Contract Between
Ventnor B/E-Atlantic
- and -
Ventnor EA
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07/01/2004 thru 06/30/2008


CategorySchool District
UnitTeaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below


AGREEMENT
between the

VENTNOR CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

and the

VENTNOR CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION




_________________________________________________

July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2008
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Final Agreement – 1/26/05
54
TABLE OF CONTENTS


ARTICLE PAGE

PREAMBLE 3
ARTICLE I RECOGNITION 4
ARTICLE II NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURES 5
ARTICLE III GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 6
ARTICLE IV TEACHER RIGHTS 10
ARTICLE V ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES 11
ARTICLE VI TEACHER WORK YEAR, WORK HOURS
AND WORK LOAD 13

ARTICLE VII NON-TEACHING DUTIES 16
ARTICLE VIII SALARIES 17
ARTICLE IX TEACHER WORK STATIONS 21
ARTICLE X TEACHER ETHICS 22
ARTICLE XI MANAGEMENT’S RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES 23
ARTICLE XII SICK LEAVE 24
ARTICLE XIII TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE 28
ARTICLE XIV EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE 30
ARTICLE XV SABBATICAL LEAVE 33
ARTICLE XVI REIMBURSEMENTS 35
ARTICLE XVII INSURANCE PROTECTION 38
TABLE OF CONTENTS (Con't.)


ARTICLE PAGE


ARTICLE XVIII DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY 40
ARTICLE XIX REPRESENTATION FEE-AGENCY SHOP 42
ARTICLE XX COMPLAINT PROCEDURE 44
ARTICLE XXI ASSOCIATION-ADMINISTRATION LIAISON 46
ARTICLE XXII MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 47
ARTICLE XXIII DURATION OF AGREEMENT 49
          ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 50 SALARY SCHEDULE – 2004-2005 51
SALARY SCHEDULE – 2005-2006 52
      SALARY SCHEDULE – 2006-2007 53
      SALARY SCHEDULE – 2007-2008 54




PREAMBLE


This AGREEMENT was entered into by and between the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF VENTNOR CITY, NEW JERSEY, (hereinafter called “the Board”), and the VENTNOR CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, (hereinafter called “the Association”). The Board and the Association, through their respective representatives, having heretofore met for the purpose of negotiations in accordance with the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, have reached accord. The Board and the Association agree as follows:
ARTICLE I

RECOGNITION

A. Unit

The Board hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiation concerning the terms and conditions of employment for the following unit of full and part-time certificated personnel:

Classroom Teachers K-8 Reading Teachers
Vocal Music Teachers Remedial Reading Teacher
Instrumental Music Teachers English as a Second
Physical Education Teachers Language Teachers
Nurses Bilingual Teachers
Learning Disabilities Specialist Art Teachers
Speech Therapist Industrial Art Teacher
Psychologist Special Education Teachers
Social Worker Teachers of Gifted/Talented
Guidance Counselor Pre-School Teachers
Librarians


Specifically excluded are:

Principals Custodial Staff
Supervisors Transportation Persons
Secretarial Staff All P/T employees (Solicitor, Auditor, Doctor, Technician)
Clerical Staff Residency Personnel
Instructional Aides



B. Definition of Teacher

The term "teachers," when used hereinafter in the Agreement, shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as noted in Section A. Teachers are defined for this Agreement as fully certified professionals under contract.

ARTICLE II

NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURE


A. The Parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974, in a good faith effort to reach agreement on matters concerning the terms and conditions of teachers' employment and in accordance with the time table established by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). Every effort will be made to begin negotiations by December 15th of the year preceding expiration of this contract.
      Any Agreement so negotiated shall apply to all members of the bargaining unit, be reduced to writing, and be signed by the President of the Ventnor City Board of Education and the President of the Ventnor City Education Association.

B. During the negotiations, the Board and Association representatives shall present relevant data, exchange points of view, and make proposals and counter proposals.

C. 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 have all necessary power and authority to make and consider proposals in the course of negotiations. Any memoranda of agreement between the parties would be subject to ratification by the Ventnor City Board of Education and the Ventnor City Education Association.

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

ARTICLE III

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


A. Statement of Policy
      In keeping with the policy of the Board to serve the interests of all residents and taxpayers in the community in obtaining the best possible education for their children, there is hereby adopted, in a spirit of cooperation and mutual trust between the Board and its staff of professional employees, the following procedure in furtherance of such policy. No employee of the Board, invoking these procedures, shall be subject to any prejudicial or punitive action by reason of invoking such procedures.


B. Definitions
      1. The term "grievance", as used herein, is defined as any question, problem, complaint or appeal by any employee represented by this contract Agreement concerning the interpretation or application of this Agreement or concerning Board Policy not an integral part of the contract.
      2. The term "employee" shall mean those represented by this contract Agreements stated in Article I, Section A.
      3. The term "representative" shall mean a member of any related organization of which he/she is a member, or an individual designated by any employee as his/her spokesperson, provided, however, that the employee shall have designated such "representative" in writing, and a copy of such authorization shall have been filed with the Board and/or with the individual(s) conducting any hearing prior to the holding of such hearing.


C. Grievance Procedure
      The procedures, which will be followed by all employees and/or members of the Board, are detailed below. At any stage of the Grievance Procedure, either party shall have the right to summon and have present witnesses on his/her behalf. The aggrieved employee shall have the right to be represented by legal counsel and to have speak on his/her behalf his/her "representative" registered as such in the Board office. Forty-eight (48) hour written notification shall be given by either party to the other if such party will be represented by legal counsel. The Association shall provide such notice to the Board Secretary and the official at the level of the grievance. The Board shall provide such notification to the Association President and designated representative.




      1. Level I - Principal/Immediate Supervisor
          Any employee with a grievance shall first discuss with his/her principal or immediate supervisor, either directly or through the Association's designated representative, with the objective of resolving the matter informally. If the matter is not resolved, a written grievance shall be filed with said principal/supervisor within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the grievance.
          If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, said principal/supervisor shall reduce his/her decision to writing within ten (10) school days of receipt of the written grievance and forward it to the employee and/or his/her representative.
          If the grievance is not resolved at Level I, or if no decision has been rendered within the ten (10) school days, such grievance may be submitted in writing to the superintendent of schools no later than five (5) school days after receipt of decision or fifteen (15) school days after submission to Level I if no decision has been rendered.

      2. Level II - Superintendent
          The superintendent may hold a meeting among the aforementioned parties and shall render his/her written decision within ten (10) school days of receipt of the grievance. If the grievance is not resolved at Level II, or if no decision has been rendered within ten (10) school days after the presentation of the grievance to the superintendent, the aggrieved may file the grievance, in writing, to the Board within five (5) school days after the decision at Level II or fifteen (15) school days after which the grievance was presented, whichever is sooner.

      3. Level III - Board of Education
          The Board shall render its written decision no later than three (3) days after the second (2nd) regularly scheduled Board meeting after receipt of the grievance. Should the grievant and/or the Association request in writing a hearing before the Board regarding such grievance, such request may be granted or denied at the sole discretion of the Board. Such hearing, if granted, will be held prior to the Board's decision.
          The Board's decision at this Level shall be final for all grievances relating to Board policies and/or administrative decision and such grievances shall not be submitted to Level IV Arbitration.





      4. Level IV - Arbitration
          It is expressly understood by both parties that the only grievances which may be submitted to arbitration are those grievances concerning the interpretation or application of the terms and conditions of employment as stated in this Agreement.
          Within ten (10) school days after the Board has rendered its written decision, a notice of submission to arbitration shall occur. The Board and the Association shall attempt then to agree upon a mutually acceptable arbitrator an 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 ten (10) days after notice of submission to arbitration, a request for a list of arbitrators may be made to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission by either party. The parties shall then be bound by the rules and procedures of the Public Employment Relations Commission.
          The arbitrator's decision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to the Board and the Association , and shall be final and binding on the parties.
          If the aggrieved does not take action within the time frames set in each level, the grievance shall be deemed to have been resolved.



D. LAW

      1. Nothing contained in this Grievance Procedure shall be deemed to require an employee covered by this Agreement to become a member of the Association.
      2. Whenever any requirements of the State Department of Education, or of any law enacted by the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, provide for any additional procedures not herein set forth, then such additional procedures may be invoked by any aggrieved employee notwithstanding that they have not been set forth herein.
      3. Whenever any requirements of the State Department of Education or any enactment by the Legislature of New Jersey are contrary to the provisions of the Procedure, then such requirements shall be deemed to supersede this Procedure and such requirements shall be substituted in place of the provisions set forth herein.


      4. If, in the judgment of the Association, a grievance affects a group or class of teachers, the Association may submit such a grievance in writing to the building principal. The Association may process such a grievance through all levels of the grievance procedure.


E. COSTS
      Any costs incurred by the parties shall be paid by the parties incurring same.
ARTICLE IV

TEACHER RIGHTS


A. Rights and Protection in Representation

      Pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws, 1974, the Board hereby agrees that every employee of the Board shall have the right freely to organize, to join and to support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations. As a duly selected body exercising governmental power under the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage, deprive, or coerce any teacher in the enjoyment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public Laws, 1974, other laws of New Jersey, the Constitution of New Jersey, and/or the United States Constitution.


B. Statutory Savings Clause
      Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any teacher such rights as he may have under New Jersey School Laws and Regulations. The rights granted to teachers hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to or in conjunction with those provided elsewhere.


C. Evaluation of Students
      1. The members of the Association recognize the personalness and the confidentiality inherent in working with children, and further recognize their professional obligations not to discuss any pupil except in a constructive manner and only with those persons in a position to offer advice and help.
      2. The teacher shall maintain the right and the responsibility to determine grades and other evaluations of students within the grading policies of the Ventnor City School District based upon his/her professional judgment and available criteria pertinent to any given subject area or activity for which he/she is responsible. No grade or evaluation of students will be changed by the administration without prior consultation with the teacher(s).


D. Criticism of Teachers
      Any criticism by a supervisor, administrator or the Board, of a teacher and/or his/her instructional methodology shall be made in confidence and not in the presence of students, parents, or other public gatherings.
ARTICLE V

ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES


A. Information
      The Board agrees to make available to the Association, in response to reasonable requests, all available information in the public domain concerning the educational program and the financial resources of the district. Such requests will be made in writing by the Association President to the Superintendent of Schools at least ten (10) working days prior to the need, and such material will be viewed in the Board Office during the Board Office's regular work hours, excluding the time the teacher is on duty.
      If it is necessary for the Association President and/or his/her designee(s) to participate during working hours in negotiations, a grievance procedure, and/or P.E.R.C. meetings relevant to the district, he/she shall request such time as is required in writing from the Superintendent of Schools. All legitimate requests will be approved and he/she/they shall suffer no loss in pay or benefits.


B. Use of School Building
      The Association and its representatives may have the privilege of using the district's school buildings for meetings under the same criteria used for general public building usage. Approval shall be requested in writing from the Principal in advance of the time and the place of all such meetings. With permission from the building principal, the Association's "after school" meetings may be conducted between 3:30-4:30 p.m. in a particular school building. Additional time beyond 4:30 p.m. can be requested.


C. Use and Care of Equipment
      The Association may have the privilege of using school facilities and equipment, including typewriters, mimeographing machines, and other duplicating equipment, calculators, and audio-visual equipment at reasonable times when such equipment is not otherwise in use. Approval shall be requested in writing, from the principal of the building in advance of the time of use. The Association shall pay for the reasonable cost of all materials and supplies incident to such use, and for repairs necessitated as a result thereof. The Association agrees that only those persons who are knowledgeable in the operation of said equipment shall have access to same. Such equipment is not to be removed from the building.



D. Bulletin Boards
      The Association shall have in each school building the privilege of using one existing bulletin board in each faculty lounge or teachers' dining room. Copies of all materials to be posted shall be given to the building principal for approval prior to posting.


E. Mail Facilities and Mail Boxes

      The Association shall have, with the approval of the building principals, the privilege of using the inter-school mail facilities and school mail boxes as it deems necessary.


F. Use of Telephone
      he Board/Administration will find a mutually agreeable location for a telephone with
the Association that will insure some level of “privacy” by September of 1998.
      Association will get its own credit card to be used for Association long distance calls.

G. School Calendar
      The Association, through its President, shall be given the opportunity to make recommendations in the development of the school calendar.

ARTICLE VI

TEACHER WORK YEAR, WORK HOURS AND WORK LOAD



A. Work Year
      The length of the work year will be 185 days, 180 of which are in direct contact with the students, with the remaining five (5) days designated by the administration. Such five (5) days shall be immediately preceding, during or following the 180 contract days, but shall not be during the holidays or vacation period. Note: 2004-05 School Work Year remains at 183 days. Work Year extended to 185 days starting in 2005-06.



B. Length of the School Day
      The teachers' school day will be 7 hours between the hours 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Within these timelines, the administration will determine the teacher arrival and departure times. Teachers may be assigned different arrival and departure times. Teachers may be assigned different arrival and departure times as the need exists, but within the stipulated timelines. Within the 7 hour day, the certified staff will have at least a duty free, 30 minute lunch period.


C. Student Contact Time
      All certified staff will have equal contact time with students.


D. Preparation Time
      It is desirable for each teacher to have uninterrupted preparation periods. Teachers shall have preparation time (equal to five [5] classroom periods a week within the student day) during which they shall not be assigned additional duties. These preparations periods are in addition to the teachers' lunch period. Building principals will give direction as to the time and place in which teachers will conduct their planning.







E. Leaving the Building - Lunch
      Teachers will notify the main office if they should leave the building at lunch time. Such notification shall be through verbal notification or internet notification. In no event shall teachers be required to physically report to the office to sign out. Teachers will also
      indicate their presence in the morning by initialing a sign in sheet at the main office. Time of arrival will not be included.

F. Meetings with Administration
      The administration, primarily the school principals, have the right to have meetings as scheduled below;
          1. A maximum of ten (10) hours of meetings per year
          in addition to the normal work day. Such meetings shall not extend more than sixty (60) minutes past the end of the normal work day. Credit for any such meeting shall be at least thirty(30) minutes even if such meeting is for a lesser period of time.
          2. Such meetings may be with individual teachers, grade levels, groups of teachers or the full faculty.
          3. All teachers shall be treated equally as to the total number of hours of attendance at such meetings within a school year.

          4. Teachers shall not be required to attend more than three (3) meetings per month.

          5. Teachers shall be given at least three (3) days written notice for individual or for less than full faculty meetings. Five (5) days notice for meetings of the full faculty shall be given. Excuses from meetings shall be granted on a case by case basis.

          6. Such meetings shall be increased not to exceed twelve(12) hours for the duration of the contract.
          1. No meetings shall be held on Fridays or days before holidays, vacation periods or extended weekends.

8. Prep periods and lunch periods will not be utilized for meetings.






G. Class Coverage

          1. $30.00 per period for assuming another teacher’s class into his/her class.
            1. $20.00 per period for assuming any part of another teacher’s students into his/her class.

    ARTICLE VII

    NON-TEACHING DUTIES


    A. Teacher Duties
        The parties agree that teachers without homeroom assignments shall continue to perform morning playground and bus duty. The Board agrees to compensatory time for the above duties which extend beyond the defined work day. The Board also agrees that no additional non-teaching duties shall be added to the aforementioned list enumerated above unless it is negotiated and agreed to by both parties.


    B. Lunch - Playground Duty
        Certified staff members may be assigned to cafeteria duty and/or playground duty as per management’s prerogative as long as the total student contact time per day is not increased.
    ARTICLE VIII

    SALARIES


    A. Salaries
        The salary of each teacher covered by this Agreement is set forth in Schedule A for the 2004-2005 school year, Schedule B for the 2005-2006 school year, Schedule C for the 2006-2007 and Schedule D for the 2007-2008 school years, said schedules are attached hereto and made a part hereof.


    B. Longevity
        In addition to the base salary scale, longevity pay will be given as specified below:
        Beginning the 15th year of Ventnor service:

    2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008

    $1650.00 $1650.00 $1650.00 $1650.00


    Beginning the 20th year of Ventnor service:

    2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008

    $2100.00 $2100.00 $2100.00 $2100.00


    Beginning the 25th year of Ventnor service:

    2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008

    $3000.00 $3000.00 $3000.00 $3000.00


    C. Placement on Salary Scale
        Placement on the scale shall be made only under the following conditions:
        1. Placement on the B+15, B+30, M+15, and M+30 scales will be made only if the credits presented for qualifications are no older than six (6) years.


        2. Degree status (M), (Ph.D.), (Ed.D.) is obtained upon the conferring of the degree and not upon credit nor experience equivalent.
        3. Eligibility to B+15, B+30, Master's, M+15, M+30 and Doctorate scales is attained upon the presentation to the Superintendent the official transcript of credits.
        4. Contract changes reflecting higher credit and/or degree status will be made upon the approval of the Superintendent. The required forms and credentials must be submitted during the months of September and February. Such contract changes are retroactive only to September 1st or February 1st, respectively.
    D.Pay for Extracurricular Activities
    For the life of this contract, payment for the extracurricular activities is:
    POSITION
    2004-2005
    2005-2006
    2006-20072007-2008
    Athletics
    Head Basketball Coach
    1417.50
    1488.38
    1562.79
    1640.93
    Assistant Basketball Coach
    1062.60
    1115.73
    1171.52
    1230.09
    Other Head Coaches
    1388.10
    1457.51
    1530.38
    1606.90
    Other Asst. Coaches
    1033.20
    1084.86
    1139.10
    1196.06
    School Play
    Director
    1358.70
    1426.64
    1497.97 1572.87
    Assistant director
    856.80
    899.64
    944.62
    991.85
    Music director
    1269.45
    1332.92
    1399.57
    1469.55
    Band director
    1269.45
    1332.92
    1399.57
    1469.55
    Choreographer
    1269.45
    1332.92
    1399.57
    1469.55
    Band - Combined (VMS & LES)
    915.60
    961.38
    1009.45
    1059.92
    Chorus - Combined (VMS & LES)
    915.60
    961.38
    1009.45
    1059.92
    Tournament of Champions
    Coach
    413.70
    434.39
    456.10 478.91
    Assistant
    353.85
    371.54
    390.12 409.63
    Think Day Coach
    590.10
    619.61
    650.59
    683.11
    Think Day Judge
    236.25
    248.06
    260.47
    273.49
    Mentor Teacher Same as State Reimbursement Amount
    Student Council
    353.85
    371.54
    390.12
    409.63
    National Jr. Honor Society
    353.85
    371.54
    390.12
    409.63
    Bilingual / ESL
    590.10
    619.61
    650.59 683.11
    PAC Chairperson
    908.25
    953.66
    1001.35
    1051.41
    Child Study Team Chairperson
    3159.45
    3317.42
    3483.29
    3657.46
    Awards Assembly Coordinator
    367.50
    385.88
    405.17
    425.43
    Athletic Site Manager (per event)
    52.50
    55.13
    57.88
    60.78
    Home Instruction (hourly rate)
    35.44
    37.21
    39.07
    41.02
    First Gators Club 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
    Technology Club 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
    Computer Club 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
    SIT Member 350.00 367.50 385.87 404.63
    Strategic Games Club 320.00 336.00 352.80 370.44
    Intramurals Club Advisor 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96

    SIT Committee Chair 500.00 525.00 551.25 578.81
    I & RS Member 650.00 682.50 716.62 752.45
    Homework Club 35.41 37.21 39.02 41.02
    POSITION
    2004-2005
    2005-2006
    2006-2007
    2007-2008
    Newspaper Club Advisor 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
    Safety Patrol 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
    Percussion Club 520.00 546.60 573.30 601.96
    Student Council Advisor 520.00 546.60 573.30 601.96
    Cooking Club Advisor 520.00 546.60 573.30 601.96


    E. Committee/Curriculum Work:

    Any teacher required/requested to serve on any school committee including but not limited to curriculum development, shall either be provided with release time within the teacher’s normal work day to serve on such committee or if such meetings and/or work is outside of the teacher’s normal work day, the teacher shall be compensated for all such time at the rate of $33.75 for the duration of the contract.


    F. Summer School:

    Any teacher teaching Summer School shall be compensated at the rate of
    $36.00 for the duration of the contract.







    ARTICLE IX

    TEACHER WORK STATIONS


    A. School Positions
        1. All Ventnor staff members shall be notified in writing by the Superintendent of the existence of a vacancy within ten (10) calendar days prior to the close of acceptance of the application for the position. Any vacancies and/or new positions which occur between October 15th and March 1st, excluding administrative openings which must be posted at the time of the opening, may be filled temporarily, without posting and notification, for the duration of the school year. It is agreed that such positions will be posted in May if they are to continue into the next school year.
        2. Ventnor Public Schools' Certified Staff shall be given priority for a school position in a program operated by the Ventnor City Board of Education, provided it has been budgeted by the Board.
        3. Staff members shall be given priority in application for such vacancies; however, the staff member must be certified and deemed the best qualified candidate by the administration for the position available.


    B. Extra Curricular Activities Positions
        1. All vacancies for extra curricular activities positions shall be posted as early as the district is aware of its needs. The posting shall include the qualifications for and duties of the position. No employee shall be assigned to serve, if there are qualified applicants for the position. If no qualified applicants apply for the position(s), an employee will not be assigned to more than one extra curricular activity per year for two consecutive years.
    ARTICLE X

    TEACHER ETHICS


    A. Once the school calendar has been adopted by the Board, it shall be the professional obligation of each member of the Association to abide by the terms of the calendar and the definition of the school day.

    B. It shall be the professional obligation of every teacher to participate fully in State Evaluations, Middle States Evaluations and Curriculum Development as necessary for the efficient and effective operation of a quality school district. The teachers shall be so committed.

    C. The Association agrees to support the school administration fully in its efforts to have teachers honor their contracts and act in an ethical manner in all situations and circumstances. Lateness shall be dealt with, even to the extent of disciplinary action through the Superintendent's office.

    D. The Association recognizes the extreme importance in maintaining educational continuity in the classroom and encourages each of its members to attend regularly, reserving sick leave benefits for the real purpose for which they are granted.

    E. The Association recognizes the need for constant evaluation and revision of all aspects of the educational program, and further recognizes the professional obligation of all staff members to participate in and to contribute to all orientation and in-service meetings and workshops.

    F. The Association is cognizant of the liability responsibilities inherent in the teaching vocation and charges all its members to be fully aware of, and to live up to, these responsibilities.

    ARTICLE XI

    MANAGEMENT'S RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES


    The Board reserves jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy. The Board retains the right, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations (New Jersey Statutes Annotated, Title 18A; New Jersey Administrative Code; Decisions by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education; and appropriate court decisions) and with its administration:
        1. to direct employees of the school as defined by their respective job descriptions;
        2. to hire, promote, transfer, assign and retain employees in certified positions in the school district and to suspend, discharge, or take other disciplinary action for cause;
        3. to relieve employees from duty for a reduction in force or for other legitimate reasons;
        4. to maintain efficiency of the school district operations entrusted to it;
        5. to determine the methods, means and personnel by which such operations are to be conducted; and,
        6. to take whatever actions may be necessary to provide public education for the community.
    ARTICLE XII

    SICK LEAVE


    A. Accumulative
        As of the first official day of the school year, all teachers employed in the Ventnor Public Schools shall be entitled to ten (10) sick leave days, which shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit, whether or not they report for duty on that first day. Employees hired after November 1st will receive their sick leave on a pro rata basis for the first year only, i.e., one day per month worked plus 1/2 day, non accumulative, for each two and one-half (2 1/2) months worked.


    B. Notification of Accumulation
        Employees will be given a written accounting of accumulated sick leave days not later than November 30th each school year. This list will be prepared and distributed by the Board Office.


    C. Extended Sick Leave Procedure
        1. The Board will consider an employee's request for an extension of sick leave under the following conditions:
            a. The employee must have completed three (3) years and started his/her fourth (4) year of service in the Ventnor City Public Schools.
            b. The employee must have exhausted his/her accumulated sick leave due to an extended illness.
            c. The employee must present a doctor's written statement attesting to the illness.
            d. The employee may petition the Board to grant additional sick days up to a maximum of the amount previously accumulated.
            e. The Board reserves the right to treat each case on its own individual merits and may adjust the pay to an amount less substitute costs.
            f. If the extended absence exceeds 50% of the school year, the Board may elect not to give credit for the year on the salary guide or an "increment" in the event of the guide being raised.
            g. The employee, when returning to service, will "owe" the Board the extended sick days. These will be repaid from the employee's normal grant of ten (10) days per year.
            h. When evidence indicates that the employee will be unable to return to service, he/she will no longer be eligible for extended sick leave benefits.



    D. Compensation for Unused Sick Leave at Retirement
        Compensation for unused sick leave at retirement will be paid for under the following conditions:
        1. After fifteen (15) years of service with Board, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for one-fourth of (1/4) the total days of unused sick leave at $115.00 per day.
        2. After twenty (20) years of service with the Board, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for one-half (1/2) the total days of unused sick leave at $115.00 per day.

        3. After twenty five (25) years of service with the Board, a teacher, at retirement
            will be compensated for three-fourths (3/4) the total days of unused sick leave at $115.00 per day.

    4. Effective June 30, 1998, a cap of $20,000.00 will be placed on the total amount
        of compensation received by an employee for his/her unused sick leave upon
    retirement.
        5. There will be no compensation unless the teacher is on the payroll the contract year the retirement or disability terminates the tenure. Compensation for unused sick leave is not retroactive for previously retired teachers, nor payable after June 30th of the last contract year.
        6. Employees may select one of the following options for payment of such compensation:
            a. Lump sum payment of full amount due at time of retirement, payable within thirty (30) days of retirement date.
            b. Full payment shall be deferred until January 2nd of the calendar year immediately following the year of retirement.
            c. Compensation may be divided into two (2) equal payments with the first payment of 50% being given on January 2nd of the year following the year of retirement.

        7. Upon the death of an employee who would have been eligible for compensation for unused sick leave on retirement, said monies shall be given to the employee's estate.



    E. Compensation for Unused Sick Leave at Retirement for Employees Hired Subsequent to June 30, 1993
        Compensation for unused sick leave at retirement will be paid for under the following conditions:
        1. After fifteen (15) years of service with the Ventnor City Board of Education, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for one-fourth (1/4) the total days of unused sick leave at $75.00 per day, up to a maximum of 40 days.
        2. After twenty (20) years of service with the Ventnor City Board of Education, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensation for one-half (1/2) the total days of unused sick leave at $75 per day, up to a maximum of 100 days.
        3. After twenty-five (25) years of service with the Ventnor City Board of Education, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for three-fourths (3/4) of the total days of unused sick leave at $75.00 per day, up to a maximum of 200 days.
        4. There will be no compensation unless the teacher is on the payroll the contract year the retirement or disability terminates the tenure. Compensation for unused sick leave is not retroactive for previously retired teachers, nor payable after June 30th of the last contract year.
        5. Employees may select one of the following options for payment of such compensation:
            a. Lump sum payment of full amount due at time of retirement, payable within thirty (30) days of retirement date.
            b. Full payment shall be deferred until January 2nd of the calendar year immediately following the year of retirement.
            c. Compensation may be divided into two (2) equal payments with the first payment of 50% being given at retirement and the second payment being given on January 2nd of the year following the year of retirement.
        6. Upon the death of an employee who would have been eligible for compensation for unused sick leave on retirement, said monies shall be given to the employee's estate.

    F. Compensation for Perfect Attendance
        1. Payment - Compensation for perfect attendance for a school year shall be $400.00 for perfect attendance; $150.00 for 1 day absent and for 2 days absent $50.00.
        1. Definition - Perfect attendance is defined as being present for all work days, excluding days for which permission has been granted for death in the family, professional and/or school business use and one personal day.
          3. Part-Time Employees – Compensation for part time employees shall be the pro- rated percentage based upon the employee’s number of work hours divided by
      1. thirty-five (35).
          4. In addition, if overall attendance (minus exclusions) results in a 5% or more decrease in the cost for substitutes over the previous school year, the amount of money saved will be divided between the Board (1/2) and the fifteen (15) teachers with the best attendance.

      ARTICLE XIII

      TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE


      A. Types of Leave
          Teachers shall be entitled to the following temporary non-accumulative leaves of absence with full pay each school year:
          1. Personal
              a. An eligible employee shall be granted up to three (3) days per year for personal business (that which cannot be completed outside of school hours, such as, but not limited to, legal requirements, house closing, marriage of a relative or close friend), with the approval of the building principal and Superintendent of Schools, or, in their absences, their respective designees.
              b. Unused personal days will be added to accumulated sick leave.
              c. Permission will not be granted for "personal business" days to lengthen scheduled school holidays.
              d. Requests for leave must be made to immediate supervisor at least five (5) days prior to the date requested to be away from work.
              e. Such requests must state the reason for which the personal leave will be used.
              f. An additional personal business day may be borrowed by a tenured employee (or one with more than three (3) years of service) from the immediate succeeding year. This will be designated as a special request on the Personal Day form.
              g. Emergency personal day leave may be given verbally by the Principal or Superintendent of Schools if requested prior to the need. A written request must be completed by the employee upon his/her return to work.
              h. Under unusual circumstances, and at the discretion of the Superintendent, a personal day may be approved "after the fact". A written request must be completed by the employee upon his/her return to work.
          2. Professional
              An eligible employee shall be granted up to two (2) days per year for professional visitations (i.e., to attend meetings, visit another school, etc.), with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.
          3. Death
              In the event of the death of an employee's spouse, child, mother, father, brother or sister, up to five (5) days; and for mother-in-law, father-in-law, maternal/paternal grandparents and/or any member of the employee's immediate household who has established legal residence in same, up to three (3) days leave per occurrence will be granted not chargeable to the employee's personal time entitlement. Such days must be used within twenty (20) days of the day of death.
          4. Family Illness
              In the event of the illness of an employee's spouse, child, mother, father, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law and/or maternal/paternal grandparent, up to three (3) days of leave may be granted, not chargeable to the employee's personal time entitlement.
          5. Good Cause
              Other leaves of absence, not to exceed two (2) days, may be granted by the Superintendent for good cause. It is understood that these are in addition to those stated above and are without pay.


      B. In Addition to Sick Leave
          Leaves taken pursuant to Section A above shall be in addition to any sick leave to which the employee is entitled.


      C. Vacation Time
          No teacher will be permitted to take days off, even without pay, for vacation time.

      ARTICLE XIV

      EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE


      A. Child Rearing Leave
          Child rearing leave, without pay, shall be granted to an employee with a child less than six months of age (or beyond six months if the mother is continuously sick from the birth), provided application is made in writing at least sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of such leave. Such leave shall not exceed a period of two (2) full school years and may be used only three (3) times during a teacher's teaching career in the Ventnor City Public Schools. In the event the teacher's request is made after the beginning of the school year, leave for the remainder of that school year shall be in addition to the previously stated two years.
          1. An employee who takes a leave may return to work only at the onset of a new school year. Notice of said return must be made at least three (3) working months prior to the date of return ( March 1st).
          2. A non-tenured employee shall not be entitled to a leave of absence beyond the contract school year in which such leave was obtained.
          3. Personnel returning from child-rearing leave shall be placed on the latest salary guide with employees of equal training and experience. No experience credit will be granted for the period of leave.
          4. The year of absence will not be credited toward a salary increment, longevity, gaining tenure, etc. Any benefits or privileges extended as the result of service to Ventnor will not reflect the year of child rearing leave unless 100 or more days have been worked.*
          5. If insurance or other like benefits are to be continued during the absence, the employee on child rearing leave will be expected to pay individually upon expiration of the grace period, if such procedures are allowable by the carrier.
          6. Upon return, an attempt will be made to place the employee in a similar (not necessarily the same) position as previously held (i.e, within the same grade span - K-6, 3-8).
          7. The Board's commitment to reimburse teachers for eligible courses will not apply to courses taken while on child rearing leave.

      *This 100 days applies to child-rearing leave only.
          8. By March 1st of the absence year, the employee may apply for an additional year of leave under the conditions set forth above.


      B. Adoption
          Any employee adopting an infant child up to two years of age shall receive a similar leave, which shall commence upon receiving de facto custody of said infant, or earlier if necessary, to fulfill the requirements of adoption.


      C. Sick Leave Utilization
          Nothing herein is intended to preclude bona fide sick leave utilization in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:30-1, et seq. or after birth of a child, nor shall such employee be precluded from returning to work because of such illness.


      D. Medical Disability
          1. Due to a medical disability which is substantiated by a certificate from a medical doctor, an employee shall be granted an extended leave of absence without pay; however, during the period of the employee's personal, medical disability, accumulated sick leave benefits shall be paid until such benefits are exhausted. During such time of medical disability leave, said employee shall be covered by existing health insurance benefits for a period up to and including three (3) months after the expiration of the grace period.
          2. No tenured or non-tenured employee shall be barred from returning to work after a medical disability leave on the grounds that not enough time has elapsed during the recovery period.


      E. Extended Personal Leave
          1. An extended leave for personal reasons, without pay, shall be granted to one (1) employee per year, provided application is made in writing by May 1st of the year prior to the beginning of such leave. Such leaves shall be for a period of one (1) school year (September 1st through June 30th). Employees granted this leave will not be considered again for this same leave.

          2. To be eligible for such leave, an employee must have been employed for at least seven (7) consecutive years (inclusive of any Board approved leave) in the Ventnor Schools.

          3. In the event more than two employees request such leave, extended personal leave shall be granted based upon total length of service.
          4. Extended personal leave shall be granted for the following reasons:

              a. Outside teaching in a college, university or other public school.
              b. Engaging in activities of the Association or its affiliates.
              c. Educational purposes.
              d. Other valid purposes.
          5. The employee on leave shall not be entitled to any benefits provided by this Agreement except as expressly provided by this Article and by law.
          6. All benefits to which an employee was entitled at the time his/her leave of absence commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave an credits towards any other leave, shall be restored to him/her upon his/her return, and he/she shall be assigned to a position within his/her area of certification. Credit for advancement on the guide shall not be earned while the employee is on leave.
          7. The employee granted this leave must advise the Board of his/her intention to return for the next school year by March 1st of the year in which the leave occurs.
      ARTICLE XV
      SABBATICAL LEAVE


      Sabbatical Leave

      Sabbatical leave will be granted, on the recommendation of the Superintendent and the approval of the Board, for one semester (college) or one full school year of graduate study, travel and other circumstances considered to be educationally relevant under the following conditions:
          1. One semester (college) or one full school year leave for one (1) teacher, recommended and approved in any give year, who has completed seven (7) years of Ventnor service.
          2. Applicants must apply in writing to the Superintendent by November 1st to be considered for the following school year.
          3. Application must state in detail plans for sabbatical leave and the relevancy of such plans to the Ventnor City Public Schools. The candidate has the option of selecting the months of absence with the approval of the Superintendent.
          4. The Superintendent will notify the unsuccessful applicants in writing, stating the reason for his decision, by December 1st.
          5. The Superintendent will select two (2) candidates, only one of whom may be approved by the Board in any given year. The Board's decision will be based on oral presentations of the two (2) recommended candidates at a regular Board of Education meeting.
          6. The Board reserves the right to make a judgment of merit which shall be final. The Board will notify the unsuccessful applicant(s) in writing, giving the reason(s) for its decision within thirty (30) days of the presentation.
          7. The Board does not assume the obligation of awarding a sabbatical leave because they have heard an oral presentation upon the recommendation of the Superintendent.
          8. The compensation for a sabbatical leave for one (1) teacher for one semester (college) or one full school year, if granted by the Board under the above condition will be one-third (1/3) of the individual's current salary.

          9. If granted a sabbatical leave, a teacher will be given credit toward a salary increment at the 8th step or greater, if in that step and longevity when earned.
          10. Any benefits and privileges extended as a result of years of service will reflect the sabbatical year as a year of service. One half () of benefits provided under Article XVII, Insurance Protection, will be given to the teacher granted a sabbatical leave.
          11. All other considerations, such as course reimbursement, duration of sabbatical, required period of service after return, etc., will be the prerogative of the Board and, where negotiable, to be resolved at a regular or special meeting of the Board.
      ARTICLE XVI

      REIMBURSEMENTS


      A. Travel Reimbursements
          1. Staff members will be reimbursed for travel, room/board, etc., when on official school business and when such expenses have been approved by the Superintendent of Schools, the Board Secretary, the Board President or the Board Vice-President prior to incurring such expense. Requests for approval will be submitted in writing at least four (4) weeks prior to the anticipated incurrence and will include place, dates, reasons and an itemized estimate of costs. An advance may be issued or the staff member may pay the costs himself and receive reimbursement upon return. In either case, a complete accounting of the funds expended must be submitted.
          2. All travel reimbursements will be subject to the following conditions:
              a. Reimbursement for travel by private automobile will be made at the IRS rate from start to destination and shall include as additional expenses, bridge/highway tolls, parking fees and reasonable vicinity mileage in and about the destination.
              b. Public transportation (bus, train or aircraft) will be reimbursable only at the cost of the lowest class of transportation available, i.e., tourist, coach.
              c. Reimbursement for lodging will be paid at the cost of such lodging not to exceed $50.00 per day (including tax). Persons wishing higher-priced accommodations must bear the additional cost themselves.
              d. Meals and miscellaneous living expenses will be reimbursable at the cost of such meals, etc., not to exceed $30.00 per day or $10.00 for each 6-hour period or fraction thereof. Living expenses in excess of $30.00 per day will be borne by the individual.
              e. Upon completion of the trip (or trips, if the traveler decides to let reimbursements accumulate for a period of time), the individual will complete a standard form provided by the Superintendent and sign his/her name to same. The Superintendent will approve the form and forward it to the Board Secretary for issuance of the check or accounting of the check previously issued. No voucher will be approved until the expenses incurred reach $10.00.
              f. Any expenses incurred by the traveler, which are not specifically enumerated above, will not be reimbursable unless they are approved by the Board.

              g. In the event that any teacher is assigned, on other than a volunteer basis, to an overnight trip to accompany a class, he/she shall be compensated at the rate of $25.00 per night.


      B. Course Reimbursement
          Reimbursement for graduate and/or undergraduate courses will be given under the following conditions:
          1. Courses for which reimbursement is requested must have prior written approval by the Superintendent of Schools.
          2. Courses must be “graduate and/or undergraduate.” level and taken at an accredited four-year college or university.
          3. Courses must be relevant to the teacher's employment in Ventnor.
          4. Allowable courses will be reimbursed at the Rowan University credit hour rate for up to a maximum of nine (9) credits per year (July 1 - June 30). (including registration fees), with a maximum of $1,500.00 per teacher per school year.
          5. To be eligible for reimbursement, all participants must be under an annual contract to teach in the Ventnor City Public Schools.
          6. There will be no reimbursement for mileage, meals, books, etc. Participants must bring to the Superintendent's office a transcript with a grade of B or better and receipts for the fees being claimed.
          7. All transactions must be made by the individual involved. No substitute presentation or mail transactions will be permitted.
          8. Reimbursement shall be made at the end of the semester in which the courses had been taken, upon proof of satisfactory completion.

      9. Eligibility will be limited to teachers who are under
              tenure at the time the reimbursement request is submitted.

          10. The Board agrees to provide a total of $13,000.00 for tuition reimbursement to be divided as follows:
                      Summer Semester - $3,000.00
      Fall Semester - $5,000.00
      Spring Semester - $5,000.00
              Any monies not used during a semester shall be carried forward and be available for use in the next semester.
              a. Teachers will be limited to reimbursement for one (1) course per semester unless semester allotment is not exhausted.
              b. In the event the tuition reimbursement requests exceed the semester allotment, teachers will receive a pro-rated amount. If excess funds remain after the Spring semester reimbursements, teachers who received pro-rated amounts will receive the difference or a pro-amount.
          11. No teacher will be eligible for course reimbursement if that teacher is receiving funds for the same purpose from another source (scholarship, grant, Veterans' Administration).
          12. Other courses, not offered at a graduate level, may be taken and will be reimbursed upon the conditions detailed in the above Section B-1.
      ARTICLE XVII

      INSURANCE PROTECTION


      A. Health Benefits
          The Board agrees to pay all costs for each employee for complete coverage (single,
          husband, wife, parent, child, or family) which will be equal to or better than the levels of
          benefits and coverages provided as of June 30, 2001. The coverage is to be selected by
          the employee.


      B. Prescription Plan
          The Board agrees to provide a Prescription Drug Plan for each employee and his/her dependents. The Plan will be a $5.00 generic/$10.00 non-generic plan. Effective July 1, 2002, said co-pays shall be increased to a $10.00 generic/$20.00 non-generic plan.


      C. Dental Plan
          The Board agrees to pay for all costs for full family dental coverage for all employees. The coverage is to be selected by the employee (single, husband/wife, parent/child, or family). The New Jersey Dental Plan 3A with orthodontia is in effect.


      D. Optical Plan
          The Board agrees to provide $600.00 for each employee's use for the purchase of glasses, contact lenses and refraction for said employee or a member of his/her family. This $600.00 is for the life of this contract, but may be used in the first year. Note: Optical reimbursement limited to $200.00 for 2004-2005.
          Upon purchase of glasses, contact lenses and refraction, the employee will request reimbursement on the Optical Plan form obtainable in his/her principal's office, attaching a receipt for said purchase or refraction, forwarding these materials to the Board office. Reimbursement will be made by check following the next regular meeting of the Board.
        An employee otherwise entitled to health insurance coverage shall have the option to voluntarily not participate in any or all such plans, including Prescription and Dental and withdraw from any such coverage. IT is understood that the decision to exercise this option rests solely with the employee. In the event an employee makes such election, the Board shall compensate such employee fifty percent (50 %) of the yearly premium cost for the plan(s) under which the employee would have been covered. Such cash payment shall be in form of a stipend and shall be paid in two (2) equal installments, the first on December 1st and the second on June 30th of the school year in which the non-participation occurs.

        In order for an employee to be eligible to elect this cash option, for the health insurance plan as per Section A above, an employee must provide documentation to the Board that he/she is covered under an alternative health insurance plan.

        All withdrawals shall be for a full year (July 1 through June 30). Written notification of an employee’s intent to elect this withdrawal option must be filed with the Board during the normal re-opener period. Employees may either re-elect the option of withdrawal during each re-opener period or elect to re-enroll in the insurance plan(s) offered by the District. Prior to each re-opener period, the Board’s insurance carrier and/or representative shall hold a meeting with employees considering to elect to withdraw from the District’s insurance plan and shall apprise them of any and all benefits and/or risks involved should the employee elect such waiver.
        Notwithstanding the above, an employee who has a change in status (e.g., termination of employment, death, separation, divorce, etc.) which causes the employee to lose his alternate health insurance coverage shall be entitled to re-enroll in the health plan during the year provided the employee provides the Board with notice of the change of status with sixty (60) days of the event causing such change. The Board’s obligation for the cash option shall be prorated for the employee subject to a change in status. If the District’s health plan does not accept the employee, the District will find a comparable plan and pay the premium up to the current amount paid for employees in the District’s plan. Additional costs above the current cost incurred will be the responsibility of the employee. The employee will be re-enrolled in the District’s plan at the first permissible date.

      Return to the insurance plans(s) for reasons other that a change in status is subject to the terms of the carrier.








      ARTICLE XVIII

      DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY


      A. Association Payroll Dues Deduction
          1. The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of its teachers dues for the Ventnor City Education Association, the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations and the New Jersey Education Association or the National Education Association. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 275, Public Laws of 1971 (N.J.S.A. 52:14-15, 9e) and under rules established by the State Department of Education. Said monies, together with records of any corrections, shall be transmitted to the treasurer of the Association by the 15th of each month following the monthly pay period in which deductions were made. Upon transmittal of said funds to the treasurer, the Board is relieved from any responsibility for the proper application of said funds, and it is specifically agreed that the treasurer of the Association is the agent of the individual teacher and not of the Board. The Association treasurer shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association or associations. Teacher authorization shall be in writing.
          2. Each of the associations named above shall certify to the Board, in writing, the current rate of its membership dues. Any association which shall change the rate of its membership dues shall give the Board sixty (60) days written notice prior to the effective date of such change.
          3. Additional authorizations for dues' deductions may be received after August 1, under rules established by the State Department of Education.
          4. The filing of notice of a teacher's withdrawal will be prior to December 1 and become effective to halt deductions as of January 1 next succeeding the date on which notice of withdrawal is filed.


      B. Pay Schedule
          Teachers will be paid on the 15th and 31st of each month. If either day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the payment will be made the Friday before the 15th or 31st. If the work month ends prior to the 31st, employees will be paid on the last work day of said month.


      C. Summer Reserve Plan
          The Board agrees to establish a Savings Plan through payroll deduction with an accredited institution as selected by the Association. The mechanics of the plan will be mutually agreed upon by the parties.
      D. Direct Deposit of Checks
          The Board agrees to establish a procedure for direct deposit of payroll checks. The mechanics of the plan will be mutually agreed upon by both parties.
      ARTICLE XIX

      REPRESENTATION FEE - AGENCY SHOP


      A. Purpose of Fee
          If an employee does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e., from September 1 to the following August 31), which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. The purpose of this fee will be to offset the employee's per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.


      B. Amount of Fee
          1. Notification
              Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association will notify the Board in writing of the amount of the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for that membership year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members will be equal to eighty-five percent (85%) of that amount.
          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 assessments charged by the Association to its own members, and the representation fee has been set at eighty-five percent (85%) of that amount solely because that is the maximum presently allowed by law. If the law is changed in this regard, the amount of the representation fee automatically will be increased/decreased to the maximum allowed, and said increase/decrease to become effective as of the beginning of the Association membership year immediately following the effective date of the charge.


      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 then deduct from the salaries of such employees, in accordance with paragraph 2 below, the full amount of the new representation fee and promptly will transmit the amount 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 first paycheck paid:
              a. Ten (10) days after receipt of the aforesaid list by the Board; or
              b. Thirty (30) days after the employee begins his/her employment in a bargaining unit position, unless the employee previously served in a bargaining unit position and continued in the employ of the Board in a non-bargaining unit position or was on layoff, in which event the deductions will begin with the first paycheck paid ten (10) days after the resumption of the employee's employment in a bargaining unit position, whichever is later.
          3. Termination of Employment
              If an employee who is required to pay a representation fee terminates his/her employment with the Board before the Association has received the full amount of the representation fee to which it is entitled under this article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in question.
          4. Mechanics
              Except as otherwise provided in this article, the mechanics for the 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 provide for in paragraph 1 above and/or the amount of the representation fee, and such changes will be reflected in any deductions made more than ten (10) days after the Board 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.
              ARTICLE XX

              COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

      1. Procedural Requirement (Parent, Student or Other Person)
        Any complaints/concerns regarding a teacher made to any member of the Administration and/or Board Member by any parent, student or other person which does or may influence evaluation of a teacher and/or result in disciplinary action shall be processed according to the procedure outlined below.

      B. Meeting with Principal or Immediate Supervisor
        The principal or immediate supervisor shall meet with the teacher to apprise the teacher of the full nature of the complaint/concern and they shall attempt to resolve the matter informally.

      C. Right to Representation
        The teacher shall have the right to be represented by the Association at any meetings or conferences regarding such complaint/concern and shall not be required to answer any questions or make any statements until the teacher has had the opportunity to consult with his representative, if he/she so desires.

      D. Procedure

      Step 1.

      In the event a complaint/concern is not resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, the teacher may request a conference with the complainant to attempt to resolve the complaint/concern. If the complaint/concern is unresolved as a result of such conference, or if no mutually acceptable conference can be agreed upon, the complaint/concern shall move to Step 2.

      Step 2.

      Any complaint/concern unresolved at Step 1 may be submitted in writing by the complainant or the teacher to the building principal who shall forthwith forward a copy to the Superintendent and the complainant or teacher. Failure of the complainant or the teacher to submit the complaint/concern in writing shall be considered as a withdrawal of the complaint/concern and the issue will be deemed to be
      resolved.





      Step 3.

      Upon receipt of the written complaint/concern, the Superintendent shall confer with all parties in an attempt to resolve the issue. The teacher shall have the right to be present at meetings of the superintendent and person filing the complaint/concern. If unable to resolve the complaint/concern, the Superintendent shall make his/her recommendation for resolution in writing to all parties.

      Step 4.

      If the Superintendent’s recommendation for resolution is not acceptable to either party, the matter will be referred by the Superintendent to the Board of Education or a committee thereof who will meet with all parties and issue a final decision as to whether the complaint/concern has merit and how the matter should be resolved. If the Board’s decision results in any type of disciplinary action against the teacher, the teacher may grieve such disciplinary action pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement.

      1. Procedural Requirement (Teacher)
        Any complaints/concerns regarding an administrator and/or an administrative action/decision, Board member and/or a Board action, made by a teacher shall follow the usual chain of command (principal/supervisor, Superintendent, Board of Education). It is understood that the complaint/concern shall be brought to the attention of the appropriate level of administration who has authority to resolve the issue. In no event shall any such complaint/concern be brought directly to the Board or individual Board member without the Superintendent having prior knowledge of the complaint/concern and having adequate time to offer a resolution to the complaint/concern. Nothing contained herein is to be construed as any limitation on an Association leader’s freedom of speech relating to Association business or his/her representation of members covered by this Agreement or any teacher acting in the role of a taxpayer or parent.
        ARTICLE XXI

        ASSOCIATION-ADMINISTRATION LIAISON


      A. Building Level Faculty Council

      1. Organization

      The Association shall select a Faculty Council for each school which shall meet with the principal as may be necessary upon request of the Council. Said Council shall consist of not more than four (4) teachers. Additional teachers may be requested to attend a meeting if their knowledge of an issue to be dealt with is needed.

      2. Areas for Council Consideration

      Areas for consideration and discussion by the Council and administrators shall include but not be limited to school building issues/decisions regarding:

      a. Administration of this Agreement (not to replace the grievance procedure);

      b. Facilitation of programs and suggestions and/or recommendations by faculty members;

      c. Revision and development of building policies and practices.

      B. Meetings with the Superintendent

      A Building Council may request meetings with the Superintendent as may be necessary to review and discuss issues that could not be resolved at the building level and/or issues that are district wide. District wide practices and the administration of this Agreement may also be discussed. Such meetings shall be held within ten (10) school days of the request to the Superintendent and are not intended to by-pass the grievance procedure

        ARTICLE XXII

        MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS


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


        B. Compliance Between Individual Contract and Master Agreement
            Any individual contract between the Board and an individual teacher, heretofore and hereafter executed, shall be subject to and consistent with the terms and conditions of this agreement.


        C. Printing Agreement
            Copies of this Agreement shall be printed in booklet form within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed, and presented to all teachers now employed, to be hereafter employed, or considered for employment by the Board. Expenses for the printing shall be borne equally between the Board and the Association.


        D. Notice
            Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties to this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, either party shall do so by telephone except whereinbefore and whereinafter stated that such notice will be in writing to the following:
                1. If by the Association, to the Board Office, with a copy to the Superintendent.
                2. If by the Board, to the Association President.



        E. Nondiscrimination
            The Board agrees that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures and policies of the school system shall clearly exemplify that there is no discrimination in the hiring, training, assignment, promotion, transfer or discipline of teachers or in the application or administration of this Agreement on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, domicile, marital status, age or sexual orientation.
        ARTICLE XXIII

        DURATION OF AGREEMENT


        A. Duration Period
            This agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2004, and shall continue in effect through June 30, 2008, subject to the Association's right to negotiate over a successor Agreement as provided in Article II.
            This Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated, unless it is extended in writing.
            The term for each teacher represented by this master contract shall be as specified in the individual contract signed by that teacher.


        IN WITNESS WHEREOF:


        VENTNOR CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION



        By: Gina Subotich, President


        By: Tony Tripician, Negotiations Chairperson



        VENTNOR CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION



        By: Thomas Cakert, President


        By: Tony Buccafurni, Neogiations Chairperson




        ACKNOWLEDGMENTS



        Ventnor City Education Association Officers – 2004-2005

        Miss Gina Subotich, President


        Negotiations Committee

        Mr.Anthony Tripician Chairperson
        Mr. Gary Brinberg
        Ms. Theresa Kennish
        Mrs. Janet Stepura
        Mr. Robert Wallace
        Mrs. Carol Walters

        Mr. Myron Plotkin, NJEA UniServ
        Ms. Julie Brenner, NJEA UniServ

        Ventnor City Board of Education

        Mrs. Thomas Cakert, President
        Mr. Theresa Kelly, Vice President
        Mr. Thomas Gabriel
        Mrs. Barbara Bergman
        Mr. Anthony Buccafurni
        Mr. Nelson Morgan
        Mrs. Joan Glick


        Negotiations Committee

        Mr. Anthony Buccafurni, Chairman
        Mrs. Theresa Kelly
        Mr. Thomas Gabriel










        VENTNOR TEACHERS:
        INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2004-05
        STEP
        INDEX
        BA
        B+15
        B+30
        MA
        M+15
        M+30
        DOC
        A
        1.0000
        40,117
        41,017
        41,317
        42,117
        42,517
        42,917
        43,917
        B
        1.0076
        40,422
        41,322
        41,622
        42,422
        42,822
        43,222
        44,222
        C
        1.0153
        40,731
        41,631
        41,931
        42,731
        43,131
        43,531
        44,531
        D
        1.0307
        41,349
        42,249
        42,549
        43,349
        43,749
        44,149
        45,149
        E
        1.0535
        42,263
        43,163
        43,463
        44,263
        44,663
        45,063
        46,063
        F
        1.0682
        42,853
        43,753
        44,053
        44,853
        45,253
        45,653
        46,653
        G
        1.1049
        44,325
        45,225
        45,525
        46,325
        46,725
        47,125
        48,125
        H
        1.2244
        49,119
        50,019
        50,319
        51,119
        51,519
        51,919
        52,919
        I
        1.3475
        54,058
        54,958
        55,258
        56,058
        56,458
        56,858
        57,858
        J
        1.4794
        59,349
        60,249
        60,549
        61,349
        61,749
        62,149
        63,149
        K
        1.6114
        64,645
        65,545
        65,845
        66,645
        67,045
        67,445
        68,445
        L
        1.7000
        68,199
        69,099
        69,399
        70,199
        70,599
        70,999
        71,999
        Column Differentials (add to BA):
        900
        1,200
        2,000
        2,400
        2,800
        3,800
        VENTNOR TEACHERS:
        INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2005-06
        STEP
        INDEX
        BA
        B+15
        B+30
        MA
        M+15
        M+30
        DOC
        A
        1.0000
        40,727
        41,627
        41,927
        42,727
        43,127
        43,527
        44,527
        B
        1.0076
        41,037
        41,937
        42,237
        43,037
        43,437
        43,837
        44,837
        C
        1.0153
        41,350
        42,250
        42,550
        43,350
        43,750
        44,150
        45,150
        D
        1.0307
        41,977
        42,877
        43,177
        43,977
        44,377
        44,777
        45,777
        E
        1.0535
        42,906
        43,806
        44,106
        44,906
        45,306
        45,706
        46,706
        F
        1.0682
        43,505
        44,405
        44,705
        45,505
        45,905
        46,305
        47,305
        G
        1.1049
        44,999
        45,899
        46,199
        46,999
        47,399
        47,799
        48,799
        H
        1.2244
        49,866
        50,766
        51,066
        51,866
        52,266
        52,666
        53,666
        I
        1.3475
        54,880
        55,780
        56,080
        56,880
        57,280
        57,680
        58,680
        J
        1.4794
        60,252
        61,152
        61,452
        62,252
        62,652
        63,052
        64,052
        K
        1.6114
        65,627
        66,527
        66,827
        67,627
        68,027
        68,427
        69,427
        L
        1.7000
        69,236
        70,136
        70,436
        71,236
        71,636
        72,036
        73,036
        Column Differentials (add to BA):
        900
        1,200
        2,000
        2,400
        2,800
        3,800
        VENTNOR TEACHERS:
        INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2006-07
        STEP
        INDEX
        BA
        B+15
        B+30
        MA
        M+15
        M+30
        DOC
        A
        1.0000
        41,241
        42,141
        42,441
        43,241
        43,641
        44,041
        45,041
        B
        1.0076
        41,554
        42,454
        42,754
        43,554
        43,954
        44,354
        45,354
        C
        1.0153
        41,872
        42,772
        43,072
        43,872
        44,272
        44,672
        45,672
        D
        1.0307
        42,507
        43,407
        43,707
        44,507
        44,907
        45,307
        46,307
        E
        1.0535
        43,447
        44,347
        44,647
        45,447
        45,847
        46,247
        47,247
        F
        1.0682
        44,054
        44,954
        45,254
        46,054
        46,454
        46,854
        47,854
        G
        1.1049
        45,567
        46,467
        46,767
        47,567
        47,967
        48,367
        49,367
        H
        1.2244
        50,495
        51,395
        51,695
        52,495
        52,895
        53,295
        54,295
        I
        1.3475
        55,572
        56,472
        56,772
        57,572
        57,972
        58,372
        59,372
        J
        1.4794
        61,012
        61,912
        62,212
        63,012
        63,412
        63,812
        64,812
        K
        1.6114
        66,456
        67,356
        67,656
        68,456
        68,856
        69,256
        70,256
        L
        1.7000
        70,110
        71,010
        71,310
        72,110
        72,510
        72,910
        73,910
        Column Differentials (add to BA):
        900
        1,200
        2,000
        2,400
        2,800
        3,800
        VENTNOR TEACHERS:
        INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2007-08
        STEP
        INDEX
        BA
        B+15
        B+30
        MA
        M+15
        M+30
        DOC
        A
        1.0000
        41,619
        42,519
        42,819
        43,619
        44,019
        44,419
        45,419
        B
        1.0076
        41,935
        42,835
        43,135
        43,935
        44,335
        44,735
        45,735
        C
        1.0153
        42,256
        43,156
        43,456
        44,256
        44,656
        45,056
        46,056
        D
        1.0307
        42,897
        43,797
        44,097
        44,897
        45,297
        45,697
        46,697
        E
        1.0535
        43,846
        44,746
        45,046
        45,846
        46,246
        46,646
        47,646
        F
        1.0682
        44,457
        45,357
        45,657
        46,457
        46,857
        47,257
        48,257
        G
        1.1049
        45,985
        46,885
        47,185
        47,985
        48,385
        48,785
        49,785
        G2
        1.1624
        48,376
        49,276
        49,576
        50,376
        50,776
        51,176
        52,176
        H
        1.2244
        50,958
        51,858
        52,158
        52,958
        53,358
        53,758
        54,758
        I
        1.3475
        56,082
        56,982
        57,282
        58,082
        58,482
        58,882
        59,882
        J
        1.4794
        61,571
        62,471
        62,771
        63,571
        63,971
        64,371
        65,371
        K
        1.6114
        67,065
        67,965
        68,265
        69,065
        69,465
        69,865
        70,865
        L
        1.7000
        70,752
        71,652
        71,952
        72,752
        73,152
        73,552
        74,552
        Column Differentials (add to BA):
        900
        1,200
        2,000
        2,400
        2,800
        3,800


        AGREEMENT
        between the

        VENTNOR CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

        and the

        VENTNOR CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION




        _________________________________________________

        July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2008
        ________________________________________________________



        Final Agreement – 1/26/05
        54
        TABLE OF CONTENTS


        ARTICLE PAGE

        PREAMBLE 3
        ARTICLE I RECOGNITION 4
        ARTICLE II NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURES 5
        ARTICLE III GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 6
        ARTICLE IV TEACHER RIGHTS 10
        ARTICLE V ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES 11
        ARTICLE VI TEACHER WORK YEAR, WORK HOURS
        AND WORK LOAD 13

        ARTICLE VII NON-TEACHING DUTIES 16
        ARTICLE VIII SALARIES 17
        ARTICLE IX TEACHER WORK STATIONS 21
        ARTICLE X TEACHER ETHICS 22
        ARTICLE XI MANAGEMENT’S RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES 23
        ARTICLE XII SICK LEAVE 24
        ARTICLE XIII TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE 28
        ARTICLE XIV EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE 30
        ARTICLE XV SABBATICAL LEAVE 33
        ARTICLE XVI REIMBURSEMENTS 35
        ARTICLE XVII INSURANCE PROTECTION 38
        TABLE OF CONTENTS (Con't.)


        ARTICLE PAGE


        ARTICLE XVIII DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY 40
        ARTICLE XIX REPRESENTATION FEE-AGENCY SHOP 42
        ARTICLE XX COMPLAINT PROCEDURE 44
        ARTICLE XXI ASSOCIATION-ADMINISTRATION LIAISON 46
        ARTICLE XXII MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS 47
        ARTICLE XXIII DURATION OF AGREEMENT 49
                ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 50 SALARY SCHEDULE – 2004-2005 51
        SALARY SCHEDULE – 2005-2006 52
            SALARY SCHEDULE – 2006-2007 53
            SALARY SCHEDULE – 2007-2008 54




        PREAMBLE


        This AGREEMENT was entered into by and between the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF VENTNOR CITY, NEW JERSEY, (hereinafter called “the Board”), and the VENTNOR CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, (hereinafter called “the Association”). The Board and the Association, through their respective representatives, having heretofore met for the purpose of negotiations in accordance with the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, have reached accord. The Board and the Association agree as follows:
        ARTICLE I

        RECOGNITION

        A. Unit

        The Board hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiation concerning the terms and conditions of employment for the following unit of full and part-time certificated personnel:

        Classroom Teachers K-8 Reading Teachers
        Vocal Music Teachers Remedial Reading Teacher
        Instrumental Music Teachers English as a Second
        Physical Education Teachers Language Teachers
        Nurses Bilingual Teachers
        Learning Disabilities Specialist Art Teachers
        Speech Therapist Industrial Art Teacher
        Psychologist Special Education Teachers
        Social Worker Teachers of Gifted/Talented
        Guidance Counselor Pre-School Teachers
        Librarians


        Specifically excluded are:

        Principals Custodial Staff
        Supervisors Transportation Persons
        Secretarial Staff All P/T employees (Solicitor, Auditor, Doctor, Technician)
        Clerical Staff Residency Personnel
        Instructional Aides



        B. Definition of Teacher

        The term "teachers," when used hereinafter in the Agreement, shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as noted in Section A. Teachers are defined for this Agreement as fully certified professionals under contract.

        ARTICLE II

        NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURE


        A. The Parties agree to enter into collective negotiations over a successor Agreement in accordance with Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974, in a good faith effort to reach agreement on matters concerning the terms and conditions of teachers' employment and in accordance with the time table established by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). Every effort will be made to begin negotiations by December 15th of the year preceding expiration of this contract.
            Any Agreement so negotiated shall apply to all members of the bargaining unit, be reduced to writing, and be signed by the President of the Ventnor City Board of Education and the President of the Ventnor City Education Association.

        B. During the negotiations, the Board and Association representatives shall present relevant data, exchange points of view, and make proposals and counter proposals.

        C. 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 have all necessary power and authority to make and consider proposals in the course of negotiations. Any memoranda of agreement between the parties would be subject to ratification by the Ventnor City Board of Education and the Ventnor City Education Association.

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

        ARTICLE III

        GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


        A. Statement of Policy
            In keeping with the policy of the Board to serve the interests of all residents and taxpayers in the community in obtaining the best possible education for their children, there is hereby adopted, in a spirit of cooperation and mutual trust between the Board and its staff of professional employees, the following procedure in furtherance of such policy. No employee of the Board, invoking these procedures, shall be subject to any prejudicial or punitive action by reason of invoking such procedures.


        B. Definitions
            1. The term "grievance", as used herein, is defined as any question, problem, complaint or appeal by any employee represented by this contract Agreement concerning the interpretation or application of this Agreement or concerning Board Policy not an integral part of the contract.
            2. The term "employee" shall mean those represented by this contract Agreements stated in Article I, Section A.
            3. The term "representative" shall mean a member of any related organization of which he/she is a member, or an individual designated by any employee as his/her spokesperson, provided, however, that the employee shall have designated such "representative" in writing, and a copy of such authorization shall have been filed with the Board and/or with the individual(s) conducting any hearing prior to the holding of such hearing.


        C. Grievance Procedure
            The procedures, which will be followed by all employees and/or members of the Board, are detailed below. At any stage of the Grievance Procedure, either party shall have the right to summon and have present witnesses on his/her behalf. The aggrieved employee shall have the right to be represented by legal counsel and to have speak on his/her behalf his/her "representative" registered as such in the Board office. Forty-eight (48) hour written notification shall be given by either party to the other if such party will be represented by legal counsel. The Association shall provide such notice to the Board Secretary and the official at the level of the grievance. The Board shall provide such notification to the Association President and designated representative.




            1. Level I - Principal/Immediate Supervisor
                Any employee with a grievance shall first discuss with his/her principal or immediate supervisor, either directly or through the Association's designated representative, with the objective of resolving the matter informally. If the matter is not resolved, a written grievance shall be filed with said principal/supervisor within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the grievance.
                If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved, said principal/supervisor shall reduce his/her decision to writing within ten (10) school days of receipt of the written grievance and forward it to the employee and/or his/her representative.
                If the grievance is not resolved at Level I, or if no decision has been rendered within the ten (10) school days, such grievance may be submitted in writing to the superintendent of schools no later than five (5) school days after receipt of decision or fifteen (15) school days after submission to Level I if no decision has been rendered.

            2. Level II - Superintendent
                The superintendent may hold a meeting among the aforementioned parties and shall render his/her written decision within ten (10) school days of receipt of the grievance. If the grievance is not resolved at Level II, or if no decision has been rendered within ten (10) school days after the presentation of the grievance to the superintendent, the aggrieved may file the grievance, in writing, to the Board within five (5) school days after the decision at Level II or fifteen (15) school days after which the grievance was presented, whichever is sooner.

            3. Level III - Board of Education
                The Board shall render its written decision no later than three (3) days after the second (2nd) regularly scheduled Board meeting after receipt of the grievance. Should the grievant and/or the Association request in writing a hearing before the Board regarding such grievance, such request may be granted or denied at the sole discretion of the Board. Such hearing, if granted, will be held prior to the Board's decision.
                The Board's decision at this Level shall be final for all grievances relating to Board policies and/or administrative decision and such grievances shall not be submitted to Level IV Arbitration.





            4. Level IV - Arbitration
                It is expressly understood by both parties that the only grievances which may be submitted to arbitration are those grievances concerning the interpretation or application of the terms and conditions of employment as stated in this Agreement.
                Within ten (10) school days after the Board has rendered its written decision, a notice of submission to arbitration shall occur. The Board and the Association shall attempt then to agree upon a mutually acceptable arbitrator an 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 ten (10) days after notice of submission to arbitration, a request for a list of arbitrators may be made to the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission by either party. The parties shall then be bound by the rules and procedures of the Public Employment Relations Commission.
                The arbitrator's decision shall be in writing and shall be submitted to the Board and the Association , and shall be final and binding on the parties.
                If the aggrieved does not take action within the time frames set in each level, the grievance shall be deemed to have been resolved.



        D. LAW

            1. Nothing contained in this Grievance Procedure shall be deemed to require an employee covered by this Agreement to become a member of the Association.
            2. Whenever any requirements of the State Department of Education, or of any law enacted by the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, provide for any additional procedures not herein set forth, then such additional procedures may be invoked by any aggrieved employee notwithstanding that they have not been set forth herein.
            3. Whenever any requirements of the State Department of Education or any enactment by the Legislature of New Jersey are contrary to the provisions of the Procedure, then such requirements shall be deemed to supersede this Procedure and such requirements shall be substituted in place of the provisions set forth herein.


            4. If, in the judgment of the Association, a grievance affects a group or class of teachers, the Association may submit such a grievance in writing to the building principal. The Association may process such a grievance through all levels of the grievance procedure.


        E. COSTS
            Any costs incurred by the parties shall be paid by the parties incurring same.
        ARTICLE IV

        TEACHER RIGHTS


        A. Rights and Protection in Representation

            Pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws, 1974, the Board hereby agrees that every employee of the Board shall have the right freely to organize, to join and to support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations. As a duly selected body exercising governmental power under the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage, deprive, or coerce any teacher in the enjoyment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public Laws, 1974, other laws of New Jersey, the Constitution of New Jersey, and/or the United States Constitution.


        B. Statutory Savings Clause
            Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any teacher such rights as he may have under New Jersey School Laws and Regulations. The rights granted to teachers hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to or in conjunction with those provided elsewhere.


        C. Evaluation of Students
            1. The members of the Association recognize the personalness and the confidentiality inherent in working with children, and further recognize their professional obligations not to discuss any pupil except in a constructive manner and only with those persons in a position to offer advice and help.
            2. The teacher shall maintain the right and the responsibility to determine grades and other evaluations of students within the grading policies of the Ventnor City School District based upon his/her professional judgment and available criteria pertinent to any given subject area or activity for which he/she is responsible. No grade or evaluation of students will be changed by the administration without prior consultation with the teacher(s).


        D. Criticism of Teachers
            Any criticism by a supervisor, administrator or the Board, of a teacher and/or his/her instructional methodology shall be made in confidence and not in the presence of students, parents, or other public gatherings.
        ARTICLE V

        ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES


        A. Information
            The Board agrees to make available to the Association, in response to reasonable requests, all available information in the public domain concerning the educational program and the financial resources of the district. Such requests will be made in writing by the Association President to the Superintendent of Schools at least ten (10) working days prior to the need, and such material will be viewed in the Board Office during the Board Office's regular work hours, excluding the time the teacher is on duty.
            If it is necessary for the Association President and/or his/her designee(s) to participate during working hours in negotiations, a grievance procedure, and/or P.E.R.C. meetings relevant to the district, he/she shall request such time as is required in writing from the Superintendent of Schools. All legitimate requests will be approved and he/she/they shall suffer no loss in pay or benefits.


        B. Use of School Building
            The Association and its representatives may have the privilege of using the district's school buildings for meetings under the same criteria used for general public building usage. Approval shall be requested in writing from the Principal in advance of the time and the place of all such meetings. With permission from the building principal, the Association's "after school" meetings may be conducted between 3:30-4:30 p.m. in a particular school building. Additional time beyond 4:30 p.m. can be requested.


        C. Use and Care of Equipment
            The Association may have the privilege of using school facilities and equipment, including typewriters, mimeographing machines, and other duplicating equipment, calculators, and audio-visual equipment at reasonable times when such equipment is not otherwise in use. Approval shall be requested in writing, from the principal of the building in advance of the time of use. The Association shall pay for the reasonable cost of all materials and supplies incident to such use, and for repairs necessitated as a result thereof. The Association agrees that only those persons who are knowledgeable in the operation of said equipment shall have access to same. Such equipment is not to be removed from the building.



        D. Bulletin Boards
            The Association shall have in each school building the privilege of using one existing bulletin board in each faculty lounge or teachers' dining room. Copies of all materials to be posted shall be given to the building principal for approval prior to posting.


        E. Mail Facilities and Mail Boxes

            The Association shall have, with the approval of the building principals, the privilege of using the inter-school mail facilities and school mail boxes as it deems necessary.


        F. Use of Telephone
            he Board/Administration will find a mutually agreeable location for a telephone with
        the Association that will insure some level of “privacy” by September of 1998.
            Association will get its own credit card to be used for Association long distance calls.

        G. School Calendar
            The Association, through its President, shall be given the opportunity to make recommendations in the development of the school calendar.

        ARTICLE VI

        TEACHER WORK YEAR, WORK HOURS AND WORK LOAD



        A. Work Year
            The length of the work year will be 185 days, 180 of which are in direct contact with the students, with the remaining five (5) days designated by the administration. Such five (5) days shall be immediately preceding, during or following the 180 contract days, but shall not be during the holidays or vacation period. Note: 2004-05 School Work Year remains at 183 days. Work Year extended to 185 days starting in 2005-06.



        B. Length of the School Day
            The teachers' school day will be 7 hours between the hours 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Within these timelines, the administration will determine the teacher arrival and departure times. Teachers may be assigned different arrival and departure times. Teachers may be assigned different arrival and departure times as the need exists, but within the stipulated timelines. Within the 7 hour day, the certified staff will have at least a duty free, 30 minute lunch period.


        C. Student Contact Time
            All certified staff will have equal contact time with students.


        D. Preparation Time
            It is desirable for each teacher to have uninterrupted preparation periods. Teachers shall have preparation time (equal to five [5] classroom periods a week within the student day) during which they shall not be assigned additional duties. These preparations periods are in addition to the teachers' lunch period. Building principals will give direction as to the time and place in which teachers will conduct their planning.







        E. Leaving the Building - Lunch
            Teachers will notify the main office if they should leave the building at lunch time. Such notification shall be through verbal notification or internet notification. In no event shall teachers be required to physically report to the office to sign out. Teachers will also
            indicate their presence in the morning by initialing a sign in sheet at the main office. Time of arrival will not be included.

        F. Meetings with Administration
            The administration, primarily the school principals, have the right to have meetings as scheduled below;
                1. A maximum of ten (10) hours of meetings per year
                in addition to the normal work day. Such meetings shall not extend more than sixty (60) minutes past the end of the normal work day. Credit for any such meeting shall be at least thirty(30) minutes even if such meeting is for a lesser period of time.
                2. Such meetings may be with individual teachers, grade levels, groups of teachers or the full faculty.
                3. All teachers shall be treated equally as to the total number of hours of attendance at such meetings within a school year.

                4. Teachers shall not be required to attend more than three (3) meetings per month.

                5. Teachers shall be given at least three (3) days written notice for individual or for less than full faculty meetings. Five (5) days notice for meetings of the full faculty shall be given. Excuses from meetings shall be granted on a case by case basis.

                6. Such meetings shall be increased not to exceed twelve(12) hours for the duration of the contract.
                1. No meetings shall be held on Fridays or days before holidays, vacation periods or extended weekends.

        8. Prep periods and lunch periods will not be utilized for meetings.






        G. Class Coverage

                1. $30.00 per period for assuming another teacher’s class into his/her class.
                  1. $20.00 per period for assuming any part of another teacher’s students into his/her class.

          ARTICLE VII

          NON-TEACHING DUTIES


          A. Teacher Duties
              The parties agree that teachers without homeroom assignments shall continue to perform morning playground and bus duty. The Board agrees to compensatory time for the above duties which extend beyond the defined work day. The Board also agrees that no additional non-teaching duties shall be added to the aforementioned list enumerated above unless it is negotiated and agreed to by both parties.


          B. Lunch - Playground Duty
              Certified staff members may be assigned to cafeteria duty and/or playground duty as per management’s prerogative as long as the total student contact time per day is not increased.
          ARTICLE VIII

          SALARIES


          A. Salaries
              The salary of each teacher covered by this Agreement is set forth in Schedule A for the 2004-2005 school year, Schedule B for the 2005-2006 school year, Schedule C for the 2006-2007 and Schedule D for the 2007-2008 school years, said schedules are attached hereto and made a part hereof.


          B. Longevity
              In addition to the base salary scale, longevity pay will be given as specified below:
              Beginning the 15th year of Ventnor service:

          2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008

          $1650.00 $1650.00 $1650.00 $1650.00


          Beginning the 20th year of Ventnor service:

          2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008

          $2100.00 $2100.00 $2100.00 $2100.00


          Beginning the 25th year of Ventnor service:

          2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008

          $3000.00 $3000.00 $3000.00 $3000.00


          C. Placement on Salary Scale
              Placement on the scale shall be made only under the following conditions:
              1. Placement on the B+15, B+30, M+15, and M+30 scales will be made only if the credits presented for qualifications are no older than six (6) years.


              2. Degree status (M), (Ph.D.), (Ed.D.) is obtained upon the conferring of the degree and not upon credit nor experience equivalent.
              3. Eligibility to B+15, B+30, Master's, M+15, M+30 and Doctorate scales is attained upon the presentation to the Superintendent the official transcript of credits.
              4. Contract changes reflecting higher credit and/or degree status will be made upon the approval of the Superintendent. The required forms and credentials must be submitted during the months of September and February. Such contract changes are retroactive only to September 1st or February 1st, respectively.
          D.Pay for Extracurricular Activities
          For the life of this contract, payment for the extracurricular activities is:
          POSITION
          2004-2005
          2005-2006
          2006-20072007-2008
          Athletics
          Head Basketball Coach
          1417.50
          1488.38
          1562.79
          1640.93
          Assistant Basketball Coach
          1062.60
          1115.73
          1171.52
          1230.09
          Other Head Coaches
          1388.10
          1457.51
          1530.38
          1606.90
          Other Asst. Coaches
          1033.20
          1084.86
          1139.10
          1196.06
          School Play
          Director
          1358.70
          1426.64
          1497.97 1572.87
          Assistant director
          856.80
          899.64
          944.62
          991.85
          Music director
          1269.45
          1332.92
          1399.57
          1469.55
          Band director
          1269.45
          1332.92
          1399.57
          1469.55
          Choreographer
          1269.45
          1332.92
          1399.57
          1469.55
          Band - Combined (VMS & LES)
          915.60
          961.38
          1009.45
          1059.92
          Chorus - Combined (VMS & LES)
          915.60
          961.38
          1009.45
          1059.92
          Tournament of Champions
          Coach
          413.70
          434.39
          456.10 478.91
          Assistant
          353.85
          371.54
          390.12 409.63
          Think Day Coach
          590.10
          619.61
          650.59
          683.11
          Think Day Judge
          236.25
          248.06
          260.47
          273.49
          Mentor Teacher Same as State Reimbursement Amount
          Student Council
          353.85
          371.54
          390.12
          409.63
          National Jr. Honor Society
          353.85
          371.54
          390.12
          409.63
          Bilingual / ESL
          590.10
          619.61
          650.59 683.11
          PAC Chairperson
          908.25
          953.66
          1001.35
          1051.41
          Child Study Team Chairperson
          3159.45
          3317.42
          3483.29
          3657.46
          Awards Assembly Coordinator
          367.50
          385.88
          405.17
          425.43
          Athletic Site Manager (per event)
          52.50
          55.13
          57.88
          60.78
          Home Instruction (hourly rate)
          35.44
          37.21
          39.07
          41.02
          First Gators Club 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
          Technology Club 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
          Computer Club 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
          SIT Member 350.00 367.50 385.87 404.63
          Strategic Games Club 320.00 336.00 352.80 370.44
          Intramurals Club Advisor 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96

          SIT Committee Chair 500.00 525.00 551.25 578.81
          I & RS Member 650.00 682.50 716.62 752.45
          Homework Club 35.41 37.21 39.02 41.02
          POSITION
          2004-2005
          2005-2006
          2006-2007
          2007-2008
          Newspaper Club Advisor 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
          Safety Patrol 520.00 546.00 573.30 601.96
          Percussion Club 520.00 546.60 573.30 601.96
          Student Council Advisor 520.00 546.60 573.30 601.96
          Cooking Club Advisor 520.00 546.60 573.30 601.96


          E. Committee/Curriculum Work:

          Any teacher required/requested to serve on any school committee including but not limited to curriculum development, shall either be provided with release time within the teacher’s normal work day to serve on such committee or if such meetings and/or work is outside of the teacher’s normal work day, the teacher shall be compensated for all such time at the rate of $33.75 for the duration of the contract.


          F. Summer School:

          Any teacher teaching Summer School shall be compensated at the rate of
          $36.00 for the duration of the contract.







          ARTICLE IX

          TEACHER WORK STATIONS


          A. School Positions
              1. All Ventnor staff members shall be notified in writing by the Superintendent of the existence of a vacancy within ten (10) calendar days prior to the close of acceptance of the application for the position. Any vacancies and/or new positions which occur between October 15th and March 1st, excluding administrative openings which must be posted at the time of the opening, may be filled temporarily, without posting and notification, for the duration of the school year. It is agreed that such positions will be posted in May if they are to continue into the next school year.
              2. Ventnor Public Schools' Certified Staff shall be given priority for a school position in a program operated by the Ventnor City Board of Education, provided it has been budgeted by the Board.
              3. Staff members shall be given priority in application for such vacancies; however, the staff member must be certified and deemed the best qualified candidate by the administration for the position available.


          B. Extra Curricular Activities Positions
              1. All vacancies for extra curricular activities positions shall be posted as early as the district is aware of its needs. The posting shall include the qualifications for and duties of the position. No employee shall be assigned to serve, if there are qualified applicants for the position. If no qualified applicants apply for the position(s), an employee will not be assigned to more than one extra curricular activity per year for two consecutive years.
          ARTICLE X

          TEACHER ETHICS


          A. Once the school calendar has been adopted by the Board, it shall be the professional obligation of each member of the Association to abide by the terms of the calendar and the definition of the school day.

          B. It shall be the professional obligation of every teacher to participate fully in State Evaluations, Middle States Evaluations and Curriculum Development as necessary for the efficient and effective operation of a quality school district. The teachers shall be so committed.

          C. The Association agrees to support the school administration fully in its efforts to have teachers honor their contracts and act in an ethical manner in all situations and circumstances. Lateness shall be dealt with, even to the extent of disciplinary action through the Superintendent's office.

          D. The Association recognizes the extreme importance in maintaining educational continuity in the classroom and encourages each of its members to attend regularly, reserving sick leave benefits for the real purpose for which they are granted.

          E. The Association recognizes the need for constant evaluation and revision of all aspects of the educational program, and further recognizes the professional obligation of all staff members to participate in and to contribute to all orientation and in-service meetings and workshops.

          F. The Association is cognizant of the liability responsibilities inherent in the teaching vocation and charges all its members to be fully aware of, and to live up to, these responsibilities.

          ARTICLE XI

          MANAGEMENT'S RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES


          The Board reserves jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy. The Board retains the right, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations (New Jersey Statutes Annotated, Title 18A; New Jersey Administrative Code; Decisions by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education; and appropriate court decisions) and with its administration:
              1. to direct employees of the school as defined by their respective job descriptions;
              2. to hire, promote, transfer, assign and retain employees in certified positions in the school district and to suspend, discharge, or take other disciplinary action for cause;
              3. to relieve employees from duty for a reduction in force or for other legitimate reasons;
              4. to maintain efficiency of the school district operations entrusted to it;
              5. to determine the methods, means and personnel by which such operations are to be conducted; and,
              6. to take whatever actions may be necessary to provide public education for the community.
          ARTICLE XII

          SICK LEAVE


          A. Accumulative
              As of the first official day of the school year, all teachers employed in the Ventnor Public Schools shall be entitled to ten (10) sick leave days, which shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit, whether or not they report for duty on that first day. Employees hired after November 1st will receive their sick leave on a pro rata basis for the first year only, i.e., one day per month worked plus 1/2 day, non accumulative, for each two and one-half (2 1/2) months worked.


          B. Notification of Accumulation
              Employees will be given a written accounting of accumulated sick leave days not later than November 30th each school year. This list will be prepared and distributed by the Board Office.


          C. Extended Sick Leave Procedure
              1. The Board will consider an employee's request for an extension of sick leave under the following conditions:
                  a. The employee must have completed three (3) years and started his/her fourth (4) year of service in the Ventnor City Public Schools.
                  b. The employee must have exhausted his/her accumulated sick leave due to an extended illness.
                  c. The employee must present a doctor's written statement attesting to the illness.
                  d. The employee may petition the Board to grant additional sick days up to a maximum of the amount previously accumulated.
                  e. The Board reserves the right to treat each case on its own individual merits and may adjust the pay to an amount less substitute costs.
                  f. If the extended absence exceeds 50% of the school year, the Board may elect not to give credit for the year on the salary guide or an "increment" in the event of the guide being raised.
                  g. The employee, when returning to service, will "owe" the Board the extended sick days. These will be repaid from the employee's normal grant of ten (10) days per year.
                  h. When evidence indicates that the employee will be unable to return to service, he/she will no longer be eligible for extended sick leave benefits.



          D. Compensation for Unused Sick Leave at Retirement
              Compensation for unused sick leave at retirement will be paid for under the following conditions:
              1. After fifteen (15) years of service with Board, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for one-fourth of (1/4) the total days of unused sick leave at $115.00 per day.
              2. After twenty (20) years of service with the Board, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for one-half (1/2) the total days of unused sick leave at $115.00 per day.

              3. After twenty five (25) years of service with the Board, a teacher, at retirement
                  will be compensated for three-fourths (3/4) the total days of unused sick leave at $115.00 per day.

          4. Effective June 30, 1998, a cap of $20,000.00 will be placed on the total amount
              of compensation received by an employee for his/her unused sick leave upon
          retirement.
              5. There will be no compensation unless the teacher is on the payroll the contract year the retirement or disability terminates the tenure. Compensation for unused sick leave is not retroactive for previously retired teachers, nor payable after June 30th of the last contract year.
              6. Employees may select one of the following options for payment of such compensation:
                  a. Lump sum payment of full amount due at time of retirement, payable within thirty (30) days of retirement date.
                  b. Full payment shall be deferred until January 2nd of the calendar year immediately following the year of retirement.
                  c. Compensation may be divided into two (2) equal payments with the first payment of 50% being given on January 2nd of the year following the year of retirement.

              7. Upon the death of an employee who would have been eligible for compensation for unused sick leave on retirement, said monies shall be given to the employee's estate.



          E. Compensation for Unused Sick Leave at Retirement for Employees Hired Subsequent to June 30, 1993
              Compensation for unused sick leave at retirement will be paid for under the following conditions:
              1. After fifteen (15) years of service with the Ventnor City Board of Education, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for one-fourth (1/4) the total days of unused sick leave at $75.00 per day, up to a maximum of 40 days.
              2. After twenty (20) years of service with the Ventnor City Board of Education, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensation for one-half (1/2) the total days of unused sick leave at $75 per day, up to a maximum of 100 days.
              3. After twenty-five (25) years of service with the Ventnor City Board of Education, a teacher, at retirement, will be compensated for three-fourths (3/4) of the total days of unused sick leave at $75.00 per day, up to a maximum of 200 days.
              4. There will be no compensation unless the teacher is on the payroll the contract year the retirement or disability terminates the tenure. Compensation for unused sick leave is not retroactive for previously retired teachers, nor payable after June 30th of the last contract year.
              5. Employees may select one of the following options for payment of such compensation:
                  a. Lump sum payment of full amount due at time of retirement, payable within thirty (30) days of retirement date.
                  b. Full payment shall be deferred until January 2nd of the calendar year immediately following the year of retirement.
                  c. Compensation may be divided into two (2) equal payments with the first payment of 50% being given at retirement and the second payment being given on January 2nd of the year following the year of retirement.
              6. Upon the death of an employee who would have been eligible for compensation for unused sick leave on retirement, said monies shall be given to the employee's estate.

          F. Compensation for Perfect Attendance
              1. Payment - Compensation for perfect attendance for a school year shall be $400.00 for perfect attendance; $150.00 for 1 day absent and for 2 days absent $50.00.
              1. Definition - Perfect attendance is defined as being present for all work days, excluding days for which permission has been granted for death in the family, professional and/or school business use and one personal day.
                3. Part-Time Employees – Compensation for part time employees shall be the pro- rated percentage based upon the employee’s number of work hours divided by
            1. thirty-five (35).
                4. In addition, if overall attendance (minus exclusions) results in a 5% or more decrease in the cost for substitutes over the previous school year, the amount of money saved will be divided between the Board (1/2) and the fifteen (15) teachers with the best attendance.

            ARTICLE XIII

            TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE


            A. Types of Leave
                Teachers shall be entitled to the following temporary non-accumulative leaves of absence with full pay each school year:
                1. Personal
                    a. An eligible employee shall be granted up to three (3) days per year for personal business (that which cannot be completed outside of school hours, such as, but not limited to, legal requirements, house closing, marriage of a relative or close friend), with the approval of the building principal and Superintendent of Schools, or, in their absences, their respective designees.
                    b. Unused personal days will be added to accumulated sick leave.
                    c. Permission will not be granted for "personal business" days to lengthen scheduled school holidays.
                    d. Requests for leave must be made to immediate supervisor at least five (5) days prior to the date requested to be away from work.
                    e. Such requests must state the reason for which the personal leave will be used.
                    f. An additional personal business day may be borrowed by a tenured employee (or one with more than three (3) years of service) from the immediate succeeding year. This will be designated as a special request on the Personal Day form.
                    g. Emergency personal day leave may be given verbally by the Principal or Superintendent of Schools if requested prior to the need. A written request must be completed by the employee upon his/her return to work.
                    h. Under unusual circumstances, and at the discretion of the Superintendent, a personal day may be approved "after the fact". A written request must be completed by the employee upon his/her return to work.
                2. Professional
                    An eligible employee shall be granted up to two (2) days per year for professional visitations (i.e., to attend meetings, visit another school, etc.), with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.
                3. Death
                    In the event of the death of an employee's spouse, child, mother, father, brother or sister, up to five (5) days; and for mother-in-law, father-in-law, maternal/paternal grandparents and/or any member of the employee's immediate household who has established legal residence in same, up to three (3) days leave per occurrence will be granted not chargeable to the employee's personal time entitlement. Such days must be used within twenty (20) days of the day of death.
                4. Family Illness
                    In the event of the illness of an employee's spouse, child, mother, father, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law and/or maternal/paternal grandparent, up to three (3) days of leave may be granted, not chargeable to the employee's personal time entitlement.
                5. Good Cause
                    Other leaves of absence, not to exceed two (2) days, may be granted by the Superintendent for good cause. It is understood that these are in addition to those stated above and are without pay.


            B. In Addition to Sick Leave
                Leaves taken pursuant to Section A above shall be in addition to any sick leave to which the employee is entitled.


            C. Vacation Time
                No teacher will be permitted to take days off, even without pay, for vacation time.

            ARTICLE XIV

            EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE


            A. Child Rearing Leave
                Child rearing leave, without pay, shall be granted to an employee with a child less than six months of age (or beyond six months if the mother is continuously sick from the birth), provided application is made in writing at least sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of such leave. Such leave shall not exceed a period of two (2) full school years and may be used only three (3) times during a teacher's teaching career in the Ventnor City Public Schools. In the event the teacher's request is made after the beginning of the school year, leave for the remainder of that school year shall be in addition to the previously stated two years.
                1. An employee who takes a leave may return to work only at the onset of a new school year. Notice of said return must be made at least three (3) working months prior to the date of return ( March 1st).
                2. A non-tenured employee shall not be entitled to a leave of absence beyond the contract school year in which such leave was obtained.
                3. Personnel returning from child-rearing leave shall be placed on the latest salary guide with employees of equal training and experience. No experience credit will be granted for the period of leave.
                4. The year of absence will not be credited toward a salary increment, longevity, gaining tenure, etc. Any benefits or privileges extended as the result of service to Ventnor will not reflect the year of child rearing leave unless 100 or more days have been worked.*
                5. If insurance or other like benefits are to be continued during the absence, the employee on child rearing leave will be expected to pay individually upon expiration of the grace period, if such procedures are allowable by the carrier.
                6. Upon return, an attempt will be made to place the employee in a similar (not necessarily the same) position as previously held (i.e, within the same grade span - K-6, 3-8).
                7. The Board's commitment to reimburse teachers for eligible courses will not apply to courses taken while on child rearing leave.

            *This 100 days applies to child-rearing leave only.
                8. By March 1st of the absence year, the employee may apply for an additional year of leave under the conditions set forth above.


            B. Adoption
                Any employee adopting an infant child up to two years of age shall receive a similar leave, which shall commence upon receiving de facto custody of said infant, or earlier if necessary, to fulfill the requirements of adoption.


            C. Sick Leave Utilization
                Nothing herein is intended to preclude bona fide sick leave utilization in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:30-1, et seq. or after birth of a child, nor shall such employee be precluded from returning to work because of such illness.


            D. Medical Disability
                1. Due to a medical disability which is substantiated by a certificate from a medical doctor, an employee shall be granted an extended leave of absence without pay; however, during the period of the employee's personal, medical disability, accumulated sick leave benefits shall be paid until such benefits are exhausted. During such time of medical disability leave, said employee shall be covered by existing health insurance benefits for a period up to and including three (3) months after the expiration of the grace period.
                2. No tenured or non-tenured employee shall be barred from returning to work after a medical disability leave on the grounds that not enough time has elapsed during the recovery period.


            E. Extended Personal Leave
                1. An extended leave for personal reasons, without pay, shall be granted to one (1) employee per year, provided application is made in writing by May 1st of the year prior to the beginning of such leave. Such leaves shall be for a period of one (1) school year (September 1st through June 30th). Employees granted this leave will not be considered again for this same leave.

                2. To be eligible for such leave, an employee must have been employed for at least seven (7) consecutive years (inclusive of any Board approved leave) in the Ventnor Schools.

                3. In the event more than two employees request such leave, extended personal leave shall be granted based upon total length of service.
                4. Extended personal leave shall be granted for the following reasons:

                    a. Outside teaching in a college, university or other public school.
                    b. Engaging in activities of the Association or its affiliates.
                    c. Educational purposes.
                    d. Other valid purposes.
                5. The employee on leave shall not be entitled to any benefits provided by this Agreement except as expressly provided by this Article and by law.
                6. All benefits to which an employee was entitled at the time his/her leave of absence commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave an credits towards any other leave, shall be restored to him/her upon his/her return, and he/she shall be assigned to a position within his/her area of certification. Credit for advancement on the guide shall not be earned while the employee is on leave.
                7. The employee granted this leave must advise the Board of his/her intention to return for the next school year by March 1st of the year in which the leave occurs.
            ARTICLE XV
            SABBATICAL LEAVE


            Sabbatical Leave

            Sabbatical leave will be granted, on the recommendation of the Superintendent and the approval of the Board, for one semester (college) or one full school year of graduate study, travel and other circumstances considered to be educationally relevant under the following conditions:
                1. One semester (college) or one full school year leave for one (1) teacher, recommended and approved in any give year, who has completed seven (7) years of Ventnor service.
                2. Applicants must apply in writing to the Superintendent by November 1st to be considered for the following school year.
                3. Application must state in detail plans for sabbatical leave and the relevancy of such plans to the Ventnor City Public Schools. The candidate has the option of selecting the months of absence with the approval of the Superintendent.
                4. The Superintendent will notify the unsuccessful applicants in writing, stating the reason for his decision, by December 1st.
                5. The Superintendent will select two (2) candidates, only one of whom may be approved by the Board in any given year. The Board's decision will be based on oral presentations of the two (2) recommended candidates at a regular Board of Education meeting.
                6. The Board reserves the right to make a judgment of merit which shall be final. The Board will notify the unsuccessful applicant(s) in writing, giving the reason(s) for its decision within thirty (30) days of the presentation.
                7. The Board does not assume the obligation of awarding a sabbatical leave because they have heard an oral presentation upon the recommendation of the Superintendent.
                8. The compensation for a sabbatical leave for one (1) teacher for one semester (college) or one full school year, if granted by the Board under the above condition will be one-third (1/3) of the individual's current salary.

                9. If granted a sabbatical leave, a teacher will be given credit toward a salary increment at the 8th step or greater, if in that step and longevity when earned.
                10. Any benefits and privileges extended as a result of years of service will reflect the sabbatical year as a year of service. One half () of benefits provided under Article XVII, Insurance Protection, will be given to the teacher granted a sabbatical leave.
                11. All other considerations, such as course reimbursement, duration of sabbatical, required period of service after return, etc., will be the prerogative of the Board and, where negotiable, to be resolved at a regular or special meeting of the Board.
            ARTICLE XVI

            REIMBURSEMENTS


            A. Travel Reimbursements
                1. Staff members will be reimbursed for travel, room/board, etc., when on official school business and when such expenses have been approved by the Superintendent of Schools, the Board Secretary, the Board President or the Board Vice-President prior to incurring such expense. Requests for approval will be submitted in writing at least four (4) weeks prior to the anticipated incurrence and will include place, dates, reasons and an itemized estimate of costs. An advance may be issued or the staff member may pay the costs himself and receive reimbursement upon return. In either case, a complete accounting of the funds expended must be submitted.
                2. All travel reimbursements will be subject to the following conditions:
                    a. Reimbursement for travel by private automobile will be made at the IRS rate from start to destination and shall include as additional expenses, bridge/highway tolls, parking fees and reasonable vicinity mileage in and about the destination.
                    b. Public transportation (bus, train or aircraft) will be reimbursable only at the cost of the lowest class of transportation available, i.e., tourist, coach.
                    c. Reimbursement for lodging will be paid at the cost of such lodging not to exceed $50.00 per day (including tax). Persons wishing higher-priced accommodations must bear the additional cost themselves.
                    d. Meals and miscellaneous living expenses will be reimbursable at the cost of such meals, etc., not to exceed $30.00 per day or $10.00 for each 6-hour period or fraction thereof. Living expenses in excess of $30.00 per day will be borne by the individual.
                    e. Upon completion of the trip (or trips, if the traveler decides to let reimbursements accumulate for a period of time), the individual will complete a standard form provided by the Superintendent and sign his/her name to same. The Superintendent will approve the form and forward it to the Board Secretary for issuance of the check or accounting of the check previously issued. No voucher will be approved until the expenses incurred reach $10.00.
                    f. Any expenses incurred by the traveler, which are not specifically enumerated above, will not be reimbursable unless they are approved by the Board.

                    g. In the event that any teacher is assigned, on other than a volunteer basis, to an overnight trip to accompany a class, he/she shall be compensated at the rate of $25.00 per night.


            B. Course Reimbursement
                Reimbursement for graduate and/or undergraduate courses will be given under the following conditions:
                1. Courses for which reimbursement is requested must have prior written approval by the Superintendent of Schools.
                2. Courses must be “graduate and/or undergraduate.” level and taken at an accredited four-year college or university.
                3. Courses must be relevant to the teacher's employment in Ventnor.
                4. Allowable courses will be reimbursed at the Rowan University credit hour rate for up to a maximum of nine (9) credits per year (July 1 - June 30). (including registration fees), with a maximum of $1,500.00 per teacher per school year.
                5. To be eligible for reimbursement, all participants must be under an annual contract to teach in the Ventnor City Public Schools.
                6. There will be no reimbursement for mileage, meals, books, etc. Participants must bring to the Superintendent's office a transcript with a grade of B or better and receipts for the fees being claimed.
                7. All transactions must be made by the individual involved. No substitute presentation or mail transactions will be permitted.
                8. Reimbursement shall be made at the end of the semester in which the courses had been taken, upon proof of satisfactory completion.

            9. Eligibility will be limited to teachers who are under
                    tenure at the time the reimbursement request is submitted.

                10. The Board agrees to provide a total of $13,000.00 for tuition reimbursement to be divided as follows:
                            Summer Semester - $3,000.00
            Fall Semester - $5,000.00
            Spring Semester - $5,000.00
                    Any monies not used during a semester shall be carried forward and be available for use in the next semester.
                    a. Teachers will be limited to reimbursement for one (1) course per semester unless semester allotment is not exhausted.
                    b. In the event the tuition reimbursement requests exceed the semester allotment, teachers will receive a pro-rated amount. If excess funds remain after the Spring semester reimbursements, teachers who received pro-rated amounts will receive the difference or a pro-amount.
                11. No teacher will be eligible for course reimbursement if that teacher is receiving funds for the same purpose from another source (scholarship, grant, Veterans' Administration).
                12. Other courses, not offered at a graduate level, may be taken and will be reimbursed upon the conditions detailed in the above Section B-1.
            ARTICLE XVII

            INSURANCE PROTECTION


            A. Health Benefits
                The Board agrees to pay all costs for each employee for complete coverage (single,
                husband, wife, parent, child, or family) which will be equal to or better than the levels of
                benefits and coverages provided as of June 30, 2001. The coverage is to be selected by
                the employee.


            B. Prescription Plan
                The Board agrees to provide a Prescription Drug Plan for each employee and his/her dependents. The Plan will be a $5.00 generic/$10.00 non-generic plan. Effective July 1, 2002, said co-pays shall be increased to a $10.00 generic/$20.00 non-generic plan.


            C. Dental Plan
                The Board agrees to pay for all costs for full family dental coverage for all employees. The coverage is to be selected by the employee (single, husband/wife, parent/child, or family). The New Jersey Dental Plan 3A with orthodontia is in effect.


            D. Optical Plan
                The Board agrees to provide $600.00 for each employee's use for the purchase of glasses, contact lenses and refraction for said employee or a member of his/her family. This $600.00 is for the life of this contract, but may be used in the first year. Note: Optical reimbursement limited to $200.00 for 2004-2005.
                Upon purchase of glasses, contact lenses and refraction, the employee will request reimbursement on the Optical Plan form obtainable in his/her principal's office, attaching a receipt for said purchase or refraction, forwarding these materials to the Board office. Reimbursement will be made by check following the next regular meeting of the Board.
              An employee otherwise entitled to health insurance coverage shall have the option to voluntarily not participate in any or all such plans, including Prescription and Dental and withdraw from any such coverage. IT is understood that the decision to exercise this option rests solely with the employee. In the event an employee makes such election, the Board shall compensate such employee fifty percent (50 %) of the yearly premium cost for the plan(s) under which the employee would have been covered. Such cash payment shall be in form of a stipend and shall be paid in two (2) equal installments, the first on December 1st and the second on June 30th of the school year in which the non-participation occurs.

              In order for an employee to be eligible to elect this cash option, for the health insurance plan as per Section A above, an employee must provide documentation to the Board that he/she is covered under an alternative health insurance plan.

              All withdrawals shall be for a full year (July 1 through June 30). Written notification of an employee’s intent to elect this withdrawal option must be filed with the Board during the normal re-opener period. Employees may either re-elect the option of withdrawal during each re-opener period or elect to re-enroll in the insurance plan(s) offered by the District. Prior to each re-opener period, the Board’s insurance carrier and/or representative shall hold a meeting with employees considering to elect to withdraw from the District’s insurance plan and shall apprise them of any and all benefits and/or risks involved should the employee elect such waiver.
              Notwithstanding the above, an employee who has a change in status (e.g., termination of employment, death, separation, divorce, etc.) which causes the employee to lose his alternate health insurance coverage shall be entitled to re-enroll in the health plan during the year provided the employee provides the Board with notice of the change of status with sixty (60) days of the event causing such change. The Board’s obligation for the cash option shall be prorated for the employee subject to a change in status. If the District’s health plan does not accept the employee, the District will find a comparable plan and pay the premium up to the current amount paid for employees in the District’s plan. Additional costs above the current cost incurred will be the responsibility of the employee. The employee will be re-enrolled in the District’s plan at the first permissible date.

            Return to the insurance plans(s) for reasons other that a change in status is subject to the terms of the carrier.








            ARTICLE XVIII

            DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY


            A. Association Payroll Dues Deduction
                1. The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of its teachers dues for the Ventnor City Education Association, the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations and the New Jersey Education Association or the National Education Association. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 275, Public Laws of 1971 (N.J.S.A. 52:14-15, 9e) and under rules established by the State Department of Education. Said monies, together with records of any corrections, shall be transmitted to the treasurer of the Association by the 15th of each month following the monthly pay period in which deductions were made. Upon transmittal of said funds to the treasurer, the Board is relieved from any responsibility for the proper application of said funds, and it is specifically agreed that the treasurer of the Association is the agent of the individual teacher and not of the Board. The Association treasurer shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association or associations. Teacher authorization shall be in writing.
                2. Each of the associations named above shall certify to the Board, in writing, the current rate of its membership dues. Any association which shall change the rate of its membership dues shall give the Board sixty (60) days written notice prior to the effective date of such change.
                3. Additional authorizations for dues' deductions may be received after August 1, under rules established by the State Department of Education.
                4. The filing of notice of a teacher's withdrawal will be prior to December 1 and become effective to halt deductions as of January 1 next succeeding the date on which notice of withdrawal is filed.


            B. Pay Schedule
                Teachers will be paid on the 15th and 31st of each month. If either day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, the payment will be made the Friday before the 15th or 31st. If the work month ends prior to the 31st, employees will be paid on the last work day of said month.


            C. Summer Reserve Plan
                The Board agrees to establish a Savings Plan through payroll deduction with an accredited institution as selected by the Association. The mechanics of the plan will be mutually agreed upon by the parties.
            D. Direct Deposit of Checks
                The Board agrees to establish a procedure for direct deposit of payroll checks. The mechanics of the plan will be mutually agreed upon by both parties.
            ARTICLE XIX

            REPRESENTATION FEE - AGENCY SHOP


            A. Purpose of Fee
                If an employee does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e., from September 1 to the following August 31), which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. The purpose of this fee will be to offset the employee's per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representative.


            B. Amount of Fee
                1. Notification
                    Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association will notify the Board in writing of the amount of the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for that membership year. The representation fee to be paid by non-members will be equal to eighty-five percent (85%) of that amount.
                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 assessments charged by the Association to its own members, and the representation fee has been set at eighty-five percent (85%) of that amount solely because that is the maximum presently allowed by law. If the law is changed in this regard, the amount of the representation fee automatically will be increased/decreased to the maximum allowed, and said increase/decrease to become effective as of the beginning of the Association membership year immediately following the effective date of the charge.


            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 then deduct from the salaries of such employees, in accordance with paragraph 2 below, the full amount of the new representation fee and promptly will transmit the amount 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 first paycheck paid:
                    a. Ten (10) days after receipt of the aforesaid list by the Board; or
                    b. Thirty (30) days after the employee begins his/her employment in a bargaining unit position, unless the employee previously served in a bargaining unit position and continued in the employ of the Board in a non-bargaining unit position or was on layoff, in which event the deductions will begin with the first paycheck paid ten (10) days after the resumption of the employee's employment in a bargaining unit position, whichever is later.
                3. Termination of Employment
                    If an employee who is required to pay a representation fee terminates his/her employment with the Board before the Association has received the full amount of the representation fee to which it is entitled under this article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in question.
                4. Mechanics
                    Except as otherwise provided in this article, the mechanics for the 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 provide for in paragraph 1 above and/or the amount of the representation fee, and such changes will be reflected in any deductions made more than ten (10) days after the Board 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.
                    ARTICLE XX

                    COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

            1. Procedural Requirement (Parent, Student or Other Person)
              Any complaints/concerns regarding a teacher made to any member of the Administration and/or Board Member by any parent, student or other person which does or may influence evaluation of a teacher and/or result in disciplinary action shall be processed according to the procedure outlined below.

            B. Meeting with Principal or Immediate Supervisor
              The principal or immediate supervisor shall meet with the teacher to apprise the teacher of the full nature of the complaint/concern and they shall attempt to resolve the matter informally.

            C. Right to Representation
              The teacher shall have the right to be represented by the Association at any meetings or conferences regarding such complaint/concern and shall not be required to answer any questions or make any statements until the teacher has had the opportunity to consult with his representative, if he/she so desires.

            D. Procedure

            Step 1.

            In the event a complaint/concern is not resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, the teacher may request a conference with the complainant to attempt to resolve the complaint/concern. If the complaint/concern is unresolved as a result of such conference, or if no mutually acceptable conference can be agreed upon, the complaint/concern shall move to Step 2.

            Step 2.

            Any complaint/concern unresolved at Step 1 may be submitted in writing by the complainant or the teacher to the building principal who shall forthwith forward a copy to the Superintendent and the complainant or teacher. Failure of the complainant or the teacher to submit the complaint/concern in writing shall be considered as a withdrawal of the complaint/concern and the issue will be deemed to be
            resolved.





            Step 3.

            Upon receipt of the written complaint/concern, the Superintendent shall confer with all parties in an attempt to resolve the issue. The teacher shall have the right to be present at meetings of the superintendent and person filing the complaint/concern. If unable to resolve the complaint/concern, the Superintendent shall make his/her recommendation for resolution in writing to all parties.

            Step 4.

            If the Superintendent’s recommendation for resolution is not acceptable to either party, the matter will be referred by the Superintendent to the Board of Education or a committee thereof who will meet with all parties and issue a final decision as to whether the complaint/concern has merit and how the matter should be resolved. If the Board’s decision results in any type of disciplinary action against the teacher, the teacher may grieve such disciplinary action pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement.

            1. Procedural Requirement (Teacher)
              Any complaints/concerns regarding an administrator and/or an administrative action/decision, Board member and/or a Board action, made by a teacher shall follow the usual chain of command (principal/supervisor, Superintendent, Board of Education). It is understood that the complaint/concern shall be brought to the attention of the appropriate level of administration who has authority to resolve the issue. In no event shall any such complaint/concern be brought directly to the Board or individual Board member without the Superintendent having prior knowledge of the complaint/concern and having adequate time to offer a resolution to the complaint/concern. Nothing contained herein is to be construed as any limitation on an Association leader’s freedom of speech relating to Association business or his/her representation of members covered by this Agreement or any teacher acting in the role of a taxpayer or parent.
              ARTICLE XXI

              ASSOCIATION-ADMINISTRATION LIAISON


            A. Building Level Faculty Council

            1. Organization

            The Association shall select a Faculty Council for each school which shall meet with the principal as may be necessary upon request of the Council. Said Council shall consist of not more than four (4) teachers. Additional teachers may be requested to attend a meeting if their knowledge of an issue to be dealt with is needed.

            2. Areas for Council Consideration

            Areas for consideration and discussion by the Council and administrators shall include but not be limited to school building issues/decisions regarding:

            a. Administration of this Agreement (not to replace the grievance procedure);

            b. Facilitation of programs and suggestions and/or recommendations by faculty members;

            c. Revision and development of building policies and practices.

            B. Meetings with the Superintendent

            A Building Council may request meetings with the Superintendent as may be necessary to review and discuss issues that could not be resolved at the building level and/or issues that are district wide. District wide practices and the administration of this Agreement may also be discussed. Such meetings shall be held within ten (10) school days of the request to the Superintendent and are not intended to by-pass the grievance procedure

              ARTICLE XXII

              MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS


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


              B. Compliance Between Individual Contract and Master Agreement
                  Any individual contract between the Board and an individual teacher, heretofore and hereafter executed, shall be subject to and consistent with the terms and conditions of this agreement.


              C. Printing Agreement
                  Copies of this Agreement shall be printed in booklet form within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed, and presented to all teachers now employed, to be hereafter employed, or considered for employment by the Board. Expenses for the printing shall be borne equally between the Board and the Association.


              D. Notice
                  Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties to this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, either party shall do so by telephone except whereinbefore and whereinafter stated that such notice will be in writing to the following:
                      1. If by the Association, to the Board Office, with a copy to the Superintendent.
                      2. If by the Board, to the Association President.



              E. Nondiscrimination
                  The Board agrees that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures and policies of the school system shall clearly exemplify that there is no discrimination in the hiring, training, assignment, promotion, transfer or discipline of teachers or in the application or administration of this Agreement on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, domicile, marital status, age or sexual orientation.
              ARTICLE XXIII

              DURATION OF AGREEMENT


              A. Duration Period
                  This agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2004, and shall continue in effect through June 30, 2008, subject to the Association's right to negotiate over a successor Agreement as provided in Article II.
                  This Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated, unless it is extended in writing.
                  The term for each teacher represented by this master contract shall be as specified in the individual contract signed by that teacher.


              IN WITNESS WHEREOF:


              VENTNOR CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION



              By: Gina Subotich, President


              By: Tony Tripician, Negotiations Chairperson



              VENTNOR CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION



              By: Thomas Cakert, President


              By: Tony Buccafurni, Neogiations Chairperson




              ACKNOWLEDGMENTS



              Ventnor City Education Association Officers – 2004-2005

              Miss Gina Subotich, President


              Negotiations Committee

              Mr.Anthony Tripician Chairperson
              Mr. Gary Brinberg
              Ms. Theresa Kennish
              Mrs. Janet Stepura
              Mr. Robert Wallace
              Mrs. Carol Walters

              Mr. Myron Plotkin, NJEA UniServ
              Ms. Julie Brenner, NJEA UniServ

              Ventnor City Board of Education

              Mrs. Thomas Cakert, President
              Mr. Theresa Kelly, Vice President
              Mr. Thomas Gabriel
              Mrs. Barbara Bergman
              Mr. Anthony Buccafurni
              Mr. Nelson Morgan
              Mrs. Joan Glick


              Negotiations Committee

              Mr. Anthony Buccafurni, Chairman
              Mrs. Theresa Kelly
              Mr. Thomas Gabriel










              VENTNOR TEACHERS:
              INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2004-05
              STEP
              INDEX
              BA
              B+15
              B+30
              MA
              M+15
              M+30
              DOC
              A
              1.0000
              40,117
              41,017
              41,317
              42,117
              42,517
              42,917
              43,917
              B
              1.0076
              40,422
              41,322
              41,622
              42,422
              42,822
              43,222
              44,222
              C
              1.0153
              40,731
              41,631
              41,931
              42,731
              43,131
              43,531
              44,531
              D
              1.0307
              41,349
              42,249
              42,549
              43,349
              43,749
              44,149
              45,149
              E
              1.0535
              42,263
              43,163
              43,463
              44,263
              44,663
              45,063
              46,063
              F
              1.0682
              42,853
              43,753
              44,053
              44,853
              45,253
              45,653
              46,653
              G
              1.1049
              44,325
              45,225
              45,525
              46,325
              46,725
              47,125
              48,125
              H
              1.2244
              49,119
              50,019
              50,319
              51,119
              51,519
              51,919
              52,919
              I
              1.3475
              54,058
              54,958
              55,258
              56,058
              56,458
              56,858
              57,858
              J
              1.4794
              59,349
              60,249
              60,549
              61,349
              61,749
              62,149
              63,149
              K
              1.6114
              64,645
              65,545
              65,845
              66,645
              67,045
              67,445
              68,445
              L
              1.7000
              68,199
              69,099
              69,399
              70,199
              70,599
              70,999
              71,999
              Column Differentials (add to BA):
              900
              1,200
              2,000
              2,400
              2,800
              3,800
              VENTNOR TEACHERS:
              INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2005-06
              STEP
              INDEX
              BA
              B+15
              B+30
              MA
              M+15
              M+30
              DOC
              A
              1.0000
              40,727
              41,627
              41,927
              42,727
              43,127
              43,527
              44,527
              B
              1.0076
              41,037
              41,937
              42,237
              43,037
              43,437
              43,837
              44,837
              C
              1.0153
              41,350
              42,250
              42,550
              43,350
              43,750
              44,150
              45,150
              D
              1.0307
              41,977
              42,877
              43,177
              43,977
              44,377
              44,777
              45,777
              E
              1.0535
              42,906
              43,806
              44,106
              44,906
              45,306
              45,706
              46,706
              F
              1.0682
              43,505
              44,405
              44,705
              45,505
              45,905
              46,305
              47,305
              G
              1.1049
              44,999
              45,899
              46,199
              46,999
              47,399
              47,799
              48,799
              H
              1.2244
              49,866
              50,766
              51,066
              51,866
              52,266
              52,666
              53,666
              I
              1.3475
              54,880
              55,780
              56,080
              56,880
              57,280
              57,680
              58,680
              J
              1.4794
              60,252
              61,152
              61,452
              62,252
              62,652
              63,052
              64,052
              K
              1.6114
              65,627
              66,527
              66,827
              67,627
              68,027
              68,427
              69,427
              L
              1.7000
              69,236
              70,136
              70,436
              71,236
              71,636
              72,036
              73,036
              Column Differentials (add to BA):
              900
              1,200
              2,000
              2,400
              2,800
              3,800
              VENTNOR TEACHERS:
              INDEX SALARY SCHEDULE - 2006-07
              STEP
              INDEX
              BA
              B+15
              B+30
              MA
              M+15
              M+30
              DOC
              A
              1.0000
              41,241
              42,141
              42,441
              43,241
              43,641
              44,041
              45,041
              B
              1.0076
              41,554
              42,454
              42,754
              43,554
              43,954
              44,354
              45,354
              C
              1.0153
              41,872
              42,772
              43,072
              43,872
              44,272
              44,672
              45,672
              D
              1.0307
              42,507
              43,407
              43,707
              44,507
              44,907
              45,307
              46,307
              E
              1.0535
              43,447
              44,347
              44,647
              45,447
              45,847
              46,247
              47,247
              F
              1.0682
              44,054
              44,954
              45,254
              46,054
              46,454
              46,854
              47,854
              G
              1.1049
              45,567
              46,467
              46,767
              47,567
              47,967
              48,367
              49,367
              H
              1.2244
              50,495
              51,395
              51,695
              52,495
              52,895
              53,295
              54,295
              I
              1.3475
              55,572
              56,472
              56,772
              57,572
              57,972
              58,372
              59,372
              J
              1.4794
              61,012
              61,912
              62,212
              63,012
              63,412
              63,812
              64,812
              K
              1.6114
              66,456
              67,356
              67,656
              68,456
              68,856
              69,256
              70,256
              L
              1.7000
              70,110
              71,010
              71,310
              72,110
              72,510
              72,910
              73,910
              Column Differentials (add to BA):
              900
              1,200
              2,000
              2,400
              2,800
              3,800
              VENTNOR TEACHERS:
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