Contract Between
S Plainfield B/E-Middlesex
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S Plainfield EA
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07/01/2003 thru 06/30/2006


CategorySchool District
UnitTeaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
AGREEMENT

Between the

SOUTH PLAINFIELD
BOARD OF EDUCATION

And the

SOUTH PLAINFIELD
EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
TEACHERS UNIT

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July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2006





















SOUTH PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mr. Pio Pennisi, President
Ms.Susan Peck, Vice-President
Mr. Steven Bohn
Mr. Michael English
Ms. Dawn Jefferys
Mr. Patrick Kelly
Mr. Ken LaFreniere
Mr. Timothy Morgan
Mr. Daniel Smith



NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE

Mr. Dan Smith, Chairperson
Mr. Michael English
Mr. Ken LaFreniere
Mr. Pio Pennisi


ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Dr. Robert J. Rosado, Superintendent
Dr. Mario C. Barbiere, Assistant Superintendent
Dr. Edward F. Izbicki, Sr., Board Secretary/Business Administrator

Telephone: 908-754-4620






















SOUTH PLAINFIELD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Ms. Louise Mruz, President
Ms. Diana Joffe, Vice President Teachers
Ms. Elizabeth McHenry, Vice President Secretaries
Ms. Linda Elster, Vice President Aides
Ms. Rosemary Fiorello, Corresponding Secretary
Ms. Marilyn Winston, Recording Secretary
Ms. Ann Zajkowski, Treasurer


NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE

Ms. Louise Mruz, Chairperson
Ms. Marilyn Winston
Ms. Linda Elster
Ms. Elizabeth McHenry
Mr. Terry Allen
Mr. Gregory Genz
Mr. William Pavlak
Mr. Karl Spolarich
Ms. Susan D’Alessandro
Ms. Paula Dick
Ms. Virginia Bruno
Ms. Diana Joffe

















PREAMBLE

THIS AGREEMENT, entered into this 6th day of August 2003 by and between the Board of Education of the Borough of South Plainfield, New Jersey, hereinafter called the “Board,” and the South Plainfield Education Association, Incorporated, hereinafter called the "Association".

ARTICLE I
RECOGNITION


A. Unit:
      Pursuant to Chapter 303, Laws of 1968 as amended, of the State of New Jersey, known as the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, the Board hereby recognizes the Association as exclusive representative for the purpose of collective negotiations for all full-time certified personnel under contract to the Board as included herein:
      A. Teachers
      B. Child Study Teams
(1) Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultants
(2) School Psychologists
(3) School Social Workers
      C. Guidance Counselors
D. Substance Awareness Counselors
E. Student Assistance Counselors
      F. Librarians
      G. Nurses
      H. Part-time personnel in categories A - E. A part-time teacher is defined as a contracted teacher (1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5 or any other fractional contracted teacher)
      I. Supplementalists
      J. Athletic Trainers
K. Speech/Language Specialists
L. Speech Correctionists
M. Staff Developers
      Disciplinarians
      O. Medical Assistants
P. Non-Certified Nurses



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but excluding:
      Coordinator of Health and Physical Education in Grades K through 12
      High School Principal
      Assistant Principal, High School
Middle School Principal
      Assistant Principal, Middle School
Elementary School Principals
      Director of Guidance
      Superintendent of Schools
      Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Board Secretary/Business Administrator
      Assistant Business Administrator
      Director of Adult Education
      Supervisor of Student Personnel Services
      Director of Vocational Education
      Athletic Director
      Attendance Officer
      All other employees of the Board

B. Definition of Teacher:
      Unless otherwise indicated, the term "Teachers" when used hereinafter in this Agreement shall refer to all professional employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as defined, and references to male teachers shall include female teachers.

ARTICLE II
NEGOTIATION OF SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT


A. Deadline Date:
      In accordance with N.J.S. 34:13A-1, et seq., the Board and the Association agree to begin negotiations over a successor Agreement as per guidelines established by PERC.

B. Modification:
      This Agreement shall not be modified in whole or in part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.
C. Binding Arbitration:
      Unless specifically agreed to in writing to the contrary, no issue in negotiations over a successor agreement shall be submitted to binding arbitration.
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ARTICLE III
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


A. Definitions.
      "Grievances" shall mean a claim by an employee covered by the collective bargaining agreement that there has been:

1. A misinterpretation, a misapplication or violation of Board policy.

2. A violation of this Agreement, or

3. An administrative decision adversely affecting the employee or employees covered by this Agreement. A grievance must be initiated by the employee within thirty (30) calendar days of its occurrence, in order to be considered.

4. A grievance that occurs between June 15 and September 1 will be considered timely if filed by September 15.

B. General Procedures:

1. Failure at any level of this procedure to communicate the decision reached on a grievance within the specified time limits shall permit the aggrieved party to proceed to the next level.

2. Failure at any level of this procedure to appeal a grievance to the next level within the specified time limit shall be deemed to be acceptance of the decision at that level. An appeal that occurs between June 15 and September 1 will be considered timely if filed by September 15.

3. It is understood that employees shall, during and notwithstanding pendency of any grievance, continue to observe all assignments and applicable rules and regulations of the Board until such grievance and any effect thereof shall have been fully determined.

4. Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level shall be considered as a maximum and every effort shall be made to expedite the process.

5. It is agreed by both parties that these proceedings shall be kept informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level.

6. An employee with a grievance shall first process said grievance through the Association. If the Association deems the grievance to be meritorious, it, as the representative of the employee, shall process said grievance as outlined below.
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C. Levels:
      Level 1. Any employee who has a grievance shall discuss it first with his/her principal or immediate supervisor or department head, if applicable, in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level. When an employee wishes to discuss a grievance with his/her supervisor, the meeting must be arranged in advance, and the supervisor informed, prior to the meeting, of the purpose of the meeting. In any event, the meeting must be held within the timelines established by this procedure.
      Level 2. If as a result of this discussion the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee within fourteen (14) calendar days, they may set forth their grievance in writing to their principal on the grievance forms provided (Schedule B). The principal shall communicate his/her decision to the employee in writing within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the written grievance.
      Level 3. The employee, no later than seven (7) calendar days after receipt of the principal's decision, may appeal this decision to the Superintendent of Schools. The appeal to the Superintendent of Schools must be made in writing stating the grievance to the principal and the employee's dissatisfaction with the decision previously rendered (Schedule B). The Superintendent of Schools shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible but within a period not to exceed twenty-one (21) calendar days. The Superintendent of Schools shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the employee and the principal.
      Level 4. If the grievance is not resolved to the employee's satisfaction, he/she may, no later than seven (7) calendar days after receipt of the decision of the Superintendent of Schools, request a review by the Board. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request within seven (7) calendar days to the Board (Schedule B). The Board shall review the grievance and shall, at the option of the Board, hold a hearing with the employee and render a written decision in any case within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of said grievance by the Board or within twenty (20) calendar days of the date of hearing with the employee, whichever comes later.
      Level 5. If the employee is dissatisfied with the decision of the Board, if the grievance pertains to a matter of previous formal agreement between the Board and the Association, the employee or the Association may request the appointment of an arbitrator, such request to be made known to the Superintendent of Schools no later than fourteen (14) calendar days after the written decision of the Board is made known. The employee in order to process their grievance for Level 4 must have his/her request for such an action accompanied by the written recommendation of the Association.

A. Limitations As To Grievances
          No claim by an employee shall constitute a grievable matter beyond Level 4 or be processed beyond Level 4 unless its resolution requires a determination as to the meaning or application of this Agreement. In addition, no claim by an employee shall constitute a grievable matter beyond Level 4 or be processed beyond Level 4 if it pertains to:
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1. Any matter for which a review by Arbitration is prohibited by law.

2. Any matter for which a procedure for review is mandated by law.

3. Any rule or regulation dealing with the internal matters of the South Plainfield Board of Education or the State Commissioner of Education.

4. Any act beyond the Board's legal authority to act.

5. Unless otherwise set forth in this Agreement as a contractual right of a non-tenure teacher, a complaint of a non-tenure teacher which arises by reason of his not being re-employed.

6. Unless otherwise set forth in this Agreement as a contractual right of a teacher, a complaint occasioned by an appointment to or lack of retention in any position in which tenure is either not possible or not required.

D. Procedure for Securing the Services of an Arbitrator:

1. Initial Request. A request will be made to PERC (Public Employment Relations Commission) to submit a roster of persons qualified to function as an arbitrator on the dispute in question.

2. Second Request. If the parties are unable to determine a mutually satisfactory arbitrator for the submitted list, PERC will submit a second roster of names.

3. The parties agree to be bound by the rules and regulations of PERC.

4. Authority of Arbitrator. The arbitrator shall be limited himself to the issues submitted to him/her and shall consider nothing else. He/she can add nothing else to nor subtract anything from nor modify any of the terms of the Agreement between the parties or any policy of the Board of Education. The arbitrator shall not be governed by the legal rules of evidence but may receive any logical evidence, which the arbitrator may deem to have probative value. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the Board and this Association unit and all its employees.

E. Rights of Employees to Representation:
      Any aggrieved employee or employees may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure by themselves, or at their option, commencing at Level 1 and beyond, by a representative selected or approved by the Association.

F. Miscellaneous:

1. Forms. Forms for filing grievances shall be given appropriate distributions so as to facilitate the operation of the grievance procedure. The sample of such forms shall be as set forth in Schedule B and attached hereto and made available through the immediate supervisor.
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2. Number of Grievances. Only one grievance and all issues pertaining to said grievance may be heard before the designated arbitrator except where the parties agree to otherwise.

3. Compensation Limitation. Any employee who suffers any loss of compensation through the Board action may, if upheld by the arbitration proceeding, be reimbursed for such a loss provided that no adjustment of compensation shall be retroactive beyond ten (10) calendar days prior to the date the grievance occurred.

4. Meetings and Hearings. All meetings and hearings under this procedure shall not be conducted in public and shall include any such parties in interest and their designated or selected representative, heretofore referred to in this Article.

5. Decision of Arbitrator. The arbitrator shall be requested to render his/her decision within thirty (30) days after the case is presented for arbitration, but the determination of when the award shall be issued shall be within the discretion of the arbitrator.
    G. Costs

    1. Each party shall bear the total costs incurred by his/her participation. The fees and expenses of the arbitrator are the only cost, which shall be shared by the two parties, and such costs shall be shared equally.

    2. The time lost by an employee or employees due to an arbitration proceeding must either be unpaid or charged to personal leave except where the employee is appearing at the request of the Board.


    ARTICLE IV
    TEACHERS' RIGHTS


    A. Representation
        Pursuant to N.J.S. 34:13A-1, et seq., public employees included in the negotiating unit have been, and shall be, protected in the exercise of, the right, freely and without fear of reprisal to form, join and assist the Association or refrain from any such activity. The Board and the Association respectively undertake and agree not to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed to them by said statute.
    B. Provisions
        No Teacher shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank, or have his increment withheld without just cause. Any such action taken by the Board, or any agent or representative thereof, shall not be made public until formal action is taken by the Board and shall be subject to the grievance procedure herein set forth.
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    C. Legal Rights
        Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict any Teacher such rights as he/she may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable laws and regulations of the State of New Jersey.

    D. Teacher Files
        1. Any teacher upon presentation of no less than twenty-four (24) hours written notice may inspect his personnel file, at a mutually acceptable time.
        2. In the event a complaint or other similar material of a derogatory nature is to be placed in the Teacher's file the Teacher involved shall be notified within ten (10) calendar days of such placement and shall be given an opportunity to review such material. The Teacher's written comments, if any, responding to the derogatory material shall be made within ten (10) calendar days of such review.
        3. A Teacher shall have the right to append his/her written comments to any evaluation filed, and these comments shall be made part of the evaluation filed.
        4. Materials used by the Administration in determination of employment shall not be considered part of the personnel file.
        5. No information pertaining to an employee’s conduct, service, character, personality, or performance shall be placed in his/her personnel file unless the employee has had an opportunity to review the material. The employee shall acknowledge that he/she has had the opportunity to review such material by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed, with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents. The employee also has the right to submit a written answer to such material. This reply shall be signed and dated with a date indicating when this information was received by the supervisor or designee and/or attached to the reference document.

    E. The Board agrees not to discriminate against any employee on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, physical challenge as prescribed by the "Americans with Disabilities Act,” sexual orientation, marital status, or membership in or association with the activities of the Association.
    ARTICLE V
    ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES


    A. Information
        1. The Board agrees to furnish to the Association a current roster of Teachers (as of the 1st day of September of the current school year), one copy of agendas and minutes of all public Board meetings, one copy of names and addresses of all Teachers; and to make available to the Association such other public information as will assist the Association in developing intelligent, accurate, informed and constructive programs on behalf of the Teachers and their students.
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        2. Names and addresses of all newly hired employees shall be made available to the Association by the Office of Personnel within ten (10) work days after they are hired.

    B. Transaction of Association Business
        Duly authorized representatives of the SPEA, MCEA, NJEA and NEA shall be permitted to enter any school building during the school day in order to carry out the appropriate SPEA business provided that such activity does not interfere with the conduct of normal school business or the duties of any Teacher. Any representative who enters any school shall notify the Principal or his/her designee of such representative's arrival and departure.

    C. Use of School Buildings
        The Association and its representative shall have the right to use school buildings at all reasonable hours for meetings. The Principal of the building in question shall receive a written request in advance of the time and place of all such meetings. His/her permission shall not be unreasonably withheld.

    D. Use of School Equipment
        The Association shall have access to school equipment to include: typewriters, duplicating equipment, calculating machines, and all types of audio-visual equipment at reasonable times, when such equipment is not otherwise in use, with approval of the Principal. No equipment shall be removed from school property without the approval of the building Principal. The Association will pay for any damage to, or loss, or theft of school property while being used by the Association.

    E. Bulletin Boards
        The Association shall have, in each school building, the exclusive use of a bulletin board in each faculty lounge and teacher’s dining room. The size and location of the Association bulletin boards shall be mutually designated by the Association and the Principal. All materials to be posted on such bulletin boards shall require the approval of the building Principal; however, such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.

    F. Mailboxes
        The Association shall have reasonable use of school mailboxes provided that said mailboxes shall not be used for distribution of any campaign material fostering the candidacy of any person seeking political office outside the scope of normal Association activity (i.e., election of Association officers), and further provided that a copy of such matter is submitted to the building Principal for approval prior to placing into mailboxes. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. All Association material shall bear the name of the person authorizing the same.

    G. Grant of Rights and Privileges
        The rights and privileges of the Association as set forth in this Agreement shall be granted only to the Association as the majority representative of the teachers.
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    H. The Board agrees to provide release time to three (3) Association Representatives whose workday extends beyond 3:30 p.m. in order to attend up to three (3) meetings per year of the Representative Council of the Association. In the event that there are more than (3) three Association Representatives, those representatives alone will be allowed to start work one half (1/2) hour earlier in order to attend up to (3) three meetings per year. It is understood that no more than (1) one person per office shall be afforded release time in order to attend the aforementioned Association meetings. The Association shall provide the Board with a list of the Association Representatives and a calendar of such meetings at the beginning of each school year.

    ARTICLE VI
    BOARD RIGHTS

        Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement and under the provisions of N.J.S. 34:13A-1, et seq., the South Plainfield Board of Education on its own behalf and on behalf of the electors of the District, hereby retains and reserves unto itself all powers, rights, authority, duties and responsibilities conferred upon and vested in it by the laws and the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and of the United States, including all decisional laws and rules and regulations of the State Department of Education and Commissioner of Education of the State of New Jersey.

    ARTICLE VII
    SCHOOL CALENDAR


    A. The Superintendent shall request proposed calendars from the district bargaining units no later than April 15th. The Superintendent will then hold a meeting with representatives of said units no later than April 30th to discuss the proposals and revisions. The Superintendent will then recommend adoption of a school calendar to the Board for ratification at their regular public meeting in May. All decisions by the Board on the calendar are final and not subject to the grievance procedure.

    B. The parties agree that in each year of this agreement two (2) unused snow days shall be returned as a unit holiday for all units, in return for mutual agreement that new teachers effective July 1, 2004, will be required to attend five (5) days orientation/in-service prior to the start of any contract year, at no additional compensation and as a condition of employment. New teachers are defined as all those whose initial contractual service begins effective September 1 of a school year. The specific returned snow days shall require that two (2) extra days shall be added to the Memorial Day weekend and/or any other mutually agreed upon day.
    ARTICLE VIII
    TEACHER ASSIGNMENT


    A. Notification
        1. Date for Presently Employed Teachers
            Not later than two (2) weeks prior to the close of school, notification will be posted apprising all Teachers of their salary levels, tentative class and/or subject assignments.
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        2. Revisions
            In the event that changes in such schedules, class and/or subject assignments, or building assignments, are proposed after the last two (2) weeks of school, the Association and any Teacher affected shall be notified promptly in writing and, upon the request of the Teacher and the Association, the changes shall be promptly reviewed between the Superintendent or his/her representative and the Teacher affected and at his/her option a representative of the Association.
    B. Traveling Teachers
        Teachers who are assigned to more than one (1) school per day shall be reimbursed for all such travel at the prevailing I.R.S. rate for mileage. Travel time shall be considered part of the school day. Teacher’s schedule shall adhere to the workday of the home school.

    ARTICLE IX
    TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENTS


    A. Voluntary Transfers and Reassignments

    1. No later than May 15 of each year, the Superintendent of Schools shall make available to the Association and post in all school buildings a list of the known unfilled positions, which he/she expects to fill prior to the opening of school in September.
        2. Teachers who desire a change in grades and/or subject assignments or who desire to transfer to another building may file a written statement of such desire with their immediate supervisor not later than April 15. Copies shall also be forwarded to the building Principal of the Teacher requesting a transfer and to the Superintendent or his/her designee. Such statement shall include the grade and/or subject to which the Teacher desires to be assigned and the school or schools to which he/she desires to be transferred, in order of preference.
        3. A notice of voluntary transfer or reassignment shall be made to Teachers as soon as practicable and, except in cases of emergency, not later than seven (7) days prior to the last day of school. Involuntary transfers and reassignments may be made under this ARTICLE IX, as provided hereafter.

    4. In the determination of requests for voluntary reassignments and/or transfer, the wishes of the individual Teacher shall be honored to the extent that the transfer does not conflict with the instructional requirements and best interests of the school system. If the Teacher requests, a decision as to a voluntary reassignment and/or transfer shall be made only after a meeting between the Teacher involved and his/her immediate supervisor. In the event the Teacher's request is denied after such meeting the Teacher may request and be granted a meeting with the Superintendent or his/her designee to review the matter. The Teacher may, at his/her option, have an Association representative present at such meeting. The decision of the Superintendent shall be final and not reviewable under the grievance procedure.
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    B. Involuntary Transfers and Reassignments

    1. Involuntary transfers shall be made only after the preceding provisions of this Article have been followed.

    2. Notices of an involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be given to Teachers as soon as practicable and, except in cases of emergency, not later than two (2) business days following the regularly scheduled August Board Meeting.

    3. An involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be made only after a meeting between the Teacher involved and his/her immediate supervisor, at which time the Teacher will be notified of the reasons therefore. In the event a Teacher objects to the transfer or reassignment at this meeting, upon the request of the Teacher, the Superintendent or his/her designee will meet with him to review the matter. The Teacher may, at his/her option, have an Association representative present at such meeting.
    ARTICLE X
    PROMOTIONS


    A. Positions Included
        Promotional positions are defined as follows:
            Positions of coordinators, principals, assistant principals, supervisors, directors, assistant superintendents, and superintendents.
        1. Date of Posting
            When school is in session, a notice shall be posted in each school as far in advance as practicable, ordinarily at least twenty (20) calendar days before the final date when applications must be submitted and in no event less than seven (7) calendar days before such date. A copy of said notice shall be simultaneously mailed to the Association President. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall acknowledge promptly in writing the receipt of all such applications.
        2. Application Procedure
            Teachers who desire to apply for a promotional position which may be filled during the summer period when school is not regularly in session shall submit their names to the Superintendent or Designee and President of the Association, together with the position(s) for which they desire to apply as defined in Section A of this ARTICLE, and an address where they can be reached during the summer. The Superintendent shall forward an adequate number of notices to the President of the Association who shall notify such Teachers of any vacancy in a position for which they desire to apply. Such notice shall be sent by the Superintendent to the Association President as far in advance as practicable, ordinarily at least twenty (20) days before the final date when applications must be submitted and in no

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            event less than seven (7) days before such date. No later than the last two (2) weeks of school the Superintendent and the Association President shall publish a joint notice to all Teachers reminding them of the procedures as outlined in Section A of this ARTICLE.
        B. Criteria for Notice
            In both situations set forth in Section A above, the qualifications for the position, its duties, and the rate of compensation shall be clearly set forth.
        C. Selection of Applicant
            All qualified Teachers shall be given adequate opportunity to make application and no position shall be filled until all properly submitted applications have been considered. Announcements of appointments shall be made by letter to each applicant and to the Association indicating the position filled and by whom.

    ARTICLE XI
    SICK LEAVE/BENEFITS


    A. Accumulative Leave
        As of September 1, 1985, all Teachers employed shall be entitled to ten (10) sick leave days each school year as of the first official day of said school year whether or not they report for duty on that day. Unused sick leave days shall be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit. Sick leave for Teachers employed after the first day of school in September shall be pro-rated on the basis of one day per month.
    B. Sick Leave upon Return to District
        Provided the teacher returns within three (3) years of termination, previously unused sick leave days, accumulated in the South Plainfield Schools shall be reapplied upon a Teacher's return to the school system. Teachers returning from a preferred eligibility list will retain all accumulated sick leave. There shall be no time limit imposed upon a teacher returning from a preferred eligibility list.

    C. Benefits upon Retirement
        1. Agreement was reached on benefits upon bona fide T.P.A.F. retirement, excluding vesting. In order to qualify, an employee must have accrued one hundred (100) sick days by age fifty-five (55) or thereafter, with twenty-five (25) years in South Plainfield as per N.J.S.A. 18A:16-18 et seq. Coverage at retirement for all benefits will be paid at our current rate and is to be for husband and wife up to age sixty-five (65) or adjusted downward by law to the point where Medicare will be paid at an earlier age. The earlier age shall be the standard intended in this clause. Payment shall be made to the insurance carrier at the rate in full effect at the time of employee's retirement date. Increases in cost beyond the retirement date or change in coverage are to be borne by the employee.



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            Any teacher who files their retirement papers and who has twenty-five (25) years of service in South Plainfield, is at least fifty-five (55) years of age and commenced their employment on or before September 1, 1990, and has the aforementioned minimum of one hundred (100) accrued sick days, shall have their Dental and Prescription premiums paid by the District. The amount the district will pay shall be the rate at the time of retirement and this amount shall continue through the retiree's lifetime or age sixty-five (65), whichever comes first. Any increase in the premium rate, for either dental or prescription, above the aforementioned amount, shall be the responsibility of the retiree.
            If at the time of retirement, full family dental or prescription benefits are being received, same shall continue until the age of sixty-five (65) years or death, whichever comes first.
        2. Teachers retiring and receiving benefits under C.1., above shall not be paid for the first one hundred (100) days of accumulated sick leave days, but shall be paid for accumulated sick leave days between one hundred and one (101) and two hundred (200) at the rate of twenty dollars ($20.00) per day.

    3. Teachers hired after September 1, 1990, or those who opt not to have their Prescription and Dental Insurance premiums paid by the Board (as per paragraph C.1., above) and are age fifty-five (55), with twenty-five (25) years or more of service in South Plainfield shall be paid for their accumulated sick leave days at the following rate: Days one (1) to one hundred (100) at thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per day; Days one hundred and one (101) to two hundred (200) at fifty-five dollars ($55.00) per day and Days two hundred and one (201) to three hundred (300) at sixty dollars ($60.00) per day, up to a $15,000.00 maximum.

    4. Those teachers who retire at age fifty-five (55) or beyond, with between fifteen (15) and twenty-five (25) years of service in South Plainfield, shall be paid for their accumulated sick leave upon retirement, at the rate of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for days one (1) to one hundred (100); and fifty-five dollars ($55.00) per day for days one hundred and one (101) to two hundred (200), up to an $8,000.00 maximum.

    5. Upon the death of a teacher who would satisfy the criteria under paragraph 3, the dollar benefit of their accumulated sick leave, as set forth in paragraph 3, shall enure to the benefit of that teacher's estate. This provision shall not include the prescription and dental benefits.
      6. Those employees who retire prior to December 31 of any school year shall be paid their accumulated sick leave payments on or about January 1. Those who retire between January 1 and June 30 shall receive such payments on or about July 1.
      ARTICLE XII
      TEMPORARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE


      A. Maximum of Four Days
          As of the beginning of the 2003/2004 school year, Teachers shall be entitled to a maximum of four (4) personal days of absence with no reason without loss of pay during any contract year (See Schedule C). Any personal days not taken shall accumulate as sick days.
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      B. Conditions
          All leaves of absence referred to in this ARTICLE are subject to the following conditions:
          At least three (3) school days notice shall be given in requesting a personal day from the building Principal or Supervisor/Director with the exception of cases of any personal day taken for serious illness in the family or any day necessary by reason of emergency. The Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent shall have final approval of all personal leave requests. Lacking such notice, the absence will be considered unauthorized and the Teacher's pay will be deducted at a daily rate of 1/200 (one two hundredth) of the annual salary. Deduction of salary will be waived in cases of emergency and/or family illness.
          2. Request for personal leave under this ARTICLE shall not be granted on days immediately preceding or immediately following school vacation periods or a holiday, except in cases of emergency as approved by the Superintendent.
          The Superintendent, in the best educational interest of the School District, is empowered to deny any request for the above days.
        Bereavement Leave
            1. Five (5) school days following the death of the demised, shall on request, be granted for each death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling or significant other during the school year.
            2. Three (3) school days following the death of the demised, shall on request, be granted for each death of a grandfather, grandchild, grandmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter or son-in-law during the school year.
            3. Two (2) school days following the death of the demised, shall on request, be granted for each death of a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or other relative living in the same household.
      D. Military
          A regularly appointed Teacher who is required to undergo military field training or to attend service school for a period of two (2) weeks or less during any school year shall be granted leave of absence and paid the difference between his military pay and normal teaching pay. In addition, all Teachers who are members of the organized militia shall be entitled to leave of absence from their respective duties without loss of pay or time on all days during which they shall be engaged in active duty, active duty for training, or other duty ordered by the Governor; provided, however, that the leaves of absence for active duty or active duty for training shall not exceed ninety (90) days in the aggregate in any one year. Further, any Teacher who is a member of the organized reserve of the Army of the United States, United States Naval Reserve, United States Air Force Reserve or United States Marine Corps Reserve, or any other organization affiliated therewith, shall be entitled to leave of absence from his respective duty without loss of pay or time on all days on which he shall be engaged in field training. A certificate shall be obtained from the commanding officer and presented to the Business Administrator to establish the required payment to the Teacher.
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      E. Extensions
          Extensions to any temporary leave of absence as outlined in this ARTICLE may be made at the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools.

      F. In Addition to Sick Leave
          Leaves taken pursuant to this ARTICLE shall be in addition to any sick leave to which the Teacher is entitled.
      G. Family and Medical Leave
          The employer shall grant leave in accordance with the provisions of the Federal and State Family and Medical Leave Acts of 1990 and 1993. Effective January 1, 1997, health insurance premium coverage will continue to be paid for up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave. After twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave, payment for health insurance premiums shall be the employee's responsibility, except in those cases in which the employee has used all accumulated sick leave and is out on a protracted medical leave. This shall not impinge on any rights or entitlements under the State and Federal Family Leave Acts.

      H. Jury Duty
          Any teacher called to serve on Jury Duty, during the work year, shall receive their regular rate of pay, less the amount received for such Jury Duty. Jury Duty shall not be considered as vacation, sick leave or personal leave.

      ARTICLE XIII
      NON-TENURE NOTIFICATION


      A. Notification of Status
          On or before May 15 or as required by law of each year, the Board shall give to each non-tenure Teacher continuously employed since the preceding September 30 either:

          1. A written offer of a contract for employment for the next succeeding year providing for at least the same terms and conditions of employment but with such increase in salary and benefits as may be required by law or agreement between the Board and the Association, or
          2. A written notice that such employment shall not be offered.

      B. Failure to Comply
          Should the Board fail to give a non-tenure Teacher either an offer of contract for employment for the next succeeding year or a notice that such employment shall not be offered, all within the time and in the manner provided by this ARTICLE, the Board shall be deemed to have offered to that Teacher continued employment for the next succeeding school year.

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      C. Notification of Intention to Return
          If the Teacher desires to accept such employment, he/she shall notify the Board of such acceptance, in writing, on or before June 1, in which event such employment shall continue as provided for herein. In default of such notice the Board shall not be required to continue the employment of the Teacher.

      ARTICLE XIV
      EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE


      A. Outside Teaching
          A Teacher on tenure may be granted, within reasonable limits, a leave of absence without pay for up to one (1) school year to teach or study in an accredited college or university.

      B. Military
          Military leave, without pay, shall be granted to any Teacher who is inducted or enlists in any branch of the armed forces of the United States for the period of said induction or initial enlistment and for a further period of three (3) months after receiving discharge from such services.
      C. Parenthood Leave
          A Teacher requesting parenthood leave i.e. disability, shall obtain an official parenthood leave request form, as set forth in Schedule D. Said form shall be returned to the Superintendent as soon as possible but no later than sixty (60) days prior to the parenthood leave commencement date started therein. Typically, such leaves shall begin thirty (30) days before and end thirty (30) days after the birth of the child, unless additional disability leave or sick leave are needed due to complications associated with the delivery. The Board may request the District Medical Director, when applicable, to review the dates as stated by the Teacher and physician on the request form provided. If there should exist a disagreement between the Medical Director and the Teacher's physician with respect to said dates, a third physician mutually acceptable to the Medical Director and the Teacher's physician shall be requested to render his/her final and binding determination. However, no non-tenure Teacher shall be granted a parenthood leave to extend beyond June 30 of the school year for which the parenthood leave was requested. The employer shall grant leave in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
      D. Other Leave
          Other leaves of absence without pay may be granted by the Board upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools.
          1. Upon return from leave granted pursuant to Sections A and B of this ARTICLE, a Teacher shall be considered as though he/she were actively employed by the Board during the leave and shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level he/she would have achieved if he/she not been absent. A Teacher shall not receive increment credit for time spent on a leave granted pursuant to Section C, D, or E of this ARTICLE, nor shall such time count toward the fulfillment of the time requirements for acquiring tenure.
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          2. All benefits to which a Teacher was entitled at the time his/her leave of absence commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave and credit toward sabbatical eligibility, shall be restored to him/her upon his/her return, and he/she shall be assigned within the scope of his/her certification as permitted by the New Jersey State Board of Examiners.
      E. Extensions and Renewals
          All extensions or renewals of leaves must be requested in writing and, if granted, a written notification will be supplied by the Superintendent of Schools.
      F. Return from Leave
          A Teacher on any form of leave under this ARTICLE must provide notice of return to the Superintendent by April 1 of the school year prior to the school year of return by written notice, certified mail, return receipt requested.
      G. Effective January 1, 1997, health insurance premium coverage will continue to be paid up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave. After twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave, payment for health insurance premiums shall be the employee's responsibility, except in those cases in which the employee has used all accumulated sick leave and is out on a protracted medical leave. This shall not impinge on any rights or entitlements under the State and Federal Family Leave Acts.

      ARTICLE XV
      SABBATICAL LEAVE


      A. Purpose
          Sabbatical Leave is a plan designed to help maintain instructional service at the highest level of quality and efficiency. While satisfactory service is its prerequisite, sabbatical leave is not a reward for past accomplishments, the contrary, it is a privilege granted to employees for their professional advancement so that they may better serve the local school district.

      B. Condition
          Sabbatical or professional leaves of absence are granted solely for the purpose of promoting the more efficient conduct of the public schools. In no case, therefore, is an application for such leave recommended by the Superintendent or approved by the Board of Education unless in their considered judgment the professional competence of the staff member and the general efficiency of the school system will thereby be benefited. Sabbatical leaves may be granted to no more than two (2) Teachers. The best criterion for judging a particular leave of absence procedure is whether in the long run it will contribute to the improvement of teaching service.
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      C. Eligibility
          Any Teacher who has completed seven (7) or more years of continuous satisfactory service in the South Plainfield Schools may, upon recommendation of the Superintendent, be granted a leave of absence for one (1) full school year for study or travel on a full-time basis. Subsequent leaves will not be authorized unless and until one shall have re-established eligibility by serving another period of seven (7) continuous years of successful service.
      D. Application for Leave
          1. Application for sabbatical leave shall be made on or before January 15 of any year. If approved, such leave shall officially begin at the beginning of the school year immediately following.
          2. Application shall be made to the Superintendent and must include a program or itinerary to be followed by the employee during the period of leave.
          3. In recommending sabbatical leaves of absence, the Superintendent shall give consideration to the use to be made of the requested leave and to seniority in service. Due consideration shall be given to the reasonable and equitable distribution of the application among the different schools and departments.
          4. Each applicant shall be notified promptly by the Superintendent in writing of the decision of the Board concerning his application, which decision of the Board shall be rendered no later than the regular March Board meeting.

      E. Physical Examination
          If an application for sabbatical leave is favorably considered by the Superintendent, the applicant may be given, in advance of approval, a physical examination at the discretion of the Board of Education for the purpose of determining whether there is reasonable probability that he will be physically able to return to service and teach for the minimum period required by these regulations. As a condition of sabbatical leave up to and including the expiration thereof, the applicant's health shall remain generally as at the time of such examination.

      F. Subsequent Service
          1. As a condition to being granted leave, the employee shall enter into a contract upon terms to be mutually agreed upon to continue in the service of the South Plainfield Board of Education for a period of not less than three (3) years after the expiration of the leave of absence.
          If an employee fails to continue in service after such leave of absence, such employee shall repay to the Board of Education of the Borough of South Plainfield, in the County of Middlesex, a sum of money bearing the same ratio to the amount of salary received while on leave of absence that the unperformed part of three (3) subsequent years of service bears to the full three (3) years,

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          unless such employee is incapacitated, has been discharged, or has been released for good and sufficient reasons by the Board of Education from this obligation. Promissory note is required. An agreement and note or notes encompassing the provisions herein shall be signed by the member of the professional staff in advance of taking such sabbatical leave.

      G. Status of Tenure and Pension
          The period of sabbatical leave shall count as regular service for the purpose of retirement planning, and contributions by the employees to the retirement fund shall continue as usual during such period. Tenure rights shall not be impaired.
      H. Illness or Accident
          Should the program of study or itinerary being pursued by an employee on sabbatical leave be interrupted by a serious accident or illness during such leave (established by evidence satisfactory to the Superintendent), this fact shall not constitute a breach of the conditions of such leave nor prejudice the Teacher against receiving all the rights and benefits provided for under the terms of sabbatical leave, providing the Superintendent was notified of such accident or illness by registered letter within ten (10) days of its occurrence or ten (10) days from the applicant's ability to give such notice, whichever is later.

      I. Forfeiture of Leave
          If the Superintendent has sufficient facts to indicate that an employee on sabbatical leave may not be fulfilling the purpose for which the leave of absence was granted, he shall report this fact to the Board of Education and the Board may terminate the leave of absence as of the date of its abuse after giving the employee an opportunity to be heard.

      J. Sabbatical to Maternity Leave
          If an employee on sabbatical leave of absence shall ascertain that she is pregnant, she shall immediately report this fact to the Superintendent, pursuant to Article IX, Section C, of this Agreement, and shall be transferred from sabbatical to maternity leave of absence.
      K. Return to Active Employment
          1. At the expiration of sabbatical leave, the certificated employee shall be reinstated in the position held by such employee at the time such leave was granted, unless he/she shall agree otherwise, provided conditions do not arise which, in the judgment of the Board, indicate the desirability of changing such employee's location and type of work.
          2. Presentation of a written report to the Superintendent of Schools in which is stated the activities engaged in while on sabbatical leave and the subsequent benefits expected there from is required by September 30.
          3. Upon return from sabbatical leave, an employee shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level he/she would have achieved had he/she remained actively employed in the system during the period of his absence.
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      I. Salary
          1. The salary granted to an employee on sabbatical leave shall be two-thirds (2/3) of employee's contracted salary, less the regular deduction for U.S. Federal Income Tax, Social Security, and for N.J. Teachers' Pension Fund as computed for all present entrants employed in the state.
          2. Salary shall be paid in accordance with the general time schedule for payment of salaries in the South Plainfield Public Schools, unless other mutually satisfactory arrangements are made.
      ARTICLE XVI
      PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT


      A. Professional Observation and Visitation
          A Teacher shall be expected from time to time to participate in professional observation and visitation at Board expense as recommended by his/her Principal and approved by the Superintendent of Schools, provided such funds are available in the budget.

      B. Request for Visitation or Observation
          A request for a visitation or observation may be made by Teachers to their Building Principal and the Superintendent or his/her designee.

      ARTICLE XVII
      INSURANCE PROTECTION


      A. Health-Care Coverage
          As of the beginning of the 2003/2004 school year, the Board shall provide at no cost to the employee, the health-care insurance protection designated below.

          All new hires as of July 1, 2003, shall be eligible to receive full family DPP coverage for the length of their employment.
          All teachers hired between July 1, 2000 and July 1, 2003, shall be eligible to receive full family coverage under the plan they are currently enrolled in until they receive tenure. At the time of tenure, these teachers shall have the option to choose traditional PPO coverage or remain in the DPP. They shall also have the option to switch plans at their discretion during an enrollment period. This option can be utilized as many times as deemed necessary by the employee for the length of their employment.


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          Employees hired prior to July 1, 2000, shall be eligible to receive full family coverage. All these employees have the option to choose traditional PPO or DPP and may switch plans at their discretion during an enrollment period. This option can be utilized as many times as deemed necessary by the employee for the length of their employment.
          For each Teacher who remains in the employ of the Board for the full school year, the Board shall make payment of insurance premiums to provide insurance coverage for the full twelve (12) month period from the earliest possible date on which enrollment in the plan is possible.
          Provisions of the health-care insurance program shall be detailed in master policies and contracts, and they shall include Connecticut General (U.C.R. Plan), Rider J, Major Medical and effective August 1, 2000, a ten dollar ($10.00) generic/ fifteen dollar ($15.00) brand/five dollar ($5.00) mail-in co-pay prescription plan. The Board agrees to explore mail order generic prescriptions in an attempt to achieve lower rates.
          Effective July 1, 1981, a full family dental plan shall be provided by the Board as detailed in master policies and contract.
          Deductible shall be set forth according to the following schedule:
          Effective with the 1992/93 school year, $300 single/$600 family.
          Effective with the 1990/1991 school year a pre-admission certification and a second opinion are required on all surgery.
          Effective with the 1990/1991 school year, both parties agree to establish an Employee Assistance Program and set the cost on a fifty-fifty basis, maximum cost to be three dollars ($3.00) per employee per month.
          Effective with the 1995/96 school year, after a covered employee has attained $3,000
          covered expenses in a calendar year in excess of the amount of major medical
          deductible, benefits for him/her will be payable at the rate of 100% for the remainder
          of the calendar year. This represents an increase from the present $2,000 to $3,000
          for 100% coverage.
      B. Retirement Coverage
          The Board shall provide for continuance of health-care insurance after retirement on the terms detailed in the master policies and contract, provided that the carrier allows provision for such continuance and the retiree agrees to pay the premiums involved.

      C. Description to Teachers
          The Board shall instruct the carrier to provide each Teacher and retiree, where applicable, a description of the health-care insurance coverage provided under this ARTICLE, no later than the beginning of each school year which shall include a clear description of conditions and limits of coverage as listed above.
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      ARTICLE XVIII
      TEACHERS WORK DAY AND MEETING SCHEDULE

          Except for coaching and extra-curricular duties, the opening and closing of the school day for South Plainfield Teachers in the elementary, middle and high schools, respectively, for the term of the within contract are as follows:
          A. Elementary Schools (K-4):
              The elementary school workday shall be six (6) hours and fifty (50) minutes in duration. It is understood that all Teachers will stay a full one-half (1/2) hour beyond the students' day, five (5) days a week, to be available to give students voluntary extra help when needed. The elementary school teachers shall have a minimum of one (1) duty free period each day. Duty free periods shall be a minimum of thirty (30) minutes duration, three (3) times a week, and forty (40) minutes, two (2) times a week.
          Grant Elementary (5-6):
              The Grant School workday shall be six (6) hours and fifty (50) minutes in duration. It is understood that all Teachers will stay one-half (1/2) hour beyond the students’ day, five (5)days a week, to be available to give students voluntary extra help when needed. The Teachers shall have a forty (40) minute lunch and one (1) duty free period of no less than forty (40) minutes each day.

      C. Middle School:
              The Middle School workday shall be seven (7) hours. It is understood that, two (2) days a week, the Teacher will stay no less than a full period beyond the close of the students' day to be available to give students voluntary extra help when needed.

      D. High School:
              The High School workday shall be seven (7) hours. It is understood that, two (2) days a week, the Teacher will stay no less than a full period beyond the close of the students' day to be available to give students voluntary extra help when needed.
          E. District-wide Wednesday Meeting Schedule is as follows:
              First Wednesday of the month - Curriculum/Departmental meetings.
              Second Wednesday of the month - Grade level meetings
              Third Wednesday of the month - Faculty meetings
              Fourth Wednesday of the month - S.P.E.A. meetings
              Fifth Wednesday of the month - Faculty meetings
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          F. Notwithstanding the provisions of Paragraph A through D above, the building principal shall have the right to call, and the Teachers shall attend, two (2) additional meetings per month. In no event shall there be more than two (2) meetings per week, nor shall any such meeting be called for a Friday. Said additional two (2) meetings shall not exceed one (1) hour beyond the students' day. The principal shall provide one (1) day's notice and an agenda with that notice.
          Effective with the 2003/2004 school year all elementary teachers
              (K-4) shall have a fifty (50) minute lunch. Grant Elementary 5-6 teachers shall have a forty (40) minute lunch.
      H. In those instances in which classroom teachers attend "Back to School Nights," CST members will also attend. Attendance will be at the teacher's home school or at the school that the Administration directs them to attend. Under no circumstances shall a CST member be required to attend more than one (1) "Back to School Night" in any school year.
          I. With the exception of High School Guidance Counselors, a flex schedule shall not exceed forty-five (45) minutes before or after the start or finish of the students’ regular school day. Flex schedule shall only be assigned if mutually agreed upon by the teacher and his/her Principal/Supervisor.
          J. High School Guidance Counselors may work a Flex Schedule starting no later than 10:00 A.M. only if mutually agreed upon by the teacher (counselor) and his/her supervisor. Those teachers (counselors) who volunteer to be assigned to a guidance flex schedule shall work a maximum of seven (7) hours, including a lunch equal in time to that of the students’ lunch period. All teachers (counselors) who volunteer to work such a flex schedule shall receive a cell phone for security purposes. A supervisor shall be on site with that teacher (counselor) at all times.

      ARTICLE XIX
      SALARIES

      A. Salary Schedule
          The salaries of all Teachers covered by this Agreement are set forth in Schedule A for the school
          year 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06 school year that are attached hereto and made a part hereof.

      B. Method of Payment
          1. Teachers employed on a ten (10) month basis shall be paid in twenty (20) equal semi-monthly installments with an option for direct deposit.
          2. Teachers may individually elect to have ten percent (10%) of their monthly salary deducted from their pay. These funds shall be deposited in an individual interest bearing account in one bank for all.
          3. When a payday falls on or during a school holiday vacation or weekend Teachers shall receive their paychecks on the last previous working day.

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          4. Teachers shall receive their final checks on the last working day in June, providing they have completed all professional responsibilities.
          5. Teachers shall receive their pay schedules for the school year with their first paycheck in September.
          6. Each Teacher shall be placed on his/her proper step of the salary schedule. Provided that the requirements dictated by the professional standards for his/her position have been successfully met. Such placement will be in accordance with paragraph seven (7) below.
          7. Employees shall receive up to five (5) years of credit for prior public school teaching experience. Employees may receive beyond five (5) years credit upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and at the Boards discretion. Credit for work experience related to the position for which the employee is being hired may be granted at the time of initial appointment on a case-by-case basis. Decisions by the Board to grant or not to grant work experience credit are not arbitrable. There shall be a five (5) year limit on the amount of related work experience credit that may be granted.
          8. Teachers shall be notified of their contract and salary status for the ensuing year on a date established by state law or regulation.
          9. The Board of Education agrees to hire as teachers only individuals who comply with the rules and regulations of the New Jersey State Board of Examiners.

      C. All social workers, LDTC's, psychologists, speech therapists and special education teachers employed prior to June 30, 1981, shall be compensated at the ratio of 1.025 times their appropriate salary on the attached Salary Guides only and thereafter frozen at the rate. All social workers, LDTC's, psychologists, speech therapists and special education teachers employed after June 30, 1981, shall be compensated only at the rate established for their step and degree on the attached Salary Guide.

      D. All team leaders shall be compensated at the ratio of 1.055 times their appropriate salary on the attached Salary Guide.

      E. Any member who works the summer months of July and August shall be paid at the rate of $40.00 per hour. This summer pay rate shall apply to all unit members, except that the pay rate for the Staff Developer and the High School Substance Abuse Counselor shall be a per diem rate at 1/200th of their annual salary for each full day worked in excess of the defined teacher work year, to include any and all school recess days, prorated for no less than half day increments for a maximum of twenty (20) additional per diem days per year.

      F. Effective July 1, 2003, any teacher who covers a class during their duty free period shall be compensated at the rate of $40.00 per period for the first three (3) days. This rate shall convert, retroactively, to 1/6 of 1/200 of the teacher’s annual wage per period after the third day. Those teachers whose prorated hourly pay would be less than forty dollars ($40.00) per period will remain at the forty dollars ($40.00) per period rate. This provision shall also apply to any member assigned to function as acting principal in the elementary schools.
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      G. Bedside instructors shall be paid at the rate of thirty dollars ($30.00) per hour effective April 1, 2004 through June 30, 2004 and thirty-two ($32.00) per hour effective July 1, 2004.
      H. Full time Teachers who are assigned to an early A.M. class shall be reimbursed at the rate of $40.00 per period for the first three (3) days. This rate shall convert, retroactively, to 1/6 of 1/200 of the teacher’s annual wage per period after the third day. Those teachers whose prorated hourly pay rate would be less than forty-dollars ($40.00) per period will remain at the forty dollars ($40.00) per period rate. Deductions shall not be made for any day in which the sixth class is not in session or when the employee is not present due to illness or leave of absence. This additional reimbursement shall be considered as part of the total salary for the employee for pension purposes and applicable taxes. Volunteers shall be first sought before an involuntary assignment is made. If an insufficient number of volunteers come forward, the Board can assign such class. Such classes shall be limited to elective, non-core subjects.

      I. In the event that the "Disciplinarian" is assigned to a Saturday Tutorial Program, he/she shall be compensated at the rate of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per hour. No member of the bargaining unit other than the Disciplinarian is covered by this paragraph.

      J. In this Agreement, 2003 through 2006, the Association has funded all movement into and through the "L steps" from the negotiated salary increase pool.

      K. Procedures for advanced placement on salary guide.
          1. To be assured of acceptance for credit on the salary guide in degree-plus categories, courses to be used for such application must be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent by the employee involved prior to enrollment. (Forms available at District Personnel Office.)
          2. Courses thus approved as beneficial to a teacher's assigned responsibility when taken prior to receipt of the Masters Degree, but outside of the Masters Program, may still be applied to Masters-plus categories.
          3. When a member of the professional staff believes he/she is eligible for advancement on the salary guide, he/she may obtain the proper application from the District Personnel Office and may submit the completed application to that office for review.
          4. General categories and requirements:
              BA+15 -15 hours (6 in teaching area; 9 other)
              MA -Evidence of completion of Degree Program (Diploma)
              MA+15 -15 hours (6 in teaching area; 9 other)
              MA+30 -30 hours (12 in teaching area; 18 other)
              MA+45 -45 hours (18 in teaching area; 27 other)
      Doctorate -Evidence of completion of Degree Program (Diploma)
          5. Professional employees who have currently accumulated graduate credits should submit them for approval by October 15 (retroactive to September 1) and February 15 (retroactive to January 1). Forms available at District Personnel Office.
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          6. All courses submitted to the Office of the Superintendent for degree-plus approval must be taken at the graduate level. Prior approval of the Superintendent must be secured.
          7. In-service credits – teachers may take up to fifteen (15) in-service credits for advancement on the salary guide. Advancement to following levels will be permitted:
            BA+15
            MA+15
            MA+30
            MA+45
              In-service courses can be used in conjunction with college courses for movement to the above levels. Teachers will receive one (1) credit for each fifteen (15) hours of instruction they attend for the same course. Approved courses will be offered through the district in-service program. Credit will be given in lieu of payment to staff. The Board will provide a minimum of three (3) courses per semester. If this program is terminated during the length of this contract, the Board will retroactively pay teachers who choose credit in lieu of payment.

      L. 1. Should the Board determine to implement a voluntary and non-mandatory In-Service Program to take place during the summer or a school recess period, participating employees, excluding the teacher who acts as an instructor for the In-Service Program, shall be paid $125.00 per school day for their attendance. One half (1/2) programs shall be paid at one half (1/2) the daily rate. Any such In-Service Program shall not include activities such as curriculum writing or mandated training. The Superintendent shall develop a menu of In-Service offerings with mutual input from the South Plainfield Education Association and upon the final authority of the Superintendent. Participating employees will be reimbursed for their traveling expenses to and from the In-Service Program.

      2. Any teacher who acts as an instructor for the In-Service Program shall be paid 1/200th of his/her annual salary for any day spent as an instructor.

      3. Full-time teachers who volunteer for, or are assigned to, an early morning (preschool) non-credit class of a remedial nature (e.g., HSPT) which runs for less than a full semester shall be paid at the rate of 1/5 of 1/200th of the Teacher’s annual wage per period of instruction. This shall be retroactive to September 1994.
      ARTICLE XX
      DEDUCTION FROM SALARY


      A. Association Payroll Dues Deduction
          The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of its Teachers dues for the United Teaching Profession which includes the South Plainfield Education Association, the Middlesex County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association and the National Education Association, as said Teachers individually and voluntarily authorize the Board to deduct. Such deductions shall be made
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          in compliance with Chapter 233, Public Laws of 1969 (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 South Plainfield Education Association by the 15th of each month following the monthly pay period in which deductions were made. The
          Association Treasurer shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association or associations. Teacher authorizations shall be in writing on an appropriate form.
      B. Certification of Dues
          Each of the associations named above shall certify to the Board, in writing, the current rate of its membership dues. Any Association, which shall change the rate of its membership dues, shall give the Board written notice prior to the effective date of such change.
      C. Additional Authorizations
          Additional authorizations for dues deduction may be received after August 1 under rules established by the State Department of Education.
      D. Procedure for Withdrawal
          The filing of notice of a Teacher's withdrawal shall be prior to June 1 and become effective to halt deductions as of July 1 next succeeding the date on which notice of withdrawal is filed.

      E. Tax Shelter Annuities
          The Board shall provide for a 403(b) tax shelter with semi-monthly deductions and individual account deposits within five (5) workdays.
      ARTICLE XXI
      AGENCY SHOP


      A. Representation Fee
          The Board of Education and the Association agree to a representation fee of up to eighty-five percent (85%) as set by the Association annually.
      B. Purpose of Fee
          If a Teacher does not become a member of the South Plainfield Education Association during any membership year (from September 1 to July 1), which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee would 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.
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      C. Amount of Fee
          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 an amount up to eighty-five percent (85%) as set forth by the Association annually. At no time shall the fees charged exceed the amount specified. Further, the Association guarantees to the Board that the assessments do not include in any amounts dues, fees and assessments to be expended for partisan, political or ideological activities or causes that are only incidentally related to terms and conditions of employment or apply to benefits available only to the members of the majority representative.
      D. Deduction and Transmission of Fee
          1. Notification
              Once during each membership year covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, the Association will submit to the Board a list of those employees who have not become members of the Association for the then current membership year. The Board will deduct from the salaries of such employees (in accordance with Paragraph 2 below) the full amount of the representation fee and promptly will transmit the amount so deducted to the Association.
          2. Demand and Return
              Chapter 447, P.L. 1979, requires that no representation fee deduction can be made unless the majority representative first establishes a demand and return system. This system provides that a non-union member may appeal the amount of the representative fee assessed against him/her. The Association must provide the non-union member with a full and fair hearing and has the burden of proof in justifying the amount of the fee. Non-members who are dissatisfied with the outcome of their appeal at the local level may appeal to a three-member Tripartite State Board. The Association shall provide evidence of the existence of this system to the Board of Education and to all non-union members before any deductions are made.
      E. Indemnification
          The South Plainfield Education Association will save harmless and ensure that the Board of Education is blameless against all forms of financial liability that may arise out of, or by reason of, any action taken or not taken in conformance with this provision. Any action taken by members of the South Plainfield Education Association, now or prospectively, will necessitate that the Association fully indemnify the Board of Education from any and all costs pertaining to questions arising out of agreement to this clause.



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      ARTICLE XXII
      IN-SCHOOL WORK YEAR

          The Teachers' in-school work year shall consist of one hundred eighty-eight (188) days, including four (4) professional days. New Teachers, those hired effective September 2004, shall work five (5) additional "orientation days" pursuant to Article VII, paragraph B.

      ARTICLE XXIII
      MISCELLANEOUS


      A. Board Policy
          This Agreement constitutes a Board policy for the term of said Agreement, and the Board shall carry out the commitments contained herein and give them full force and effect as Board policy.
      B. 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.

      C. Printing Agreement
          Copies of this Agreement shall be reproduced at the expense of the Board within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed and presented to all teachers now employed or hereafter employed. An additional fifty (50) copies of the Agreement shall be provided to the Association in each year of the Agreement.
      D. Notice
          Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties of this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, either party shall do by telegram or registered letter at the following addresses:
          1. If by the Association, to Board at the Roosevelt Administration Building, 125 Jackson Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.
          2. If by the Board, to Association at the school address of the Association President.

      E. Compliance between Individual Contract and Master Agreement
          Any individual contract between the Board and an individual Teacher shall be subject to and consistent with the terms of this Agreement. Any inconsistencies between their agreement individual contractual terms, whether by error or design, are subject to correction and revision. The terms of the contract during its duration shall be controlling.
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      F. Savings Clause
          Proposed new rules shall be negotiated with the majority representatives before they are established.
      G. No Strike Clause
          The Association agrees that while this Agreement is in effect it will not call or in any manner sanction, and that the employees covered by this Agreement will not engage in any strike, slowdown, or other concerted activity resulting in interference with or impediment to school operation; nor will the Association ignore or disregard any such strike or activity by employees.

      H. Complete Negotiations Clause
          This Agreement represents and incorporates the complete and final settlement by the parties of all issues, which were or could have been the subject of negotiations. During the terms of this Agreement neither party will be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter whether or not covered by this Agreement and whether or not within the knowledge or contempla­tion of either or both of the parties at the time they negoti­ated or signed this Agreement. The foregoing shall not prevent the Association from negotiating as to the impact of any reduction in force during the term of this Agreement.
      ARTICLE XXIV
      SIXTH TEACHING PERIOD IN LIEU OF
      PREPARATION PERIOD


      1. Should any teacher be required to teach a sixth class in which the teacher is required to plan, assign grades, conduct parent conferences, or perform any and all other duties normally associated with his/her other classes, that individual shall be reimbursed at the rate of $40.00 per period for the first three (3) days. This rate shall convert, retroactively, to 1/6 of 1/200 of the teacher’s annual wage per period after the third day. Those teachers whose prorated hourly pay would be less than forty dollars ($40.00) per period will remain at the forty dollars ($40.00) per period rate. Deductions shall not be made for any day in which the sixth class is not in session or when the employee is not present due to illness or leave of absence. This additional reimbursement shall be considered as part of the total salary for the employee for pension purposes and applicable taxes. A teacher will be assigned to teach such a sixth period only if a full-time Teacher, teaching in the subject area, is not available. Reasonable efforts will be made to assign Teachers to a sixth teaching period on a rotating basis. Such Teachers will not be assigned a duty.
          2. This provision will not be utilized to eliminate the positions of Teachers who hold existing partial contracts.
          3. The exercise of administrative discretion in connection with the foregoing will be reviewable by the Superintendent, whose decision will be reviewable under the grievance procedure only for abuse of discretion.
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          4. Subject to New Jersey Education Law and applicable regulations and decisions, any present tenured full-time Teacher who because of an enrollment decrease or other reason is reduced to a part-time position will be reinstated to work his/her full-time position before a sixth teaching period in his/her assigned subject area is offered to or assigned a full-time Teacher.
      ARTICLE XXV
      TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

      1. Tuition paid for graduate courses shall be reimbursed by the Board of Education beginning summer of 1994 subject to the following conditions:

      a. Courses are approved by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee prior to enrollment and the denial of it is grievable to the Board but is non-arbitrable.

      b. Regardless of degree level the courses must be related to the teacher's present assignment or part of certification or advanced degree requirement beneficial to the assignment.

      c. The courses must be completed satisfactorily with a grade of "B" or better. Official transcripts must be submitted.

      d. Tuition shall be paid by the Board of Education up to a maximum of the average state college graduate rate, times nine (9) credits per year per teacher. To be eligible, a teacher must complete three (3) years of employment.

      e. Evidence of payment of tuition must be presented before reimbursement will be paid.

      f. Applicants shall not have received tuition scholarship aid from some other sources, which equals or exceeds tuition rate. If aid does not equal the state college rate, reimbursement will be the difference.

      g. The district shall expend no more than $20,000.00 for tuition reimbursement per year. Effective July 1, 2004 there shall be two (2) periods of application for tuition reimbursement. Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) shall be allotted for approved summer and fall courses with any monies left carried over, and ten thousand ($10,000) shall be allotted for spring courses. Payment shall be based on first come, first served with all new applicants being considered first.
      h. Reimbursement is subject to Internal Revenue Service rules and regulations.
      i. Employees must remain employed by the District for two (2) years after receipt of tuition reimbursement. Employees that leave the District's employ prior to that time shall return to the District a pro rata portion of the amount received. Employees separated involuntarily due to disability, death or reduction in force shall not be subject to this provision.
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      2. Pay and Expenses for Required Training
          If a Teacher is requested in writing by the Board of Education to take a course in order to meet the needs of the district, the Board agrees to reimburse said Teacher for the cost of tuition, or to provide the course at no cost to the Teacher. This Board will not pay tuition for course work necessary for certification.

      3. Teachers may take any District Continuing Education course without charge, provided the course tuition is a charge of the Board of Education and not an outside contract and space is available.

      ARTICLE XXVI
      ATHLETIC TRAINER


      1. Certification Status - In the event the Board appoints an Athletic Trainer who is certificated to teach by the State Department of Education, then the current SPEA contract and long standing practices will continue to apply, as follows:
      A. Salary shall be in accordance with the then existing Teachers' Salary Guide.

      B. Fringe benefits shall be the same as provided all other teaching staff members.
          C. Work day shall continue to be flexible in order to accommodate the need for the Trainer to attend evening practices and games, and shall consist of a seven (7) hour work day on a Flex Schedule as agreed upon by the supervisor and employee.

      2. Licensure Status - In the event the Board appoints an Athletic Trainer who is not certificated to teach, but who holds the appropriate license issued by the State Board of Medical Examiners, then the following provisions will apply:

      A. Salary shall be governed by a separate non-certificated Athletic Trainers' Salary Guide, which is attached hereto and made a part hereof. The Trainer shall possess a Bachelor's degree in order to qualify for guide placement.

      B. Fringe benefits and workday shall be the same as provided in 1.B. and 1.C. above.

      C. Work year shall be ten and one half (10˝) months, which includes two hundred and twenty (220) workdays per year.
      ARTICLE XXVII
      DURATION OF AGREEMENT


      A. Duration Period
          This Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2003, and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2006, subject to the Association's right to negotiate over a successor Agreement. This Agreement shall not be extended orally and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated. The parties of the Agreement shall mutually agree upon any extension in writing, and, unless such extensions are agreed upon, this contract shall expire on the date indicated herein.
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      SOUTH PLAINFIELD SOUTH PLAINFIELD
      EDUCATION ASSOCIATION BOARD OF EDUCATION


      By:_______________________________ By:________________________________
      President President

      By:______________________________ By:_________________________________
      Secretary Secretary


























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      SCHEDULE A
      TEACHERS GUIDE 2003-2004

      STEP
      BA
      BA+15
      MA
      MA+15
      MA+30
      MA+45
      0
      39,093
      40,143
      41,193
      42,243
      43,293
      44,343
      1
      39,593
      40,643
      41,693
      42,743
      43,793
      44,843
      2
      40,593
      41,643
      42,693
      43,743
      44,793
      45,843
      3
      41,593
      42,643
      43,693
      44,743
      45,793
      46,843
      4
      42,593
      43,643
      44,693
      45,743
      46,793
      47,843
      5
      43,593
      44,643
      45,693
      46,743
      47,793
      48,843
      6
      45,593
      46,643
      47,693
      48,743
      49,793
      50,843
      7
      48,193
      49,243
      50,293
      51,343
      52,393
      53,443
      8
      51,093
      52,143
      53,193
      54,243
      55,293
      56,343
      9
      55,093
      56,143
      57,193
      58,243
      59,293
      60,343
      10
      59,093
      60,143
      61,193
      62,243
      63,293
      64,343
      11-14
      67,093
      68,143
      69,193
      70,243
      71,293
      72,343
      L1 15-19
      69,650
      70,700
      71,750
      72,800
      73,850
      75,457
      L2 20-24
      70,650
      71,700
      72,750
      73,800
      74,850
      76,457
      L3 25-29
      71,650
      72,700
      73,750
      74,800
      75,850
      77,457
      L4 30-34
      73,950
      74,257
      75,808
      76,357
      77,258
      78,487
      L5 35 +
      74,950
      75,257
      76,808
      77,357
      78,268
      79,457





      SCHEDULE A
      TEACHERS GUIDE 2004-2005

      STEP
      BA
      BA+15
      MA
      MA+15
      MA+30
      MA+45
      0
      40,076
      41,126
      42,176
      43,226
      44,276
      45,326
      1
      40,576
      41,626
      42,676
      43,726
      44,776
      45,826
      2
      41,576
      42,626
      43,676
      44,726
      45,776
      46,826
      3
      42,576
      43,626
      44,676
      45,726
      46,776
      47,826
      4
      43,576
      44,626
      45,676
      46,726
      47,776
      48,826
      5
      44,576
      45,626
      46,676
      47,726
      48,776
      49,826
      6
      46,576
      47,626
      48,676
      49,726
      50,776
      51,826
      7
      49,176
      50,226
      51,276
      52,326
      53,376
      54,426
      8
      52,076
      53,126
      54,176
      55,226
      56,276
      57,326
      9
      56,076
      57,126
      58,176
      59,226
      60,276
      61,326
      10
      60,076
      61,126
      62,176
      63,226
      64,276
      65,326
      11-14
      68,076
      69,126
      70,176
      71,226
      72,276
      73,326
      L1 15-19
      71,650
      72,700
      73,750
      74,800
      75,850
      77,457
      L2 20-24
      72,650
      73,700
      74,750
      75,800
      76,850
      78,457
      L3 25-29
      74,961
      76,049
      77,324
      78,374
      78,979
      79,974
      L4 30-34
      75,961
      77,049
      78,324
      79,374
      79,974
      80,794
      L5 35 +
      76,961
      78,049
      79,324
      80,374
      80,974
      81,974






      SCHEDULE A
      TEACHERS GUIDE 2005-2006

      STEP
      BA
      BA+15
      MA
      MA+15
      MA+30
      MA+45
      0
      41,091
      42,141
      43,191
      44,241
      45,291
      46,341
      1
      41,591
      42,641
      43,691
      44,741
      45,791
      46,841
      2
      42,591
      43,641
      44,691
      45,741
      46,791
      47,841
      3
      43,591
      44,641
      45,691
      46,741
      47,791
      48,841
      4
      44,591
      45,641
      46,691
      47,741
      48,791
      49,841
      5
      45,591
      46,641
      47,691
      48,741
      49,791
      50,841
      6
      47,591
      48,641
      49,691
      50,741
      51,791
      52,841
      7
      50,191
      51,241
      52,291
      53,341
      54,391
      55,441
      8
      53,091
      54,141
      55,191
      56,241
      57,291
      58,341
      9
      57,091
      58,141
      59,191
      60,241
      61,291
      62,341
      10
      61,091
      62,141
      63,191
      64,241
      65,291
      66,341
      11-14
      69,091
      70,141
      71,191
      72,241
      73,291
      74,341
      L1 15-19
      73,650
      74,700
      75,750
      76,800
      77,850
      79,457
      L2 20-24
      74,650
      75,700
      76,750
      77,800
      78,850
      80,457
      L3 25-29
      77,548
      78,619
      80,167
      81,217
      81,678
      82,678
      L4 30-34
      78,548
      79,619
      81,167
      82,217
      82,678
      83,678
      L5 35 +
      79,548
      80,619
      82,167
      83,217
      83,678
      84,678






      SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
      SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY


      TEACHERS’ SALARY GUIDE FLOW CHART



      Step Years Years Years
      2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

      0 0 0 0
      1 1 1 1
      2 2 2 2
      3 3 3 3
      4 4 4 4
      5 5 5 5
      6 6 6 6
      7 7 7 7
      8 8 8 8
      9 9 9 9
      10 10 10 10
      11 #11-14 #11-14 #11-14
      *L1 15-19 15-19 15-19
      *L2 20-24 20-24 20-24
      *L3 25-29 25-29 25-29
      *L4 30-34 30-34 30-34
      *L5 35 + 35 + 35 +

      *All years of service must be in District.


      # If all service is not in South Plainfield, the individual will remain on Step 11-14 until
      they have completed 15 years in South Plainfield and then proceed to L1 15.












      SCHEDULE A


      SALARY GUIDES

      REGISTERED NURSES/LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES


      2003/2004 SCHOOL YEAR
      REGISTERED NURSESLICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
      136,331130,000
      237,331231,000
      338,776332,340
      440,299433,340
      541,686534,350
      642,686635,500
      743,686
      844,186

      2004/2005 SCHOOL YEAR
      REGISTERED NURSESLICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
      137,000130,795
      238,000231,795
      339,000332,795
      439,500433,795
      542,356534,795
      643,356635,795
      744,186
      844,686

      2005/2006 SCHOOL YEAR
      REGISTERED NURSESLICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
      137,500131,299
      238,500232,299
      339,726333,299
      440,400434,299
      541,400535,299
      643,400636,304
      745,080
      845,686









      SCHEDULE A


      ATHLETIC TRAINER SALARY GUIDE

      STEP
      2003/2004
      2004/2005
      2005/2006
      1
      39,093
      40,076
      41,091
      2
      39,593
      40,576
      41,591
      3
      40,593
      41,576
      42,591
      4
      41,593
      42,576
      43,591
      5
      42,593
      43,576
      44,591
      6
      43,593
      44,576
      45,591
      7
      45,593
      46,576
      47,591
      8
      48,193
      49,176
      50,191
      9
      51,093
      52,076
      53,091




























      SCHEDULE A
      COACHES SALARY GUIDE
      2003-2004
      HEAD COACHES
      Type
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Step 6
      Step 7
      High School
      Football
      A
      5,562
      6,234
      6,906
      7,168
      7,441
      7,723
      8,017
      Basketball
      B
      4,681
      5,457
      6,234
      6,471
      6,717
      6,972
      7,237
      Wrestling
      B
      4,681
      5,457
      6,234
      6,471
      6,717
      6,972
      7,237
      Track, Spring
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Softball
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Baseball
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Soccer
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Gymnastics
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Field Hockey
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Lacrosse
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Volleyball
      C
      4,450
      5,122
      5,793
      6,014
      6,241
      6,479
      6,725
      Track, Winter
      D
      4,240
      4,901
      5,237
      5,436
      5,642
      5,857
      6,080
      Cheerleading
      D
      4,240
      4,901
      5,237
      5,436
      5,642
      5,857
      6,080
      Cross Country
      D
      4,240
      4,901
      5,237
      5,436
      5,642
      5,857
      6,080
      Bowling D
      *Plus $500 stipend for two
      Varsity teams
      4,240
      4,901
      5,237
      5,436
      5,642
      5,857
      6,080
      Tennis
      D
      4,240
      4,901
      5,237
      5,436
      5,642
      5,857
      6,080
      Golf
      D
      4,240
      4,901
      5,237
      5,436
      5,642
      5,857
      6,080
      Faculty Manager
      E
      4,450
      4,796
      5,122
      5,316
      5,518
      5,728
      5,945
      Equipment Manager
      E
      4,450
      4,796
      5,122
      5,316
      5,518
      5,728
      5,945
      Weight Training –
      3 Sessions
      3,230
      Middle School
      Football
      3,442
      3,789
      4,125
      4,281
      4,444
      4,613
      4,788
      Basketball
      3,442
      3,789
      4,125
      4,281
      4,444
      4,613
      4,788
      Wrestling
      3,442
      3,789
      4,125
      4,281
      4,444
      4,613
      4,788
      Soccer
      3,442
      3,789
      4,125
      4,281
      4,444
      4,613
      4,788
      Cross Country
      3,232
      3,568
      3,894
      4,042
      4,195
      4,354
      4,520
      Baseball
      3,232
      3,568
      3,894
      4,042
      4,195
      4,354
      4,520
      Softball
      3,232
      3,568
      3,894
      4,042
      4,195
      4,354
      4,520
      Track
      3,232
      3,568
      3,894
      4,042
      4,195
      4,354
      4,520
      Field Hockey
      3,232
      3,568
      3,894
      4,042
      4,195
      4,354
      4,520
      Cheerleading
      3,232
      3,568
      3,894
      4,042
      4,195
      4,354
      4,520
      Faculty Manager
      4,450
      4,796
      5,122
      5,316
      5,518
      5,728
      5,945
      Grant School
      Basketball
      2,482
      2,828
      3,164
      3,285
      3,409
      3,539
      3,673
      SCHEDULE A


      COACHES SALARY GUIDE
      2003-2004

      ASSISTANT COACHES
      Type
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Step 6
      Step 7
      High School
      Football – 1st Assistant
      A
      4,125
      4,796
      5,457
      5,665
      5,880
      6,104
      6,336
      Football
      A
      3,789
      4,345
      4,901
      5,087
      5,281
      5,482
      5,689
      Basketball
      B
      3,684
      4,240
      4,796
      4,979
      5,168
      5,364
      5,568
      Wrestling
      B
      3,684
      4,240
      4,796
      4,979
      5,168
      5,364
      5,568
      Track, Spring
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Softball
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Baseball
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Soccer
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Gymnastics
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Field Hockey
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Lacrosse
      C
      3,442
      3,999
      4,565
      4,738
      4,919
      5,106
      5,300
      Track, Winter
      D
      3,337
      3,684
      3,999
      4,151
      4,308
      4,472
      4,642
      Cheerleading
      D
      3,337
      3,684
      3,999
      4,151
      4,308
      4,472
      4,642
      Middle School
      Football
      2,676
      2,781
      2,886
      2,996
      3,110
      3,228
      3,350
      Basketball
      2,676
      2,781
      2,886
      2,996
      3,110
      3,228
      3,350
      Wrestling
      2,676
      2,781
      2,886
      2,996
      3,110
      3,228
      3,350
      Track
      2,676
      2,781
      2,886
      2,996
      3,110
      3,228
      3,350
      SCHEDULE A
      COACHES SALARY GUIDE
      2004-2005
      HEAD COACHES
      Type
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Step 6
      Step 7
      High School
      Football
      A
      5,813
      6,515
      7,216
      7,491
      7,776
      8,071
      8,378
      Basketball
      B
      4,891
      5,703
      6,515
      6,762
      7,019
      7,286
      7,563
      Wrestling
      B
      4,891
      5,703
      6,515
      6,762
      7,019
      7,286
      7,563
      Track, Spring
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Softball
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Baseball
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Soccer
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Gymnastics
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Field Hockey
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Lacrosse
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Volleyball
      C
      4,650
      5,352
      6,054
      6,284
      6,522
      6,770
      7,028
      Track, Winter
      D
      4,431
      5,122
      5,473
      5,681
      5,896
      6,121
      6,353
      Cheerleading
      D
      4,431
      5,122
      5,473
      5,681
      5,896
      6,121
      6,353
      Cross Country
      D
      4,431
      5,122
      5,473
      5,681
      5,896
      6,121
      6,353
      Bowling D
      *Plus $500 stipend for two
      Varsity teams
      4,431
      5,122
      5,473
      5,681
      5,896
      6,121
      6,353
      Tennis
      D
      4,431
      5,122
      5,473
      5,681
      5,896
      6,121
      6,353
      Golf
      D
      4,431
      5,122
      5,473
      5,681
      5,896
      6,121
      6,353
      Faculty Manager
      E
      4,650
      5,012
      5,352
      5,555
      5,767
      5,986
      6,213
      Equipment Manager
      E
      4,650
      5,012
      5,352
      5,555
      5,767
      5,986
      6,213
      Weight Training –
      3 Sessions
      3,376
      Middle School
      Football
      3,597
      3,959
      4,310
      4,474
      4,644
      4,820
      5,003
      Basketball
      3,597
      3,959
      4,310
      4,474
      4,644
      4,820
      5,003
      Wrestling
      3,597
      3,959
      4,310
      4,474
      4,644
      4,820
      5,003
      Soccer
      3,597
      3,959
      4,310
      4,474
      4,644
      4,820
      5,003
      Cross Country
      3,378
      3,729
      4,069
      4,223
      4,384
      4,550
      4,724
      Baseball
      3,378
      3,729
      4,069
      4,223
      4,384
      4,550
      4,724
      Softball
      3,378
      3,729
      4,069
      4,223
      4,384
      4,550
      4,724
      Track
      3,378
      3,729
      4,069
      4,223
      4,384
      4,550
      4,724
      Field Hockey
      3,378
      3,729
      4,069
      4,223
      4,384
      4,550
      4,724
      Cheerleading
      3,378
      3,729
      4,069
      4,223
      4,384
      4,550
      4,724
      Faculty Manager
      4,650
      5,012
      5,352
      5,555
      5,767
      5,986
      6,213
      Grant School
      Basketball
      2,594
      2,956
      3,307
      3,433
      3,562
      3,698
      3,839
      SCHEDULE A

      COACHES SALARY GUIDE
      2004-2005

      ASSISTANT COACHES
      Type
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Step 6
      Step 7
      High School
      Football – 1st Assistant
      A
      4,310
      5,012
      5,703
      5,920
      6,145
      6,379
      6,621
      Football
      A
      3,959
      4,540
      5,122
      5,316
      5,519
      5,728
      5,945
      Basketball
      B
      3,850
      4,431
      5,012
      5,203
      5,400
      5,605
      5,818
      Wrestling
      B
      3,850
      4,431
      5,012
      5,203
      5,400
      5,605
      5,818
      Track, Spring
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Softball
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Baseball
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Soccer
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Gymnastics
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Field Hockey
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Lacrosse
      C
      3,597
      4,179
      4,771
      4,952
      5,140
      5,336
      5,538
      Track, Winter
      D
      3,488
      3,850
      4,179
      4,338
      4,502
      4,673
      4,851
      Cheerleading
      D
      3,488
      3,850
      4,179
      4,338
      4,502
      4,673
      4,851
      Middle School
      Football
      2,797
      2,906
      3,016
      3,131
      3,250
      3,374
      3,501
      Basketball
      2,797
      2,906
      3,016
      3,131
      3,250
      3,374
      3,501
      Wrestling
      2,797
      2,906
      3,016
      3,131
      3,250
      3,374
      3,501
      Track
      2,797
      2,906
      3,016
      3,131
      3,250
      3,374
      3,501
      SCHEDULE A
      COACHES SALARY GUIDE
      2005-2006
      HEAD COACHES
      Type
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Step 6
      Step 7
      High School
      Football
      A
      6,071
      6,804
      7,538
      7,824
      8,122
      8,430
      8,751
      Basketball
      B
      5,109
      5,957
      6,804
      7,063
      7,331
      7,610
      7,900
      Wrestling
      B
      5,109
      5,957
      6,804
      7,063
      7,331
      7,610
      7,900
      Track, Spring
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Softball
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Baseball
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Soccer
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Gymnastics
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Field Hockey
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Lacrosse
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Volleyball
      C
      4,857
      5,590
      6,323
      6,564
      6,812
      7,071
      7,341
      Track, Winter
      D
      4,628
      5,350
      5,716
      5,934
      6,158
      6,393
      6,636
      Cheerleading
      D
      4,628
      5,350
      5,716
      5,934
      6,158
      6,393
      6,636
      Cross Country
      D
      4,628
      5,350
      5,716
      5,934
      6,158
      6,393
      6,636
      Bowling D
      *Plus $500 stipend for two
      Varsity teams
      4,628
      5,350
      5,716
      5,934
      6,158
      6,393
      6,636
      Tennis
      D
      4,628
      5,350
      5,716
      5,934
      6,158
      6,393
      6,636
      Golf
      D
      4,628
      5,350
      5,716
      5,934
      6,158
      6,393
      6,636
      Faculty Manager
      E
      4,857
      5,235
      5,590
      5,802
      6,023
      6,252
      6,489
      Equipment Manager
      E
      4,857
      5,235
      5,590
      5,802
      6,023
      6,252
      6,489
      Weight Training –
      3 Sessions
      3,526
      Middle School
      Football
      3,757
      4,135
      4,502
      4,673
      4,850
      5,035
      5,226
      Basketball
      3,757
      4,135
      4,502
      4,673
      4,850
      5,035
      5,226
      Wrestling
      3,757
      4,135
      4,502
      4,673
      4,850
      5,035
      5,226
      Soccer
      3,757
      4,135
      4,502
      4,673
      4,850
      5,035
      5,226
      Cross Country
      3,528
      3,895
      4,250
      4,411
      4,579
      4,753
      4,934
      Baseball
      3,528
      3,895
      4,250
      4,411
      4,579
      4,753
      4,934
      Softball
      3,528
      3,895
      4,250
      4,411
      4,579
      4,753
      4,934
      Track
      3,528
      3,895
      4,250
      4,411
      4,579
      4,753
      4,934
      Field Hockey
      3,528
      3,895
      4,250
      4,411
      4,579
      4,753
      4,934
      Cheerleading
      3,528
      3,895
      4,250
      4,411
      4,579
      4,753
      4,934
      Faculty Manager
      4,857
      5,235
      5,590
      5,802
      6,023
      6,252
      6,489
      Grant School
      Basketball
      2,709
      3,087
      3,454
      3,586
      3,721
      3,863
      4,009
      SCHEDULE A


      COACHES SALARY GUIDE
      2005-2006

      ASSISTANT COACHES
      Type
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Step 6
      Step 7
      High School
      Football – 1st Assistant
      A
      4,502
      5,235
      5,957
      6,184
      6,418
      6,662
      6,916
      Football
      A
      4,135
      4,743
      5,350
      5,552
      5,764
      5,983
      6,210
      Basketball
      B
      4,021
      4,628
      5,235
      5,434
      5,641
      5,855
      6,077
      Wrestling
      B
      4,021
      4,628
      5,235
      5,434
      5,641
      5,855
      6,077
      Track, Spring
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Softball
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Baseball
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Soccer
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Gymnastics
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Field Hockey
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Lacrosse
      C
      3,757
      4,364
      4,983
      5,172
      5,369
      5,573
      5,785
      Track, Winter
      D
      3,643
      4,021
      4,364
      4,531
      4,702
      4,881
      5,067
      Cheerleading
      D
      3,643
      4,021
      4,364
      4,531
      4,702
      4,881
      5,067
      Middle School
      Football
      2,921
      3,036
      3,150
      3,270
      3,394
      3,524
      3,657
      Basketball
      2,921
      3,036
      3,150
      3,270
      3,394
      3,524
      3,657
      Wrestling
      2,921
      3,036
      3,150
      3,270
      3,394
      3,524
      3,657
      Track
      2,921
      3,036
      3,150
      3,270
      3,394
      3,524
      3,657
      SCHEDULE A
      EXTRA-CURRICULAR SALARY GUIDE
      2003-2004

      ACTIVITY
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      High School
      Stage Director
      2,225
      2,310
      2,397
      2,488
      2,582
      Drama Coach
      2,225
      2,310
      2,397
      2,488
      2,582
      Yearbook Advisor
      2,676
      2,778
      2,883
      2,993
      3,107
      Yearbook Treasurer
      2,015
      2,092
      2,171
      2,253
      2,339
      Student Council
      2,676
      2,778
      2,883
      2,993
      3,107
      School Newspaper
      2,330
      2,418
      2,510
      2,606
      2,705
      Activity Fund Treasurer
      3,128
      3,246
      3,370
      3,498
      3,630
      Jerseyan Advisor
      2,445
      2,539
      2,634
      2,735
      2,839
      Chorus
      2,571
      2,669
      2,771
      2,876
      2,985
      Band Director
      6,005
      6,246
      6,443
      6,649
      6,891
      Band Assistant
      2,886
      2,996
      3,110
      3,228
      3,350
      Project Acceleration Teacher
      1,564
      1,624
      1,684
      1,748
      1,816
      Advanced Placement Coordinator
      1,564
      1,624
      1,684
      1,748
      1,816
      Advanced Placement
      1,568
      Musical Vocal Director
      1,292
      Musical Orchestra Director
      1,047
      Musical Choreographer
      767
      Musical Accompanist
      262
      Senior Class Advisor
      1,816
      Junior Class Advisor
      1,535
      Sophomore Class Advisor
      1,535
      Freshman Class Advisor
      1,535
      Literary Magazine
      1,292
      National Honor Society
      1,490
      Winter Guard Choreographer (2)
      735
      Math Team Advisor
      1,231
      Debate Team Advisor
      1,231
      Color Guard Advisor
      2,583
      Academic Team Advisor
      2,015
      Company Front Choreographer
      767
      A.V. Coordinator
      2,100
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      800
      New Club Advisor – Half Year
      400
      SCHEDULE A


      EXTRA-CURRICULAR SALARY GUIDE
      2003-2004


      ACTIVITY
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Middle School
      School Newspaper
      1,889
      1,960
      2,035
      2,113
      2,193
      Student Council
      1,889
      1,960
      2,035
      2,113
      2,193
      Drama Coach
      1,889
      1,960
      2,035
      2,113
      2,193
      Graduation
      1,322
      1,373
      1,425
      1,479
      1,535
      Assistant Drama Coach
      402
      Stage Director
      1,292
      Literary Magazine
      1,169
      Yearbook Advisor
      1,169
      Chorus
      1,169
      6th Grade Advisor
      1,292
      7th Grade Advisor
      1,292
      8th Grade Advisor
      1,292
      Choir Accompanist
      889
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      800
      New Club Advisors – Half Year
      400
      Grant School/Elementary Schools
      Student Council
      1,406
      1,460
      1,515
      1,573
      1,633
      Safety Patrol
      1,564
      1,624
      1,684
      1,748
      1,816
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      800
      New Club Advisors – Half Year
      400
      Special Services
      Special Olympics
      2,519
      2,614
      2,714
      2,817
      2,924
      SCHEDULE A

      EXTRA-CURRICULAR SALARY GUIDE
      2004-2005


      ACTIVITY
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      High School
      Stage Director
      2,325
      2,414
      2,505
      2,600
      2,698
      Drama Coach
      2,325
      2,414
      2,505
      2,600
      2,698
      Yearbook Advisor
      2,796
      2,903
      3,013
      3,128
      3,247
      Yearbook Treasurer
      2,106
      2,186
      2,269
      2,354
      2,444
      Student Council
      2,796
      2,903
      3,013
      3,127
      3,247
      School Newspaper
      2,435
      2,527
      2,623
      2,723
      2,827
      Activity Fund Treasurer
      3,269
      3,392
      3,522
      3,655
      3,793
      Jerseyan Advisor
      2,555
      2,653
      2,753
      2,858
      2,967
      Chorus
      2,687
      2,789
      2,896
      3,005
      3,119
      Band Director
      6,275
      6,527
      6,733
      6,948
      7,170
      Band Assistant
      3,016
      3,131
      3,250
      3,373
      3,501
      Project Acceleration Teacher
      1,634
      1,697
      1,760
      1,827
      1,898
      Advanced Placement Coordinator
      1,634
      1,697
      1,760
      1,827
      1,898
      Advanced Placement
      1,639
      Musical Vocal Director
      1,350
      Musical Orchestra Director
      1,094
      Musical Choreographer
      802
      Musical Accompanist
      274
      Senior Class Advisor
      1,898
      Junior Class Advisor
      1,604
      Sophomore Class Advisor
      1,604
      Freshman Class Advisor
      1,604
      Literary Magazine
      1,350
      National Honor Society
      1,557
      Winter Guard Choreographer (2)
      768
      Math Team Advisor
      1,286
      Debate Team Advisor
      1,286
      Color Guard Advisor
      2,699
      Academic Team Advisor
      2,106
      Company Front Choreographer
      802
      A.V. Coordinator
      2,195
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      836
      New Club Advisor – Half Year
      418
      SCHEDULE A

      EXTRA-CURRICULAR SALARY GUIDE
      2004-2005


      ACTIVITY
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Middle School
      School Newspaper
      1,974
      2,048
      2,127
      2,208
      2,292
      Student Council
      1,974
      2,048
      2,127
      2,208
      2,292
      Drama Coach
      1,974
      2,048
      2,127
      2,208
      2,292
      Graduation
      1,381
      1,435
      1,489
      1,546
      1,604
      Assistant Drama Coach
      420
      Stage Director
      1,350
      Literary Magazine
      1,222
      Yearbook Advisor
      1,222
      Chorus
      1,222
      6th Grade Advisor
      1,350
      7th Grade Advisor
      1,350
      8th Grade Advisor
      1,350
      Choir Accompanist
      929
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      836
      New Club Advisors – Half Year
      418
      Grant School/Elementary Schools
      Student Council
      1,469
      1,526
      1,583
      1,644
      1,706
      Safety Patrol
      1,634
      1,697
      1,760
      1,827
      1,898
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      836
      New Club Advisors – Half Year
      418
      Special Services
      Special Olympics
      2,632
      2,732
      2,836
      2,944
      3,056
      SCHEDULE A

      EXTRA-CURRICULAR SALARY GUIDE
      2005-2006


      ACTIVITY
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      High School
      Stage Director
      2,428
      2,521
      2,616
      2,716
      2,818
      Drama Coach
      2,428
      2,521
      2,616
      2,716
      2,818
      Yearbook Advisor
      2,920
      3,032
      3,147
      3,267
      3,391
      Yearbook Treasurer
      2,200
      2,283
      2,370
      2,459
      2,553
      Student Council
      2,920
      3,032
      3,147
      3,267
      3,391
      School Newspaper
      2,543
      2,639
      2,740
      2,844
      2,953
      Activity Fund Treasurer
      3,414
      3,542
      3,680
      3,818
      3,962
      Jerseyan Advisor
      2,669
      2,771
      2,876
      2,985
      3,099
      Chorus
      2,807
      2,913
      3,025
      3,139
      3,258
      Band Director
      6,554
      6,817
      7,033
      7,257
      7,489
      Band Assistant
      3,150
      3,270
      3,395
      3,523
      3,657
      Project Acceleration Teacher
      1,707
      1,773
      1,838
      1,908
      1,982
      Advanced Placement Coordinator
      1,707
      1,773
      1,838
      1,908
      1,982
      Advanced Placement
      1,712
      Musical Vocal Director
      1,410
      Musical Orchestra Director
      1,143
      Musical Choreographer
      838
      Musical Accompanist
      286
      Senior Class Advisor
      1,982
      Junior Class Advisor
      1,675
      Sophomore Class Advisor
      1,675
      Freshman Class Advisor
      1,675
      Literary Magazine
      1,410
      National Honor Society
      1,626
      Winter Guard Choreographer (2)
      802
      Math Team Advisor
      1,343
      Debate Team Advisor
      1,343
      Color Guard Advisor
      2,819
      Academic Team Advisor
      2,200
      Company Front Choreographer
      838
      A.V. Coordinator
      2,293
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      873
      New Club Advisor – Half Year
      437
      SCHEDULE A

      EXTRA-CURRICULAR SALARY GUIDE
      2005-2006


      ACTIVITY
      Step 1
      Step 2
      Step 3
      Step 4
      Step 5
      Middle School
      School Newspaper
      2,062
      2,139
      2,222
      2,306
      2,394
      Student Council
      2,062
      2,139
      2,222
      2,306
      2,394
      Drama Coach
      2,062
      2,139
      2,222
      2,306
      2,394
      Graduation
      1,442
      1,499
      1,555
      1,615
      1,675
      Assistant Drama Coach
      438
      Stage Director
      1,410
      Literary Magazine
      1,276
      Yearbook Advisor
      1,276
      Chorus
      1,276
      6th Grade Advisor
      1,410
      7th Grade Advisor
      1,410
      8th Grade Advisor
      1,410
      Choir Accompanist
      970
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      873
      New Club Advisors – Half Year
      437
      Grant School/Elementary Schools
      Student Council
      1,534
      1,594
      1,653
      1,717
      1,782
      Safety Patrol
      1,707
      1,773
      1,838
      1,908
      1,982
      NOTE
      New Club Advisors – Full Year
      873
      New Club Advisors – Half Year
      437
      Special Services
      Special Olympics
      2,749
      2,854
      2,962
      3,075
      3,192
      SCHEDULE B
      SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
      GRIEVANCE FORM
      LEVEL II

      Name of Grievant:


      School:


      Principal:


      Please complete the following attesting to your compliance with Article III, Section C, Paragraph 1,
      of the Grievance Procedure:


      Date of Level I Discussion: _______________________ Time: ________



      Participants:




      Subject Discussed:















      Level II Grievance Form (Continued)



      Pursuant to the procedure set down in Article III, Section C, Paragraph 2, of the

      Agreement between the between the South Plainfield Education Association and the South

      Plainfield Board of Education, this grievance is set forth to ______________, Principal.


      I. Nature of Grievance:



      II. Cite Authority:



      III. Define the Adjustment You Seek:




      ______________________________________
      Signature of Grievant


      ______________________________________
      Date


      Note: Additional pages may be attached, if necessary. The Principal shall communicate his/her
      decision to the School Employee in writing within five (5) calendar days of receipt of this
      grievance.














      SCHEDULE B

      SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
      GRIEVANCE FORM
      LEVEL III


      Name of Grievant:


      School:

      Principal:


      Date of Level I Discussion:


      Date of Level II Form Received by Principal:


      Date Received Principal’s Reply of Level II Grievance:


























      Level III Grievance Form (Continued)


      Dear ,

      Pursuant to the Agreement between the South Plainfield Education Association and the

      South Plainfield Board of Education, Article III, Section C, Paragraph 3, this appeal to the

      Superintendent of Schools sets forth the following:


      I. Nature of Grievance Submitted to Principal:



      II. Cite Authority:



      III. Reason for School Employee’s Dissatisfaction with Principal’s Decision:



      IV. Define the Adjustments you seek:




      Signature of Grievant


      Date

      Note: Additional pages may be attached, if necessary.
      In order to consider this appeal, a copy of the Level II Grievance Form must
      Accompany this document.

      The Superintendent of Schools shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the
      School Employee and Principal within a period not to exceed twenty-one (21) calendar days.









      SCHEDULE B

      SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
      GRIEVANCE FORM
      LEVEL IV



      Name of Grievant:


      School:

      Principal:


      Date of Level I Discussion: ___________________ __

      Date of Level II Form Received by Principal:


      Date of Level II Written Decision by Principal:


      Date of Level III Appeal to Superintendent:


      Date of Level III Written Decision by Superintendent:





















      Level IV Grievance Form (Continued)


      Dear ,

      Pursuant to the Agreement between the South Plainfield Education Association and the

      South Plainfield Board of Education, Article III, Section C, Paragraph 4, please forward this

      Appeal to the South Plainfield Board of Education for disposition:


      I. Nature of Grievance Submitted to Principal:



      II. Cite Authority:



      III. Reason for School Employee’s Dissatisfaction with Superintendent’s Decision:



      IV. Define the Adjustment you seek:





      Signature of Grievant


      Date

      Note: Additional pages may be attached, if necessary.
          In order to consider this appeal, copies of Level II and Level III Grievance Forms must accompany this document.
          The Board shall communicate their decision in writing through the Superintendent to the Principal and School Employee within a period not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days.







      SCHEDULE D

      PARENTHOOD LEAVE REQUEST FORM

      ______________________________ ________________________________________
      School Employee School

      ________________________________________
      Principal

      CONFIRMATION OF PREGNANCY

      Date of medical confirmation of pregnancy: ___________________________________

      Date of expected delivery: _____________________________________________________

      ________________________________________ _____________________________________
      Signature of Physician Date

      _________________________________________ _____________________________________
      Physician's Address Physician's Phone Number

      REQUEST FOR PAID MEDICAL LEAVE (using accumulated sick days)

      Date medical leave begins: ________________________________________
      (This time period is limited to the 30-day calendar days before expected delivery.)

      Date medical leave ends: __________________________________________
      (This time period is limited to the 30-day calendar days after expected delivery.)

      REQUEST FOR UNPAID PARENTHOOD LEAVE

      Date leave begins: ______________________________

      Date leave ends: ________________________________

      Effective January 1, 1997, health insurance premium coverage will continue to be paid for up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave. After twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave, payment for health insurance premiums shall be the employee's responsibility.

      _____________________________________ ______________________________
      Signature of School Employee Date

      Please complete and forward to the Human Resources Office.

      Date of Board of Education approval______________________________
      SCHEDULE C
      SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
      SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY

      SOUTH PLAINFIELD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (TEACHERS UNIT)
      REQUEST FOR TEMPORARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE

      Maximum of Four (4) Days

      Name Date

      Requested date(s) of temporary leave of absence

      Please specify number of days:

      Personal, no reason

      BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

      Please check reason and describe:

      1. A total of five (5) school days following the death of the demised shall on request be granted for each death of a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or significant other during the work year

      2. Three (3)-school days following the death of the demised shall on request be granted
      for the death of a grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law,
      daughter-in-law, or son-in-law during the school year


      3. Two (2) school days following the death of the demised shall be provided for the death of a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or other relative living in the same household


      All leaves of absence referred to above are subject to the following conditions:
      1. At least three (3) school days notice shall be given in requesting a personal day from the building Principal or Supervisor/Director with the exception of cases of any personal day taken for serious illness in the family or any day necessary by reason of emergency. Lacking such notice, the absence will be considered unauthorized and the employees’ pay will be deducted at their daily rate of pay. Deduction of salary will be waived in cases of emergency and/or family illness.

      2. The Superintendent of Schools, in the best educational interest of the school district, is empowered to deny any request for the above days.

      3. Extensions to any temporary leaves of absence as outlined above may be made at the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools.

      I hereby certify that the above statements are true to the best of my knowledge.

      Employee's signature Date

      Approved Date Building Administrator

      Approved Date Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent
      Rev. 8/03
      TABLE OF CONTENTS


      ARTICLE PAGE


      PREAMBLE 1

      I RECOGNITION 1

      II NEGOTIATION OF SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT 2

      III GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 3
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      IV TEACHERS' RIGHTS 6

      V ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES 7

      VI BOARD RIGHTS 9

      VII SCHOOL CALENDAR 9

      VIII TEACHER ASSIGNMENT 9

      IX TRANSFERS AND REASSIGNMENT 10

      X PROMOTION 11

      XI SICK LEAVE/BENEFITS 12

      XII TEMPORARY LEAVE OF ABSENCE 13

      XIII NON-TENURE NOTIFICATION 15

      XIV EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE 16

      XV SABBATICAL LEAVE 17

      XVI PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT 20

      XVII INSURANCE PROTECTION 20

      XVIII TEACHERS WORK DAY AND MEETING SCHEDULE 22

      XIX SALARIES 23

      XX DEDUCTION FROM SALARY 26

      XXI AGENCY SHOP 27

      XXII IN-SCHOOL WORK YEAR 29

      XXIII MISCELLANEOUS 29

      XXIV SIXTH TEACHING PERIOD IN LIEU OF PREPARATION PERIOD 30

      XXV TUITION REIMBURSEMENT 31

      XXVI ATHLETIC TRAINER 32

      XXVII DURATION OF AGREEMENT 32


      S Plainfield BE and S Plainfield EA Teachers 2003.pdf