An agreement between the
Lakewood Education Association
Board of Education
Lakewood, New Jersey
covering the period
July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010
AS OF THE SIGNING OF THIS AGREEMENT:
LAKEWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION OFFICERS:
Carol Cousins, President
Janice Boski, 1st Vice-President
Miriam Medina, 2nd Vice-President
Julie Mercer, Secretary
Linda Manning, Treasurer
LAKEWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION:
Chet Galdo, President
Abraham Ostreicher, Vice-President
Edward W. Luick, Superintendent of Schools
Robert Finger, Board Secretary
LAKEWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION – NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE
Linda Paige, Co-Chair Julie Mercer
Jim Marten, Co-Chair Miriam Medina
Carol Cousins, President Mary Ann Fishkelta
Janice Boski Diana Gundersen
LAKEWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION - NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE
Abraham Ostreicher, Chair
Table of Contents
Mission Statement 1
Article I – Recognition 2
Article II – Negotiation of Successor Agreement 3
Article III – Grievance Procedure 3
Article IV – Member Rights 5
Article V – Association Rights 7
Article VI – Work Year
Category I: Teacher Work Year 8
Category II: Secretary Work Year 8
Category III: Paraprofessional Work Year 9
Summer Employment – Special Ed. Program 10
Summer Employment – Secondary Summer School 11
Summer Employment – Child Study Team 11
Article VII – Hours and Work Load
Category I: Teaching Hours and Teaching Load 12
Category II: Secretary Hours and Workload 14
Category III: Paraprofessional Hours and Workload 15
Article VIII – Non-Teaching Duties 16
Article IX – Employment
Category I: Teacher Employment 16
Category II: Secretary Employment 17
Category III: Paraprofessional Employment 17
Category IV: Audio-visual and Safety Compliance Officer 18
Article X – Salaries
Category I: Teacher Salaries 18
Category II: Secretary Salaries 19
Category III: Paraprofessional Salaries 20
Category IV: Co-curricular and Coaching Salaries 20
Category V: Non-certificated Employees 21
Article XI – Teacher Assignment 21
Article XII – Voluntary Transfers and Assignments 21
Article XIII – Involuntary Transfers and Assignments 22
Article XIV – Promotions
Category I: Teacher Promotions 22
Category II: Secretary Promotions 23
Article XV – Evaluation
Category I: Teacher Evaluation 23
Category II: Support Staff Evaluation 25
Article XVI – Fair Procedures for Non-Renewal and
Dismissal of Non-Tenured Teachers 25
Article XVII – Teacher Facilities 26
Article XVIII – Board – Association Committees 26
Article XIX – Sick Leave
Category I: Teacher Sick Leave 27
Category II: Support Staff Sick Leave 27
Table of Contents (continued)
Article XX – Temporary Leaves of Absence 28
Article XXI – Extended Leaves of Absence 29
Article XXII – Sabbatical Leave 30
Article XXIII – Professional Development and Educational Improvement 32
Article XXIV – Protection of Members 33
Article XXV – Maintenance of Classroom Control and Discipline 34
Article XXVI – Insurance 35
Article XXVII – Personal and Academic Freedom 35
Article XXVIII – Deductions from Salary 36
Article XXIX – Management’s Rights 38
Article XXX – Miscellaneous 38
Article XXXI – Teacher Responsibility 39
Article XXXII – Retirement Benefits 40
Article XXXIII – Chaperones 41
Article XXXIV – Salary Schedules 41
Article XXXV – Duration of Agreement 43
Certificated Salary Schedules
Schedule A-1: 2007-2008
Schedule A-2: 2008-2009
Schedule A-3: 2009-2010
Secretarial Salary Schedules
Schedule B-1: 2007-2008
Schedule B-2: 2008-2009
Schedule B-3: 2009-2010
Other Association Positions
Paraprofessional Salary Schedules
Schedule D-1: 2007-2008
Schedule D-2: 2008-2009
Schedule D-3: 2009-2010
Coaching Salary Schedules
Schedule E: 2007-2010
Schedule G: 2007-2010
Other Salary Rates
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~ and ~ 2007 – 2010 Agreement
Lakewood Education Association 10-Apr-08
The Lakewood Education Association and the Lakewood Board of Education recognize that the primary goal of the Lakewood Public Schools is to provide its students with the highest quality educational experience possible. To that end, the Lakewood Education Association and the Board of Education further recognize that all individuals engaged in supporting and providing instruction to the Lakewood student body exhibit personal and professional accountability for the educational growth and success of the students in their charge.
ARTICLE I - RECOGNITION
A. Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974, the Lakewood Board of Education hereby recognizes the Lakewood Education Association as the majority representative and as exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiations concerning terms and conditions of employment for all full- or part-time certificated staff clerical personnel and aides under contract or on leave, now employed or as hereafter may be employed by the Board, including:
1. Certificated Personnel:
Teachers Social Workers
Guidance Counselors Nurses and Nurse Coordinator
Coaches Extracurricular Positions
Media Specialists Department Coordinators
Psychologists Speech Therapists
Learning Disabilities Specialists Computer Lab Coordinators
JROTC Instructor Athletic Trainer
2. Support Personnel:
Secretaries Attendance Officer Library Safety Compliance Officer
Audio-Visual Assistant Home/School Liaison
Receptionist/Switchboard Operator Instructional Paraprofessional Personnel
Pupil Personnel Services Paraprofessional Personnel
Parent Resource Center Liaison
B. Excluding Executive Secretaries, Operations Facilitators I and II, Computer Manager, Security Liaison, Substitute Caller, School/Community Resource Person, substitute secretaries assigned to confidential positions in the board office, and all other titles not specified above.
C. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “teachers” when used hereinafter in the Agreement, shall refer to professional certificated employees. The term “secretary” shall refer to clerical employees. The term “paraprofessional” shall refer to aides. The term “support personnel” shall apply to all unit members listed in A.2. above. The term “non-certificated personnel” shall apply to unit members listed in A.3 above.
The term “member” shall refer to all of the employees in the bargaining unit. All references to male shall include female, and all references to female shall include male.
ARTICLE II - NEGOTIATION OF SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT
In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974, the parties agree to commence negotiations on a successor agreement not later than December 1st of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which this Agreement expires.
This Agreement shall continue on a school year to school year basis unless either party desiring changes in this Agreement shall notify the other party in writing prior to December 1st of the previous calendar year.
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. Any member or class of members of the Association or representatives of the Association shall have the right to appeal the application of policies, agreements or contract and administrative decisions affecting him/her through administrative channels. With respect to his/her personal grievances, he/she shall be assured freedom from restraint, interference,
coercion, discrimination, or reprisal in presenting his/her appeal. He/she shall have the right to present his/her own appeal or designate representatives of the Lakewood Education Association or another person of his/her own choosing to appear with him/her or for him/her in any step of his/her appeal.
The first step of the grievance procedure is to provide a thirty (30) day period within which a grievance is to be filed. The start of the thirty (30) days is the date on which the grievant could reasonably be expected to be aware that he/she was aggrieved.
All grievances by a member shall be submitted to the appropriate administrator. The statement of grievance shall set forth the action or omission complained of and an effort shall be made to cite the specific article of agreement alleged to have been violated and the remedy sought. In the event the grievance is of a class or policy nature, the grievance shall be submitted at Step 3, bypassing Step 2. The administrator has five (5) school days to respond in writing to the grievance.
If the administrator does not settle the grievance at Step 2, then the grievance and all associated material shall be submitted to the Superintendent of Schools or his designee within fifteen (15) days. The Superintendent or designee shall meet with the LEA President and/or grievance committee chairperson and grievant, where appropriate, within five (5) school days of receipt of the grievance. If the grievance is not settled, the Superintendent or designee shall submit in writing to the Board of Education his recommendations and all associated materials within five (5) school days subsequent to the meeting.
The Board of Education or a committee thereof shall meet with the Superintendent or designee, the LEA President, and/or grievance committee chairperson and grievant. The Board and the LEA retain the right that either side may have representatives present. The matter shall be heard in closed session, whenever possible within thirty (30) school days.
Any grievance supported by the Association and not resolved to the satisfaction of the employee after review by the Board of Education, shall, at the request of the Association, be submitted to binding arbitration. All parties are bound by the rules of the American Arbitration Association or PERC in respect to selection of an arbitrator and his procedure.
B. Any timeline herein specified may be extended by mutual agreement of the parties, in writing.
C. The decision of the arbitrator will be accepted as final by the parties and both will abide by it.
D. The costs for the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and the actual and necessary travel, subsistence expenses and the cost of the hearing room shall be borne equally by the Board and the Association. Any other expenses incurred shall be paid by the party incurring same.
E. All meetings and hearings under this procedure shall not be conducted in public and shall include only such parties in interest and their designated or selected representatives, heretofore referred to in this article.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBER RIGHTS
A. Pursuant to Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974, the Board hereby agrees that every employee of the Board shall have the right freely to organize, join and support the Association and its affiliates for the purpose of engaging in collective negotiations and other connected activities for mutual aid and protection. As a duly selected body exercising governmental power under the laws of the State of New Jersey, the Board undertakes and agrees that it shall not directly or indirectly discourage or deprive or coerce any member in the enjoyment of any rights conferred by Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974, or other laws of New Jersey or the Constitutions of New Jersey and the United States; that it shall not discriminate against any member with respect to hours, wages, or any terms or conditions of employment by reason of his membership in the Association and its affiliates, collective negotiations with the Board, or his institutions of any grievance, complaint or proceeding under this Agreement or otherwise with respect to any terms and conditions of employment.
B. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any member such rights as he may have under New Jersey School Laws or other applicable laws and regulations. The rights granted to members hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere.
C. No member shall be disciplined, reprimanded or reduced in rank or compensation without just cause. The Board retains the right to discipline or discharge an employee during the term of his/her employment pursuant to law. Discipline may include oral and/or written reprimands, increment withholdings, fines or suspensions without pay if
consistent with law, and mid-contract discharges consistent with the law, but shall not include the non-renewal of a non-tenured teaching staff member for performance related reasons. Except in circumstances concerning health or safety, no member shall be disciplined or reprimanded in the presence of students, parents, teachers or outside administrators. All disciplinary acts shall be subject to the grievance procedure. Any discipline to be imposed shall take into account the nature of the offense, the length of service and the general employment record of the employee, the number of previous offenses, any other mitigating circumstances, and previous discipline administered to others in similar situations. Discipline shall be applied in a non-discriminatory fashion.
D. Whenever any member is required to appear formally before the Superintendent or his designee or Business Administrator, Board or any committee member, representative or agent thereof concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that member in his office, position or employment or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto, then he 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 and represent him during such meeting or interview. Any suspension of a member pending charges shall be with pay.
E. The administration reserves the right to change a student’s grade. The teacher shall be notified of the change, in writing, over the signature of the administrator making the change, indicating what the grade was changed from and what the grade was changed to.
F. No member shall be prevented from wearing pins or other identification of membership in the Association or its affiliates.
G. Secretaries shall not be required to work under unsafe or hazardous conditions, or to perform tasks which endanger their health, safety, or well-being. On days which are officially declared to be “snow days,” it is understood that secretaries shall not be required to expose themselves to
unnecessary danger in traveling to work. Further, in the event schools should be closed during a normal working day because of snow, secretaries shall be permitted to leave work in the interest of their safety.
ARTICLE V - ASSOCIATION RIGHTS
A. The Board agrees to provide the Association with the same budget information it gives to the County Superintendent of Schools, in the same format, within one (1) week of approval by the County Superintendent. The Board shall provide the Association, at no cost, with pertinent information within the public domain concerning the processing of a grievance.
B. Whenever any representative of the Association or any member participates during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences or mutually scheduled meetings, he shall suffer no loss in pay. The Association President shall be relieved from all supervisory duties, and shall be assigned no more than three (3) class periods per day. The Association Grievance Chairperson, the Association Negotiations Chairperson, and the Senior Building Representatives shall not be assigned any supervisory duties. The Association shall not institute any grievance over the increased workload of the teachers related to the increased rotation of duty assignments by including Senior Building Representatives in the article.
C. The Association and its representatives shall have the right to use school buildings at all reasonable hours for meetings. The administrator of the building in question shall be consulted in advance of the time and place of all such meetings. The Association will give twenty-four (24) hours notice to use school buildings for full Association membership meetings.
D. The Association shall have the right to use school facilities and equipment, including typewriters, duplicating equipment, calculating machines, and all types of audiovisual equipment at reasonable times, when such equipment is not otherwise in use. The Association shall pay for the reasonable cost of all materials and supplies incidental to such use, and for any repairs necessitated as a result thereof.
E. The Association shall have, in each school building, the exclusive use of a bulletin board in each faculty lounge and teachers’ dining room. The Association shall also be assigned adequate space on the bulletin board in the central office for Association notices. The location of Association bulletin boards in each room shall be designated by the Association. Copies of all materials to be posted on such bulletin boards shall be given to the building administrator for his approval.
F. The Association shall have the right to use the interschool mail facilities and school mailboxes as it deems necessary, excluding bulk mailing.
ARTICLE VI - WORK YEAR
Category I: Teacher Work Year
A. The schoolwork year for teachers will be one hundred and eighty-three (183) days including workshops. School holidays will be listed in accordance with the approved student school year, and may be changed in case of emergency.
B. A guidance counselor’s stipend (see Schedule E) is provided for the extra time in the guidance counselor’s work year which for the high and middle school guidance counselors begins five (5) work days prior to the regular opening date of school and ends five (5) work days beyond the and of the regular staff work year; for elementary guidance counselors, a total of five (5) days, the schedule to be mutually determined with the appropriate administrator.
C. The Athletic Trainer shall attend all games and practices as assigned, except for “away” games during one holiday period, to be determined with the Superintendent/designee.
Category II: Secretary Work Year
A. Secretaries shall be eligible for the following vacation schedule for permanent full-time twelve (12) month employees:
2. First year through seventh year - twelve (12) working days.
1. Less than one (1) year of employment - one (1) day for each month worked up to June 30.
3. Eighth year through sixteenth year - fifteen (15) working days.
4. Seventeenth year and over - twenty (20) working days.
B. Secretaries shall be permitted to take their vacations pursuant to the following:
1. Secretaries with less than seventeen (17) years of service in the district shall be permitted to take up to five (5) vacation days during the school year.
2. Secretaries with seventeen (17) years or more of service in the district shall be permitted to take up to seven (7) days vacation during the school year.
3. All vacation requests are subject to the approval of the school principal or supervising administrator.
4. Requests for additional vacation days during the school year may be made to the building principal or supervising administrator in writing, explaining the need for additional days.
1. Twelve (12) month employees shall receive their full pay for holidays as follows:
2. Any employee, ten (10) or twelve (12) month, required to work such holidays, will receive one and one-half times their applicable rate of pay for any work performed in addition to any holiday pay.
Category III: Paraprofessional Work Year
A. The paraprofessional work year shall be one hundred and eighty-three (183) days (September thru June) plus up to six weeks during the summer.
B. Paraprofessional employees shall be employed for summer assignments on a voluntary basis first.
C. Should not enough paraprofessional volunteers be wiling to work the summer program individual assignment by the district may be made using the inverse order of seniority for a maximum of four weeks. Paraprofessionals will be assigned on a rotating basis however the number of paraprofessionals needed to staff the summer program may dictate assignment in consecutive summers.
D. Summer assignments shall be based upon the student and programmatic needs as identified by the administration.
E. Paraprofessionals assigned to a summer assignment that is different from their school year assignment will, when feasible, be returned to their school year assignment based on the student and programmatic needs as identified by the administration.
Summer Employment Teachers & Paraprofessionals
Special Education Summer Program
A. The Special Education Summer Program shall be thirty (30) days in length.
B. Employees who work all thirty (30) days receive fifteen percent (15%) of their annual salary, plus one (1) additional sick day and one (1) additional personal day, which are accumulative if not used.
C. Employees who work fifteen (15) days receive five percent (5%) of their annual salary, plus one (1) additional personal day, which is accumulative if not used.
D. Employees shall be notified of their summer assignment no later than April 15th.
E. All staff in the summer program shall be paid on the regular bi-weekly payroll schedule.
F. Professional staff: volunteers shall be chosen first. The Board retains the right to assign teachers to vacancies based upon reverse seniority if enough volunteers are not available.
G. Professional staff shall initially be hired for their personal summer option: i.e. thirty (30) days or fifteen (15) days.
H. Paraprofessional staff shall be employed for the summer pursuant to the current procedures.
I. The summer work day shall be five (5) hours.
J. During the summer work day, teachers and paraprofessional staff shall each have one (1) fifteen (15) minute break scheduled with the least impact on the program.
Secondary Summer School Program
A. The secondary summer school program shall run for the equivalent of thirty (30) days.
B. Employees hired for the thirty (30) day secondary summer school program shall receive ten percent (10%) of their annual salary as compensation.
Summer Employment Child Study Team Members
A. 1. Child Study Team Members (School Social Workers, Psychologists,
LDTC) will work ten (10) months plus twenty (20) days during
2. The base work year for team members shall be the school calendar between September 1 and June 30, for which they will be compensated as per the negotiated agreement.
3. For the additional twenty (20) days, they will receive ten percent (10%) of their base salary as monetary compensation and will be credited with one additional sick day.
4. The twenty (20) days shall be scheduled between the close of school and the opening of school for the following year.
5. To insure appropriate coverage, individuals will be assigned to work either during July or August by the superintendent/designee and notified of their summer work schedule by March 1st of the preceding school year.
B. The summer work hours for Child Study Team members will be 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day.
ARTICLE VII - HOURS AND WORK LOAD
Category I: Teaching Hours and Teaching Load
A. Teachers shall be required to report for duty fifteen (15) minutes before opening of the pupils’ school day.
B. Building-based teachers may be required to remain at the end of the regular work day for the purpose of attending two (2) meetings per month. Such meetings shall begin no later than fifteen (15) minutes after the regular student dismissal time and shall run no more than one (1) hour. At the commencement of each school year, traveling teachers and the principals of the buildings in which they work shall develop a mutually acceptable schedule of faculty meeting attendance for the staff member.
C. As professionals, teachers are expected to devote to their assignments the time necessary to meet their responsibilities, but they shall not be required to “clock in” and “clock out” by hours and minutes. Teachers shall indicate their presence for duty by placing a check mark in the appropriate column of the faculty “sign in” roster.
D. 1. There shall be a duty-free lunch period for teachers commensurate with the time period allotted to pupils for their lunch period.
Teachers will not be required to remain in the building during their lunch periods, or to state where they are going. Teachers shall be required to record time of leaving and returning during the school day.
2. Middle School and High School teachers shall have a forty-three
(43) minute duty-free lunch. All elementary teaching staff shall have a forty (40) minute duty free lunch. Students on lunch and playground shall be supervised by all certificated school personnel on a rotating duty schedule. Such schedule shall be established by the building administrator.
E. Regular teachers shall not be required to substitute during their preparation period except for emergencies; however, in such emergencies they shall receive a pro rated amount of their regular salary, as stated in schedule H of this Agreement
F. Teachers shall be required to remain a total of one hundred twenty-five (125) minutes per week after the close of the pupil day, excluding Fridays and days before holidays, but no later than 4:30 p.m., for teachers’ in-service education, for school day flexibility, for informal extra help for students, and for educational development programs as approved by the Superintendent of Schools. Bus duty and playground duty, in combination with the aforesaid purpose for use of the 125 minutes, will not exceed 125 minutes per week. Informal extra help for students shall not exceed thirty (30) minutes beyond the end of regular student dismissal time.
The aforesaid 125 minutes shall not be used for formal student-teacher contact.
Fifteen (15) minutes from the present 125 minutes may be used on a rotating basis for the supervision of early arrivals. One elementary teacher in each school may be designated to the above supervision each day.
Notice of activities to be scheduled in said 125 minutes will be given no later than three weeks prior to their scheduled date, except that in emergencies, said three-week requirement shall not apply, and only as much notice as possible need be given.
Every effort will be made to require equal participation by all faculty members in the activities scheduled in the said 125 minutes.
Any teacher who believes his/her schedule is of an unreasonable length without a break can appeal such schedule through appropriate channels.
G. No teacher (grades 7 through 12) shall teach more than three (3) class periods consecutively except for schedule flexibility. In that event, a maximum of four (4) consecutive periods may be assigned, if followed by a preparation or a lunch period. At no time will the schedule be used as a tool for harassment and/or discrimination. In reference to the assignment of a sixth period class, the following procedures will be adhered to in the order given:
homeroom nor a duty period.
1. Volunteers will be sought.
3. Any teacher assigned a sixth period class shall have neither a
2. Outside additional staff will be sought by the administration.
H. Each classroom teacher shall be guaranteed a minimum of one (1) preparation period per day.
1. Preparation periods at the High School and Middle School
shall be forty-three (43) minutes each.
2. Preparation periods at all elementary schools shall be a
minimum of forty (40) minutes each.
I. Faculty attendance at one (1) open house/back to school night is required. One additional attendance by teachers at their respective schools shall be required for Middle School Promotion Exercises/High School Graduation.
Category II: Secretary Hours and Workload
A. Secretaries shall be required to work eight (8) hours per day, forty (40) hours per week, during the contract period, inclusive of one (1) hour for lunch daily and two (2) coffee breaks not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes each per day.
B. Secretaries will work the school calendar from September 1st to June 30th.
C. Summer Hours:
1. Secretaries shall work from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a fifteen (15) minute coffee break and no lunch from July 1st until the last five full work days prior to September 1st.
2. The following provisions apply to the secretaries in the Transportation Department only.
a. Transportation Department secretaries shall work 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. five (5) days each week.
b. The first four (4) days each week shall be paid at straight time and the fifth (5th) day shall be paid a time and one-half (1˝) for the full day.
D. Attendance Officer
1. Should the Attendance Officer be required to work during the period between the last pupil day and the opening of school in September, he/she shall be paid a pro-rata hourly salary based upon his/her approved annual salary. The formula used to determine the hourly rate shall be as stated in Schedule H of this Agreement.
2. In order to qualify for such payment, the Attendance Officer must request prior approval from the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee, in writing, for any time to be worked, indicating as much as possible the number of hours involved. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall issue approval for such time in writing.
3. Subsequent to the actual performance of the duties as approved, the Attendance Officer shall submit a voucher to the Superintendent or his/her designee for processing for payment on the regular summer pay schedule.
4. The Board shall supply an automobile liability rider on its general liability policy.
E. Overtime shall be payable after a forty (40) hour work week.
Category III: Paraprofessional Hours and Work Load
A. The work day shall not be greater than six and one-half (6˝) hours inclusive of a duty-free lunch equal to that of the teachers in their building. Paraprofessional personnel may be required to report to work fifteen (15) minutes earlier than their work day and stay fifteen (15) minutes after their work day.
1. Paraprofessional personnel shall be given a twenty (20) minute break each day, to be worked out with the classroom teacher, provided no governmental agency requires that a substitute be furnished during such break time. During such break time, the classroom teacher will be responsible for the students’ safety and well-being.
ARTICLE VIII - NON-TEACHING DUTIES
2. Paraprofessional personnel shall attend Back-to-School Night with no additional compensation.
A. The Board and the Association acknowledge that a teacher’s primary responsibility is to teach; therefore, the Board will strive to minimize the non-academic duties of a teacher and shall continue its efforts in the utilization of paraprofessional personnel.
B. No collection of funds for charitable purposes shall be performed by members of the bargaining unit involuntarily.
C. Except as authorized by the Board of Education, no teacher shall use his/her personal vehicle to transport students. In such cases, the teacher who owns the vehicle shall be reimbursed as stated in Schedule H of this Agreement. This mileage reimbursement rate shall apply to all unit members required to use their automobiles in the performance of their duties.
ARTICLE IX - EMPLOYMENT
Category I: Teacher Employment
A. The Board must have the freedom to hire those persons whom the State of New Jersey gives it the authority to hire and place on their respective steps of the salary schedule.
B. Teachers shall be notified of their salary status no later than May 15th of each year, provided that the Agreement between the parties has been consummated at such time as to make it possible and feasible to meet this requirement.
C. Teaching staff members must be in an employment status for a minimum of five (5) months and one (1) day in a school year to qualify for an increment at the start of the next school year.
Category II: Secretary Employment
A. Each secretary who qualifies shall be placed on the proper step of the salary guide as of the beginning of each school year.
1. Twelve (12) month secretarial staff members must be in an employment status for a minimum of six (6) months and one (1) day in a work year to qualify for an increment at the start of the next year.
2. Ten (10) month secretarial staff members must be in an
employment status for a minimum of five (5) months and one (1)
day in a school year to qualify for an increment at the start of the
next school year.
B. Secretaries shall be notified of their contract and salary status
for the ensuing year no later than May 15th.
Category III: Paraprofessional Employment
A. The duties of non-certificated personnel shall be confined to areas of
B. Employees shall be placed on the proper step of the salary schedule as of
the beginning of the current school year.
C. Any employee who is resigning his position shall give fifteen (15) days
D. Notification - All paraprofessional personnel shall be notified of their contract and salary status for the ensuing year by May 15th unless based on state or federal funding announcement.
E. Paraprofessional personnel must be in an employment status for a minimum of five (5) months and one (1) day in a school year to qualify for an increment at the start of the next school year.
F. Transportation - Paraprofessional personnel assigned the use of their vehicles shall be reimbursed at a rate as stated in Schedule H of this Agreement.
G. A seniority list for full- and part-time paraprofessional personnel is annexed to and made a part hereof, and shall be utilized for the purposes of reduction in force and recall. Special qualifications shall be considered in case of a reduction in force. Paraprofessional personnel may submit a letter of preference as to assignment; this shall not be binding on the Board of Education.
Category IV: Audio-visual Assistant and Safety Compliance Officer
The individuals who hold the Audio-Visual Assistant and Safety Compliance Officer positions, although not tenured staff members, shall have recall rights to the position should it be abolished by the Board of Education and subsequently reinstated. Based upon a ten (10) or twelve (12) month work year for the positions outlined in this provision, the minimum qualifying time for incremental advancement, as outlined in Category II:B.1 or B.2 above, shall be applicable.
ARTICLE X - SALARIES
Category I: Teacher Salaries
A. The salary schedule and rates of special compensation of all teachers covered by this Agreement are set forth in the attached schedules (see Article XXXIV), which are made a part hereof.
B. The schedule of paydays shall be distributed to all teachers on or before
the first week of school.
1. Salary checks are due every other Friday.
2. When a payday falls on or during a school holiday, vacation or weekend, teacher shall receive their paychecks on the last previous working day.
3. Teachers shall receive their final checks on the last working day in June.
C. The Board agrees to provide the Association with the number of teachers on each step in the salary guide and also indicate the number of teachers receiving in-service increments at each step, if any. This information is to
be provided to the Association no later than November 15th of each year. At the same time, the Board will provide data on the number of bargaining unit members employed, and will provide a list of each person’s address and phone number to the secretary of the LEA.
D. A list of the stipend positions covered within this agreement is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
2. Release time shall be the same as current practice.
1. Stipend positions are not tenured and can be abolished or created by the Board. Teachers may or may not be hired at the discretion of the Board. These matters are not grievable.
E. Special Education employees shall not be required to make home visitations unless required by the IEP of a student. In such case, special education teachers shall be reimbursed for mileage and visitation at the rate noted in Schedule H of this agreement.
F. Part-time staff shall be paid the appropriate proportion of the salary at their step and training, e.g. staff working three-fifths of full time shall be paid at 60% of the full time salary.
Category II: Secretary Salaries
A. The salaries of all secretaries covered by this Agreement are set forth in the attached schedules (see Article XXXIV), which are made part hereof.
B. Salary checks are due every other Friday.
C. When a pay day falls on or during a secretary holiday, vacation or weekend (as outlined in Article VII), the secretary shall receive a pay check on the last previous work day.
D. Overtime shall be at the rate of time and one-half based on the rate of salary of the individual employee; any employee required to work on a Sunday will be paid at the rate of two (2) times their base hourly rate
(double time), calculated on an hourly rate of pay based on 220 days per year.
E. Employees assigned to work in a higher classification on a temporary basis, exclusive of vacation coverage, shall receive the higher rate of pay starting with the first day while in such temporary position.
F. Although the Association does not represent substitute secretaries for the determination of the substitute rate, any substitute secretary who serves for forty (40) days or more during a school year shall be paid at an hourly rate based on Step One (1) of the appropriate secretarial guide.
Category III: Paraprofessional Salaries
A. The salary of each paraprofessional covered by this Agreement is set forth in the attached schedules (see Article XXXIV), which are made a part hereof.
B. Salary checks are due every over Friday.
Category IV: Co-curricular and Coaching Salaries
A. Pay dates for all coaches and co-curricular positions shall be as follows:
1. All Fall sports coaches will receive their whole check in December.
3. All Winter sports coaches will receive their whole check in March.
2. Co-curricular positions will receive one half (˝) of their pay in December.
5. Co-curricular positions will receive the second one-half (˝) of their
4. All Spring sports coaches will receive their whole check in June.
B. One (1) coach shall scout per game at a rate as shown in Schedule F for
each scouting assignment.
Category V: Non-certificated Employees
The salary schedule and rates of special compensation of all non-certificated employees covered by this Agreement are attached as Schedule G and made a part hereof.
ARTICLE XI - TEACHER ASSIGNMENT
A. Teachers shall be notified of their contract and status for the ensuing year not later than May 15th.
B. Assignment shall be made at the discretion of the administration and within the teacher’s competency, teaching certificate, or major or minor field of study.
C. Whenever administratively possible, coaches shall have notification of their coaching status or position no later than ninety (90) days prior to the start of their respective season.
D. The Board of Education will pay for the expenses of coaches’ workshops and overnight conferences in accordance with Board of Education policies. Prior approval of the Superintendent and the Board of Education is required for attendance at all workshops and overnight conferences. Each coach may attend one (1) clinic per year, per sport coached.
ARTICLE XII - VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND ASSIGNMENTS
A. Members 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 not later than April 30th of the academic year preceding the academic year for which the change is desired. Such statement shall include the grade, subject and/or building to which the member desires to be assigned and the location of the building to which he/she desires to be transferred in order of preference. Such requests must be renewed, in writing, each year if the request is not granted on the initial application.
B. The Superintendent shall deliver to the Association a list of known vacancies and have them posted in each building by May 15th, and as they become available through the end of the school year. The Secretary of the Association shall be notified of same. After the close of school, the lists shall be mailed to the Secretary of the Lakewood Education Association at his/her home.
ARTICLE XIII - INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS AND ASSIGNMENTS
A. In the event of an involuntary transfer or reassignment, the member shall have the right to a conference with the Superintendent. The member may, at his/her option, have an Association representative present at the meeting.
B. The parties recognize that changes in grade assignment in elementary schools, changes in subject assignments in the high school or middle school and transfers between schools may be necessary. While the right of determination to assign or transfer a member is vested in the Board, the Superintendent, on behalf of the Board, will not assign or transfer a member without prior discussion with the member. If such member is not readily available, he shall be notified by registered mail of such assignment or transfer.
C. Involuntary transfer shall not be used as a disciplinary action against a member.
ARTICLE XIV - PROMOTIONS
Category I: Teacher Promotions
A. The notice of a vacancy and qualifications required for a promotional position shall be sent to each school and a copy of record shall be sent to the Association thirty (30) days, but not less than fifteen (15) days before the final day when application must be submitted.
B. Teachers who desire to apply for such vacancies are to submit their application in writing to the Superintendent within the time limit specified in the notice. Written notification shall immediately be
forwarded to each applicant informing him that his application has been received and is being considered.
C. In filling promotional vacancies to administrative positions, the Board shall consider the professional qualifications, background, attainments, and other relevant factors, including service in the school district, as well as applicants outside the school district. This filling of a vacancy is the prerogative of the Board, and the decision of the Board with respect to such matters shall be final.
Category II: Secretary Promotions
Any existing vacancy that might be considered an advancement, e.g. ten (10) month to twelve (12) month position, or a position with advancement in position and salary, shall be posted at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the selection for that position.
ARTICLE XV - EVALUATION
Category I: Teacher Evaluation
A. All monitoring or observation of the work performance of a teacher shall be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the teacher.
1. A teacher shall be given a copy of any class visit evaluation report prepared by his evaluators. 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.
2. Following the conclusion of an evaluation of a teacher, the latter shall be informed in writing of his strengths and weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement noted in the written evaluation report.
3. 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 such material. 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. Every teacher shall have the right to attach to his or her evaluation form a note containing comments or information which he/she feels is pertinent, and said note shall be attached to all file copies and become a permanent part of the evaluation.
4. No one except supervisory or administrative personnel of the school district may be permitted to see the personnel file or records of any teacher without the teacher’s knowledge, consent and presence. A teacher may see his or her own file.
5. A Board member may be permitted to examine personnel files in the event of a pending Board action involving personnel matters.
B. Non-tenured teachers shall be evaluated by their certificated superiors at least three (3) times each school year, to be followed in each instance by a written evaluation report, and by a conference between the teacher and his/her properly certificated superior for the purpose of identifying any deficiencies, extending assistance for their correction, and improving instruction. Such evaluation in each instance shall consist of at least one (1) in-classroom observation of at least one (1) classroom period or full lesson.
C. At the beginning of the year, teaching staff members shall be given the names of evaluators and criteria for evaluation.
1. All certificated staff shall be observed and evaluated according to
2. Within ten (10) days of a classroom observation, the staff member shall meet with his/her evaluator to hold an observation conference. The purpose of this conference is for the evaluator and staff member to mutually discuss the lesson that was observed.
3. Within five (5) days of the observation conference, the staff member shall receive a copy of the written evaluation for signature.
4. The staff member’s signature will only indicate knowledge of the contents of the report, not agreement with the content. No certificated staff member shall be required to sign a blank evaluation form.
5. Should the certificated staff member wish to have a rebuttal attached to an evaluation, he/she shall submit said document to the evaluator within ten (10) days of receipt of the written evaluation. Said rebuttal shall become part of the evaluation document.
Category II: Support Staff Evaluation
A. Each secretary shall be evaluated at least twice a year as to his/her duties and performances by his/her immediate supervisor. Evaluation of
all other support staff shall only be done by the appropriate administrator or supervisory employee as determined by the Board of Education. Any support staff member receiving a deficiency in his/her evaluation shall be given thirty (30) days to correct that deficiency. In all cases, no evaluation shall be done orally.
B. Support staff members shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of his/her personnel file and to receive copies, at employee's expense, of any documents contained therein. Any employee shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association accompany him/her during such review.
C. No material derogatory to an employees conduct, service, character or personality shall be placed in his/her personnel file, unless the employee has had an opportunity to review the complaint and must be required to sign an acknowledgment.
D. Support staff may attach a rebuttal to their evaluation should they so desire. Any rebuttal sheets so attached shall remain part of the evaluation document.
ARTICLE XVI - FAIR PROCEDURES FOR NON-RENEWAL OR DISMISSAL OF NON-TENURED TEACHERS
On or before June 1st, a non-tenured teacher who has been advised that his/her contract has not been renewed, may request a conference with the Superintendent for reasons of dismissal.
ARTICLE XVII - TEACHER FACILITIES
A. The Board will continue its efforts to keep the schools reasonably and properly equipped and maintained.
B. The Board shall make available, if practicle, in each building a lounge and/or work study room and/or dining area for members.
C. Where possible, teachers shall be allowed individual supply orders at the end of each school year, and these supplies shall be delivered to their rooms in the beginning of the following school year.
ARTICLE XVIII - BOARD-ASSOCIATION COMMITTEES
A. The Association representatives shall meet with the Superintendent and such administrators as he/she selects, normally once a month with not more than two months elapsing between meetings, to review and discuss current school problems and practices. This committee in no way alters or modifies the functions of any committee which has been or shall be established by the administration. A mutually agreed upon agenda three (3) days prior to the meeting will be provided.
B. The Board of Education shall establish a committee made up of the Superintendent or his designee, one (1) Board of Education member (appointed by the Board President) and two (2) Association members (appointed by the Association President). This committee shall discuss and make recommendations to the full Board of Education with regard to issues of school security.
C. The Board of Education shall establish a six (6) member district Professional Development Committee. Serving on the committee shall be four (4) teachers elected by the Association and two (2) representatives selected by the Board of Education. If the committee meets during a regular school day, release time shall be made available to the Association members. Should a meeting be held after school hours, the Association members shall receive compensation at the rate shown in Schedule H of this Agreement.
D. The Board of Education will make available eight (8) hours of continuing education per year, subject to state regulations.
ARTICLE XIX - SICK LEAVE
Category I: Teacher Sick Leave
A. All teachers shall be entitled to ten (10) days sick leave each year, as of the first day of the school year. Unused sick leave days shall be accumulated from year to year with no limit.
B. For each complete year of service beyond three (3) years, the teacher will be eligible for a maximum of an additional five (5) days of pay equivalent to regular pay, minus substitute pay. For example, after five (5) complete
years of service, the teacher is eligible for ten (10) days of the above-described special pay; after nine (9) complete years of service, the teacher is eligible for thirty (30) days of special difference in pay consideration. Staff members may only use the maximum special pay days for which they are eligible one (1) time within any school year.
C. After expiration of the above-mentioned five (5) days of special consideration, a full day’s pay will be deducted.
D. Upon the death of a member with at least ten (10) years of service in the district, and amount equivalent to one-half (˝) the number of total accumulated sick leave days over the number of contractual work days times the salary of their last year’s employment shall be paid to their estate.
E. Members shall be given a written account of accumulated sick leave days no later than October 15th of each school year.
Category II: Support Staff Sick Leave
A. Support staff shall be allowed the following leave due to personal illness at the rate of one day per month:
1. Twelve (12) month full time employee - twelve (12) days per year.
2. Ten (10) month full time employee - ten (10) days per year.
B. The unused days of sick leave each year shall be cumulative.
C. Previously accumulated sick leave days will be restored to a support staff member upon return from an extended Board approved leave of absence.
D. Upon the death of a member with at least ten (10) years of service in the district, an amount equivalent to one half (˝) the number of total accumulated sick leave days over the number of contractual work days times the salary of their last year’s employment shall be paid to their estate.
E. Members shall be given a written account of accumulated sick leave days no later than October 15th of each school year.
ARTICLE XX - TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE
A. All LEA employees of the Lakewood Public Schools are entitled to four (4) days of personal, non-accumulative leave, with the exception of LEA secretaries’ members, who are entitled five (5) days of such leave. The request for leave must be given forty-eight (48) hours in advance.
B. Personal days may be granted before or after regularly scheduled school holidays at the discretion of the superintendent / designee.
C. Death in the immediate family:
1. All full time [twelve (12) or ten (10) month] employees shall be allowed four (4) days without loss of pay at the time of death in the immediate family. Bereavement leave shall be separate from personal leave.
2. The immediate family shall include: father, mother, spouse, child, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or a relative living as a member of the immediate household.
3. In the event a teacher has used all his/her personal leave days, and must have additional leave to attend the funeral of a person in the immediate family, such leave shall be granted by the immediate superior, with pay, at not less than one (1) day, and up to three (3) days depending on the circumstances.
D. For all employees, personal days not utilized during the year shall be added as an accumulated sick day for retirement purposes only.
ARTICLE XXI - EXTENDED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
A. A leave of absence without pay of up to two (2) years may be granted to any teacher who joins the Peace Corps, VISTA, National Teacher Corps, or serves as an exchange teacher or overseas teacher, and is a full-time participant in either of such programs, or accepts a Fulbright Scholarship.
B. 1. An unpaid child rearing leave of absence may be requested by any
staff member. Said leave shall be for the remainder of the year in which it is granted, and may be extended for the following year by request to the Board of Education.
2. The expiration of any child rearing leave shall coincide with the
beginning of a school year.
3. The Superintendent of Schools must be notified no later than
March 1st as to whether the member on child rearing leave intends to return to his/her position the following September. Members not under tenure will be given individual consideration. Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and the approval of the Board, a member may leave at a later date or return at an earlier date than provided herewith.
4. Any member adopting a child may request similar leave.
C. A leave of absence without pay of up to one (1) year for the purpose of caring for a sick member of the member’s immediate family may be granted by the Board upon the recommendation of the Superintendent in accordance with applicable statute and code.
D. All extensions or renewals of leaves shall be applied for, in writing, and the Board’s decision shall be given in written form.
E. The Superintendent must be notified no later than March 1st as to whether a member on leave intends to return to his/her position the following September.
F. A leave of absence for one year may be granted for personal reasons to a member who has served at least ten (10) years in the Lakewood District. Such request must be made on or before February 15th of the preceding year. On or before February 15th of the leave year, notification in writing of intent to return must be submitted to the Superintendent. This leave shall only be granted to a member one time.
G. All such leaves shall be without pay.
ARTICLE XXII - SABBATICAL LEAVE
A. The purpose of a sabbatical leave plan will be to enhance the professional skills of teachers in order to strengthen the quality of education in the Lakewood School System. Any member of the staff who is interested in applying for sabbatical leave should submit, to the Superintendent's Office by February 15th, a written request for consideration by the Sabbatical Leave Committee. The Sabbatical Leave Committee will endeavor to determine its selection(s) by March 1st so that the Board of Education Personnel Committee can be advised of the choice. By March 15th, the full Board will consider the recommendations in conference session, and by the end of March, Board action will be taken at the public meeting.
1. In order to be eligible for a sabbatical leave, a teacher must have served at least five (5) years in the Lakewood School System.
2. The applicant must submit written evidence of a purposeful plan of education that will enhance his/her professional competence.
3. The applicant must submit his/her application through his/her building principal, who shall indicate whether the applicant has exhibited qualities of leadership and scholarship during his/her teaching experience in Lakewood.
C. Selection Methods:
1. A selection committee composed of the Superintendent of Schools, who will act as permanent chairperson, the Elementary or
Secondary Assistant Superintendent, an elementary and a secondary teacher selected by the LEA President, and the appropriate building principal and department chairperson or district supervisor in the absence of a department chairperson, shall review the written plans of the applicant(s) and determine eligibility and selection.
2. Criteria for selection will be left to the judgment of the committee.
3. Final approval of all candidates granted sabbatical leave rests with the Board of Education.
1. The duration of the sabbatical leave is not to exceed one (1) year.
2. The program is to be one of formal study at a recognized institution of higher learning and/or specified in Article XXII, B.2.
E. Obligations of the Board and Teacher:
1. The Board:
a. The Board will pay one-half (˝) of the teacher’s regular salary to the candidate.
b. The Board will consider the period of the sabbatical in all ways comparable to a similar period of professional service in the Lakewood Schools. This will apply to salary increases
and any other benefits which would normally accrue to the candidate. This provision is only applicable to a teacher whose sabbatical is granted under Article XXII, E. I .a.
2. The Teacher:
a. Upon completion of the sabbatical, the individual teacher
will be obligated to serve the Lakewood School system for at
least an additional two (2) years.
b. This obligation will be put in writing.
c. In the event the teacher finds he/she cannot fulfill his/her obligation under Article XXII, E.2.a above, he/she will repay the Board in full over a period not to exceed three (3) years, except in the case of permanent disability.
ARTICLE XXIII - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND
A. To work toward the end stated above, the Board agrees to implement the
1. The Board agrees to give credit on the salary guide for those courses which enable the teacher to improve his/her professional background.
2. The Board agrees to reimburse teachers for the cost of six (6) credits per year. Should a teaching staff member attend Rutgers University, the Rutgers University graduate credit rate shall be reimbursed. Should a teaching staff member attend any other institution, or take on-line courses at an accredited institution, the rate for that institution or up to the Rutgers University graduate rate, whichever is less, shall be reimbursed. The credits must be on the graduate level and be in the subject area taught, or in the field of education for elementary teachers.
All courses must be in an accredited program listed in the accredited institutions list: www. Accredited Institutions of the State of New Jersey.
3. The definition of “school year” for the taking of graduate credits shall be July 1 through June 30. Submission of requests for reimbursement for graduate credits shall be by October 31st of the subsequent year.
4. The maximum total amount the Board of Education shall be liable for in any one (1) school year for graduate credit reimbursement shall be thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000).
B. All secretaries shall be provided with no less than one (1) full day of training by the manufacturer or another qualified person, when assigned to use a computer or any computer-related equipment.
C. The Board of Education agrees to reimburse support staff for the cost of job related workshops certified by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee.
ARTICLE XXIV - PROTECTION OF MEMBERS
A. Pursuant to the Statutes of the State of New Jersey:
1. 18A:6-1 - No person employed or engaged in a school or educational institution, whether public or private, shall inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment upon a pupil attending such school or institution, but any such person may, within the scope of his/her employment, use and employ such amounts of force as is reasonable and necessary:
a. to quell a disturbance, threatening physical injury to others.
b. to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon the person or within the control of a pupil.
c. for the purpose of self-defense; and
d. for the protection of persons or property; and such acts, or any of them, shall not be construed to constitute corporal punishment within the meaning and intendment of this section. Every resolution, bylaw, rule, ordinance, or other act or authority permitting or authorizing corporal punishment
to be inflicted upon a pupil attending a school or educational institution shall be void.
2. 18A:16-6 - Indemnity of officers and employees against
Whenever any civil action has been or shall be brought against any person holding any office, position or employment under the jurisdiction of any board of education, including any student
teacher, for any act or omission arising out of and in the course of the performance of the duties of such office, position, employment or student teaching, the board shall defray all costs of defending such action, including reasonable counsel fees and expenses, together with costs of appeal, if any, and shall save harmless and protect such person from any financial loss resulting therefrom; and said board may arrange for and maintain appropriate insurance to cover all such damages, losses and expenses.
3. 18A:16-6.1- Indemnity of officers and employees in
certain criminal actions:
Should any criminal action be instituted against any such person for any such act or omission and should such proceeding be dismissed or result in final disposition in favor of such person, the board of education shall reimburse him for the cost of defending such proceeding, including reasonable counsel fees and expenses of the original hearing or trial and all appeals.
B. Members shall not be required to work under unsafe or hazardous conditions or to perform tasks which endanger his/her health, safety or well-being. In the event of any disorder or disruption in the regular school program, the Association shall have the right to meet with the Board as soon as possible to develop mutually acceptable programs to guarantee the safety of students, members and property.
C. By July 1, the LEA will receive a check for $500 from the Board for losses suffered or incurred to personal property of members quelling a disturbance; funds to be administered by the LEA.
ARTICLE XXV- MAINTENANCE OF CLASSROOM CONTROL
A. The Board recognizes its responsibility to continue to maintain classroom control and discipline through the administration. Each teacher bears primary responsibility for maintaining control and discipline in the classroom.
B. Each principal at the first faculty meeting of the school year will inform the faculty in writing of procedures in discipline cases.
ARTICLE XXVI – INSURANCE
A. The Board of Education will pay full premium cost of all employees and dependents. Effective April 1, 2008, the carrier shall be the School Employee Health Benefits Plan.
B. A co-pay prescription program shall be implemented through NJSHBP (SEHBP or equivalent). Co-payments will be the co-pays as established by the plan.
C. The Board will pay the full premium costs of all employees and dependents as outlined in a Delta Dental Plan (or equivalent), including the following benefits:
1. Orthodontia benefit shall be $1,500 payable per covered individual, every five (5) consecutive calendar years; and
2. Dental maximum shall be $2,000 per annum.
D. The Board will pay the full premium costs for optical care for all members and their dependents as outlined in Plan C in the Vision Service Plan (or equivalent - no deductible 12 months on exam, lenses and frames).
E. All part-time employees shall be allowed to buy, through payroll deduction, health insurances at the group rate available to the Board of Education.
ARTICLE XXVII - PERSONAL & ACADEMIC FREEDOM
A. Members shall be entitled to full rights of citizenship; and no religious or political activities of any member of the lack thereof shall be grounds for any discipline or discrimination with respect to the professional employment of such member, providing said activities do not violate any local, state or federal law.
B. The Board and the Association agree that academic freedom is essential to the fulfillment of the purposes of the Lakewood School District and
they acknowledge the fundamental need to protect teachers from any censorship or restraint which might interfere with their obligation to
pursue truth in the performance of their teaching functions. Accordingly, they agree as follows:
1. Teachers shall be guaranteed full freedom in classroom presentations and discussions and may introduce poetically, religiously or otherwise controversial material, provided that said material is relevant to the course content and that all sides of any such controversial issue be presented.
ARTICLE XXVIII – DEDUCTIONS FROM SALARY
2. In performing their teaching functions, teachers shall be guaranteed full freedom in expressing their personal opinions on all matters relevant to the course content, provided, however, that when they do so they shall make every effort to indicate that they are speaking personally and not on behalf of the school, its administration or the Board.
A. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 123, Public Laws 1974 (NJSA52:15-14;9e) and under rules established by the State Department of Education.
B. The Board agrees to deduct from the salaries of its members, dues for the Lakewood Education Association, the Ocean County Council of Education Associations, the New Jersey Education Association, and the National Education Association, as said members individually and voluntarily authorize the Board of deduct.
C. Representation Fee:
The Association shall, on or before September 3, deliver to the Board a written statement containing the following:
1. A statement that the Association has determined the amount of representation fee in accordance with the formulated requirements of NJSA 34:13a-5.4.
2. A statement that the Association has established a “demand and return” system in accordance with the requirements of NJSA 34:13a-5.4.
3. A statement establishing the amount of yearly representation fees to be deducted from the salaries of each non-member. Such representation fee shall not exceed eighty-five percent (85%) of the regular membership dues, fees, and assessments.
4. A list of all teachers who have failed to arrange for and become members of the Association and a request that the representation fee of such non-members be deducted in accordance with the Agreement.
5. Beginning with the first full pay period in November, the Board will commence deductions from salaries of such non-members as defined in subsection 1.d above in accordance with Section 3 below of the full amount of the representation fee and will promptly transmit the amount so deducted to the Association.
D. Payroll Deduction Schedule:
1. The Board will deduct the representation in equal installments, as nearly as possible, from the paychecks paid to each employee on the aforesaid list, during the remainder of the membership year in question. The deductions will begin with the first paychecks”
2. In November; or
3. Thirty days after the employee begins his/her employment in a bargaining unit position, unless the employee previously served in a bargaining unit position or was on lay-off, in which event, the deductions will begin with the first paycheck paid ten (10) days after the resumption of the employee’s employment in a bargaining unit position, whichever is later. The mechanics for deduction of representation fees and the transmission of such fees due to the Association, as nearly as possible, shall be the same as those used for the deduction of regular membership to the Association.
4. On or about the last day of each month, beginning with the month this Agreement becomes effective, the Board will submit to the Association a list of all employees who began employment in a bargaining unit position during the preceding thirty (30) day period. The list will include names, job titles, dates of employment for all such employees.
ARTICLE XXIX – MANAGEMENT’S RIGHTS
5. The Association hereby agrees to indemnify, defend, and save harmless the Board from any claim, suit or action of any nature whatsoever which may be bought at law or equity, or before any administrative agency with regard to or arising from the deduction from the salaries of any employee of any sum of money as a representation fee under the provision of this Agreement provided the Board has fully complied with the requirements contained herein. In addition, the Board shall be required to make available any and all public records necessary for such defense.
It is the right of the Board, except as limited by the provisions of this Agreement, to determine the standards of services to be offered by its schools; determine the standards of selection for employment; direct its employees; take disciplinary action; relieve its employees from duty for legitimate reasons; maintain the efficiency of its operations; determine the methods, means and
personnel by which its operations are to be conducted; take any necessary actions to carry out its mission in emergencies and exercise complete control and discretion over its organization and the technology of performing its work.
The Board’s decisions on those matters are not within the scope of collective bargaining, but not withstanding the above, questions the practical impact that decisions on the above matters have on employees are within the scope of the collective bargaining agreements.
ARTICLE XXX - MISCELLANEOUS
A. If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement to any employee or group of employees is held to be contrary to law, then such provision or application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting, except to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications shall continue in full force and effect.
B. Copies of this Agreement shall be printed at the shared expense of the Board and the Association.
C. Whenever any notice is required to be given by either of the parties to this Agreement to the other, pursuant to the provision(s) of this
Agreement, either party shall do so by telegram or registered letter at the following addresses:
1. If by the Association, to the:
Board of Education
655 Princeton Avenue
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
2. If by the Board, to the:
Lakewood Education Association President
Lakewood Education Association
1255 Route 70, Suite 34S
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
D. The Board and the Association agree that the district board of education does not assign, transfer, promote, or retain staff or fail to retain staff on the sole basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.
E. Any individual contract between the Board and an individual member, covered under this Agreement, heretofore or hereafter executed shall be subject to and 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, should be controlling.
ARTICLE XXXI - TEACHER RESPONSIBILITY
A. The Lakewood Education Association and the School Board recognize and acknowledge that it serves the Lakewood community and its educational institutions.
B. The Association recognizes the professional responsibilities of the teachers and pledges the cooperation of the Association and the teachers toward attaining the highest goals of education of students.
C. Consistent with teacher responsibilities are the following:
1. Teachers will meet in conference with parents. Such conferences shall be held when requested by the teachers and/or parents or students at times that are convenient to all concerned.
2. The Board recognizes its responsibility to continue to maintain classroom control and discipline through the administration. Each teacher bears the primary responsibility for maintaining control and discipline in the classroom.
ARTICLE XXXII - RETIREMENT BENEFITS
3. Teachers will, to the best of their ability, safeguard all school material and equipment committed to their charge.
A. All members upon retirement shall be paid an amount equivalent to one-half (˝) the number of total accumulated sick leave days over the number of contractual work days times their salary of the last year's employment. Payment will be made in accordance with Lakewood Board of Education Regulation 4117.11.
B. At the option of the employee, payment for unused sick leave may be made in two (2) or three (3) equal payments, the first thirty (30) days after retirement, the second one (1) year after the date of the first payment and the third one (1) year after the date of the second payment.
C. Effective July 1, 1999 unused sick leave shall be mandatorily paid out over a two (2) year period, or over a three (3) year period if requested by the Association member, pursuant to the schedule of payments outlined above.
D. Should the retiring employee die prior to the actual date of retirement, but subsequent to the Board accepting the employee's letter of retirement, payment for unused sick leave shall be made to the employee's estate. Should a retired employee die subsequent to actual retirement but before all payments have been made, the remaining payment(s) shall be made to the employee's estate pursuant to the schedule of payments outlined above.
ARTICLE XXXIII - CHAPERONES
A. The Board shall post all scheduled events for the forthcoming school year at the beginning of the school year. In the event there is an unscheduled event, the Board shall post such event at least two (2) weeks prior to such event. Employees shall have an opportunity to volunteer to act as chaperones for such events. Employees shall declare their availability to act as chaperones for such events at least two (2) weeks prior to a scheduled event and at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to an unscheduled event. In the event there are more persons volunteering than are needed, selection shall be on a time priority basis; that is, the employees who have first volunteered shall be selected. If there are insufficient volunteers, or in the event of an emergency, the Board will go to an alphabetical list of employees, but shall not select an employee who has already acted as a chaperone or who has volunteered to act as one during the relevant school year. Should certificated staff be requested to chaperone an event, non certificated staff may be passed over on the alphabetical list. Also, building assignment may be used to determine appropriate chaperone assignments. In the event an employee volunteers or is selected to act as a chaperone and shows up for duty but does not perform such duty through no fault of such employee, such employee shall receive one-half (˝) of the designated stipend.
B. The stipends for the performance of chaperoning duty shall be as stated in Schedule H of this agreement:
C. The Board will pay or arrange for free admission of the chaperoning employee and the sponsor of the activity to the event to be chaperoned.
ARTICLE XXXIV- SALARY SCHEDULES
A. Salary guides for unit members are as follows:
1. The salary guides for certificated staff members are attached as Schedules A-l, A-2 and A-3, and made a part hereof.
2. The salary guides for secretaries are attached as Schedules B-1, B-2, and B-3, and made a part hereof.
3. The salary guides for Other Unit Positions as Schedule C, and made a part hereof.
4. The salary guides for paraprofessional personnel are attached as Schedules D-1, D-2, and D-3, and made a part hereof.
5. The salary guides for coaches are attached as Schedule E, and made a part hereof.
6. The salary guides for special stipends are attached as Schedule F, and made a part hereof.
7. The salary guides for stipends for co-curricular positions are attached as Schedule G and made a part hereof.
B. The hourly rates are outlined in Schedule H of this agreement.
C. 1. Ten (10) month employees may elect to be paid their ten (10) month salary on a twelve (12) month basis. The Association member's ten (10) month salary for the period September 1 through June 30 of a school year shall be paid out over the twelve
(12) month period September 1 through August 31.
2. To participate in this plan, an employee must, for each school year he/she wishes to participate, notify the Business Office in writing no later than June 30 of the school year preceding the year in which the ten (10) month salary is to be paid over a twelve (12) month basis. Failure to notify the Business Office shall result in a ten (10) month payment schedule. Once the Business Office has been notified of the employee's choice, the payment schedule for the following school year shall be irrevocable.
ARTICLE XXXV - DURATION OF AGREEMENT
A. Duration Period:
This Amended Agreement shall be effective as of July 1, 2007 and shall continue in effect until June 30, 2010, subject to the Association's right to negotiate over a successor Agreement as provided in Article II. This Agreement shall not be extended orally, and it is expressly understood that it shall expire on the date indicated, unless it is extended in writing.
B. Status of Incorporation:
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.
FOR THE LAKEWOOD EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
By: \s\ Carol Cousins, President
By: \s\ Linda Paige, Co-Chair – Negotiations Committee
By: \s\ James Marten, Co-Chair – Negotiations Committee
FOR THE LAKEWOOD BOARD OF EDUCATION
By: \s\ Chet Galdo, President
By: \s\ Robert Finger, Board Secretary
|Schedule A-1 ||2007-2008|
|Teacher Salary Guide|
|Schedule A-2 ||2008-2009|
|Teacher Salary Guide|
|Schedule A-3 ||2009-2010|
|Teacher Salary Guide|
MA MA+15 MA+30 PhD
|Secretary Salary Guides|
|Secretary Salary Guides|
| 15,411 || 18,493 19,536 |
| 16,062 || 19,274 20,364 |
| 16,742 || 20,091 21,230 |
| 17,453 || 20,944 22,134 |
| 17,739 || 21,287 22,477 |
| 18,035 || 21,642 22,832 |
| 18,823 || 22,588 23,201 |
| 19,143 || 22,971 23,584 |
| 19,462 || 23,354 23,853 |
| 19,781 || 23,738 24,351 |
| 20,285 || 24,342 24,955 |
| 20,822 || 24,987 25,600 |
| 21,361 || 25,633 26,247 |
| 22,066 || 26,479 27,092 |
| 22,973 || 27,567 28,181 |
| 23,946 || 28,735 29,348 |
| 24,854 || 29,825 30,438 |
| 25,827 || 30,992 31,606 |
| 27,003 || 32,404 33,017 |
| 28,247 || 33,896 34,509 |
| 29,423 || 35,308 35,921 |
| 31,248 || 37,497 38,111 |
| 32,421 || 38,905 40,718 |
| 33,952 || 40,742 42,218 |
| 35,608 || 42,730 44,206 |
|Secretary Salary Guides|
Schedule C: Other Unit Positions
Audio-Visual Assistant, Safety Compliance Officer
and JROTC Instructors (2):
Each of the above shall be paid on the appropriate column and granted experience step of Schedule A. based upon degree held. If the individual holds no degree, $5,000 less than the granted experience step on the BA column shall be paid.
For Any individual hired prior to September 1, 1995, salaries as previously determined shall be increased by the negotiated settlement percentage each year.
The attendance Officer shall be paid according to Schedule B, Secretary.
Should the salary requirements of the federal government for the employment of JROTC instructors be in conflict with the provisions of Schedule C:A, the federal regulations shall supercede the contractual agreement, both now and in the future.
30 Credits60 Credits90 Credits
16,504 16,588 17,290
16,629 16,713 17,415
16,754 16,838 17,540
16,879 16,963 17,665
17,022 17,106 17,808
17,171 17,255 17,957
17,328 17,412 18,114
17,492 17,576 18,278
17,656 17,740 18,443
17,821 17,905 18,607
17,985 18,069 18,771
18,324 18,408 19,110
19,113 19,197 19,899
19,899 19,983 20,685
20,688 20,772 21,474
21,519 21,603 22,305
22,556 22,641 23,343
23,774 23,858 24,560
25,024 25,108 25,810
25,924 26,008 26,710
27,317 27,401 28,103
28,769 28,853 29,555
29,838 29,922 30,624
30,984 31,068 31,770
32,178 32,262 32,964
30 Credits60 Credits90 Credits
30 Credits60 Credits90 Credits
Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4
Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4
Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4
|HS/MS Guidance Counselor|
|Elementary Guidance Counselor|
|LDTC|| || |
|Social Worker|| |
|Scouting Rate [per assignment]|
Each of these positions
|Athletic Coordinator |
receives an additional 10%
|Computer Lab Coordinator|
of salary as a stipend.
|Art Show |
|Asst. Marching Band|
|Chess & Asst. Chess|
| Grade 7|
| Grade 8|
| Grade 9|
| Grade 10|
| Grade 11|
| Grade 12|
|Dramatic Coach |
|Elementary K-6 Audio Visual |
|Fine Arts Enrichment|
|French Honor Society|
|Future Teachers of America |
|German Honor Society |
|Gospel Choir Accompanist|
| High School  |
| other buildings [1 each] |
|Latin American Student Org.|
|Latin Honor Society|
|Marching Band Director|
|Middle School Audio Visual |
|Music & Art Honor Societies|
|National Honor Society|
|Peer/Youth Leadership |
|Pine Needle Annual|
|Pine Needle Annual Business Mgr. |
|Pine Needle Monthly |
|Spanish Honor Society|
|Stock Clerk - HS|
|Stock Clerk - MS|
|Stock Clerk - ES|
|Student Activities Treasurer|
|Student Government HS|
|Student Government MS|
|Student of the Month |
|Weight Training [per season]|
|Yearbook (Grade 8)|
A. Travel Reimbursement @ a rate of forty cents ($.40) per mile, plus tolls (with receipts) shall apply to all unit members required to use their own automobile in performance of their professional duties.
B. Home Visitation by Special Education as required by an IEP shall be reimbursed at a rate of fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour plus mileage reimbursement.
C. Professional Development Committee Member shall be reimbursed at a rate of forty dollars ($40.00) per hour for meetings held after the normal working day.
D. Chaperones shall be reimbursed as follows:
(Free Admission will be provided to chaperones to each event)
Weekdays (Monday – Friday) fifty dollars ($50.00) per event
Weekends (Saturday & Sunday) seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per event
Overnight - seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per event
E. Hourly Rates
A rate of forty dollars ($40.00) per hour (or a portion thereof) to LEA members assigned the following:
Teacher substitution during PREP: 1/1300 Base Salary
Central Detention Saturday School
Late Day School Home Instruction
Supplemental Instruction beyond the regular work day
Attendance Officer Summer Work: 1/1325 Base Salary
F. Parent Resource Center Coordinator
This twelve (12) month position shall be compensated pursuant to an agreement with the Lakewood Board of Education. The current (2006-2007) salary for this position shall be increased by the settlement percentage in each year of this current agreement (2007-2010).