Contract Between
Stafford Tp B/E-Ocean
- and -
Stafford Tp EA
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07/01/2004 thru 06/30/2007


CategorySchool District
UnitBus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers, Clerical, Custodians, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF EDUCATION











AND











STAFFORD TOWNSHIP






EDUCATION ASSOCIATION













JULY 1, 2004 TO JUNE 30, 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Preamble
Article I
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article V
Article VI
Article VII
Article VIII
Article IX
Article X
Article XI
Article XII
Article XIII
Article XIV
Article XV
Article XVI

4
Recognition

5
Negotiations of Successor Agreement

6
Grievance Procedure

7
Employees' Rights 12
Association Rights & Privileges 14
Teacher Employment 16
Employment Procedures - Support Staff 19
Employment Procedures - Bus Drivers 21
Teacher - Work Year 22
Support Staff - Work Year 23
Bus Drivers - Work Year 24
Teaching Hours & Teaching Load 28
Work Schedule-Support Staff 30
12 Month Calendar-Support Staff 32
Overtime-Support Staff 34
Overtime-Bus Drivers 35

Article XVII Teacher Assignments 36
Article XVIII Professional Responsibilities 38
Article XIX Seniority & Job Security-Support Staff 40

Article XX Uniforms
41
Article XXI Sick & Other Leaves
42
Article XXII Sick Day Bank
45
Article XXIII Leave of Absence
47
Article XXIV Sabbatical Leave
51
Article XXV Salaries
54
Article XXVI Employee Voluntary Transfers &
Reassignments
56
Article XXVII Involuntary Transfers and
Reassignments
57
Article XXVIII Employee Evaluations
58
Article XXIX Promotions, Vacancies & New
Positions
61
Article XXX Executive Liaison
62
Article XXXI Instructional Council
63
Article XXXII Employees' Insurance Protection
65
Article XXXIII Home Instruction
67
Article XXXIV Representation Fee
68
Article XXXV Board Rights
71
Article XXXVI Miscellaneous Provisions
72
Article XXXVII Deduction from Salary
74
Article XXXVIII Entire Agreement
75
Article XXXIX Duration of Agreement
76



Salary Guide for Teachers
77

      Graduate Credit Reimbursement
      78

      Stafford Education Units
      79
Guide for Extracurricular Activities
80

Salary Guide for Secretaries 81

Salary Guide for Teacher Assistants 82







Salary Guide for Custodians/Building Mechanics 85







Salary Guide for Bus Drivers 86







Salary Guide for Hourly Employees and




Salaried Employees 87









Witness Agreement Signature Page 88

PREAMBLE


This agreement is entered into this _____ day of __________ 2004 , by and between the Board of Education of Stafford Township School District of the County of Ocean, New Jersey, hereinafter called the "Board," and the Stafford Township Education Association, hereinafter called the "Association."
ARTICLE I RECOGNITION
A. Unit
The Board hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive representative for collective negotiation concerning the grievances and terms and conditions of employment for all personnel employed by the Board including:
1. 1. Teachers
2. 2. Nurses
3. 3. Librarians
4. 4. Learning Disability Teacher Consultants
5. 5. Medical Assistants
6. 6. Social Workers
7. 7. Psychologists (Full Time)
8. 8. Teacher Assistants
9. 9. Bus Drivers
10. 10. Custodians
11. 11. Secretaries
12. 12. Cafeteria/Playground Assistants
13. 13. Guidance Counselor
14. 14. Transportation Attendants
15. 15. Mail Courier
16. 16. Bus Mechanic
17. 17. Assistant Bus Mechanic

18. Attendance Officer But excluding:

1. 1. Certified administrators and central office staff.
2. 2. All other personnel of the school district not specifically enumerated in the inclusion set forth above.

B. DEFINITION OF EMPLOYEE
Unless otherwise indicated, the term "employees" when used hereinafter in this Agreement shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as above defined, and reference to male employees shall include female employees.
C. The term "teacher" shall include special teachers.

ARTICLE II NEGOTIATIONS OF SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT
A. DEADLINE DATE
The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974 in a good faith effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning terms and conditions of employment. Such negotiations shall begin as required by law. Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to all employees, be reduced to writing, ratified by the parties and executed by the Board and Association.
B. MODIFICATION
This agreement shall not be modified in whole or in part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.
ARTICLE III GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
A. GENERAL
1. 1. A "grievance" shall mean a written complaint by an employee or group of employees alleging a violation, misinterpretation or inequitable application of any of the provisions of this agreement, established Board policy, or past practice affecting terms and conditions of employment.
2. 2. As used in the above description, the term "group of employees" shall mean a group of employees having identical grievances and similarly situated.
3. 3. In presenting the grievance, an employee shall be assured freedom from prejudicial action occasioned solely by the institution of said grievance.
4. 4. An aggrieved person is the employee or group of employees claiming the grievance.
5. 5. Grievances shall be instituted not later than twenty-five (25) working days following the cause thereof.
6. 6. An aggrieved person shall have the right to present his/her own appeal or to designate a representative of the Association or other employee of his/her own choosing to appear with him/her.

B. PROCEDURE
1. 1. Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered as maximum and every effort should be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified, however, may be extended by mutual agreement.
2. 2. In the event a grievance is filed at such time that it cannot be processed through all the steps in this grievance procedure by the end of the school year, and could result in irreparable harm to the aggrieved, 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 or as soon thereafter if practical.
3. 3. LEVEL ONE - An employee with a grievance shall first discuss it with his/her immediate supervisor or principal in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level.
4. 4. LEVEL TWO - If, within five (5) school days following this discussion, the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee, he/she may set forth his/her grievance in writing to the immediate supervisor or principal. The letter shall contain a request for a meeting with the immediate supervisor or principal within seven (7) days after his/her receipt of the grievance. The employee may request representation at this meeting by any member of the local Association. Following this meeting, the immediate supervisor or principal shall communicate his/her decision to the employee, in writing, within five (5) school days.
5. 5. LEVEL THREE - The employee may appeal the immediate supervisor's or principal's decision to the superintendent. The appeal to the superintendent must be made in writing within seven (7) days after receiving the immediate supervisor's or principal's decision. The appeal must set forth the grounds upon which the grievance is based. The superintendent shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. Within a period not to exceed seven

(7) school days of receipt of the aggrieved person's written appeal, the superintendent shall communicate his/her decision in writing along with supporting reasons to the aggrieved person and the immediate supervisor or principal.
6. LEVEL FOUR - If the grievance is not resolved to the aggrieved person's satisfaction, he/she may request a review by the Board of Education. The request for review shall be submitted in writing through the superintendent who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education within five (5) school days. The Board of Education shall, before the next regular Board Meeting, or within fifteen (15) school days of receipt of the request, review the grievance, hold a hearing with the aggrieved person, if requested, and render a decision as quickly as possible but within a period not to exceed thirty
(30) calendar days. At any meeting with the Board, the employee may be represented by any person of his/her choosing.
7. LEVEL FIVE - If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the Board's decision at Level Four, or if no decision has been rendered within thirty (30) days after the grievance was delivered to the Board, whichever is sooner, the person must request in writing that the president of the Association submit his/her grievance to arbitration, which shall be binding on issues concerning the interpretation of the agreement and in all other respects non-binding. If the Association determines that the grievance is meritorious, it may then, within fifteen (15) school days after the receipt of a request by the aggrieved person, submit the grievance to arbitration by service of demand thereof upon the Board through the superintendent.
a) A request for a list of arbitrators shall be made to the American Arbitration and/or the Public Employment Relations Commission in the selection of an arbitrator.
b) The arbitrator selected shall hold hearings promptly and shall issue a decision not later than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the hearing(s), or if oral hearings have been waived, then from the date the final statements and proofs on the issue are submitted to him/her. The arbitrator's decision shall be in writing and shall set forth his/her findings of fact, reasoning and conclusions of the issues submitted. The arbitrator shall limit his decision strictly to the application and interpretation of the provisions of the agreement and shall be without authority or power to make any decisions:
. (1) Contrary to, or inconsistent with, or modifying or varying in any way, the terms of this Agreement, or of applicable law or rules or regulations having the force and effect of law;
. (2) Limiting or interfering in any way with the powers, duties and responsibilities of the Board under applicable law, rules and regulations having the force and effect of law;
. (3) Involving established Board policy or past practice under the provisions of this Agreement or under applicable law, except that he/she may decide in a particular case that the Board's established policy on past practice affecting terms and conditions of employment was disregarded or that its application under any terms of this Agreement constitutes an abuse of discretion.
. (4) Provided further that non-renewal of employment contracts shall not be subject to arbitration, except as provided Teacher Assistants in Article XIX.

c) The costs for the services of arbitrator shall be borne equally by the Board and the Association. Any other expense incurred shall be paid by the party incurring same.
d) All grievance settlements shall be made in writing and approved by the super- intendent at his/her level, or the Board at its level, and the Association.
e) The aggrieved person shall follow applicable rules and regulations of the Board while a grievance is pending.
f) Any grievance which results from a decision made by the Board can be heard initially at Level Three. Said grievance shall be presented to the superintendent in writing within the same time limit prescribed in Number 5 of this Article.
g) The Association shall have the right to grieve in the same manner as an individual whenever its grievance is based upon a complaint suffered by the members of a unit as a whole.
ARTICLE IV EMPLOYEES’ RIGHTS
RIGHTS AND PROTECTION IN REPRESENTATION
1. 1. Pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974, the Board hereby agrees that every employee of the Board shall have the right to freely organize, join, and support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations. The Board agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage or deprive or coerce any employee in the enjoyment of any right conferred by Chapter 123, Public Law of 1974, and shall not discriminate against any employee with respect to hours, wages, or any terms or conditions or employment affiliates, his/ her participation in activities of the Association and its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or his/her institution of any grievance, complaint or proceeding under this Agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms or conditions of employment.
2. 2. Whenever any employee is required to appear before the Board of Education or any committee, member, representative or agent thereof concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that employee in his/her office position or employment or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto, then he/she shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview and shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association present to advise him/her and represent him/her during such meeting or interview.
3. 3. All Board policies and practices affecting terms and conditions of employment which are in effect as of the date of the execution of this agreement shall remain in force for the term of this agreement.
4. 4. Except for just cause, an employee shall not be disciplined. Teacher assistants are included within this paragraph, provided, however, that teacher assistants may grieve such discipline to Board level only. Teacher assistants may not appeal any grievance under this provision to arbitration.
5. 5. At no time shall a bus driver be requested to, in any way, supervise or be responsible for pupils at any work location except in the event of an emergency.
6. 6. Any employee shall have the right to review the contents of his/her personnel file with prior notice.

ARTICLE V ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
A. INFORMATION
The Board agrees to furnish to the Association in response to reasonable requests, available information which is public in nature.
B. RELEASED TIME FOR MEETINGS
Whenever any representative of the Association participates during working hours in negotiation or grievance proceedings, he/she shall suffer no loss in pay.
C. USE OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS
The local Association shall be permitted to use school buildings at reasonable hours for meetings provided it does not conflict with school-scheduled functions. The principal of the building in question shall be notified three (3) days in advance of the time and place of all such meetings, his/her approval for such use shall be obtained before any such meeting takes place.
D. USE OF SCHOOL EQUIPMENT
1. 1. Exclusive of the Board Office, the Association shall be permitted to use school facilities and equipment, including typewriters, other duplicating equipment, calculating machines and all types of audio-visual equipment at reasonable times, when such equipment is not otherwise in use. The Association shall pay for the cost of all materials and supplies incident to such use, and for any repairs necessitated as a result.
2. 2. The Association shall not use this equipment in furtherance of political issues, not related to collective negotiations or grievances.

E. BULLETIN BOARDS
The Association shall have, in each building, the use of a bulletin board in each faculty lounge, provided that a faculty lounge is available as such and is not needed or education purposes, and the use of a bulletin board in the garage.
F. MAIL FACILITIES AND MAILBOXES
The Association shall be permitted to use the inter-school mail facilities and school mail- boxes as it deems necessary.
ARTICLE VI
TEACHER EMPLOYMENT

A. Teachers shall be notified of their contract status for the ensuing year consistent with the appropriate New Jersey State Education Statute. Teacher assistants shall be notified of their contract status for the ensuing year no later than July 15.
B. Teachers shall be advised of Extended School Year School status by May 30th.
C. No teacher shall be discharged, reduced in rank, compensation, or disciplined without just cause. Teacher Assistants are included in this paragraph, provided however, they grieve such actions to Board level no later than July 15. Teacher assistants may not appeal any grievance under this provision to arbitration.
D. SUBCONTRACTING NOTIFICATION:
The Board agrees to notify the STEA four (4) months prior to the determination for subcontracting.
E. 1. Employees hired up to and including February 1, shall be entitled to move to the next step on the salary guide commencing July 1; employees hired after February 1 shall not advance on the salary guide as of the next July 1. This shall not be retroactive.
2. All on-guide employees who have worked for more than five (5) months and one
(1) day during the school year shall be entitled to move to the next step on the salary guide commencing July 1.
All off-guide employees who have worked for more than five (5) months and one (1) day during the school year shall be entitled to receive the off-guide annual salary adjustment commencing July 1.
The above language applies to unpaid leaves of absence.
F. EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
1. Definition: This article shall apply to those assignments set forth in salary guides.
. 2. Newly-created positions: The compensation for any newly-created extracurricular positions set forth in Schedule B shall be subject to negotiations between the Board and the Association.
. 3. Procedures for filling extra-curricular positions: All vacancies in extra-curricular positions shall be posted as follows: a) Date of posting:

A notice shall be ordinarily posted fifteen (15) working days before the final date when applications must be submitted except in case of emergency. A copy of said notice shall be given to the Association at the time of posting. Employees who desire to apply for such vacancies shall submit their applications in writing to the person designated within the time limit specified in the notice.
b) Application procedure:
              All summer postings will be listed on the intranet. All internal postings
shall be e-mailed to all employees.
Employees who desire to apply for a position which may be announced during the summer period when school is not regularly in session, shall submit their names to the superintendent, together with the position(s) for which they desire to apply, and an address where they can be reached during the summer.
c) Selection criteria:
All qualified employees shall be given adequate opportunity to make application and no position shall be filled until all properly submitted applications have been considered. The Board agrees to give due consideration to the professional background and attainment of all applicants. In filling such vacancies, when all other qualifications are equal, length of time in Stafford Township School District will be considered. The Board retains the discretion to determine whether qualifications are equal. Announcements of appointments shall be made by posting a list in the office of central administration and in each school building. The list shall be given to the Association and shall indicate which positions have been filled and by whom.
4. The P.A.S.S. Program will pay for fifty-five (55) minutes of teaching time, of which forty (40) minutes is past the contractual time of a seven (7) hour work day. The teacher will be paid twenty (20) equal semi-monthly installments.
ARTICLE VII EMPLOYMENT PROCEDURES – SUPPORT STAFF
A. PLACEMENT ON SALARY GUIDE
1. Adjustment to salary schedule - Any employee hired on or before February 1 of any school year shall be given full credit for one (1) year of service toward the next increment step for the following year. Anyone employed after February 1st of any school year shall remain on the same step of salary guide the following year.
B. TENURE (Applies to Employee Recognition #’s 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16)
1. After three (3) years of uninterrupted continuous service, employees shall be appointed for an unfixed term so as to provide the tenure protection available to such employees under the provisions of Chapter 137, Public Laws of 1960 (18A: 17-2, 18A: 17-3 and 18A: 17-4)
C. Custodian Employment Security shall be governed by a progressive discipline plan as outlined in Article XXVII C.3.f.
D. RESIGNATION Any employee resigning from their position shall give the normal two (2) weeks notice.
E. SUBCONTRACTING NOTIFICATION
The Board agrees to notify the STEA four (4) months prior to the determination for subcontracting.
F. NOTIFICATION OF CONTRACT AND SALARY
Employees shall be notified of their contract and salary status consistent with the appropriate New Jersey State Education Statute.
G. ASSIGNED DUTIES
At no time shall the Board or any agent thereof assign or direct any employee covered by this contract to duties inconsistent with their general job description or past practice.
H. EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
1. 1. In the event that the district shall be closed in an emergency snow day, Monday through Friday, the supervisor shall notify the employees of the appropriate hour of reporting for work so as to have the district in operation for pupils and staff. To maximize time, all employees will report to their respective schools under the direction of the supervisor and be dismissed at the completion of their work.
2. 2. Secretaries shall be notified by their appropriate principal/supervisor whether to report to work.

I. All custodial workstations shall be uniform and equal as areas assigned. At the beginning of each school year, every station shall be reviewed with each area designated into specific shift areas and assigned an appropriate custodian.
J. All additional duties and tasks assigned custodians shall be equally balanced and rotated and be proportionate to the custodian workload.
ARTICLE VIII EMPLOYMENT PROCEDURES - BUS DRIVERS
A. PLACEMENT ON SALARY GUIDE
1. 1. Adjustment to salary schedule - Any employee hired on or before February 1st of any school year shall be given full credit for one (1) year of service toward the next increment step for the following year. Anyone employed after February 1st of any school year shall remain on the same step of salary guide the following year.
2. 2. After three (3) years of uninterrupted continuous service, employees shall be appointed for an unfixed term consistent with the provisions of Chapter 137, Public Laws of 1960 (18A: 17-2, 18A: 17-3 and 18A: 17-4)

B. RESIGNATION Any employee who is resigning from their position shall give two (2) weeks notice.
C. SUBCONTRACTING NOTIFICATION
The Board agrees to notify the STEA four (4) months prior to the determination for subcontracting.
D. NOTIFICATION OF CONTRACT AND SALARY
Employees shall be notified of their contract and salary status consistent with the appropriate New Jersey State Education Statute.
E. ASSIGNED DUTIES
At no time shall the Board or any agent thereof assign or direct any employee covered by this contract to duties inconsistent with their general job description.
F. EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
In the event the district shall be closed early, as in an emergency snow day, the supervisor shall notify the drivers of the appropriate hour for reporting for early dismissal.
ARTICLE IX TEACHER - WORK YEAR
A. TEACHER WORK YEAR
1. 1. The teachers' in school work year (other than new personnel who may be required to attend an additional three (3) days of orientation shall not exceed 184 days.
2. 2. The District will make a reasonable attempt to use a minimum of ten (10) hours of the one (1) orientation day and three (3) staff development days to fulfill New Jersey State mandated CEU requirements.

B. 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.
C. INCLEMENT WEATHER
Teacher and teacher assistant attendance shall not be required whenever student attendance is not required due to inclement weather.
ARTICLE X
SUPPORT STAFF - WORK YEAR

A. CAFETERIA ASSISTANTS shall not be required whenever student attendance is not required due to inclement weather.
B. SECRETARIES WORK YEAR
1. The work year for secretaries is July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
. 2. Secretaries shall work the same calendar as teachers during the school year, however, it is expressly understood this shall not affect secretaries scheduled to work the summer months.

C. CUSTODIANS WORK YEAR The work year for custodians shall be July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
ARTICLE XI BUS DRIVERS - WORK YEAR
A. DAYS
1. 1. Student driving - the work year for Bus Drivers shall be 183 days, which shall include a maximum of three inservice days.
2. 2. Work day - each full-time driver shall work a five (5) hour day. Drivers who exceed five (5) hours in a workday shall be paid overtime rates. The five (5) hour day shall include a fifteen (15) minute preparation period for drivers to complete the required vehicle checklist. All bus fluids shall continue to be checked and replaced by the mechanic.
3. 3. All employees hired after July 1, 1999, must work a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours per week to be eligible for health benefits.
4. 4. All runs shall be picked by seniority. Summer school runs shall be picked no later than June 15. Regular school year runs shall be picked during the second full week of August. These routes are subject to change due to changes in student enrollment.
5. 5. If a full-time driver’s run package is less than five (5) hours, s/he may be used for other transportation duties such as inspections, emergency runs, incidental runs and emergency attendant duty.
6. 6. All mid-day runs which remain in the district will be paid at one-half () the regular guide step, and will not exceed two and one-half (2- ) hours. Should such a run exceed two and one-half (2-) hours, the driver shall be paid overtime rates.
7. 7. Special runs - runs requiring special transportation service, such as those involving the handicapped, disabled, etc., shall be established as needed. The pay for said runs shall be step on guide. Drivers shall be paid overtime rates, for any hours in excess of five (5) per day.
          a) All of the above runs are to be put into packages of the total hours worked and all deductions including pension will be withdrawn from same.
          b) Any adjustment under this Article shall be made in the last pay of the school year. The closing of special education schools on days other than those closed at Stafford Township may necessitate the need for this provision.
          c) All pay shall be issued on the 15th and 30th of each month following the submission of an employee’s time sheet to the Business Office.
          d) Summer runs shall be based on a driver’s hourly salary.
      8. Summer runs shall be in accordance with past practice, using seniority.
1. 9. Emergency runs - runs requiring special emergency transportation shall be deter-mined by the superintendent or designee. Should drivers assigned to such a run work beyond a five (5) hour workday, they shall be paid overtime rates. Emergency runs shall be assigned on a rotating basis starting with the most senior bus driver.
2. 10. Provided it does not interfere with a driver’s regularly assigned run, full-time drivers shall have first pick of class trips that occur between their regular run. All such class trip runs shall be paid overtime rates.
3. 11. Physicals - a letter will be sent to the Association, by April 30, stating the name of the District’s physician. Drivers who utilize the District’s physician for their annual physical will not be charged for this bi-annual examination. Drivers who elect to use their own physician may use the District’s health benefit program coverage, or pay for the services themselves.
      12. In the event a bus driver is out for any extended period of time longer than ten
(10) days, a regular senior driver who applied for the position shall be assigned the runs if there is a monetary gain.
13. Special education drivers shall receive a minimum of three (3) hours pay regardless of the number of students that report to school that day.
          a) If special education driver runs are canceled because the students do not show up for school on any given day, said driver may be used as a substitute where necessary during that day and be paid normal workday pay.
          b) If there is no sub-work available, the driver shall be guaranteed three (3) hours pay.
1. 14. If a driver(s) run is canceled because students do not attend school on any given day, the driver(s) may be used as a substitute at their regular rate of pay.
2. 15. Provided the driver is capable of the assignment, a senior driver who loses a run after the beginning of the school year may select the most junior drivers run (including mid-day runs). The intent is to give the senior driver a maximum number of runs and eliminate bumping from one driver to another.
3. 16. Due to unforeseen reasons or emergency situations, individuals may be employed as attendants and drivers simultaneously during the same school year, as determined by the Transportation Coordinator. Drivers so affected will receive their regular rate of pay.
      17. Runs, as they are created, must be assigned to permanent drivers within twenty
(20) school days; substitute drivers may not be assigned these runs beyond the first 20 school day period.
1. 18. Regular drivers shall be given chance of first refusal for all work in the transportation department which involves driving a vehicle owned or operated by the Stafford Township Board of Education.
2. 19. All full-time drivers, beginning the 1999-2000 school year, will be guaranteed a customary work day of five (5) hours. Notwithstanding, it is expressly understood any reduction in force shall be based on seniority.
3. 20. Only newly hired employees shall be required to pay for a fingerprint examination.
ARTICLE XII TEACHING HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD
A. WORK DAY
1. 1. The teacher school day shall be seven (7) hours in duration, the precise starting and ending times to be determined by the Board of Education. If teachers are asked to arrive earlier than the normal starting time, they will be granted compensatory time off. On Fridays, however, the teachers' day shall be shortened by fifteen (15) minutes at the end of the day.
2. 2. Teacher assistants shall be given a total of thirty (30) minutes per regular full day for non-student contact time.
3. 3. With the exception of the Safety Patrol Advisors, any teacher who is required to regularly perform services beyond the teacher school day shall receive remuneration for said services predicated on an amount agreed upon between the Board and the Association.

B. LUNCH PERIOD
1. Grade level and other a) All teachers shall have a forty-five (45) minute duty free lunch period. b) Teacher assistants shall have a forty-five (45)-minute duty-free lunch
period.
2. 2. Leaving the building
      Teachers may leave the building without requesting permission during their scheduled duty-free lunch period, provided they notify the office.
C. PREPARATION TIME
1. Grades 1 - 6 teachers and special teachers shall receive three (3) hours and forty-five (45) minutes of prep time per full week. A full week shall be defined as a week that school is in session each day Monday through Friday and that day shall be a full school day; not an abbreviated school day. Such time shall be scheduled during the students' school day. In the case
of shortened weeks, that is when school is not in session each day Monday through Friday, teachers shall receive prep time in such weeks only to the extent that the master schedule calls for on the days school is open. On schedules less than a full day an abbreviated schedule shall be used so that all teachers share in prep time due that day, on a proportionate basis with the shortened day. This shall not apply to shortened days due to emergency. This is a continuation of practice. This time shall be used for preparation of lessons and experiments, and other activities that have a bearing on that teacher's class or classes.
2. 2. Only under emergency circumstances, may the administration direct teachers, as needed, to temporarily substitute for an absent teacher. For each thirty (30) minutes of substituting, said teacher shall receive $15.00

D. HALF DAYS
The last day of the school year and the day before the commencement of the Winter Break shall be one-half (1/2) day for both students and teachers.
E. NON-TEACHING DUTIES a) Teachers shall not be required to transport students. b) The annual major achievement test and IQ test shall be machine scored.
ARTICLE XIII WORK SCHEDULE - SUPPORT STAFF
A. SCHEDULE POSTING
1. 1. Work schedules showing the employees' shifts, work days, and hours shall be posted in each school.
2. 2. Two (2) weeks notice for any permanent shift change shall be given before institution of said shift.

B. WORK DAY - WORK SHIFT
1. CUSTODIANS
Eight (8) hours of work, inclusive of a lunch thirty (30) minute lunch period, shall be considered a work shift.
2. 2. SECRETARIES One (1) secretary shall report at least one-half hour prior to the school day. One
      (1) secretary shall report at the start of the school day. A secretary shall work a seven and one-half (7-) hour day which shall include a thirty (30) minute lunch period.
      Summer hours for secretaries will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a thirty (30) minute lunch period.
C. Break Periods
1. 1. Each full time custodian and secretary shall receive two (2) fifteen (15) minute break periods, one (1) in the AM and one (1) in the PM. Such scheduled breaks shall be assigned by the employee’s supervisor.
2. 2. Each half time Secretary or Custodian shall receive one (1) fifteen (15) minute break. Such scheduled break shall be assigned by the employee’s supervisor.

D. Shift Differential Custodians working the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift shall receive a 4% differential.
E. Substitute Call in for Custodians Evening Custodians shall notify the District by noon on the day of their absence.
F. Replacement
1. 1. Custodians absent for reasons outlined within this agreement and for whom a substitute cannot be secured shall have their shift filled from an overtime list consisting of unit employees who can perform these duties.
2. An overtime list shall be developed between the members of the custodial unit and the district of persons available to work overtime for each shift.
3. The list shall be rotated and placement on said list shall be based on seniority.
2. 4. Custodians desiring overtime shall indicate to the district the days they are able to work.
3. 5. In the event a custodian desiring overtime is notified by the district and refuses said overtime, then that custodian shall be placed on the bottom of the overtime list.
ARTICLE XIV 12 MONTH CALENDAR - SUPPORT STAFF
A. Except for secretaries who shall work the same school calendar as the teachers, the
following paid holidays are included in the regular work year.
      In the event a holiday falls on a weekend, then the unit members shall have the following
Monday.
          1) Labor Day

          2) July 4

          3) Christmas Eve

          4) Christmas Day

          5) New Year's Eve

          6) New Year's Day

          7) Good Friday

          8) Thanksgiving Day

          9) Day after Thanksgiving

B. Except for secretaries who shall work the same school calendar as the teachers, the

following paid holidays are included if school is not in session. If school is in session, another

day off will be granted with pay and custodians will work the holidays school is in session.

          1) Veteran's Day
          2) Memorial Day
          3) Washington's Birthday
          4) Lincoln's Birthday
          5) Columbus Day
          6) Martin Luther King Day
          7) Election Day
          8) NJEA Convention
C. It shall be understood that if the Board of Education elects to hold school during the year on any of the above listed holidays, custodians shall have those days off which are affected by this decision during the Christmas and Spring recess.
On days affected from July 1 to December 31, custodians shall be granted days off during Christmas recess. On days affected from January 1 to June 30, custodians shall be granted days off during the Spring recess.
D. It shall be understood that custodians belonging to the NJEA shall be permitted to attend
the convention. All non-members shall be required to work on said days. Custodians attending the convention shall be required to furnish proof of attendance.
E. VACATION
1. 1. First year of employment - 2 weeks vacation.
2. 2. Sixth year of employment - 3 weeks vacation.
3. 3. Eleventh year of employment - 4 weeks vacation.
4. 4. During school breaks, two custodians per building must work. Rotation for vacation will apply. Rotation will be based on seniority.
5. 5. Request for vacation must be submitted at least two weeks prior and it must be approved by the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.
ARTICLE XV OVERTIME - SUPPORT STAFF
A. DEFINITION
Overtime shall be any time spent over eight (8) hours worked in a day or forty (40) hours worked in a week at regular or assigned duties consistent with this agreement.
B. DISTRIBUTION
All overtime shall be distributed by seniority on a rotation basis, and be voluntary. This does not restrict or limit the Board’s right, in the absence of volunteers, to assign work to the lowest licensed senior employee.
C. RATE Overtime shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half.
D. CUSTODIAN’S RATE
1. In the event custodians are called out for work on weekends, or holidays,
including snow emergency, the following rate shall be in effect: a) Saturday – time and one-half for all hours b) Sunday – two times for all hours that day c) There shall be a minimum call-in time of two (2) hours for custodians
2. The above shall not apply to Sunday church activities, and in the event custodians shall be required for either a Saturday or a Sunday, the overtime rate shall be at 1+1/2 for all hours required on either day
ARTICLE XVI OVERTIME – BUS DRIVERS
A. DEFINITION Overtime shall be any time spent over 5 hours of required attendance, as per Article XI.
ARTICLE XVII TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS
A. TEACHERS
All teachers shall be given written notice of their salary schedules, tentative class and/or subject assignments, building assignments, and room assignments for the upcoming school year not later than June 1.
B. TRAVELING TEACHER
1. Teachers who may be required to use their own car in the performance of their
duties and teachers who are assigned to more than one school shall be reimbursed for all such
travel at the rate of:
      Days Traveled Per Week Per Year

      1 $45

      2 $70

      3 $95

      4 $120

      5 $145

      2. Reimbursement shall be made at the conclusion of the school year.

C. TEACHERS ASSISTANTS
1. The following Articles will apply to Teacher Assistants, except to the extent otherwise provided within this agreement:
1. 1. Article I
2. 2. Article II
3. 3. Article III
4. 4. Article IV
5. 5. Article V
6. 6. Article VI
7. 7. Article IX
8. 8. Article XII, Section A.2, B.2.b, D.
9. 9. Article XVII, Section C
10. 10. Article XVIII
11. 11. Article XIX, Section A
12. 12. Article XXI
13. 13. Article XXII
14. 14. Article XXIV

15. Article XXV
          16. Article XXVI
          17. Article XXVII
          18. Article XXVIII
          19. Article XXIX
          20. Article XXX
          21. Article XXXI
          22. Article XXXII
          23. Article XXXIII
          24. Article XXXIV
          25. Article XXXV
          26. Article XXXVI
          27. Article XXXVIII




      2. The following articles do not apply to teacher assistants, except to the extent
otherwise provided in this agreement.
          1. Article XII Section A.3, and A.5a
          2. Article XII Non-teaching Duties
          3. Article XXVII
          4. Article XXIII
ARTICLE XVIII PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

A. FACULTY MEETINGS
Teachers may be required to remain after the end of the regular workday without additional compensation for the purpose of attending faculty or other professional meetings fifteen (15) times during the school year, with a maximum of three (3) meetings in any one-month. Such meetings shall begin no later than five (5) minutes after the student dismissal time and shall not run more than forty-five (45) minutes and shall be under the direct supervision of the building principal.
B. NOTICE AND AGENDA The supervising principal shall provide notice and an agenda of the meeting at least two
. (2) days in advance, and shall provide the teachers with an opportunity to suggest items for the agenda.
. C. EVENING MEETINGS

Teachers may be required to attend no more than three (3) evening assignments or meetings each school year without additional compensation.
D. SUBSTITUTE CALLING
Teachers shall notify the district of their absence from school because of illness with the following guidelines:
E. CALLING TIME-DISTRICT POLICY
1. 1. The parties shall follow the current practice which provides for the use of the machine for 24 hour calling.
2. 2. Calls received after 7 a.m. will be accepted, but may result in the loss of the day's pay.
3. 3. The computation for a day's salary shall be one (1) divided by the actual number
of days contracted.

ARTICLE XIX

SENIORITY AND JOB SECURITY -SUPPORT STAFF

School district seniority is defined as service by appointed employees in the school district in the collective bargaining unit covered by the agreement. An appointed employee shall lose all accumulated school district seniority only if he/she resigns or is discharged for cause, irrespective of whether he/she is subsequently rehired by the school district.
Any anticipated or planned reduction in force shall not be implemented or take effect without thirty (30) days prior notice to the Association. Following the notice, a meeting between the Board and the Association shall be scheduled prior to the effective date of such anticipated or planned reduction. In the event of a RIF, time accredited towards the attainment of benefits is retained by employee and is resumed at time of rehire.
A. TEACHER ASSISTANTS - REDUCTION IN FORCE
1. 1. The Board of Education shall utilize training and then seniority in determining the order of layoff of all non-personal assistants. The teacher assistants may grieve the order of layoff to arbitration. Said arbitration shall be expedited.
2. 2. All personal assistants hired after 7/1/01 will be notified that their services are required only as long as that student is enrolled in our district. When services are no longer needed, their names will be added to a district list for rehire by seniority as personal assistants. All personal assistants hired prior to 7/1/01 shall be incorporated in #1 above.

B. BUS DRIVERS - REDUCTION IN FORCE
1. 1. Any layoff shall not be implemented or take effect without thirty (30) days prior notice to the Association. Following the notice, a meeting between the Board and the Association shall be scheduled prior to the effective date of such layoffs.
2. 2. Any driver who loses employment due to reduction in force will be given prime consideration when an additional or new driver is needed.
ARTICLE XX UNIFORMS
A. CUSTODIANS
1. 1. All custodians shall be issued three (3) complete and fitted work uniforms by September 30th of each year, which they shall be required to wear. In the event the uniform needs to be resized, it will be the responsibility of the employee.
2. 2. Each Custodian shall be provided a pair of safety shoes every two years which they shall be required to wear. Should a new employee leave employment with the District prior to the expiration of the prescribed ninety (90) day probationary period, the cost of the safety shoes shall be withheld from that employee’s final paycheck.
ARTICLE XXI SICK & OTHER LEAVES
A. SICK LEAVE AND PERSONAL LEAVE
1. 1. All ten (10) month employees shall be entitled to ten (10) sick leave days each school year as of the first official day of said school year, whether or not they report for duty on that day. Unused sick days shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit. All twelve (12) month employees shall be entitled to twelve (12) sick days per year. Unused sick days shall be accumulated from year to year.
2. 2. In addition to sick leave days, all employees shall be entitled to three (3) days leave of absence each school year for illness in the immediate family. Immediate family is defined as child, spouse, or any blood relative living in the employee's household. This leave time is non-cumulative.
3. 3. Additionally, all employees shall be entitled to two (2) days leave of absence for personal business which cannot otherwise be conducted during other than school hours. Days requested in conjunction with school holidays shall be at the option of the superintendent of schools.
4. 4. Any unused non-cumulative days shall be credited to a employee's record of accumulated sick leave days at the conversion of one (1) days accumulative credit for every two

(2) non-cumulative days not used. If none of the five (5) non-cumulative days are used, a credit of three (3) accumulative days shall be given.
5. Death in Family
In the event of death in the immediate family, an employee will be excused from duty without loss of pay for a period not to exceed five (5) days. Immediate family shall include: spouse, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brother/sister, brother/sister spouse, guardian, and any others who are dependent upon or reside with the employee. Parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters of spouse are also included. Employee will be excused one (1) day for aunt or uncle for observation of the funeral.
B. SICK LEAVE UPON RETIREMENT – ALL EMPLOYEES
1. Any employee leaving the employ of the Board with fifteen (15) but less than twenty (20) years of service in the Stafford Township School District shall upon departure be paid for the accumulative sick time in accordance with the following schedule: % is based on per diem formula. .

(Formula = accumulated days x per diem rate x correlated percentage)



      DAYS ACCUMULATED PERCENTAGE UPON RETIREMENT.
      0 - 29
      NONE
      30 - 59
      25%
      60 - 89
      40%
      90 - 119
      50%
      120 - 150
      75%
$15,000 MAXIMUM CAP

NOTICE: For budget purposes, notice shall be given in September of the year preceding termination.
2. Any employee leaving the employ of the Board with twenty (20) or more years of service in the Stafford Township School District shall, upon departure, be paid for accumulated sick time in accordance with the following schedule. % is based on per diem formula.

(Formula = accumulated days x per diem rate x correlated percentage)

DAYS ACCUMULATED PERCENTAGE UPON RETIREMENT

0 - 29
NONE
30 - 59
25%
60 - 89
30%
90 - 119
40%
120 - 149
50%
150 - 179
70%
180 - 209
85%
210 - 239
100%
                      $15,000 MAXIMUM CAP

NOTICE: For budget purposes, notice shall be given in September of the year preceding termination.
ARTICLE XXII SICK DAY BANK
A district employee Sick Day Bank shall be established. Each employee will be given the option of participating. The decision shall be binding for the remainder of one’s time in the district.
Each participant may voluntarily contribute ONE of his/her sick days to the bank annually. All district employees covered by this agreement will be given ninety (90) calendar days in which to decide to join or not. This will constitute a pool of days upon which a participant may draw, as explained below:
1. 1. A participant who has exhausted his/her days due to a protracted and verifiable illness may apply to the committee.
2. 2. The participant’s record must show non-abuse of sick day usage, as determined by the committee.
3. 3. Maternity related disability will generally not be considered by the Sick Day Bank.
4. 4. The committee may or may not award the days and may do so in not more than thirty
        (30) day segments. Reapplication is necessary for each segment.
If the pool diminishes to the point whereby it is less than 30 per cent of whole days in relation to the number of participants at a given moment, an open enrollment period will be declared and all employees covered by this agreement shall have the opportunity to enroll in the Sick Day Bank. Should a participant at any time of replenishing opt NOT to enroll, such action will constitute a withdrawal from the bank, losing any days thus far contributed.
The committee will be as follows:
1. 1. Two participating STEA members appointed by the president.
2. 2. One participating STEA support staff member appointed by the president.
3. 3. The superintendent (or his designee).
4. 4. A member of the Board of Education (or an administrator as so designated by the board president).
5. 5. A non-affiliated support staff member as designated by the superintendent. If a tie vote occurs, up to thirty (30) days will be awarded, but not more, for a single incident or illness. Also, in cases of a tie and following the initial 30 day award, if a reapplication follows, and a second tie results, the reapplication will be denied.

The school business administrator shall provide for the employee a written accounting of the days thus provided as well as a statement of the employee’s per diem compensation for the year from which the donation is drawn. This provision shall remain in effect for the term of the current agreement.
This article shall expire on June 30, 2007 unless both the STEA and the Stafford Township Board of Education mutually agree to extend. If this article is not extended the remaining days in sick bank shall be divided equally among all participants on a pro-rated basis.
                      ARTICLE XXIII LEAVE OF ABSENCE
A. TEACHERS.
    1. Professional Improvement. Leaves of absence without pay of up to two (2) school calendar years shall be granted providing the following conditions are met:
a) The leave(s) shall be for the purpose of professional improvement and must include academic objectives as part of the improvement purpose. The academic objectives shall be in the form of the satisfactory completion of college course work related to elementary education.
b) The leave(s) shall be granted after the completion of five (5) years in the district. Individual teachers are eligible for more than one (1) leave providing an interval of at least five
(5) more consecutive years have been completed. c) The leave(s) will be granted to a maximum of 3% of the total staff at any one time. d) The Board will maintain the teacher in-service benefit program provided the teacher
pays the premium.
e) The leave(s) will be granted only for the entire school year or two (2) year period (September thru June)
f) The teacher(s) will submit requests for such leave(s) in writing to the superintendent of Schools prior to April 1 of the school year preceding the leave period.
g) Teachers will notify the superintendent in writing of their intent to return to the district. The notification will be made April 1 of the school year preceding the September return date as provided by the leave
        2. CHILD-REARING LEAVE a) In the case of a birth or adoption of a child, any teacher shall have the right to apply for a leave without pay for child-rearing purposes. b) In cases where both husband and wife may be teachers in this school system, only one shall be entitled to such leave. c) In the case of female teachers, the application of child-rearing leave may be made to become effective immediately upon termination of medical leave absence.
d) Child-rearing leave shall be granted for a maximum of two (2) years beginning in the school year in which the birth of the child occurs. School year shall be considered July 1 to June 30. After the first year of leave, the employee may return to their vacated position. After a second year of leave, the employee will return to a position determined by the superintendent of schools or designee. A third year of child-rearing leave may be granted at the option of the Board of Education.
Teachers on leave must notify the Superintendent of their intentions to return by April 1. Notice in the year of the birth of the child shall be as soon as possible, but in no event, later than April 30.
The Board of Education may, on a case-by-case basis and where particular individual circumstances warrant an exception, deviate from the strict application of the conditions governing child-rearing leaves of absence. Any such exception/deviation, however, is solely within the discretion of the Board of Education and any such decision to permit a deviation may not be considered as a precedent or past practice on the event of a subsequent application. It is further agreed any decision by the Board of Education under this paragraph shall not be grievable nor shall there be any appeal mechanism whatsoever from the Board’s decision.
. e. Applications for child-rearing leave shall be filed at least three (3) months before the anticipated birth of a child.
. f. The Board will maintain the teacher in-service benefit program providing the teacher pays the premiums for such in accordance with the insurance provider.
. g. Teacher assistants shall receive leaves of absence and other benefits provided by this Article at the same levels they have received as defined by their past practice.

B. NON-INSTRUCTIONAL
      1. EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
. a. Military leaves without pay shall be granted for a period not to exceed beyond four (4) years to any employee who enlists in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States.
. b. The Board's policy on maternity leave shall continue unchanged and is incorporated by reference as though set forth at length herein.
. c. All requests for leave of absence shall be made in writing to the Supervisor at least 72 hours prior to a regular Board meeting.,
. d. All requests for extensions or renewals of leaves shall be applied for in writing and, if granted, responded to in writing by the Board.
      2. CHILD-REARING LEAVE
. a. In the case of a birth of a child, or the adoption of a child, the employee shall have the right to apply for a leave without pay for child-rearing purposes. In cases where both husband and wife may be employees in this school system, only one shall be entitled to such leave.
. b. In the case of female employees, the application for child rearing leave may be made to become effective immediately upon the termination of the pregnancy leave.
. c. Child-rearing leave may be granted for a period not to extend beyond the end of the school year in which the birth of the child occurs, however, upon request of the employee and at the option of the Board, it may be extended for one additional school year. Requests for extensions of such leave must be made at least 3 months prior to the expiration of the first period thereof.
. d. Applications for child-rearing leave shall be filed at least three (3) months before the anticipated birth of the child.
. e. Where an employee granted a child-rearing leave returns to the system at other than the start of the school year, such employee may be assigned any position decided upon by the superintendent so long as such assignment is within the certification of the employee.
. f. Anything to the contrary notwithstanding, a child-rearing leave granted to a non-tenured employee need not be extended beyond the end of the contract school year in which the leave is obtained.
. g. The dates for the commencement and termination of child-rearing leaves shall in all cases be subject to and based upon a finding and determination by the Board that such leaves will not substantially interfere with the administration of the school.
ARTICLE XXIV SABBATICAL LEAVE
1. 1. Sabbatical Leaves for certified personnel of the Stafford Township School District, which includes classroom teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, child study team members, and nurses, may be granted for one (1) full year at half () pay. To qualify for consideration for a Sabbatical Leave, a teacher shall have taught at least seven (7) consecutive years in the Stafford Township School District.
2. 2. Sabbatical Leave may be granted by the Stafford Township Board of Education for an applicant to pursue one of the following:
      a) a course of formal graduate study at an accredited college or university with a completed course load of 9 (nine) credits per semester; or,
      b)
      formal research in connection with the pursuit of an advanced degree or
      license; or,
      c)
      formal research in connection with the preparation of a document or work
      for publication in a recognized media or publication; or
      d) work on a collaborative project or experiment that advances and/or enhances education; and
e) any foreign or domestic travel in conjunction with a, b, c, or d.
3 . The detailed and comprehensive study, research, project, and/or travel plans for the proposed sabbatical year must be submitted with a formal application to the Superintendent for approval no later than February 1 of the school year prior to the commencement of the proposed leave. After due consideration of all applications, the Superintendent shall present each request to the Board with his/her recommendation of acceptance or rejection. Each applicant shall be invited by the Superintendent to the Board meeting when his/her program comes up for consideration. The decision of the Board shall be final and not subject to grievance, arbitration, or legal challenge.
1. 4. During the Sabbatical Leave the employee shall earn a grade of “B” or better in each course that the employee is enrolled in.
2. 5. During the Sabbatical Leave, the employee shall not be allowed to hold any full-time position, unless the position is an integral part of the Sabbatical Leave and is expressly approved by the Board at the time the Sabbatical Leave is granted. This shall not be construed as to deny any teacher the right to fellowships, scholarships, grant-in-aid, or any other scholastic stipends.
3. 6. Teachers on Sabbatical Leave shall file progress reports with the Superintendent on/or before the conclusion of the fourth month of the Sabbatical Leave and upon completion of the leave to substantiate program participation and criteria.
4. 7. No more than two (2) people certified as defined in #1 above, shall be eligible for a Sabbatical Leave in any given school year.
5. 8. Personnel on Sabbatical Leave under this provision shall receive insurance coverage during such leave. Personal, Family, and/or Sick leave will not be accrued during any Sabbatical Leave.
6. 9. The Stafford Township School District shall pay the employee on Sabbatical Leave 50% of that year’s salary, payable in twenty equal installments on the normal paydays set forth for teachers in the Stafford Township School District.
7. 10. An employee who returns from Sabbatical Leave shall receive, upon his/her return, credit for time on leave for purposes of guide advancement and/or seniority.
11. An employee granted a Sabbatical Leave shall, upon return, be required to serve the Stafford Township School District for at least an additional two (2) years in a position of at least equivalent working hours to the position held by the employee at the time the Sabbatical
was applied for and granted (i.e. a full time employee shall return to full time employment for at least two years and a part-time 3/5 employee shall return to work as at least a part time 3/5 employee for at least two years).
8. 12. Prior to the Sabbatical Leave the employee shall execute a Sabbatical Leave Agreement with the Stafford Township School District.
9. 13. In the event that the employee does not complete the additional two years of service with the District at the completion of the Sabbatical Leave, the employee shall be indebted to the District for the salary received during the Sabbatical Leave, minus any credits. The Board shall credit the employee with 5% (five percent or 1/20) of the Sabbatical Leave salary for each complete month that the employee works after returning from the Sabbatical Leave. The employee shall promptly reimburse the Board for any unearned portion of the Sabbatical Leave salary.
ARTICLE XXV
SALARIES

A. Salary increases for all salaried and hourly employees recognized in Article I are as
follows: 2004-2005 (effective 7/1/04) increase of 4.7% inclusive of increment 2005-2006 (effective 7/1/05) increase of 4.8% inclusive of increment 2006-2007 (effective 7/1/06) increase of 4.9% inclusive of increment. A salary guide adjustment will be made within the duration of this contract.
B. The salaries of all employees covered by this agreement are set forth in the schedules attached.
1. 1. Twelve (12) month employees - Each employee employed on a twelve (12) month basis shall be paid in twenty-four (24) semi-monthly installments.
2. 2. Ten (10) month employees - Each employee employed on a ten (10) month basis shall be paid twenty (20) equal semi-monthly installments. Any employee who is employed on a ten (10) month basis may participate in a summer payment plan as stipulated in NJSA 18A:29-3
3. 3. When a payday falls on or during a school holiday, vacation, (with two (2) weeks notice), or weekend, employees shall receive their paychecks on the last previous working day.

C. Teachers and teacher assistants shall receive final checks on the last working day in June, provided that they have met their obligations no later than a time to be designated in the schedule for the closing of school. All employees shall be required to fully complete all work assignments prior to receipt of their final checks.
D. All graduate credit reimbursements shall be paid as set forth in Teacher’s Salary Guide.
E. Support staff final pay - Each ten (10) month employee shall receive his/her final pay and the pay schedule for the following year, on his/her last working day in June.

F. All summer payment - Summer pay shall be paid on the 15th and 30th of each month.
G. STIPENDS:
Employees shall be paid a stipend for teaching or presenting to other employees, in areas they have been trained beyond the regular curriculum. This includes all training held after school hours, or for training at in-service. Pay: $50 for half-day; $100 for full day.

ARTICLE XXVI EMPLOYEE VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS & ASSIGNMENTS
A TEACHERS
Teachers who desire a change in grade or subject assignment or who wish to transfer to another building, may file a written statement with the building principal and superintendent no later than March 1. Such statement shall include the grade and/or subject to which the teacher wants to be assigned and the school or schools, in order of preference, to which they desire to be transferred. Final decision will be made by the administration.
B. SUPPORT STAFF with the EXCEPTION OF BUS DRIVERS
1. 1. Notice of voluntary transfer or reassignment shall be given to members as soon as practicable and, except in cases of emergency, no later than the last working day of the school year.
2. 2. Prior to a voluntary transfer or reassignment, the member involved shall be permitted an informal appearance with the superintendent.
3. 3. A list of open positions in the school district shall be made available to all members being voluntarily transferred or reassigned. Such members may request the positions, in order of preference, to which they desire to be transferred.

The Board shall be under no obligation to grant such requests and retains the unilateral right to transfer pursuant to NJSA 18A:25-1.
ARTICLE XXVII
INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS & REASSIGNMENTS

A. Notice of an involuntary transfer or reassignment to another building shall be given to employees as soon as is practicable and, except in cases of emergency, not later than June 1.
B. Such involuntary transfer or reassignment to another building shall be made only after a meeting between the employee and the immediate supervisor or principal, if such a meeting is requested by the affected employee. If, after such meeting the employee objects to the transfer or reassignment, he/she shall have the option of meeting with the superintendent. The employee may, at his/her option have an association representative present at such meeting. The final decision will be made by the superintendent.
C. A list of open positions in the school district shall be made available to all employees being involuntarily transferred or reassigned. Such employees may request the positions, in order of preference, to which they wish to be transferred. The Board shall not be under any obligation to grant such request and retains the unilateral right to transfer pursuant to NJSA 18A:25-1.
D. Custodians shall receive two (2) weeks notice prior to any involuntary transfer or shift change. (Except in an emergency with regard to shift notification).
ARTICLE XXVIII EMPLOYEE EVALUATION
A. TEACHERS
1. 1. Evaluations and all monitoring or observation of the work performances of a teacher shall be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the teacher.
2. 2. Evaluation by certified Supervisors: Teachers shall be evaluated only by persons certified by the New Jersey Board of Examiners to supervise instruction.

3. Non-tenured teachers:
Frequency: Non-tenured teachers shall be evaluated at least three times each school year, prior to April 30, and to be followed in each instance by a written evaluation report, and conference between the teacher and evaluator.
1. 4. Tenured teachers: Tenured teachers shall be evaluated at least once each school year and no later than April 30 of that school year, followed by a written evaluation report and a conference between the teacher and evaluator.
2. 5. Copies of the evaluation: A teacher shall be given a copy of any evaluation report prepared by his/her evaluators before any conference to discuss it. No such report shall be submitted to the Superintendent’s office, placed in a teacher's file and otherwise acted upon without prior conference with the teacher. No teacher shall be required to sign a blank or incomplete evaluation form.
3. 6. All staff evaluations shall contain a "summary rating" of: SATISFACTORY, UNSATISFACTORY.
      7. Personnel Records:
      a) File: Upon request, teachers shall have the right to review the contents of their personnel file and to receive copies, at Board's expense, of any documents contained therein. A teacher shall be entitled to have Association representation during such review.
      b) Derogatory material: No material derogatory to a teacher's conduct, service, character, or personality shall be placed in their personnel file unless the teacher has had an opportunity to review the material. The teacher shall acknowledge 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 indicates agreement with the contents thereof. The teacher shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such material and the answer shall be reviewed by the superintendent and attached to the file copy.
      c) No separate file: Except for personal references and similar documents, the Board shall not establish any separate personnel file which is not available to the teacher's for inspection.
B. SUPPORT STAFF
1. 1. Tenure and non-tenure employees shall be evaluated by their immediate supervisor at least twice a year.
2. 2. The Board and Association agree that the present form of evaluation will be continued and will include review with the person involved.

C. CUSTODIANS AND SECRETARIES
In all cases, evaluation reports shall be presented to each employee by his/her supervisor in accordance with the following procedures:
      1. Such reports shall be issued in the name of the immediate supervisor based on a compilation of reports and/or observations by any or all supervisory personnel who come into contact with the employee in any supervisory capacity.
1. 2. Such reports shall be addressed to the employee.
2. 3. Such reports shall be written in the narrative form and shall include, when
          pertinent: a) strengths of the employee as evidenced during the period since the previous report; b) weaknesses of the employee as evidenced during the period since the previous report;
          c) specific suggestions as to the measures which the employee might take to improve his/her performance in each of the areas when employee weaknesses have been indicated;
          d) the 90-day probationary period shall include a minimum of two evaluations in which, if the evaluations are satisfactory, the period of time shall be credited toward tenure.
          e) All staff evaluations shall contain a “summary rating" of: SATISFACTORY, UNSATISFACTORY.
          f) Custodians Progressive Discipline – In the event that a custodian receives an unsatisfactory evaluation, the following steps for correction shall be implemented, pursuant to law, as follows:
. (1) Verbal warning
. (2) Written warning with corrective action
. (3) 1/3/5 days suspension
. (4) Increment withholding
          (5) Termination It is the intention of the district to offer direction and support to the employee during this corrective action process.
ARTICLE XXIX
PROMOTIONS, VACANCIES, & NEW POSITIONS

A. In the event a vacancy occurs, or a new position or positions are created, the superintendent of schools shall e-mail all staff members.
B. Whenever an instructional certified administrative or any supervisor vacancy occurs or is created, a notice shall be posted in each building stating the vacancy and requirements for said vacancy or promotion, and the closing date for applications. Notice of such vacancies arising shall be e-mailed to all staff members.
C. All qualified employees shall be given adequate opportunity to make applications for such positions, and no positions shall be filled until all properly submitted applicants have been considered. The Board agrees to give due weight to the background and attainment of all applicants and other relevant factors.
ARTICLE XXX EXECUTIVE LIAISON
A. There is hereby established an administration/executive liaison committee. Committee Composition:
1. 1. Superintendent
2. 2. Executive Members of the Association
3. 3. Members of the Board of Education
4. 4. Building Principals
5. 5. Building Representatives

B. The purpose of this committee shall be to allow the Association and Board to have open communication regarding mutual concerns and interests of each group.
C. Matters for discussion shall be submitted to the superintendent one (1) week in advance of the meeting to allow all parties proper preparation for discussion.
D. It is agreed, the superintendent and president of the Association shall meet at mutually agreed times to discuss any matters of interest and concern to both groups.
E. The Executive liaison Meetings shall be not less than five (5) times per year and all discussion shall be advisory in nature. Suggested months for meetings shall be September, November, January, March, and May.
F. It is further understood that any matter which has its own vehicle for consideration, such as grievances, shall not be placed on the agenda.
G. If by mutual agreement no meeting is necessary it shall not be held.
ARTICLE XXXI INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCIL
ORGANIZATION
1. 1. Purpose - An instructional Council shall be established and shall meet no later than October 15 each year. The purpose of the council shall be to strengthen the educational program through recommendation, research, implementation and evaluation by the superintendent and the Association to best meet the needs of the students, the schools and the community. The council may consider, but not be limited to, advising the Board and the Association on such matters as curriculum improvements, teaching experimentation, extracurricular programs, in-service training, staff development, pupil testing, evaluation, philosophy, educational specifications for buildings, and other related matters regarding the effective operation of the Stafford Township School District.
2. 2. Membership - The council shall consist of one (1) chairperson and three (3) representatives from the Intermediate School and two (2) representatives from each of the elementary schools appointed by the Association. For fair representation, a member should be sought to represent special education and another member should represent special subject teachers. This would not be mandatory but highly recommended. There will be three (3) representatives, exclusive of the superintendent, who shall be appointed by the Board of Education. The superintendent and the curriculum/instruction supervisor shall be ex-officio members of the council.
3. 3. Committees - The council shall be authorized to establish sub or ad-hoc committees for specific projects to allow those who could be affected by council recommendations an opportunity to be involved.
4. Individual initiatives for suggestions - The council shall encourage the initiation of ideas and suggestions for projects by individual employees, departments, grade levels,
Association committees, administrators, Board members, students, parents, or other interested parties.
4. 5. Rules of procedure - The council shall establish its own rules of procedure. The chairperson or a member designated by the chairperson will meet with the supervisor of curriculum/instruction at least one (1) week prior to a meeting. It is suggested, but not mandatory, for all members of each school to meet with their building principals prior to a meeting
5. 6. Meetings - The council shall meet whenever four (4) or more of its members call for such a meeting.
6. 7. Information - The council and its sub-committees shall be provided with the same access to available school district information as provided to the Association as specified in Article V. The Board shall consider all written reports submitted by the council for action. However, the Board is under no obligation to accept or implement any of the council's recommendations.
7. 8. Within two (2) school days, all recommendations accepted or implemented by the Board shall be reported by the superintendent to the principals, and all parties affected by the recommendation.
ARTICLE XXXII
EMPLOYEES' INSURANCE PROTECTION

A. Effective upon ratification of this Agreement, new employees shall receive Blue Select employee only coverage (with the option to purchase Blue Select Family coverage) until tenure, or the first day of the fourth year of employment. When such employees either achieve tenure, or complete their first day of their fourth year of employment, the Board will pay the full cost of Blue Select family coverage. “Blue Select” refers to the Blue Select plan currently offered as an option in the Board’s health package.
B. New employees listed in Article I "Recognition" Section A, who do not receive tenure, will receive single health benefit coverage until the first day of the 4th consecutive year, then will receive the full family health benefit plan.
C. In order to be eligible for benefits an employee must be regularly scheduled to work a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours per week. Effective ratification, employees currently on the payroll working more than twenty hours (20) per week are “grandfathered” provided they continue to work more than twenty (20) hours per week.
D. Prescription co-pay - $20.00 for the name brand and $7.00 for the generic brand (for the duration of this contract). Effective July 1, 2004, mail order for a 90 day supply would be $7.00 if a generic drug is utilized or $20.00 if a brand name drug is utilized.
E. All employees of the Board of Education will be offered a 50% buy-back of their health benefit premium for that calendar year.
F. The board and association agree that the present insurance plan has sufficient coverage for the duration of this agreement.
G. The board further agrees to continue payments of the premium for existing health insurance coverage of either the individual or family.
H. A mandatory second opinion shall be required for all surgical procedures.
I. Vision Plan
          The maximum insurance payment by the Board shall be: 2004-2005 -$260.00 per year 2005-2006 -$280.00 per year 2006-2007 -$300.00 per year
J. Flexible Spending Account Plan – FSA
The board agrees to implement an FSA plan and fund the administrative cost of the plan. The board at its discretion will decide the parameters of the plan and reserves the right to terminate the plan at the end of the plan year with 30 days written notice.
                        ARTICLE XXXIII HOME INSTRUCTION
A. Home instruction assignments shall be made in the best interest of students. As such, assignments shall be made in progression beginning with staff closest to the students regular program, i.e., classroom teacher, grade level teacher, school teacher, district teacher, out of district teacher.
B. The salary paid for home instruction is set forth in the Extracurricular Activities Guide of this Agreement.
ARTICLE XXXIV REPRESENTATION FEE
A. PURPOSE OF FEE
If an employee does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e. from September 1 to the following August 31) which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the association for that membership year. The purpose of this fee will be to offset the employees per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.
B. AMOUNT OF FEE
1. 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 conducted by the association in accordance with law.
2. Legal Maximum.
In order to adequately offset the per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative, the representation fee should be equal in amount to the regular member-ship dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members, and the representation fee may be set up to 85% of that amount as the maximum presently allowed by law. If the law is changed in this regard, the amount of the representation fee automatically will be increased to the maximum allowed, said increase to become effective as of the beginning of the association membership year immediately following the effective date of the change.
C. DEDUCTION AND TRANSMISSION OF FEE

1. Notification.
Once during each membership year covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, the Association will submit to the Board by October 15 of the current year a list of the employees who have not become members of the Association for the current membership year. The Board will deduct from the salaries of such employees, in accordance with Paragraph 2 below, the full amount of the representation fee and promptly transmit the amount deducted to the Association.
2. Payroll Deduction and Schedule.
The Board will deduct the representation fee in equal installments, as nearly as possible, from the paychecks paid to each employee on the aforesaid list during the remainder of the membership year in question. The deductions will begin with the first paycheck paid:

          a) Ten (10) days after receipt of the aforesaid list by the Board.
b) Thirty (30) days after the employee begins his/her employment in a bargaining unit position, unless the employee previously served in a bargaining unit position and continued in the employ of the Board in a non-bargaining unit position or was on layoff, in which event the deductions will begin with the first paycheck paid ten (10) days after the resumption of the employee's employment in a bargaining unit position, whichever is later.
3. Termination of Employment
If an employee 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 up to the last day of employment, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last pay-check paid to said employee during the membership year in question.
4. Mechanics
Except as otherwise provided in this Article, 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. 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 representation fee, and such changes will be reflected in any deductions made more than fifteen (15) days after the Board received said notice.
6. New Employees
On or about the last day of each month, beginning with the month this Agreement be-comes effective, the Board will submit to the Association a list of all employees who began their employment in a bargaining unit position during the thirty (30) day period. The list will include names, job titles, and the dates of employment for all such employees.
D. INDEMNIFICATION AND SAVE HARMLESS PROVISION.
The Association hereby agrees to indemnify, defend, and save harmless the Board from any claim, suit, or action of any nature whatsoever which may be brought at law or equity, or before any administrative agency with regard to or arising from the deductions from the salaries of any employee of any sum of money as a representation fee under the provision of this Agreement, provided the Board has fully complied with the requirements contained herein. In addition, the Board shall make available any and all public records necessary for such defense.
ARTICLE XXXV BOARD RIGHTS
The Board of Education, subject only to the language of this Agreement, reserves to itself full jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy and retains the right, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, to direct employees of the school district, to hire, promote, transfer, assign and retain employees in positions within the school district and to suspend, demote, discharge, to take other disciplinary action against employees, to relieve employees from duties because of lack of work, or other legitimate reasons, to maintain the efficiency of the school district's operations entrusted to them, to determine the methods, means and personnel by which operations are to be conducted, and to take whatever action might be necessary to carry out the mission of the school district in situations of emergency.
ARTICLE XXXVI
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

A. The Board and the Association agree that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures and policies of the school district shall clearly exemplify there is no discrimination in the hiring, training, assignment, promotion, transfer, or discipline of employees or in the application or administration of the Agreement on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, domicile, or marital status.
B. This Agreement constitutes Board policy for the term of said Agreement, and the Board shall carry out the commitments contained herein and give it full force and effect as Board policy.
C. If any provision or 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 application shall continue in full force and effect.
D. With prior notice, any employee shall have the right to review the contents of his/her personnel file. An employee shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association accompany him/her during such review.
E. No material derogatory to an employee's conduct, service, character, or personality shall be placed in their personnel file unless the employee shall acknowledge that he/she had the opportunity to review such material by affixing their signature on the copy to be filed, with the express understanding that such signature on the copy to be filed in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof.
F. No separate file: Except for personal references and other similar documents, the Board shall not establish any separate personnel file which is not available for the employee's inspection.
G. Copies of this Agreement shall be furnished at the expense of the Board after agreement with the Association on format within 30 days after the Agreement is signed. The Agreement shall be presented to all employees now employed or hereafter employed by the Board.
ARTICLE XXXVII DEDUCTION FROM SALARY
The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of its employees dues for the Stafford Township Education Association, the Ocean County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association or the National Education Association, as said employees individually and voluntarily authorize the Board to deduct pursuant to law. Said monies, together with current records of any corrections, shall be transmitted to such person as may from time to time be designated by the Stafford Township Education Association by the 15th of each month following the monthly pay period in which deductions were made. The person designated shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association or associations.
ARTICLE XXXVIII
ENTIRE AGREEMENT

A. The parties agree that this Agreement contains entire agreement reached by and between the parties.
B. During the term of this Agreement, neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect to any matter whether or not covered by Agreement and whether or not within the knowledge or contemplation of either or both of the parties at the time they negotiated or executed this Agreement.
ARTICLE XXXIX DURATION OF AGREEMENT
Except where specifically modified, this Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2004, and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2007, 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 expressively understood that it shall expire on the date indicated, unless it is extended in writing.
SALARY GUIDE FOR TEACHERS 2004-2007

    2003-2004 Steps 2004-2005 Steps 2005-2006 Steps 2006-2007 Steps
        1
              1 $35,000
                            1 $38,000

        1 $41,000 2 2 $35,323
                            2 $38,520

        2 $41,500 3
              3 $35,423
                            3 $39,033

        3 $42,000 4
              4 $35,473
                            4 $39,133

        4 $42,698 5 5 $35,963
                            5 $39,183

        5 $42,798 6 6 $36,560
                            6 $39,673

        6 $42,848 7 7 $36,983
                            7 $40,270

        7 $43,345 8 8 $38,846
                            8 $40,693

        8 $43,985 9 9 $40,334
                            9 $42,556

      9 $44,359 10 10 $41,224 10 $44,044 10 $46,256 11 11 $43,309 11 $44,934 11 $47,744

All off guide steps shall receive an increase of $4,000 in each contract year.

    LONGEVITY: $500 Service Increment at the end of 18 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $750 Service Increment at the end of 21 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year

Total Possible: $750

Refer to Article VI “Teacher Employment”

            GRADUATE CREDIT REIMBURSEMENT
The Stafford Township Board of Education believes learning to be a life long endeavor and as such encourages its staff to pursue quality professional development avenues. Therefore the following graduate credit guide has been established in order to encourage staff in this pursuit.
BA + 15 $450………Per Year
BA+ 30 $900………Per Year
MA Degree $1,450…….Per Year
MA +15 $1,900…….Per Year
MA + 30 $2,350…….Per Year
Doctorate/National Teacher Certification
$2,900…….Per Year

Total Possible $2,900…….Per Year
To qualify for a graduate credit guide adjustment only graduate level credits earned (from an appropriately accredited institution) following issuance of a Bachelor’s Degree will qualify for BA + credits. No credit earned prior to a Bachelor’s Degree will be credited to the BA+ steps.
Master’s Degree status will be awarded following receipt of certification by the appropriately accredited institution.
Only those graduate level credits earned (from an appropriately accredited institution) following award of a Master’s Degree will qualify for MA + credits. No credit earned prior to issuance of a Master’s Degree will be credited to the MA + steps.
All credits must be related to teaching responsibilities and staff members must receive at least grade of “B” or its equivalent.
All paper work must be submitted prior to January 31st of a calendar year for a salary guide adjustment to be made to the employee’s subsequent contract beginning July

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            STAFFORD EDUCATION UNITS (SEU)
. a. Payment for SEU’s are pensionable.
. b. There will be no cap on enrollment; enrollment is open to all members, including members on maternity and/or other leaves. Stafford Township School District will notify all members on leave of such SEU’s being offered at such time.
. c. A minimum of three (3) credits must be offered for each fall, spring and summer session; a minimum of nine (9) credits must be offered each school year.
. d. Each SEU must not exceed 150 minutes per week for 15 weeks. All SEU’s will be taught within the Stafford Township School District.
. e. To receive SEU credit, a member must receive a grade of a B or higher, which is current practice for graduate level credit.
. f. The Stafford Township School District will send documentation to each person who has completed the SEU within two (2) weeks of the completion of the course.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES




STIPEND
ACTIVITY 2004-2007
Music Show Advisor $2,181.00
Gym Show Advisor $2,181.00
Asst. Gym Show Advisor $1,460.00
Art Show Advisor $2,181.00
Safety Patrol Advisor $678.00
Summer School Teacher $40.28 hour
Summer School Teacher Asst. $12.66 hour
PASS/ACCEL $51.44 session
Student Contact $51.44 hour
Curr./Program Dev. $38.30 hour
Home Instruction $51.44 hour
IEP Home Assistant $17.27 hour
STEP $51.44 hour
          SALARY GUIDE FOR SECRETARIES 2004-2007

    2003-2004 Steps 2004-2005 Steps 2005-2006 Steps 2006-2007Steps
      1
            1 $21,857
                          1 $23,477

      1 $25,097 2 2 $23,237
                          2 $24,857

      2 $26,477 3 3 $24,617
                          3 $26,237

      3 $27,857 4
            4 $24,974
                          4 $27,617

      4 $29,237 5
            5 $29,316
                          5 $27,974

            5 $30,617 6 $29,877 6 $32,316
                          6 $30,974 7 $32,877 7 $35,316 8 $35,877

All off guide steps shall receive an increase of $3,000 in each contract year

LONGEVITY:


    $400 Service Increment at the end of 11 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $600 Service Increment at the end of 14 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $900 Service Increment at the end of 17 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year

Total Possible: $900



Refer to Article VII “Employment Procedures Support Staff”

    SALARY GUIDE FOR TEACHER ASSISTANTS 2004-2007

    2003-2004 Steps 2004-2005 Steps 2005-2006 Steps 2006-2007 Steps

      1
            1 $14,969 1 $15,369
      1 $15,769 2 2 $15,969 2 $16,369
      2 $16,769 3 3 $16,400 3 $17,369
      3 $17,769 4 4 $16,839 4 $17,800
      4 $18,769 5
            5 $17,274 5 $18,239
      5 $19,200 6
            6 $17,519 6 $18,674
      6 $19,639 7
            7 $17,764 7 $18,919
      7 $20,074 8
            8 $18,013 8 $19,164
      8 $20,319 9
            9 $18,064
                        9 $19,413
      9 $20,564 10 10 $18,591
                        10 $19,464
      10 $20,813 11 11 $18,732
                        11 $19,991
      11 $20,864 12 12 $19,094
                        12 $20,132
      12 $21,391 13 13 $19,491
                        13 $20,494
      13 $21,532 14 14 $20,125
                        14 $20,891
                                      14 $21,894
All off guide steps shall receive an increase of $1,400 in each contract year.
      COLLEGE CREDIT AND STAFFORD EDUCATION UNIT (SEU) GUIDE SECRETARIES AND TEACHER ASSISTANTS
The Stafford Township Board of Education believes learning to be a life long endeavor and as such encourages its staff to pursue quality professional development avenues. Therefore the following College Credit and Stafford Education Unit (SEU) guides have been established to encourage secretaries and teacher assistants in this pursuit.
College Credit Guide Compensation:
30 credits toward BA …………….. $100
………….. Per Year
60 credits toward BA ………….....
$250 ………….. Per Year
90 credits toward BA ………….....
$350 ………….. Per Year
BA Degree
……………………..
$500 ………….. Per Year

Total Possible …………………….. $500 ………….. Per Year
To qualify for a college credit guide adjustment, only those credits earned from an appropriately accredited institution will qualify. The staff member must provide evidence that the institution is appropriately accredited by one of the six organizations the US Department of Education recognizes as accrediting agencies: MSA, NASC, NCA, NEASC, SACS, and WASC. Examples of qualified institutions would include: New Jersey county colleges, state colleges and universities.
Business courses that relate to a secretary’s job function may also qualify for credit however, all business courses must have prior approval by the superintendent or designee.
Bachelor’s Degree status will be awarded following receipt of certification by the appropriately accredited institution.
All officially awarded credits must be submitted prior to January 31st of a calendar year for a salary guide adjustment to be made to the employee’s subsequent contract beginning July

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Stafford Education Unit Credit Compensation:
Completed Credits
Compensation
3
$50
6
$100
9
$150

Each additional 3 credits earned will receive an additional $50. Credit courses can range from 1 to 3 credits.
Each SEU credit must not exceed 50 minutes per week for 15 weeks. All SEU’s will be taught within the Stafford Township School District.
      To receive SEU credit, a member must receive a grade of B or higher.
The Stafford Township School District will send documentation to each person who has completed the SEU within two (2) weeks of the completion of the course. All paper work must be submitted prior to January 31st of a calendar year for a salary guide adjustment to be made to the employee’s subsequent contract beginning July 1st.
      SALARY GUIDE FOR CUSTODIANS/BUILDING MECHANICS 2004-2007

        2003-2004 Steps 2004-2005 Steps 2005-2006 Steps 2006-2007 Steps

          1
                1 $22,369
                              1 $23,869

          1 $25,369 2 2 $23,039
                              2 $24,539

          2 $26,039 3 3 $23,535
                              3 $25,209

          3 $26,709 4
                4 $24,031
                              4 $25,705

          4 $27,379 5
                5 $24,528
                              5 $26,201

          5 $27,875 6
                6 $24,918
                              6 $26,698

          6 $28,371 7
                7 $25,309
                              7 $27,088
                                            7 $28,868

        All off guide steps shall receive an increase of $2,170 in each contract year




LONGEVITY:

    $400 Service Increment at the end of 11 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $600 Service Increment at the end of 14 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $900 Service Increment at the end of 17 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year




      Total Possible: $900



      Building Mechanic Stipend: $1,700



      Boiler License: $200







      Refer to Article VII “Employment Procedures Support Staff”

SALARY GUIDE FOR BUS DRIVERS 2004-2007
        2003-2004 Steps 2004-2005 Steps 2005-2006 Steps 2006-2007 Steps
          1
                1 $11,688
                              1 $12,688

          1 $13,688 2 2 $11,944
                              2 $12,944

          2 $13,944 3
                3 $12,292
                              3 $13,200

          3 $14,200 4
                4 $12,640
                              4 $13,548

          4 $14,456 5
                5 $12,988
                              5 $13,896

          5 $14,804 6
                6 $13,195
                              6 $14,244

          6 $15,152 7
                7 $13,474
                              7 $14,451

                7 $15,500 8 $13,769 8 $14,730
          8 $15,707 9 $14,183
                      9 $15,025

            9 $15,986 $14,612 10 $15,439 10 $16,281

All off guide steps shall receive an increase of $1,256 in each contract year

LONGEVITY:

    $400 Service Increment at the end of 10 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $600 Service Increment at the end of 14 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year $900 Service Increment at the end of 17 continuous years of service in district to be paid at the start of the next school year




      Total Possible: $900

      Refer to Article VII “Employment Procedures Bus Drivers”

        HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND SALARIED EMPLOYEES
            CAFETERIA/PLAYGROUND ASSISTANTS

          Rate Rate Rate Step 2004-2005 Steps 2005-2006 Steps 2006-2007
          1
                $8.80
                        1 $8.80
          1 $8.80 2 $9.80
                        2 $9.21

          2 $9.21 3

          $10.80 3 $10.26 3 $9.67 4 $11.80 4 $11.31 4 $10.76 5 $12.80 5 $12.35

                        5 $11.86 6 $13.41
                6 $13.96 7 $14.07 All cafeteria assistants hired prior to July 1, 2004 will be placed on Step 5 for 2004-2005 school year.




      TRANSPORTATION ATTENDANTS Rate Rate Rate Step 2004-2005 Step 2005-2006 Step 2006-2007
          1 $9.00
                        1 $9.00

          1 $9.00 2 $10.00
                        2 $9.42

          2 $9.42 3 $11.00

          3 $10.47 3 $9.88 4 $12.00

          4 $11.52 4 $10.97 5 $13.00

          5 $12.56 5 $12.07 6 $14.34

                        6 $13.61 6 $13.17 7 $15.00 7 $14.26
      8 $15.71 All transportation assistants hired prior to July 1, 2004 will be placed on
                  Step 6 for 2004-2005 school year.





        BUS MECHANICS 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 Bus Mechanic $48,400 $50,723 $53,208
Assistant Bus Mechanic $27,376 $28,690 $30,096
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed on this ______ day of ___________________________, 2004, by their respective Presidents or Representatives, attested by their Secretaries or Representatives, and their corporate seals to be
placed hereon.
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP STAFFORD TOWNSHIP
BOARD OF EDUCATION EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Thomas Dellane, President Nancy Altman, President







ATTEST:





Enrico D. Siano Board Secretary Secretary Business Administrator
INDEX
Assignment - Teachers
36
Association Rights & Privileges
14
Board Rights
71
Boiler License
85
Break Periods - Secretaries and Custodians
30
Building Mechanic Stipend
85
Bulletin Boards
15
Bus Drivers - Work Year
24
Deduction From Salary
74
Discrimination
72
Duration of Agreement
76
Emergency School Closings - Bus Drivers
21
Emergency School Closings - Support Staff
20
Employment Procedures - Support Staff
19
Employment Procedures - Bus Drivers
21
Employees' Rights
12
Entire Agreement
75
Evaluations - Support Staff
59
Evaluations - Teachers
58
Evening Meetings
38
Executive Liaison
62
Extracurricular Activities
16,80
Faculty Meetings/Notice and Agenda
38
Graduate Credit Reimbursement - Teachers
78
Graduate Credit Reimbursement - Secretaries and Teacher Assistants
83
Grievance Procedure
7
Health Benefits
65
Health Benefits - Buy Back
65
Health Benefits - Eligibility
65
Health Benefits - Flexible Spending Account Plan
66
Health Benefits - Prescription Co-Pay
65
Health Benefits - Second Opinion
65
Health Benefits - Vision Plan
66
Holidays - Support Staff
32
Home Instruction
67
Inclement Weather - Cafeteria/Playground Assistants
23
Inclement Weather - Teachers/Teacher Assistants
22
Instructional Council
63
Involuntary Transfers & Assignments
57
Leave of Absence - All Employees - Death in Family`
42
Leave of Absence - All Employees - Sick and Other Leaves
42
Leave of Absence - All Employees - Sick Leave Upon Retirement
43
Leave of Absence - Non Instructional - Child Rearing
49
Leave of Absence - Teachers - Child Rearing
48
Leave of Absence - Teachers - Professional Improvement
47
Leave of Absence - Teachers - Sabbatical
51
Longevity - Bus Drivers
86
Longevity - Custodians/Building Mechanics
85
Longevity - Secretaries
81
Longevity - Teachers
77
Lunch Period - Support Staff
30
Lunch Periods - Teachers
28
Mail Facilities and Mail Boxes
15
Mileage
36
Miscellaneous Provisions
72
Negotiations of Successor Agreement
6
Notification of Contract and Salary - Bus Drivers
21
Notification of Contract and Salary - Support Staff
19
Notification of Contract and Salary - Teachers
16
Overtime - Bus Drivers
35
Overtime - Support Staff
31,34
PASS
18
Pay Dates - 10 Month Employees
54
Pay Dates - 12 Month Employees
54
Pay Dates - Bus Drivers
25
Pay Dates - Final Checks
54
Pay Dates - Stipends
55
Pay Dates - Summer Payment
55
Personnel File
72
Preparation Time
28
Professional Responsibilities
38
Progressive Discipline - Custodians
19
Promotions, Vacancies & New Positions
61
Recognition
5
Reduction in Force - Bus Drivers
26, 40
Reduction in Force - Teacher Assistants
40
Representation Fee
68
Resignation – Bus Drivers
21
Resignation - Support Staff
19
Salaries
54
Salary Guide - Bus Drivers
86
Salary Guide - Custodians/Building Mechanics
85
Salary Guide - Hourly Employees/Salaries Employees
87
Salary Guide - Secretaries
81
Salary Guide - Teacher
77
Salary Guide - Teacher Assistants
82
Seniority & Job Security - Support Staff
40
Shift Differential - Custodians
31
Sick Day Bank
45
Stafford Education Units - Secretaries and Teacher Assistants
84
Stafford Education Units - Teachers
79
Subcontracting Notification - Bus Drivers
21
Subcontracting Notification - Support Staff
19
Subcontracting Notification - Teachers
16
Substitute Calling
38
Support Staff - Work Year
23
Teacher Assignments
36
Teacher Employment
16
Teacher Work Year
22
Teaching Hours & Teaching Load
28
Tenure - Support Staff
19
Uniforms
41
Use of School Buildings
14
Use of School Equipment
14
Vacation - Support Staff
33
Voluntary Transfers & Assignments
56
Work Day - Support Staff
30
Work Day - Teachers
28
Work Schedule - Support Staff
30
Work Year - Bus Drivers
24
Work Year - Support Staff
23
Work Year - Teacher
22
12 Month Calendar - Support Staff
32

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Stafford Tp BE and Stafford Tp EA 2004.pdf