BY AND BETWEEN
RIVER DELL REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION
RIVER DELL ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION
2007 - 2008
2008 – 2009
2009 - 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I Recognition 3
II Administrative Supervision 3
Ill Grievance Procedure 4
V Leave of Absence 8
VII Other Benefits 14
VIII Administrator Rights 14
Xl Notice of Professional Vacancy 16
XII School Year and School Day 16
XIII Review of Contents of Personnel Files 16
XV Professional Development and Educational Improvement 17
XVI Vacations 18
Appendix A 21
XVII Miscellaneous Provisions 18
XVIII Preservation of Records and Documents 19
XIX Duration of Agreement 20
GENERAL TERMS OF AGREEMENT
Article I - Recognition
1.1 The Board of Education recognizes the River Dell Administrators Association (the "Association") as the exclusive representative of the Administrators employed in the following positions by the River Dell Board of Education (the "Board"), River Edge, New Jersey.
Twelve (12) month Administrators
Director of Special Education
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Director of Computer Services
Article II - Administrative Supervision
2.1 The Chief School Administrator of Schools will supervise and evaluate the Principals, Director of Curriculum/Instruction, the Director of Special Education, the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, and the Director of Computer Services, at least once during the school year prior to April 1. Non-tenured Administrators shall receive 3 evaluations during each school year prior to April 1 in accordance with State Board Regulations.
2.2 The Building Principals will supervise and evaluate the Assistant Principals, the Athletic Director at least once during the school year prior to April 1. Non-tenured Administrators shall receive 3 evaluations during each school year prior to April 1 in accordance with State Board Regulations. Supervisors will be supervised and evaluated by the appropriate administrator at least once during the school year prior to April 1. Non-tenured Administrators shall receive 3 evaluations during each school year prior to April 1 in accordance with State Board Regulations.
2.3 The Chief School Administrator of Schools shall inform each Administrator in writing, prior to his/her recommendations to the Board of Education, of his/her rehiring, salary recommendations.
2.4 Within ten days after the first monthly formal April meeting, the Board of Education shall inform each Administrator in writing, through the Office of the Chief School Administrator, if the contract of a non-tenured Administrator will be renewed.
Article III - Grievance Procedure
A grievance shall mean a complaint of a personal loss by an Administrator (1) that there has been as to him/her a violation, misinterpretation or inequitable application of any of the provisions of the Agreement or (2) that he/she has been treated unfairly or inequitably by reason of any act or condition which is contrary to established Board policy, change in job description or administrative decision governing or affecting Administrators. However, the term "grievance" shall not apply to any matter (a) which is a complaint of a non-tenured Administrator arising by reason of his/her not being re-employed, or (b) a matter affecting an Administrator arising by the reason of the application of any rule or regulation of the State Commissioner of Education. A grievance to be considered under this procedure must be initiated by the Administrator within thirty (30) calendar days from the time when the Administrator knew or should have known of its occurrence. As used in this definition, the term "Administrator" shall mean also a group of Administrators having the same grievance.
Any individual Administrator or group shall have the right to present a grievance affecting him/her. With respect to his/her personal grievances, he/she shall be assured freedom from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal in presenting his/her grievance. He/she shall have the right to present his/her own grievance or to request a representative, and the Association shall appoint the representative. The Administrator has a right to have a representative appear with him/her commencing with Level Two and all subsequent levels of the grievance procedure.
A. Level One: Any Administrator or group of Administrators who have a grievance shall discuss it with his/her immediate superior, in an attempt to resolve the matter on an informal basis.
B. Level Two: If, as a result of the informal discussion with the immediate superior the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Administrator(s) within seven school days, he/she shall set forth his/her complaint in writing to the Chief School Administrator stating:
1. the nature of the grievance;
2. the nature and extent of the loss, injury or inconvenience
3. the results of previous discussions;
4. his/her dissatisfactions with the decisions previously rendered;
5. grievance includes proposal for remediation.
C. Level Three: Upon request by the Administrator, the Chief School Administrator shall have a conference with the Administrator and his/her representative if any. The Chief School Administrator shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible but within a period not to exceed seven school days. The Chief School Administrator shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the individual and the Association.
D. Level Four: If the grievance is not resolved to the Administrator's satisfaction, he/she may request a review by the Board within seven school days. The request shall be submitted in writing through the Chief School Administrator of Schools who shall attach all related papers and forward the request to the Board. The Board, or a committee thereof, shall review the grievance, hold a hearing with the Administrator, if requested by the Administrator, and render a decision in writing setting forth its reasons to the Administrator and the Association within fourteen school days.
E. Level Five:
1. If the grievant is not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level Four, the Association may submit one grievance per year to advisory arbitration not later than fifteen (15) school days after receipt of the decision by the Board.
2. Within ten (10) school days after such submission for arbitration, the Board and the Association shall attempt to agree upon a mutually acceptable arbitrator. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator, either shall request the Public Employment Relations Commission to appoint an arbitrator.
The arbitrator shall confer with the representative(s) of the Board and of the Association and shall proceed with a hearing, and shall submit a written report in the shortest possible time setting forth his/her findings of fact, reasoning and conclusions on the issues submitted. The arbitrator shall be without power or authority to make any decision, which requires the commission of an act prohibited by law or which is violative of the terms of this Agreement. The decision' of the arbitrator shall be advisory only to the Board and the Association.
4. The cost of the services of the arbitrator, including the per diem expenses and actual 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.
5. If time is lost by any Administrator due to arbitration proceedings necessitating the retention of a substitute, the Board will pay only the cost of the substitute, the time lost by the Administrator must either be without pay or charged to personal time; however, if the arbitrator subpoenas an Administrator to attend the arbitration proceedings as a witness, this Administrator shall not suffer loss of pay.
3.4 Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decisions on a grievance within 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 the step. However, either party may request one extension of ten school days at Level Four, and if either party requests it, it shall be granted.
3.5 It is understood that Administrators shall, during and notwithstanding 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 fully determined.
3.6 Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be made to expedite the process. The time limits specified may, however, be extended by mutual agreement.
3.7 In the event a grievance is filed at such time that it cannot be processed through all the steps in this grievance procedure by the end of the school year, then the time limits shall be established by counting the weekdays following the end of the school year as school days.
Article IV – Compensation
Annual Salaries from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010 (See Appendix A)
Administrators will be placed on the appropriate guide upon employment.
4.2 Any Administrator hired after 2003-2004, who, as a member of the River Dell faculty/staff has accumulated educational service credit as a member of the RDEA, shall retain such compensation as part of his/her base salary.4.3 Salaries
A. The salaries listed in Appendix A represent annual salaries. As of the initial date of this agreement, all Administrators will be designated as twelve (12) month Administrators. If, by agreement between the Administrator and the Chief School Administrator, subject to the approval of the Board, any such Administrator should be employed for a period of less than twelve (12) months, then the salary of such Administrator shall be paid on a pro-rata basis determined by using a percentage arrived at by dividing the actual number of months employed per school year by twelve (12) months. This percentage times the salary listed above shall determine the pro-rata annual salary.
B. It shall be clearly understood by both parties that the salaries listed do not guarantee an automatic salary increase. The Board reserves the right to withhold for inefficiency or other good cause, any and all employment, adjustment and/or increments.
C. If any Administrator shall leave the employ of River Dell Regional School District for any reason, the RDAA will be informed of the placement of any new employee prior to appointment.
D. An administrator’s salary will be augmented by $3,000 upon the awarding of a doctoral degree.
4.4 Any Administrator serving in an extra-curricular capacity will be paid at the rate negotiated by the River Dell Education Association ("RDEA") for the teachers.
4.6 The Chief School Administrator has the right, within reason, to assign additional duties or teaching periods to all Administrators listed in Article 1.1; however, the Chief School Administrator will take into consideration the said Administrator's current administrative responsibilities and teaching schedule before proposing additional assignments. The Chief School Administrator has the right, within reason, to assign up to one (1) teaching period and/or additional duties to all Directors or Supervisors.
Article V - Leave of Absence5.1 Short Term Leave
a. Twelve (12) month Administrators shall be entitled to twelve (12) days absence each year for personal illness only. Administrators who are not employed on a twelve (12) month basis shall be entitled to annual sick leave days equal to one (1) day for each month worked per year. Illness is defined as absence from post of duty because of personal disability due to illness or injury, or because of exclusion from school by medical authorities on account of a contagious disease, or being quarantined for such a disease in the immediate household.
b. All sick leave days not taken while employed by the River Dell system may be accumulated without limit, beginning September 1,1954.
c. Administrators shall be given a written accounting of their accumulated sick leave days not later than September 15TH of each school year.
d. In the event of an extended illness, which exhausts all of an Administrator's accumulated sick leave days, a request can be made to the Board for additional paid leave. Granting or denial of such additional leave shall be at the sole discretion of the board and will be decided on an individual basis. Payment for such leave cannot exceed normal salary for that person, less the cost of a substitute or replacement employee. There is no contractual or legal right to emergency Sick Leave.
The provisions of Article V paragraph 5.2C shall apply to emergency sick leave.
2. Death in Immediate Family
For a death in the immediate family, up to five days absence, as determined by the Chief School Administrator, will be granted. "Immediate family" will include mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, wife, husband, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents, and any other relative living with the Administrator as a permanent member of the family. The Chief School Administrator will resolve cases of an unusual nature, not covered by this regulation.
3. Death of Relative
For a death of a relative outside the immediate family (such as aunt, uncle) one day will be granted.
4. Government Mandate
Recognized government mandates over which the Administrator has no control will be honored.
5. Personal Business
For personal business, three (3) days each year will be granted subject to the prior application to and approval of the Chief School Administrator of Schools and an assertion by the Administrator that the reason for the absence is allowable within the intent of Board policy. Days granted for personal business and not used by the Administrator within the school year cannot be accumulated or carried into the following school year.
Except for personal business days requested immediately preceding or following a holiday or school recess period, which are controlled by the immediately succeeding paragraph, Administrators desiring to take a personal day under this provision shall be required to specify one of the "reasons" listed in Board policy. For not more than one of the personal business leave days requested, an Administrator may specify as the listed reason "a matter of such personal concern that it cannot be disclosed."
Personal days requested immediately preceding or following a holiday or school recess period may be taken, provided specific written reasons are stated in the application submitted for the personal day and written approval by the Chief School Administrator is received.
B. Deduction for Substitute's Pay
Deduction for substitute's pay will be made for the following types of absence. In all of the following cases, a twelve (12) month Administrator's/Director's daily salary is computed on the basis of 1/240th of the annual contractual salary. The daily salary of an Association member employed less than twelve (12) months shall be computed by applying a multiple, determined by dividing one (1) by the number of months employed during the school year, plus any fraction thereof, times 20. For example, a 10 month Association member's daily salary is on the basis of 1/200th (1 divided by 10 X 20) of the annual contractual salary.
1. Death in Immediate Family
Absence extending beyond the time granted.
In case of absence from duty in response to jury or a subpoena to be a witness in an action in which the Administrator is not involved, the amount of the witness or juror's fee shall be deducted from the salary of the Administrator.
C. Deduction of Full Pay
The Chief School Administrator will approve or disapprove payment for all other absences for reasons not specified herein above.
5.2 Extended Leave of Absence, Except Parental
Except for those drafted into military service, only Administrators with tenure will be eligible for extended leaves of absence.
Any Administrator desiring an extended leave of absence for any reason, shall submit a written request to the Chief School Administrator of Schools. Such a request shall contain the proposed dates of absence from school and the reason for the request. The Chief School Administrator will make a recommendation to the Board for their consideration.
The application shall be accompanied by a physician's certificate attesting to the fitness of the Administrator to resume his/her assigned duties. The Board may, whenever it deems advisable, require a physician's statement attesting to the illness of the Administrator or may direct the school physician to make a physical examination of any Administrator who is absent because of personal illness.
1. On the recommendation of the Chief School Administrator, the Board may permit members of the professional staff to go on a sabbatical leave for the purpose of self-improvement to benefit the school system through study or research.
a. Leave will not be granted for the purpose of engaging in a gainful occupation or for the purpose of studying for a trade or another profession.
b. When formal college credit has been granted during the leave, the Chief School Administrator will require the presentation of an official transcript.
c. When leaves have been granted for any other purpose, written reports planned in consultation with the Chief School Administrator will be required.
d. Summer sabbatical: An Administrator may apply for a sabbatical covering three consecutive summers and leading to completion of a program of study or research.
Only one (1) member of the Association may be on a sabbatical leave at any one time.
Sabbatical leave shall be granted for a period of up to one year at 60% salary for the time involved. Salary for the summer sabbatical shall be one half the new school year's salary for the time involved.
Consideration will be given only to those presenting sabbatical leave plans, which involve self-improvement and benefit to the school system. Members of the administrative staff shall become eligible for a full-year sabbatical leave after they have completed seven consecutive years of service in the system. Eligibility for another full-year sabbatical leave shall be reestablished after seven consecutive years of service following any previous sabbatical leave. Members of the administrative staff shall become eligible for a summer sabbatical leave after they have completed seven consecutive years of service in the system. Eligibility for another summer sabbatical leave shall be reestablished after seven consecutive years of service following any previous sabbatical leave.
A condition attached to the granting of sabbatical leave shall be the agreement on the part of the applicant to return to the River Dell Regional Schools for at least one year of service after the conclusion of the sabbatical leave. If the Administrator does not return to service as per agreement, then he/she is indebted to the Board for the salary received while on sabbatical. Upon return from sabbatical leave, an Administrator shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level, which he/she would have achieved had he/she remained actively employed in the system during the period of his/her absence.
Sabbatical leave shall not be cumulative.
All leaves of absence are granted from the River Dell Regional School System and not from a specific position herein.
F. Notification of Return
By March 1 immediately preceding the school year in which an Administrator is due to return from an extended leave, he/she must signify his/her intent, in writing, to the Chief School Administrator. Failure to comply with this regulation will be considered a resignation. All Administrators on extended leave will be given a written reminder of this obligation not later than February 15.
G. Contract Salary Status
Upon return to duty, at the expiration of the leave of absence, the person shall resume the contract salary status he/she had prior to such leave.
H. Experience Credit
Administrators on leave for a year or more, or for the major part of a year, shall not receive any increments for the period of such absences nor shall such period of absence, except for sabbatical leaves and military service, count toward experience on a guide. Upon return to duty, the Administrator shall be placed at the salary corresponding to that which he/she was on when he/she left, which will not include the time allotted for his/her leave of absence.
No leave of absence shall be granted for employment in another business or occupation.
5.3 Maternity Leave of Absence
A. Separation from System
Tenured Administrators shall, and non-tenured Administrators may, be granted a leave of absence without pay for maternity reasons. The Administrator shall continue to work as long as she is physically able, as directed by her own physician. Such determination shall be presented to the Board in writing no later than the sixth month of pregnancy.
If, however, the Board should find that the Administrator's performance is inadequate due to her physical condition, then the Chief School Administrator may require that the school physician examine the Administrator. The Chief School Administrator's decision shall be final. In the case that there is a difference of medical opinion between the school physician and the Administrator's physician, then the Board and the Administrator shall agree on a third impartial physician who shall examine the Administrator and whose medical opinion shall be conclusive and binding on the issue of medical capacity to continue administering. The costs of this third physician shall be equally shared by the Board and the Administrator. These examinations shall take place during a span of time no longer than two weeks following the Chief School Administrator's initial request.
All Administrators shall notify the Chief School Administrator of intention to take maternity leave as soon as possible, but prior to the proposed beginning date of the leave.
If leave is longer than 13 weeks, the Administrator on such leave of absence must return only in the first or second September following the birth of the child. Specific permission to rejoin the staff at a sooner or later time may be granted by the Board. The Administrator shall inform the Board in writing of her intention to return in September by the preceding March 15. Failure to return on the promised date shall result in termination of leave. The Board may, at its discretion, grant an extension of leave.
Upon return, the Administrator shall be reinstated with every reasonable effort made to place her in her previous specific position.
If a pregnancy for which a maternity leave has been granted is interrupted, or should result in a stillborn child, the Administrator may return at an earlier date than specified, if mutually agreed upon.
5.4 Other Leaves for Service or Scholarship
A leave of absence without pay of up to two (2) years shall be granted to any tenured Administrator who joins the Peace Corps, or Vista, and is a full-time participant in either a like program, or who receives and accepts a Fulbright Scholarship.
Article VI - Health Insurance6.1 The Board of Education shall provide medical insurance to the Employee and his/her
dependents at the level and contribution rate set forth in the agreement between the River Dell Board of Education and the River Dell Education Association, as may be revised by the parties thereto.
6.2 The board of education shall continue to provide dental insurance to the Employee and his/her dependents as defined by the agreement with the River Dell education Association.
Article VII - Other Benefits7.1 The Board will pay annual dues for Administrators up to $900 for each year of this Agreement.
7.2 The Board shall reimburse each Administrator/Director/Supervisor up to $500.00 each year of this Agreement for a complete physical examination conducted by a doctor of the Administrator's choice. Such reimbursement will only be made in the event that the Administrator is not eligible for reimbursement from collateral sources, including but not limited to, reimbursement that may be available through benefits provided in Article VI. Reimbursement must be requested no later than April 30th.
Article VIII - Administrator Rights8.1 If an Administrator is called to a meeting with a superior or with the Board without prior reasons being furnished, and he/she learns that this directly affects his/her status as an employee, then he/she may request adjournment for one (1) school day. The Administrator shall have the right to have an Association representative at such meeting.
8.2 A mandatory conference between the appropriate administrator and all non-tenured Directors/Supervisors who have started work prior to September 30th will be held prior to the succeeding March 1st. If, during this first conference, the supervisor indicated that there may be some uncertainty regarding the Directors’/Supervisors’ retention for the succeeding academic year, the Director/Supervisor may request, in writing, a second conference with all of the following: Chief School Administrator, Principals or Assistant Principals, and any other Administrator involved in the Director's/Supervisor’s evaluation, together with one Association representative, in order to review the surrounding facts and circumstances prior to the finalization of the Principal's recommendation and forward it to the Board through appropriate administrative channels. No later than five school days following the second conference, the non-tenured Director/Supervisor may place in his/her file a letter setting forth factors he/she believes should be considered. Following the filing of this letter, if he/she requests in writing to the Chief School Administrator, he/she may present any facts he/she deems pertinent in person to the Board. Two Association representatives may accompany him/her.
8.3 Each Director/Supervisor shall maintain the exclusive right and responsibility to determine grades in the classes he/she teaches, within the grading policy of the teachers' manual. In the event of an error or dispute in an assigned grade, a change in grade will only be made in consultation with the Director/Supervisor with the agreement of the Principal and the Chief School Administrator.
8.4 Both parties to this agreement will comply fully with all provisions of Chapter twelve (12)3, NJ public Laws of 1973, including any and all amendments.
8.5 Any communication, favorable or unfavorable, regarding a Director/Supervisor or group of Directors/Supervisors made to any member of the administration by a parent, student or other person will be called to the attention of said Director/Supervisor or group of Directors/Supervisors within 10 days. If such communication could result in administrative action, failure to comply with the 30 days notification shall prohibit administrative action, based on such notification.
8.6 All Administrators covered by this Agreement who were hired on or before July 1, 1998 shall have the right to enroll their children in the River Dell Regional School District tuition-free as long as they meet the following criteria:
a. the child must reside with the Administrator; and
b. the staff member must be the child's parent, stepparent or legal guardian;
c. transportation cost to and from school will be the responsibility of the Administrator.
Article IX - Association Rights
9.1 The Association shall have the right to request the use of school buildings. The Principal of the building in question shall receive the request in writing and in advance of the time and place of such meetings. Such requests shall not be unreasonably denied. If the request is denied, the Principal shall state the reasons in writing and supply a copy to the Association and the Chief School Administrator of Schools.
9.2 One day per month of the regular professional meeting time will be allocated to the Association for its meetings (to be scheduled the same time as the RDEA).9.3 Whenever any representative of the Association or any Administrator participates during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences or meetings which are initiated by the Board or its representatives, the said Association representative(s) and/or Administrator shall suffer no loss in pay.
9.4 To the extent that school mail facilities and school mail boxes are available, and without any liability to the Board in any event, the Association shall have the right to use the said facilities and mail boxes as it deems necessary and without the approval of building principals or other members of the administration.
Article X - Assignments
10.1 Directors/Supervisors, shall be presented with any tentative assignments for the next school year on or before June 15 and again one week before the beginning of the school year, if changes were made in the tentative schedule.
Article Xl - Notice of Professional Vacancy
11.1 A notice of a vacancy in a professional position, excluding classroom teaching positions, shall be sent as soon as possible to each school for posting on the staff bulletin board, and if posted during the summer it shall be mailed to each Administrator. Those on extended leaves shall be notified by mail of any administrative vacancy. Each Administrator shall receive an acknowledgment of receipt of his/her written application.
Article XII - School Year and School Day
12.1 The Chief School Administrator shall prepare a school calendar, and shall, after considering the view of the Association and such other individuals and organizations within the school system and community, as he/she may see fit, recommend a school calendar to the Board. The ultimate determination of the school calendar and any subsequent changes therein, shall be the decision of the Board and shall be final and binding. It is agreed that the school calendar is a non-negotiable item and same is appended hereto for reference purposes only.
12.2 The administration shall endeavor, within the constraints of the curriculum, physical
plant, student population and schedule, to not assign teaching department Directors/Supervisors to more than three different rooms per day.
13.1 An Administrator may, at reasonable times, upon request, and in the presence of the Chief School Administrator or his/her designee, review the contents of his/her personnel file in the Chief School Administrator's office. The Chief School Administrator retains his/her responsibility to protect the confidentiality of personal references, academic credentials and other similar documents. No materials may be removed from the files, but copies may be made by said Administrator.
Article XIII - Review of Contents of Personnel Files
13.2 The Administrator shall be shown each evaluation and any other written material before it is placed in the folder and be given an opportunity to attach written comments to the evaluation and other written materials, if any. The Administrator shall place his/her initials on the evaluation and other written material, if any, and such initials will serve to acknowledge only that he/she has seen it. If the Administrator refuses to initial the evaluation or other written material, if any, the Chief School Administrator shall note this on the evaluation report or other written material if any, and insert the report or other written material, if any, in the Administrator's folder.
Article XIV - Association Dues
14.1 The Board agrees to deduct Association dues from the salaries of the members upon request. Such deductions shall be made in compliance with Chapter 310, Public Laws of 1967 (NJSA 52:14-15.9e) and under rules established by the State Department of Education including any and all future amendments to said laws and rules.
Article XV - Professional Development and Educational Improvement
15.1 The Board agrees:
A. to pay the full cost of tuition, fees and books incurred in connection with any course, workshop, seminar, conference, in service training session, or other such session which an Administrator is required by the Chief School Administrator or the State of New Jersey to take and successfully complete, subject to the approval of the Board.
B. Any of the following Administrators: Assistant Principals, Athletic Director, Director/Supervisor, and Computer Director may attend one (1) national conference per year, appropriate to their area of responsibility, subject to the approval of the Chief School Administrator and the Board. The amount of said conference reimbursement shall not exceed one thousand two hundred ($1,200.00) for the 2007-08 school year. The amount of said conference reimbursement shall not exceed one thousand four hundred ($1,400.00) for the 2008-09 school year. The amount of said conference reimbursement shall not exceed one thousand six hundred ($1,600.00) for the 2009-10 school year. Reimbursement shall be limited to conference registration fees, transportation at the prevailing IRS rate, lodging and meals in accordance with appropriate statute, and shall be made upon the timely submission of original invoices and receipts.
C. Any of the following Administrators: Principals, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Guidance and Director of Special Education may attend one (1) national conference per year, appropriate to their area of responsibility, subject to the approval of the Chief School Administrator and the Board. The amount of any conference reimbursement shall not exceed one thousand six hundred dollars $1,600.00 for the 2007-08 school year. The amount of any conference reimbursement shall not exceed one thousand eight hundred dollars $1,800.00 for the 2008-09 school year. The amount of any conference reimbursement shall not exceed two thousand dollars $2,000.00 for the 2009-10 school year. Reimbursement shall be limited to conference registration fees, transportation at the prevailing IRS rate, lodging and meals, and shall be made upon the timely submission of original invoices and receipts.
15.2 The Board agrees to reimburse up to 100% of tuition spent by an Administrator up to an aggregate limit of $5,000 for the duration of this agreement. This tuition reimbursement is subject to the Chief School Administrator's prior written approval for the particular course for which the tuition reimbursement is sought. No prior approval is required for:
Article XVI - Vacations
16.1 All Administrators employed on a twelve (12) month basis shall receive 23 vacation days. Administrators who are not employed on a twelve (12) month basis shall not receive vacation days.
Vacations shall be scheduled with the approval of the Chief School Administrator and shall be taken during the months of July and/or August. Up to five (5) vacation days may be taken in the school year on days when students are in attendance with prior approval of the Chief School Administrator.
Article XVII - Miscellaneous Provisions
17.1 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 receipted copy of hand-delivered letter, by return receipt certified mail, or by telegram to the following addresses:
A. If by the Association to the Board, to:
Secretary to the Board of Education
River Dell Regional Board of Education
River Dell High School
55 Pyle Street
Oradell, New Jersey 07649
55 Pyle Street
B. If by the Board to the Association, to:
River Dell Administrators Association
River Dell High School
Oradell, New Jersey 07649
17.2 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.
17.3 Copies of this Agreement shall be duplicated at the shared expense of the Board and the Association within thirty (30) days after the Agreement is signed and presented to all Administrators now employed and to new Administrators hereafter employed within thirty (30) days of the date of employment.
17.4 The Association agrees to refrain from any strikes, boycotts, or work stoppages for the duration of the contract. The Board agrees to uphold the terms and conditions mutually agreed upon in the contract and those procedures mandated by State Law, Federal Laws and any other applicable laws.
17.5 The Article headings herein are descriptive and in no way alter the provisions of this Agreement.
Article XVIII - Preservation of Records and Documents
18.1 The Association and the Board agree that as a method assuring the preservation of records and documents throughout the course of the negotiations:
A. Either party, at its own option, may voluntarily insert in the official record a statement, position, matter, or other document, which, at its sole discretion, it deems to be relevant and which it deems necessary to preserve as part of the official record.
B. The party not seeking to introduce such matter shall have the right to comment thereon or to insert its objection thereto, and to have its comment or counterstatement duly included as a part of that official record. If a party refrains from inserting a counterstatement or objection to the insertion, this shall not mean that the party agrees or accepts the inserted statement. Such counterstatements may be inserted in the official record at any time during negotiations.
C. All inserts into the official record shall be proposed in writing, and the other party shall initial and date such document to evidence receipt of it.
D. Duplicate copies of the official record shall be maintained; each party shall have its own copy.
E. The parties acknowledge that either copy of the official record may be used by either party for future introduction at any trial, hearing or arbitration session, but the official record shall not be utilized for purposes of news releases to the press or other news media.
The provisions of this Agreement shall be effective July 1, 2007 and shall continue and remain in full force and effect to June 30, 2010 when it shall expire, unless an extension is agreed to by both parties and expressed in writing prior to such date.
Article XIX - Duration of Agreement
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be signed by their respective Presidents and attested by their respective Secretaries of the
RIVER DELL ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION
____________________________ By: ___________________________
RIVER DELL BOARD OF EDUCATION
___________________________ By: _______________________
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