator shall limit himself to the issue submitted to him and shall consider nothing else. He/She can add nothing to, nor subtract anything from the Agreement between the parties or any policy of the Board of Education. The nature of any arbitration shall be binding upon the parties.
        c. Rights of Employees to Representation
            1. Any aggrieved employee may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure by a representative(s) selected by him/her or approved by the Association.
            2. When an employee is not represented by the Association in the processing of a grievance, the Association shall, at the time of submission of the grievance at the first level, be notified that the grievance is in process. The Association shall also have the right to be present and present its position in writing at all hearing sessions at the Superintendent's level and beyond concerning the grievance and shall receive a copy of all decisions rendered. A copy of any written decision made in response to a written grievance shall be provided for the Association upon request, in accordance with the time limitations for transmission to the aggrieved party established in Article 3, Section B., Subsections 4., 5., 6., 7.
            3. The Board and the Association shall assure the individual freedom from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal in presenting his/her appeal with respect to his/her personal grievance.
        d. The parties shall be responsible for all costs incurred by each, and only fees and expenses, if any, of the arbitrator shall be shared by each party paying one-half.








        e. In the event a grievance occurs which is beyond the authority of the person designated herein to adjudicate same, such grievance may, by mutual consent of the aggrieved party and the Board, be instituted directly with the Board of Education through the procedures set forth in the provisions of Article 3, Section B.6.
    9. Any employee involved in any complaint issued by a parent, student or other person which is used in evaluating the employee shall be given the opportunity to respond to and/or rebut such complaint. Said complaint shall also be called to the attention of the employee and shall be promptly investigated.


ARTICLE 4

EMPLOYEE RIGHTS


A. Public Employee Rights

The Board and the Association will respect all employee rights and privileges as provided for in Chapter 123, N.J. Public Laws of 1974: (NJSA 34:13A-1 et seq.)

B. Management Rights

Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement and under the provisions of Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974, the W.E.A. recognizes that the Board has the responsibility and authority to manage and direct, on behalf of the public, all the operations and activities of the Wildwood City Schools to the extent authorized by law.

C. Rights of Unit Members

    1. Whenever any unit member is required to appear before the Board of Education or any committee or representative or member thereof concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of the unit member in his/her office, position or employment or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto then he/she shall be given twenty four (24) hours prior written notice of the reasons for such appearance. He/she shall be entitled to have a person of his/her own choosing present to advise and represent him/her during such meeting or interview.
    2. No unit member shall be disciplined, reprimanded, or reduced in rank or compensation, without just cause. The Board retains the right to discipline or discharge an employee during the term of his/her employment contract pursuant to law. Discipline may include written reprimands, increment withholdings, or suspensions without pay if consistent with law, and mid-contract discharges consistent with the law, but shall not include the non-renewal of a non-tenured unit member. All disciplinary acts shall be subject to the grievance procedure. Any discipline to be imposed shall take into account the nature of the offense, the length of service and general employment record of the employee, the number of previous offenses, any other mitigating circumstances, and previous discipline administered to others in similar situations. Discipline shall generally be applied in a progressive manner, unless it is determined that due to the egregious nature of the offense(s) committed, or the repetitive or multiple nature of the offense(s) committed, immediate, more severe disciplinary action is warranted. All discipline shall be applied in a non- discriminatory fashion.
    3. If the administration changes a student's grade, consultation with the teacher involved shall be held, if possible, prior to the grade change.





D. Certificated Personnel Facilities

    1. The Board shall provide space in each classroom in which certificated personnel may store instructional materials and supplies.

    2. For each school building, a certificated person's work area containing adequate equipment and supplies to aid in the preparation of instructional materials shall be provided and will include a copying machine, a typewriter, and all appropriate supplies and paper for said machines.

    3. In addition to the aforementioned certificated person work area, an appropriately furnished room shall be reserved for the exclusive use of certificated personnel as a faculty lounge. Although these persons shall be expected to exercise reasonable care in maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of said lounge, it shall be regularly cleaned by the school's custodial staff.

E. Association Rights
    1. Representatives of the Association, the New Jersey Education Association, and the National Education Association shall be permitted to transact official Association business on school property at all reasonable times, provided that this shall not interfere with nor interrupt normal school operations.
    2. The Association and its representatives shall have the right to use school buildings at reasonable hours for meetings. The principal of the building in question shall be notified in advance of the time and place of all such meetings. The principal may not withhold approval for use of the building except for good reasons.
    3. The rights and privileges of the Association and its representatives as set forth in this Agreement shall be granted only to the Association as the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit and to no other organizations.
    4. In case of emergency, Association members shall have the right to utilize a telephone in the school office. In such event, the particular member of the Association shall reimburse the Board for his/her toll calls.
    5. The Association shall have the right to utilize one copying machine for Association business subject to the following restrictions:
        a. Prior approval of the Superintendent of Schools, or, in his/her absence, his/her designated agent, shall be obtained by the Association. The Superintendent or his/her agent aforesaid, shall have the right to withhold approval of any material he/she deems detrimental to the Board of Education or the Wildwood School System.



        b. The Association shall supply its own paper when using the copier.
    6. If the President of the Association is a high school teacher, he/she shall be assigned to hall duty for his/her supervisory period. At the discretion of the principal, or his/her designated agent, he/she may be released from hall duty to deal with Association business. The President of the Association shall also have a duty-free homeroom period.

If the President of the Association is an elementary school teacher, he/she shall be exempt from lunch duty. At the discretion of the principal, or his/her designated agent, he/she may be released from before and/or after school duty to deal with Association business.

In addition, the Association President may be released at the discretion of the Superintendent.

E. Clerical Rights

In the event that any member of the clerical staff shall be compelled by circumstances to make an executive decision during an emergency because of the absence from the building of the appropriate person in authority, the Board of Education agrees to support the said executive action of said member of the clerical staff, provided that said action is reasonably taken in good faith by the secretary involved.



ARTICLE 5

SCHOOL CALENDAR


A. School Calendar for Certificated Personnel

    1. The school calendar shall be as set forth in the annual Superintendent's Handbook that is presented to each teacher.
    2. Prior to the submission of his/her recommendation of the school calendar to the Board, the Superintendent will consult with the Association to receive its recommendations. The President of the Association will receive a copy of said calendar within three (3) days after its adoption by the Board of Education.
    3. The in-school work year for certificated and aide personnel employed on a ten (10) month basis shall not exceed one hundred eighty-five (185) days.
        a. The in-school work year shall include days when pupils are in attendance, orientation days, and any other days on which certificated and aide attendance is required.
        b. New personnel to the district or those returning to the district after resignation or leave without pay may be required to attend two (2) additional days of orientation.

B. Work Year for Non-Certificated Personnel
    1. Clerical Personnel
        a. Between and including the Board designated opening day of school and the Board designated last day of school, all clerical personnel shall work on those days when certificated personnel work.
        b. Between the Board designated last day of school and the Board designated opening day of school, clerical personnel shall work Monday through Friday each week, but shall receive July 4th and Labor Day as paid holidays.
        c. Those clerical personnel not attending the annual NJEA convention must work one (1) of the two (2) days involved.

d. Clerical personnel not working under twelve (12) month contract shall work those
clerical working days specified herein falling within their contractual work period.






2. Custodial Personnel
        a. The custodial calendar shall be structured by the Secretary of the Board of Education. The custodial staff shall have the following holidays off:

Christmas Eve Martin Luther King Day
Christmas Day Memorial Day
Friday after Thanksgiving Day New Year's Eve
Good Friday New Year's Day
Independence Day President's Day
Labor Day Thanksgiving Day
    If any of these days occurs on the weekend, then each custodian shall be assigned an alternate day off, either the Friday before or Monday after the holiday, in the sole discretion of the Board Administrator. The Board Administrator may restrict a four-day weekend where dictated by the needs of the school. In such event, a different alternate day shall be assigned.
        b. In the event that a holiday falls on a weekend, as set forth in paragraph a. above, the Association may designate not less than fourteen (14) days in advance of said holiday, whether the holiday pay, as set forth in this paragraph will be paid on the actual holiday, occurring on the weekend, or on the substitute day, scheduled on Friday or Monday, by the Board Administrator. The Board shall advise the Association of the proposed holiday or holidays no later than October first of that year.
        c. In the event that any employee is called back to work on any holiday set forth in paragraph 2.a. above, he/she shall be compensated for the hours worked at the rate of one and one-half (1-1/2) times his/her straight time plus a replacement day off at a later time. Said replacement day shall be scheduled with the approval of the Board Administrator, but in no event later than sixty (60) days from the date of the original holiday. At the employee's option, the employee may cash out the replacement day at his/her straight time rate. He/She shall receive no other compensation.

3. Aides’ Work Year

a. The work year for aides employed by the district shall be the same as the work year for teaching staff members (see Article 5:A above).

b. On early dismissal days, in-service days, or conference days, aides shall be paid for the actual hours that they are required to work.


ARTICLE 6

CLERICAL AND CUSTODIAL VACATION


A. Clerical and custodial personnel shall be entitled to annual vacation as follows:

1. First year personnel: one (1) working day for each full month of service (from date of hire) to a maximum of eight (8) working days. These days shall be allotted to the employee for use as of July 1st of the academic year following the date of hire.

Employees shall earn the following vacation allotments:

2. From July 1st of the first (1st) academic year of employment following the date of hire through June 30th of the second (2nd) academic year of employment - ten (10) working days.

3. From July 1st of the third (3rd) academic year of employment through June 30th of the fifth (5th) academic year of employment – thirteen (13) working days.

4. From July 1st of the sixth (6th) academic year of employment through June 30th of the tenth (10th) academic year of employment – fourteen (14) working days.

5. From July 1st of the eleventh (11th) academic year of employment through June 30th of the fifteenth (15th) academic year of employment – seventeen (17) working days.

6. From July 1st of the sixteenth (16th) academic year of employment – twenty (20) working days.

B. 1. For the purpose of this article, all references to “annual” and other related terms shall
mean a period commencing July 1 and ending the following June 30.

2. All earned vacation time is credited to an employee as of July 1 of the academic year
following the year in which it was earned.

C. Clerical Vacation Scheduling

    1. Vacation eligibility shall be determined as of July 1 of each year. Vacation time accumulated during the year preceding July 1 may not be used prior to June 30. Vacation scheduling is to be arranged with approval by the employee's immediate superior, and the taking of vacations is not to be limited to the summer period.
    2. Each secretary shall have the right to cash out up to five (5) vacation days annually at his/her per diem rate at the employee's option.




    3. Earned vacation time shall normally be taken in the school year after it is earned. However, a secretary may elect not to take all of his/her vacation in one year, to a maximum of five (5) days, to be taken in the subsequent year along with his/her vacation for that year.

D. Custodian Vacation Scheduling
    1. Vacations may be requested with sixty (60) day’ written notice. If vacation requests are submitted with less than sixty (60) days notice, approval may be granted only by the Business Administrator.
    2. No more than one (1) custodian per building may exercise his/her vacation rights on any one (1) day. It is the expressed intention of this paragraph that no more than one (1) custodian may be on vacation from each building on any one (1) day. During July and August up to two (2) custodians may exercise vacation rights on any one (1) day in the high school building only.
    3. All conflicts with regard to scheduling of vacations shall be determined on the basis of seniority.
    4. Earned vacation time shall normally be taken in the school year after it is earned. However, a custodian may elect to have his/her vacation prorated in order to take some of these vacation days during the year in which they are earned. Likewise, a custodian may elect not to take all of his/her vacation in one year, to a maximum of five (5) days, to be taken in the subsequent year along with his/her regular vacation for that year.
    5. Each custodian shall have the right to cash out up to five (5) days of earned vacation time annually at his/her per diem rate.


ARTICLE 7

WORK HOURS


A. Certificated Personnel

    1. The normal in-school workday shall consist of not more than seven (7) hours and forty-five (45) minutes, which shall include a duty-free lunch period as guaranteed to teachers under Section A.7. of this Article.
    2. No certificated person shall be required to report for duty earlier than fifteen (15) minutes before the start of homeroom/morning exercise. Each certificated person shall be permitted to leave thirty (30) minutes after the end of the designated school day. These thirty (30) minutes are to be used for tutoring students, curriculum development, or class preparation. On Fridays or days preceding holidays or vacation, the certificated person's normal school day shall end ten (10) minutes after the conclusion of the designated school day.
    3. Certificated personnel are expected to maintain their usual professional responsibilities.
    4. Teacher-Pupil Contact

a. Except as provided herein in paragraph 13. of this Article, high school teachers
shall not be required to teach classes more than two hundred sixty-five (265)
minutes per day in five (5) classes, under our present scheduling system, except
where initiated by the teacher. High school teachers shall not be assigned more
than one (1) period per day for supervisory duties except as noted in c. below.

b. The Board of Education may determine to implement a nine (9) period day under
the following conditions:

i. the nine (9) period day shall be implemented within the workday as outlined
in Article 7:A.1 for certificated staff in grades seven through twelve (7-12).
            ii. certificated staff members shall normally have the following schedule within a nine (9) period day:
5 – instructional periods
1 – preparation period
1 – duty period
1 administrative assignment/preparation period*
1 lunch period (pursuant to Art. 7:A.7)

* the administrative assignment/preparation period shall be an alternating period used
to provide a teaching staff member with additional preparation time and an
additional administrative assignment. In a normal two (2) week school period, a
nine (9) period schedule will provide for five (5) additional preparation periods and
five (5) additional administrative assignment periods.


c. Elementary school teachers may be required to teach up to 315 minutes per day.
Elementary school teachers may be assigned thirty (30) minutes per day to
supervisory duty either before school or after school. Elementary school teachers
may be assigned thirty (30) minutes cafeteria duty per day. No employee shall be
assigned more than one (1) duty in any one (1) day.
    d. Teachers are expected to supervise their rooms and the hallways in the area of their
    homeroom before and after school. Teachers without homerooms may be assigned
    a general supervisory duty during that same time. Teachers of classes are generally
    expected to supervise the hall areas between classes.
    5. Every effort shall be made to ensure that high school teachers shall not normally be required to teach more than two (2) subject areas, nor more than a total of two (2) teaching preparations. However, in no case shall a teacher, without his/her initiation, be required to teach more than three (3) subject titles over a continuing period, except when the number of courses offered by the department mandates otherwise, exclusive of activities and clubs (under our present scheduling system).

6. Organizational Pattern

a. Study halls should not be included in calculations concerning class size.
b. Certain special classes such as band, choir, and physical education may be excluded
from computation of class size.
c. In labs, shops, typing, mechanical drawing, home economics, etc., where special
facilities are designed for a certain number of students, each class shall be limited
to the proper size for the facilities provided but not necessarily on a one-for-one
basis.

7. Certificated personnel shall receive a daily duty-free lunch period of a length that is in
compliance with State Law.

8. Faculty Meetings and Back-to School Night
        a. The notice of an agenda for any meetings shall be given to the certificated
        personnel involved at least one (1) working day prior to the meeting, except in an
        emergency. Certificated personnel shall have the opportunity to suggest items for
        the agenda.

b. Except in an emergency, all faculty meetings will be terminated no later than one
(1) hour after the close of the normal school day. In the event that more than four
(4) total faculty meetings in a normal month are necessary, the school day shall be
shortened for the additional meetings so that the entire length of the meeting would
be encompassed within the normal school day.

c. Certificated personnel shall be required to attend Back-to-School Night with no
additional compensation.


9. Prep Time
        a. High school teachers shall, in addition to their lunch period, have daily preparation time of at least one class period in length except as provided herein. During that period, high school teachers shall not be assigned to any other duties. This period shall be used for purposes directly related to the instructional program: planning, tutoring, etc., at the teacher's option. High school teachers with laboratory subjects and high school teachers of the fine and practical arts shall not be entitled to one (1) preparation period per day but shall be entitled to a total of five (5) preparation periods per week.

b. Elementary school teachers shall be entitled to five (5) preparation periods per
week. These periods shall be used for purposes directly related to the instructional
program: planning, tutoring, etc., at the teacher's option. The length of the period
shall be defined by the schedule depending upon the time of day in which the
period occurs. The elementary principal may, at his/her sole option, utilize elementary school teachers for any appropriate purpose related to the education process or the functioning of the school during any non-instructional period other than the five (5) preparation periods specified herein. In the event that the schedule cannot afford any teacher five (5) full periods per week, the elementary school principal may, in his/her sole discretion, schedule said teacher to attend school up to ten (10) minutes in advance of the opening of school to commence his or her preparation period. In such event, that teacher shall be permitted to depart the school up to ten (10) minutes early on that day.

c. The practice of using a regular teacher as a substitute, thereby depriving him or her
of his or her preparation period, shall be discouraged. If such coverage is
absolutely necessary, it shall be arranged by the principal of the school in question and shall be distributed equally among the teachers in that school. Teachers shall be paid for each class that he/she serves as a substitute as follows:

2004- 2005 $27.00 per class
2005- 2006 $28.00 per class
2006- 2007 $29.00 per class
2007- 2008 $30.00 per class

d.1. If the regular class teacher is absent and the ICS teacher assumes the primary
teaching duties for the entire class, he/she shall be paid an amount of money equal to the class coverage payment outlined in Article 7:A.9.c., even if a substitute teacher is present for the regular classroom teacher.

d.2. If the ICS teacher is absent, the regular classroom teacher will not be paid any
    additional monies regardless of whether a substitute is present or not for the absent ICS teacher.




10. Participation by certificated personnel in field trips which extend beyond the teacher's in-
school workday or overnight or weekend trips shall be voluntary.

11. No certificated personnel shall be requested or ordered to transport students in his/her
own vehicle.

12. If any certificated person is required by the administration to obtain a license qualifying
him/her to operate a State-approved "small vehicle" used to transport school children, the Board will pay all fees attendant to the acquisition thereof. This paragraph shall not apply to any certificated personnel utilizing such a license in conjunction with duties set forth in Schedule G of this Agreement.

13. Additional Classes
    The Board may require a high school or middle school teacher to teach an additional class (a sixth (6th) class subject to the following conditions:

a. Volunteers shall be sought first through posting. If no qualified teacher applies, the
Board may assign the additional class. The Board will rotate assignment among
those teachers within the given teaching preparation. No teacher will be required to
teach an additional class two (2) years in a row.

b. No more than two (2) teachers from an academic department shall be required to
teach an additional class in any given school year.

c. No teacher will be scheduled to teach more than four (4) consecutive classes in a
row during any school day.

d. No teacher teaching an additional class may be assigned a duty period.

e. No teacher of an additional class will be required to cover for an absent teacher
pursuant to paragraph 9.c. above.

f.1. Each high school teacher who teaches an additional period shall receive
compensation at a rate equal to one-sixth (1/6) of the said teacher’s annual base
contractual salary for the year during which the class is taught. Such payment may
be pro-rated for less than a full-year assignment.

f.2. a. A subject endorsed teacher at the Middle School, serving on his/her
subject matter endorsement, who is assigned six (6) teaching periods, one
(1) of which is at the High School level, shall receive the contractual rate
for a sixth period assignment as contained in this Article in A:13,f.1.






b. A subject endorsed teacher at the Middle School, serving on his/her
subject matter endorsement, who is assigned six (6) teaching periods at
the Middle School level, shall receive an additional two thousand five
hundred dollars ($2,500).

c. An elementary endorsed teacher at the Middle School, serving on his/her
elementary endorsement, shall be subject to a teaching assignment
pursuant to this Article in A:4.c.

d. An elementary endorsed teacher or a subject endorsed teacher serving on
his/her endorsement whose assignment is in any part in grades Pre-K
through Grade 5, shall be subject to a teaching assignment pursuant to
this Article in A:4.c.


f.3. Nine Period Day

a. With the implementation of a 9 period day, each teacher who teaches an
additional period under the 9 period day schedule shall receive
compensation at a rate equal to one-sixth (1/6) of the first step of the B.A.
guide added to the annual base salary. Such payment may be pro-rated for
less than a full-year assignment.

b. If an additional instructional period is volunteered for or assigned, it shall
be scheduled during the staff member’s administrative assignment/
preparation period. If the nine (9) period schedule is not implemented or
the old scheduling arrangement is re-instituted after the implementation of a
nine (9) period day, the payment outlined in f.1 and f.2. above shall be
controlling for a sixth (6th) period assignment.

g. The compensation specified in paragraph f. above shall be added to the certificated
person's salary, but shall under no circumstances be deemed a permanent increase
in his/her salary; it being the express intention of the parties that the moneys
received by the teacher hereunder shall be paid only in the semester or semesters
during which the teacher teaches the sixth class. At such time as the certificated person no longer teaches the sixth class, the compensation provided for herein shall be deleted from his/her pay. For all purposes contemplated under this Agreement, the certificated person's salary shall be deemed to be that set forth in Schedule "A" annexed hereto exclusive of the compensation provided for hereunder.

h. Notwithstanding anything contained in paragraph g. above, the certificated person
shall receive one (1) paycheck which shall include therein both the salary specified
in Schedule "A" annexed hereto and the additional compensation provided in paragraphs f.1; f.2 a or b; or f.3.a above. The certificated person shall be entitled to pension credit for the moneys earned for teaching the sixth class.



B. Clerical Personnel
    1. The work day shall consist of eight (8) hours including a sixty (60) minute uninterrupted lunch hour.
    2. The eight (8) hour workday for each secretary shall be arranged with the building principal between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    3. The assignment of a secretary shall be designated at the beginning of the school year and said shall remain in effect for the entire year except by mutual consent of the parties.
    4. The additional compensation for the call-in secretary as provided in 10 of this provision shall be unaffected by this paragraph.

5. Summer work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. including sixty (60) minutes uninterrupted
lunch hour, will take effect five (5) school days following the close of school in June and
will remain in effect until the day of school opening in September; provided, however, that
between the hours listed above all offices having more than one (1) secretary shall be
covered continuously between the hours stated herein

6. One uninterrupted coffee break of fifteen (15) minutes each morning per day standardized
and mutually agreed upon by the employee and the building principal.

7. The workday of secretaries shall conclude one-half (1/2) hour earlier than their weekday
schedule on each Friday of the school year, with the approval of the building principal.

8. Permanent part-time personnel shall receive an unpaid lunch of not less than thirty (30)
minutes provided they are scheduled to work more than five (5) hours.

9. School closings for inclement weather shall include secretaries.

10. During times of inclement weather that pose serious safety considerations, secretaries may
be excused from work early with the permission of the Superintendent of Schools.

11. Compensatory Time

a. Secretaries who work over-time hours with the prior permission of the Business
Administrator shall be compensated at the rate of time and one-half for all such
hours worked. Overtime shall be considered hours beyond eight (8) in any one
day, or hours worked outside the normal work week.
        b. Secretaries on twelve (12) month contracts shall work all of the Board-approved certificated personnel calendar days. The Board shall have the right to require one






        (1) secretary to be on duty during all days on which an administrator is working, and the school is closed during the school year (summer excluded). Such time shall be compensated at time and one-half for all hours worked.

12. Call-in Secretary

a. One secretary will be designated at the beginning of each school year as the call-in
secretary.

b. He/she shall be available by phone at designated times each evening before and
each morning of a regularly scheduled school day:

[1] to handle calls of employees who will not be able to work
[2] to secure substitutes for said employees
[3] to report to the principal those employees absent and substitutes secured.

c. S/he shall be paid for 1 hours work per day at 1 times his/her prorated annual
salary.

C. Custodial Personnel

1. Custodians shall be assigned eight (8) hour shifts according to the needs of the system. The total workday shall be eight and one-quarter hours (8 ). Effective July 1, 1994, the full-time Custodial work week may be scheduled Monday through Friday, Tuesday through Saturday, or Sunday through Thursday. Custodial employees hired prior to December 31, 1993 shall not be required to work the Tuesday through Saturday or the Sunday through Thursday work weeks. Said employees may volunteer for said shifts should they desire to do so. The workday on Saturday and/or Sunday shall be a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. workday. Overtime rates shall not be paid to employees for Saturday or Sunday if said days are part of their regularly scheduled work week.

2. a. Custodians may leave the building during their thirty (30) minute lunch break
which shall be scheduled within the workday outlined in C.1. above. If any
custodian is required to remain in the building during his/her full lunch break by
the administration, he/she shall be entitled to fifteen (15) minutes of additional pay,
which may be overtime, as appropriate.

b. Custodians shall have two (2) fifteen (15) minute breaks during their regular shift.

3. Call-Back Pay

    a. Each employee shall receive a minimum of one (1) hour's pay at the rate of time and one-half when compelled to return to work for scheduled call-back. For





    purposes of this agreement, "scheduled call-back" shall mean any required return to work posted no later than thirty (30) minutes subsequent to the commencement of the shift on or before the date of said call-back.

    b. Each employee shall receive a minimum of four (4) hours' pay at time and one-half for unscheduled call-back. For purposes of this Agreement, "unscheduled call-back" shall mean any required return to work by the employee of which he/she was not apprised on or before the first thirty (30) minutes of his/her shift on the date in question.

4. Overtime Pay

Custodian personnel shall be compensated at the rate of one and one-half times (1-1/2) the straight time rate for all hours worked in excess of eight (8) hours per day or forty (40) hours per week. The lunch period shall not be included as part of the eight (8) hours per day or forty (40) hours per week. Overtime will be compensated in one-half (1/2) hour units, fractional portions being counted as a full one-half (1/2) hour. No payment shall be made for initial periods of less than fifteen (15) minutes.

    5. Each Custodian called upon to work the late night shift (10:45 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. or 11:00 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.) shall be paid an additional shift differential of ten percent (10%) of his/her hourly rate for said shift.

E. Aide Personnel

1. The workday for full-time aides employed by the district shall be seven (7) hours
and forty-five (45) minutes per day inclusive of a thirty (30) minute lunch and two
(2) fifteen (15) minute breaks.

2. Aides who obtain and maintain a valid County Substitute Certificate will be paid an
additional twenty-five dollars ($25) per day when assigned by the administration to
substitute for a professional staff member for a full school day.





ARTICLE 8

EMPLOYMENT PROCEDURES


A. Staff Vacancies

1. Whenever a staff vacancy occurs or when a new position is created, a notice shall be posted on the appropriate bulletin board in each building for a minimum of ten (10) calendar days when possible stating that the vacancy exists. Persons interested in being considered for any posted staff vacancy shall file a written request with the Superintendent. Vacancies occurring from June 15 to August 31 shall be brought to the attention of the Association by the Board's mailing a notice of vacancy to the President of the Association, at his/her legal domicile.

    2. Notice of appointments to positions shall be posted as soon as practical after the appointments are made.

      3. Nothing herein contained in this Article precludes the Board from filling any staff vacancy with persons not presently employed in the system.

    B. Certificated personnel with previous teaching staff experience in the Wildwood School System may, upon returning to the system, receive full credit on the salary schedule for all outside experience, alternative civilian service required by the Selective Service System, Peace Corps, VISTA, or National Teacher Training Corps work, or time spent on a Fullbright scholarship. Military experience shall be granted up to four (4) years.

    C. Previously accumulated unused sick leave days will be restored to all returning certificated personnel in accordance with the provisions of B. above.

    D. Certificated personnel shall be notified of their contract and salary status for the ensuing year according to law, and all non-tenured certificated personnel shall notify the Board of their intention to return no later than June 1.

    E. Certificated Personnel Assignment

    1. All certificated personnel shall be advised, in writing, of their tentative teaching schedule, grade and/or subject assignments and building assignments not later than June 15. The certificated person will be notified in writing of any change of such assignments as soon as possible.

    2. Certificated personnel who desire a change in grade, subject, or building assignments will notify the principal and Superintendent in writing. Such request will be evaluated prior to





      consideration of the hiring of new staff, if a vacancy exists. Nothing in this Article shall prevent administrative assignment or transfers in the best interest of the School District.

    F. Termination of Contracts

    1. The dismissal of any tenured certificated person shall be in accordance with the statutes of the State of New Jersey and the rules and regulations of the New Jersey State Board of Education, covering such dismissals.
      2. Non-Tenured
        a. Contracts of non-tenured certificated personnel shall contain provisions by which either the certificated person or the Board may terminate the contract on sixty-days' (60) notice to the other party, or sooner if mutually agreed between the certificated person and the Board.
          b. Any non-tenured certificated person who receives notice that his or her employment with the Board is to be terminated shall be entitled to receive a written statement of the reason or reasons for such termination of employment no later than thirty (30) calendar days after submitting a written request for such a statement. Such written request must be received by the Board no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the transmittal of the notice of termination of employment to the said staff member.
            c. Any non-tenured certificated person who has received notice of termination of employment and who has requested and received a statement of the Board's reason or reasons for said termination of employment may, not later than ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the Board's statement, submit a written request to meet and confer with the Board with regard to the said termination of employment. Such a meeting shall take place with the Board or an authorized committee of the Board no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the receipt of such request by the Board.
              d. The conduct and proceedings of such a meeting shall be informal and advisory only, and shall not obligate the Board in any way. The non-tenured certificated person shall be permitted to be accompanied by a representative of the Association at such a meeting.
                3. Any clerical person who is resigning from his or her position shall be required to give thirty (30) days' notice. The Board will consider releasing that person prior to thirty (30) days' notice if a suitable replacement is found.
                    4. In case of a reduction-in-force of secretarial staff, when secretarial skills are otherwise equal as recorded in the staff member's evaluations, seniority in a specific job classification, i.e. secretary to the principal or secretary, shall be implemented.


                  ARTICLE 9

                  SALARIES


                  A. Employees shall be paid during the term of this Agreement in accordance with the following schedules:

                  1. Certificated Personnel Schedule A (Longevity on Schedule A-5)
                  2. Clerical Personnel Schedule B
                  3. Custodial Personnel Schedule C
                  4. Teacher Aides Schedule D

                  B. Increments

                  1. Certificated Personnel Increments

                  a. Upon return from leave granted pursuant to Article 14, Sections A., B., or C., a certificated person shall be considered as if he/she were actively employed by the Board during the leave and shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level he/she would have achieved if he/she had not been absent, provided, however, that time spent on said leave shall not count towards the fulfillment of the time requirements for acquiring tenure. A certificated person shall not receive increment credit for time spent on a leave granted pursuant to Section D. of Article 14, nor shall such time count toward fulfillment of time requirements for acquiring tenure.

                  b. Certificated personnel shall be eligible for and/or entitled to incremental increases on July 1.

                  c. All certificated personnel, beyond Step 11, top-of-the-scale, shall be entitled to
                  longevity, based upon the years of experience in the district. "Years of experience" shall be defined to mean years actually worked in the Wildwood District plus any years of prior experience credited to the teacher by the Board of Education at the time of initial employment, as reflected in the initial placement on the guide. (Years of experience = time at Wildwood + initial placement - 1)

                  Certificated personnel, once they have reached the top of the salary scale, shall receive, starting the following year, an additional amount of longevity as described below and as shown on Schedule A:

                            For 2004-2008, Level 1 shall be paid pursuant to the schedules. In addition, after six (6) years at longevity level 1, an additional $1020.00, and after seven (7) years at longevity level 2, an additional $1275.00, for a total of $2295.00 as shown on the schedules.




                  2. Clerical Increments

                  a. Annual increments for clerical personnel and clerical aides shall be granted or withheld according to law. Increments shall be withheld only for just cause.

                  b. Clerical personnel and clerical aides shall receive incremental increases on July 1, except as provided above.

                  c. The secretary to a principal shall receive a stipend for the additional duties associated with the position.
                    2004- 2005 $1,200
                    2005- 2006 $1,300
                    2006- 2007 $1,400
                    2007- 2008 $1,500
                      d. The stipend for the principal’s secretary shall be a yearly stipend which may be pro-rated for service of less than a full academic year. It is understood and agreed to by the parties that should a secretarial staff member not be re-assigned as a principal’s secretary, or be removed from such a position during the course of an academic year, compensation for the additional work shall be discontinued and he/she shall be entitled only to the appropriate guide salary. Such a salary change shall not be considered a reduction pursuant to N.J.S. 18A:17-2.

                      3. Custodial Increments
                            a. All increments shall be based on satisfactory service and only granted upon recommendations of the Board Administrator.
                            b. Each custodian shall receive and sign a copy of any evaluation report within five (5) school days of the filing of said evaluations. The custodian's signature will indicate only knowledge of the contents of the report, not agreement with the contents. No custodian may be required to sign a blank form.
                            c. Any custodian may, after receiving an evaluation report, request a conference with the evaluator. In such event, the conference will take place within five (5) working days of said request. In such event, the custodian may have a representative from the collective bargaining unit present. If such a representative is present, the School Business Administrator shall be present at the conference.
                            d. Custodial personnel shall receive incremental increases in salary on July 1 except as provided above.






                        4. Aide Increments

                        Aide personnel shall receive incremental increases on July 1st. Increments shall be withheld only for just cause.

                      C. Hiring

                      1. Certificated Personnel

                      The salaries of newly hired certificated personnel shall be based on training and
                      experience.

                      2. Clerical Personnel
                            The Superintendent of Schools, with Board of Education approval, may grant credit for prior clerical experience for employees new to the Wildwood Public Schools.

                      3. Custodial Personnel

                      New employees may be employed at the minimum wage as established by the State of New Jersey for a two (2) month trial period before being placed on the custodial salary scale.

                      ARTICLE 10

                      EXTRA-CURRICULAR COMPENSATION



                      A. The Board recognizes that the certificated personnel contribute considerably to the extra-curricular program through participation in the in-school club program and other extra duties, which invariably require additional amounts of a person's time, even though actual meetings may be scheduled during the school day.

                      B. Procedures

                        1. Certificated personnel will be able to apply for these positions as listed prior to the Superintendent's recommendation to the Board. As soon as the Board has taken action, each successful applicant shall be notified in writing. A contract will be issued to the successful applicant, to be returned to the Board Office within fifteen (15) days.

                        2. The Board agrees that it will make every effort to notify all applicants for positions as sponsors of extra-curricular activities at least thirty (30) days prior to the date the sponsor shall assume his/her responsibilities.

                        3. Activities which receive compensation shall be voluntary, unless there are no volunteers or applicants. Prior to involuntary assignments, all persons eligible shall again be asked to volunteer.

                      C. Compensation

                      1. Accordingly, the Board recognizes that certificated personnel should be fairly compensated for all other activities in which they participate in excess of those hours of attendance specified in Article 7.
                        2. Compensation for certificated personnel assuming extra-curricular activities shall be paid in accordance with the provision of Schedule "E" which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
                              a. The stipend for any Board-initiated activity not covered in Schedule E, shall be negotiated with the WEA at the time of its inception.
                        3. Supervision at dances, concerts, float-building, dramatic events, fashion shows, play-days, and similar assignments shall be remunerated at $7.50 per total session of at least ninety (90) minutes after one administratively required such assignment (in writing) or two voluntary such assignments subject to the conditions indicated below:





                              a. Certificated personnel shall not receive compensation for those activities that are a part of a job for which they are already compensated or P.T.A. meetings.
                          b. Compensation for supervision or other activities at athletic events is not considered in this section.

                          c. Certificated personnel shall have the opportunity to volunteer for the duties indicated above, except that the school principal has the option to appoint someone who has not performed such duty for the first time in a school year. The principal also has the option of appointing someone if there are no volunteers. Involuntary assignments shall be made in such a way as to equitably distribute participation in these activities among the certificated personnel.

                          d. Baccalaureate services supervision shall be voluntary except for those staff members who have to fulfill their supervisory duties as stipulated above in C. 3.

                          e. An individual coaching two (2) concurrent sports during the same season will be paid one full stipend and one-half (1/2) of the other stipend.

                          f. The Board of Education may place applicants with previous out-of-district experience on an appropriate step of the Extracurricular Stipend Index Scale.

                        D. In determining the appropriate compensation (financial worth) of an extracurricular activity, the Board of Education shall consider the following factors.
                          1. The amount of time required for the activity. This time is not to include time spent on extracurricular positions during the regular school day since the employee is already being compensated for those hours.
                          2. The responsibilities inherent in the position that are needed to complete the job.
                          3. Any combination of released classroom or duty time that is proposed with an extracurricular activity.
                          4. Any time there is a significant change in the requirements for an existing extracurricular position, a stipend classification adjustment may be considered.
                          5. Any proposed stipend changes shall be negotiated with the majority representative.

                        E. All extracurricular activities will be observed on a continuing basis by members of the Administration. All those individuals who hold extracurricular positions will be evaluated when the responsibilities of their positions are completed. Based on the evaluation, the Supervisor will recommend:




                          a. that the position holder be recommended to be rehired upon application and the person will move to the next step on the Extracurricular Stipend Index Scale
                          b. that the position holder will be recommended for rehire with assurances that specific changes be made to improve job performance as documented in the written evaluation, with no progression possible on the Extracurricular Stipend Index Scale
                          c. that the position holder will not be recommended for the extracurricular position for the following year.




                        ARTICLE 11

                        EVALUATION


                        A. Observation--Certificated Personnel

                          1. All evaluations and formal observations of the work performance of a certificated person shall be done with the full knowledge of the certificated person.
                          2. All observations and evaluations of certificated personnel shall be done by supervisory-certificated personnel.

                          3. Class Observation
                              a. All certificated staff shall be observed and evaluated according to law.
                              b. Within three (3) days of a classroom observation, the staff member shall meet with his/her evaluator to hold an observation conference. The purpose of this conference is for the evaluator and staff member to mutually discuss the lesson that was observed.
                              c. Within eight (8) days of the observation conference, the staff member shall receive a copy of the written evaluation for signature.
                              d. The certificated person's signature will indicate only knowledge of the contents of the report, not agreement with the content. No certificated person may be required to sign a blank form.
                              e. Should the certificated staff member wish to have a rebuttal attached to an evaluation, he/she shall submit said document to the evaluator within ten (10) days of receipt of the written evaluation. Said rebuttal shall become part of the evaluation document.

                          4. The basic purpose of evaluation is to improve instruction. Specific suggestions should be made and an opportunity provided for improvement, with follow-up visits made.

                          5. A certificated person may request a formal observation from an appropriate supervisor.
                          6. Supervisory personnel shall observe and evaluate all extracurricular and athletic stipend positions.

                        B. Material which is derogatory to an employee's conduct, service or character may not be placed in the employee's personal file unless the employee has had an opportunity to review the material, other than recommendations from outside the district. The employee shall acknowledge that




                        he/she has had the opportunity to review such material by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed. Such signature will indicate knowledge only and in no way indicate agreement with the contents thereof. The employee shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such material and his/her answer shall be reviewed by the Superintendent or his/her designee and attached to the file copy.

                        C. The written materials, information, and data as contained in Section A. and B. of this Article shall be maintained in the administrative offices of the Board and shall be utilized as part of the evaluation process. A designated committee of members of the Wildwood Education Association may review the evaluation form to be utilized during the school year during the first week of each school year covered by this Agreement.


                        ARTICLE 12

                        SICK LEAVE


                        A. Employees shall be entitled to sick leave as follows:

                        1. Certificated Personnel – 10 days

                          2. Clerical Personnel
                                12 Month Employee – 12 days
                                10 Month Employee – 10 days
                          Permanent part-time clerical personnel shall receive prorated leave based upon normal work hours.
                            3. Custodial Personnel – 12 days
                              4. Aide Personnel – 10 days

                            B. Terminal Leave
                              1. Upon commencement of the receipt of pension benefits under T.P.A.F. or P.E.R.S., whichever is applicable, each employee covered by this Agreement shall be eligible for payment for unused sick leave pursuant to the following:
                              2. Employees who retire under T.P.A.F. or P.E.R.S. and commence receiving pension benefits, shall be eligible for payment for unused sick leave according to the following:
                                  a. the employee must have completed fifteen (15) years of service in the Wildwood City Schools.
                                  b. the employee, to qualify for payment for unused sick leave, must have accumulated a minimum of seventy-five (75) days of sick leave.
                                  c. the employee shall be reimbursed for unused sick leave according to the following schedule:

                            1. for an accumulation of less than seventy-five (75) days, no reimbursement
                            2. for an accumulation of seventy-five (75) up to ninety-nine (99) days, forty
                            dollars ($40) per day. Effective July 1, 2005, this shall increase to forty-
                            five dollars ($45) per day.





                            3. for an accumulation of one hundred (100) days and above, fifty dollars
                            ($50) per day. Effective July 1, 2005, this shall increase to fifty-five
                            dollars ($55) per day.
                            4. the maximum accumulation shall be two hundred (200) days

                            d. payments shall be made according to the following schedule:

                            1. employees who retire by December 31st of a school year are eligible for
                            payment for one-half (1/2) of their total for unused sick leave the first pay
                            in July
                            2. said employees shall receive the second one-half (1/2) payment on the first
                            pay in January of the calendar year following actual retirement
                            3. employees who retire by June 30th of a school year are eligible for payment
                            for one-half (1/2) of their total for unused sick leave the first pay in
                            January
                            4. said employees shall receive the second one-half (1/2) payment on the first
                            pay in July of the academic year following actual retirement

                            e. should an employee die after having submitted a letter of retirement, payment for
                            unused sick leave shall be made to the estate of the employee.
                              C. Miscellaneous Provisions

                              1. Each employee shall be entitled to sick leave each school year as of the first official day of said school year whether or not they report on that day. Unused sick leave days shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit.

                              2. When a certificated person has exhausted all of his/her sick leave days, he/she may be entitled, at the discretion of the Board, to receive his/her full pay minus the actual cost of substitutes at the rate of one month for each year of tenure, up to a maximum of ten (10) months per occurrence. Re-accumulation of such utilized leave is permitted, and satisfactory service shall be the primary determinant in the Board's decision.

                              D. Absences

                              Except in unusual circumstances, certificated staff, secretaries and aides must call their principal or designee by 6:30 a.m. on the day they are to be absent. Custodial personnel must call in two (2) hours prior to start time. All employees may call in the night before the day they are to be absent.








                              E. Provision for Certificated Staff – Emergent Leave

                                Teachers who, for unforeseen emergency reasons, are unable to report to work in time for the start of the workday, who must leave work during the course of a workday, or who must leave work before the end of the workday (as outlined in Article VII:A.1) shall be charged with leave in accordance with the following provisions:
                                    a. The teacher must confer with and receive administrative approval for any missed time.
                                b. Approved missed work time of up to one hundred (100) minutes of the workday will result in the teacher not being charged for the missed time.

                                c. If a teacher misses more than one hundred (100) minutes up to two hundred forty (240) minutes, he/she shall be charged one-half (1/2) day of absence.

                                d. If a teacher misses more than two hundred forty (240) minutes, he/she shall be charged one (1) full day of absence.

                                e. All minutes shall be calculated based upon the starting and ending time of the teacher’s workday.

                                f. Unforeseen emergency reasons do not include personal or family business or regularly scheduled personal or family appointments that can be arranged at times either before or after the regular workday.

                                ARTICLE 13

                                TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE


                                A. Each employee shall be entitled to the following temporary non-accumulative leaves of absence with full pay annually:

                                    BEREAVEMENT ILLNESS PERSONAL
                                1st Degree 2nd Degree Immed Family
                                (B1a) (B1b) (B1c) (C)

                                Certificated 5 days 2 days 3 days 2 days
                                Clerical 5 days 2 days 3 days 2 days
                                Custodial 5 days 2 days 3 days 3 days
                                Aides 5 days 2 days 3 days 2 days

                                Permanent part-time clerical personnel shall receive prorated leave based upon normal work
                                hours.

                                B. Bereavement Leave and Illness

                                1. Definition
                                      a. First degree bereavement means the death of spouse, parent, child, sibling, parent-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or other person residing with the employee's family.
                                      b. Second degree bereavement means the death of uncle, aunt, grandparent, grandchild, nephew, niece, cousin or brother/sister-in-law.
                                      c. Illness in the immediate family shall mean illness of any first degree family member as defined in Article 13, (B1a).

                                2. Each employee shall be entitled to full bereavement leave as specified herein for
                                each individual death.

                                3. An employee may request leave under Article 13:B.1.a. for a domestic partner. In
                                requesting such leave, the employee must provide the Superintendent with a copy
                                of a “Certificate of Domestic Partnership” issued by the State of New Jersey
                                pursuant to P.L. 2003, Chapter 246.








                                C. Personal Leave

                                1. Personal leave shall mean absence from school with pay for legal, family, or personal business which shall be approved by the Superintendent. Custodial staff personal days shall be approved by the Business Administrator.

                                2. Personal leaves will not be granted three (3) days before or three (3) days after a holiday period or three (3) days before or three (3) days after the opening of school for the year, except in extraordinary circumstances with the written consent of the Superintendent.

                                Written request for personal leave shall be filed with the Superintendent of Schools at least three (3) days in advance, except in emergencies. Such request shall state the reason and also that such business cannot be transacted at times other than during school hours. Should the reason for the request be a delicate and extremely personal matter, the employee may indicate this on his/her request form and request an appointment with an administrator to discuss it, rather than describing the reason on the form. A denial of personal leave by the Superintendent for the period three (3) days before or three (3) days after a holiday period, or three (3) days before or three (3) days after the opening of school for the year shall not be arbitrable under the provisions of Article 3 (Grievance Procedure) of this Agreement.

                                3. In case of absence from school by a staff member by reason of a subpoena for court appearance, no deduction in salary shall be made for such absence up to two (2) days annually, unless school-connected, when such limit shall not apply.
                                  If, in the determination of the Superintendent, an employee who is not under subpoena for court appearance warrants up to two (2) days annually, such leave may be granted. The decision of the Superintendent is not subject to the grievance procedure provided for in this Agreement.

                                4. Up to five (5) days for an employee for the purpose of marriage and honeymoon, two (2)
                                days of which will be considered personal leave with no deduction and the remaining days
                                to be with full deduction.

                                D. Each employee shall annually be credited with all unused personal leave, as specified in Article 10 A. above, to his/her accumulated sick leave.

                                E. The Board may, upon proper application and for good cause shown, grant an employee a temporary leave of absence with pay for a grave personal emergency.


                                ARTICLE 14


                                EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE FOR CERTIFICATED
                                AND NON-CERTIFICATED PERSONNEL


                                A. A leave of absence without pay of up to two (2) years may be granted to any tenured certificated person who joins or participates in any of the following:

                                1. The Peace Corps
                                2. VISTA
                                3. The National Teacher Corps
                                4. Exchange or overseas teacher
                                5. Fulbright Scholarship.

                                B. A tenured certificated person shall be granted a leave of absence without pay for up to one (1) year to teach in an accredited college or university.

                                C. Military leave shall be granted in accordance with state and federal law.

                                D. Maternity Leave

                                1. No employee may be removed from her teaching position or other duties based solely on the fact of pregnancy or a specific number of months of pregnancy.

                                2. An employee shall notify the Superintendent of her pregnancy as soon as it is medically confirmed.

                                3. a. All pregnant personnel may apply to the Board for a Maternity Leave of Absence without pay and shall be granted leave for up to six (6) months prior to the expected date of birth, or sooner if requested by the employee and administratively feasible or medically advisable, and up to one year for tenured certificated personnel or non-certificated employee after the birth of the child, at the option of the employee; however, an extension of up to one year may be granted for reasons associated with the pregnancy or birth or other just cause. The administration has the prerogative to extend the length of one leave of absence to the beginning of a half (1/2) school year. For non-tenured certificated personnel, maternity leave need not extend beyond that contract/school year in which the leave is granted. The Board shall continue to pay for the employee's Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Major Medical, dental coverage and prescription coverage during this leave of absence, for one (1) month before and up to three (3) months after the birth of the baby. For purposes of this paragraph, any child born during the first fifteen (15) days of any calendar month shall be considered to be born on the first day of that calendar month. Any child born subsequent to the fifteenth (15th) day of any calendar month shall be considered to be born the first day of the next subsequent calendar month. Both parties agree that this paragraph (Article 14 D. 3.) shall control the



                                  payment of health benefits to each and every employee giving birth to a baby, regardless of the type of leave utilized. It is the express intention of the parties that in each and every case the Board shall provide medical benefits for each employee giving birth to a baby at least but no more than three months (as defined herein) subsequent to the birth of said baby unless the employee returns to work prior to the expiration of said three month period. If the employee opts to stay home earlier than one month before and/or longer than three months after the birth of the child, the employee shall inform the Board Secretary if the employee wishes to remain covered by this health insurance and shall pay the monthly premiums for the periods in question until returning to school.

                                  b. Employees on a leave of absence must notify the Board, in writing, no
                                  later than thirty (30) days prior to the end of the leave of their intent to
                                  return to work on the date the leave ends.

                                  c. Employees on leaves of absence that extend through the end of a school
                                  year must notify the Board, in writing, of his/her intend to return to work
                                  for the following school year no later than June 1st of the academic year.

                                4. With the approval of the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Schools may direct commencement of such leave if:

                                a. Her teaching performance or employment performance has declined.

                                b. Medical certification of fitness is not produced.

                                c. Other just cause related to this condition.

                                5. Any employee adopting an infant child shall receive similar leave which shall commence upon his/her receiving de facto custody of said infant or earlier if necessary to fulfill the requirements of the adoption.

                                E. All benefits to which an employee was entitled at the time his/her leave of absence commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave, shall be restored to him/her upon his/her return.

                                F. Sabbatical Leave

                                1. A sabbatical leave of absence shall be for the purpose of professional improvement which will benefit the school system. A certificated person who has been employed in the Wildwood Public Schools for seven years or more of continuous full-time service may be granted a leave of absence for one school year for study or travel. Study shall mean full-time study involving course work of at least twelve (12) credit hours per semester or nine (9) credits per trimester at graduate level. Comparable programs of study authorized by scholarly foundations or government grant programs shall be considered as study within this sabbatical leave policy. If an undergraduate course is very closely related to the curriculum and also fills an obvious gap in the certificated person's background, this may


                                  be included up to a maximum of six (6) credits per semester. Under the conditions of a study program, evidence of successful completion of the program must be submitted to the Superintendent.

                                2. Travel shall mean a visitation program within the United States or abroad for the purpose of studying other environments or cultures.

                                3. In the event of failure to successfully complete any part of all the program, it will be incumbent on the person to complete the same equivalent courses on his/her own time at his/her own expense within one year. If failure to complete this program results from long term illness, the person will not be required to complete the program and may choose to use his/her accumulated sick leave, provided illness is of two months or more duration and physician's certificate is presented to the Secretary of the Board of Education.

                                4. The salary granted to a certificated person on sabbatical leave shall be fifty percent (50%) of the salary to which he/she would be entitled if not on leave. The salary granted for sabbatical leave for travel shall be twenty-five percent (25%) of that salary to which he/she would be entitled if not on leave. From such salary shall be deducted monthly the regular deductions as may be required by law or authorized by the teacher. Salary payments shall be made in accordance with the general time schedule for payment of salaries in the school system.

                                5. As a condition to such leave, the certificated person shall enter into a contract to continue in the service of Wildwood Public Schools for a period of at least two (2) years after expiration of the leave of absence. Failing to so continue in service, the certificated person shall repay to the Wildwood Board of Education the amount equal to the sum paid to him/her while he/she was on sabbatical leave, unless the certificated person is incapacitated or has been discharged or if he/she is relieved of such obligations upon recommendation of the Superintendent and approval of the Board.

                                6. Application for such leave shall be made to the Superintendent's office prior to February 15 preceding the school year for which such absence is requested. Such application shall be made upon a regular application form furnished by the office. Immediately after February 25, the Superintendent will forward all such applications to the appropriate committee of the Board of Education.

                                7. Not more than one sabbatical leave shall be granted in any one year, and it is understood that the Board has the right to deny the sabbatical leave privilege to all applicants in any given year so long as the denial is consistent with the procedures delineated in this Article. Upon denial, the reasons for such denial shall be provided in writing to the applicant. The successful applicant receiving the sabbatical leave shall submit to the Board written verification of acceptance as a candidate in a graduate program of study at a properly accredited institution of learning by May 1. Failure to submit said verification shall result in automatic revocation of the sabbatical privilege. The Board may, at its sole discretion, extend the May 1 deadline.



                                8. Disruptive effect on the school program, past performance of the candidate, and the degree of benefit the school will realize from the candidate's sabbatical experience will be factors influencing the Board's final decision, to be presented no later than April 5.

                                9. Courses taken while on sabbatical leave shall not be reimbursable as per Article 15.

                                10. Upon completion of the sabbatical leave, a written report to the Superintendent of Schools and an oral report to the Board shall be made within a period of thirty (30) days after return to service.

                                11. Upon return from sabbatical leave, a certificated person shall receive one year's experience credit on the current salary guide, for his/her year on leave. The certificated person will be entitled to return to the position he/she left. (All benefits to which this person was entitled at the time his/her leave commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave, shall be restored to him/her upon his/her return.) It is expressly agreed that no sick leave shall be accumulated by the certificated person on sabbatical during his/her year on leave.



                                ARTICLE 15


                                PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

                                A. Certificated Personnel

                                    1. a. The Board agrees to pay the full cost of reasonable expenses (including fees, meals, lodging, and transportation: an amount per mile allowed as a business deduction by the I.R.S as of September 1st of each year in which the contract is in effect) incurred in connection with any workshops, seminars, conferences, in-service training sessions or other such sessions which a certificated person is requested to take by the Superintendent, in writing.

                                    b. The Board agrees to reimburse graduate level tuition, including required general fees, (not books, parking fees, or transportation costs) for coursework taken by a certificated staff member pursuant to the following provisions.
                                    2. The Board recognizes the value of certificated personnel remaining up-to-date and agrees to reimburse them for cost of continuing education as follows:

                                  a. All course work requires prior approval of the Superintendent of Schools. These courses are directed to the improvement of instruction in the certificated person's field or such others as approved by the Superintendent.

                                  b. Upon presentation of an official transcript reflecting a grade of C or higher, the entire tuition cost of up to twelve (12) credits shall be reimbursed annually to the staff member.

                                  c. The maximum expenditure to the Board of Education for any one certificated staff members graduate credit reimbursement in any one school year shall be capped at the per credit rate for Rutgers graduate credit tuition. For example: if a graduate credit at Rutgers is $279 and a three (3) graduate credits at Rutgers costs $837, an employee can be reimbursed up to that amount for a three credit course s/he takes at another university. The employee cannot receive reimbursement for more than the Rutgers rate. Should an employee take credits at a college or university whose tuition rate is less than the Rutgers rate, he/she may receive reimbursement up to the actual tuition paid. The Rutgers rate times 12 credits does not create an aggregate amount for each employee, the Rutgers per credit rate creates the maximum an individual can receive for each credit taken to a maximum of 12.

                                  d. Courses taken for initial certification are not reimbursable.





                                    3. The salaries of certificated personnel shall be computed on the basis of training and experience and:

                                    a. All graduate credits earned at an accredited college or university will receive consideration on the salary scale, with the approval of the Superintendent.
                                    b. Credits taken for initial certification will not apply beyond the BA level.
                                    c. Graduate credits used toward the MA degree may not be counted toward post MA credit.
                                    d. Undergraduate and in-service courses may be credited on the salary scale with advance approval from the Superintendent.
                                    e. An official transcript must be filed with the Superintendent by October 1 of the year in which the credit is claimed.

                                  4. Employees who are reimbursed for credits and who voluntarily leave the Wildwood
                                  School District without having completed one (1) full instructional year beyond the year in
                                  which the course was taken shall repay the district the amount of their reimbursement
                                  according to the following schedule:

                                  Tenured teachers = 75% of reimbursed amount
                                  Non-tenured teachers = 100% of reimbursed amount

                                  Employees who leave for the following reasons shall be exempt from repayment:
                                            a. retirement: regular or disability
                                            b. reduction-in-force
                                            c. non-renewal or dismissal
                                            d. if an employee applies for an administrative position within the district and does not get chosen for the job.

                                  5. Certificated personnel, with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools, may visit
                                  schools other than their own during school hours, or be granted other leaves of absence for
                                  approved professional reasons without loss of salary. All requests for visitations however,
                                  are to be made through successive channels by submitting a request in writing prior to the
                                  visitation.

                                  B. Mentoring of Professional Staff
                                    Whereas the State of New Jersey has provided direction and funding for the first year of the mentoring of traditionally prepared novice teachers, special education novice teachers and alternate route novice teachers pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:11-14 et seq, and;
                                    Whereas the Administrative Code in 14.8(d) provides direction for the uses of such State funding, and;



                                    Whereas the Board and the Association desire to provide direction for the mentoring program and the use of the State funds within this school district, therefore;
                                    Be it agreed that the district will comply with N.J.A.C. 6:11-14 et seq in establishing a mentor program and selecting mentors for novice teachers within the school district, and;
                                    Be it agreed that as long as the State of New Jersey provides funding to the district for use in the first year mentoring of novice teachers, the Board agrees that it will reimburse novice teachers for up to $550 in mentoring costs and alternate route novice teachers up to $1,000 in alternate route mentoring costs, and;
                                    Be it further agreed that the mentee will have the mentoring fee deducted from his/her salary as a payroll deduction over the academic year, and;
                                    Be it also agreed that the mentor shall be paid the mentoring fee in two (2) equal installments on January 30th and June 30th, and;
                                    Be it further agreed that the novice teacher shall be reimbursed the mentoring fee upon successful completion of the mentoring process. Successful completion shall mean that the novice teacher receives a recommendation from the Superintendent to the Department of Education that the novice teacher be granted his/her standard certification.
                                    Be it further agreed that such reimbursement shall take place subsequent to the successful completion of the novice or alternate route teachers’ first year of employment within the district, and;
                                    Be it further agreed, that should the State of New Jersey increase its first year funding or expand its funding to a second year of mentorship, the parties shall meet to discuss any cost reimbursement arrangement, and;
                                    Be it also agreed that should the State of New Jersey fail to fund the mentoring program, the reimbursement of mentoring fees shall cease pursuant to this agreement and the practice in the district shall return to the mentee paying the required mentorship fees.

                                  C. Clerical Personnel
                                    Secretaries shall be allowed to attend workshops with the prior approval of the Superintendent of Schools. The Board will reimburse secretaries for registration fees and mileage at the amount per mile allowed as a business deduction by the Internal Revenue Service as of September 1 of each year in which this Contract is in effect. Denial of approval by the Superintendent shall not be subject to the grievance procedure contained in this Agreement.






                                  D. Custodial Personnel
                                    1. Each year, a stipend of $1,000 will be paid to any member of the custodial staff who has his/her Boiler License.



                                  ARTICLE 16

                                  HEALTH INSURANCE


                                  A. The Board will pay the cost of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Rider J, and Major Medical Insurance coverage for members of the bargaining unit and their dependents. This coverage will be provided under the New Jersey Public and School Employees' Health Benefits Plan.

                                  B. The Board will pay the cost of The N. J. State Health Benefits Prescription-Drug program coverage for members of the bargaining unit and their dependents.

                                  C. 1. The Board will pay the cost of dental insurance coverage, including 50% orthodontics, of its choosing for each member of the bargaining unit, and their dependents. The coverage provided shall be similar to that of Plan #2A of the Delta Dental Plan offered by New Jersey Dental Service Plan, Inc.

                                  2. Effective July 1, 2005, employees shall contribute the following amounts towards the cost of their dental coverage each year of employment:

                                  Certificated Staff: $250
                                  Support Staff: $125
                                  Aides: $ 75

                                  3. Contribution will be deducted through an I.R.S. 125 Premium Only Plan.

                                  D. Each employee shall have the right to transfer his/her medical coverage to an HMO program of
                                  his/her choosing provided he/she pays the difference between the cost thereof and the coverage
                                  specified in A. above.



                                  ARTICLE 17

                                  SALARY PROVISIONS


                                  A. The Board agrees that it will make such deductions as authorized by the employee in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 310, Public Law, 1967 and under the rules established by the New Jersey Department of Education.

                                  B. The Board Secretary shall deduct eighty-five percent (85%) of the NEA-NJEA unified dues paid by a member of the Wildwood Education Association from the salary of any member of the representative (bargaining) unit who elects not to join the Union.

                                  C. Employees may request direct deposit of their paychecks into an account or bank of their designation, provided such request results in no cost to the Board of Education. Subsequent to the implementation date, should a cost to the Board, as a result of instituting direct deposit be instituted, said practice may be terminated.

                                  Direct deposit shall be suspended for the final payment of the annual contract period and payment will be made by check.

                                  D. a. Each ten (10) month employee shall be paid on a ten (10) month equal semi-monthly basis.

                                  b. Each twelve (12) month employee shall be paid on a twelve (12) month equal semi- basis.

                                  E. All salary checks will be received by employees prior to lunchtime on the day on which the payment should be made except in emergencies.

                                  F. Each employee shall have the option of joining a tax sheltered annuity plan as part of the payroll deduction plan. The employee may determine the amount to be deducted each month before taxes as allowed by federal law. One transaction shall be made by the Board Secretary and deductions shall be sent to an insurance company or agent to be designated by the Wildwood Education Association. Said insurance company or agent will, in turn, distribute the funds to their proper destination. The employee must sign for participation in the program for the entire school year.

                                  G. If a an employee so wishes, his/her paycheck or any portion of it may be deposited into his/her saving account at the ABCO Federal Credit Union.



                                  ARTICLE 18

                                  PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR EMPLOYEES


                                  A. The personal life of an employee is an appropriate concern of the Board only when it may directly prevent that person from properly performing his/her assigned functions during the work day or at any school activity or function.

                                  B. Employees shall be entitled to full rights of citizenship, and no religious or political activities of any employee, or the lack thereof, shall be grounds for any discipline or discrimination with respect to the employment of such person, providing said activities do not violate any local, state or federal law.

                                  C. The Board and the Association agree that academic freedom is essential to the fulfillment of the purpose of the Wildwood School District. Accordingly, they agree that certificated personnel shall be granted full freedom, without censorship or restraint, in classroom presentation and discussions, provided that the material is relevant to the course content. Certificated personnel shall further be granted full freedom to express, without censorship their personal opinions on matters relevant to the course content, provided that said opinions are not detrimental to the welfare of the students of the Wildwood School District, and provided further that each certificated personnel shall indicate that he or she is expressing a personal opinion and is not speaking on behalf of the Wildwood School District, its administration, or the Board of Education.

                                  D. The Association and the Board agree that they are extremely proud of the Wildwood School System, and that this pride should be shared and expressed by each employee. The Association and the Board further agree that disputes between it, and between individual employees and the Board and/or its administrators, are matters to be handled within the framework set forth in N.J.S.A. 34:13A-1 et seq.

                                  E. Accordingly, the Association and the Board agree that their respective members shall refrain from discussing individual members of either group in the classroom or in public meetings. The Association and the Board further agree that their respective members, either collectively or individually, shall refrain from making disparaging or critical remarks in public about members of the opposite group. The Association agrees that this subsection is essential to the maintenance of pride in the Wildwood School System.

                                  F. Any criticism of the performance of a unit member shall not be done in the presence of students, parents, other staff members or in public gatherings without justifiable, substantive reasons. This provision does not include directives necessary to deal with emergent situations.



                                  ARTICLE 19

                                  ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT HEADS


                                  Department Heads shall be recommended annually by the Superintendent of Schools and shall be paid a stipend of $1,500 for the first year the position is held, $1,750 for the second year the position is held (consecutive) and $2,000 for the third year the position is held (consecutive).

                                  Effective July 1, 2005, the rates shall increase to $1,600, $1,850, and $2,150 respectively.

                                  When departments exist in more than one school, the Department Head shall have the responsibility to cooperate and consult closely with the principal of each school concerning the performance and administration of his/her department in the school. In the event that conflicting demands shall be made by the schools, the Superintendent shall be called on for final decision.

                                  Organization Pattern

                                  1. Department heads will teach five (5) classes per day (twenty-five [25] periods per week), have one (1) preparation period per day (five [5] days per week), and have one (1) duty period per day which is Department Head (five [5] periods per week) which shall be for Department Head duties. Academic Department Heads shall have no homeroom duty.

                                    2. The voluntary and involuntary provisions in Article 10 C. shall apply to this position.



                                    ARTICLE 20


                                    UNIFORMS

                                    Custodial Personnel

                                    1. The Board agrees to provide each Custodian with three (3) short sleeve shirts, two (2) long sleeve shirts and four (4) pairs of pants to be worn by each custodian during the performance of his/her duties. Each Custodian shall be responsible for maintaining his/her work clothes in a neat, clean condition. No employee may wear his/her work clothes at any time except during the course of his/her employment. Uniforms shall be replaced from time to time at the sole discretion of the Board. Any member of the Custodian staff may purchase his/her old clothing from the Board at cost when same is worn out.

                                    2. The Board shall provide each Custodian with a pair of safety shoes not to exceed sixty dollars ($60.00). All Custodians shall wear such safety shoes. Any Custodian requiring orthopedic safety shoes may receive a fifty dollar ($50.00) contribution toward the cost of said shoes, provided that he or she provides the Board Administrator with proof that the shoes were in fact purchased. The shoes shall be replaced at such time as the Board Administrator determines that they are worn out. No Custodian shall wear his/her safety shoes except while on the job.

                                      3. Failure to be properly attired in uniform during working hours may be grounds for disciplinary action.



                                    ARTICLE 21

                                    FULLY BARGAINED


                                    A. This Agreement represents the complete understanding between the parties, and during the term of this Agreement, neither party shall be required to reopen negotiations. However, if during the term of this Agreement, the Board upon its sole initiative, in meeting its responsibilities determines to undertake such changes in the organization and operations of the schools as to change or modify the terms and conditions of the employees covered by this Agreement, such changes may be made after the Board has negotiated with the Association regarding such changes.

                                    B. The Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated.



                                    ARTICLE 22


                                    AGENCY SHOP

                                    A. Purpose of the Fee:

                                    If an employee, either a certificated or non-certificated employee of the Board in a position represented by the Association in the negotiating unit described in the Recognition Clause of this Agreement, does not become a member of the Association during any membership year which is covered in part or in whole by this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. The purpose of this fee will be to offset the employee’s per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.

                                    B. Amount of the Fee and Notification:

                                    Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association will notify the Board in writing of the amount of the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for that membership year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members will be determined by the Association in accordance with the law.

                                    C. Deduction and Transmission of the Fee:

                                    1. Notification: On or about the 15th of September of each year, the Board will submit
                                    to the Association a list of all employees in the bargaining unit. On or about
                                    January 1st of each year, the Association shall notify the Board as to the names of
                                    those employees who are required to pay the representation fee.

                                    2. Payroll Deduction Schedule: The Board will deduct from the salaries of the
                                    employees referred to in Section C:1, the full amount of the yearly representation
                                    fee in equal installments beginning in the first paycheck in February.

                                    3. 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.

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






                                    5. Changes: The Association will notify the Board in writing of any changes in the
                                    list provided for in Paragraph 1 above and/or the amount of the representation
                                    fee, and such changes will be reflected in any deductions made more than ten
                                    (10) days after the Board receives such notice.

                                    D. Demand and Return System

                                    The Association shall maintain a demand and return system in accordance with the law.



                                    ARTICLE 23

                                    MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS


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

                                    1. If by the Association to the Board – at the Office of the Secretary of the Board of
                                    Education Wildwood, New Jersey, 08260

                                    2. If by the Board to the Association – at the school of the President of the
                                    Association. Written notification of the appropriate school will be submitted to the
                                    Board of Education at the beginning of the school year.

                                    3. The Board of Education will produce a “draft” copy of the new Agreement for
                                    review by both parties. The Board will provide the Association with said “draft”
                                    agreement on a disk. Subsequent to final agreement to the new contract language,
                                    within forty-five (45) days the Board will produce and distribute the contract to
                                    each employee in the unit.

                                    B. Certificated personnel shall communicate with the Board of Education through proper and successive channels, principal, Superintendent, Board, except for Section A. of this Article.

                                    C. The Board recognizes the Association's appointed "T. & E." representative as one of the designees for the required consultation in connection with Chapter 212 and Title 6.

                                    d. A committee shall be formed pursuant to regulation to oversee the implementation of the requirement for 100 hours of professional growth for teaching staff members as mandated by the state.



                                    ARTICLE 24a

                                    DURATION OF AGREEMENT



                                    Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2004 and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2005. There shall be no re-openers.

                                      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Association has caused this Agreement to be signed by its President and negotiator and the Board has arranged to have this Agreement signed by the President of the Board and the Board's Negotiations Committee Chairperson, with its corporate seal to be placed hereon, all on the day and year listed below.


                                      WILDWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WILDWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION


                                      By: By: _____________________________
                                        President President

                                      Attest: Attest: _____________________________
                                        Secretary Secretary

                                        ____________________________________ _______________________________
                                        Negotiating Team Chair Negotiating Team Chair



                                      DATED: SEAL:


                                      ARTICLE 24b

                                      DURATION OF AGREEMENT



                                      Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2005 and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2008. There shall be no re-openers.

                                        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Association has caused this Agreement to be signed by its President and negotiator and the Board has arranged to have this Agreement signed by the President of the Board and the Board's Negotiations Committee Chairperson, with its corporate seal to be placed hereon, all on the day and year listed below.


                                        WILDWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WILDWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION


                                        By: By: _____________________________
                                          President President

                                        Attest: Attest: _____________________________
                                          Secretary Secretary

                                          ____________________________________ _______________________________
                                          Negotiating Team Chair Negotiating Team Chair



                                        DATED: SEAL:




                                        Teacher Guides

                                        Schedule A-1 2004-2005
                                        Step
                                        BA
                                        BA+15
                                        BA+30
                                        BA+45
                                        MA
                                        MA+15
                                        MA+30MA+45
                                        1
                                        42,231
                                        43,231
                                        44,431
                                        45,631
                                        47,031
                                        48,231
                                        49,431 50,631
                                        2
                                        42,531
                                        43,531
                                        44,731
                                        45,931
                                        47,331
                                        48,531
                                        49,731 50,931
                                        3
                                        42,831
                                        43,831
                                        45,031
                                        46,231
                                        47,631
                                        48,831
                                        50,031 51,231
                                        4
                                        43,131
                                        44,131
                                        45,331
                                        46,531
                                        47,931
                                        49,131
                                        50,331 51,531
                                        5
                                        43,431
                                        44,431
                                        45,631
                                        46,831
                                        48,231
                                        49,431
                                        50,631 51,831
                                        6
                                        43,731
                                        44,731
                                        45,931
                                        47,131
                                        48,531
                                        49,731
                                        50,931 52,131
                                        7
                                        45,006
                                        46,006
                                        47,206
                                        48,406
                                        49,806
                                        51,006
                                        52,206 53,406
                                        8
                                        46,881
                                        47,881
                                        49,081
                                        50,281
                                        51,681
                                        52,881
                                        54,081 55,281
                                        9
                                        48,856
                                        49,856
                                        51,056
                                        52,256
                                        53,656
                                        54,856
                                        56,056 57,256
                                        10
                                        51,071
                                        52,071
                                        53,271
                                        54,471
                                        55,871
                                        57,071
                                        58,271 59,471
                                        11
                                        54,276
                                        55,276
                                        56,476
                                        57,676
                                        59,076
                                        60,276
                                        61,476 62,676
                                        L1
                                        58,036
                                        59,097
                                        60,370
                                        61,643
                                        63,128
                                        64,501
                                        65,874 67,347
                                        L2
                                        59,056
                                        60,117
                                        61,390
                                        62,663
                                        64,148
                                        65,521
                                        66,894 68,367
                                        L3
                                        62,304
                                        63,365
                                        64,638
                                        65,911
                                        67,396
                                        68,769
                                        70,142 71,615



                                        Schedule A-2 2005-2006

                                        Step
                                        BA
                                        BA+15
                                        BA+30
                                        BA+45
                                        MA
                                        MA+15
                                        MA+30
                                        MA+45
                                        1
                                        44,241
                                        45,241
                                        46,441
                                        47,641
                                        49,041
                                        50,241
                                        51,441
                                        52,641
                                        2
                                        44,541
                                        45,541
                                        46,741
                                        47,941
                                        49,341
                                        50,541
                                        51,741
                                        52,941
                                        3
                                        44,841
                                        45,841
                                        47,041
                                        48,241
                                        49,641
                                        50,841
                                        52,041
                                        53,241
                                        4
                                        45,141
                                        46,141
                                        47,341
                                        48,541
                                        49,941
                                        51,141
                                        52,341
                                        53,541
                                        5
                                        45,441
                                        46,441
                                        47,641
                                        48,841
                                        50,241
                                        51,441
                                        52,641
                                        53,841
                                        6
                                        45,741
                                        46,741
                                        47,941
                                        49,141
                                        50,541
                                        51,741
                                        52,941
                                        54,141
                                        7
                                        47,016
                                        48,016
                                        49,216
                                        50,416
                                        51,816
                                        53,016
                                        54,216
                                        55,416
                                        8
                                        48,891
                                        49,891
                                        51,091
                                        52,291
                                        53,691
                                        54,891
                                        56,091
                                        57,291
                                        9
                                        50,866
                                        51,866
                                        53,066
                                        54,266
                                        55,666
                                        56,866
                                        58,066
                                        59,266
                                        10
                                        53,081
                                        54,081
                                        55,281
                                        56,481
                                        57,881
                                        59,081
                                        60,281
                                        61,481
                                        11
                                        56,286
                                        57,286
                                        58,486
                                        59,686
                                        61,086
                                        62,286
                                        63,486
                                        64,686
                                        L1
                                        60,046
                                        61,107
                                        62,380
                                        63,653
                                        65,138
                                        66,511
                                        67,884
                                        69,357
                                        L2
                                        61,066
                                        62,127
                                        63,400
                                        64,673
                                        66,158
                                        67,531
                                        68,904
                                        70,377
                                        L3
                                        64,314
                                        65,375
                                        66,648
                                        67,921
                                        69,406
                                        70,779
                                        72,152
                                        73,625

                                        Teacher Guides

                                        Schedule A-3 2006-2007

                                        Step
                                        BA
                                        BA+15
                                        BA+30
                                        BA+45
                                        MA
                                        MA+15
                                        MA+30
                                        MA+45
                                        1
                                        46,061
                                        47,061
                                        48,261
                                        49,461
                                        50,861
                                        52,061
                                        53,261
                                        54,461
                                        2
                                        46,361
                                        47,361
                                        48,561
                                        49,761
                                        51,161
                                        52,361
                                        53,561
                                        54,761
                                        3
                                        46,661
                                        47,661
                                        48,861
                                        50,061
                                        51,461
                                        52,661
                                        53,861
                                        55,061
                                        4
                                        46,961
                                        47,961
                                        49,161
                                        50,361
                                        51,761
                                        52,961
                                        54,161
                                        55,361
                                        5
                                        47,261
                                        48,261
                                        49,461
                                        50,661
                                        52,061
                                        53,261
                                        54,461
                                        55,661
                                        6
                                        47,561
                                        48,561
                                        49,761
                                        50,961
                                        52,361
                                        53,561
                                        54,761
                                        55,961
                                        7
                                        48,836
                                        49,836
                                        51,036
                                        52,236
                                        53,636
                                        54,836
                                        56,036
                                        57,236
                                        8
                                        50,711
                                        51,711
                                        52,911
                                        54,111
                                        55,511
                                        56,711
                                        57,911
                                        59,111
                                        9
                                        52,686
                                        53,686
                                        54,886
                                        56,086
                                        57,486
                                        58,686
                                        59,886
                                        61,086
                                        10
                                        54,901
                                        55,901
                                        57,101
                                        58,301
                                        59,701
                                        60,901
                                        62,101
                                        63,301
                                        11
                                        58,106
                                        59,106
                                        60,306
                                        61,506
                                        62,906
                                        64,106
                                        65,306
                                        66,506
                                        L1
                                        61,866
                                        62,927
                                        64,200
                                        65,473
                                        66,958
                                        68,331
                                        69,704
                                        71,177
                                        L2
                                        62,886
                                        63,947
                                        65,220
                                        66,493
                                        67,978
                                        69,351
                                        70,724
                                        72,197
                                        L3
                                        66,134
                                        67,195
                                        68,468
                                        69,741
                                        71,226
                                        72,599
                                        73,972
                                        75,445

                                        Schedule A-4 2007-2008

                                        Step
                                        BA
                                        BA+15
                                        BA+30
                                        BA+45
                                        MA
                                        MA+15
                                        MA+30
                                        MA+45
                                        1
                                        48,278
                                        49,278
                                        50,478
                                        51,678
                                        53,078
                                        54,278
                                        55,478
                                        56,678
                                        2
                                        48,578
                                        49,578
                                        50,778
                                        51,978
                                        53,378
                                        54,578
                                        55,778
                                        56,978
                                        3
                                        48,878
                                        49,878
                                        51,078
                                        52,278
                                        53,678
                                        54,878
                                        56,078
                                        57,278
                                        4
                                        49,178
                                        50,178
                                        51,378
                                        52,578
                                        53,978
                                        55,178
                                        56,378
                                        57,578
                                        5
                                        49,478
                                        50,478
                                        51,678
                                        52,878
                                        54,278
                                        55,478
                                        56,678
                                        57,878
                                        6
                                        49,778
                                        50,778
                                        51,978
                                        53,178
                                        54,578
                                        55,778
                                        56,978
                                        58,178
                                        7
                                        51,053
                                        52,053
                                        53,253
                                        54,453
                                        55,853
                                        57,053
                                        58,253
                                        59,453
                                        8
                                        52,928
                                        53,928
                                        55,128
                                        56,328
                                        57,728
                                        58,928
                                        60,128
                                        61,328
                                        9
                                        54,903
                                        55,903
                                        57,103
                                        58,303
                                        59,703
                                        60,903
                                        62,103
                                        63,303
                                        10
                                        57,118
                                        58,118
                                        59,318
                                        60,518
                                        61,918
                                        63,118
                                        64,318
                                        65,518
                                        11
                                        60,323
                                        61,323
                                        62,523
                                        63,723
                                        65,123
                                        66,323
                                        67,523
                                        68,723
                                        L1
                                        64,083
                                        65,144
                                        66,417
                                        67,690
                                        69,175
                                        70,548
                                        71,921
                                        73,394
                                        L2
                                        65,103
                                        66,164
                                        67,437
                                        68,710
                                        70,195
                                        71,568
                                        72,941
                                        74,414
                                        L3
                                        68,351
                                        69,412
                                        70,685
                                        71,958
                                        73,443
                                        74,816
                                        76,189
                                        77,662

                                        Secretary Guides

                                        Schedule B–1 Schedule B-2
                                        2004-2005 2005-2006

                                        Step
                                        Step
                                        1
                                        22,367
                                        1
                                        23,372
                                        2
                                        22,667
                                        2
                                        23,672
                                        3
                                        22,967
                                        3
                                        23,972
                                        4
                                        23,267
                                        4
                                        24,272
                                        5
                                        24,294
                                        5
                                        25,299
                                        6
                                        25,962
                                        6
                                        26,967
                                        7
                                        27,572
                                        7
                                        28,577
                                        8
                                        29,196
                                        8
                                        30,201
                                        9
                                        30,793
                                        9
                                        31,798
                                        10
                                        32,390
                                        10
                                        33,395
                                        11
                                        33,987
                                        11
                                        34,992
                                        12
                                        35,585
                                        12
                                        36,590
                                        13
                                        37,103
                                        13
                                        38,108


                                        Schedule B-3 Schedule B-4
                                        2006-2007 2007-2008

                                        Step
                                        Step
                                        1
                                        24,427
                                        1
                                        25,539
                                        2
                                        24,727
                                        2
                                        25,839
                                        3
                                        25,027
                                        3
                                        26,139
                                        4
                                        25,327
                                        4
                                        26,439
                                        5
                                        26,354
                                        5
                                        27,466
                                        6
                                        28,022
                                        6
                                        29,134
                                        7
                                        29,632
                                        7
                                        30,744
                                        8
                                        31,256
                                        8
                                        32,368
                                        9
                                        32,853
                                        9
                                        33,965
                                        10
                                        34,450
                                        10
                                        35,562
                                        11
                                        36,047
                                        11
                                        37,159
                                        12
                                        37,645
                                        12
                                        38,757
                                        13
                                        39,163
                                        13
                                        40,275











                                        Custodian Guides

                                        Schedule C-1 Schedule C-2
                                        2004-2005 2005-2006

                                        Step
                                        Step
                                        A
                                        27,365
                                        A
                                        28,740
                                        B
                                        27,665
                                        B
                                        29,040
                                        C
                                        27,965
                                        C
                                        29,340
                                        D
                                        28,265
                                        D
                                        29,640
                                        E
                                        28,565
                                        E
                                        29,940
                                        F
                                        28,901
                                        F
                                        30,276
                                        G
                                        29,349
                                        G
                                        30,724
                                        H
                                        29,685
                                        H
                                        31,060
                                        I
                                        30,132
                                        I
                                        31,507
                                        J
                                        30,468
                                        J
                                        31,843
                                        K
                                        30,916
                                        K
                                        32,291
                                        L
                                        31,252
                                        L
                                        32,627
                                        M
                                        31,700
                                        M
                                        33,075
                                        N
                                        32,201
                                        N
                                        33,576
                                        O
                                        32,702
                                        O
                                        34,077
                                        P
                                        33,212
                                        P
                                        34,587
                                        Q
                                        33,864
                                        Q
                                        35,239
                                        R
                                        34,487
                                        R
                                        35,862
                                        S
                                        35,160
                                        S
                                        36,535
                                        T
                                        35,884
                                        T
                                        37,259

                                        Schedule C-3 Schedule C-4
                                        2006-2007 2007-2008

                                        Step
                                        Step
                                        A
                                        30,185
                                        A
                                        31,720
                                        B
                                        30,485
                                        B
                                        32,020
                                        C
                                        30,785
                                        C
                                        32,320
                                        D
                                        31,085
                                        D
                                        32,620
                                        E
                                        31,385
                                        E
                                        32,920
                                        F
                                        31,721
                                        F
                                        33,256
                                        G
                                        32,169
                                        G
                                        33,704
                                        H
                                        32,505
                                        H
                                        34,040
                                        I
                                        32,952
                                        I
                                        34,487
                                        J
                                        33,288
                                        J
                                        34,823
                                        K
                                        33,736
                                        K
                                        35,271
                                        L
                                        34,072
                                        L
                                        35,607
                                        M
                                        34,520
                                        M
                                        36,055
                                        N
                                        35,021
                                        N
                                        36,556
                                        O
                                        35,522
                                        O
                                        37,057
                                        P
                                        36,032
                                        P
                                        37,567
                                        Q
                                        36,684
                                        Q
                                        38,219
                                        R
                                        37,307
                                        R
                                        38,842
                                        S
                                        37,980
                                        S
                                        39,515
                                        T
                                        38,704
                                        T
                                        40,239

                                        Aide Guides

                                        Schedule D-1 Schedule D-2
                                        2004-2005 2005-2006
                                        Step
                                        Aides
                                        6 Hrs
                                        7.75 Hrs.
                                        Step
                                        Aides
                                        6 Hrs
                                        7.75 Hrs.
                                        A
                                        10.63 11,804 15,246
                                        A
                                        11.03 12,248 15,820
                                        B
                                        10.83 12,026 15,533
                                        B
                                        11.23 12,470 16,107
                                        C
                                        11.03 12,248 15,820
                                        C
                                        11.43 12,692 16,393
                                        D
                                        11.23 12,470 16,107
                                        D
                                        11.63 12,914 16,680
                                        E
                                        11.46 12,725 16,437
                                        E
                                        11.86 13,169 17,010
                                        F
                                        11.75 13,047 16,852
                                        F
                                        12.15 13,491 17,426
                                        G
                                        11.95 13,269 17,139
                                        G
                                        12.35 13,713 17,713
                                        H
                                        12.15 13,491 17,426
                                        H
                                        12.55 13,935 17,999
                                        I
                                        12.35 13,713 17,713
                                        I
                                        12.75 14,157 18,286
                                        J
                                        12.55 13,935 17,999
                                        J
                                        12.95 14,379 18,573
                                        K
                                        12.75 14,157 18,286
                                        K
                                        13.15 14,601 18,860
                                        L
                                        12.95 14,379 18,573
                                        L
                                        13.35 14,823 19,146
                                        M
                                        13.15 14,601 18,860
                                        M
                                        13.55 15,045 19,433


                                        Schedule D-3 Schedule D-4
                                        2006-2007 2007-2008
                                        Step
                                        Aides
                                        6 Hrs
                                        7.75 Hrs.
                                        Step
                                        Aides
                                        6 Hrs
                                        7.75 Hrs.
                                        A
                                        11.47 12,732 16,445
                                        A
                                        11.92 13,233 17,093
                                        B
                                        11.67 12,954 16,732
                                        B
                                        12.12 13,455 17,380
                                        C
                                        11.87 13,176 17,019
                                        C
                                        12.32 13,677 17,667
                                        D
                                        12.07 13,398 17,305
                                        D
                                        12.52 13,899 17,953
                                        E
                                        12.30 13,653 17,635
                                        E
                                        12.75 14,155 18,283
                                        F
                                        12.59 13,975 18,051
                                        F
                                        13.04 14,477 18,699
                                        G
                                        12.79 14,197 18,338
                                        G
                                        13.24 14,699 18,986
                                        H
                                        12.99 14,419 18,624
                                        H
                                        13.44 14,921 19,272
                                        I
                                        13.19 14,641 18,911
                                        I
                                        13.64 15,143 19,559
                                        J
                                        13.39 14,863 19,198
                                        J
                                        13.84 15,365 19,846
                                        K
                                        13.59 15,085 19,485
                                        K
                                        14.04 15,587 20,133
                                        L
                                        13.79 15,307 19,771
                                        L
                                        14.24 15,809 20,419
                                        M
                                        13.99 15,529 20,058
                                        M
                                        14.44 16,031 20,706


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