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Org Code1600000
Type of DistrictMunicipal K12
Union AffiliationAFT
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Expiring Year2012
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CountyMiddlesex
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COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

AGREEMENT

between

United Teachers of Lowell

Local 495 AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO

and

The Lowell School Committee

July 1, 2006

Through

June 30, 2009

PREAMBLE

PURPOSE INTENT SIGNATORY DATE

EFFECTIVE DATE TERMINATION DATE

Extended by MOA to June 30, 2012

 

 

PURPOSE: WHEREAS, the School Committee of the City of Lowell, hereinafter referred to as the Committee, and the United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO, hereinafter referred to as the Union, recognize the development of the educational programs of the highest quality, for the benefit of the students and the City, as a common responsibility which can be best attained when each group utilizes the ability, experience, creativity, and judgment of the other: and

INTENT: WHEREAS, it is hoped that the consultation begun through Professional Negotiations will continue through the school year, and that dialogue of this nature will contribute to the betterment of public education in the City of Lowell;

SIGNATORY DATE: NOW, THEREFORE, the following agreement is made and entered into this 18th day of July, 2007, between the Committee and the Union.

EFFECTIVE DATE: WHICH AGREEMENT shall be effective as of the first day of July, 2006. (Note: Unless stated to the contrary, the language changes contained herein will take effect upon the execution of this Agreement.)

TERMINATION DATE: AND will continue in effect until midnight on June 30, 2009. Negotiations for the Successor Agreement shall commence on January 2, 2009.

ARTICLE I

Recognition

Pursuant to certification issued by the Labor Relations Commission in case No. MCR-3441, the Lowell School Committee recognizes the United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495. A.F.T., AFL-CIO, as the exclusive collective bargaining representative for Unit A, comprising All classroom teachers, including permanent substitutes, and all those employees whose duties are primarily those of a teacher regardless of classification; and further including all regular full-time and part-time athletic and cheerleading coaches, assistant coaches, trainers and assistant trainers, and the Staff Advisor for Student Affairs and Activities, all club advisors, coaches, team leaders and assistant team leaders; excluding all Unit B (Administrators), all per diem substitutes and casual teachers, all managerial employees, and all other employees of the Lowell Public Schools.

ARTICLE II

Negotiation Procedure

A.        Subject to General Laws Chapter 150E, Section 4, the Committee agrees to enter into negotiations with the Union over a successive agreement not later than January second prior to the expiration of this agreement.

B.        The subsequent agreement will be reduced to writing, will be signed by the Committee and the Union, and will remain in effect until its termination date.

C.        The Committee agrees to confine collective bargaining negotiations as a Unit A exclusively with the Union so long as it remains certified by the State Labor Relations Commission as the exclusive representative for collective bargaining of those employees encompassed in Unit A as set forth in Article I of this Agreement.

ARTICLE III

Grievance Procedure

A.        A "grievance" is hereby defined as a complaint by a Teacher or group of Teachers on an alleged violation of this agreement, or a dispute involving the meaning, the interpretation, or the application thereof.

B.        Failure at any step of this procedure to communicate the decision of a grievance within the specified time limit to the aggrieved employee and to the Chairman of the Union's Grievance Committee, shall permit the aggrieved party or parties to proceed to the next step.

C.        Failure at any step of the procedure to appeal the grievance to the next step within the specified time limit shall be deemed to be acceptance of the decision rendered.

D.        A grievance that affects a group or class of teachers shall be submitted in writing directly to the Superintendent within thirty calendar days of the occurrence of the event upon which the grievance is based, and such grievance shall commence at LEVEL THREE.

E.         If any employee covered by this agreement shall present any grievance without representation by the Union that disposition, if any, of the grievance, shall be consistent with the provision of this agreement. The Union shall be permitted to be heard at each level of the procedure under which the grievance shall be considered unless it be of a personal nature.

F.         During the summer vacation period, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be excluded in computation of the ten day interval.

G.        A grievance report form must be filed for all grievances.

H.        An employee may present a grievance to his employer and have such grievance heard without intervention by the exclusive representative of the employee organization representing said employee, namely Unit A, provided that a Unit A representative is afforded the opportunity to be present at such conference and that any adjustment made shall not be inconsistent with the terms of this agreement.

LEVEL ONE: An informal settlement between the Teacher and his immediate Superior will be attempted.

LEVEL TWO: A Teacher with a grievance, with or without the Chairman of the Union's Grievance Committee, or its designee, shall present the grievance to his immediate Superior in writing within thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the event upon which the grievance is based.

LEVEL THREE:

(a)                In the event that the grievance shall not have been disposed of to the satisfaction of the aggrieved employee at Level Two, or in the event that no decision has been reached within ten (10) school/business days after the presentation of the grievance to the immediate Superior, the grievance shall within the next ten (10) school/business days be referred to the Superintendent of Schools.

(b)               The Superintendent, or his designee, shall represent the Committee at this level of the grievance procedure. Within ten (10) school/business days of receipt of the grievance, or a longer specified period as agreed to by both parties in writing, the Superintendent shall meet with the aggrieved employee and the Chairman of the Union's Grievance Committee in an effort to settle the grievance.

LEVEL FOUR: In the event that the grievance shall not have been disposed of at Level Three, or in the event that NO decision has been rendered within ten (10) school/business days after the Level Three meeting, the grievance shall be referred in writing to the Committee. Within ten (10) school/business days, or a longer specified period as agreed to by both parties in writing, thereafter, the Committee shall meet with the Union's Grievance Committee in an effort to settle the grievance.

LEVEL FIVE: In the event that the grievance shall NOT have been satisfactorily disposed of at Level Four, or, in the event that no decision has been rendered within ten (10) school/business days after the Level Four meeting, the Union may within ten (10) school/business days refer the unsettled grievance to arbitration.

The arbitrator shall be selected by an agreement between the parties. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator, the selection shall be made by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the voluntary labor arbitration rules and regulations of the Arbitration Association.

The arbitrator shall be without power or authority to make any decision prohibited by law, or to add, alter, or modify this agreement.

The decision of the arbitrator shall be in writing and shall set forth his findings of fact, reasonings, and conclusions of the issues submitted. The decision shall be final and binding on all parties. The costs for the services of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the Committee and the Union.

ARTICLE IV

Continuity of Employment

The Union and the Committee agree that differences between the parties shall be settled by peaceful means as provided within this agreement. Neither the Union nor any of its members, shall for the term of this agreement or pending negotiation of a new agreement engage in, instigate, or condone any strike, work stoppage, or any concerted refusal to perform normal work duties.

ARTICLE V

Compensation

A.        Basic salaries shall be as set forth in the Bachelor's Degree salary schedule effective as of July 1, 2006, and thereafter as set forth in Appendix A attached and made a part thereof.

B.         Compensation for advanced degrees and credits shall be as follows:

1.                  Salary adjustments for advanced degrees shall be made in September and February of each school year after receiving official transcript/documentation from an accredited institution for the employee.

2.                  For teachers on the payroll as of September 1, 1978, the differential for 30 graduate credit hours earned in addition to a Master's degree shall be paid as provided in Appendix A attached and made a part thereof. For teachers employed after September 1, 1978, the differential for 30 graduate credit hours shall be paid if 30 graduate credit hours are earned after the date on which a Master's degree has been earned.

3.                  (a)        For teachers on the payroll as of September 1, 1978, and who

have become the recipient of an earned Doctorate from an accredited institution approved by the Superintendent, the differential for accredited Doctorate shall be paid as set forth in Appendix A attached and made a part thereof, after the date on which a Master's degree has been earned.

(b)        Consistent with the rules in the preceding paragraph 3a above, those teachers who have become the recipient of a Doctorate Degree from other than an accredited institution as approved by the Superintendent and who were employed by the Lowell School Department as of January 4, 1971, shall be paid the differential for Other Doctorate as set forth in Appendix A attached and made a part thereof. Teachers who were not employed by the Lowell School Department as of January 4, 1971, and who are the recipients of Doctorate Degrees from an unaccredited institution as determined by the Superintendent shall not be compensated for the attainment of such Doctorates.

4.                  STEP INCREMENTS: Only those full time teachers who have served more than ninety (90) school days in the school year immediately preceding a new school year starting the Tuesday before Labor Day in any given year will be eligible to advance on the salary schedules shown in Appendix A attached and made a part thereof.

5.                  There shall be no partial payment for credits toward a Master's Degree except that being paid to those who prior January 7, 1969, were being paid partial payments for specified credits earned toward a Master's Degree.

6.                  Permanent Substitutes:

(a)        The Committee agrees that it will make permanent elections of teachers wherever possible and, notwithstanding the foregoing.

(b)        expressly agrees that permanent substitutes filling a position of a teacher on paid leave shall be paid for the first fifteen days as a per diem substitute; for the 16th through 30th day at the $100.00 per diem rate; and thereafter as a first year teacher on Step 1, and further The parties agree that subsection b shall become effective upon execution of the contract by both parties. The parties also agree to settle a pending arbitration on substitute pay.

(c)                expressly agrees that permanent substitutes filling a position of a teacher on unpaid leave or an open position shall be paid the appropriate step and column on the salary schedule.

(d)               Long term or permanent substitutes who work ninety (90) consecutive days shall proceed to the next step on the salary schedule if returned the following school year in the same capacity.

(e)                Persons shall be dropped from the list from which candidates are selected for election as teachers in the Lowell Public Schools if such persons have twice refused elected positions.

C.         As of September 1, 1977, those teachers of children with special needs designated T.M.R., E.M.R., and E.D., teachers and who are specifically assigned to resource rooms, and who because of the children's particular needs remain in such self-contained classroom situations, will receive a five hundred dollar ($500.00) differential over the regular classroom teacher. However, such five hundred dollar ($500.00) differential shall not be paid to T.M.R., E.M.R., or E.D. teachers hired subsequent to June 30, 1977.

D.        In recognition of regularity of professional service rendered and as an incentive to the continued regularity of such service, teachers who have served in the Lowell School System for a minimum of fifteen years will upon resignation or retirement from the Department be paid an amount equivalent to one third of their unused sick leave accumulation as of the effective date of their resignation or retirement. In the event that a Court(s) determine that payments under this provision can be added to one's salary for retirement purposes, the parties agree to re-open this Section.

The parties agree to create a Study Committee to examine replacing all or part of the sick leave buyback program with a long term disability program and/or examine options or alternatives.

E.         Retirement Allowance - In recognition of regularity of professional service rendered and as an incentive to the continued regularity of such service, teachers who have served in the Lowell School System for a minimum of fifteen years may as an alternative to Section D of Article V, obtain an increase in compensation in the final year of teaching by complying with the following procedure:

Eligible teachers who desire to participate will notify the Superintendent of Schools, in writing, not later than February the 15th of the school year prior to the school year in which they intend to retire of their intention to so retire under the provisions of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Act. Then at the commencement of the final year of teaching a sum equivalent to one third of their unused sick leave accumulation as of the close of the school year immediately preceding their final year of teaching will be added to salaries of such teachers for their final retirement school year.

One third of their accumulated sick leave as of close of the school year immediately preceding final retirement year will be subtracted from the accumulated sick leave of such teachers. Prior to the commencement of the final school year eligible teachers desiring to participate must agree in writing that if they fail to retire as intended (unless so prevented by death) the teacher will agree in writing to repay the City of Lowell the differential between the salary which was actually received under the provisions of this section and that which the teacher would have received had he, or she, not submitted the intention to retire, said amount to be deducted in full from subsequent paychecks until entire amount repaid.

In the event that the Court(s) determine that payments under this provision can be added to one's salary for retirement purposes, the parties agree to re-open this Section.

F.         In the event a teacher dies who did not elect a retirement allowance provided in Section E, his or her estate shall receive the sum that would have been payable to the deceased teacher if he or she had lived

G.        In case a teacher dies who elected the retirement allowance as provided for in Clause E of this Article prior to the commencement of the final retirement year, or during the final retirement year, such teacher's estate will be paid, in the first instance, a sum equivalent to the differential such teacher would have received if the entire retirement year had been worked, and, in the second instance, the teacher's estate will be paid a sum equal to the difference between the differential actually paid to such a teacher prior to his or her death and the amount of the differential that would have been paid such teacher if he or she had worked the entire retirement year.

H.        LONGEVITY

1.         Effective September 1, 1984, the annual salary of every member of the bargaining unit shall be calculated according to the following formula:

A=S + .003NS

that is, the annual salary (A) shall be equal to a person's salary schedule placement (S) plus .003 times the number of years employed by the Lowell School Committee (N) times the salary schedule placement (S).

2.                  The Union and the School Committee agree that service with any other State, County, or Municipal Employer, or any other body politic shall not be considered in computing eligibility for longevity purposes.

3.                  Longevity pay shall not be considered part of the base pay for purposes of computing vacation pay, sick leave, overtime, etc. However, such shall be considered for purposes of computation of retirement benefits and deductions thereof.

4.                  Payment of the per annum amount under paragraph 1 above shall be made for those teachers whose eligibility anniversary dates fall between July 1st and December 31st on the second payday of the month of December, and for those teachers whose eligibility anniversary dates fall between January 1st and June 30th, payment of the per annum amount shall be made on the second payday of the month of June. If an employee retires or terminates employment without fault between payment dates, payment shall be made pro rata for any unpaid longevity due from last service anniversary date to the date of retirement or termination without fault.

5.                  Transition Year Side Letter: Employees, who had historically received their earned annual longevity payments in December of each year, will continue to receive such payments in that manner. These payments represent the employees' years of service through each preceding June.

Employees who had historically received their earned annual longevity payments in June of each year, will hereafter receive their annual payments each December. In December 1987, these employees will receive longevity payments based on calculation which includes the earned one-half (1/2) year of service through December 1987. Their next longevity payment will be in December 1988 and will be based upon a calculation which includes the earned one-half (1/2) year of service through June 1988.

Thus, in December of 1988, and for each December thereafter, all employees will receive longevity payments based upon their years of service through the preceding June as set forth in the two preceding paragraphs.

6.         Longevity benefits will be frozen in the school year 1989-1990. Longevity shall be paid to each person at the same dollar amount as received during the 1988-1989 school year.

I.          HOURLY COMPENSATION:

1.         Effective July 1, 1994, the hourly rate of compensation for employees covered by this agreement shall be $25.00 per hour for approved professional planning, study, training, and development activities that fall outside the normal school day/year. However, if a person works a full day during a vacation period he/she shall receive per diem pay. A full day is defined as more than four (4) hours.

2.         Effective July 1, 2005, the hourly rate of compensation shall be increased to thirty (30) dollars per hour.

J.         Teachers will be reimbursed for parking for programs and/or training held at the Central Office. The School District will make efforts to conduct meetings at other locations.

ARTICLE VI

Insurance

A.        BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD

1.         The City of Lowell shall provide three-fourths the cost of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Plan, or a similar plan, adopted by the City under Chapter 32B of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

2.                  The employee's share of the medical insurance costs shall be deducted from their gross pay prior to the calculation of federal or state taxes.

3.                  On or after July 1, 2007, the insurance plan for Unit A employees shall include the following coverage options; Master Medical, PPO, or HMO. At least once a fiscal year as determined by the employer, employees shall select from among the coverage options being offered by the City.

On and after July 1, 2008, the difference in employee contribution to premium cost for Master Medical coverage shall not exceed 25% for HMO coverage, and shall not exceed 12.5% between Master Medical coverage and the PPO plan and 12.5% between the PPO plan and the HMO plan. Any future increases in the maximum differentials specified above as may be proposed by the City will be negotiated in good faith with the Union; provided, the City shall not be obligated to negotiate over a change in employee contribution to premium cost which does not exceed the applicable maximum differentials. However, the cost of an employee contribution to the cost of any coverage option, Master Medical, PPO or HMO, offered by the City, shall be the same for Unit A employees as for all other City employees.

B.         LIFE INSURANCE The City of Lowell shall provide one-half the cost of a $2,000.00 life insurance policy, as adopted by the City under Chapter 32B of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

C.        PROTECTIVE PROVISION The Committee and the Union agree that the insurance plans mentioned under A and B of this Article now in effect for Unit A shall continue so long as the present insurance coverage is in full force and effect; and that under any contractual changes adopted by the City that provide coverage and cost, that such changes shall apply to school department employees in the same manner as to all other city employees covered thereunder.

D.        The Committee agrees to deduct from employees' salaries the premium payment for any group insurance made available to members of the bargaining unit through the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers when requested in writing by the employee.

ARTICLE VII

Grants

Persons receiving summer grants from any Federal, State, Municipal, or private agency shall be granted leave without pay for the number of days necessary for attendance at such programs when such programs commence prior to the end of the school year. The Union shall be notified of any grants received by the School Department which creates positions, or in any way affects positions covered by this agreement.

After the original grant positions are posted, the positions will be re-posted only if the funding source requires such posting, the funds have been modified, and/or the position(s) have been modified or vacated.

ARTICLE VIII

Pension

The Committee and the Union agree that all provisions of the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Plan shall be made part of this agreement.

ARTICLE IX

Sick Leaves and Leaves of Absence

A.        All employees covered by this agreement shall be granted an annual leave of fifteen (15) days without loss of pay for absence caused by illness, injury, or exposure to contagious disease. Such sick leave not used in the year of service for which it is granted shall have unlimited accumulation. Any employee who is absent for five consecutive days or longer shall upon request of the school principal or master, supervisor or assistant superintendent of schools submit a physician's statement as to the cause of absence. Any such request must be made not later than five (5) days after the teacher's return to duty.

As to teachers other than per diem substitutes or casual teachers, employed as of the first day of school of any given school year, the foregoing sick leave allowance of fifteen (15) days shall be granted in its entirety as of such first school day. As to applicable teachers employed subsequent to the first school day of any given year, the fifteen (15) day sick leave allowance shall be allowed in its entirety on a pro-rated basis computed in relation to the time remaining between date of employment and close of school in June of the school year in question and in such computation teachers initially employed after the fifteenth of any month shall have such month of initial employment excluded from such pro-rated computation.

By October 1 of each school year, each teacher shall be notified of the number of sick leave days he or she has accumulated as of the beginning of the school year, such notification to reflect individual sick leave accumulation (including perfect attendance day if applicable).

The parties agree to establish a Joint Study Committee (JSC) made up of representatives from the Administration and the Union to review procedures for documentation/verification necessary for long term illnesses. The JSC will strive to make a recommendation by February 2005 but no later than June 2005. The parties further agree to reopen negotiations for 2005-2006 on this issue to consider the recommendation of the JSC.

B.         In addition to the regular fifteen (15) day cumulative sick leave allowance referred to in A, a teacher shall be entitled to an additional full day of sick leave for each school year of perfect attendance, but such allowance shall not exceed thirty (30) days at a time. A teacher shall be granted the benefits of this paragraph only if the teacher has not used any sick leave during the school year.

C.         In addition to personal injury or illness the sick leave allowance as set forth in A and B above may be used for any reason approved by the Superintendent whose decision thereon shall be final and binding.

D.        Further, in addition to the regular sick leave provisions set forth in A and B of this Article, there shall be allowed to teachers who have by reason of a continuing illness depleted their sick leave allowance, an extended sick leave allowance based on and equal to the number of sick leave days credited to them as of January the first of the year in which the extended sick leave application is filed. In no case however, shall the extended sick leave allowance be greater than one hundred eighty (180) days.

Eligibility for such extended sick leave allowance shall be determined by a three member medical panel comprising one physician selected by the Committee, one physician selected by the applicant, and the third physician selected by the other two physicians first elected. Such medical panel must by majority vote certify that the illness of the applicant is one likely to require a medically approved absence from school duties for a protracted period of time.

ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE/SICK LEAVE BUY-BACK At the conclusion of each school year, at the option of the teacher, he/she may "buy-back" sick leave days in the following manner:

For 0 sick days taken

(perfect attendance)                             Buy-back up to 5 days

For one sick day taken                         Buy-back up to 4 days

For two sick days taken                       Buy-back up to 3 days

For three sick days taken                     Buy-back up to 2 days

For four sick days taken                      Buy-back 1 day

The rate of compensation for the purpose of this provision shall be the current per diem rate of a day-to-day substitute teacher. Sick leave days bought back shall be deducted from the teacher's accumulated sick leave.

E.         Personal leave: Teachers shall be allowed two (2) days of paid personal leave. The teacher shall request such leave twenty-four (24) hours in advance. No reason other than "leave for personal reasons" shall be required when requesting this leave. Personal days may not be used the day prior to or the day after a holiday or vacation. Such leave shall not be cumulative from year to year. At the conclusion of each school year, any unused personal days will be added to the teacher's sick leave.

F.         Death in Family: Teachers will be allowed leave with pay for up to five (5) days at any one time in the event of death or serious illness in the immediate family. Immediate family shall be defined as follows: Husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, grandchildren, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law, of either the employee or spouse thereof, or any relative of the employee or spouse thereof who was actually living in the immediate household of the employee at the time of death or commencement of the final illness or accident. In the event of the death of an aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew of the employee or spouse thereof, teachers will be allowed one(l) day leave, with pay, and one(l) additional day, with pay, for necessary travel out of state or a distance of 100 miles.

The above language shall apply to all stepchildren, stepparents, and stepsiblings.

G.        Religious Leave: A teacher shall be allowed leave with pay where applicable up to three (3) days a year for Jewish or one (1) day a year for Orthodox high holy days, upon written request made reasonably to the Superintendent.

H.        Delegations: When a teacher, including one retired from the Lowell School System, dies, the Union shall have the right to designate one person in Unit A to attend his or her funeral as part of an official delegation. Teachers attending such funerals will be entitled to time off with pay to do so but will return to work after the funeral ceremony.

I.          Effective July 1, 1988, the benefits of the Workers Compensation Act (M.G.L. 152) are extended to cover teachers employed by the Lowell Public Schools.

J.          WORKERS COMPENSATION:

1.                  In case teachers are encompassed by appropriate legal action under the Workmen's Compensation Act, Chapter 152 Section 69 through 75 of our General Laws as amended, then sick leave benefits as set forth in sections A, B, and D of this Article will be limited to the difference represented by weekly benefits payable under the Workmen's Compensation Act and the weekly benefits paid under the provisions of the aforesaid sections A, B, and D, so that the total weekly benefits under sections A, B, D and I, and J of this Article will not exceed the sick leave benefits payable under sections A, B, and D of this Article.

2.                  Assault/Battery Pay: Any employee who is injured or disabled as a result of an assault and battery while acting in the course of his/her employment shall apply for worker's compensation. If the employee is incapacitated as a result of the workplace assault then he/she shall be compensated by the School Committee for the difference between the worker's compensation rate and the employee's normal rate of pay without regard to the employee's sick leave benefits.

K.        The Superintendent shall be allowed, at his discretion, to grant professional day(s) for purposes of attending conventions, workshops, or other professional meetings of a professional nature. The decision of the Superintendent shall be final and binding and not subject to arbitration.

L.         When matters affecting the Union are scheduled at times that conflict with the school day, teachers shall be released from their teaching and other school responsibilities for required participation in any hearing in arbitration, court, or other forum in which the Union is a party. In the event that the Union is involved in a hearing at an "other forum", the Union will be limited to 3 representatives except as the Superintendent may approve otherwise.

M.        When an employee is summoned into court for jury duty, the Committee will pay the difference between the jury fee and the teacher's regular pay.

ARTICLE X

Maternity Leave

A.        Maternity Leave will be granted to any pregnant teacher upon written request made to the office of the Superintendent of Schools accompanied by a physician's certificate attesting to the fact of pregnancy, and the effective date of such leave shall be at the discretion of the teacher providing that the teacher has the ability to perform to the fullest all aspects of her job while pregnant, and any dispute as to such ability to so perform will be satisfied by affected teacher's submitting to the Superintendent's office a medical certificate attesting to her ability to physically perform her teaching duties.

B.         A teacher may resume employment at anytime after the termination of pregnancy.

C.         The maximum duration of any maternity leave shall be at the election of the teacher until the first day of the school year following the inception of the leave, or until the first day of the school year following the child's first birthday, and failure to return at termination of maternity leave shall be considered as an automatic resignation on the part of any teacher so failing to return.

D.        A teacher on maternity leave, at her option, is entitled to use her sick leave for the twelve (12) week period (not to exceed sixty (60) school days) following the birth or delivery of the child. Sick leave days may be used outside of the twelve-week period in the event of a disability from pregnancy, birth or delivery.

E.         Upon the expiration of whichever maternity leave period is the latter, namely maternity leave with sick leave pay, or maternity leave without pay, failure to return at such time will be considered as automatic resignation on such teacher's part.

F.         ADOPTION/CHILD-REARING LEAVE: Up to one year, without pay, shall be granted to a teacher upon request, for the purposes of child-rearing, adoption, or acceptance of foster child. Upon receiving notification of being accepted on an adoption list, the employee shall notify the Superintendent of Schools. Upon receiving confirmation of the child's availability, the employee shall notify the Superintendent of the date. Leave shall commence immediately upon said date.

The employee may continue health insurance benefits, but will be responsible for the entire cost of the coverage. The employee is not eligible for sick leave benefits while on this leave.

In addition to unpaid leave, an employee who has adopted a child shall be entitled to the same paid leave benefits as outlined in D above. However, in the event that both parents are unit members, only one parent shall be granted said benefit.

G.        The Committee and the Union agree that all provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 shall be made part of this agreement.

ARTICLE XI

Sabbatical Leave

A.        The Committee upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools may grant a Sabbatical Leave for an approved graduate study program or research to members of the Teaching Staff who have completed at least six consecutive years of experience in the Lowell Public Schools.

B.         Prior to the granting of such a Sabbatical Leave, the applicant shall enter into a written agreement with the Committee that upon termination of such leave he will return to service in the Lowell School Department for a period equal to twice the length of such leave and that, in default of completing such service he will refund to the City of Lowell an amount equal to such proportion of salary received by him on leave as the amount of service not actually rendered as agreed bears to the whole amount of service agreed to be rendered.

C.         Requests for Sabbatical Leave shall be submitted to the Superintendent in writing in such form as may be required by the Superintendent no later than February the first of any given year and action must be taken on all such requests no later than April the first of the school year preceding the school year from which the Sabbatical Leave is requested.

D.        Not more than six Sabbatical Leaves of Absence shall be granted for any school year. In case the number of applications shall exceed the number of Sabbatical Leaves of Absence that the Committee plans to grant for a particular school year the recommendation of the Superintendent shall be made on the basis of the value of the proposed leave to the education system of Lowell.

E.         Upon completion of a Sabbatical Leave, the recipient of the Leave shall submit a comprehensive report to the Superintendent containing transcripts of all college or university work done while on leave or any other pertinent data or interpretative material considered essential to an evaluation of his program.

F.         Recipients of sabbatical leave upon return will retain all the prescribed rights or benefits that they had as of the inception of their sabbatical leave and providing such teachers worked more than ninety school days in the school year immediately preceding the sabbatical leave or in cases where the sabbatical leave commences during a school year such teachers shall have worked a minimum of ninety school days in such year, they will upon their return be placed on the next step on the salary schedule above that on which they were on at the commencement of such leave; otherwise, they will resume employment on the same step they were on prior to the inception of their sabbatical leave.

G.        A recipient of a Sabbatical Leave must serve for an additional six consecutive years of service in the Lowell Public Schools before being eligible for consideration for a second Sabbatical Leave.

H.        A Sabbatical Leave of Absence shall not be granted for less than one full semester nor more than one full school year.

I.          Recipients shall be entitled to receive as compensation the amount of one-half (1/2) the salary which they would have earned in the service of the Lowell Public Schools if they had not been on a Sabbatical Leave. For teachers, "salary" will be interpreted to mean the total annual salary, excluding any supplemental payments for special assignments, such as Special Class teachers as well as extracurricular duties, that they would have been paid for the particular year during which they were on Sabbatical Leave.

J.          Nothing in this Sabbatical Leave Policy is to be interpreted as guaranteeing a Sabbatical Leave of Absence to any teachers or group of teachers, and the Committee reserves the right to limit the number of such leaves to be granted in any given school year.

ARTICLE XII

Teacher Employment & Leaves of Absence

A.        The Union recognizes and the Committee agrees to continue its present policy of granting to teachers upon initial employment full credit for their previous teaching experience when such prior teaching experience is documented to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Schools.

B.         Teachers employed by the Lowell School Department who are on leave to serve in the Military Service or in the Peace Corps, Job Corps or Vista will upon separation from such service under honorable conditions be allowed upon their return to the Lowell School System full credit on the salary schedule for such service up to a maximum of three years; and upon such return will be offered a position as reasonably comparable to the one occupied at the beginning of such aforesaid leave as is available.

C.         Teachers on leave from the Lowell School System under leave for purposes other than those specified in Section B of this Article will upon return to the Lowell School System be placed on the next step on the salary schedule above that on which they were on at the commencement of their leave providing that in the school year in which such leave starts they were employed in the applicable instance more than ninety school days, otherwise, they will resume employment on the same step they were on prior to the inception of such leave. Teachers on leave must notify the Superintendent of their intent to return by February 1st of the year that they intend to return. Failure to respond to a January reminder sent by the Superintendent will jeopardize guaranteed placement for the next school year. Upon return from such leave the teacher will be offered a position as comparable to the one occupied at the beginning of such leave as is available.

No leave of absence will be granted after July 1st without documentation of extenuating circumstances. Leave will not be granted for comparable employment out of the Lowell School System.

D.        Beginning in FY 87, step 5 is the maximum entry level for a new teacher. However, teachers will receive full credit for any years teaching in Lowell, whether as elected teachers, permanent substitutes or former teachers.

E.         Leave for U.T.L. President The President shall receive half-time leave with half-time pay and full benefits. Upon returning to a full-time teaching position, the President shall be placed on the salary schedule as if he/she had been a full-time teacher during this leave period and shall be placed in his/her original position or one substantially equal.

F.         The Superintendent may hire a new teacher in "hard to fill" areas beyond Step 5 provided that a definition for "hard to fill" positions is mutually agreed to by the Union and Superintendent and that the Union is notified whenever this provision is utilized.

ARTICLE XIII

Teacher Assignment Job Posting-Promotions

A.        Teachers will be notified in writing by August 20 prior to the commencement of the ensuing school year when their programs are to be substantially changed, including the schools to which they will be assigned, the grades and/or subjects that they will teach, and any special classes that they will be assigned to. Any changes in teacher programs may be made subsequent to August 20 only when such contemplated changes in their programs are first discussed with a representative of the Union. However, the decision of the Superintendent as to such changes shall be final and binding and not subject to arbitration.

Each teacher will be informed by the start of the 2nd week of the school year of any students assigned to them that have known special mental or physical problems.

B.         Travel Reimbursement: Teachers whose duties entail in the course of the school day travel to various schools shall upon submission of approved monthly travel vouchers to the Superintendent of Schools be reimbursed for said travel at the current IRS rate per mile.

C.         Posting Positions

1.                  Whenever any vacancy in any existing or newly created professional position, other than classroom teacher, shall occur in the system, including summer and night school, the Committee shall formulate a written notice of such vacancy or vacancies which shall include all eligibility requirements, qualifications, and duties thereof, and said notices shall be delivered to each work site for posting by the Building Representative(s) and to the President of the Union. No such vacancy or vacancies shall be filled earlier than upon the expiration of twenty calendar days from the date of such delivery of such notice or notices to the work sites.

2.                  Should the Committee change any of the eligibility requirements, qualifications and/or duties, then the vacancy notice shall be reposted pursuant to this Article.

3.                  No person shall be hired for such position unless he/she meets the posted qualifications as determined by the Committee.

4.                  Any teacher possessing the necessary qualification may apply for such vacancy and all applicants shall be considered. All applications shall be in writing and shall set forth the position for which the applicant is to be considered.

5.                  During summer vacation, job postings shall be made as follows:

a.         All positions shall be posted at central administration offices.

b.         A copy of all postings shall be sent to the United Teachers of Lowell.

c.         All positions shall be advertised in the Lowell Sun (all zones) on two consecutive Tuesdays.

d.         Applications for the position must be received within twenty-one (21) days after the second ad appears in the newspaper.

e.         In the case of summer job posting, every effort will be made to post such positions at least ten (10) business days prior to the end of the school year.

6.         Superintendent shall provide the U.T.L., upon written request, once in any particular school year, with a complete listing made in accordance with his data records, of all teachers in the system with their addresses.

D.        Class Size

1.                  Effective September 1, 1983 the Committee agrees to endeavor to equitably distribute the number of students in each classroom schoolwide and systemwide.

2.                  No class will be assigned the number of students exceeding the number of student stations or appropriate equipment available.

3.                  The assignment to regular class of students evaluated as having special needs will be carried according to the Rules and Regulations of the Department of Education regarding implementation of Chapter 766, providing that the educational plan under Chapter 766 calls for specialized treatment within the classroom.

4.                  The Committee and the Union recognize the desirability of achieving optimum teaching/learning conditions by assuring workable class size. To this end, the following procedure will be used to address the problem of overcrowded classrooms:

a.         Class sizes for all classrooms in the city will be reviewed monthly by the Education Development Committee outlined in Article XXIV, D.

b.         The Education Development Committee will determine what measures can be taken to relieve the overcrowded classroom situation. All possible solutions shall be explored.

E.         All teacher assignments shall be made without regard to the sex, age, marital status, nationality, race, color, or creed of teachers.

ARTICLE XIV

Supervision and Teacher Evaluation

A.        Purposes: The process of supervision and evaluation detailed in the Handbook attached as Appendix C has three purposes. They are: 1) to recognize and document the quality of services rendered during the evaluation period, 2) to provide assistance and support to improve the quality of services offered and, 3) to provide evidence and assessments which may be used as a basis for personnel actions, including decisions by the School Committee on tenure.

B.         All monitoring or observation of a teacher shall be done openly with the full knowledge of the teacher.

C.         An evaluator who is an immediate relative of a teacher shall disqualify him or herself and refer the evaluation to the superintendent.

D.        Teachers with professional status shall be evaluated at least once in every two year period and shall receive the evaluation report on or before March 15.

E.         Teachers without professional status or permanent substitute shall receive two (2) evaluation reports annually. The first report shall be received on or before December 15 and the second, on or before March 15.

F.         A minimum of one observation shall precede every evaluation report.

G.        Evaluation reports shall be prepared on the appropriate Unit A Evaluation Form. The Evaluator shall prepare an original and two (2) copies of each Evaluation Report and all attachments. The original and one copy shall be forwarded to the Personnel Office. The employee shall be given one copy and the Evaluator shall keep a copy.

H.        Each page of the Evaluation Report shall be signed by the employee as an acknowledgment of its receipt.

I.          If the employee wishes to attach a statement to the report, it must be submitted to the Evaluator and the Personnel Office within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the Evaluation Report.

J.          Employees shall be given a copy of their evaluation report and/or other pertinent written information, if applicable, at least seventy-two hours in advance of a supervisory conference with the evaluator, unless waived by the employee.

K.        Evaluation procedures shall be covered under Article III (Grievance Procedure) of this agreement. Evaluation results shall not be subject to the grievance procedure. Nothing in this provision shall prevent any teacher from exercising their legal rights under the Massachusetts General Laws.

L.         The parties to the contract agree to establish a study committee made up of representatives from Administration and Federation to review the evaluation process and to make suggestions for change in areas such as new timelines, differentiated forms, and more rating options beyond the current S and U. The committee's review is not limited to the above examples. All recommended changes by the committee are to be submitted to the negotiating teams of both parties and are subject to the regular collective bargaining and ratification procedures of the parties. The parties agree that the current evaluation study committee shall finalize its current recommendation to the negotiating teams of both parties with a goal of piloting its suggestions in several schools as soon as practical.

M.        Effective upon execution of Agreement, the parties mutually agree to begin the work of the study committee outlined above.

ARTICLE XV

School Hours

1.         Effective with the 1998-1999 school year, elementary teacher time shall be six (6) hours and twenty-five (25) minutes per day. Five minutes shall be beyond the student day and shall be assigned time. Middle and high school teacher time shall be six (6) hours and fifty-five (55) minutes per day. Five minutes shall be beyond the student day and shall be assigned time. Effective with the 1998-1999 school year, the fifteen (15) unassigned minutes beyond the student dismissal time will be converted to teaching time and the workday of teachers will be extended ten (10) minutes consisting of five (5) minutes of teaching time and five (5) minutes of assigned time after student dismissal time. Any further increases in teaching time beyond the twenty (20) minutes will be subject to negotiation. Therefore, effective with the 1998-1999 school year, teachers shall be required to attend six (6) after school faculty meetings per school year. Such meetings shall not exceed one hour each and these meetings shall be scheduled by the principal at the beginning of the school year. Attendance at P.T.O. meetings and other extra curricula activities will be continued as presently practiced or contracted for; but the actual work hours of teachers will not be increased over those presently established unless teachers so working in excess of the presently established workday hours, except as noted below are paid pro rata for the extra time so worked. Effective with the 2006-2007 school year, teachers shall be required to attend nine (9) after school faculty meetings per school year. Effective September 1, 2007, teachers will attend an additional parent teacher meeting. This additional meeting will be scheduled for a duration of one hour and will be scheduled within fifteen minutes of the usual school day, as determined by the principal.

However, in recognition of the principle that teachers attendance at educationally oriented meetings enhances their value to the Lowell Public School System, and that dialogue and clear communication between the Superintendent's Office and teachers is vital to the educational process, the Union agrees all teachers will on an unpaid basis attend in each school year up to one such meeting as may be called by the Superintendent of Schools on a two week notice to which an agenda prepared by the Superintendent and an advisory committee of not more than three members of the Union will be given to all teachers. Such meetings will start at 3 p.m. and end not later than 4:30 p.m. If the Superintendent wishes to hold regional or grade level meetings, the above time frame shall be changed provided such meetings are scheduled for ninety (90) minutes or less and such meetings end within two hours of the close of school at the earliest clustered school.

Further, the Union agrees that occasional after school conferences by teachers with parents or personnel specializing in school work related to Chapter 766 of the Acts of 1972 will be afforded on a non-paid basis and shall not be considered an extension of the normal school day, as long as said meetings do not exceed one per week and two per calendar month. In cases when this occurs teachers will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

Teachers who meet with other school personnel and parents or fill in for teachers who are at meetings during the normal school day for the purpose of implementing Chapter 766 of the Act of 1972, will use preparation time on the same basis as set forth in Paragraph 3 of this article, once per week and no more than twice per month. In cases where this reasonable amount of time has been exhausted, substitutes will replace the classroom teacher.

In implementing the preceding paragraphs, the parties agree that the present practice for payment for bus duty will be altered to reflect pro rata payments for all bus duty time worked beyond their scheduled workday.

2.                  The parties agree to form a Study Committee to discuss proposals raised by the Union during the negotiations concerning special education staffing and make recommendations to the negotiating teams of the parties.

3.                  The parties agree to create a Study Committee to develop a model for an extended day program in Lowell with the goal of ratification and implementation of the model at selected school(s) before the expiration of this contract.

ARTICLE XVI

School Year - Work and Payment Schedule

A.        The school year will begin on the Monday before Labor Day of a given year, with the Friday before Labor Day as a day off, through June the thirtieth of the next succeeding year and salaries for such school year will be deemed to be fully earned upon completion of the last scheduled workday in June. The school calendar shall be reviewed by March 1 to determine if any adjustment is necessary to complete 180 days by June 30.

B.         Subject to directives of the State Board of Education, the work year shall consist of 185 scheduled workdays, with 181 of such days to be worked, provided, however, that all teachers may be required to report for one orientation day prior to commencing their regular work schedule. For any pro rata or per diem pay calculation, 1/181 of one's annual salary for each full workday shall be controlling.

Effective in school year 2003-2004, teachers will be paid a per diem rate based on 1/180th of their annual salary for required attendance at one orientation day prior to commencing their regular work schedule.

Effective in school year 2003-2004, the regular work year of a teacher shall be 181 days.

C.         1.         The pay of teachers shall be based on a ten month year beginning the Monday before Labor Day and continuing through the following June 30th with it being understood that salaries for such school year shall be deemed to be fully earned upon completion of the last scheduled workday in June.

Commencing the September 1, 1982, the annual salary of each teacher shall be paid in 52 weekly installments.

A teacher may receive the balance of earned pay for the school year no later than July 1st if a written request for such payment is made to the payroll department in the Superintendent's office prior to February 15.

In lieu of the aforesaid 52-payment plan, a teacher may elect a 42-payment plan consisting of 42 weekly payments upon notification to the Superintendent's office by April 30th of the preceding school year.

The parties recognize their intent to expedite salary payments and shall meet with the City Auditor to establish the 42 and 52 week payroll calendar for each school year. Said calendar shall be published by October 1st of each school year.

2.         The term "vacation" will not appear on pay checks issued to teachers for the school recess periods.

D.        When a teacher leaves the Lowell School System under any circumstances, he or she or his or her estate will be paid that proportion of his or her salary as the total number of actual days of service bears to the total number of actual days in the school year.

E.        Middle School and Senior High teachers will not be assigned more than five (5) periods of prepared work per day, and will have at least one preparation period each day.

F.         Secondary school teachers will not be required to teach more than two subjects per semester nor more than a total of 3 teaching preparations per semester.

G.        Exceptions to the provisions of the two preceding paragraphs may be made only if the Superintendent (or his designee) determines it is necessary to do so in the best interest of the educational process. The Union will be notified of each instance in which the Superintendent so determines and his determination shall be final.

H.        Elementary school teachers will be allowed to leave their classrooms when Art, Music, or Physical Education teachers are conducting such classes. Each elementary teacher, including teaching specialists, will have at least 150 minutes of planning time per five day work week. Effective June 30, 2006, each elementary school teacher, including teaching specialists, will have at least 200 minutes of planning time per five day work week.

The School Committee and Superintendent will attempt to reach the goal of a daily preparation period of forty minutes for all elementary teachers and teaching specialists.

I.         Whenever possible, no teacher will be required to relinquish her/his planning period to cover a class assigned to another teacher. If it is necessary for a teacher to so substitute for another teacher, it shall be done on a rotating basis.

Effective September 1, 1983, elementary specialists shall be assigned teaching positions in accordance with the number of teaching minutes per week on an equitable basis.

J.         2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school calendars are attached in Appendix B.

K.        In all new buildings, teachers, including itinerant specialists, shall have work areas made available to them for planning purposes. These areas will be made available in older buildings where feasible. New buildings are all those buildings that have opened since September 1991.

ARTICLE XVII

Duty Free Lunch Period

Effective January 1, 1985, every teacher will be entitled to a duty free lunch period of at least 25 minutes each day. However, no teacher will have his/her duty free lunch reduced by this provision.

ARTICLE XVIII

Teachers' Facilities

A.        The Union recognizes and the Committee agrees to continue the present policy in planning of new schools to make provisions for adequate and proper work and rest areas for professional staff and attests to its intent to provide the same in old school buildings. Existing school buildings shall include:

1.                  Space in the school where teachers may safely store instructional materials and supplies.

2.                  A serviceable desk and chair for the teacher in each classroom.

3.                  An appropriate room for reporting before school for teachers in the high school who are not assigned home room duty.

4.                  Staff assigned to the following schools shall be granted free access to parking at the Ayotte Garage or the John Street Garage during days when school is in session: Lowell High School, Clement G. McDonough Academic Center.

B.        In connection with the construction of new school buildings, the Committee shall include the following:

1.                  Space in the school where teachers may safely store a reasonable amount of instructional materials and supplies.

2.                  A teacher's work area containing adequate equipment and supplies to aid in the preparation of instructional materials.

3.                  An appropriately furnished room, which will include a pay telephone to be reserved for the exclusive use of the teachers as a faculty lounge. Said room will be in addition to the aforementioned teacher work area.

4.                  A serviceable desk and chair for the teacher in each classroom.

5.                  A communication system so that teachers can communicate with the main building office from their classroom.

6.                  A well lighted and clean male rest room and a well-lighted and clean female rest room.

7.                  A separate, private dining area for the exclusive use of the teachers in those schools that have cafeterias for students.

8.                  An appropriate room for reporting before school for teachers who are not assigned home room duty.

C.        When major reconstruction of existing buildings or additions are planned, the Committee agrees to include plans for items 1 through 8 of paragraph B whenever possible.

ARTICLE XIX

Teacher Aides

Teacher Aides will in no manner interfere with or disrupt the teacher's management of the classroom, and while in the classroom shall be under the direction of the teacher.

ARTICLE XX

Protection and Indemnification

Teachers will immediately report all cases of abusive conduct and torts suffered by them in connection with their employment in writing to the Superintendent of Schools. The School Committee in conjunction with the City Solicitor will ensure that representation of teachers will be provided within the parameters of Chapter 258 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

ARTICLE XXI

Deductions

1.                  The Committee agrees to accept authorizations and deduct and pay authorized amounts accordingly, only for the Credit Union designated as authorized for such deduction by the United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO.

2.                  The list of charities to which employees may make a voluntary contribution through payroll deduction will include one charity designated by the Union, in compliance with City policies and procedures.

ARTICLE XXII

Use of School Facilities

Subject to rules established by the Committee for USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES OR BUILDINGS, the Union will have the same rights as other organizations grouped under Class B of said Committee rules for USE OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS.

A.        The Union will have the right to use school buildings at reasonable times for meeting in accordance with the school policy for the use of school buildings.

B.         The Superintendent and the Principal will be given reasonable advance notification of the time and place of all such meetings.

C.         A bulletin board will be made available at each work site to the Union for purposes of displaying appropriate notices, circulars, and other material. Materials authorized by the Union can be placed in teachers' mailboxes.

ARTICLE XXIII

Transitional Bilingual Education

The Committee agrees with the Union and the General Court of the Commonwealth that there are large numbers of children who come from environments where the primary language is other than English and that experience has shown that public school classes in which instruction is given only in English are often inadequate for the education of children whose native tongue is another language. And to this end the Committee agrees to conform and abide by Chapter 71A entitled "Transitional Bilingual Education" of the General Laws of the Commonwealth and to implement its provisions as expeditiously as possible.

ARTICLE XXIV

Curriculum Improvement

A.        MATERIALS-SUPPLIES-LIBRARY MATERIALS The Committee recognizes the need for providing adequate supplies, equipment, and materials to teachers and for providing adequate books and materials for school libraries so as to assist teachers in the effective achievement of their responsibilities. In recognition of this need, it is agreed that by December the fifteenth of each year all teachers will be given an opportunity to express in writing their needs for supplies, equipment, materials, and library books and materials for the following year. Their request for same will be given to their immediate supervisor who will compile all of the requests for his department or school and forward them Intact to the Superintendent. The Superintendent will compute the total cost of all requests and present the total request to the Committee no later than January the fifteenth for its consideration.

B.         RELEASED TIME The Committee recognizes the need to provide individual teachers with adequate opportunity to develop curriculum or learning improvement programs or materials. In recognition of this need, therefore, it is agreed that upon submission to the Superintendent of a plan deemed meritorious by him that individual teachers may be released from normal responsibilities for the purpose of research, grant writing, or the development of improved curriculum materials. The duration of release shall be appropriate to the need as determined by the Superintendent and during the time of release a substitute will be hired to replace the released teacher.

C.         CURRICULUM COMMITTEES Effective September 1, 1978, the Committee agrees that a teacher working on a curriculum committee is beneficial to the Lowell School Department, and when a teacher works on such a committee, other than on released time, he or she shall be paid $200.00 per fiscal year for working on a curriculum committee, with such work being limited to but one curriculum committee. This $200.00 compensation shall be over and above the $200.00 compensation paid for in-service training courses taken at an accredited college or university approved by the Superintendent and provided for in the first paragraph of Section B of Article XXV of this Agreement. The chairperson of curriculum committees shall be designated by the Superintendent, and, whenever such chairperson shall be a member of Unit A, he or she shall be paid $300.00 on the same limitation as imposed on the member of the curriculum committees. Curriculum committees shall be made up of School Department personnel

D.        EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

1.                  The Education Development Committee shall consist of four (4) representatives appointed by the Union and four (4) representatives appointed by the School Administration.

2.                  The Education Development Committee shall meet on a monthly basis in an effort to address the implementation, evaluation and improvement of educational programs and issues in the Lowell Public Schools. The Union and School Administration shall submit to each other, in writing, appropriate agenda items at least three(3) working days prior to the meeting.

3.                  Class size will be reviewed by this Committee as outlined in Article XIII, D.4.

4.                  The schedule of meetings for the Education Development Committee shall be established by September 15 of each academic year

ARTICLE XXV

Professional Improvement

A.        The Union recognizes and the Committee agrees to continue its present policy in paying reasonable expenses (including meals, lodgings, and/or transportation and fees), incurred by teachers who by vote of the Committee attend workshops, seminars, conferences, or other professional improvement sessions with the approval of the School Committee.

B.        Tuition reimbursement of up to $500.00 will be paid to teachers taking in-service training courses in a related field at an accredited college or university (of their choice) approved in advance by the Superintendent. This up to $500.00 tuition reimbursement will be paid for courses taken in the fiscal year in which applicable credit is earned, and payment shall be limited to two courses per fiscal year upon submission of proof of successful completion of such courses. Teachers will have the choice of in-service course(s) and/or course(s) at an accredited institution(s). The parties agree to form a Study Committee to investigate alternative ways that teachers might utilize the tuition reimbursement in this section. Any recommendations that require contract changes will be submitted to the negotiating teams of the parties.

C.        The Union shall appoint an experienced faculty advisor to each new staff member. The advisor will be preferably of the same building, grade, and subject assignment as the new staff member. The duty of the faculty advisor will be to provide adequate and continuous orientation concerning the special problems of the new staff members as they relate to the unique requirements of their new assignments.

D.        On the day prior to the opening day of school, the President of the Union, or his/her designee, will be provided time to address any general assembly of the faculty that may be held.

E.         Lowell Program

1.         Purpose and Plan The School Committee will create a sequential professional development program substantially equivalent to a 30-credit masters' program that incorporates best practices in professional development and graduate level education and applies them to Lowell needs. The "Lowell Program" will be designed and implemented by the Superintendent in consultation with UTL representatives, administrators, higher education faculty, and others. The first course in the Lowell program will be offered no later than fall, 2001.

2.         Content The Program will concentrate on five general areas:

a.         responding effectively to the needs of diverse learners, e.g., English language learners, students with special needs, gifted students;

b.         identifying and using best practices in instruction with a focus on literacy, high expectations for all students, personal relationship building, and effective classroom management;

c.         planning and implementing curriculum in a standards-based environment;

d.         developing and using effective assessments of student learning to guide planning; and,

e.         building skills of collaboration and classroom/school-based research.

In addition, assignments and course work particular to a teacher's content field will be incorporated into the Program.

From time to time, as needs evolve, the Superintendent, in consultation with UTL representatives, administrators, higher education faculty and others, may add and delete areas of concentration and courses.

3.         Quality Assurance and Access

The Superintendent will endeavor to insure that the program is low cost and accessible to as many staff members as possible, recognizing, however, that high quality will not be sacrificed and that a minimum number of participants will be required to conduct courses in the Program. To these ends, the Superintendent will:

a.          develop traditional and non-traditional formats and, when appropriate, on-site delivery;

b.         develop and implement an independent monitoring system that insures on-going high quality;

c.          annually, establish tuition costs for Lowell Program courses and minimum course enrollments;

d.         document program costs to be covered by Program tuitions, e.g., instructor compensation, clerical/custodial/administrative support, utilities, contracts;

e.          establish a process whereby active participants in the Lowell Program may be reimbursed for more than two Lowell Program courses annually, up to the maximum annual reimbursement provided for in this contract;

f.          establish criteria she/he will use to approve a teacher's request to substitute for Lowell Program course work up to 9 graduate credits earned within 7 years of completing the first course in the Lowell Program, as follows:

1.                   up to six credits toward completion of the first half of the Lowell Program (Lowell Program A); and,

2.                   up to 3 credits toward completion of the second half of the Lowell Program (Lowell Program B)

4.         Compensation

A.        Beginning in 2001-2002, the following columns will be added and/or redefined:

1.                  a new column, "Lowell Program A" will be placed halfway between the existing Bachelors and Masters columns for teachers who complete the first half of the Lowell Program(A). Teachers with Bachelor degrees will be placed at Masters Level if they have completed both Part A and B. Teachers who complete Part A and Part B of the Lowell Program and are placed at the Masters Level can then progress to Masters +15, Masters +30, and Masters +60 upon completion of courses at an accredited institution;

2.                  a new column, "Lowell Program" will be placed half way between the existing Masters +30 and Masters +60 columns for teachers who complete either the first (A) or second half (B) of the Lowell Program;

3.                  a new column, "Lowell Program" will be placed halfway between the existing Masters +60 and Doctorate column for teachers who complete the Lowell Program;

4.                  completion of Part A or Part B of the Lowell Program is the equivalent of completion of 15 credits from an accredited institution.

B.         Teachers will not be paid an hourly compensation rate for participation in the Lowell Program.

5.         Decisions by the Superintendent with regard to the implementation and management of the Lowell Program are final unless arbitrary and/or capricious.

ARTICLE XXVI

School Committee Meetings

A.        The Union shall have the right to place items on the School Committee agenda through a written communication to the Committee.

B.         The Union shall be provided with copies of minutes, including any and all attachments, of all official meetings of the Committee in the same manner as the Committee.

C.         The Union shall be provided with a copy of the School Committee Agenda, including any and all attachments, in the same manner as the Committee.

ARTICLE XXVII

General

1.         DUES DEDUCTION: The Committee agrees to deduct from the teachers' salaries on deduction for United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO, as said teachers individually and voluntarily authorize the Committee to deduct. Such single monies deduction shall be in such amount as certified by the Union and shall be promptly transmitted to the Union. It is expressly understood that any deduction which a teacher may authorize the Committee to make from his earnings will be deducted in equal installments from each pay check received by the teacher during the year.

2.         PRINTING OF AGREEMENT: The Committee and the Union will share equally the expense of printing copies of this agreement, a copy of which will be given to each teacher. A minimum of one-hundred fifty copies of the contract will be given to the Superintendent's office.

3.         WORK ENVIRONMENT: The parties agree to form a Study Committee to examine proposals made by the Union during negotiations in regard to the work environment. At least one School Committee member shall be a member of the committee.

ARTICLE XXVIII

Transfers

A.        VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS

1.                  A compendium of Teaching Vacancies shall be posted on February 1. This compendium shall list all vacancies for the following school year, which have been declared and/or created between Orientation Day and the last calendar day in January. For 2000-2001, the Compendium will list vacancies which have been declared and/or created between May 16, 2000 and the last calendar day of January, 2001. A compendium of teaching vacancies may be posted on December 1 for all "hard to fill" positions provided that a definition for "hard to fill" positions is mutually agreed to by the Union and Superintendent.

2.                  Requests for transfer shall be submitted in writing and reviewed annually no later than February 15 to the Superintendent. Request shall include the grade and/or subject area and school(s) to which the teacher seeks assignment. Only permanent teachers are eligible for transfers.

3.                  When a transfer is to be made, a teacher's background, certification, quality of teaching performance, skills required by the job, and length of service in the Lowell school system shall be considered. If all other variables are equal, length of service in the system shall be the controlling factor.

4.                  All teachers requesting a transfer shall receive a written statement as to the disposition of their request on or about March 30.

5.                  All positions that become vacant for the subsequent school year after February 1 or any new positions that are created after February 1 (until the day before Orientation Day) shall be posted for 15 days during which time any teacher who wishes to be considered for a position shall submit a letter to the Superintendent. Notifications of openings after school year closing shall be via:

E-Mail to the UTL Office

FAX to the UTL Office

Lowell Sun

Personnel Department Hot Line Notification of the disposition of the transfer request shall be made in writing as soon as possible thereafter. Postings not filled by transfers shall be filled by permanent hires. No more than two (2) transfers per teacher can be honored for the subsequent school year.

6.                  All transfers granted and all permanent hires will be effective the first day of school the following school year.

7.                  Decisions by the Superintendent, or his designee, are final, unless arbitrary or capricious.

B.        INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS Before a teacher is transferred involuntarily effective at the beginning of the next School year, he or she will be notified by June 30th, if possible, in writing by the Superintendent of the reasons for the proposed transfer and shall be entitled to hearing(s) with the Superintendent accompanied by a representative of the Union if he/she desires.

A decision of the Superintendent re: any involuntary transfer of a teacher shall be final and binding and not subject to arbitration. Except in unforeseeable circumstances, the transfer will become effective at the beginning of the school year.

Notwithstanding the above, in the event it is necessary for the Superintendent to transfer involuntarily a teacher due to consolidation or elimination of positions, new programs, reorganization, and/or redistricting, no teacher with seniority will be given a substitute or temporary assignment if the teacher is certified to hold any permanent position that is held by a less senior teacher.

C.         THEME SCHOOLS

1.                  Theme School philosophy and goals shall be established at the school level with input from teachers, administrators, and parents and shall be approved by teachers employed at the school. The theme school goals shall be reviewed and approved by Central Administration with input from the school representatives and the union, in order to prepare the philosophy and goals for posting.

2.                  Whenever a school adopts a programmatic theme, the teachers currently employed at the school who wish to remain at that school shall signify their desire by writing and signing letters of intent indicating agreement with the philosophy and staff goals listed in the posting. The letters of intent submitted by teachers responding to the posting shall be reviewed by the Principal and Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Each teacher will be notified of the status of his/her request by the Deputy Superintendent.

3.                  Other teachers in the system shall be notified of the remaining open positions at the theme school. Teachers who apply for a transfer to these positions, and meet the posted philosophy and goals, shall be considered based on his/her background, certification, quality of teaching performance, skills required by the job, and an interview with the Principal and/or the Deputy Superintendent of Schools. All factors being equal, seniority in Unit A shall be the deciding factor in filling the Position(s).

ARTICLE XXIX

Retention of Rights

A.        Subject to the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 150E, this agreement shall not be construed to deprive employees of any benefits or protection granted by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

B.         Subject to the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 1 50E, the Committee retains all rights conferred upon it by both statutory law and judicial decision.

ARTICLE XXX

Reduction in Staff-Seniority

1.                  In effectuating any reduction in the teaching staff due to a decrease in pupil enrollment, the Committee will act in conformance with General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 42, and Chapter 34 of the Acts of 1936, as amended, "An Act Regulating the Election and Employment of Teachers in the Public Schools of the City of Lowell."

2.                  In principle, the Committee recognizes seniority as a basis in implementing any reduction in the teaching staff. It is in the best interests of the Lowell Public Schools that a well-thought out hiring policy be devised in conjunction with attrition and movement within the system. Until the question of trends in school population is well defined, care must be exercised in adding new members to the school personnel who might be reduced. Otherwise, there might appear to be the contradiction of adding to the professional staff while, at the same time, making plans for the reduction in staff. Also, considering attrition due to retirement, the morale and effectiveness of the professional staff would be enhanced if plans are made to retrain and reassign existing personnel rather than hire new personnel in this time of uncertainty. With such a sense of direction, it is conceivable that reduction in teaching force will not be necessary. However, in the event that a reduction in force be necessary, absolute seniority within the Lowell Public Schools will be the guiding principle. No teacher with seniority will be separated from the Lowell Public Schools providing that the teacher is certified in any one of the curricular areas being offered students at that time. This changing from one area of certification to another area of certification enhances the curricular possibilities for the entire system.

3.A.     Seniority is defined as the length of continuous service within Bargaining Unit A of the Lowell Public Schools, indicated by the first date of employment and including all authorized leaves of absence except that effective September 1, 1983, no teacher on unpaid leave of absence shall accumulate more than 1 year of seniority within a five-year period for the unpaid leave(s) of absence(s) granted during any five-year period. If the length of service is equal, the teacher with the earlier election date will have preference. If the length of service and election date are the same, teachers who were hired from the same list will be given preference according to their order on the list. A current list of all teachers ranked according to system-wide seniority will be provided to the UTL by November 1 of each school year. Any member of Unit B having continuous professional service in the Lowell Public Schools shall have fall-back rights for a position in Unit A if laid off from her/his position in Unit B based on her/his seniority in Unit A only.

3.B.      Between July 1, 1993, and June 30, 1994, all Unit B members will be afforded a one time opportunity to resign their Unit B position and to regain their Unit A seniority in accordance with the following phase-in formula:

Year 1 - Credited with up to three (3) years previously earned Unit A seniority.

Year 2 - Credited with up to fifty (50) percent of previously earned Unit A seniority at completion of second year.

Year 3 - Credited with up to one hundred (100) percent of previously earned Unit A seniority at completion of third year.

Former Unit B members will be credited with Unit A seniority only if they accept an open Unit A position prior to June 30, 1994. No Unit A member will be displaced in order to provide an open position for former Unit B members.

4.         In the event any reduction in the number of positions in the bargaining unit results in a layoff of a member of the bargaining unit, recall shall also be by seniority. A laid-off teacher shall be placed on a Recall List and shall remain on that list until recalled to employment to a full time, full-year, permanent position; unless the teacher refuses such employment twice. Recall shall be in the inverse order of layoff for any position for which a laid-off employee is certified. The Committee agrees to recall a laid-off employee certified in the area needed prior to hiring new staff. Teachers recalled to open positions or to positions vacant due to an unpaid leave of absence shall be paid at the appropriate step on the salary schedule reflecting their experience and training.

5.                  Teachers recalled to positions vacated due to a paid leave of absence shall be paid on the appropriate step and column of the salary schedule reflecting their experience and training. The Superintendent shall offer any such position to laid-off teachers in order of seniority. A laid-off teacher serving in this manner retains recall rights to a regular position that is either open or vacant due to an unpaid leave of absence.

6.                  It is understood that movement within the system pertains only to Unit A of the employees. Any other positions, other than Unit A positions, are covered by the contract relative to the posting of positions.

ARTICLE XXXI

Effect of Agreement

The Committee and the Union mutually agree that the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement constitute the entire agreement between the parties hereto, which may be altered, changed, added to, deleted from, or modified only through the voluntary mutual consent of the parties in an amendment hereto.

Should any Article, Section, or Clause of this agreement be declared illegal by a court of competent jurisdiction, said Article, Section, or Clause, as the case may be, shall be automatically deleted from this agreement to the extent that it violates the law, but the remaining Articles, Sections, and Clauses shall remain in full force and effect for the duration of this agreement, if not effected by the deleted Articles, Sections, or Clauses.

ARTICLE XXXII

Agency Fee

As a condition of employment, members of the bargaining unit who are not members of the United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO, shall pay to the United Teachers of Lowell an agency service fee. Such fee shall be a percentage of union dues and will represent that portion of union dues which is commensurate with the cost of collective bargaining and contract administration. This provision is subject to any rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission.

ARTICLE XXXIII

No Reprisals

The parties agree that in no event shall any individual or group of individuals, regardless of bargaining unit placement, who may have been involved in the labor dispute on September 6, 1988 to September 9, 1988, be disciplined, discharged, demoted, reduced in rank or compensation, or in any way adversely affected because of such involvement.

However, there shall be no compensation paid to those persons who were absent from their duties and were not excused from their duties on September 6 - 9,1988.

Upon ratification of this Agreement by both parties to the collective bargaining process, the School Committee will purge all letters of insubordination from the personnel files of all Shaughnessy School teachers who received same during the school year 1992-1993.

ARTICLE XXXIV

Personnel Files

A.        Pursuant to General Laws, a teacher shall have the right, upon written request, to review the contents of his or her own personnel file within 24 hours of the receipt of the request. Such review shall be performed in the presence of the Superintendent or his/her designee. The teacher shall have the right to Xerox the contents of his/her file, at his/her own expense.

B.        No adverse material shall be placed into the teacher's personnel file without giving the teacher a copy first. The teacher shall have the right to file, within seven (7) days, a written answer and have it attached to the adverse material.

ARTICLE XXXV

Representation

A.        A teacher shall, at all times, be entitled to have present a representative of the Union when he is being reprimanded, warned, or disciplined, by an administrator at the principal's or superintendent's level for infraction of discipline or delinquency in professional performance.

B.        When request for such representation is made by either party, no action shall be taken with respect to the teacher until such representation of the Union is present.

C.        In no event shall a teacher be reprimanded by an administrator in front of a class, in the halls, or in the presence of parents or students, or other teachers.

D.        All reprimands of a teacher shall be in private and in person or by mail, except in case of emergencies. At no time will the reprimand be shared with other teachers using e-mail or written notice.

ARTICLE XXXVI

Discipline

No teacher will be disciplined without just cause.

ARTICLE XXXVII

Middle Schools

1.                  Middle Schools shall involve Grades 5, 6, 7. 8.

2.                  Common planning time when scheduled by the Principal shall be in addition to the daily preparation time.

ARTICLE XXXVIII

Relief from Non-Teaching Duties

No teacher shall be required to assist a student with any medical procedure.

ARTICLE XXXIX

Immunization

The School Committee shall provide, only through a designated health care provider, Hepatitis B immunization without charge to any teacher who requests such treatment.

ARTICLE XL

Lead and Mentor Teachers

Al.       The Lowell School Committee and the United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO hereby agree that the current positions of Lead and Mentor teachers were in effect from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2004 and will continue through June 30, 2006 unless the parties agree to change the current practices before June 30, 2006. Lead Teachers will be compensated at $3,600 and Mentor Teachers will be compensated at $1,700 for mentoring teachers with provisional certification and $750 for mentoring teachers with advanced provisional certification. The parties agree to continue their talks on a career ladder program for Lowell teachers and to continue the talks on the Lead and Mentor Teacher programs in Lowell.

A2.      (a)        All teachers who served as a Math Resource Teacher during school year 2006-2007 shall be paid a stipend of $3600 each less sums already paid to them for after school work as a Math Resource Teacher.

(b)               Effective school year 2007-2008, all Math Resource Teachers shall receive a stipend of $600 for attendance at Teacher Support Team meetings, family math nights, or other mathematics related meetings.

(c)                All Math Resource Teachers shall be given at least .5 release from teaching and supervisory duties.

B.         Teacher Induction Program (Effective August 2005)

1.                  The intent of the induction program is to serve as a support for teacher development. Therefore, requirements will be individualized when appropriate based on the teacher's background, experience, and needs. The superintendent or his/her designee develops with each teacher a plan for meeting the requirements of the induction program. Every effort will be made to ensure that this Induction Program will meet DOE requirements for teacher induction and assist teachers to achieve initial and/or professional licensure. Successful course completion allows movement on the salary scale based on requirements of the Lowell Program.

2.                  Beginning in August 2005, all teachers new to Lowell are required to begin the Teacher Induction Program.

·                     Teachers who begin with a waiver or preliminary license will participate for three years.

·                     Teachers with initial license and fewer than three years of teaching experience will participate for two years. Teachers with professional status from another community (or equivalent) will participate for one year.

·                     In certain circumstances, the Superintendent may waive or postpone the requirement for one or more years.

Notwithstanding the above paragraph, teachers who

·                     were participants in the Teacher Academy as of June 2007, and

·                     would not be participating in the Academy for a second and/or third year under the above paragraph, may continue to participate in the Academy in order to complete three (3) years in the Academy. If they desire to continue, they must notify the Director of the Academy by June 8, 2007 of their decision to continue in order that appropriate planning can occur.

3.         Teachers who complete the Induction Program requirements, achieve Professional Teaching Status, and continue to teach in Lowell will receive a one-time award before December 1st of the year in which they begin service as a teacher with professional teaching status, according to the following scale:

·                     $2,500 for those teachers who complete three years in the Academy.

·                     $1,600 for those teachers who complete two years in the Academy.

·                     $800 for those teachers who complete one year in the Academy.

4.                  Graduate credits for completed courses will be awarded from an accredited institution.

5.                  Each year of participation in the Academy the teacher completes a 3-credit graduate course, typically designed by the district in collaboration with the UTL and delivered on site, as a part of the Lowell Program.

·                     Each Academy course will be comparable in demand to traditional graduate level courses.

·                     First year mentees are expected to attend up to 3 4-hour class sessions before the start of the school year

·                     The remaining 26 contact hours for first-year mentees are after school course sessions.

·                     First and second year mentees are required to participate in monthly one-hour study groups.

·                     Third year mentees are invited, but not required, to participate in monthly one-hour study groups.

6.         The content of Induction Program courses will include:

a)                  Instructional strategies

b)                  Classroom management

c)                  Curriculum design, including differentiation

d)                  Meeting the need of students with special needs

e)                  Meeting the need of English language learners and awareness of cultural differences

f)                   Mathematics instruction, e.g., Investigations/Connected Mathematics

g)                  Literacy instruction, e.g., Balanced Literacy, John Collins Writing, LINKS, and Making Meaning

h)         Content knowledge development

i)          Professional Rights and Responsibilities, as developed by the UTL and Administration, including a one-hour lesson presented by the UTL in August and a one-hour lesson in February or March.

7.         Mentors

a)                  Each teacher will have the assistance of a mentor teacher who offers guidance and feedback, but not evaluation.

b)                  Mentors will be selected collaboratively by the Principal, UTL and Superintendent

c)                  Mentors will be paid an annual stipend pro-rated as follows:

a.         $3,400: mentors assigned at least 2 teachers, at least one of whom is a 1 st year teacher; or any mentor in his/her first year as a mentor will receive $3,400 per year.

b.         $2,000: all other mentors will receive $2,000 per year.

d)                  Mentors will be assigned no more than a total of four (4) mentees with no more than two (2) being first-year mentees.

e)                  It is desirable for mentees to have the same mentor for the duration of their participation in the Academy. The Superintendent will endeavor to ensure continuity in mentor assignments.

f)                   Generally, mentors will be appointed for a three-year period, depending on need. The UTL and Superintendent will develop an "opt out" procedure for special circumstances.

g)                  The Superintendent will consult with the UTL in cases when mentor-mentee continuity or mentor continuation is not feasible.

h)         In their first year of service, mentors will complete one 3-credit course on mentoring, developed and taught on site. In subsequent years of service, mentors will participate in a mentor seminar as part of their job responsibilities. In their second year as a mentor, mentors may receive one (1) graduate credit for participation in the seminar. In subsequent years, mentors will receive PDP credit. Mentors hired before August 2007 will have the opportunity to complete one 3-credit graduate course in their second and third years of service.

i)          Graduate credits for completed coursework will be awarded from an accredited institution.

j)          Generally, each elementary school will have two mentors, each middle school will have four mentors, and each high school department will have one mentor, subject to funding and the number of new teachers. In consultation with the UTL, the Superintendent may alter assignments.

k)         If a majority of a school's faculty and principal develop and approve an alternative pilot plan for providing mentoring support of its new teacher within contractual guidelines, such pilot may not be implemented without approval of both the Superintendent and Executive Board of the UTL.

8.                  The Superintendent and UTL will meet at least semi-annually to review the effectiveness and operation of the Teacher Induction Program.

9.                  Any modification to any provision of this agreement will be done in collaboration with the UTL and reduced to written agreement by both parties before modification or implementation.

SIDELETTER ON LEAVES

The Lowell School Committee and the United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO hereby agree to form a study committee to review and clarify all leave language.

Any changes to contract language are subject to the normal negotiating and ratification process of the parties.

CAREER LADDER SIDELETTER

The Lowell School Committee and the United Teachers of Lowell Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO hereby agree to form a committee to investigate the feasibility of a career ladder program for the teachers in Lowell and it will consist of three teacher members selected by the Union and those members selected by the School Committee. It will begin its task by January 30, 2001 and should have a non-binding report by November 1, 2001.

LITIGATION SIDELETTER AGREEMENT

The Lowell School Committee and the United Teachers of Lowell Local 495, AFT MA, AFT, AFL-CIO during bargaining for a subsequent collective bargaining agreement effective July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2002 have agreed to certain changes in Article XXVIII. It is hereby acknowledged that there is currently pending litigation between these parties involving this article in Middlesex Superior Court Case #'s 97-03410LZ, 99-03553LZ, 99-05476LZ. The parties further agree that none of the agreed upon changes or the fact that changes have been negotiated are to have any effect on the issues in the above-mentioned lawsuits between the parties.

LITIGATION SIDELETTER AGREEMENT

The Union agrees not to challenge the offering of HMO and PPO plans to its members by the city in May, 2007 and further agrees to withdraw all contractual grievances and the unfair labor charges pending at the Massachusetts Labor Relations Committee.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

There will be an open enrollment period in September to facilitate employees making alternative choices in health insurance.

APPENDIX A

Salary Schedule

Salary and steps:

Year 1 -           2% 91st day of school

Year 2 -           add new Step 8B at an equal distance between existing Step 8 and Step 9 (upon completion of 15 years of teaching)

- add a new Step 9B at an equal distance between the existing Step 9 and Step 10 (upon completion of 25 years of teaching)

- add a new Step 10B at $1000 above existing Step 10 (upon completion of 35 years of teaching)

- 2% on 91st day of school

Year 3 -           - 2% on 1st day of school

- 1% on 91st day of school

- 1 % on last day of school

Add $300 to each step (8 through 10B) on first day of the third year of the contract. Add an additional $200 to each step (8 through 10B) on first day of the contract, contingent on 30% of Unit A employees enrolling in an alternative plan to the Master Medical by end of the open enrollment in 2008.

Salary Schedule - School Year 2006-2007 (1st Day of School)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+15

MA+ 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

37,407

39,145

40,882

41,501

43,612

44,853

46,094

47,335

48,575

Step l

39,407

41,145

42,882

43,504

45,613

46,855

48,094

49,336

50,576

Step 2

42,473

44,210

45,947

46,569

48,677

49,919

51,159

52,400

53,641

Step 3

44,907

46,645

48,382

49,003

51,114

52,355

53,594

54,835

56,075

Step 4

47,551

49,289

51,024

51,644

53,754

54,995

56,236

57,477

58,719

Step 5

49,988

51,726

53,462

54,083

56,193

57,434

58,676

59,916

61,156

Step 6

52,426

54,164

55,900

56,520

58,630

59,872

61,114

62,355

63,595

Step 6A*

55,473

57,211

58,948

59,568

61,678

62,920

64,161

65,401

66,641

Step 7

58,520

60,257

61,995

62,616

64,726

65,968

67,208

68,448

69,688

Step 8

59,452

61,189

62,927

63,548

65,658

66,901

68,140

69,380

70,620

Step 9

61,010

62,748

64,485

65,105

67,216

68,458

69,697

70,938

72,178

Step 10

62,587

64,325

66,062

66,682

68,793

70,035

71,274

72,515

73,755

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Salary Schedule - School Year 2006-2007 (91st Day of School)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+15

MA+ 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

38,155

39,928

41,700

42,331

44,484

45,750

47,016

48,282

49,547

Step 1

40,195

41,968

43,740

44,374

46,525

47,792

49,056

50,323

51,588

Step 2

43,322

45,094

46,866

47,500

49,651

50,917

52,182

53,448

54,714

Step 3

45,805

47,578

49,350

49,983

52,136

53,402

54,666

55,932

57,197

Step 4

48,502

50,275

52,044

52,677

54,829

56,095

57,361

58,627

59,893

Step 5

50,988

52,761

54,531

55,165

57,317

58,583

59,850

61,114

62,379

Step 6

53,475

55,247

57,018

57,650

59,803

61,069

62,336

63,602

64,867

Step 6*

56,582

58,355

60,127

60,759

62,912

64,178

65,444

66,709

67,974

Step 7

59,690

61,462

63,235

63,868

66,021

67,287

68,552

69,817

71,082

Step 8

60,641

62,413

64,186

64,819

66,971

68,239

69,503

70,768

72,032

Step 9

62,230

64,003

65,775

66,407

68,560

69,827

71,091

72,357

73,622

Step 10

63,839

65,612

67,383

68,016

70,169

71,436

72,699

73,965

75,230

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Salary Schedule - School Year 2007-2008 (1st Day of School)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+ 15

MA + 30

Lowell

MA + 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

38,155

39,928

41,700

42,331

44,484

45,750

47,016

48,282

49,547

Step 1

40,195

41,968

43,740

44,374

46,525

47,792

49,056

50,323

51,588

Step 2

43,322

45,094

46,866

47,500

49,651

50,917

52,182

53,448

54,714

Step 3

45,805

47,578

49,350

49,983

52,136

53,402

54,666

55,932

57,197

Step 4

48,502

50,275

52,044

52,677

54,829

56,095

57,361

58,627

59,893

Step 5

50,988

52,761

54,531

55,165

57,317

58,583

59,850

61,114

62,379

Step 6

53,475

55,247

57,018

57,650

59,803

61,069

62,336

63,602

64,867

Step 6*

56,582

58,355

60,127

60,759

62,912

64,178

65,444

66,709

67,974

Step 7

59,690

61,462

63,235

63,868

66,021

67,287

68,552

69,817

71,082

Step 8

60,641

62,413

64,186

64,819

66,971

68,239

69,503

70,768

72,032

Step 8B

61,436

63,208

64,980

65,613

67,766

69,033

70,297

71,562

72,827

Step 9

62,230

64,003

65,775

66,407

68,560

69,827

71,091

72,357

73,622

Step 9B

63,034

64,807

66,579

67,211

69,365

70,631

71,895

73,161

74,426

Step 10

63,839

65,612

67,383

68,016

70,169

71,436

72,699

73,965

75,230

Step 10B

64,839

66,612

68,383

69,016

71,169

72,436

73,699

74,965

76,230

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step SB: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step 10B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2007-2008 (91st Day of School)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+ 15

MA + 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

38,918

40,726

42,534

43,178

45,374

46,665

47,956

49,247

50,537

Step 1

40,999

42,807

44,614

45,262

47,456

48,748

50,037

51,329

52,619

Step 2

44,189

45,996

47,803

48,450

50,644

51,936

53,226

54,517

55,808

Step 3

46,721

48,529

50,337

50,983

53,179

54,470

55,759

57,050

58,340

Step 4

49,472

51,280

53,085

53,730

55,926

57,217

58,508

59,799

61,091

Step 5

52,008

53,816

55,622

56,268

58,463

59,754

61,047

62,337

63,627

Step 6

54,544

56,352

58,158

58,803

60,999

62,291

63,583

64,874

66,164

Step 6A*

57,714

59,522

61,329

61,975

64,170

65,462

66,753

68,043

69,333

Step 7

60,884

62,691

64,500

65,146

67,341

68,633

69,923

71,213

72,503

Step 8

61,854

63,661

65,469

66,115

68,311

69,604

70,893

72,183

73,473

Step 8B

62,665

64,472

66,280

66,925

69,121

70,414

71,703

72,993

74,284

Step 9

63,475

65,283

67,090

67,735

69,932

71,224

72,513

73,804

75,094

Step 9B

64,295

66,103

67,911

68,555

70,752

72,044

73,333

74,624

75,915

Step 10

65,116

66,924

68,731

69,376

71,572

72,864

74,153

75,445

76,735

Step 10B

66,136

67,944

69,751

70,396

72,592

73,885

75,173

76,464

77,755

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10; Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step 8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step I0B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2008-2009 (1st Day of School)

Additional $ 300 to Steps 8 thru 10B

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+15

MA + 30

Lowell

MA + 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

39,697

41,541

43,384

44,041

46,281

47,598

48,915

50,232

51,548

Step 1

41,819

43,663

45,507

46,167

48,405

49,723

51,038

52,356

53,672

Step 2

45,073

46,916

48,759

49,419

51,656

52,974

54,290

55,607

56,924

Step 3

47,656

49,500

51,343

52,002

54,243

55,560

56,874

58,191

59,507

Step 4

50,462

52,306

54,147

54,805

57,044

58,361

59,678

60,995

62,313

Step 5

53,048

54,892

56,734

57,393

59,632

60,949

62,267

63,583

64,899

Step 6

55,635

57,479

59.322

59,979

62,219

63,537

64,855

66,172

67,488

Step 6A*

58,868

60,713

62,556

63,214

65,453

66,771

68,088

69,404

70,720

Step 7

62,102

63,945

65,790

66,449

68,688

70,006

71,322

72,638

73,953

Step 8

63,391

65,234

67,079

67,738

69,977

71,296

72,611

73,927

75,243

Step 8B

64,218

66,062

67,905

68,564

70,804

72,122

73,437

74,753

76,069

Step 9

65,044

66,889

68,732

69,390

71,630

72,948

74,263

75,580

76,896

Step 9B

65,881

67,725

69,569

70,226

72,467

73,784

75,100

76,417

77,733

Step 10

66,718

68,562

70,406

71,063

73,304

74,622

75,937

77,253

78,569

Step 10B

67,758

69,603

71,446

72,104

74,344

75,662

76,976

78,294

79,610

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of leaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step 8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step 10B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2008-2009 (91st Day of School)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+15

MA+ 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & E

 

First Year

40,094

41,956

43,818

44,482

46,744

48,074

49,404

50,735

52,064

Step 1

42,237

44,100

45,962

46,628

48,889

50,220

51,548

52,879

54,208

Step 2

45,523

47,385

49,247

49,914

52,173

53,504

54,833

56,163

57,494

Step 3

48,132

49,995

51,857

52,522

54,785

56,115

57,443

58,773

60,102

Step 4

50,966

52,829

54,689

55,353

57,615

58,945

60,275

61,605

62,936

Step 5

53,578

55,441

57,302

57,967

60,229

61,559

62,890

64,219

65,548

Step 6

56,191

58,054

59,915

60,579

62,841

64,172

65,503

66,833

68,162

Step 6A*

59,457

61,320

63,182

63,846

66,108

67,439

68,769

70,098

71,427

Step 7

62,723

64,585

66,447

67,113

69,375

70,706

72,035

73,364

74,693

Step 8

64,025

65,886

67,750

68,415

70,677

72,009

73,337

74,666

75,995

Step 8B

64,860

66,723

68,584

69,250

71,512

72,843

74,171

75,501

76,830

Step 9

65,694

67,558

69,419

70,084

72,346

73,677

75,006

76,336

77,665

Step 9B

66,540

68,402

70,265

70,928

73,192

74,522

75,851

77,181

78,510

Step 10

67,385

69,248

71,110

71,774

74,037

75,368

76,696

78,026

79,355

Step 10B

68,436

70,299

72,160

72,825

75,087

76,419

77,746

79,077

80,406

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step 8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step I0B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2008-2009 (June 30, 2009)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+15

MA+30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

40,495

42,376

44,256

44,926

47,212

48,555

49,899

51,242

52,584

Step 1

42,660

44,541

46,421

47,095

49,378

50,722

52,064

[ 53,408

54,750

Step 2

45,979

47,859

49,739

50,413

52,695

54,039

55,382

56,725

58,068

Step 3

48,614

50,495

52,375

53,048

55,333

56,676

58,018

59,361

60,703

Step 4

51,476

53,357

55,235

55,907

58,191

59,534

60,878

62,221

63,566

Step 5

54,114

55,995

57,875

58,547

60,831

62,175

63,519

 64,861

66,204

Step 6

56,753

58.635

60,514

61,185

63,469

64,814

66,158

 67,502

68,844

Step 6A*

60,052

61,933

63,813

64,485

66,769

68,113

69,457

70,799

72,141

Step 7

63,350

65,231

67,112

67,784

70,068

71,413

72,755

74,098

75,440

Step 8

64,665

66,545

68,427

69,100

71,384

72,729

74,070

75,413

76,755

Step 8B

65,509

67,390

69,270

69,942

72,227

73,572

74,913

76,256

77,598

Step 9

66,351

68,233

70,114

70,785

73,070

74,414

75,756

77,099

78,442

Step 9B

67,205

69,086

70,967

71,638

73,924

75,267

76,610

77,953

79,295

Step 10

68,059

69,940

71,821

72,491

74,777

76,122

77,463

78,806

80,148

Step 10B

69,120

71,002

72,882

73,553

75,838

77,183

78,523

79,868

81,210

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10; Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step 10B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B.upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2008-2009 (1st Day of School)

Additional $ 500 to Steps 8 thru 10B

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA + 15

MA + 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

39,697

41,541

43,384

44,041

46,281

47,598

48,915

50,232

51,548

Step 1

41,819

43,663

45,507

46,167

48,405

49,723

51,038

52,356

53,672

Step 2

45,073

46,916

48,759

49,419

51,656

52,974

54,290

55,607

56,924

Step 3

47,656

49,500

51,343

52,002

54,243

55,560

56,874

58,191

59,507

Step 4

50,462

52,306

54,147

54,805

57,044

58,361

59,678

60,995

62,313

Step 5

53,048

54,892

56,734

57,393

59,632

60,949

62,267

63,583

64,899

Step 6

55,635

57,479

59,322

59,979

62,219

63,537

64,855

66,172

67,488

Step 6A*

58,868

60,713

62,556

63,214

65,453

66,771

68,088

69,404

70,720

Step 7

62,102

63,945

65,79

66,449

68,688

70,006

71,322

72,638

73,953

Step 8

63,591

65,434

67,279

67,938

70,177

71,496

72,811

74,127

75,443

Step 8B

64,418

66,262

68,105

68,764

71,004

72,322

73,637

74,953

76,269

Step 9

65,244

67,089

68,932

69,590

71,830

73,148

74,463

75,780

77,096

Step 9B

66,081

67,925

69,769

70,426

72,667

73,984

75,300

76,617

77,933

Step 10

66,918

68,762

70,606

71,263

73,504

74,822

76,137

77,453

78,769

Step 10B

67,958

69,803

71,646

72,304

74,544

75,862

77,176

78,494

79,810

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step 8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step 10B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2008-2009 (91st Day of School)

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+1S

MA+ 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

40,094

41,956

43,818

44,482

46,744

48,074

49,404

50,735

52,064

Step 1

42,237

44,100

45,962

46,628

48,889

50,220

51,548

52,879

54,208

Step 2

45,523

47,385

49,247

49,914

52,173

53,504

54,833

56,163

57,494

Step 3

48,132

49,995

51,857

52,522

54,785

56,115

57,443

58,773

60,102

Step 4

50,966

52,829

54,689

55,353

57,615

58,945

60,275

61,605

62,936

Step 5

53,578

55,441

57,302

57,967

60,229

61,559

62,890

64,219

65,548

Step 6

56,191

58,054

59,915

60,579

62,841

64,172

65,503

66,833

68,162

Step 6A*

59,457

61,320

63,182

63,846

66,108

67,439

68,769

70,098

71,427

Step 7

62,723

64,585

66,447

67,113

69,375

70,706

72,035

73,364

74,693

Step 8

64,227

66,088

67,952

68,617

70,879

72,211

73,539

74,868

76,197

Step 8B

65,062

66,925

68,786

69,452

71,714

73,045

74,373

75,703

77,032

Step 9

65,896

67,760

69,621

70,286

72,548

73,879

75,208

76,538

77,867

Step 9B

66,742

68,604

70,467

71,130

73,394

74,724

76,053

77,383

78,712

Step 10

67,587

69,450

71,312

71,976

74,239

75,570

76,898

78,228

79,557

Step 10B

68,638

70,501

72,362

73,027

75,289

76,621

77,948

79,279

80,608

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step 8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step 10B; Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

Salary Schedule - School Year 2008-2009 (June 30, 2009)

 

 

BA

Lowell

MA

MA+ 15

MA+ 30

Lowell

MA+ 60

Lowell

Doctorate

 

 

Program A

Lowell A & B

 

 

Program A & B

CAGS

Program A & B

 

First Year

40,495

42,376

44,256

44,926

47,212

48,555

49,899

51,242

52,584

Step 1

42,660

44,541

46,421

47,095

49,378

50,722

52,064

53,408

54,750

Step 2

45,979

47,859

49,739

50,413

52,695

54,039

55,382

56,725

58,068

Step 3

48,614

50,495

52,375

53,048

55,333

56,676

58,018

59,361

60,703

Step 4

51,476

53,357

55,235

55,907

58,191

59,534

60,878

62,221

63,566

Step 5

54,114

55,995

57,875

58,547

60,831

62,175

63,519

64,861

66,204

Step 6

56,753

58,635

60,514

61,185

63,469

64,814

66,158

67,502

68,844

Step 6A*

60,052

61,933

63,813

64,485

66,769

68,113

69,457

70,799

72,141

Step 7

63,350

65,231

67,112

67,784

70,068

71,413

72,755

74,098

75,440

Step 8

64,869

66,749

68,631

69,304

71,588

72,933

74,275

75,617

76,959

Step 8B

65,713

67,594

69,474

70,146

72,431

73,776

75,117

76,460

77,802

Step 9

66,555

68,437

70,318

70,989

73,274

74,618

75,960

77,303

78,646

Step 9B

67,409

69,290

71,171

71,842

74,128

75,471

76,814

78,157

79,499

Step 10

68,263

70,144

72,025

72,695

74,981

76,326

77,667

79,010

80,352

Step 10B

69,324

71,206

73,086

73,757

76,042

77,387

78,727

80,072

81,414

 

Step 8: Upon completion of 10 years of teaching service

Step 10: Upon completion of 30 years of teaching service

Step 8B: Upon completion of 15 years of teaching service

Step 10B: Upon completion of 35 years of teaching service

Step 9: Upon completion of 20 years of teaching service

* For all teachers hired after the end of the 2004-2005 school year

Step 9B: Upon completion of 25 years of teaching service

 

APPENDIX B

Office of the Superintendent of Schools

LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2006-2007 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

Lowell, Massachusetts

August 28, 2006

Monday - Orientation Day - Staff Only

August 29, 2006

Tuesday - First pay of School - Grades 1 -12

September 1,2006

Friday - No School - Labor Day Recess

September 4, 2006*

Monday - No School - labor Day

September 5, 2006

Tuesday – Pre Kindergarten & Kindergarten Classes Begin

October 9, 2006*

Monday-No School - Columbus Day

** November 10, 2006

Friday - No School - Veterans' Day Observed

November 22, 2006

Wednesday - Early Dismissal - Thanksgiving Recess

November 23, 2006*

Thursday - No School - Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2006*

Friday - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

November 27, 2006

Monday - Schools Re-Open

December 22, 2006

Friday - Holiday Break Begins at the Close of School December 25 - January 1, 20071

December 25, 2006*

Monday - Christmas Day

January 1, 2007*

Monday, New Years Day

January 2, 2007

Tuesday - Schools Re-Open

January 15, 2007*

Monday - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr, Day

February 16, 2007

Friday-Mid-Winter Vacation Begins at the Close of School

 

[February 19 - 23, 2007]

February 19, 2007*

Monday - President's Day

February 26, 2007

Monday - Schools Re-Open

April 6, 2007 *

Friday - No School - Good Friday

April 13, 2007

Friday - Spring Vacation Begins at the Close of School [April 16-20,2007]

April 16, 2007*

Patriot's Day

April 23, 2007

Monday - Schools Re-Open

May 28, 2007*

Monday - No School - Memorial Day

**June 11, 2007

Friday - 180th School Day

"June 18,2007

Friday - 185th School Day (Includes five [5] Snow Days)

Number of School Days

 

3

 

21

 

September

19

February

15

*Central Administration, Parent information Center and Family Literacy Center

October

21

March

22

 

November

19

April

15

 

December

16

Way

22

 

 

 

June

12

 

 

 

 

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November 2, 2005 ** Revisions Approved on September 6, 2006

Office of the Superintendent of Schools

Lowell, Massachusetts

LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR

August 27, 2007

Monday - Orientation Day - Staff Only

August 28, 2007

Tuesday -  First Day of School - Grades 1-12

August 31, 2007

Friday - No School - labor Day Recess

September 3, 2007*

Monday - No School - Labor Day

September 4, 2007

Tuesday - PreKindergarten & Kindergarten Classes Begin

October 8, 2007 *

Monday - No School - Columbus Day

November 12, 2007 *

Monday - No School - Veterans' Day Observed

November 21, 2007

Wednesday - Earty Dismissal - Thanksgiving Recess

November 22, 2007 *

Thursday - No School - Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2007 *

Friday - No School - Thanksgiving Recess

November 26, 2007

Monday - Schools Re-Open

December 21, 2007

Friday - Holiday Break Begins at the Close of School

December 25, 2007 *

Tuesday - Christmas Day [Holiday Break: December 24, 2007 - January 1, 2008)

January 1, 2008 *

Tuesday, New Years Day

January 2, 2008

Wednesday - Schools Re-Open

January 21, 2008*

Monday - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr, Day

February 15, 2008

Friday - Mid-Winter vacation Begins at the Close of School

February 18, 2008*

Monday - President's Day [Mid-Winter Vacation: February 18 - 22, 2008

February 25, 2008

Monday - Schools Re-Open

March 21, 2008*

Friday - No School - Good Friday

April 18, 2008

Friday - Spring Vacation Begins at the Close of School

1 April 21, 2008 *

Monday, Patriot's Day [Spring Break: April 21 - 25, 2008]

April 28, 2008

Monday - Schools Re-Open

May 26, 2008*

Monday - No School - Memorial Day

June 10, 2008

Tuesday - 1 80* School Day

June 17, 2008

Tuesday - 185th School Day (Includes five [5] Snow Days)

Number of School Pays

August

3

January

21

* Central Administration, Parent Information Center and Family Literacy Center - CLOSED

September

19

February

16

 

October

22

March

20

 

November

19

April

17

 

December

15

May

7

 

 

 

June

12

Approved by the Lowell School Committee - January 1 7, 2007

 

 

 

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APPENDIX C

UNIT A EVALUATION HANDBOOK

1.0       INTRODUCTION

1.1       PURPOSES The process of supervision and evaluation detailed in this Handbook has three purposes. They are: 1) to recognize and document the quality of services rendered during the evaluation period; 2) to provide assistance and support to improve the quality of services offered and, 3) to provide evidence and assessments which may be used as a basis for personnel actions.

1.2       DEFINITIONS "EMPLOYEE"...the term "employee" includes anyone serving in a position recognized within the bargaining Unit A represented by United Teachers of Lowell, Local 495 AFT, AFL-CIO.

"CERTIFICATION"...Massachusetts certification as issued pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 38G and the regulations pertaining thereto as promulgated by the Department of Education.

"PRIMARY EVALOATOR"...usually the building principal unless otherwise designated on the teacher's criteria sheet at the beginning of an evaluation period.

"CONTRIBUTING EVALOATOR"... any person serving in a Unit B position who provides the Primary Evaluator with firsthand information which has been reduced to writing and shared with the employee involved. Such information can and often will include the contributing evaluator's assessments of the information recorded.

"EVALUATOR"...either a Primary or a Contributing Evaluator as defined herein.

"EVALOATION PERIOD"... that period of time which has since the last evaluation report.

"EVALUATION REPORT"...a report which is prepared by a Primary Evaluator and set forth on the Professional Evaluation Report Form. (See Appendix A)

"OBSERVATION"...a visitation by an evaluator, as defined above, specifically for the purpose of gathering data to be used in preparing an Evaluation Report.

"OBSERVATION REPORT"... information which is provided to the employee following an observation, series of observations; or conferences. It is not: an evaluation report; however, it may include assessments and may ultimately appear in or as an attachment to an evaluation report,

"SUPERVISORY CONFERENCE"...a meeting involving the employee and the Primary Evaluator to discuss the employee's performance, goals, and objectives.

1.3       GENERAL PRINCIPLES

A.        Evaluators shall insure that whenever an aspect of an employee's performance is considered unsatisfactory, that information will be given in writing to the employee involved as soon as possible to provide an opportunity to resolve such concerns before they appear in an evaluation report.

B.         All monitoring or observation of the work performance shall be conducted openly and with the full knowledge of the employee.

C.         Prior to any planned observation, the evaluator shall consult with the teacher about the practicality of scheduling such observation.

D.        Evaluation procedures shall be covered under Article III (Grievance Procedure) of this agreement. Nothing in this provision shall prevent any teacher from exercising their legal rights under the Massachusetts General Laws.

E.         The performance standards shall be measurable.

f.          The performance standards shall reflect and allow for significant differences in assignments and responsibilities. These differences shall be described in evaluation reports.

G.        The performance standards shall be shared with the person being evaluated In advance of the evaluation process.

H.        The purpose of evaluation shall be stated clearly, in writing, to the person being evaluated.

I.          The evaluation process shall be free of racial, sexual, religious and other discrimination and biases as defined in state and federal laws.

J.          The person being evaluated shall be allowed to gather and provide additional information on his/her performance. Such information must be provided in a timely manner and must be considered by the evaluator.

K.        The person being evaluated shall have an opportunity to respond in writing to the evaluation reports.

2.0       EVALUATION PROCEDURES

2.1       PRIMARY AMP CONTRIBUTING EVALUATORS

A.        Each teacher shall have one primary evaluator who will usually be the principal. In those cases in which the teacher regularly serves in more than one school building, the primary evaluator will be the principal of the building in which the teacher spends the largest portion of the work week. The primary evaluator shall not be changed without first notifying the teacher(s involved.

B.         Contributing Evaluators may provide written input either at their own initiative or at the request of the Primary Evaluator. In the event that the Primary Evaluator requests such written input, the employee shall be so notified in writing.

C.         All Information provided by a Contributing Evaluator must be In writing, signed, and dated by the author and given to the employee involved before it is given to the Primary Evaluator. Input from a Contributing Evaluator shall be reviewed by the Primary Evaluator and may or may not be Incorporated into the Evaluation Report at the discretion of the Primary Evaluator. In any event, the input from the Contributing Evaluator shall be attached to the Evaluation Report as an appendix if the employee so requests.

D.        All information reported by an Evaluator must be based on first-hand information or have been substantiated by the Evaluator as a result of an independent investigation of the matters involved.

E.         Employees should understand that any job-related interaction they have with a Primary or Contributing Evaluator may be a source of information that such an evaluator relies upon in preparing an evaluation report.

2.2       DMA-GATHERING PROCEDURES

A.        While conferences and observations are the primary sources of Information regarding the performance of an employee, evaluators are expected to gather Information in as many different ways as possible to produce the most complete and accurate picture of the employee's overall performance. These may include conferences with the employee, the review of materials produced by the employee, and information from employees, parents and other persons who can provide documented first hand information which had a bearing on the employee's performance and is appropriate to consider in the evaluation process.

B.         At the beginning of each evaluation period, all Primary Evaluators shall communicate in writing to the employees for whom they are responsible for supervising any specific data-gathering procedures that will be utilized. Appendix D shall be completed for the purposes of complying with this section. Employees are enoouraged to provide evaluators with any Information they would like their evaluators to consider. Evaluators may also request whatever additional job-relatad information they deem relevant from the employee.

C.         In all instances, the data-gathering procedures used must comply with the relevant provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as most recently amended.

2.3       OBSERVATIONS AND SUPERVISORY CONFERENCES

A.        Teachers with Professional Status A teacher with professional status shall be evaluated at least once every two years and shall receive the evaluation report on or before March 15.

The observation process shall commence as soon as possible in the school year. A minimum of one (1) observation shall precede the March 15 evaluation.

B.         Teacher without Professional Status and Long-Term Substitute A teacher without professional status or long-term substitute shall receive two(2) evaluation reports: the first on or before December 15, and the second on or before March 15.

The observation process shall commence as soon as possible in the school year. A minimum of one observation shall precede the December 15 evaluation, and a minimum of one (1) observation shall precede the March 15 evaluation.

C.         The purpose of observation and conferences is to establish facts which may be recorded in Evaluation Reports.

D.        Following an observation and/or supervisory conferences, evaluators shall provide written feedback to the employee involved within seven working days.

2.4       FREQUENCY OF SUPERVISORY CONFERENCES Each employee shall have a minimum of one observation and supervisory conference prior to the receipt of an evaluation report.

Whenever practical, conferences shall be scheduled during normal school hours. Conferences held outside of normal school hours shall be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time and location.

2.5       RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVALUATION

A.        The school committee is responsible for ensuring that adequate resources are available to evaluate all administrators and teachers without professional teacher status at least annually and to evaluate teachers with professional teacher status at least once every two years and to assist teachers and administrators to improve their performance.

B.         The superintendent, by means of a comprehensive evaluation, shall cause the performance of all teachers and administrators within the school district to be evaluated pursuant to 603 CMR 35.00 and the Principles of Effective Teaching and Principles of Effective Administrative Leadership adopted by the Board of Education and any consistent, supplemental performance standards as the school committee may require.

C.         The superintendent is responsible for ensuring that all evaluators have training in the principles of supervision and evaluation and have, or have available to them, expertise in the subject matter and/or areas to be evaluated.

2.6       REPORTING RESULTS

A.        Evaluation reports shall be communicated orally and in writing to the person being evaluated.

B.         Evaluation reports shall recognize areas of strength and identify all areas needing improvement.

C.         For any aspect of performance which needs improvement, the evaluation report shall specify what the individual needs to do to meet the performance standards.

D.        A reasonable amount of time shall be provided to permit the individual to implement the recommendations for improvement of performance and to meet the performance standards.

3.0       EVALUATIVE CRITERIA

3.1       PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS OF EFFECTIVE TEACHING the following Principles and Standards of Effective Teaching apply to all employees where applicable. This list is by no means exhaustive. It is, however, intended to guide the evaluator and evaluatee in setting fourth those general areas which will be the focus of the supervisory and evaluation process.  (See Appendix A)

I.          CURRENCY IK THE CURRICULUM The teacher is up to date regarding curriculum content.

II.         EFFECTIVE PLANNING £ ASSESSMENT OF CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

The teacher plans instruction effectively.

The teacher plans assessment of student learning effectively.

The teacher monitors students1 understanding of the curriculum effectively and adjusts instruction, materials or assessments when appropriate.

III.       EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

The teacher creates an environment that is   positive for student learning and involvement.

The teacher maintains appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect and safety.

IV.       EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

The teacher makes learning goals clear to students.

The teacher uses appropriate Instruction techniques.

The teacher uses appropriate questioning techniques.

The teacher evaluates, tries innovative approaches and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of. Technologies, to increase student learning and confidence in ability to learn.

V.        PROMOTION OF HIGH STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

The teacher communicates learning goals and high standards and expectations to students.

The teacher promotes confidence and perseverance in the student that stimulate increased personal student responsibility for achieving the goals of the curriculum.

VI.       PROMOTION OF EQUITY AND APPRECIATION OF DIVERSITY

The teacher strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning.

The teacher demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals.

VII.      FULFILLMENT OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The teacher is constructive and cooperative in interactions with parents and receptive to their contributions.

The teacher shares responsibility for accomplishing the goals and priorities of his/her grade/team/department, building and school district.

The teacher is a reflective and continuous learner.

The teacher complies with School Committee policies, contractual agreements, state and federal laws and regulations.

The teacher works cooperatively with colleagues, administrators and other school personnel.

4.0       EVALUATION REPORTS

4.1       PERSONNEL WITH PROFESSIONAL STATUS All personnel with professional status shall receive at least one Evaluation Report every two years.

4.2       PERSONNEL WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL STATUS

A.        All personnel without professional status shall receive two (2) Evaluation Reports from their Primary Evaluator each school year: the first, on or before December 15 and the second on or before March 15. For permanent hires without professional status, each report will contain the evaluator's recommendation with respect to reappointment. Said recommendation will be made whether or not there will be a position available for the forthcoming year. One of the following statements will be used:

1.                  I recommend reappointment;

2.                  I recommend professional status;

3.                  I recommend non-reappointment.

B.         The Superintendent must act upon the employment status of each teacher without professional status sometime on or before May 15.

4.3       EVALUATION REPORTS

A.        Evaluation Reports shall be prepared on the appropriate Unit A Evaluation Form (See Appendix A). They shall contain or have attached a description of the data-gathering procedures followed and will set forth specific facts about which the evaluator is making judgements. Supporting documentary evidence may be attached (e.g. memoranda and letters provided that they have been given to the employee involved).

B.         The Evaluator shall prepare an original and two copies of each Evaluation Report and all attachments. The original will be forwarded to the Personnel Office. The employee will be given one copy and the Evaluator will keep a copy.

C.         Each page of the Evaluation Report shall be signed by the employee as an acknowledgment of its receipt.

D.        If the employee wishes to attach a statement to the report, it must be submitted to the Evaluator and the Personnel Office within thirty (30) calendar days.

E.         Employees shall be given a copy of their evaluation reports at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance of a supervisory conference with the Evaluator.

5.0       PERSONNEL RECORDS AMD FILES

5.1       A "Personnel Record" is any record kept by the employer that identifies an employee, to the extent that the record is or has been used, or may affect or be used relative to that employee's qualifications for employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, evaluation or disciplinary action.

5.2       There shall be only one (1) official file for each employee maintained by the Personnel Office, which shall contain data relevant to the work performance of the employee. Other files may be maintained subject to the provisions of Section 5.0 and relevant laws, however, all personnel action can only be based on the data which has been placed in the official file maintained by the Personnel Office.

5.3              All evaluators should review their own files relative to employees at least once per school year and forward to the Personnel Office and the employee those documents which are to be inserted in the employee's personnel file.

5.4              Upon written request, the employee shall be furnished with one free copy per school year of any or all material in his/her file, thereafter, additional copies will cost 50 cents per page.

5.5              Materials in an employee's file shall be available only to the employee, or his/her designated representative, the Superintendent, or his/her designee or the School Committee.

Appendix A

LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

UNIT A

EVALUATION FORM

NAME _______________________ DATE _______________________

ASSIGNMENT _______________________ LOCATION (S) _______________________

PRIMARY EVALUATOR _______________________

CONTRIBUTING EVALUATOR (S) _______________________

The employee will be rated on each item using one of the following ratings:

S - The employee's performance meets or exceeds professional standards and position requirements.

U - The employee's performance is below the level of acceptability; improvement plan needs to be formulated.

N - No evidence collected regarding this item during the evaluation period.

The evaluator will write the rating for each item in the space provided. Narrative comments must be provided for each item which is rated unsatisfactory and may be provided for any other items. Comments must include the data which formed the factual basis for any unsatisfactory rating and the evaluator's specific expectation with regard to improvement. An Improvement Plan (Appendix B) must be completed for each item which is rated unsatisfactory.

Data-gathering procedures followed during the evaluation period. (As per Appendix D attached)

PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS OF EFECTIVE TEACHING The following Principles and Standards of Effective Teaching apply to all employees where applicable.   This list is by no means exhaustive. It is, however, intended to guide the evaluator and evaluate in setting forth those general areas which will be the focus of the supervisory and evaluation process.  [Gee Appendix A)

I.          CURRENCY IN THE CURRICULUM

_____ The teacher is up to date regarding curriculum content.

Employee Signature ______________________________

II.         EFFECTIVE PLANNING & ASSESSMENT OF CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION

The teacher plans instruction effectively.

The teacher plans assessment of student learning effectively.

The  teacher monitors  students'  understanding  of  the  curriculum effectively  and  adjusts  instruction,  materials  or  assessments when appropriate.

III.       EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT

The teacher creates an environment that is positive for student earning and involvement.

The teacher maintains appropriate standards of behavior, mutual respect and safety.

Employee Signature ___________________________________

IV.       EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

The teacher makes learning goals clear to students.

The teacher uses appropriate Instruction techniques.

The teacher uses appropriate questioning techniques.

The teacher evaluates, tries innovative approaches and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies, to increase student learning and confidence in ability to learn.

V.        PROMOTION OF HIGH STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

The teacher communicates learning goals and high standards and expectations to students.

The teacher promotes confidence and perseverance in the student that, stimulate increased personal student responsibility for achieving the goals of the curriculum.

Employee Signature ______________________________

VI.       PROMOTION OF EQUITY AND APPRECIATION OF DIVERSITY

The teacher strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning.

The teacher demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individuals.

VII.      FULFILLMENT OF PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The teacher is constructive and cooperative in interactions with parents and receptive to their contributions.

The teacher shares responsibility for accomplishing the goals and priorities of his/her grade/team/department, building and school district.

The teacher is a reflective and continuous learner.

The teacher complies with School Committee policies, contractual agreements, state and federal laws and regulations.

The teacher works cooperatively with colleagues, administrators, and other school personnel.

Employee Signature _________________________

Comments/Summary Statement:  (Additional sheets may be attached).

OVERALL PERFORMANCE RATING: _______________

S or U

Date of next evaluation report: ____________________

Month/Year

FOR PERMANENT HIRES ONLY:

I recommend reappointment __________

I recommend professional status __________

I recommend non-reappointment

The employee's signature represents receipt only If the employee wishes to attach a written statement, it must be submitted to the primary evaluator within thirty (30) calendar days.

ATTACHMENTS: __________ YES _____ NO _____

SIGNATURES:

Primary Evaluator __________ Date __________

Employee _______________ Date _______________

Appendix B

LOWELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

IMPROVEMENT PLAN

UNIT A

Name _______________ Date _______________

Assignment _______________ Location        _______________

Primary Evaluator ____________________

Contributing Evaluator(s) _________________________

If an employee's performance is rated as unsatisfactory (U), an improvement plan must be completed for each criterion rated as unsatisfactory.

The following plan is based upon an unsatisfactory rating on the evaluation form dated        .

1.                  Criterion rated as Unsatisfactory:

2.                  Specific requirements which must be met to achieve a satisfactory rating:

3.                  Support and assistance which will be offered to help the employee (identify the provider):

4.                  Date for the next evaluation relative to this Improvement Plan:

Comments:

Signatures:

Primary Evaluator _______________ Date _______________

Employee ____________________ Date _______________

The employee's signature represents receipt only. If the employee wishes to attach a written statement, it must be submitted to the primary evaluator within thirty (30) calendar days.

ATTACHMENTS: __________ YES __________ NO

Appendix C

603 CMR 7.00 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

CERTIFICATION OF EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL

STANDARD CERTIFICATE

1.         Competency I: Subject Matter Knowledge. The effective teacher demonstrates knowledge of the subject matter field, as described in the competencies listed for each teaching certificate.

2.         Competency II: Communication. The effective teacher:

a.         communicates sensitively;

b.         uses communication to enhance teaching as appropriate to the age, learning style, and developmental stage of the learner.

3.         Competency III: Instructional Practice.  The effective teacher:

a.         employs instructional skills of the advanced level;

b.         maintains a sense of order and purpose in the classroom;

c.         uses instructional resources, including audio-visual materials, computer-based technology, and the arts, appropriate to the subject matter and to the age, learning styles, developmental stage, special needs, and social, racial, and linguistic backgrounds of individual learners and of the class as  a group;

d.         uses family and community resources to enhance student learning;

e.         develops and modifies curriculum to meet student needs;

f.          effectively integrates students with special needs into the regular classroom;

g.         develops and implements Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) where needed.

4.         Competency IV: Evaluation.  The effective teacher:

a.         employs advanced levels of evaluation skills to measure student performance, as well as his or her own;

b.         designs and uses evaluative procedures to correct for any ethnic, racial, sexual or disability bias;

c.         uses results of evaluative procedures to improve instruction for the class as a whole and for individual students;

d.         identifies learners' strengths;

e.         encourages students' assessment of their own learning and instruction;

f.          understands and interprets research;

g.         uses methods of systematic observation of student behavior and teacher-student interaction to improve instruction.

5.         Competency V: Problem Solving.  The effective teacher:

a.         employs advanced levels of problem-solving skills;

b.         uses inquiry methods to understand student learning, to create effective learning environments, to foster students' creative and analytical thinking skills and to solve instructional and management problems effectively and creatively.

6.         Competency VI) Equity. The effective teacher:

a.         expertly addresses equity issues;

b.         understands the unique developmental and cultural needs and challenges experienced by special needs children, and linguistic and other minorities, and works to effectively integrate these students into classroom, school and community settings

c.         understands the roles of the American school in a democratic and multicultural society, the relationship between cognitive development and ethical behavior, and current equity issues;

d.         masters effective strategies within the classroom and other school settings to address discrimination based on each student's race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic class, or disability.

e.         uses teaching strategies and related research to foster second-language acquisition;

f.          defends and encourages the rights of students to equal treatment and freedom of expression;

g.         encourages development of self-esteem of all children; h. uses different kinds of learning groups;

i.          continually learns from students and parents about their backgrounds, experiences, and culture and incorporates their contributions into the curriculum;

j.          integrates knowledge of subject matter, methodology, human development, and individual differences to enhance instruction for all students.

7.         Competency VII: Professionalism.  The effective teacher:

a.         demonstrates professionalism;

b.         keeps informed of current professional literature and discusses issues and developments in the field of education with colleagues;

c.         engages in activities that promote professional growth;

d.         acts in a responsible and collegial mariner within and beyond his or her school setting; uses relevant support systems within and outside the school in order to optimize opportunities for teaching and learning.

8.         Pedagogical Content Knowledge. The effective teacher in any certificate area:

a.         integrates theory and practice in teaching students with and without special needs;

b.         understands the foundations of the certificate area and of education,  including philosophical,  historical  and sociological issues;

c.         demonstrates a philosophical and academic basis for educational decision-making and for selecting, organizing and implementing the curriculum;

d.         evaluates current research and integrates this knowledge into the curriculum;

e.         uses a variety of techniques in teaching, including the exploration of the issues and ethics;

f.          understands the common difficulties students have in learning skills and concepts;

g.         teaches students to transfer knowledge to situations that are typical of everyday life.

Appendix D

EVALUATION DATA-GATHERING STATEMENT Unit A

(Completed in compliance with 2.2B.)

EMPLOYEE _________________________ DATE _________________________

POSITION/DEPARTMENT _________________________ SCHOOL ____________________

PRIMARY EVALUATOR _________________________

CONTRIBUTING EVALUATOR(s) (See Section 2.1 of the Unit A Evaluation Handbook)

Name _________________________ Position _________________________

Rationale __________________________________________________

Name _________________________ Position _________________________

Rationale __________________________________________________

DATA-GATHERING PROCEDURES:

(See Section 2.2 Evaluation procedures, General Criteria on Evaluation Form and Department of Education Common Standards, Appendix C)

Date of Conference(s): __________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

Comments:

For Evaluation Period _________________________

Signatures: _________________________ Date _________________________

Primary Evaluator

_________________________ Date _________________________

Employee

APPENDIX D

Coaches and Advisors

1.                  The parties agree to change the figures in Appendix D by the same percentages negotiated for Appendix A.

2.                  The parties agree to form a Study Committee to evaluate suggested adjustments for specific positions. Any recommendations for change will be submitted to the negotiating teams of both parties for implementation sometime during the life of this contract.

Salary schedule placement is dictated by completed years of service.

Example: A new coach with no experience is placed on YR 1 and will move to the next step next year. An advisor with two years of experience moves to YR 3 and then to YR 4 next year, etc.

INTERSCHOLASTIC COACHING CONTRACTS – PROCEDURE

Contract Renewal

1.                  At the close of each sports season, coaches and assistants whose contracts have expired shall be notified in writing that their positions are open.

2.                  Coaches and assistants who desire to be reappointed must reapply, in writing, to the Superintendent of Schools within thirty days of receipt of this notice.

3.                  A review committee consisting of the Headmaster, the Supervisor of Athletics and the Student Affairs Advisor shall review the performance of each head coach who applies for reappointment. Following the review, this committee shall make its recommendation to the Superintendent regarding reappointment of existing coaches and the length of the proposed coaching contract, not to exceed three years.

4.                  Head Coaches shall review the performance of assistant coaches and make a recommendation to the Superintendent regarding reappointment.

5.                  After receiving the recommendation of the review committee or, in the case of assistant coaches, the head coach, the Superintendent shall have the final authority to appoint all coaches and assistants.

Selection and Appointment

1.                  If a coach does not apply for reappointment or the Superintendent chooses not to reappoint, the position shall be publicly posted for a period of twenty days.

2.                  Following the public posting, a selection committee consisting of the Headmaster, the Supervisor of Athletics, the Student Affairs Advisor, Chairman of the School Committee Sub-Committee on Athletics, a representative of the Friends of Lowell High, and a representative of the student body shall review the applications for head coaching positions and shall conduct interviews of qualified applicants for head coaching positions.

3.                  The selection committee shall make its recommendation to the Superintendent. Included with the recommendation of a candidate shall be the recommendation as to the length of the contract.

4.                  Coaching contracts may be for a period of one, two or three years in length. First year coaches shall receive a one year contract. Second year coaches shall receive a two year contract. All others will receive a three year contract.

5.                  Following his/her appointment the Head coach shall interview and select assistant coaches for recommendation to the Superintendent.

6.                  After receiving the recommendation from the selection committee or, in the case of assistant coaches the head coach the Superintendent shall have the final authority to appoint the coach or assistant.

Coaches Salary Schedule

2006-2007 (1st Day of School)

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Football

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 10,022

$ 10,407

$ 10,793

$ 11,178

$11,564

$11,950

$ 12,335

Asst. Varsity

$5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Freshman

$ 4,030

$ 4,288

$ 4,549

$ 4,811

$ 5,069

$ 5,328

$ 5,590

Freshman

$ 4,030

$ 4,288

$ 4,549

$ 4,811

$ 5,069

$ 5,328

$ 5,590

Volleyball - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head - Coach

$ 3,827

$ 4,146

$ 4,394

$ 4,647

$ 4,896

$ 5,148

$ 5,397

Assistant

$ 1,966

$ 2,180

$ 2,390

$ 2,603

$ 2,814

$ 3,027

$ 3,237

Baseball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 6,245

$ 6,746

$ 7,246

$ 7,748

$ 8,248

$ 8,751

$ 9,251

Assistant

$ 3,122

$ 3,527

$ 3,931

$ 4,336

$ 4,742

$ 5,148

$ 5,550

Jr. Varsity

$ 3,122

$ 3,527

$ 3,931

$ 4,336

$ 4,742

$ 5,148

$ 5,550

Freshman

$ 2,546

$ 2,892

$ 3,237

$ 3,584

$ 3,931

$ 4,280

$ 4,625

Wrestling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 6,938

$ 7,324

$ 7,709

$ 8,094

$ 8,481

$ 8,925

$ 9,251

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,469

$ 3,760

$ 4,275

$ 4,514

$ 4,857

$ 5,204

$ 5,550

Freshman

$ 2,546

$ 2,892

$ 3,237

$ 3,584

$ 3,931

$ 4,280

$ 4,625

Hockey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 6,245

$ 6,746

$ 7,246

$ 7,748

$ 8,248

$ 8,751

$ 9,251

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,122

$ 3,527

$ 3,931

$ 4,336

$ 4,742

$ 5,148

$ 5,550

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,122

$ 3,527

$ 3,931

$ 4336

$ 4,742

$ 5,148

$ 5,550

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year  5

Year 6

Year 7

Softball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 6,245

$ 6,746

$ 7,246

$ 7,748

$ 8,248

$ 8,751

$ 9,251

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,122

$ 3,527

$ 3,931

$ 4,336

$ 4,742

$ 5,148

$ 5,550

Jr. Varsity

$ 3,122

$ 3,527

$ 3,931

$ 4,336

$ 4,742

$ 5,148

$ 5,550

Freshman

$ 2,546

$ 2,892

$ 3,237

$ 3,584

$ 3,931

$ 4,280

$ 4,625

Gymnastics - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 4,857

$ 5,109

$ 5,357

$ 5,612

$ 5,858

$ 6,111

$ 6,420

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,659

$ 2,892

$ 3,122

$ 3,354

$ 3,584

$ 3,760

Tennis - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 3,893

$ 4,146

$ 4,394

$ 4,647

$ 4,895

$ 5,148

$ 5,396

Golf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 2,913

$ 3,036

$ 3,160

$ 3,287

$ 3,413

$ 3,537

$ 3,663

Ski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 2,913

$ 3,036

$ 3,160

$ 3,287

$ 3,413

$ 3,537

$ 3,663

Swimming - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 3,893

$ 4,146

$ 4,394

$ 4,647

$ 4,895

$ 5,148

$ 5,396

Assistant

$ 1,966

$ 2,180

$ 2,389

$ 2,603

$ 2,814

$ 3,026

$ 3,237

Assistant

$ 1,966

$ 2,180

$ 2,389

$ 2,603

$ 2,814

$ 3,026

$ 3,237

Basketball - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 7,228

$ 7,614

$ 7,999

$ 8,385

$ 8,731

$ 9,118

$ 9,541

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,645

$ 3,990

$ 4,336

$ 4,685

$ 5,031

$ 5,379

$ 5,724

Jr. Varsity

$ 3,645

$ 3,990

$ 4,336

$ 4,685

$ 5,031

$ 5,379

$ 5,724

Freshman

$ 2,920

$ 3,229

$ 3,537

$ 3,847

$ 4,154

$ 4,461

$ 4,761

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Indoor Track - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 4,819

$ 5,204

$ 5,589

$ 5,976

$ 6,360

$ 6,746

$ 7,131

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Outdoor Track - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 4,819

$ 5,204

$ 5,589

$ 5,976

$ 6,360

$ 6,746

$ 7,131

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Soccer - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 4,819

$ 5,204

$ 5,589

$ 5,976

$ 6,360

$ 6,746

$ 7,131

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Goalie Coach

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Lacrosse - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 4,819

$ 5,204

$ 5,589

$ 5,976

$ 6,360

$ 6,746

$ 7,131

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Field Hockey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 4,819

$ 5,204

$ 5,589

$ 5,976

$ 6,360

$ 6,746

$ 7,131

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Assistant

$ 2,428

$ 2,737

$ 3,046

$ 3,355

$ 3,663

$ 3,966

$ 4,087

Cross Country - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Head Coach

$ 5,031

$ 5,427

$ 5,820

$ 6,217

$ 6,612

$ 7,006

$ 7,400

Cheerleading - 3 seasons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

$ 1,949

$ 2,073

$ 2,197

$ 2,322

$ 2,449

$ 2,575

$ 2,698

Assistant

$ 984

$ 1,088

$ 1,194

$ 1,302

$ 1,409

$ 1,512

$ 1,619

 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Crew-2 Seasons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant

$ 3,827

$ 4,146

$ 4,394

$ 4,647

$ 4,896

$ 5,148

$ 5,397

 

$ 1,966

$ 2,180

$ 2,390

$ 2,603

$ 2,814

$ 3,027

$ 3,237

PT Crew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaches$ 10/hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment Manager

$ 10,022

$ 10,407

$ 10,793

$ 11,178

$ 11,564

$ 11,950

$ 12,335

{Statistician

$ 4,449

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coaches Salary Schedule

2006-2007 (91st Day of School)

 

Year 1

Year2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Football

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 10,222

$ 10,615

$ 11,009

$ 11,401

$ 11,796

$ 12,189

$ 12,582

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,131

$ 5,536

$ 5,937

$ 6,341

$ 6,744

$ 7,146

$ 7,548

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,131

$ 5,536

$ 5,937

$ 6,341

$ 6,744

$ 7,146

$ 7,548

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,131

$ 5,536

$ 5,937

$ 6,341

$ 6,744

$ 7,146

$ 7,548

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,131

$ 5,536

$ 5,937

$ 6,341

$ 6,744

$ 7,146

$ 7,548

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,131

$ 5,536

$ 5,937

$ 6,341

$ 6,744

$ 7,146

$ 7,548

Asst. Varsity

$ 5,131

$ 5,536

$ 5,937

$ 6,341

$ 6,744

$ 7,146

$ 7,548

Freshman

$ 4,110

$ 4,374

$ 4,640

$ 4,907

$ 5,171

$ 5,435

$ 5,702

Freshman

$ 4,110

$ 4,374

$ 4,640

$ 4,907

$ 5,171

$ 5,435

$ 5,702

Volleyball - Boys & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head - Coach

$ 3,904

$ 4,229

$ 4,482

$ 4,740

$ 4,994

$ 5,251

$ 5,505

Assistant

$ 2,005

$ 2,223

$ 2,438

$ 2,655

$ 2,870

$ 3,088

$ 3,302

Baseball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 6,370

$ 6,881

$ 7,391

$ 7,902

$ 8,413

$ 8,926

$ 9,436

Assistant

$ 3,185

$ 3,598

$ 4,009

$ 4,423

$ 4,837

$ 5,251

$ 5,661

Jr. Varsity

$ 3,185

$ 3,598

$ 4,009

$ 4,423

$ 4,837

$ 5,251

$ 5,661

Freshman

$ 2,597

$ 2,950

$ 3,302

$ 3,656

$ 4,009

$ 4,366

$ 4,718

Wrestling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 7,077

$ 7,471

$ 7,863

$ 8,256

$ 8,650

$ 9,103

$ 9,436

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,538

$ 3,835

$ 4,360

$ 4,604

$ 4,954

$ 5,308

$ 5,661

Freshman

$ 2,597

$ 2,950

$ 3,302

$ 3,656

$ 4,009

$ 4,366

$ 4,718

Hockey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head Varsity

$ 6,370

$ 6,881

$ 7,391

$ 7,902

$ 8,413

$ 8,926

$ 9,436

Asst. Varsity

$ 3,185

$ 3,598

$ 4,009