Contract Between
Paulsboro B/E-Gloucester
- and -
Paulsboro EA
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07/01/2004 thru 06/30/2007


CategorySchool District
UnitClerical, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
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PAULSBORO BOARD OF EDUCATION
PAULSBORO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

AGREEMENT

EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2004 - JUNE 30, 2007
      Note: The words “he” and “his” as used in this contract do not imply gender. These words are used rather than “he/she” and “his/her” in order to streamline contract language.
Section I
Articles Apply to All Employees Represented by the
Paulsboro Education Association


ARTICLE I
RECOGNITION

The Paulsboro Board of Education (also referred to as “Board” and “employer”) hereby recognizes the Paulsboro Education Association (also referred to as “PEA and Association”) as the exclusive representative of the unit defined below and the sole bargaining agent concerning terms and conditions of employment in the Paulsboro School District.
    The Association shall represent as a “Unit”

All full-time and part-time certified contractual employees, and full-time and part-time support staff personnel; excluding confidential employees – (Secretary to the Superintendent, Secretary to the Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Bookkeeper, Payroll and Business Secretary), and playground/cafeteria aides, and administrators.
    Supervisors are also excluded (Supervisor of Support Staff, Night Supervisor of Custodians, Assistant Supervisor of Maintenance and Grounds, Food Services Supervisor, and Computer Systems Administrator).
      Substitutes are excluded from this agreement.

      For the purpose of collective negotiations, the above persons shall be referred to
      as “employees.”
        Except as this agreement shall otherwise provide, all terms and conditions of employment applicable on the effective date of this agreement as established by administrative procedures and practices in force on said date shall continue to be so applicable during the terms of this agreement. Unless otherwise provided in this agreement, nothing contained herein shall be interpreted and/or applied so as to eliminate, reduce, or otherwise detract from any employee benefit existing prior to its effective date.
        Nothing in this provision should be construed to modify either party’s position in the ongoing arbitration on the full-time/part-time issue.
      ARTICLE II
      NEGOTIATIONS
        The parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123, Public Law of New Jersey, 1974, in a good-faith effort to reach agreement on all matters concerning the terms and conditions of employment of all represented personnel.

      A. Procedures
        1. A letter opening negotiations shall be presented by October 1 of the calendar year preceding the year in which this agreement expires. Proposals will be exchanged at the first meeting.

        2. Any agreement so negotiated shall apply to all represented personnel who are recognized in Article I.

        3. Once ratified by both parties, the memorandum of agreements will be reduced to formal language and signed by both parties.

      B. Beginning with the first bargaining session, the following meeting agenda and
      procedures will be followed:
        1. Call to order by the chairman of the Board Negotiating Committee or head of the PEA Negotiating Committee, alternating at each meeting.

        2. Approval of minutes of the previous meeting as written and agreed upon by the designated representatives of each group

        3. Action items: Decide on topics previously discussed and mutually agreed upon as ready for approval.

        4. Information may not be released to the general public except by mutual consent of the negotiating teams except in the case of an impasse.

        5. Date, time, and place of the next meeting

        6. Adjournment
        C. During negotiations the teams of the Board of Education and the Association shall present relevant data, exchange points of view, and make proposals and counter proposals. The Board shall make available to the Association for inspection all records, data, and information of the Paulsboro Public Schools that are public information. All information is to be obtained through the Superintendent’s office.

        D. Neither party in any negotiations shall have any control over the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party. The parties mutually pledge that their representatives shall be clothed with all necessary power and authority to make proposals and counter proposals in the course of negotiations. It is established that any meeting will not extend beyond 11:00 p.m. unless mutually agreed upon. The negotiating teams will not exceed nine (9) members from each party.

        E. Representatives of the Board and the Association shall meet on the request of either party no more than three (3) times per year for the purpose of reviewing the administration of the Agreement. The parties will exchange agendas. The meetings are not intended to by-pass the grievance procedure.

        F. All meetings between the parties shall be regularly scheduled, whenever possible, to take place when the employees involved are free from assigned responsibilities unless otherwise agreed.

        G. The Board agrees not to negotiate concerning said employees in the negotiating unit as defined in Article I of the agreement with any organization other than the Association for the duration of this Agreement.

        H. This Agreement incorporates the entire understanding of the parties on all matters which were or could have been the subject of negotiations. During the term of this Agreement, neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter whether or not covered by this 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 III
        GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

        A. Definitions

        1. Grievance
        A “Grievance” is a claim by an employee or the Association based upon the interpretation, application, or violation of this Agreement, policies, or administrative decisions affecting an employee or group of employees.

        2. Aggrieved Person
        An “Aggrieved Person” is the person or persons making the claim.

        3. Party of Interest
        A “Party of Interest” is the person or persons making the claim and any person who might be required to take action or against whom the action might be taken in order to resolve the claim.



        B. Purpose

        The purpose of this procedure is to secure at the lowest possible level equitable solutions to the problems which may from time to time arise affecting employees.
        Both parties agree that these proceedings will be kept as informal as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure. All meetings and hearings under this procedure shall not be conducted in public and shall include only staff members involved, the administration involved, Board of Education, PEA, and designated or selected representatives.

        C. Time Limits

        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 may, however, be extended by mutual agreement. Every effort will be made to complete levels one through four by the end of the academic year.

        D. Levels

        1. Level One
        An employee with a grievance must first discuss it with his principal or immediate supervisor, either directly, or through the Association’s designated representative, with the objective of resolving the matter informally.

        2. Level Two
        If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of his grievance at
        level one, or if no decision has been rendered within two (2) workdays after presentation of the grievance, he or the Association must submit the grievance in writing within six (6) workdays to the immediate supervisor with whom the informal conference in level one was held. The supervisor’s decision shall be rendered in writing within two (2) workdays of the receipt of the formal complaint.

        3. Level Three
        The aggrieved person may appeal the decision of the supervisor to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) workdays after receiving the decision of the supervisor. The Superintendent of Schools shall within ten (10) workdays after receipt of the appeal review the formal complaint and render a decision in writing.

        4. Level Four
        If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at level three, or if no decision has been rendered within ten (10) workdays after the grievance was delivered to the Superintendent, they may within five (5) workdays submit a written grievance to the Board of Education. The Board will review the grievance in executive session with the person and representative from the Association at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Following the executive session, the Board of Education shall set forth, in writing, its decision and the reason within thirty-five (35) workdays.




        5. Level Five
        a. If the aggrieved person determines that the grievance is not satisfied by the decision of the Board, the grievance may be submitted to arbitration within fifteen (15) workdays by the aggrieved person or the Association.

        b. Within ten (10) workdays after such written notice of submission to arbitration, the Board and the aggrieved person and the Association, shall attempt to agree upon a mutually acceptable arbitrator to serve and shall obtain a commitment from said arbitrator to serve. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator, or to obtain such a commitment within the specified period, a request for a list of arbitrators may be made to the American Arbitration Association by either party. The parties shall then be bound by the rules and procedures of the American Arbitration Association.

        c. The arbitrator so selected shall confer with the representatives of the Board and the aggrieved person and the Association and promptly conduct a hearing and issue his decision. The arbitrator’s decision shall be in writing and shall set forth his findings of fact, reasoning, and conclusions on the issues submitted. The arbitrator shall be without power or authority to make any decisions which require the commission of an act prohibited by law or which is in violation of the terms of this Agreement. The decision of the arbitrator shall be submitted to the Board, aggrieved person, and the Association and shall be final and binding on the parties.
        d. The costs for the services of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the Board
        and Association. Any other expenses incurred shall be paid by the party
            incurring same.

        ARTICLE IV
        EMPLOYEE RIGHTS

        Pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Law of 1974, the Board hereby agrees that every
          new employee represented by this agreement shall have the right to freely organize, join, and support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations for mutual aid and protection. As a duly elected body exercising governmental power under the law of the State of New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage, deprive or coerce any employee in the enjoyment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public Law of 1974, or other laws of New Jersey or the Constitutions of New Jersey and the United States; that it shall not discriminate against any employee with respect to wages, hours, any terms or conditions of employment by reason of his membership in the Association and its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or his institution of any grievance, complaint, or proceedings under this Agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms or conditions of employment.

        B. No employee shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation without evidence of a violation of Board policy, administrative directive, and/or just cause.

        C. Whenever any employee is required to appear before the Superintendent, Board or
        any committee thereof concerning any formal charge which could adversely affect
        the continuation of that employee in his office, position, or employment or his salary
        or any increments pertaining thereto, he shall be given prior written notice of the
        reasons for such meeting and shall be entitled to have a representative of the
        Association present to advise him and represent him during such meeting. Any
        suspension of an employee pending charges, shall be without pay pending decision.
        If found not guilty, salary will be retroactive from time of suspension.

        ARTICLE V
        ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES

        A. The Board agrees to furnish the Association in response to reasonable requests, from time to time, available public information through the Superintendent of Schools. The Board agrees to furnish each staff room with one (1) copy of the minutes for each Board meeting. The Board also agrees to furnish to the Paulsboro Education Association President two (2) copies of the Board minutes within three (3) working days after the minutes are approved.

        B. Whenever any representative of the Association is mutually scheduled by the parties to participate during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences or meetings, he shall suffer no loss in pay.

        C. Representatives of the Paulsboro Education Association shall be permitted to transact official Paulsboro Education Association business on school property at all reasonable times, provided that this shall not interfere with or interrupt normal school operations.

        D. The Association and its representatives shall have the privilege to use school buildings at all reasonable hours for meetings. The Association shall submit a building usage form to the principal of the building being requested. The principal will verify room availability then forward the building usage form to the Superintendent for approval.

        E. Up to six (6) paid days for the President or Vice President or Secretary of the
        Association to attend professional workshops/conventions. They may appoint a
        substitute representative. Given ten (10) working days notice of any association business, the Superintendent shall attempt to make schedule changes to accommodate the union business.

        F. Any Association Officer elected or appointed to a committee in NEA, NJEA, GCEA
        or PEA that meets during his/her work hours shall be able to attend without loss of
        pay, vacation, sick or personal days; up to four (4) days or if needed additional days
        with Superintendent’s permission.

        ARTICLE VI
        BOARD OF EDUCATION RIGHTS

        The Board of Education reserves to itself sole jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy and retains the right, subject only to the limitations imposed by the language of this Agreement, in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations including the following:

        1. To direct employees of the school district

        2. To hire, transfer, assign, and retain employees in positions in the school district,
        and for just cause to suspend, demote, discharge, or take other disciplinary
        action against employees

        3. To relieve employees from duty because of lack of work, or for other legitimate
        reasons

        4. To maintain the efficiency of the school district operations entrusted to it

        5. To determine the means and the personnel by which such operations are to be
        conducted

        6. To take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the mission of the school district including situations of emergency

        ARTICLE VII
        PROCEDURES FOR PAYMENT OF SALARIES

        A. All employees shall be paid on the 15th and 30th of the month except February in which case they shall be paid on the 15th and 28th.

        B. Employees may individually elect to have ten (10) percent of their monthly salary deducted from their pay. These funds shall be paid to the employee in two (2) equal payments on the fifteenth of July and August. Employees specifying this option may not change the plan during the school year.

        C. When a payday falls on or during a school holiday, school vacation or weekend, each employee shall receive his paycheck on his last working day prior to the holiday.

        D. Ten month employees shall receive their final checks on the last working day in June.

        E. Upon satisfactory completion of all duties, full year extracurricular stipends shall be paid in semi-annual equal installments on December 15th and the last working day of the school year.

        F. Upon satisfactory completion of all duties, seasonal extra curricular stipends shall be paid in full within thirty (30) days.





        ARTICLE VIII
        EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE: CHILDBEARING AND CHILDREARING

        Requests for a child bearing leave shall be substantiated by a doctor’s certificate and shall be treated the same as any other temporary disability.

        A. Length of Leave
        1. In the case of an employee with less than three (3) years and one (1) day of continuous service, the Board will not be required to grant or extend the leave of absence beyond the end of the school year in which the leave is begun.

        2. In the case of an employee with at least three (3) years and one (1) day of continuous service, the original ending date can be not later than September 1 of the next year unless the employee leaves after January 15, in which case it can be no later than September 1 of the second school year.

        B. All or any portion of the leave taken by an employee because of a medical disability connected with or resulting from her pregnancy may, at the option of the employee, be charged to her available sick leave benefits.

        C. Salary and vacation determination after maternity leave shall be based on salaries in effect upon return. Experience credit shall be granted for the school year if the employee was actively employed for 1/2 the workdays or more. If the number of work days is odd, (by illustration-185), the 1/2 day will be rounded up, (by illustration-93) during the school year in which the child bearing/child rearing leave was taken.

        D. All extensions or renewals of leaves shall be applied for in writing.

        ARTICLE IX
        SICK LEAVE AND LEAVES OF ABSENCE

        A. All 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; 12 month employees shall be entitled to twelve (12) sick leave days. Up to three (3) of the sick leave days may be taken for the illness of the employee’s child, spouse or parent. Unused sick leave days shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit.

        B. Employees shall be given a written accounting of accumulated sick leave days no later than October 30th of each school year.

        C. Pay upon retirement for teachers, custodians, maintenance workers, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers and secretaries accumulated sick days shall be $75 up to 150 days.

        For bus drivers and classroom aides there is no reimbursement for accumulated sick days.

          The payment for sick leave days applies only to those days earned as an employee of the Paulsboro Board of Education. Staff members shall be eligible for remuneration of sick days in the year payment for TPAF or PERS benefits commence (this payment shall be at the rate in effect when the employee leaves Paulsboro Public Schools). Notification of retirement must be made to the Superintendent no later than the first week in November of the year preceding retirement. Failure to notify prior to deadline will result in payment the following fiscal year.

        D. Death in Family

          When death in the immediate family (parent, spouse’s parent, child, brother, sister, spouse, grandparent, spouse’s grandparent, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, domestic partner, and other relatives residing in the employee’s home) occurs the employee will be allowed up to five (5) days leave with pay. One day of pay will be granted for the death of an employee’s aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or cousin. Death in the family leave must coincide with the death or funeral or memorial service.
          E. Personal Leave

            Full-time employees with the exception of classroom aides will receive three (3) personal days per year. Classroom aides will receive one (1) day per year for the duration of the contract.
              1. Definition

                a. Personal leave days are to be utilized only for personal business, or legal and family matters that cannot be conducted outside the normal workday. Personal leave shall not be used for recreation, entertainment, other employment, or for matters which can be scheduled outside of school hours.

                b. Except for religious holidays, emergencies, or the funeral of a person not covered under Section D of this article, personal leave days may not be taken before or after holiday or school vacation period or to extend a holiday or school vacation period.
                c. Personal leave is not cumulative. In cases of leave which does not fall within the above classification, pay shall be forfeited at the rate of 1/200 for 10 month employees and 1/240 for 12 month employees of the annual salary for each day absent.

                d. Any employee with 1, 2 or 3 remaining personal days at the end of each school year will have them transferred to their accumulated sick days for the following school year.

                e. All requests must be approved by the Superintendent before an employee can be paid for personal days.


              2. Procedure

                a. An application for personal leave must be submitted in writing through the building principal/supervisor to the Superintendent of Schools for approval at least three (3) workdays in advance.

            b. In cases of emergency, verbal requests may be granted immediately by the principal/supervisor or in his absence his administrative designee with the Superintendent being informed. In this case, the application form shall be submitted through the normal chain of command within two (2) workdays after the employee’s return to work in order to be paid.

            ARTICLE X
            TRANSFERS, REASSIGNMENTS, VACANCIES, AND NEW POSITIONS

            A. Voluntary Transfers

            Employees desiring a change in assignment shall make their request in writing to the
            Superintendent and the President of the Paulsboro Education Association.

            These requests shall be granted wherever possible (as soon as possible).

            If there are no vacancies available at that time, prior consideration shall be given to the individual requesting transfer when a position becomes available.

            Employees wishing to be considered for possible openings that may occur over the summer months shall submit the above statements to the Superintendent by the end of the school year.

            Final action on the request is at the discretion of the Superintendent.

            B. Involuntary Transfers

            Involuntary transfers will be made only when conditions require it. All factors being equal, seniority shall prevail.

            The Superintendent or his designee shall discuss the transfer with the employee and his representative if requested.

            C. Vacancies and New Positions

            Notice of all vacancies shall be posted in each school by the Superintendent. The notice shall be posted for five (5) working days prior to Superintendent making recommendation to Board of Education. Employees interested therein must submit a written application to the Superintendent within the aforementioned five (5) working days posting period to be considered for the vacancy. The notice shall state the name of the job. The person requesting the transfer to the position shall list his special skills in the request which are related to the advertised job.

            All current employees shall be considered and given an interview within a reasonable period of time.

            All factors being equal, seniority shall prevail.

            All ten-month employees shall have the right to submit a letter, in writing, to the Superintendent of Schools no later than the last day of the student year expressing interest in any new opening.

            ARTICLE XI
            INSURANCE PROTECTION

            A. Medical/Health Benefits
              All employees shall receive benefits comparable to the state health plan.
              Single employees hired prior to June 30,1995 shall receive the following amounts
              towards a disability plan of their choice mutually agreed upon by the Paulsboro Education Association and Board of Education.
              2004-2005 $461
            2005-2006 $482
            2006-2007 $503
              B. Prescription Plan
                The Board agrees to pay for a prescription plan acceptable to both parties ($5/$10/$0 co-pay), full single coverage and 85% dependent coverage for each eligible employee.
              Classroom Aides:
                  2004-2005 No coverage
              2005-2006 Single coverage
                    2006-2007 Covered as all other employees
              C. Dental Coverage
                The Board shall pay single coverage for a dental plan up to a monthly cost for each employee as follows. All employees may purchase family dental coverage at their own expense.
                    2004-2005 $29
                    2005-2006 $31
                    2006-2007 $32




              D. Eye Care
                The Board agrees to annually pay $107 per employee for examination and/or eyeglasses upon presentation of proper documentation and receipts for the duration of the contract.

              E. Hospital and Medical Benefit Buy Back

              An employee may elect to waive the Hospital and Medical Plan benefit coverage
              and in return, shall receive extra compensation according to the following:

              1. The provision does not apply to dental and prescription insurance coverage.
                2. The cash payment is treated as taxable income. Payments will be distributed in equal semi annual installments in January and in May.
                  3. The waiver of medical benefits must be for a year unless benefits from other sources are discontinued for some reason (loss of job, loss of benefits, divorce, etc.) Employees who lose benefits would reenroll in the district’s plan. Enrollment can only become effective as of the first day of a month. It is the employee’s responsibility to notify the business office, in writing, of any benefit discontinuation.

                  4. Employees choosing the waiver program must sign a release indicating that they and their dependents are covered under another health benefit program. If applicable, employees must provide proof of qualification status (i.e. proof of eligible dependent status).

                  5. Employees planning to retire during or at the end of the year and receive their lifetime benefits through pension should not reenroll in the buy back. Only if the stipulations of the retirement health coverage is that the employee be actively enrolled in the district’s plan at the time of retirement.
                    6. Employees who are not employed during the full year and choose the waiver shall have their payments prorated accordingly. This applies to new hires as of September 1, 2001. Employees who choose the waiver and are on an unpaid leave of absence without medical benefits shall have their payments prorated as well.

                    7. If an employee’s coverage status changes during the waiver period, it is the employee’s responsibility to notify the business office in writing. Payments would be adjusted and/or prorated accordingly.

                    8. The Board shall establish a 125 plan for all who choose to avail themselves of this benefit.





                    ARTICLE XII
                    AGENCY SHOP

                    A. Purpose of Fee

                    If an employee does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e. from July 1 to the following June 30) 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 employee’s per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative. The Association will provide the Board with a copy of the procedures for the demand and return system.

                    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 will be determined 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 membership dues, initiation fees, and assessment charges by the Association to its own members, and the representation fee has been set at a maximum of 85 percent.

                    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 a list of those employees who have not become members of the Association for the then 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 will transmit the amount so deducted to the Association.

                    2. Payroll Deduction 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 next payroll period:

                    a. After receipt of the aforesaid list by the Board; or

                    b. Thirty days after the employee begins his or 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 payroll period after the resumption of the employee’s employment in a bargaining unit position, whichever is later.

                    3. Termination of Employment
                    If an employee, who is required to pay a representation fee, terminates his employment with the Board before the Association has received the representation fee to which it is entitled under this article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in question.

                    4. Mechanics
                    Except as otherwise provided in this article, the mechanics for the 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 such changes will be reflected in any deductions made no more than the next payroll period (not next paycheck) after the Board received said notices.

                    6. New Employees
                    On or about the last day of each month, beginning with the month this Agreement becomes effective, the Board will submit to the Association, a list of all employees who began their employment in a bargaining unit position during the preceding thirty (30) day period. The list will include names, job titles, and dates of employment for all such employees.

                    D. Indemnification and Save Harmless Provision

                    1. Liability
                    The Association agrees to indemnify and hold the Board harmless against any liability which may arise by reason of any action taken by the Board in complying with the provision of this article, provided that:

                    a. The Board gives the Association notice in writing within five (5) work days of any written claim, demand, suit or other form of liability in regard to which it will seek to implement this paragraph;
                      b. If the Association so requests in writing, the Board will surrender to it full responsibility for the defense of such claim, demand, suit or other form of liability and will cooperate fully with the Association in gathering evidence, securing witnesses, and in all other aspects of said defense.

                      2. Exception
                      It is expressly understood that paragraph 1 above will not apply to any claim, demand, suit or other form of liability which may arise as a result of any type of willful misconduct by the Board or the Board’s imperfect execution of obligations imposed upon it by this article.
                      ARTICLE XIII
                      DURATION AND SEPARABILITY

                      A. This Agreement shall be in effect from July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2007. There shall be no re-openers during the length of the contract.

                      B. Separability
                        If any provision of this Agreement of any application of this Agreement to any employee or group of employees is held to be contrary to law, then such provision or application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting except to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications shall continue in force and effect.
                      ARTICLE XIV
                      EMPLOYEE EVALUATION

                      A. All observations of employee performance shall be conducted openly and with the knowledge of the employee. The use of surveillance devices shall be prohibited.

                      B. Teacher performance for evaluation purposes shall be evaluated only by certificated supervisory personnel.

                      C. Evaluation reports shall be discussed with the employee before they are placed in the employee’s file. No employee shall be required to sign a blank or incomplete form.

                      1. The employee shall have the right to review the contents of his permanent file with the Superintendent. The employee is entitled to indicate documents which he believes are obsolete or inappropriate to retain. Said documents shall be reviewed by the Superintendent and if, in fact, they are obsolete or otherwise inappropriate to retain, they shall be referred to the Board for final disposition.

                      2. No material regarding the employee’s conduct, service, character or personality shall be placed in the permanent file unless the employee has the opportunity to review same and has the opportunity to submit written answers to be attached to the file.

                      3. Complaints shall be investigated and may be called to the attention of the employee. The employee shall have the opportunity to respond or rebut the complaints before being considered for placement in the file.

                      D. Following an observation the employee will meet with the supervisor within five (5) days to discuss the observation. The written observation report shall be presented to the employee within seven (7) additional workdays and shall be based on job description and evaluation procedure approved by the Board of Education.

                      1. Employees with at least three (3) years and one (1) day of service will be evaluated at least once annually.

                      2. All other employees will be evaluated at least three times per year.
                      Section II
                      Articles Apply to Certificated Employees (Teachers) Represented by the
                      Paulsboro Education Association

                      ARTICLE XV
                      WORK HOURS

                      A. School Calendar
                        The right to determine the school calendar in its specifics is reserved to the unilateral decision of the Board of Education. Discussion and consultation with all interest groups shall take place prior to recommendation to the Board for final approval. The in-school work year for teachers employed on a ten-month basis shall include days when pupils are in attendance, orientation days, and any other such days on which attendance is required. School calendar will be 183 full session student days and 186 teacher days exclusive of NJEA Convention days.

                      B. Teaching Hours
                        The length of the teacher’s day shall not exceed seven and one-half (7-1/2) hours.
                      C. Teaching Load

                        1. The schedule of periods per week for a high school teacher will be a maximum of thirty (30) assigned teaching and/or duty periods in addition to five (5) duty periods, five (5) preparation periods, and five (5) duty free lunch periods. It is understood that the five (5) preparation periods shall be the same length in time as the teaching and/or duty periods. Duty periods – Inclusion duty must be on a voluntary basis.

                      2. All certificated, non-high school employees shall have a duty-free lunch period
                        each day. The length of this duty-free lunch period shall be the same length as
                        an instructional period.
                      3. It is the intent of the Board of Education to continue the special classes of Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, and Foreign Language from the first day of school until the last day of school. When a specialist is scheduled for a class, the classroom teacher has preparation time. Every effort will be made to provide each teacher with one preparation period per day.

                        4. Where possible, 7th through 12th grade teachers shall not be required to teach more than two (2) subject areas.

                        a. Prior to the assignment of a third subject area, a meeting shall take place among the administrator, the teacher involved, and a representative of the Association.

                        b. The rationale for said assignment shall be discussed with the teacher and the Association.
                        c. If a third subject area is assigned, the teacher shall be relieved of all duty periods or the teacher shall be compensated at the following rates above his regular contracted salary.
                            2004-2005 $1,384
                            2005-2006 $1,446
                            2006-2007 $1,511
                          d. In no event shall subject areas exceed three (3).

                          e. If three (3) subject areas are assigned, the teacher shall teach no more than six (6) periods per day.
                        5. Teachers assigned to a seventh teaching period will receive a $5,000 compensation. (This amount will remain at $5,000 for the duration of this agreement.)

                      D. Lateness
                        1. Teachers shall indicate their presence for duty at the appropriate time by signing
                        the appropriate column of the faculty sign-in roster.
                          a. Teachers shall receive a written warning for each infraction of lateness and a copy of each notification shall be placed in the Principal’s lateness file only.

                          b. Beginning with the sixth (6th) lateness in a school year a violating teacher shall be docked one-eighth (1/8) of his daily pay for every hour or part thereof of lateness. The same penalty shall apply to all successive violations. A teacher who is over two (2) hours late, without authorization of his principal, shall be considered absent.

                          c. After the violating teacher has been once docked in any given school year, a notice to this effect shall be placed in the teacher’s personnel file by the Superintendent.
                        2. All teachers are to be in school twenty (20) minutes before their first assigned period, which shall include preparation periods. Elementary teachers are to be in their classrooms five (5) minutes before the start of school. Teachers may be assigned supervisory responsibilities during part of this twenty (20) minute period.

                        3. All teachers are required to stay twenty (20) minutes after their last assigned period, which includes the preparation period, except on those days specified in Section F.6. of this Article and on days when after school meetings have been scheduled. Anyone wishing to leave school early must receive permission from the building Principal and in his absence his administrative designee and in his absence the Superintendent of Schools. Teachers may be assigned supervisory responsibilities during part of this twenty (20) minute period.

                        4. Teachers may leave their building during scheduled duty free lunch periods, but they must sign OUT and IN in a designated area.
                      E. Faculty Meetings
                        1. Faculty meetings shall begin no later than fifteen (15) minutes after student dismissal time and shall run for no more than forth-five (45) minutes. In the event that more time is needed, the administrators and faculty may agree to extend the meeting time.

                        2. Emergency faculty meetings may be called by the Administration and attendance of teachers is required unless excused by the building Principal.

                      F. Miscellaneous
                        1. The Board and Administration recognize the desirability of limiting the number of times in any day a regular classroom teacher is required to change a subject area teaching station and will attempt to hold such changes to a minimum.

                        2. Extra duty assignments both within and outside the academic day will be distributed equally so far as possible.

                        3. The Board and Association recognize that teaching and learning take place in contacts other than formal classroom situations during the academic day and that all staff members have the responsibility of control and direction of students at all times on school property.

                        4. Except in cases of emergency, budgetary items requested by the Administration from faculty members for the ensuing school year shall be given to the appropriate faculty members fifteen (15) days prior to the due date.

                        5. No member of the teaching staff shall be required to cover any secretarial duties.

                        6. On Fridays, required PTA days, General Election Day. and days before holidays teachers may leave five (5) minutes after their last assigned period or immediately after the last assigned duty.

                        7. Teachers whose duties require the use of privately owned vehicles between schools and to Board approved trips, shall be reimbursed as per current IRS rates as set each January.

                        8. There shall be two (2) required PTA meetings for each elementary building per year. (Exceptions to this requirement shall be for illness, attending or teaching classes, and/or emergencies at the discretion of the building principal.)

                        9. All high school personnel shall be required to attend one (1) Back to School Night and Graduation. (Exceptions to this requirement shall be for illness, attending or teaching class, and/or emergencies at the discretion of the building principal.)
                      10. The Board agrees to utilize aides for the collection of lunch and milk money as in the past.


                      ARTICLE XVI
                      SABBATICAL LEAVES

                      A. Every teacher who has held any position of employment in the Paulsboro Public School District for eight (8) of the last twelve (12) academic years shall be eligible for a sabbatical leave.

                      B. For this section:
                        1. “Teacher” shall mean any member of the certificated staff of the Paulsboro School District, the qualifications for whose office, position, or employment are such as to require him to hold an appropriate certificate issued by the State Board of Examiners in full force and effect in New Jersey.

                        2. “Sabbatical Leave” shall mean a leave of absence for the purpose of improving the qualifications of the teacher in his office, position, or employment by study or travel or for such other purpose as may be authorized by the Board of Education.

                        3. “Academic Year” shall mean September 1 through June 30.

                        4. “Area” shall mean grade level in elementary schools or subject area department in the High School or special subject areas serving the school district.
                      C. A sabbatical leave shall be for the period of one academic year at one-half (1/2) salary or one-half (1/2) an academic year at the pro-rated full salary the teacher would have received if he were not on such leave, or for such longer period, or at such higher salary as may be approved by the Board of Education.

                      D. All tenure, seniority, salary increment, pension, health insurance, tuition reimbursement and retirement rights shall be retained by and accrued to the teacher on sabbatical leave in the same manner as if he were not on such leave. The Board of Education shall retain from the salary of the teacher on sabbatical leave and pay on his behalf such amounts as are required for pension and such other purposes as may be required by law.

                      E. Any eligible teacher desiring a sabbatical leave shall make an application to the Superintendent of Schools specifying the period and purpose of the leave desired and such other information as may be required by the Board of Education. In some cases this may require an interview. All applications must be in the Superintendent’s possession on or before December 1 of the academic year preceding the proposed sabbatical and action must be taken on all such requests no later than February 1 of such school year preceding the school year for which the sabbatical is requested.

                      F. Up to three (3) of the eligible teaching personnel may be granted sabbatical leave in any one school year. No more than one (1) teacher from any one (1) area in any one (1) school shall be granted a sabbatical leave in the same year.

                      G. A joint committee of the Board of Education and the local Association shall be set up to review all applications for sabbatical leaves and to make recommendations to the Board. The joint committee shall consist of the President of the Board of Education, the President of the local Association, the Vice President of the Board of Education, two (2) Association members-at-large (appointed by the Executive Committee of the Association), and one (1) Board member-at-large (appointed by the full Board). Four (4) favorable votes are necessary for approval. The Superintendent of Schools shall act as non-voting chairperson of this joint committee and shall call such meetings as are necessary to review all applications.

                      H. The joint committee shall use the following list of guidelines. The more guidelines that the applicant meets the greater the consideration that he will be given by the committee.

                      1. Year of service in the system
                      2. Graduate and under-graduate study in the teacher’s field
                      3. Residency requirements for a degree
                      4. Graduate study for advancement (administration, guidance, or job change)
                      5. Graduate study for general education purposes
                      6. Fellowships, foundation grants, assistantships, etc.
                      7. Educational travel for the improvement of classroom skills
                      8. Educational travel for the advancement, job re-assignment, and college credits
                      9. Evidence of continued professional growth through prior course taking

                      I. The teacher shall submit a detailed written report within a month after his return to service.

                      J. Any teacher who does not return to his office, or position of employment upon the termination of his sabbatical leave and continue therein for a period of at least two years thereafter shall be deemed guilty of unprofessional conduct and the Board of Education and the Paulsboro Education Association may take appropriate action. Exception to this rule will be granted if the employee is not rehired due to a reduction in force.

                      K. The employee, by signed agreement, shall reimburse the district for the salary received and cost of fringe benefits received during the course of said Sabbatical if they do not return for the two (2) year period specified in paragraph S. Exceptions to this provision shall be:

                      1. Death of the employee
                      2. Disability of the employee as certified by the school medical inspector

                      ARTICLE XVII
                      SUBSTITUTES

                      A. Positions which are vacant because teachers are temporarily absent or on leave shall, to the extent possible, be filled by personnel who have fully met the appropriate certification.

                      B. The Board agrees to attempt at all times to maintain an adequate list of substitute teachers. Teachers shall call a designated telephone prior to 6:30 a.m. to report his absence from work. It shall be the responsibility of the administration to arrange for a substitute. The Board of Education will periodically review the substitute rate to stay in competition.
                      C. It is desirable for each teacher to have an uninterrupted preparation period. The Board expects that the preparation period will be used for planning for upcoming lessons. In some cases, however, as a result of a shortage of substitutes or sudden teacher emergencies, it becomes necessary to use teachers as substitutes during their non-teaching time. A teacher may, in this situation, be assigned to serve as a substitute for up to two (2) free covers per year. After having covered two (2) times, teachers shall be paid the following amounts per class period for the balance of the year:
                          2004-2005 $26.00
                          2005-2006 $27.00
                          2006-2007 $29.00

                        Such covers shall be arranged by an administrator of the school in question and shall be distributed as equitably as possible.

                        ARTICLE XVIII
                        PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT

                        A. The Board recognizes that it shares with its professional staff the responsibility for the upgrowth and updating of teacher performance and attitudes.

                        B. To work toward the ends stated above the Board agrees to:

                        1. Compensate teachers who have completed one (1) year of service in the
                        Paulsboro School District for tuition and required fees (not including parking fees). These teachers upon their return for the second year are eligible to apply
                        for the following reimbursement:

                        a. For courses taken outside the teacher’s current field of employment
                            reimbursement will be up to the following amounts per course for a maximum of two (2) courses.
                          2004-2005 $593
                          2005-2006 $623
                          2006-2007 $654

                        b. For courses taken within the teacher’s current field of employment
                            reimbursement will be up to the following amounts per course for a maximum of three (3) courses.
                          2004-2005 $790
                        2005-2006 $830
                              2006-2007 $872

                        2. All credits earned in July and August shall be reimbursed as of September.

                        C. Courses for which reimbursement is requested must be related to the individual’s increased competence as a professional teacher in the Paulsboro School District.

                        D. The applicant will present the following to the Superintendent:

                        1. Application prior to or no later than two (2) weeks after registration

                        2. College transcript or letter grade from the college verifying completion of the
                        course. The applicant must receive a mark equivalent to “A,” “B,” or “C” for the course.

                        3. Receipted bill for tuition from the institution

                        E. To be eligible for reimbursement, a candidate must be:

                        1. Fully certified in his teaching area

                        2. Taking a course in a matriculated area or courses in his area of teaching
                        certification

                        F. There must be no other source of financial compensation from other public or
                        governmental agencies creating a duplicate payment.

                        G. The Board will reimburse each teacher up to the following amounts excluding tax each year for the life of this agreement for educational materials purchased for his classroom use upon presentation of an itemized receipt(s). All receipts for payment must be submitted to the building principal for these purchases not later than the first Wednesday following the New Jersey Education Association Convention. Payment will be authorized at the regular scheduled Board meeting in December.
                            2004-2005 $65
                            2005-2006 $68
                            2006-2007 $71
                          H. Change of Degree Status

                          1. In order to attain MA +30 salary status, any employee hired after July 1, 1998 will only be able to use graduate credits earned after the attainment of said master’s degree.

                            2. In order to attain MA +30 salary status, any employee hired before July 1, 1998 may use graduate credits earned after the attainment of said master’s degree and graduate credits earned within ten (10) years prior to attainment of said master’s degree.

                          ARTICLE XIX
                          SALARY

                          A. 1. The salaries for all teachers covered by this Agreement are set forth as follows:

                          All amounts are in dollars – Teachers move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.
                                          Teachers
                          2004-2005

                          Step
                          BA
                          BA+30
                          MA
                          MA+30
                          1
                          34039
                          34989
                          35939
                          36889
                          2
                          34239
                          35189
                          36139
                          37089
                          3
                          34550
                          35500
                          36450
                          37400
                          4
                          34870
                          35820
                          36770
                          37720
                          5
                          35315
                          36265
                          37215
                          38165
                          6
                          36007
                          36957
                          37907
                          38857
                          7
                          37754
                          38704
                          39654
                          40604
                          8
                          39047
                          39997
                          40947
                          41897
                          9
                          40370
                          41320
                          42270
                          43220
                          10
                          41972
                          42922
                          43872
                          44822
                          11
                          45694
                          46644
                          47594
                          48544
                          12
                          51173
                          52123
                          53073
                          54023
                          13
                          59547
                          60497
                          61447
                          62397
                          14
                          64509
                          65459
                          66409
                          67359
                          Off
                          65409
                          66359
                          67309
                          68259
                                      Teachers
                                  2005-2006
                          Step
                          BA
                          BA+30
                          MA
                          MA+30
                          1
                          35176
                          36176
                          37176
                          38176
                          2
                          35376
                          36376
                          37376
                          38376
                          3
                          35576
                          36576
                          37576
                          38576
                          4
                          35906
                          36906
                          37906
                          38906
                          5
                          36363
                          37363
                          38363
                          39363
                          6
                          37077
                          38077
                          39077
                          40077
                          7
                          38876
                          39876
                          40876
                          41876
                          8
                          40206
                          41206
                          42206
                          43206
                          9
                          41569
                          42569
                          43569
                          44569
                          10
                          43219
                          44219
                          45219
                          46219
                          11
                          47051
                          48051
                          49051
                          50051
                          12
                          52693
                          53693
                          54693
                          55693
                          13
                          61315
                          62315
                          63315
                          64315
                          14
                          66425
                          67425
                          68425
                          69425
                          Off
                          67325
                          68325
                          69325
                          70325

                          Teachers
                          2006-2007
                          Step
                          BA
                          BA+30
                          MA
                          MA+30
                          1
                          36340
                          37440
                          38540
                          39640
                          2
                          36540
                          37640
                          38740
                          39840
                          3
                          36740
                          37840
                          38940
                          40040
                          4
                          36940
                          38040
                          39140
                          40240
                          5
                          37411
                          38511
                          39611
                          40711
                          6
                          38144
                          39244
                          40344
                          41444
                          7
                          39995
                          41095
                          42195
                          43295
                          8
                          41364
                          42464
                          43564
                          44664
                          9
                          42766
                          43866
                          44966
                          46066
                          10
                          44464
                          45564
                          46664
                          47764
                          11
                          48406
                          49506
                          50606
                          51706
                          12
                          54210
                          55310
                          56410
                          57510
                          13
                          63081
                          64181
                          65281
                          66381
                          14
                          68338
                          69438
                          70538
                          71638
                          Off
                          69238
                          70338
                          71438
                          72538

                                      Athletic Trainer

                                      Step
                                      BA
                                      2004-2005
                                      BA
                                      2005-2006
                                      BA
                                      2006-2007
                                      1
                                      34239
                                      34239
                                      34,239
                                      2
                                      35576
                                      35576
                                      35576
                                      3
                                      36940
                                      36940
                                      36940
                                The salary for the Athletic Trainer reflects the total amount of time needed to complete the requirements for the position. It includes evenings, Saturdays, and August practices. (Time adjustments and changes can be made through the Assistant Principal – Athletics.)
                              2. Newly employed teachers will receive a full year teaching credit for the school year, if the teacher was actively employed for one-half (1/2) the work days or more (if the number of work days is odd (for example, 185) then the one-half (1/2) day will be rounded up (for example, 93) during the school year in which he/she is hired.

                            B. The extra services salaries shall be as follows:

                            Department Chairpersons

                            a. Business *e. Mathematics *i. Special Education
                            *b. English f. Practical Arts j. Guidance
                            c. Fine Arts *g. Science k. Child Study Team
                            *d. Health/Physical Education *h. Social Studies *l. Junior High
                              Each department chairperson with an asterisk preceding the department title will receive five (5) duty-free periods per week for department coordination activities.
                              Responsibilities: Coordination of curriculum, ordering equipment and textbooks, keeping accurate records for subjects assigned, and other related duties as determined by the high school principal.
                                Method of Payment: Each department chairperson with duty-free designation will receive the following amounts for each staff member in the department excluding the chairperson.

                                2004-2005 $230
                                    2005-2006 $240
                                    2006-2007 $251
                                  Each department chairperson without duty-free designation will receive the following base pay:
                                      2004-2005 $559
                                      2005-2006 $585
                                  2006-2007 $611


                                  plus the following amount for each staff member in the department excluding the chairperson:
                                      2004-2005 $230
                                  2005-2006 $240
                                      2006-2007 $251

                                C. Miscellaneous
                                2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007
                                1. Bedside Tutoring $26 $27 $29
                                2. Driver Education $26 $27 $29
                                3. Saturday Detention $26 $27 $29
                                4. Credit Completion School $26 $27 $29
                                5. Administrative Detention $26 $27 $29
                                6. Elementary Enrichment $26 $27 $29
                                7. IEP Writing – (1/2 hour of
                                release time scheduled
                                per case)

                                D. The salaries for coaches and extracurricular activities advisors covered by this Agreement are set forth as follows:
                                                  Coaches
                                2004-2005
                                              Coaching Positions
                                              Step 1
                                              Step 2
                                              Step 3
                                              Asst. Athletic Director
                                              3955
                                              4415
                                              4912
                                              Head Football
                                              6375
                                              6688
                                              7127
                                              Asst. Football
                                              4180
                                              4389
                                              4885
                                              Head Hockey/Soccer
                                              4211
                                              4441
                                              4932
                                              Asst. Hockey/Soccer
                                              3046
                                              3365
                                              3955
                                              Cross Country
                                              4049
                                              4285
                                              4713
                                              Head Tennis-Fall/Spring
                                              2822
                                              3135
                                              3605
                                              Asst. Tennis
                                              2214
                                              2477
                                              2691
                                              Head Cheerleading-Fall/Winter
                                              1761
                                              1918
                                              2014
                                              Asst. Cheerleading
                                              1463
                                              1625
                                              1881
                                              Head Wrestling
                                              6375
                                              6688
                                              7127
                                              Asst. Wrestling
                                              4180
                                              4389
                                              4885
                                              Head Basketball-Boys/Girls
                                              5539
                                              5852
                                              6589
                                              Asst. Basketball
                                              3449
                                              3762
                                              4285
                                              Head Track-Boys/Girls
                                              4703
                                              5016
                                              5586
                                              Asst. Track
                                              3449
                                              3710
                                              4285
                                              Head Baseball/Softball
                                              4588
                                              4964
                                              5753
                                              Asst. Baseball/Softball
                                              3449
                                              3710
                                              4285
                                              Golf
                                              2822
                                              3135
                                              3605
                                              7th and 8th Grade – All Steps
                                              2613
                                              2613
                                              2613



                                  Coaches
                                  2005-2006
                                  Coaching Positions
                                  Step 1
                                  Step 2
                                  Step 3
                                  Asst. Athletic Director
                                  4133
                                  4614
                                  5133
                                  Head Football
                                  6662
                                  6962
                                  7275
                                  Asst. Football
                                  4368
                                  4587
                                  5105
                                  Head Hockey/Soccer
                                  4400
                                  4641
                                  5154
                                  Asst. Hockey/Soccer
                                  3183
                                  3516
                                  4133
                                  Cross Country
                                  4231
                                  4477
                                  4925
                                  Head Tennis-Fall/Spring
                                  2949
                                  3276
                                  3767
                                  Asst. Tennis
                                  2314
                                  2588
                                  2812
                                  Head Cheerleading-Fall/Winter
                                  1840
                                  2004
                                  2331
                                  Asst. Cheerleading
                                  1529
                                  1698
                                  1966
                                  Head Wrestling
                                  6662
                                  6989
                                  7448
                                  Asst. Wrestling
                                  4368
                                  4587
                                  5105
                                  Head Basketball-Boys/Girls
                                  5788
                                  6115
                                  6886
                                  Asst. Basketball
                                  3604
                                  3931
                                  4478
                                  Head Track-Boys/Girls
                                  4915
                                  5242
                                  5837
                                  Asst. Track
                                  3604
                                  3877
                                  4478
                                  Head Baseball/Softball
                                  4794
                                  5187
                                  6012
                                  Asst. Baseball/Softball
                                  3604
                                  3877
                                  4478
                                  Golf
                                  2949
                                  3276
                                  3767
                                  7th and 8th Grade – All Steps
                                  2731
                                  2731
                                  2731


                                  Coaches
                                  2006-2007
                                  Coaching Positions
                                  Step 1
                                  Step 2
                                  Step 3
                                  Asst. Athletic Director
                                  4319
                                  4821
                                  5364
                                  Head Football
                                  6962
                                  7303
                                  7783
                                  Asst. Football
                                  4566
                                  4793
                                  5335
                                  Head Hockey/Soccer
                                  4598
                                  4850
                                  5386
                                  Asst. Hockey/Soccer
                                  3326
                                  3675
                                  4319
                                  Cross Country
                                  4421
                                  4679
                                  5147
                                  Head Tennis-Fall/Spring
                                  3082
                                  3423
                                  3937
                                  Asst. Tennis
                                  2418
                                  2705
                                  2939
                                  Head Cheerleading-Fall/Winter
                                  1923
                                  2094
                                  2436
                                  Asst. Cheerleading
                                  1598
                                  1774
                                  2054
                                  Head Wrestling
                                  6962
                                  7304
                                  7783
                                  Asst. Wrestling
                                  4565
                                  4793
                                  5335
                                  Head Basketball-Boys/Girls
                                  6048
                                  6390
                                  7195
                                  Asst. Basketball
                                  3766
                                  4108
                                  4679
                                  Head Track-Boys/Girls
                                  5136
                                  5478
                                  6100
                                  Asst. Track
                                  3766
                                  4051
                                  4679
                                  Head Baseball/Softball
                                  5010
                                  5420
                                  6282
                                  Asst. Baseball/Softball
                                  3766
                                  4051
                                  4679
                                  Golf
                                  3082
                                  3423
                                  3937
                                  7th and 8th Grade – All Steps
                                  2854
                                  2854
                                  2854
                                  Extracurricular Activities Advisors – All amounts in dollars
                                Extracurricular Activity 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007

                                Senior Class Advisor
                                2174
                                2271
                                2374
                                Junior Class Advisor
                                2057
                                2149
                                2246
                                Sophomore Class Advisor
                                1286
                                1344
                                1405
                                Freshman Class Advisor
                                1286
                                1344
                                1405
                                Grade 8 Class Advisor
                                1136
                                1187
                                1240
                                Grade 7 Class Advisor
                                1136
                                1187
                                1240
                                Student Council Advisor (plus 3 duty-free periods)
                                1779
                                1859
                                1942
                                Yearbook Advisor (plus 1 duty-free period per week)
                                2170
                                2268
                                2370
                                Yearbook Business Advisor
                                1389
                                1451
                                1517
                                Sophomore Class Fund Raiser Advisor*
                                712
                                744
                                777
                                Junior Class Fund Raiser Advisor*
                                800
                                836
                                874
                                Senior Class Fund Raiser Advisor*
                                899
                                939
                                981
                                National Honor Society Advisor
                                1679
                                1755
                                1834
                                National Junior Honor Society Advisor
                                1679
                                1755
                                1834
                                Play Director
                                5645
                                5899
                                6165
                                Assistant Play Director
                                1859
                                1943
                                2030
                                Play Business Advisor**
                                284
                                297
                                310
                                A-V Coordinator – High School + 5 duty free periods
                                2356
                                2462
                                2573
                                A-V Coordinator – Elementary
                                1123
                                1174
                                1227
                                Safety Patrol Advisor (2)
                                1536
                                1605
                                1678
                                Band Director
                                4608
                                4815
                                5032
                                Assistant Band Director (1)
                                2784
                                2909
                                3040
                                Assistant Band Director (1)
                                1818
                                1900
                                1986
                                Stage Band Director
                                1663
                                1737
                                1816
                                Paulsentinel Advisor
                                1315
                                1374
                                1436
                                Gallery Advisor (2)
                                344
                                359
                                375
                                Choral Director
                                1323
                                1383
                                1445
                                Computer Advisor – Elementary
                                1067
                                1115
                                1165
                                Mock Trial Advisor
                                1144
                                1196
                                1250
                                TIGS Advisor
                                714
                                746
                                779
                                SADD Advisor
                                714
                                746
                                779
                                SURE Advisor
                                714
                                746
                                779
                                Activities Coordinator
                                1830
                                1921
                                2017
                                Elementary School Store (2)
                                714
                                746
                                779
                                Elementary Student Council Advisor (1)Loudenslager only
                                750
                                784
                                819
                                * Denotes taken from profits
                                ** Denotes plus 10% of revenues from advertisement book

                                E. After a leave, teachers will receive a full year teaching credit for the school year, if the teacher was actively employed for one-half (1/2) the work days or more (if the number of work days is odd (for example, 185) then the one-half (1/2) day will be rounded up (for example, 93) during the school year in which the leave was taken.
                                  1. An employee filling the specially certified areas of Learning Disability Consultant and/or Psychologist and/or Social Worker, will have their initial salary determined by the Board of Education. This salary shall be equal to or greater than a person with the same experience and degree presently employed.
                                    All other benefits are to be only those contained in this Agreement and all future raises shall be the same as regulated by this Agreement.
                                  2. A teacher applying for an advancement in salary for completion of additional credits or degree program shall be subject to the following rules:
                                    a. The teacher shall submit, upon completion of additional credits or degree program, a letter to the Superintendent of pending salary advancement.
                                    b. The effective date of salary increases shall be the first of the month following submission of the letter and the successful completion of course credits or degree program.
                                    c. Teacher will not be paid any monies until the transcript or evidence of the degree being awarded is presented to the Superintendent.
                                    d. In no case shall the Board be held responsible for retroactive pay for a period of time greater than nine (9) months.
                                  F. The Board of Education reserves the right to award experience to any newly hired coaches by initially placing them on any of the three (3) steps. A coach who formerly earned experience at Paulsboro and resigned, shall receive full credit for this experience if rehired. At no time may coaches skip steps or receive compensation other than that provided in the guide. Coaches moving from assistant to head coach will be give 1/2 credit for assistant experience toward placement on the scale for head coach and will in no case receive less than he/she is presently earning as an assistant in that sport. (e.g. 1 year-1, 2 years-1, 3 years-2, 4 years. -2, 5 years-3).
                                    In no other case shall private negotiations and salary agreements be made with any employee.

                                  G. This article in no way limits an employee’s rights with regard to salary error or miscalculation of such.
                                Section III

                                Articles Apply to Non-certificated Employees (Secretaries, Custodians,
                                Groundskeepers, Maintenance Workers, Bus Drivers, Classroom Aides, Instructional Aides, Computer Technician, and Cafeteria Workers) represented by the
                                Paulsboro Education Association.


                                ARTICLE XX
                                WORK SCHEDULE

                                A. Daily Work Hours
                                  1. Full-time workers are Custodians, Bus Drivers, Groundskeepers, and Maintenance employees who work eight (8) hours per day (40 hours) per week. Full-time cafeteria workers are employees who work seven (7) hours per day thirty-five (35) hours per week. All other Custodians, Bus Drivers, Groundskeepers, Maintenance, and Cafeteria employees are considered part-time. Classroom aides work 5.5 hours in the high school and 5.83 hours in the elementary schools.

                                  2. Work schedule showing the employees shifts, workdays, and hours will be
                                    posted in each school. Except in cases of emergency, employees must be
                                    notified of any and all changes in their normally scheduled shift hours at least five
                                    (5) workdays prior to said change.

                                B. Work shift
                                  1. Eight hours of work, exclusive of a thirty (30) minute lunch period shall constitute
                                  a work shift for Custodians, Groundskeepers, Maintenance Workers, and
                                    Cafeteria.

                                  2. The regular workday for secretaries shall not exceed 8 hours with a 45 minute
                                    duty-free lunch. Summer hours for all offices shall not exceed 7 hours with a 1 hour duty-free lunch, beginning following the closing of school and ending Labor Day. The schedule for Christmas and Easter shall be 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with
                                    a one half (0.5) hour for lunch.
                                  3. The Board of Education agrees to grant two fifteen (15) minute breaks for secretarial, custodial, grounds, and maintenance personnel under the following conditions:
                                    a. Any shift of six (6) hours or less will only receive one (1) break during the shift.

                                    b. The breaks will be scheduled by the appropriate supervisor. They will be on a staggered basis unless the Supervisor directs them all to be at a specific time.
                                c. Breaks may not be used to lengthen lunches, or at the beginning or end of a shift.

                                  4. The regular work shift for bus drivers is 3 hours on those days that school is
                                  in session for students.

                                C. Clean-up Period
                                  Custodians, Groundskeepers, Cafeteria, and Maintenance Workers shall be granted ten (10) minutes prior to the end of the work shift in which to put away equipment and supplies and for the purpose of personal clean-up.

                                D. Night Shift - Custodians, Groundskeepers, Cafeteria, and Maintenance Workers
                                  1. A night shift shall be any eight (8) hour shift starting 12:00 noon, or later.

                                  2. Employees working on a night shift, or weekend shift, will work eight (8) hours including a thirty (30) minute meal break if the meal is eaten on the premises. If the employee leaves the premises for a meal break, he shall work an additional thirty (30) minutes. Employees must punch out and punch in when leaving the premises for meals.

                                E. Emergency Call Time & Overtime

                                1. Any employee called in on an emergency to perform work other than his regular work shift shall receive a minimum of two (2) hours at time and one-half provided that such call-in was not necessitated by that employee’s own negligence in the performance of his duties, under which conditions he shall receive no extra pay.
                                    An employee called to work on a holiday would receive a minimum of (3) three hours. If an employee is called in for the negligence of anyone represented by this unit, the negligent employee shall be docked the amount of overtime pay needed to correct the negligence.

                                  2. Overtime shall be compensated at the rate of 1-1/2 times the hourly rate. The overtime rate is only involved when the actual hours worked in a week exceeds 40 hours. All extra time prior to 40 hours shall be at a regular salary. Holidays will be considered time worked.

                                  3. An overtime list shall be maintained in alphabetical order by job category and personnel selected on this basis. If overtime needs are not met voluntarily using the list, overtime will be assigned using the aforementioned list or part time employees used or substitutes used at the discretion of the supervisor. Attempts will be made to equalize all hours.

                                  4. Part-time employees will be given additional hours before a substitute is called in whenever possible.

                                F. Holidays
                                  1. All 12 month Custodians, Groundskeepers, Maintenance, and Cafeteria workers who are salaried and full-time (8 hours/day) shall receive 14 holidays per year. All 10 month Custodians, Groundskeepers, Maintenance, and Cafeteria workers who are salaried and full-time (8 hours/day) shall receive 13 holidays per year. The selection shall be made within 30 days of the time an official school calendar is presented to the Association by the Superintendent.
                                  2. They must be taken on days when school is not in session and must be consistent for all employees.

                                3. Work schedules for Custodians, Groundskeepers, Maintenance Workers, and Cafeteria workers shall be reduced one (1) hour without loss of pay or benefits on the last working day preceding Thanksgiving. On the day preceding Christmas, the decision to leave early shall be determined by the Superintendent of Schools.

                                For secretaries, if school is dismissed early prior to a holiday, they will leave at
                                2 p.m.
                                  4. Employees who work on holidays shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half. Lacking volunteers, the appropriate supervisor shall appoint employees on a rotating basis.

                                Special Notes Apply Only to Secretaries:
                                    a. On days when school is in session, no more than three (3) secretaries can be off.

                                    b. When a conflict exists as to who may be off, seniority shall be the deciding factor.

                                G. Number of Work Days for Secretaries and Bus Drivers
                                  1. All 12-month Secretaries will work 242 days, and 10-month secretaries will work 196 days.
                                  2. Bus drivers are 10-month employees who work only on the days that school is in session for students.

                                H. Sign In
                                  All employees are required to punch/sign in and punch/sign out at the beginning and end of each work shift as directed by the supervisor.

                                ARTICLE XXI
                                VACATION SCHEDULE (12 MONTH EMPLOYEES ONLY)

                                  1. Eligible employees shall receive vacation as follows:

                                a. After 1 year 10 days
                                b. After 5 years 12 days
                                c. After 10 years 17 days
                                d. After 15 years 20 days
                                e. After 25 years 25 days *
                                    *”e” applies only to employees who currently have or obtained 25 years of service during the duration of the contract of July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2001. They will be “grandpersoned” with 25 days of vacation.
                                  2. Effective July 1, 1993 annual vacation days for new employees will be prorated from the date of hiring through June 30 of the first year of employment. (For example, a person hired on January 1 will be credited with 6/12 of the 10-day vacation allowance on July 1 of that year). Vacation credit will be granted July 1 of each succeeding year. Employees hired prior to January 1 will earn a full year of credit toward accumulated vacation. (That is, moving to step B of the vacation guide). Employees hired on or after January 1 will earn no credit for the period between their hire date and June 30 of the first year of employment toward accumulated vacation credit.
                                  3. Employees transferring from 10-month to 12-month positions will be given prorated vacation time for their years of 10-month service. Credit will be calculated by using the following: (number of months service as 10-month employee) /12 = vacation credit in years.)
                                  4. All vacation requests must be approved by the supervisor, building principal, and the Superintendent.
                                  5. There will be no pay for unused vacation. It must be used. If illness occurs in the last two (2) months, vacation days may be carried over for an additional three (3) months.

                                ARTICLE XXII
                                EMPLOYEE IMPROVEMENT

                                A. The Board agrees to pay up to the following amounts per year toward tuition incurred in connection with the job-related courses at an accredited institution.
                                This benefit is not available to bus drivers.
                                    2004-2005 $461
                                    2005-2006 $484
                                2006-2007 $508

                                1. The applicant will present the following to the Superintendent:

                                a. Application prior to or no later than two (2) weeks after registration.

                                b. The official transcript or letter grade from an accredited institution verifying completion of the course. The applicant must receive a mark equivalent to “A,”, “B,” or “C” for the course.

                                c. Receipted bill for tuition from the institution.

                                2. There must be no other source of financial compensation from other public or
                                governmental agencies creating a duplicate payment.

                                B. Upon completion of a two (2) year secretarial program, or its equivalent, at a recognized secretarial or business training school or college, the Paulsboro Board of Education will grant an increment in the following amounts:
                                    2004-2005 $395
                                    2005-2006 $415
                                    2006-2007 $435

                                1. The program must be approved by the Superintendent prior to starting. Current
                                    employees with credits in a program may request a continuation of their program. Previously earned degrees or their equivalent are not eligible.

                                2. Proof of completion of the program on a successful basis must be submitted
                                prior to consideration by the Superintendent on the granting of the increment.
                                ARTICLE XXIII
                                SENIORITY AND JOB SECURITY
                                  A. School District seniority is defined as service by the employee determined by appointment date.

                                  B. In the event of a reduction in force, including reductions caused by the discontinuance of a facility or its relocation, the employee of the district shall be laid off in the inverse order of seniority, consistent with Title 18A:17-4.

                                  C. Notice of recall by seniority to work shall be sent to the employee’s last address appearing on the records of the school district by certified mail, return receipt requested. Within ten (10) days from receipt of such notice of recall, the employee shall notify the Superintendent in writing whether or not he desires to return to the work involved in recall. If he fails to reply or if he indicates that he does not desire to return to school work, he shall forfeit all his seniority and all rights to recall. If he indicates that he desires to return to the work involved in the recall notice, then he shall report to work within ten (10) work days from the date he received the recall notice or within such period of time as set forth in a written extension of time signed by the Superintendent. In the event he shall fail to so report to work, he shall forfeit all of his seniority and all rights to recall.

                                ARTICLE XXIV
                                PROBATION AND DISMISSAL

                                A. Probationary Period
                                  All newly hired employees other than teachers shall serve sixty (60) day probationary period during which time they may be discharged without any recourse under this Agreement.
                                  ARTICLE XXV
                                  WORK CLOTHING
                                    A. No employee shall be prevented from wearing pins or other identification of membership in the Association or its affiliates.

                                    B. Employees may wear their own clothing during summer recess

                                    C. Cafeteria employees shall be reimbursed at Board expense up to the following amounts per year for work shoes, smocks, pants and aprons.
                                      2004-2005 $86
                                      2005-2006 $90
                                      2006-2007 $94

                                      Custodians, groundskeepers, and maintenance workers shall be provided at Board expense seven (7) sets of uniforms. On a designated day dirty uniforms will be picked up for cleaning and returned the following week, when additional dirty uniforms will be picked up. If an employee leaves, he must turn back all uniforms in his possession or reimburse the Board for same. Employees may wash their uniforms. No hats, armbands or other types of additional material of a decorative nature may be worn. Failure to wear the proper uniform will subject the employee to a written reprimand on the first occasion. On the second occasion, the employee will be sent home without pay without recourse in the matter. Failure to wear the proper uniform on three occasions in a one-year period will be considered insubordination.
                                    D. Board of Education will provide groundskeepers and maintenance workers $250 towards foul weather gear and boots or will provide rented gear and boots.






































                                          ARTICLE XXVI
                                  SALARY
                                  Secretaries move up a step each year for the life of this agreement. Salaries listed are for 12-month employees. 10-month employees will be pro-rated on the listed salaries.
                                  SECRETARIES
                                  2004-2005

                                  Step
                                  A – Principal
                                  B – Other
                                  1
                                  28453
                                  27953
                                  2
                                  28653
                                  28153
                                  3
                                  28853
                                  28353
                                  4
                                  30007
                                  29507
                                  5
                                  30231
                                  29731
                                  6
                                  30445
                                  29777
                                  7
                                  30655
                                  29983
                                  8
                                  31317
                                  30324
                                  9
                                  33854
                                  31831
                                  10
                                  35938
                                  35438
                                  SECRETARIES
                                  2005-2006

                                  Step
                                  A – Principal
                                  B – Other
                                  1
                                  30422
                                  29922
                                  2
                                  30622
                                  30122
                                  3
                                  30822
                                  30322
                                  4
                                  31022
                                  30522
                                  5
                                  31222
                                  30722
                                  6
                                  31422
                                  30922
                                  7
                                  31639
                                  30945
                                  8
                                  32323
                                  31298
                                  9
                                  34940
                                  32853
                                  10
                                  37092
                                  36592
                                  SECRETARIES
                                  2006-2007
                                  Step
                                  A – Principal
                                  B – Other
                                  1
                                  31670
                                  31170
                                  2
                                  31870
                                  31370
                                  3
                                  32070
                                  31570
                                  4
                                  32270
                                  31770
                                  5
                                  32470
                                  31970
                                  6
                                  32670
                                  32170
                                  7
                                  32870
                                  32370
                                  8
                                  33580
                                  32515
                                  9
                                  36299
                                  34131
                                  10
                                  38534
                                  38034
                                  COMPUTER TECHNICIAN
                                  2004-2005
                                  2005-2006
                                  2006-2007
                                  35298
                                  37063
                                  38916

                                              Support Staff
                                  MAINTENANCE
                                  Maintenance workers move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.

                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  2005-2006
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  22595
                                  24741
                                  25727
                                  2
                                  23075
                                  24941
                                  25927
                                  3
                                  23608
                                  25141
                                  26127
                                  4
                                  24553
                                  25341
                                  26327
                                  5
                                  25534
                                  26354
                                  27379
                                  6
                                  26556
                                  27409
                                  28475







                                                  GROUNDS
                                  Groundskeepers move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.

                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  2005-2006
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  20536
                                  21195
                                  22020
                                  2
                                  20875
                                  21545
                                  22383
                                  3
                                  21306
                                  21990
                                  22845
                                  4
                                  21748
                                  22446
                                  23319
                                  5
                                  22210
                                  22923
                                  23814
                                  6
                                  23932
                                  24700
                                  25661
                                  7
                                  24828
                                  25625
                                  26622
                                  8
                                  25821
                                  26650
                                  27686
                                  9
                                  26854
                                  27716
                                  28794










                                  CUSTODIANS
                                  Custodians move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.

                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  2005-2006
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  20536
                                  21195
                                  22020
                                  2
                                  20875
                                  21545
                                  22383
                                  3
                                  21306
                                  21990
                                  22845
                                  4
                                  21748
                                  22446
                                  23319
                                  5
                                  22210
                                  22923
                                  23814
                                  6
                                  23103
                                  23845
                                  24772
                                  7
                                  23616
                                  24374
                                  25323
                                  8
                                  25465
                                  26282
                                  27304
                                  9
                                  26389
                                  27236
                                  28295



                                  CAFETERIA
                                  Cafeteria workers move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.

                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  2005-2006
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  10.25
                                  10.67
                                  11.24
                                  2
                                  10.46
                                  10.87
                                  11.44
                                  3
                                  10.73
                                  11.07
                                  11.64
                                  4
                                  11.04
                                  11.39
                                  11.84
                                  5
                                  11.49
                                  11.86
                                  12.32
                                  6
                                  11.70
                                  12.07
                                  12.54
                                  7
                                  11.95
                                  12.34
                                  12.82
                                  8
                                  12.20
                                  12.59
                                  13.08
                                  9
                                  12.32
                                  12.72
                                  13.21


                                  BUS DRIVERS
                                  Bus drivers move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.


                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  2005-2006
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  15.81
                                  16.17
                                  16.98
                                  2
                                  16.52
                                  16.60
                                  17.43
                                  3
                                  17.26
                                  17.35
                                  18.22
                                  4
                                  17.78
                                  18.13
                                  19.00


























                                  CLASSROOM AIDES/NON-DEGREE

                                  Classroom aides move up a step each year for the life of this agreement.
                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  1
                                  7.35
                                  2
                                  7.60
                                  3
                                  7.76
                                  4
                                  7.91
                                  5
                                  8.35
                                  6
                                  9.00
                                  7
                                  9.44
                                  8
                                  9.86
                                  9
                                  10.76
                                  10
                                  11.66

                                  Step
                                  2005-2006
                                  1
                                  7.40
                                  2
                                  7.63
                                  3
                                  7.99
                                  4
                                  8.15
                                  5
                                  8.36
                                  6
                                  8.77
                                  7
                                  9.46
                                  8
                                  9.91
                                  9
                                  10.35
                                  10
                                  11.30
                                  11
                                  12.25

                                  Step
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  7.45
                                  2
                                  7.70
                                  3
                                  8.04
                                  4
                                  8.39
                                  5
                                  8.56
                                  6
                                  8.72
                                  7
                                  9.21
                                  8
                                  9.93
                                  9
                                  10.40
                                  10
                                  11.87
                                  11
                                  11.87
                                  12
                                  12.86





                                  INSTRUCTIONAL AIDES/ASSOCIATE DEGREE
                                  Step
                                  2004-2005
                                  1
                                  15.70


                                  Step
                                  2005-2006
                                  1
                                  15.70
                                  2
                                  16.49





                                  Step
                                  2006-2007
                                  1
                                  15.70
                                  2
                                  16.49
                                  3
                                  17.30












                                  PESTICIDE AND BOILER LICENCES
                                    LICENSE 2004-2007
                                    Pesticide $694
                                    Boiler $694



















                                  For The Paulsboro Board of Education

                                    President: __________________________ Date _____________

                                    Vice President: __________________________ Date _____________

                                    Secretary: __________________________ Date _____________


                                    For the Paulsboro Education Association


                                    President: __________________________ Date _____________

                                    Vice President: __________________________ Date _____________

                                    Secretary: __________________________ Date _____________

































                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                  SECTION I (Articles Apply to All Employees Represented by the 1
                                  Paulsboro Education Association)

                                  Article I (Recognition) 1

                                  Article II (Negotiations) 2

                                  Article III (Grievance Procedure) 3

                                  Article IV (Employee Rights) 5

                                  Article V (Association Rights and Privileges) 6

                                  Article VI (Board of Education Rights) 6

                                  Article VII (Procedures for Payment of Salaries) 7

                                  Article VIII (Extended Leaves: Childbearing and Childrearing) 8

                                  Article IX (Sick Leave and Leaves of Absence) 8

                                  Article X (Transfers, Reassignments, Vacancies, and New Positions) 10

                                  Article XI (Insurance Protection) 11

                                  Article XII (Agency Shop) 13

                                  Article XIII (Duration and Separability) 15

                                  Article XIV (Employee Evaluation) 15

                                  SECTION II (Articles Apply to Certificated Employees [Teachers] 16
                                      Represented by the Paulsboro Education Association)
                                  Article XV (Work Hours) 16

                                  Article XVI (Sabbatical Leaves) 19

                                  Article XVII (Substitutes) 20

                                  Article XVIII (Professional Development) 21

                                  Article XIX (Salary) 22

                                  Teachers 23

                                  Athletic Trainer 24

                                  Department Chairpersons 24-25
                                    Miscellaneous 25

                                    Coaches 25-26

                                    Extracurricular 27

                                    SECTION III (Articles apply to Non-certified Employees [Secretaries, Custodians, 28
                                            Groundskeepers, Maintenances Workers, Bus Drivers, Classroom
                                            Aides, Instructional Aides, Computer Technician, and Cafeteria
                                            Workers] Represented by the Paulsboro Education Association)
                                    Article XX (Work Schedule) 28

                                    Article XXI (Vacation Schedule) 31

                                    Article XXII (Employee Improvement) 32

                                    Article XXIII (Seniority and Job Security) 33

                                    Article XXIV (Probation and Dismissal) 33

                                    Article XXV (Work Clothing) 33-34

                                    Article XXVI (Salary) 35

                                    Secretaries 35

                                    Computer Technician 35

                                    Maintenance 36
                                      Grounds 36
                                        Custodians 36
                                          Cafeteria 37
                                            Bus Drivers 37

                                            Classroom Aides 38

                                            Instructional Aides 39
                                              Pesticide and Boiler Licenses 39

                                              Signatures 40










                                              Paulsboro Board of Education
                                              Paulsboro Education Association

                                              Agreement

                                              Effective
                                              July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2007





                                              Paulsboro BE and Paulsboro EA 2004.pdf