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NATIONAL PARK EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
THE NATIONAL PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION
July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011
Borough of National Park, Gloucester County, New Jersey
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I - RECOGNITION PAGEREF _Toc434565056 \h 3
ARTICLE II - NEGOTIATION PROCEDURE PAGEREF _Toc434565057 \h 4
ARTICLE III - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE PAGEREF _Toc434565058 \h 4
ARTICLE IV - TEACHER RIGHTS PAGEREF _Toc434565059 \h 7
ARTICLE V - ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES PAGEREF _Toc434565060 \h 8
ARTICLE VI - TEACHER WORK YEAR PAGEREF _Toc434565061 \h 8
ARTICLE VII - TEACHING HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD PAGEREF _Toc434565062 \h 9
ARTICLE VIII - SPECIALISTS PAGEREF _Toc434565063 \h 10
ARTICLE IX - NON-TEACHING DUTIES PAGEREF _Toc434565064 \h 11
ARTICLE X - TEACHER EMPLOYMENT PAGEREF _Toc434565065 \h 11
ARTICLE XI - SALARIES PAGEREF _Toc434565066 \h 12
ARTICLE XII - TEACHER ASSIGNMENT PAGEREF _Toc434565067 \h 13
ARTICLE XIII - VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS PAGEREF _Toc434565068 \h 13
ARTICLE XIV - INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS PAGEREF _Toc434565069 \h 14
ARTICLE XV - SUMMER SCHOOL AND HOME TEACHING PAGEREF _Toc434565070 \h 14
ARTICLE XVI - TEACHER EVALUATION PAGEREF _Toc434565071 \h 15
ARTICLE XVII - FAIR DISMISSAL PROCEDURE PAGEREF _Toc434565072 \h 16
ARTICLE XVIII - TEACHER FACILITIES PAGEREF _Toc434565074 \h 17
ARTICLE XIX - TEACHER-ADMINISTRATION LIAISON PAGEREF _Toc434565075 \h 18
ARTICLE XX - SICK LEAVE PAGEREF _Toc434565077 \h 18
ARTICLE XXI - TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE PAGEREF _Toc434565078 \h 19
ARTICLE XXII - EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE PAGEREF _Toc434565079 \h 20
ARTICLE XXIII - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT PAGEREF _Toc434565080 \h 21
ARTICLE XXIV - SUPERVISION OF STUDENT TEACHERS PAGEREF _Toc434565081 \h 22
ARTICLE XXV - PROTECTION OF TEACHERS, STUDENTS & PROPERTY PAGEREF _Toc434565082 \h 23
ARTICLE XXVI - MAINTENANCE OF CLASSROOM CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE PAGEREF _Toc434565083 \h 24
ARTICLE XXVII - Agency FEE 24
ARTICLE XXVIII - INSURANCE PROTECTION 25
ARTICLE XXIX - PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM 27
ARTICLE XXX - DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY 27
ARTICLE XXXI - MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 27
ARTICLE XXXII - DURATION OF AGREEMENT 28
SCHEDULE A – SALARY GUIDES 2009-2011 30-31
SCHEDULE B - LIBRARIAN AIDE GUIDE PAGEREF _Toc434565090 \h 32
SCHEDULE C - EXTRA CURRICULAR COMPENSATION GUIDE PAGEREF _Toc434565091 \h 33
SCHEDULE D - LONGEVITY GUIDE PAGEREF _Toc434565092 \h 33
SCHEDULE E - HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT PLAN PAGEREF _Toc434565095 \h 34
THIS AGREEMENT, is entered into this 1st day of July 1, 2008, by and between THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, Borough of National Park, Gloucester County, New Jersey, hereinafter called the "Board," and the NATIONAL PARK EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, hereinafter called the "Association."
WHEREAS, the Board and the Association recognize and declare that providing a quality education for the students of National Park School District is their primary aim and that the character of such education depends predominately upon the quality of teaching, the availability of materials, the functional utility of facilities, the release of imagination in planning, the application of democratic processes in administration, and the maintenance of high morals among the teaching faculty, and
WHEREAS, the members of the teaching profession are particularly qualified to advise the formulation of policies and programs designed to improve educational standards, and
WHEREAS, the Board has an obligation, pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974 to negotiate with the Association as the representative of employees hereinafter designated with respect to the terms and conditions of employment, and
WHEREAS, the parties have reached certain understandings which they desire to confirm in the Agreement,
RESOLVED, in consideration of the following mutual covenants, it is hereby agreed as follows:
The Board hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiation concerning terms and conditions of employment for certificated and noncertificated personnel whether under contract implied or stated, employed or to be employed by the Board, including:
Supervisor of Personnel and Curriculum
B. Definition of Teachers
Unless otherwise indicated, the term "teachers" when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to all professional employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as above defined, and references to male teachers shall include female teachers.
C. Definition of Employees
Unless otherwise indicated, the term "employees" when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to all bargaining unit employees covered by this contract as defined above.
A. Deadline Date
The parties agree to enter into collective negotiation over a successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123 Public Laws 1974 in a good-faith effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning the terms and conditions of teachers' employment. Any Agreement so negotiated shall apply to all teachers, be reduced to writing, be signed by the Board and the Association, and be adopted by the Board.
During negotiation, the parties shall meet at mutually agreed upon times and shall freely exchange points of view, present relevant data and make proposals and counter-proposals. The Board shall make available a completed budget as soon as approved in public referendum.
C. Selection of Representatives
Neither party in any negotiations shall have any control over the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party.
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.
The party seeking a successor agreement shall give notice to the other of its intent to negotiate said agreement no later than October 30 of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which this Agreement expires. Following said notice, negotiations shall commence on a mutually agreed date.
The cost of reproduction of the Agreement in sufficient number to supply the members of each principle shall be borne equally by the parties. A receipt stating the adequate description of the expenses will be given to the NPEA.
A "grievance" is a claim by an employee or the Association based upon the interpretation, application or violation of this Agreement, policies or administrative decisions affecting a teacher or a group of teachers.
An "aggrieved person" is the person or persons making the claim.
3. Party in Interest
A "party in interest" is the person or persons making the claim and any person who might be required to take action or against whom action might be taken in order to resolve the claim.
The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, equitable solutions to the problems which may from time to time arise affecting teachers. Both parties agree that these proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure.
1. Time Limits
Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered as a maximum and every effort should be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified may, however, be extended by mutual agreement.
2. Year-End Grievance
In the event a grievance is filed at such time that it cannot be processed through all the steps in this grievance procedure by the end of the school year, and, if left unresolved until the beginning of the following school year, could result in irreparable harm to a party in interest, the time limits set forth herein shall be reduced so that the grievance procedure may be exhausted prior to the end of the school year.
3. Level One - Informal Discussion
Within thirty-five (35) days of a violation of the agreement, an employee with a grievance shall first discuss it with the immediate superior, either directly or through the Association’s designated representative. Within five (5) school days of the meeting, the administrator must render a decision in writing. If no decision is given within five (5) school days, the grievance shall move to Level Two.
4. Level Two - Superintendent
If the grievant is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level One, the teacher/Association shall file the grievance within five (5) school days at the Superintendent’s level. The Superintendent shall schedule a hearing with the employee/Association within five (5) school days of receiving the grievance. Within five (5) school days of hearing the grievance, the Superintendent shall send a written decision to the employee/Association. If no decision is rendered, the grievance shall move to Level Three.
5. Level Three - Board
If the grievant is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level Two, the employee/Association may request a hearing with the Board within five (5) school days of the Superintendent’s written decision. After the request, the Board shall call a hearing within thirty (30) days. The Board shall render a decision, in writing, within ten (10) days of the hearing. If no decision is rendered, the grievance shall move to Level Four.
6. Level Four - Arbitration
(a) If the grievant is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level Three, the Association shall notify the Board in writing within fifteen (15) school days of its intent to move the grievance to arbitration.
(b) The submission to arbitration shall be to Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) and the parties shall select the arbitrator in accordance with its rules.
(c) The Arbitrator so selected shall confer with the representatives of the Board and the Association and hold hearings promptly and shall issue his/her decision not later than twenty (20) days from the date of the close of the hearings or, if oral hearings have been waived, then from the date the final statements and proofs on the issues are submitted to him/her. The arbitrators decision shall be in writing and shall set forth his/her findings of fact, reasonings and conclusions on the issues submitted. The arbitrator shall be without power or authority to make any decision which requires the commission of an act prohibited by law or which is violative of the terms of the Agreement. The decision of the arbitrator shall be submitted to the Board and the Association and shall be final and binding on the parties.
D. Rights of Teachers to Representation
1. Teacher and Association
Any aggrieved person may be represented at all steps of the grievance procedure by himself /herself, or at his/her option, by a representative selected or approved by the Association. When a teacher is not represented by the Association, the Association shall have the right to be present and to state its views at all stages of the grievance procedure.
No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by the Board or by any member of the administration against any participant in the grievance procedure by any reason of such participation.
1. Class Action Grievance
If a violation affects three or more employees, it is considered a class action grievance.
Decisions rendered at Level One which are unsatisfactory to the aggrieved person and all decisions rendered at Levels Two, Three and Four of the grievance procedure shall be in writing setting forth the decision and the reasons therefore and shall be transmitted promptly to all parties in interest. Decisions rendered at Level Four shall be in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section C, paragraph 6(c) of this Article.
3. Separate Grievance File
All documents, communications, and records dealing with the processing of a grievance shall be filed in a separate grievance file and shall not be kept in the personnel file of any of the participants.
Forms for filing grievances, serving notices, taking appeals, making reports and recommendations, and other necessary documents shall be prepared by the Association and given appropriate distribution so as to facilitate operation of the grievance procedure.
All meetings and hearings under this procedure shall be conducted in private and shall include only such parties in interest and their designated or selected representatives heretofore referred to in this Article.
A. Rights and Protection in Representation
Pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974, the Board and the Association hereby agree that every employee of the Board shall have the right freely to organize, join and support the Association and its affiliate for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations and other concerted activities for mutual aid and protection, as well as to freely refuse. The Board and the Association agree that they shall not directly or indirectly discourage or deprive or coerce any teacher in the enjoyment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974, or other laws of New Jersey or the Constitutions of New Jersey and the United States; that it shall not discriminate against any teacher with respect to hours, wages or any terms or conditions of employment by reason of the teachers' membership or non-membership in the Association and its affiliates, the teachers' participation or non-participation in any activities of the Association and its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or the teachers' institution of any grievance, complaint or proceeding under this Agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms or conditions of employment.
B. Statutory Savings Clause
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any teacher such rights as he/she may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable laws and regulations as of July 1, 1977. The rights granted to teachers hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere. However, any rights which arise hereafter by statutory enactment or regulation shall be granted to the teachers only if the law requires. If such rights are not so required, then they shall not be applicable unless acquired by negotiations.
C. Just Cause Provision
No teacher shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation, or deprived of any professional advantage without just cause. Any such action asserted by the Board, or any agent or representative thereof, shall be subject to the grievance procedure herein set forth.
D. Required Meetings or Hearings
Whenever any teacher is required to appear before the Superintendent or his/her designee, Board or any committee member, representative, or agent thereof, concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that teacher in his/her office, position or employment, or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto, then the teacher shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview. The teacher shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association present to advise him/her and represent him/her during such meeting or interview. Any suspension of a teacher pending charges shall be in accordance with New Jersey Statutes.
E. Evaluation of Students
The teacher shall have the initial right and responsibility to determine grades and other evaluations of students within the grading policy of the NATIONAL PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT based upon the teachers' professional judgment of available criteria pertinent to any given subject area or activity to which he/she is responsible. No grade, retention, or other evaluation will be changed without the teacher being previously advised of such change and given the opportunity to consult with the Supervisor of Curriculum and submit written comments. The Supervisor of Curriculum shall acknowledge receipt in writing.
F. Criticism of Teachers
Subject to law, any question or criticism by a supervisor, administrator or board member of a teacher and his/her instructional methodology shall be made in confidence and not in the presence of students, parents, or other public gatherings. Any authorized person outside of the jurisdiction of the Board shall be made acquainted with this provision and encouraged to abide thereby.
G. Notification of Criticism
A teacher shall be notified within one (1) school day of any complaints whether verbal or written.
ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
A. Use of School Buildings
At the beginning of the school year, the Board of Education shall grant the National Park Education Association the privilege of using the school building at all reasonable hours for meetings provided it does not interrupt the normal operation of the school. This shall not be construed to permit the Association to use the school building for planning action adverse to the Board.
B. Exclusive Rights
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 teachers.
C. Orientation Programs
The orientation programs for new teachers shall be co-sponsored by the Board and the Association with the Association obligated to assume only such costs as may be mutually agreed upon during planning of such programs. To the extent prohibited by law, the Board shall not be expected to assume the cost of purely social events conducted as part of such orientation programs, nor shall the Association be expected to assume the cost of speakers, consultants, and services normally considered an appropriate professional in-service training activity of a board of education. Duties and responsibilities of teachers involving student supervision shall be clearly explained as outlined in the Mentoring Plan developed by the Local Professional Development Committee.
This orientation shall be held before the start of the school year, and conducted under the direction of the Supervisor of Curriculum, Supervisor of Personnel as well as the Superintendent.
TEACHER WORK YEAR
A. In-School Work Year
1. Definition of In-School Work Year
The in-school work year shall include days when pupils are in attendance, orientation days, and any other days on which teacher attendance is required. The calendar shall provide for 185 working days for teachers.
2. Evening assignments.
Teachers will be required to attend three (3) evenings per year: two (2) parent-teacher conference nights (where applicable), and 1 back-to-school night. Attendance at one (1) additional evening is expected. However, a teachers’ request to be excused shall not be unreasonably denied.
Teacher attendance shall not be required whenever student attendance is not required due to inclement weather.
B. School Calendar
The Local Professional Development Committee shall meet with the Superintendent to discuss the teachers viewpoints on in-service days in the school calendar.
TEACHING HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD
A. Teacher Day
1. Check-In Procedure
As professionals, teachers are expected to devote to their assignments the time necessary to meet their responsibilities, but they shall not be required to "clock in and clock out" by hours and minutes. Teachers shall indicate their presence for duty in a prescribed manner agreed upon by both Administration and Association.
2. Arrival and Dismissal Time
B. Leaving the Building
The teacher’s workday shall be 7 (seven) hours in length. Teachers shall be notified by August 20th as to times of the pupil day. No teacher shall be required to report for duty earlier than fifteen (15) minutes before the opening of the pupil's school day, and shall be permitted to leave ten (10) minutes after the close of the pupil's school day.
Teachers may leave the building without requesting permission during their scheduled duty-free lunch period but must sign out and in upon return.
Teachers may be required to remain after the end of the regular work day or report before school for the purpose of attending a reasonable number of faculty or other professional meetings, not to exceed
six (6) meetings in a month. Such meetings shall begin no later than ten (10) minutes after the student dismissal time or shall not start before 8 AM and shall run for a reasonable amount of time. Except in cases of emergency involving the health and safety of students and teachers, if additional time is needed, students shall be dismissed early. If these exceed six (6) meetings, employees shall be paid at the rate set forth in Schedule C.
2. Prior to Holidays and Weekends
Absent extraordinary circumstances, meetings which take place after the regular in-school work day and which require attendance shall not be called on Fridays or on any day immediately preceding any holiday, or other day upon which teacher attendance is not required at school.
3. Association Right to Speak
An Association representative may speak to the teachers during any meeting referred to in paragraph 1 above on the request of the representative. The topics shall be non-controversial and shall not involve Board-Association labor relations.
The notice of, and agenda for, any meeting shall he given to the teachers involved at least one (1) day prior to the meetings, except in an emergency. Teachers shall have the opportunity to suggest items for the agenda.
D. Preparation Time
Teachers will each be given a minimum of 210 minutes of preparation time each week (full days/week schedule.) However, additional preparation minutes may be made available depending upon the final master schedule each year. Preparation time shall be permitted for the teachers when their classes are covered by an authorized person, such as art, music, physical education, technology, or library instructors. Teachers shall not be assigned to any other duties at these times.
E. Extra-Curricular Activities
1. Guidelines for Selection of Personnel
(a) Notice of vacancies shall be given to entire staff through the usual administrative channels. Such notice shall clearly define necessary qualifications for position, duties involved, and rate of compensation.
(b) Applications must be submitted to administration in writing within the time limit set by the administrative office.
(c) Qualifications for Selections
The qualifications set forth for a particular position shall not be changed unless the Association has been notified in advance of such changes. All qualified teachers shall be given adequate opportunity to make application and no position shall be filled until all properly submitted applications shall be considered. The Board agrees to give consideration to professional background and attainments of all applicants, and other relevant factors.
Announcements of appointments shall be made by posting a list. The list shall be given to the Association and shall indicate which positions have been filled and by whom.
F. Field Trips
Teacher participation in extracurricular activities when extended beyond the regularly scheduled in-school day shall be compensated according to the rate of pay in Schedule C. Voucher shall be submitted at end of activity.
Field trips shall be scheduled and implemented according to Board policy.
1. Field trips of any type must be approved through the Superintendent. Any group leaving the school grounds must have clearance. Teachers will not be required to attend any class trips extending more than one hour beyond the school day.
2. Once a field trip is approved, the teacher in charge will be responsible for planning the trip, issuing pupil permission slips (form to be supplied by the office) and all the details that go with running a trip, except transportation. Contact the office when plans are completed and permission slips and transportation will be arranged.
3. Any participation in events with other schools must he cleared with the Superintendent before arrangements are made.
The Board and the Association recognize the fact that an adequate number of competent specialists, such as art, music, physical education, technology and nurse are essential to the operation of an effective educational program.
The Board shall make every effort to maintain a complete list of substitutes as circumstances permit, so
that coverage may be available for all teaching staff members.
The Board shall also endeavor to have the substitute become acquainted with the physical layout of the school and disciplinary procedures of the NATIONAL PARK SCHOOL, as well as normal procedures such as fire drill, arrival, dismissal, and threat procedures.
C. Any tenured teaching staff member whose services are no longer required as a result of a reduction in force shall have the following rights:
1. The Teacher shall be placed upon a preferred eligibility list for reemployment whenever a vacancy occurs in a position for which the teacher is certified, and he/she shall be offered reemployment if such vacancy occurs at any time within two (2) years from the date that the reduction occurred.
(a) If more than one person is involved in the reduction in force, they shall be placed on the preferred reemployment list in order of seniority.
2. In the event of reemployment, the person shall receive full recognition for previous years of service in this district.
3. The teacher shall receive first priority on the substitute list.
The Board and Association acknowledge that a teacher's primary responsibility is to teach and that the teacher's energies should, to the extent possible, be utilized to this end. Therefore, they agree as follows:
Teachers shall not be required to transport students. If a teacher agrees to transport students, the teacher shall be considered to be a designated agent of the Board of Education and covered by the insurance program of the Board.
A. Placement on Salary Schedule
1. Adjustment to Salary Schedule
Each teacher shall be placed on his/her proper step of the salary schedule in accordance with paragraph 2 below.
2. Credit for Experience
For purposes of placement on the salary guide, credit for years of experience in teaching in a duly accredited public school may be given on a year-for-year basis at the discretion of the Board up to the tenth (10th) year. Credit for teaching experience may be at the discretion of the Board but in no event shall the Board pay a new employee a salary not represented in the salary guide or above that step for which they are entitled or inappropriate for the level of that employee’s education. Additional credit not to exceed 4 years for military experience shall be given upon initial employment.
B. Returning to the District
Teachers with previous teaching experience in the NATIONAL PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT shall, upon returning to the system, receive full credit on the salary schedule for all outside teaching experience, military experience or alternative civilian service required by the Selective Service System up to the maximum set forth in Section A above. Such teachers who have not been engaged in other teaching or the other activities indicated above shall, upon returning to the system, be restored to the next position on the salary schedule above that at which they left.
C. Notification of Contract and Salary
Teachers shall be notified of their contract and salary status for the ensuing year no later than April 30th.
A. Salary Schedule
The Salary Guide shall apply to the following group of employees:
B. Method for Summer Pay Plan
1. The Federal Credit Union shall be employed as a savings account for summer retrieval by the faculty and other staff members.
2. The accounts are in the name of the individual employees and it is their responsibility to change the amount of withholding and to make contact regarding withdrawal of funds after the school year ends. This account is contributions plus interest payable to the employee.
Method of payment can be changed with the approval of the Board and Association.
C. Pay Dates
1. Pay Dates shall be every second and fourth Friday, as close as possible to the 15th and 30th.
When a pay day falls on or during a school holiday, vacation or weekend, staff shall receive their pay checks on the preceding school day.
3. Final Pay
Each employee shall receive his/her final pay and the pay schedule for the following year on his/her last working day in June.
1. Date for Presently Employed Teachers
All teachers shall be given written notice of their class and/or subject assignments, building assignments and room assignments for the forthcoming year not later than April 30th.
The Superintendent shall assign all newly-appointed personnel to their specific positions within that subject area and/or grade level for which the Board has appointed them. The Superintendent shall give notice of assignments to new teachers as soon as practicable, and except in cases of emergency, not later than June Ist.
In the event that changes in such schedules, class and/or subject assignments, building assignments, or room assignments are made by the Board or proposed by the Administration after April 30th, the Association and any teacher affected shall be notified promptly in writing. Upon the request of the teacher and the Association, the changes shall be promptly reviewed between the Superintendent and the teacher affected and to his/her option, a representative of the Association.
B. Assignment Criteria
In order to assure that pupils are taught by teachers working within their areas of competence, teachers shall only be assigned to teach in areas for which they hold a standard teaching certificate issued by the New Jersey State Board of Examiners.
C. Traveling Teachers
Schedules of teachers who are assigned to more than one school shall be arranged so that no such teacher shall be required to engage in an unreasonable amount of inter-school travel. Such teachers shall be notified of any changes in their schedules as soon as practicable.
Teachers who may be required to use their own automobiles in the performance of their duties and teachers who are assigned to more than one (1) school per day shall be reimbursed for all such travel at the Federal Rate of Reimbursement per mile for all driving done between arrival at the first location at the beginning of their work day, provided, however, that, if the distance from the teachers home to his/her first location or from the teachers last location to his/her home is greater than the distance between the teacher's home and his/her base school, he/she shall be reimbursed for the difference at the Federal Rate of Reimbursement per mile.
VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS
A. Notification of Vacancies
No later than May 15 of each school year, the Superintendent shall deliver to the Association and post in school office a list of the known vacancies which shall occur during the following school year.
2. Filing Requests
Teachers who desire a change in a grade may file a written statement of such desire with the Superintendent not later than May 1st. Such statement shall include the grade to which the teacher desires to be assigned.
As soon as practicable, and no later than June 1, the Superintendent shall post and deliver to the Association a schedule showing the names of all teachers who have been reassigned and the nature of such reassignment.
INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS
Notice of an involuntary reassignment shall be given to teachers as soon as practicable, and except in cases of emergency, not later than May 15.
B. Meeting and Appeal
An involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be made only after a meeting between the teacher involved and the Supervisor of Personnel and Superintendent, at which time the teacher shall be notified of the reason therefor. In the event that a teacher objects to the reassignment at the meeting, upon the written request of the teacher, the matter shall be referred to the Board to be resolved. The Board shall meet within thirty (30) days after the request and shall render its decision within fifteen (15) days thereafter. The teacher shall have the right to attend the hearing.
SUMMER SCHOOL AND HOME TEACHING
If summer programs are available, all openings for positions in the program shall be publicized by the Superintendent.
Summer openings shall be publicized as early in the month of May as possible and teachers shall, be notified of the action taken not later than June 1. Home teaching openings shall be posted as they occur.
In filling such positions, consideration shall be given to a teacher's area of competency, major and/or minor field of study, quality of teaching performance, attendance record, and length of service in the National Park School District.
Teachers employed in the National Park School District shall have priority to such assignments before appointment to applicants from outside the district.
Salary schedules for positions included in this Article shall be negotiated under procedures outlined in Article II of this Agreement along with regular salary schedules wherever possible, or at such other times as may be appropriate (June 1), in order to conform to the time requirements for the implementation of such programs. See Schedule C.
A. Evaluation Committee
All monitoring or observation of the work performances of a teacher shall be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the teacher.
A written evaluation must be prepared for all formal observations and a copy submitted to the teacher. A teacher shall be given a copy of any class visit or evaluation report prepared by his/her evaluator before the conference to discuss it. No such report shall be placed in the teacher's file or otherwise acted upon without prior conference with the teacher. No teacher shall be required to sign a blank or incomplete evaluation form. The conference shall be held no later than seven (7) school days after the class visit.
B. General Criteria
No material derogatory to teacher's conduct, service, character or personality shall be placed in his/her personnel file unless the teacher has had an opportunity to review the material. The teacher shall acknowledge that he/she has had the opportunity to review such material by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicated agreement with the contents thereof. The teacher shall also have the right to submit a written response to such material and his/her response shall be reviewed by the Supervisor of Personnel or Supervisor of Curriculum or Superintendent and attached to the file copy.
The response must be placed in the file no later than ten (10) school days after the evaluation is entered into the employee's file.
Any complaints regarding a teacher made to any member of the administration by any parent, student, or other person which are used in any manner in evaluating a teacher shall be promptly investigated and called to the attention of the teacher. The teacher shall be given the opportunity to respond to and/or rebut such complaint and shall have the right to be represented by the Association at any meetings or conferences regarding such a complaint. If a complaint is so raised, the teacher is not to use said complaint or its being raised in any manner to the detriment of the student, the parent, or other person.
D. Evaluation Procedure
Prior to any annual evaluation report, the Supervisor of Personnel or Supervisor of Curriculum or Superintendent shall have had appropriate communication, including, but not limited to, all steps in Section Two (2) below, with said teacher regarding performance as a teacher. Notification will be given at the opening meeting in September as to who will conduct the official observation.
Evaluation shall be presented to non-supervisory personnel periodically in accordance with the following procedures:
(a) Such reports shall be issued by the observer.
(b) Such evaluations shall include strengths, weaknesses, and specific suggestions for improvement.
Such evaluation reports are to be provided for non-tenure teachers in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6:3-1.19(e) and N.J.S.A. 18A:27-3.1.
(d) Such evaluation reports are to be provided for tenure teachers at least one (1) time each year; not later than March 1.
(e) An additional evaluation will be granted at the request of the teacher.
Although the Board agrees to protect the confidentiality of personal references, academic credentials and other similar documents, it shall not establish any separate personnel file which is not available for the teachers inspection.
E. Termination of Employment
No adverse material received after a teacher’s termination shall be placed in his/her file.
FAIR DISMISSAL PROCEDURE
A. Notification of Status
On or before May 15 of each year, the Board shall give to each non-tenured teacher continuously employed since the preceding September 30, either:
(a) A written offer of a contract for employment for the next succeeding year providing for at least the same terms and conditions of employment but with such increases in salary and benefits as may be required by law or agreement between the Board and the Association, or
(b) A written notice that such employment shall not be offered.
Any non-tenured teacher who receives a notice of non-employment may within fifteen (15) days thereafter, in writing request a statement of reasons for such non-employment from the Superintendent, which statement shall be given to the teacher in writing within fifteen (15) days after receipt of such request.
Any non-tenured teacher who has received such notice of non-employment and statement of reasons shall be entitled to a hearing before the Board, provided a written request for hearing is received in the office of the Board within fifteen (15) days after receipt by the teacher of the statement of reasons.
4. Determination of Board
The Board shall issue its written determination as to the employment or non-employment of said non-tenured teacher for the next succeeding school year within five (5) days after the completion of the hearing. Said proceedings shall be complete and the Board's determination presented to the teacher no later than May 31.
5. Appeal to Grievance Procedure
A tenured teacher may utilize the grievance procedure in connection with his/her termination during the life of his/her employment contract. However, the grievance procedure shall not be eligible for utilization by the teacher or the Association regarding non-renewal of a non-tenured teacher's contract.
B. Failure to Comply
The Board shall give a non-tenured teacher either an offer of contract for employment for the next
succeeding year or a notice that such employment shall not be offered. Upon request by the teacher
to the Superintendent, a statement of reasons and a hearing shall be given by the Board. In the
event of such hearing and the failure to make and serve a copy of the determination within the time and in the manner provided by this ARTICLE, the Board shall be deemed to have offered to that teacher continued employment for the next succeeding school year upon the terms and conditions of employment as may be required by law or agreement between the Board and the Association.
C. Notification of Intention to Return
If the teacher desires to accept such employment, he/she shall notify the Board of such acceptance, in writing, on or before June 1, in which event such employment shall continue as provided for herein. In default of such notice the Board shall not be required to continue the employment of the teacher.
D. Termination of Employment
Any non-tenured teacher who receives a notice that his/her employment shall be terminated shall be entitled to a statement of reasons and a hearing as provided for in paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this Section except that a determination of the Board shall he made and served thirty (30) days before the expiration of the notice period provided for in said contract. Should the Board fail to comply herewith, then said notice of termination shall be invalid and of no force and effect and the employment of the teacher shall continue as if such notice had not been given.
A. Listing of Facilities
Teachers shall be provided with the following facilities:
1. Space for each teacher within each instructional area in which he/she teaches to store his/her instructional materials and supplies.
2. Suitable, private closet space with lock and key for each teacher to store coats and personal belongings;
3. Well-lighted and clean teacher rest rooms, separate from students' rest rooms;
4. A serviceable desk, chair, and/or filing cabinet for the exclusive use of each teacher;
5. Copies, exclusively for each teachers use, of all texts used in each of the courses he/she is to teach;
6. Adequate chalkboard/whiteboard space in every classroom;
7. Adequate books, paper, pencils, pens, chalk, erasers and other such material required in daily teaching responsibility;
8. An appropriate furnished, heated and air conditioned room which shall be reserved for the exclusive use of teachers’ as a faculty lounge and work area. Although teachers 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.
In order to permit freedom of access both during and after regular school hours, all teachers shall be given keys to the classroom and a fob for entrance to the building.
A. Liaison Committee
The Association shall select a Liaison Committee which shall meet with the Supervisor of Personnel and/or the Supervisor of Curriculum whenever necessary during the school year to review and discuss local school problems and practices, and to play an active role in the revision and development of building policies. Areas for consideration shall include but not be limited to such matters as curriculum, textbooks, distribution of materials and supplies, discipline and parent visitation. Said committee shall consist of no less than three (3) members appointed by the Association and one (1) member of the Board.
B. Meetings with Supervisor of Personnel
The Association's representative shall meet with the Supervisor of Personnel as an advisory council and coordinator of current school problems and practices and the administration of this Agreement. Such meetings shall take place when necessary.
All teachers employed shall be entitled to sick leave days each year as of the first official day of said school year whether or not they report for duty on that day. Unused sick leave days shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit.
Teachers hired before July 1, 1999 shall be entitled to thirteen (13) days per year.
Teachers hired between July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2008 shall be entitled to ten (10) sick days per year. Upon reaching tenure in the district they will be entitled to thirteen (13) days per year from that point forward.
Effective July 1, 2008, all newly hired staff shall be entitled to ten (10) sick days per year.
B. Notification of Accumulation
Teachers shall be given a written accounting of accumulated sick leave.
In the event a teacher has met the following requirements:
1. a minimum of twenty (20) years of service to the National Park School District,
D. If a teacher notifies the BOARD after January 15th, it will result in the payment of the bonus the beginning of the school budget year next following the year in which payment would have been made had timely notice been provided. Emergency or unusual circumstances concerning this provision of notification will be addressed on an individual basis.
2. has accumulated sick leave and qualifies for a service, age, or disability retirement under
the New Jersey State Pension Plan, and
3. notifies the BOARD on or before January 15th of the school budget year in which s/he retires,
the BOARD shall make payment, at the beginning of the next school budget year, to that teacher in the following amount:
Sick Leave: Seventy-five ($75) per day for all unused sick days up to eighty (80) days.
E. In the event of the death of an employee who has met all requirements under this section for sick day payment,
payment shall be paid to his/her estate.
F. An employee who opts to take a deferred retirement is not eligible for sick leave payment.
TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE
A. Types of Leaves
Employees shall be entitled to the following temporary nonaccumulative leaves of absence with full pay each school year.
Three (3) days leave of absence for personal, legal, business, household or family matters which require absence during school hours. Application to the employees immediate superior for personal leave shall he made at least two (2) days before taking such leave (except in the case of emergencies) and the applicant for such leave shall not be required to state the reason for taking such leave other then that he/she is taking it under this Section. Unused personal days shall be added to accumulated sick leave days.
For observance of religious holidays, where said observance prevents the employee from working on said days, the teacher shall use personal days.
Days for the purpose of visiting other schools or attending meetings or conferences of an educational nature, upon approval of the Superintendent.
Time necessary for appearance in any legal proceeding connected with the employees employment or with the school system or in any other legal proceeding, if the employee is required by law to attend.
Time necessary for persons called into temporary active duty of any unit of the U.S. Reserves or the State National Guard. An employee shall be paid the difference between his/her regular pay and military pay.
6. Paternal Leave
Two (2) days for the purpose of taking his wife to and from the hospital in the event of pregnancy.
Other leaves of absence with pay may be granted by the Superintendent and/or Board for good reason.
All the employees of the Board of Education, in the event of death in the immediate family shall be granted allowance with pay, for attending the death bed or funeral as hereinafter stated:
1. An allowance for five (5) days shall be granted in case of death of any of the following:
Employee's parents, spouse or child.
2. An allowance for three (3) days shall be granted in the case of death of any of the following:
Employee's brother, or sister, parents of employee's spouse, and any other of the immediate household.
3. An allowance of one (1) day shall be granted to attend the funeral of any of the following:
Employee's grandparents, niece, nephew, in-law, aunt or uncle.
4. An allowance of one (1) day shall be granted to act as pallbearer or for the death of a friend.
5. In the case of unusual circumstances, the granting of additional days shall be left to the discretion of the Superintendent.
C. In addition to Sick Leave
Leaves taken pursuant to Sections A & B above shall be in addition to any sick leave to which the teacher is entitled.
EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
Military leave without pay, consistent with the Family Leave Act shall be granted to any employee who is inducted or enlists in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States for the period of said service and three (3) months thereafter, or three (3) months after recovery of any wound or sickness at time of discharge. A similar leave shall be granted to the spouse of any inductee or enlistee to join him/her for the period of special training in preparation for duty overseas in combat zones.
At the employee’s request and consistent with the Family Leave Act and pursuant to law, the Board shall grant a leave of absence for any period of maternity disability. The employee seeking such a leave of absence for reasons associated with maternity disability shall file a written response with the Superintendent at least 60 days in advance of the anticipated date of birth of the child. Such request shall include the anticipated date of birth and the ancticipated date on which said employee expects to return.
C. Illness in Family
Any employee adopting a child shall receive leave consistent with the Family Leave Act which shall commence upon his/her receiving de facto custody of said child, or earlier if necessary, to fulfill the requirements for the adoption.
A leave of absence without pay consistent with the Family Leave Act of up to one (1) year shall be granted for the purpose of caring for a sick member of the employee’s immediate family. Additional leave may be granted at the discretion of the Board.
D. Good Cause
Other leaves of absence without pay consistent with the Family Leave Act may be granted by the Board for good reason.
E. Return From Leave
Upon return from leave granted pursuant to Section A of this Article, a teacher 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. A teacher shall not receive increment credit for the time spent on a leave granted pursuant to Sections, B, C, and D of this Article.
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, and he/she shall be assigned to the same position which he/she held at the time said leave commenced, if available, or if not, to a substantially equivalent position.
F. Extensions and Renewals
All extensions or renewals of leaves shall be applied for and granted in writing.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
In our rapidly changing society, teachers must constantly review curricular content, teaching methods and materials, educational philosophy and goals, social change and other topics related to education. The Board recognizes that it shares with its professional staff responsibility for the upgrading and updating of teacher performance and attitudes. The Board and the Association support the principle of continuing training of teachers, the improvement of instruction, and the curriculum development necessary as a part of the Gateway Group of Schools.
To work towards the ends stated above, the Board agrees to implement the following:
To pay up to the Board cap of $4,000 in each year of the contract , up to $2,000 for the Summer and Fall terms and $2,000 for the Winter and Spring terms. If the full $2,000 for the Summer/Fall term is not utilized, the balance will carry over to the Winter/Spring reimbursement. Reimbursement shall be made for the cost of tuition and texts for courses taken above the Bachelor's Degree.
If the reimbursement requests exceed the Board’s obligation under the contract, reimbursement will be divided among individuals equally.
C. The Superintendent's prior approval shall be obtained to qualify for reimbursement under this Article. However, such approval shall not be withheld so long as the courses taken are in the area of the fields of education, guidance and/or administration or are part of a curriculum leading to certification or degree in said areas. Successful completion shall be required for reimbursement.
1. Staff member must be an employee of the National Park Board of Education when the courses were taken.
Staff member must be an employee of the National Park Board of Education when the payment is made.
Staff member shall receive reimbursement for courses which are taken between July 1 and June 30 of each school year.
E. Procedure for Payment
1. Staff member shall submit the following to the Board Secretary:
(a) Receipted bill for tuition from institution.
(b) Transcript from institution indicating successful completion of course.
All reimbursement for which the staff member is eligible will be paid based on the following schedule:
Summer or Fall term to be submitted by January 15th to be reimbursed by February 15th ;
Winter or Spring term to be submitted by June 15th to be reimbursed by July 31st.
Salary Adjustment shall be pro-rated at the completion of requirements for lateral promotion.
SUPERVISION OF STUDENT TEACHERS
A. Mutual Responsibility
The Board and the Association mutually recognize that the education of children of the National Park School District is their primary responsibility. The Board and the Association further recognize their responsibility to assist in the effective training of future teachers under the highest standards.
The following procedures shall govern the supervision of student teachers.
No teacher shall have a student teacher under his/her supervision until his/her tenured year of teaching.
2. Voluntary Participation
Supervision by a teacher of a student teacher shall be voluntary.
Each teacher shall have the right to accept or reject a student teacher. The teacher shall receive the request to take a student teacher at least two (2) weeks prior to the student's introduction to the classroom.
Each cooperating teacher shall be provided with released time with pay for: attendance at scheduled orientation, completion of written evaluations as per college/university guidelines, and conferencing with the supervisor of the student teacher.
A cooperating teacher shall not be given additional assignments outside of his/her regular responsibilities during the period he/she is supervising a student teacher.
6. Information for Cooperating Teachers
Any preparing institution with which the Board shall cooperate in a program of student teaching shall provide each cooperating teacher in writing with the following:
(a) Information about the college program and the college's expectations and requirements for student teachers.
(b) Specific information about the date the student will begin the assignment, when he/she will complete the assignment, and holidays or special events which affect the student teachers attendance.
PROTECTION OF TEACHERS, STUDENTS & PROPERTY
A. Unsafe and Hazardous Conditions
Teachers shall not be required to work under unsafe or hazardous conditions or to perform tasks which endanger their health, safety, or well-being. In the event of any disorder or disruption in the regular school program, the Association shall have the right to meet with the Board immediately to develop mutually acceptable programs to guarantee the safety of students, teachers, and property.
Employees will be notified if an administrator will not be available in the building until 4:00 P.M. on teacher
2. Reasonable Force
As specified in 18A:6-1, a teacher may, within the scope of his/her employment, use and apply such amount of force as is reasonable and necessary; to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person or within the control of the pupil; for the purpose of self-defense; and for the protection of persons or property.
3. Action Before Board or Commissioner
Whenever any action is brought against a teacher before the Board or before the Commissioner of Education of the State of New Jersey upon the allegation of the committing of an assault, which may affect his/her employment or salary status, the Board of Education shall reimburse him/her for the cost of his/her defense if the action is dismissed or results in a final decision in favor of the teacher.
B. Assault Arising Out Of And In the Course of Employment
The Board shall give full support including legal and other assistance for any assault upon the teacher while acting in the discharge of his/her duties.
When absence arises out of or from such assault or injury, the teacher shall be entitled to full salary and other benefits for the periods of such absence but not forfeit any sick leave or personal leave.
3. Reimbursement for Personal Property Damage
The Board shall reimburse teachers for the reasonable cost of any clothing or other personal property damaged or destroyed as a result of any assault suffered by (excluding motor vehicle) a teacher while the teacher was acting in the discharge of his/her duties within the scope of his/her employment.
The Board shall, pursuant to its workers' compensation obligation, maintain appropriate insurance to provide medical, surgical or hospital services incurred as the result of any injury sustained from the assault.
C. Reporting Assaults
Teachers shall immediately report cases of assault suffered by them in connection with their employment to their immediate superior.
Such notification shall be immediately forwarded to the Superintendent who shall comply with any reasonable request from the teacher for information in the possession of the Superintendent relating to the incident or the persons involved, and shall act in appropriate ways as liason between the teacher, the police, and the courts.
MAINTENANCE OF CLASSROOM CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE
A. Definition of Responsibilities
A definition of the duties and responsibilities of all administrators, supervisors and other personnel pertaining to students discipline shall be reduced to writing by the Superintendent and presented to each teacher at the start of each school year.
B. Special Assistance
When, in the judgment of a teacher, a student requires the attention of the Administration, Child Study Team, physician, or other specialists, he/she shall so inform the appropriate individual as per the chain of command. The immediate superior shall arrange as soon as possible for a conference among himself /herself, the teacher, and, if necessary, an appropriate specialist to discuss the problem and to decide upon appropriate steps for its resolution.
C. Disruptive Students
When, in the judgment of a teacher and administration, a student is by his behavior seriously disrupting the instructional program to the detriment of other students, the teacher may exclude the student from the classroom and refer him/her as per chain of command. In such cases, the Supervisor of Personnel shall arrange as soon as possible, and under normal circumstances, not later than the conclusion of the following school day, a conference among himself/herself, the teacher, and, if necessary, an appropriate specialist to discuss the problem and to decide upon appropriate steps for its resolution.
Effective July 1, 2004, the Board of Education, pursuant to a proposal made by the Association under the terms of N.J.S.A. 34:13A-5.5, agrees to a representation fee in lieu of dues under the following terms:
A. Purpose of the Fee
If any employee does not become a member of the Association during any membership year which is covered in whole or in part 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.
The representation fee to be paid by nonmembers/fee-payers will be pursuant to the determination of an impartial arbitrator in accordance with the law.
B. Determination of Fee
C. Deduction and Tramission of Fee
Prior to the beginning of each membership year (September 1 through August 31), 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 the academic year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members will be determined by the Association in accordance with the law.
Once during each membership year, but no later than October 1 of the year, the Association will submit to the Board a list of those employees who have not become members of the Association for the then current year. The Board will deduct from the salaries of such employees, in accordance with paragraph 2. below.
2. Payroll Deduction Schedule
The Board will deduct the full amount of the yearly representation fee in equal installments from the paychecks paid to each employee on the aforesaid list during the February through June period.
3. Termination of Employment
If an employee terminates his or her employment with the Board before the Association has received the prorated amount of the representation fee to which it is entitled under this Article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the prorated fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the academic year in question.
The mechanics for the deduction of representation fees and the transmission of such fees to the Association will, as nearly as possible, be the same as those used for the deduction and transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.
5. New Employees
Each month in which the Board hires a new unit member(s), the Board will notify the Association in writing of the name(s), job title(s) and date(s) of employment of the new employee(s).
The Association shall indemnify and hold the Board harmless against any and all claims, demands, suits, and other forms of liability that may arise out of, or by reason of, any action taken or not taken by the Board in conformance with this provision.
A. Full Health-Care Coverage
The Board shall provide the health-care protection designated below. The Board shall pay the full premium for each employee, as well as for full family plan coverage for those employees who require such coverage.
1. Changes in the benefits of the health-care insurance program shall be agreed upon by the Board and the Association.
For employees hired prior to July 1, 2008, the health insurance carrier shall be the Amerihealth PPO $20/$20/80% plan. Employees hired effective July 1, 2008 and after shall be entitled to the PPO $15/$25/70% plan.
A fiscal year Health Reimbursement Account will be offered of $200 for single/$300 for 2 adult or parent/child(ren)/$500 for family coverage to cover prescription, doctor and emergency room co-pays only. If an employee does not use the amount of coverage alloted in that fiscal year, they will not be reimbursed the difference and the amount will not be carried over.
Employees shall also have the option to opt out of the health insurance plan and accept the Health Reimbursement plan of $275 accrued per month ($3,300.00 per fiscal year) as offered in Article XXVII, #5 as long as they can provide proof of coverage.
3. Complete Annual Coverage
For each employee who remains in the employ of the Board for a full school year, the Board shall make payment of insurance premiums to provide insurance coverage for the full twelve (12) month period commencing September I and ending August 31. When necessary, payment of premiums on behalf of the employee shall be made retroactively or prospectively to assure uninterrupted participation and coverage.
4. Retirement Coverage
All state employees who work a minimum of twenty-five years and are enrolled in TPAF or PERS are entitled to the New Jersey School Employee Health Benefits Program at the retirement age of 55.
Any retired employee (prior to June 30, 2002) who is currently covered by the Board’s Health care insurance and the New Jersey School Employee Health Benefits Program will be offered a Health Reimbursement plan described later in this contract. The retired employee will not be permitted to continue with the Board provided plan.
All employees with a minimum of twenty years within the National Park School District will not be offered the Board’s Health Care Insurance but will be eligible for the Board’s Health Reimbursement Plan for retirees effective July 1, 2002.
If the New Jersey School Employee Health Benefits Program is not available to retired teachers, then the Board would provide single coverage to all employees with a minimum of twenty years of service within the National Park School Distirct.
Provisions for the Health Reimbursement Plan for Retirees.
Reimbursement from the Health Reimbursement Plan for retirees will be capped at $250 accrued per month ($3,000 per fiscal year) for the 2008-09 school year and capped at $225 accrued per month ($2,700 per fiscal year) for 2009-10 and for 2010-11.
The plan would also cover a spouse.
There will be no deductible.
Reimbursements would be submitted for whatever costs are not covered by the State Plan including prescriptions.
Reimbursement will now include the following items: see schedule E
If a retiree does not use the amount of coverage allotted in that year, they will not be reimbursed the difference.
The Board will pay one hundred percent (100%) of the single premium cost for dental insurance. Dependent coverage, if made available by the provider, will be offered. The full cost of dependent coverage will be the responsibility of the employee. A cap will take effect at the expiration of this agreement (6-30-2011) in the amount equal to the dollar cost of premium at that time.
C. Description to Teachers
The Board shall provide to each teacher a description of the health-care insurance coverage provided under this ARTICLE, no later than the beginning of the school year, which shall include a clear description of conditions and limits of coverage as listed on the previous page.
PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM
Teachers shall be entitled to full rights of Citizenship, and no religious or political activities of any teacher or the lack thereof shall be grounds for any discipline or discrimination with respect to the professional employment of such teacher, providing said activities do not violate any local, state or federal laws.
DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY
A. Association Payroll Dues Deduction
1. The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of the teachers for the National Park Education Association, the Gloucester County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association or the National Education Association, or any one of any combination of such Associations as said teachers individually and voluntarily authorize the Board to deduct. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 310, Public Laws of 1968 (N.J.S.A. 52:14-15, 9(e) and under rules established by the State Department of Education. Such monies together with records of any corrections shall be transmitted to the treasurer of the National Park Education Association by the fifteenth of each month following the monthly pay period in which the deductions were made. The Association treasurer shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association or associations.
2. Each of the Associations named above shall certify to the Board, in writing, the current rate of its membership dues. Any Association which shall change the rate of its membership dues shall give the Board written notice prior to the effective date of such change.
B. Local, State and National Services
The Board agrees to deduct from teachers' salaries money for Local, State and/or National Association services and programs as said teachers individually and voluntarily authorize the Board to deduct and to transmit the monies promptly to such association or associations. Any teacher may have such deductions discontinued at any time upon sixty (60) days written notice to the Board and the appropriate association.
The Board and the Association agree that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures, and policies of the school system shall clearly exemplify that there is no discrimination in the hiring, training, assignment, promotion, transfer or discipline of teachers or in the application or administration of this Agreement on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, domicile, or marital status.
B. Board Policy
This Agreement constitutes Board policy for the term of said Agreement, and the Board shall carry out the commitments contained herein and give them full force and effect as Board policy.
C. Savings Clause
Except as this Agreement shall otherwise provide, all terms and conditions of employment applicable on the signing date of this Agreement to employees covered by this Agreement as established by the rules, regulations and/or policies of the Board in force on said date shall continue to be so applicable during the term of this Agreement. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement, nothing contained herein shall be interpreted and/or applied so as to eliminate, reduce nor otherwise detract from any teacher benefit existing prior to its effective date.
D. The Board shall retain all rights which it heretofore had, except as modified by this Agreement.
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.
F. Compliance Between Individual Contract and Master Agreement.
Any individual contract between the Board and an individual teacher, heretofore or hereafter executed, shall be subject to and consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If an individual contract contains any language inconsistent with this Agreement, this Agreement, during its duration, shall be controlling.
DURATION OF AGREEMENT
A. Duration of Period
This Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2008 and continue through June 30, 2011, subject to the Association's right to negotiate over a successor Agreement as provided in Article II. This Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated, unless it is extended in writing.
B. Status of Incorporation
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective presidents, attested by their respective secretaries, and their corporate seals to be placed thereon.
NATIONAL PARK EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
BY: _____________________________________ DATE __________________
NATIONAL PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION
BY: _____________________________________ DATE __________________
SCHEDULE B - LIBRARIAN AIDE GUIDE
|NATIONAL PARK 2008-2009 SALARY GUIDES|
BA + 15
|NATIONAL PARK 2009-2010 SALARY GUIDES|
BA + 15
|NATIONAL PARK 2010-2011 SALARY GUIDES|
SCHEDULE C - EXTRA CURRICULAR COMPENSATION GUIDE
Listed below are those activities to be compensated for at the rate indicated next to each activity as well as the time of the year for each activity.
Summer Curriculum Work 35.00
Homebound Instruction 30.00
Summer Staffings 30.00
Art Club 30.00
Detention Supervision 30.00
Other Position as Approved 30.00
Additional meetings 30.00
Safety Patrol 850.00
Student Council 550.00
A proposal must be submitted before an activity is established.
The Board of Education does not view the involuntary assignment of extracurricular activities as a desirable proctice. While circumstances may require such as approach on a case-by-case basis, the Board of Educaiton strongly prefers voluntary assignments.
Summer Curriculum work that is directed through the Gateway Group Curriculum Consortium will be compensated at that established rate.
SCHEDULE D - LONGEVITY GUIDE
Each employee in the Bargaining Unit with appropriate years or more of service in this district shall receive a longevity increment as shown below, in addition to any other compensation:
Years of Service 2008-2011
SCHEDULE E– HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT PLAN ACCOUNT
Animals, trained to assist handicapped individuals
Birth control pills
Christian Science practitioner
Co-payments and co-insurance
Communication equipment for the deaf and hearing-impaired
Educational aids for handicapped individuals
Eye exams/eyeglasses/contact lenses/saline solution/sens cleaner
Hearing aids and batteries
Laser/Lasik eye surgery
Prescription drug co-pays
Psychiatrist/psychologist/social worker counseling
Smoking cessation programs
Special education for the handicapped, including tuition at special schools
Special equipment or home improvements prescribed for a specific condition
Substance abuse treatment
Transportation expenses for medical services
Wheelchair/durable medical equipment