Contract Between
Little Silver B/E-Monmouth
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Little Silver EA
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07/01/2012 thru 06/30/2015


CategorySchool District
UnitLibrarians, Nurses, Teaching/Professional Staff

Contract Text Below
THIS AGREEMENT is entered into this 1st day of July, 2012, by and between the Board of Education of Little Silver, New Jersey, herein called the “Board”, and the Little Silver Education Association, hereinafter called the “Association.”

Article I
RECOGNITION

A. Pursuant to Chapter 123 of 1974, Public Laws of the State of New Jersey, known as the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act, the Little Silver Board of Education hereby recognizes the Little Silver Education Association as the Exclusive representative for collective negotiations concerning the terms and conditions of employment for only full time certificated personnel under contract with the Board, or on leave from the school district, including by way of limitation teachers, librarians, nurses, learning disabilities teacher-consultants, but excluding the Superintendent, principals, as well as secretaries, administrative office personnel and custodians.

B. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “teachers” when used hereinafter in Agreement, shall refer to all professional employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as above defined.

C. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “full time” when used hereinafter in this Agreement, shall refer to any certificated person continuously employed under contract for 20 hours or more per week.


Article II
NEGOTIATION PROCEDURE

A. In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 123 of Public Laws of 1974, the parties agree to commence collective negotiations on a successor agreement not later than dates set forth by the Public Employment Relations Commission.

B. Upon reasonable request by the president of the Association, the Board agrees to make known to the president when and where the Association may obtain documents that the Board is required by law to release, including annual audit, tentative budget after approval by the County Superintendent, agenda of Board meeting during the school day of meeting, approved minutes, and names and addresses of all teachers in unit.

C. Neither party in any negotiations shall have control over the selection of the negotiating representatives of the other party.


D. This Agreement incorporates the entire understanding of the parties on all matters which were or could have been the subject of negotiations. During the term of this Agreement neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter whether or not covered by this Agreement and whether or not within the knowledge or contemplation of either or both of the parties at the time they negotiated or executed this Agreement.

E. This Agreement shall not be modified in whole or in part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.

Article III
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

A. Definition:

A “grievance” shall mean a complaint by a teacher or the Association that there has been a violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the terms and conditions of this Agreement or those Board policies which affect the terms and conditions of employment. A grievance to be considered under this procedure must be initiated in writing by the teacher or the Association within thirty (30) calendar days from the time when the teacher or the Association knew or should have known of its occurrence. The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, equitable solutions to grievances. Both parties agree these proceedings shall be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure.

B. Procedure:

1. a. Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decision on a grievance within the specified time limits shall permit the grievant or the Association to proceed to the next step. Failure at any step of this procedure to appeal a grievance to the next step within the specified time limits shall be deemed to be acceptance of the decision rendered at that step.

b. It is understood that the grievant shall, during and not withstanding the 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 duly determined.


2. Any complainant who has a grievance shall discuss it with his/her Principal in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level.

3. If, as a result of the discussion, the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the grievant within five (5) school days, he/she shall initiate a grievance in writing to the Principal specifying:

a. the nature of the grievance;

b. the nature and extent of the injury, loss or inconvenience;

c. the results of previous discussions;

d. his/her dissatisfaction with decisions previously rendered.

The Principal shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the grievant within five (5) school days of his/her receipt of the written grievance.

4. The grievant, no later than five (5) school days after receipt of the Principal’s decision, may appeal the Principal’s decision to the Superintendent of Schools. The appeal to the Superintendent must be made in writing reciting the matter submitted to the Principal as specified above and his/her reasons for dissatisfaction with the decisions previously rendered. The Superintendent shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible and the Superintendent shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the grievant, the Association and the Principal within a period not to exceed ten (10) school days.

5. If the grievance is not resolved to the grievant’s or Association’s satisfaction, he/she or them, no later than five (5) school days after receipt of the Superintendent’s decision, may request a review by the Board of Education. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Superintendent of Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board of Education.

The Board, or committee thereof, shall review the grievance. At the option of the Board it may hold an informal hearing with the grievant and render a decision in writing and forward copies thereof to the grievant and to the Association within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the appeal. If the Board makes the decision not to hold a hearing, the grievant and the Association shall be notified of this decision not later than thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of the appeal. Grievances to be presented to arbitration shall be limited to the application or interpretation of this written Agreement. Decisions of the Board in the following matters shall be final and such decisions shall not be subject to the arbitration procedure:

a. a complaint of a non-tenured teacher which arises by reason of his/her not being re-employed; or

b. a complaint by any certified personnel occasioned by lack of appointment to or lack of retention in any position for which tenure is either not possible or not required; or

c. a complaint arising from an alleged misapplication of Board Policy, except if the complainant wishes to appeal such decision to the Commission of Education.

6. Nothing contained herein shall be construed as limiting the right of any teacher having a grievance to discuss the matter informally with an appropriate member of the administration, and having the grievance adjusted without intervention of the Association, provided adjustment is not inconsistent with the terms of this Agreement.

7. If the decision of the Board does not resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the Association and the Association wishes review by a third party, it shall so notify the Board in writing to the superintendent within ten (10) school days of receipt of the Board’s decision.
8. a. A request for arbitration shall be made by either party to the PERC. The parties agree to be bound by the voluntary labor rules of the American Arbitration Association.

b. The arbitrator shall limit him/herself to the issues and shall consider nothing else. He/She can add nothing to or subtract anything from the Agreement between the parties or any policy of the Board of Education. The decisions of the arbitrator shall be binding on the parties. Only the Board and the aggrieved and his/her representatives shall be given copies of the arbitrator’s award, which shall be rendered within thirty (30) days of the completion of the arbitrator’s hearing.

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

C. Rights of Teachers to Representation.

1. Any aggrieved person may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure by him/herself, or, his/her option, by a representative selected or approved by the Association.

2. When a teacher is not represented by the Association in the processing of a grievance, the Association shall, at the time of submission of the grievance to the Superintendent or any later level, be notified that the grievance is in process, have the right to be present and present its position in writing at all hearing sessions held concerning the grievance and receive a copy of all decisions rendered.

3. The Board and the Association shall assure the individual freedom from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal in presenting his/her appeal with respect to this personal grievance.

D. 1. If, in the judgment of the Association, a grievance affects a group or class of teachers in more than one school, the Association may submit such grievance in writing directly to the Superintendent and the processing of such grievance shall commence at that level. The Association shall have the exclusive right to pursue such grievances.

2. All documents, communications and records dealing with the processing of a grievance shall be filed in a separate grievance file.

3. Forms for filing grievances, serving notices, taking appeals, making reports and recommendations, and other necessary documents shall be prepared jointly by the Association and Board and given appropriate distribution so as to facilitate operation of the grievance procedure.


E. Costs.

1. Each party will bear the total cost incurred by them.
    The fees and expenses of the arbitrator are the only costs which will be shared by the two parties and such costs will be shared equally.

Article IV
ASSOCIATION RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES

A. Representatives of the Association, the Monmouth County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association and the National Education Association shall be permitted to transact official Association business on school property at reasonable times provided that notification has been given to the building principal.

B. The Association and its representatives shall have the right to use school buildings at reasonable hours for meetings provided permission has been granted by the Superintendent.

C. The Association shall have the exclusive use of a bulletin board in each faculty lounge in each building for internal Association activities.

D. The Association shall have the right to a reasonable use of school mailboxes as it deems necessary for distribution of Association related materials.

E. The rights and privileges of the Association and representatives as set forth in this Agreement shall be
granted only to the Association as the exclusive representative of the teachers and to no other organization.

F. The Board shall send to the Association copies of all bulletins that go out to personnel represented by the Association.

G. The Association may appoint a member of the Committee which plans the orientation program.

H. The Association shall have the right to use school facilities and equipment designed for teacher use for internal Association matters on a reasonable basis. The use of equipment shall include typewriters, mimeographing machines, other duplicating equipment, calculating machines, and all types of audio-visual equipment at reasonable times when such equipment is not otherwise in use and the result of this equipment will be for distribution members. The Association shall pay for the actual cost of replacement of all materials and supplies incident to such use, and for any repairs necessitated as a result thereof.

Article V
TEACHERS’ RIGHTS

A. No teacher shall be disciplined, reprimanded in writing, reduced in rank or given an adverse evaluation of his/her professional services without just cause.

B. Whenever any teacher is required to appear before the Superintendent or his/her designee together with any other person, the Board or any committee, member, representative or agent thereof, concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that teacher in his/her office, position or employment or the salary or any increment pertaining thereto, he/she shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such meeting or interview and shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association present to advise him/her and represent him/her during such meeting or interview.

C. No teacher shall be prevented from wearing pins or other standard identification of membership in the Association or its affiliates.

D. The teacher shall maintain the right and responsibility to determine grades and other evaluations of students within the grading policies of the Little Silver School District based upon his/her professional judgment of available criteria pertinent to any given subject area or activity to which he/she is responsible. No grade or evaluation of a student shall be changed without consulting the teacher if possible.

E. Teachers shall perform regularly assigned duties to the best of their ability. Teachers shall remain under the direct supervision of superiors as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent and Board of Education, notwithstanding pending grievances, New Jersey Commissioner of Education decisions, and court cases. Teachers shall perform their professional charge in accordance with the laws of the United States and New Jersey and rules of regulations of the New Jersey Commissioner of Education and the New Jersey State Board of Education.

ARTICLE VI
TEACHERS’ WORK YEAR

A. In-School Work Year

1. Ten (10) month personnel. The in-school year for teachers employed on a ten (10) month basis (other than new personnel who may be required to attend an additional three [3] full days of orientation) shall not exceed one hundred and eighty-five (185) with a maximum of one hundred and eighty two (182) days allocated to pupil contact time. In the event of school closings, pupil contact days will be reduced until the state minimum of one hundred and eighty (180) days is reached. At such time as it becomes impossible to attain one hundred and eighty (180) pupil days of school, the emergency days will be inserted into the calendar at the Board’s discretion.

B. School Calendar

1. The school calendar will be developed by the administration.

2. The school calendar for each year shall become a part of this Agreement. If any changes to the school calendar are made by the Board after its adoption, the Association shall be provided with notice of said changes.
C. Conferences

In the scheduling of conferences, there will be a maximum of three night conferences, two in the Fall, and one in the Spring. The conferences will be 2 hours in length (the Spring conference in the evening shall replace an afternoon conference so there shall be the same total number of conferences), in conjunction with a 12:30 PM dismissal time for teachers and students, with hours of the conferences to be determined mutually by the Association and Superintendent.

D. Curriculum Writing

Curriculum writing, defined as being formal curriculum writing done at Step 2 of the Little Silver Five Year Curriculum plan, will be paid at the rate of $30.00 per hour. Curriculum writing will be on a volunteer basis.

E. Other Work
    Other work, including, but not limited to, attendance at after school in-district workshops, after school committee meetings, etc. will be paid at the rate of $18.00 per hour. Other work will be on a volunteer basis.

F. Extended Days for Professional Development

The Board will provide an allotment of extended days for professional development. Attendance is voluntary; however, the first 4.5 hours of voluntary attendance for these courses shall not be paid. Attendance beyond the 4.5 hours is paid, pursuant to the terms in the existing agreement.

G. Back to School Night

Teachers will be required to attend one evening Back-to-School Night per year, with hours to be determined by the Superintendent after consultation with the Association.

Article VII
TEACHING HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD
    A. The length of the school day shall be seven (7) hours and fifteen (15) minutes with the exception of Fridays and on the day before a holiday when it will be seven (7) hours.

    B. Teachers may leave the building during their scheduled duty free lunch periods.

    C. 1. Teachers may be required to remain after the end of the regular workday for the purpose of attending faculty meetings. The administration shall limit, except in cases of emergency, the number of such meetings to two (2) per month and shall strive to limit them to not more than sixty (60) minutes in length.

    2. Meetings which take place after the regular in-school workday and which require attendance shall not be called on Fridays or on any day immediately preceding any holiday, except in cases of emergency as determined by the Superintendent.

    3. The notice of and tentative agenda for any meeting shall be given to the teachers involved at least one (1) day prior to the meetings, except in an emergency. Teachers shall have the opportunity to suggest items for the agenda.

    D. Field trips shall be scheduled and implemented after discussion between the Administration and the involved teacher(s). Written permission for field trips shall be obtained from the Superintendent to guarantee insurance coverage as a school-sponsored activity.

    E. The weekly schedule of each teacher who is regularly scheduled to meet with pupils shall contain preparation time for the purpose of planning, record keeping, and other related activities.
      All teachers shall be scheduled by the Board for a minimum of 370 minutes per 6 day cycle, for the purposes of uninterrupted individual preparation time at Markham Place School and 390 minutes per 6 day cycle for the purposes of uninterrupted individual preparation time at Point Road School. These prep periods shall not be in more than two intervals per day, with no interval being less than 25 minutes, except on those days when the regular student day is shortened; however, the individual preparatory period for related arts teachers at Point Road School shall not be less than a 20 minute interval.

      Common planning time shall be defined as grade level team preparation time, which includes, but not limited to, discussions pertaining to instructional practices and assessments. Markham Place School teachers shall have two intervals of 25 minutes per 6 day cycle, for the purposes of common planning time, and Point Road School teachers shall have one interval of 55 minutes per 6 day cycle, for the purposes of common planning time. The Administration shall be able to set an agenda no more than 4 times per school year. If a situation should arise where the Administrator needs a further meeting(s) with a set agenda, he or she shall confer and agree with the Association President to try and meet this accommodation.

      Maximum instructional time for Markham Place teachers shall not exceed 1770 minutes per 6 day cycle.

      Maximum instructional time for Point Road teachers shall not exceed 1685 minutes per 6 day cycle.
    F. Any teacher assigned by the administration to substitute for another teacher (i.e. class period coverage); will be compensated at the rate of $30.00 per hour.

    G. Teachers who, upon the prior approval of the Superintendent, make presentations at district-sponsored workshops which occur during the school year outside the normal work day shall be reimbursed at a rate of $50.00 per hour for the presentation time only; teachers who make a presentation shall not be paid additional compensation for the time attending the workshop.

    Teachers who attend district-sponsored workshops which occur during the school year outside the normal
    work day shall be reimbursed at a rate of $18.00 per hour. Attendance at such workshops shall be voluntary.

    H. A list of extra-curricular activities shall be posted by the Superintendent in each school building including a deadline for applying for said activities. Teacher participation in approved extra-curricular activities may be voluntary, but if there is no qualified volunteer for an approved activity, the assignment to participate in such an activity shall be made by the Superintendent, subject to Board approval. If there are two (2) or more qualified applicants for the same position, the assignment may be made on a rotating basis; decisions shall be made by the Superintendent based on educational and program considerations.

    Any teacher who engages in an approved extra-curricular activity will be paid in accordance with the attached schedule “A”.


    Article VIII
    PERSONAL LEAVE

    A. Bereavement
      An employee may be absent with full pay for five (5) days, per occurrence, in the event of the death of parents, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner, or children.

      An employee may be absent with pay for five (5) days, which are not cumulative, in the event of death of brothers, sisters, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparents, or any other person whom at the time of death was a member of the teacher’s household or for whom the teacher was the primary care giver.

      3. An employee may be absent with full pay for death of another relative or close friend for one (1) day which is not cumulative.
    B. Family Illness

    An employee may be absent with full pay for emergency serious illness in the immediate family for up to four (4) days which are not cumulative.

    C. Personal Days

    1. Up to four (4) days per year shall be granted by the Superintendent for personal business only where the absence during the school hours cannot be avoided. Personal business shall be limited to legal, business, household, or family matters. Such leave shall be granted with full pay. Three (3) days of personal leave shall be granted without a reason being stated. The employee shall state the reason for the remaining day. Up to three (3) of the unused personal days will be carried over to cumulative sick days per year.

    2. Written notice shall be submitted five (5) days in advance of the date requested to the Superintendent. The five (5) day notice requirement shall be waived in case of emergency.

    3. Personal days will not be granted on the day prior to or following a holiday or scheduled school recess or on the first or last five (5) days of the school year. An exception may be made by the Superintendent if the request is presented in writing.

    D. Professional Days

    The Superintendent may require or permit any employee to attend meetings, visit other school systems, and be absent from his/her regular duties for professional reasons without loss of salary or sick leave.

    E. Other Leave Days

    1. Temporary Military. A teacher shall be granted the time necessary for temporary active duty in any unit of the U.S. Reserves or the State National Guard. A teacher shall be paid his/her regular pay in addition to any pay which he/she receives from the State or Federal Government.

    2. Emergency Leave. A situation or event which cannot be anticipated may be granted with full pay by the Board.

    3. President LSEA. The President of the Little Silver Education Association shall be granted a maximum of three (3) days leave with full pay for professional association business. Such leave shall not be cumulative. Application to the Superintendent must be formally made at least two school days prior to requested leave and shall include the reason for the requested leave.

    If a leave day is requested which does not exceed two hours, the name(s) of the teachers who will cover the President’s scheduled classes shall be included in the request. Leave shall not be granted the day prior to or following a holiday or vacation and during the first or last two weeks of the school year. The Association shall reimburse the Board for full day leave at the prevailing salary for substitutes.

    F. Pregnancy/Disability Leave

    1. Employees shall be eligible for leaves of absences for medical reasons associated with pregnancy on the same terms and conditions governing leaves of absence for other illnesses or medical disabilities, as set forth in N.J.S.A. 18A:30, and this agreement.

    Any teacher granted pregnancy leave without pay during the period of her disability according to the provisions of this section, may at her discretion elect to use all or any part of her accumulated sick leave during the period of such leave. Disability due to pregnancy is defined as one month prior and one month after the birth of the child.

    2. A teacher who anticipates a disability shall notify the Board in writing, ninety (90) days prior to the anticipated commencement of the disability leave period. The ninety (90) day period shall be waived in case of emergency.

    3. The Board may require any teacher to produce a certificate from a physician in support of the requested leave dates. If the Board’s physician is in disagreement the conflict of medical opinions shall be resolved by a physician selected by the Monmouth County Medical Society. Where medical opinion is supportive of the leave dates requested, such requested leave shall be granted by the Board, except that the Board may change the requested dates upon a finding that the granting of leave for those dates would substantially interfere with the administration of the school and provided that such change by the Board is not medically contraindicated.

    Following the granting of such leave to any teacher, the commencement or termination dates thereof may be further extended or reduced for medical reasons upon application by the teacher to the Board. Such extension or reduction shall be granted by the Board for an additional reasonable period of time except that the Board may alter the requested dates upon a finding that such extension or reduction would substantially interfere with the administration of the school, and provided that such date change by the Board, is not medically contraindicated. The Board may require any teacher to produce a certificate from a physician in support of the extension or reduction of requested leave dates provided that if the Board’s physician is in disagreement, the conflict of medical opinion shall be resolved by a physician selected by the Monmouth County Medical Society.

    4. A teacher returning from pregnancy leave of absence shall be entitled to all benefits to which teachers returning from other types of sick or disability leave would be entitled.
      No tenured or non-tenured teacher shall be barred from returning to work after the birth of her child solely on the ground that there has not been a stated or prescribed lapse of time between that birth and her desired date of return. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed to preclude the Board from requiring any teacher after birth of her child to produce a certificate from her physician showing that she is physically capable of resuming her duties, provided that if the Board’s physician is in disagreement, that conflict of medical opinion shall be resolved by a physician selected by the Monmouth County Medical Society.

      6. An employee who is out on a maternity disability leave of absence shall notify the Board by March 15, in the year after the leave commences, of the employee’s intention to return to work.
    G. Childcare Leave

    1. Any tenured or non-tenured teacher seeking a leave of absence for childcare shall apply to the Board for said leave, in writing, ninety (90) days before the anticipated commencement of the leave. The ninety (90) day period shall be waived in case of emergency. When the leave is to commence in September, the teacher shall provide notice of the date of the anticipated commencement of the leave by the prior May 1, except in the case of emergency as attested to by the appropriate documentation.

    2. Contractual childcare leave may be granted immediately upon termination of the pregnancy/ disability leave or at the beginning of a new marking period. Such leave shall terminate at the end of the school year in which the leave was granted. Extensions or other adjustments to the duration of the leave shall be at the sole discretion of the Board of Education.

    3. Childcare leave is available to eligible teachers in accordance with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the state Family Leave Act, or the provisions of this article. An employee opting for FMLA leave shall not be eligible for contractual leave.

    H. Family Leave

    Leaves of absence for reasons of the serious illness or the health condition of a family member of the employee may be granted in accordance with the terms of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for eligible employees, which provides for up to twelve (12) weeks in any twelve (12) month period, or the state Family Leave Act.

    I. Sick Leave

    1. Sick leave will be ten (10) days per year for those on a ten (10) month contract for personal illness with unused days accumulating without limit. For those on an eleven (11) month contract, eleven (11) days of sick leave will be granted. For those on a twelve (12) month contract, twelve (12) days of sick leave will be granted. The Board may grant additional sick leave in special cases provided that satisfactory evidence of hardship is presented in writing to the Superintendent. The teachers shall be given written accounts of accumulated sick leave days as early as possible in each school year.

    2. Any employee who, due to personal illness only, exhausts annual plus accumulated sick leave may be paid the difference between his/her salary and that paid the substitute for such period of time as may be determined by the Board of Education in each individual case. A day’s salary is defined as 1/200 of the annual salary.

    J. Extended Leave

    1. a. A one (1) year leave of absence without pay may be granted up to one teacher per year for the purpose of continuing education intended to enhance the teacher’s ability to contribute to the district’s programs. Applications for such leave should be submitted by January 31 prior to the commencement of such leave.

    b. Upon return from extended leave, the teacher may be credited with one additional year of service and advanced on step on the salary guide and be granted any salary increase agreed upon by the Board and the Association for teachers of equivalent years’ service providing a written report of the teacher’s activities during the period of leave be submitted to and accepted by the Board.

    2. A one year unpaid leave of absence for personal reasons shall be granted to a maximum of one tenured teacher per year from the District; in the event that two or more tenured teachers apply for this leave in any given year, the teacher with the most seniority in the Little Silver School District shall be granted this leave of absence. Application for such leave must be submitted by April 30th prior to the commencement of such leave.

    3. An extended leave may be granted by the Board for the purpose of furthering the teacher’s graduate studies. This leave must be academic on a full-time basis. A teacher must have seven (7) years experience in the district and apply to the Board by January 31. One (1) leave may be granted annually with the understanding that the teacher will return to the district for at least two (2) years after the end of the leave period. Compensation will be at the rate of 1/2 pay for a full year. A promissory note will be signed guaranteeing reimbursement to the Board of the expenses incurred if the two (2) year commitment is not completed.


    K. A teacher is deemed to have had one (1) year of service in the school district if he/she has taught for at least ninety (90) school days during the school year.

    L. All extensions or renewals of leave shall be applied for and granted or rejected in writing.

    Article IX
    MANAGEMENT RIGHTS

    A. The Association recognizes that the Board of Education may not, by Agreement, delegate authority and responsibility which by law are imposed upon and lodged with the Board of Education.

    B. The Board of Education reserves to itself, subject to the limitation imposed by this contract, sole jurisdiction and authority over matters of policy and retains the right, in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey and the rulings of the State Department of Education, to do the following:

    1. Direct employees of the Board of Education;

    2. Hire, assign, promote, transfer and retain employees covered by this Agreement with the Board of Education or to suspend, discharge or to take disciplinary action against employees;

    3. Make work assignments which relieve employees from duties because of any legitimate reason;

    4. Maintain the efficiency of the Board of Education operation entrusted to them, and;

    5. Determine the method, means and personnel by which such operations are to be conducted.

    Article X
    NON-TEACHING DUTIES

    The Board and Association acknowledge that a teacher’s primary responsibility is to teach and that his/her energies should, to the extent possible, be utilized to this end. Time in a teacher’s schedule, in addition to contractual prep time and duty-free lunchtime, may be used for non-teaching duties during the student school day. Teachers at Markham Place School shall have a 50 minute, duty-free lunch. Teachers at Point Road School shall have a 60 minute, duty-free lunch.

    Article XI
    TEACHER EMPLOYMENT

    A. Placement on Salary Schedule

    Adjustment to salary schedule. Any teacher employed prior to February 1 for the balance of the school year shall be given full credit for one (1) year of service toward the next increment step for the following year.

    Credit for a maximum of ten (10) years prior teaching experience may be granted teachers new to Little Silver Schools. Additional experience credit beyond ten (10) years may be granted by the Board of Education on the recommendation of the Superintendent.

    B. Notification of Contract and Salary

    Teachers shall be notified of their contract and salary status for the ensuing year pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:27-10.

    Article XII
    SALARIES

    A. Salary Schedule

    The salary of each teacher covered by this Agreement is set forth in Schedules “B”, “C” and “D”, which are attached hereto and made a part hereof.

    B. Method of Payment

    1. Ten (10) Month. Each teacher employed shall be paid in twenty (20) equal semi-monthly installments on the fifteenth (15) and thirtieth (30) of the month.

    2. Exceptions. When a pay day falls on or during a school holiday, vacation or weekend, teachers shall receive their pay checks on the last previous working day unless an emergency exists.

    3. Final Pay. Each teacher shall receive his/her final pay on his/her last working day in June provided his/her duties and obligations have been fulfilled.

    4. Summer Pay Plans. Each teacher may individually elect to have ten percent (10%) of his/her monthly salary deducted from his/her pay to be placed in a savings account at the Monmouth-Ocean Federal Employees Credit Union, Neptune, N.J.

    C. Service Increments

    Service increments may be granted to teachers after 15, 18, 21, and 25 years of service in the Little Silver Schools. Prior approval of the Superintendent shall be required. (Appendix p. 29)

    Article XIII
    TEACHER ASSIGNMENT

    All teachers shall be given written notice of their class and/or subject assignments, building assignments and room assignments for the forthcoming year no later than August 1, except in cases of emergencies or unusual circumstances.

    Revisions. In the event that changes in such classes and/or subject assignments, building assignments or room assignments are proposed after August 1, any teacher affected shall be notified promptly in writing. Upon the request of the teacher, changes may be discussed with the Superintendent or his/her representative and the teacher affected, and at his/her option a member of the Association.

    Article XIV
    POSTING OF VACANCIES AND TRANSFERS

    A. As soon as practical, the Superintendent shall deliver to the Association and post in all school buildings a list of the known vacancies and promotional positions when they exist. The listing shall include a deadline for filing which shall be at least two (2) weeks from the date of posting. Vacancies existing after July 15 to the opening of school need not be included in the two week deadline for filing. During the time that school is not in session, the Superintendent shall notify the President of the Association, or the Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, in that order, if the President cannot be contacted.

    B. Filing request. Teachers who desire a change in grade and/or subject assignment or who desire to transfer to another building may file a written statement of such desire with the Superintendent. Such statement shall include the grade(s) and/or subject(s) to which the teacher desires to be transferred, in order of preference. Such requests for transfers and reassignments for the following year shall be submitted not later than May 1 unless the position is posted later.

    C. Criteria for assignment. The Superintendent shall make his/her recommendations to the Board based on his/her best estimate of the qualifications of the available candidates and the well-being of students.

    D. Notification of a transfer or reassignment shall be given to teachers as soon as practical and except in cases of emergency not later than June 15.

    E. Meeting and appeal. An involuntary transfer or reassignment shall be made only after a meeting between the teacher involved and the Superintendent at which time the teacher shall be notified of the reason therefore. In the event the teacher objects to the transfer or reassignment at this meeting, upon the request of the teacher, the Superintendent shall meet with him/her again and teacher may, at his/her option, have an Association member present at such meeting.

    Article XV
    DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY

    A. The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of its teachers dues for the Little Silver Education Association, Monmouth 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 in compliance with Chapter 233, N.J. Public Laws of 1969. (N.J.S.A. 52:14-15, 9e) and under the rules established by the State Department of Education. Said monies together with current records of any corrections shall be transmitted to such person as may from time to time be designed by the Association by the 15th of each month following the monthly pay period in which deductions were made. The person designated shall disburse such monies to the appropriate association or associations.

    B. 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.

    Article XVI
    MAINTENANCE OF CLASSROOM CONTROL
    AND DISCIPLINE

    A brief definition of the duties and responsibilities of all administrators, supervisors, and other personnel pertaining to student behavior shall be reduced to writing by the Principal of each school, and if approved by the Superintendent, presented to each teacher at the start of the school year.

    Article XVII
    TEACHER EVALUATION

    All evaluations, observations, observation conferences, corrective action plans, etc. shall be conducted in accordance with N.J.A.C.6A:10. Anonymous communication shall not be considered in any teacher evaluation. Upon receipt of the evaluation, a conference shall be arranged with the evaluator to discuss the observation. At the conclusion of the post-observation conference, the teacher will sign the evaluation sheet. Such signature does not constitute agreement with the evaluation, but merely that the teacher has read the same. A teacher shall have the right to file a written reply to the evaluator for any evaluation which shall then be attached and made part thereof.

    Personnel files. A teacher shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of his/her personnel file and to receive a copy, at Board expense, of any documents contained therein. A teacher shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association accompany him/her during such review. This right shall not include correspondence dealing with the teacher’s experience prior to employment in the district.

    Copies of evaluation. A teacher shall be given a copy of any class visit or evaluation report prepared by his/her evaluators at least one (1) day before any conference to discuss it unless parties mutually agreed to meet sooner. No such report shall be submitted to the central office, placed in the teacher’s file or otherwise acted upon without prior conference with the teacher.

    A copy of the current evaluation form will be made available to all teachers.

    No material derogatory to a teacher’s conduct, service, character or personality shall be placed in his/her personnel file unless the teacher has had an opportunity to review the materials. The teacher shall acknowledge that he/she has had the opportunity to review such material by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof. The teacher shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such material and his/her answer shall be reviewed by the Superintendent or his/her designee and attached to the file copy.

    Final evaluation of a teacher upon termination of his/her employment shall be conducted prior to severance and no documents and/or other material shall be placed in the personnel folder of such teacher after severance except as permitted by law. (See Fairview, PERC #80-18.)






    Article XVIII
    MISCELLANEOUS

    A. Statutory Saving Clause

    Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any teacher or the Board such right as he/she may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable laws and regulations. The rights granted to teachers hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere under the law.

    B. Discrimination

    The Board and Association agree that there shall be no discrimination and that they will abide by all federal and state rules and regulations.

    C. 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.

    D. Compliance Between Individual Contract and Master Agreement

    Any individual contract between the Board and an individual teacher, heretofore or hereafter executed, shall be subject to any consistent with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If an individual contract contains any language inconsistent with this Agreement, this Agreement, during its duration, shall be controlling.

    E. Agreement Copies

    Copies of this Agreement shall be printed within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed. The Agreement shall be presented to all teachers now employed and hereafter employed. This expense shall be shared equally.

    F. Notice

    Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties to this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, either party shall do so by telegram or certified letter at the following addresses:

    1. If by Association, to Board at 124 Willow Drive, Little Silver, New Jersey 07739

    2. If by Board, to Association at building of Association President.

    Article XIX
    HOME INSTRUCTION

    Teachers shall be paid at an hourly rate of $30.00 per hour. Such work shall be on a volunteer basis.

    Article XX
    TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

    College or university courses approved by the Superintendent may be taken by full time certified teachers at any time and will be reimbursed by the Board of Education in a sum not to exceed $3,000.00 per teacher per year, July 1 to June 30. Course approval request shall be submitted no later than August 15 for fall semester, December 15 for spring semester, and May 15 for summer classes. Exceptions to the deadlines may be granted by the Superintendent in emergency circumstances.
    Reimbursement will be made when an official transcript or other acceptable evidence of satisfactory completion of the course or courses is submitted to the Superintendent with a grade of B, or better, with the exception of those graduate level courses which utilize a Pass/Fail method of evaluation. Reimbursement will then be made on a Pass grade.

    In order to assist the Board in planning the budget, teachers will be surveyed prior to April 1 to determine their intent to enroll in a college or university course.

    Article XXI
    INSURANCE

    A. Effective July 1, 2009, the Board agrees to pay the full premium for medical insurance for each eligible employee and dependent(s) at a level of benefits equal to or better than the School Employee Health Benefits Program.

    B. The Board shall pay the full premium of dental care insurance for the employee only.

    C. Any additional family dental coverage will be paid by the employee at group rates if the minimum percentages of persons sign up for coverage.

    D. People covered under this contract retiring on or after the effective date of this contract may have the option of continuing dental coverage by paying group rates.

    Article XXII
    REIMBURSEMENT OF UNUSED SICK LEAVE

    Reimbursement of unused sick leave upon normal retirement is limited to those teachers employed in the district for ten (10) consecutive years and shall be paid in accordance with the following formula:
      1-100 days at $30 per day to a maximum of $3000
      101-150 days at $35 per day to a maximum of $1750
    Teachers shall notify the Business Office on or before December 31 of their intention to retire at the conclusion of the school year in order to receive payment by July 15th in the year they wish to retire. Failure to notify the business Office may result in payment in the year following the year the teacher retires.


    ARTICLE XXIII
    DURATION OF AGREEMENT

    Duration Period

    This contract shall commence on July 1, 2012, and shall expire on June 30, 2015. This Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated, unless it is extended in writing.
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective presidents, attested by their respective secretaries, and their corporate seals to be placed hereon, all on the day and year first above written.








    LITTLE SILVER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

    By: ........................................................................................................................................................
    President Date


    By: ...........................................................................................................................................................
    Secretary Date


    LITTLE SILVER BOARD OF EDUCATION


    By: ..................................................................................................................................................................
    President Date


    By: ..................................................................................................................................................................
    Secretary Date






    SCHEDULE “A”
    LITTLE SILVER SCHOOLS

    EXTRA CURRICULAR STIPENDS
                After School Facilitator-MPS 1632
                After School Facilitator-PRS 1632
                Band-MPS 1360
                Band-4th Grade 2734
                Baseball/Softball-Boys 3256
                Baseball/Softball-Girls 3256
                Basketball Coach-Boys 3516
                Basketball Coach-Girls 3516
                Bus Supervisor 3320
                Central Detention Supervisor 45/session
                Chaperone-Overnight trip 261/night
                Cheerleading 2864
                Chorus/Orchestra-MPS 1012
                Chorus-PRS 3256
                Computer Club-MPS 1693
                Cross Country Coach 2487
                Cross Country (Assistant) 1244
                Homework Club-PRS 3386
                Morning Aide 3452
                Noon Hour Assistants 3386
                Safety Patrol 1627
                Soccer Coach-Boys 3386
                Soccer Coach-Girls 3386
                Student Council Advisor 1627
                Supervisor of Games 45/session
                Track Coach-Boys 3126
                Track Coach-Girls 3126
                Track Coach (Assistant) 1563
                Upper Grade Theatrical Production 4037
                Yearbook Advisor 1303






    SCHEDULE “B”
    LITTLE SILVER SCHOOLS

    SALARY GUIDE FOR 2012-2013

    Salary Guide
    Step
    BA
    BA+30
    MA
    MA+30
    A
    52,500
    54,000
    55,500
    57,000
    B-C
    53,350
    54,850
    56,350
    57,850
    D-E
    54,250
    55,750
    57,250
    58,750
    F
    55,300
    56,800
    58,300
    59,800
    G
    56,365
    57,865
    59,365
    60,865
    H
    57,465
    58,965
    60,465
    61,965
    I
    59,465
    60,965
    62,465
    63,965
    J
    62,265
    63,765
    65,265
    66,765
    K
    65,565
    67,065
    68,565
    70,065
    L-M
    69,165
    70,665
    72,165
    73,665
    N
    73,065
    74,565
    76,065
    77,565
    O
    76,565
    78,065
    79,565
    81,065
    P
    79,965
    81,465
    82,965
    84,465
    Top
    84,000
    85,500
    87,000
    88,500

    1 Bachelor’s Degree
    Encompasses all undergraduate credits acquired prior to earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree.

    2. B.A. +30
    Encompasses the B.A. or B.S. degree, plus 30 graduate credits acquired after earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree.

    3. Master’s Degree
    Encompasses the M.A. or M.S. degree, plus all credits acquired after earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree and prior to earning the M.A. or M.S. degree.

    4. M.A. +30
    Encompasses the M.A. or M.S. degree, plus 30 graduate credits acquired after earning the M.A. or M.S. degree.
    SCHEDULE “C”
    LITTLE SILVER SCHOOLS

    SALARY GUIDE FOR 2013-2014

    Step
    BA
    BA+30
    MA
    MA+30
    A
    52,500
    54,000
    55,500
    57,000
    B
    53,400
    54,900
    56,400
    57,900
    C-D
    54,300
    55,800
    57,300
    58,800
    E-F
    55,300
    56,800
    58,300
    59,800
    G
    56,365
    57,865
    59,365
    60,865
    H
    57,465
    58,965
    60,465
    61,965
    I
    59,210
    60,710
    62,210
    63,710
    J
    61,605
    63,105
    64,605
    66,105
    K
    64,305
    65,805
    67,305
    68,805
    L
    67,205
    68,705
    70,205
    71,705
    M
    70,505
    72,005
    73,505
    75,005
    N
    74,005
    75,505
    77,005
    78,505
    O
    77,405
    78,905
    80,405
    81,905
    P
    80,805
    82,305
    83,805
    85,305
    TOP
    84,800
    86,300
    87,800
    89,300

    1 Bachelor’s Degree
    Encompasses all undergraduate credits acquired prior to earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree.

    2. B.A. +30
    Encompasses the B.A. or B.S. degree, plus 30 graduate credits acquired after earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree.

    3. Master’s Degree
    Encompasses the M.A. or M.S. degree, plus all credits acquired after earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree and prior to earning the M.A. or M.S. degree.

    4. M.A. +30
    Encompasses the M.A. or M.S. degree, plus 30 graduate credits acquired after earning the M.A. or M.S. degree.
    SCHEDULE “D”
    LITTLE SILVER SCHOOLS

    SALARY GUIDE FOR 2014-2015

    Step
    BA
    BA+30
    MA
    MA+30
    A-B
    52,500
    54,000
    55,500
    57,000
    C
    53,445
    54,945
    56,445
    57,945
    D-E
    54,445
    55,945
    57,445
    58,945
    F-G
    55,445
    56,945
    58,445
    59,945
    H
    56,845
    58,345
    59,845
    61,345
    I
    58,845
    60,345
    61,845
    63,345
    J
    61,045
    62,545
    64,045
    65,545
    K
    63,645
    65,145
    66,645
    68,145
    L
    66,745
    68,245
    69,745
    71,245
    M
    69,945
    71,445
    72,945
    74,445
    N
    73,145
    74,645
    76,145
    77,645
    O
    76,345
    77,845
    79,345
    80,845
    P
    79,545
    81,045
    82,545
    84,045
    Q
    82,745
    84,245
    85,745
    87,245
    TOP
    85,600
    87,100
    88,600
    90,100
    1 Bachelor’s Degree
    Encompasses all undergraduate credits acquired prior to earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree.

    2. B.A. +30
    Encompasses the B.A. or B.S. degree, plus 30 graduate credits acquired after earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree.

    3. Master’s Degree
    Encompasses the M.A. or M.S. degree, plus all credits acquired after earning of the B.A. or B.S. degree and prior to earning the M.A. or M.S. degree.

    4. M.A. +30
    Encompasses the M.A. or M.S. degree, plus 30 graduate credits acquired after earning the M.A. or M.S. degree.



    SCHEDULE “E”

    SERVICE INCREMENTS



      After completing the Amount added to
      following years of step of salary
      service. guide:____

      15 $400
      16 $400
      17 $400
      18 $800
      19 $800
      20 $800
      21 $1,200
      22 $1,200
      23 $1,200
      24 $1,200
      25 $1,700

    Please note that this amount is added after completion of the given year of service so is included in the following year’s salary.






































    TABLE OF CONTENTS


    PREAMBLE 1
    ARTICLE I Recognition 1
    ARTICLE II Negotiation Procedure 1
    ARTICLE III Grievance Procedure 1
    ARTICLE IV Association Rights and Privileges 4
    ARTICLE V Teachers’ Rights 4
    ARTICLE VI Teachers’ Work Year 5
    ARTICLE VII Teaching Hours and Teaching Load 6
    ARTICLE VIII Personal Leave 7
    ARTICLE IX Management Rights 10
    ARTICLE X Non-Teaching Duties 11
    ARTICLE XI Teacher Employment 11
    ARTICLE XII Salaries 11
    ARTICLE XIII Teacher Assignment 12
    ARTICLE XIV Posting of Vacancies and Transfers 12
    ARTICLE XV Deductions from Salary 12
    ARTICLE XVI Maintenance of Classroom Control 13
    And Discipline
    ARTICLE XVII Teacher Evaluation 13
    ARTICLE XVIII Miscellaneous 14
    ARTICLE XIX Home Instruction 14
    ARTICLE XX Tuition Reimbursement 14
    ARTICLE XXI Insurance 15
    ARTICLE XXII Reimbursement of Unused 15
    Sick Leave
    ARTICLE XXIII Duration of Agreement 15
    SCHEDULE A Extra-Curricular Stipends 17
    SCHEDULE B Salary Guide for 2012-2013 18
    SCHEDULE C Salary Guide for 2013-2014 19
    SCHEDULE D Salary Guide for 2014-2015 20
    SCHEDULE E Service Increments 21























    AGREEMENT BETWEEN




    LITTLE SILVER
    BOARD OF EDUCATION

    AND THE

    LITTLE SILVER
    EDUCATION ASSOCIATION



    JULY 1, 2012

    TO

    JUNE 30, 2015

















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