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DistrictMilford
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Org Code1850000
Type of DistrictMunicipal K12
Union AffiliationMTA
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Expiring Year2015
Expired Status
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Vocational HS MembersBlackstone Valley RVSD
CountyWorcester
ESE RegionCentral
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Number of Schools7
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Percent Low Income Students26
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AGREEMENT

 

BETWEEN THE

 

MILFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

AND THE

 

MILFORD TEACHERS

 

ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2015

 

 

 

MILFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE

AND

THE MILFORD TEACHERS ASSOCIATION CONTRACT

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ARTICLE I                            RECOGNITION                                                        1

ARTICLE II                           RIGHTS OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE                        1

ARTICLE III                         SCOPE                                                                       1

ARTICLE IV                         SOURCE OF RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS       1

ARTICLE V                           AGENCY FEE AND PAYROLL DEDUCTION    2

ARTICLE VI                         GRIEVANCE MACHINERY                                  3

ARTICLE VII                                    SCHOOL CALENDAR                                            5

ARTICLE VIII                      WORK YEAR                                                           5

ARTICLE IX                         TEACHERS HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD    5

ARTICLE X                           TEACHERS ASSIGNMENTS                                  7

ARTICLE XI                         TEACHING DUTIES                                                            7

ARTICLE XII                                    MISCELLANEOUS WORKING CONDITIONS   8

ARTICLE XIII                      VACANCIES AND PROMOTIONS                                   9

ARTICLE XIV                      SICK LEAVE                                                                        10

ARTICLE XV                                    SICK LEAVE BANK                                                           11

ARTICLE XVI                      FUNERAL LEAVE                                                   12

ARTICLE XVII                     ADDITIONAL LEAVES                                          12

ARTICLE XVIII                   PARENTAL LEAVE                                                            13

ARTICLE XVIII-A               FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE                                    14

ARTICLE XIX                      SABATICAL LEAVE                                               15

ARTICLE XX                                    PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND                                     16

                                                DEVELOPMENT (LEAVE)

ARTICLE XXI                      MILITARY LEAVE                                                  16

ARTICLE XXII                       USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES                                   16

ARTICLE XXIII                   SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS                     17

 

ARTICLE XXIV                   PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS OF SALARY              17

                                                GUARANTEE INSURANCE

ARTICLE XXV                     TEACHER EVALUATION                                      17

ARTICLE XXVI                   PAYMENT FOR COURSES                                                18

ARTICLE XXVII                  SALARY SCHEDULE                                             19

ARTICLE XXVIII                OVERTIME                                                               23

ARTICLE XXIX                   JURY DUTY                                                              23

ARTICLE XXX                     METHOD OF PAYMENT                                        23

ARTICLE XXXI                   PAYMENT FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR             23

                                                ACTIVITIES

ARTICLE XXXII                  DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS SALARY          25

ARTICLE XXXIII                HEALTH INSURANCE                                           27

ARTICLE XXXIV                CURRICULUM COMMITTEE                                27

ARTICLE XXXV                  WORKER’S COMPENSATION                              28 

ARTICLE XXXVI                SUBSTANCE ABUSE                                              28

ARTICLE XXXVII               NO STRIKES                                                             28

ARTICLE XXXVIII             REDUCTION IN FORCE                                         28

ARTICLE XLIX                    DURATION                                                               32

ARTICLE XL                                    NOTICE                                                                     33

 

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Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 150E of the General Laws of Massachusetts, the School Committee of the Town of Milford (hereinafter also referred to as the Committee) and the Milford Teachers Association (hereinafter also referred to as the Association) have agreed to the following terms and conditions of employment:

 

ARTICLE  I:              RECOGNITION

 

     The Committee recognizes the Association for the purpose of collective bargaining as the exclusive representative of all professional, educational employees including Title I teachers and nurses, excluding the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, supervisory and assistant principals, administrative assistant, director of guidance, supervisor of special education, substitute teachers, administrative officers, managerial and confidential employees.

 

ARTICLE II:              RIGHTS OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

A.                    The Committee, the Superintendent of Schools and Administrators empowered by law, retain the right to direct professional employees, to hire, evaluate, promote, transfer, assign and retain professional employees within the school system, and to suspend, demote, discharge or take other disciplinary action against them for just cause or for other legitimate reasons, to maintain efficient operations and qualitative standards of performance and to determine the methods, means and personnel by which such operations and standards are to be implemented, provided that such rights shall not be exercised in violation of any article contained in this Agreement.

 

B.                    The Committee, the Superintendent of Schools and Administrators empowered by law, likewise retain the right to promulgate rules and regulations, pertaining to the employees covered by this Agreement, so long as such rules and regulations do not conflict with any term or condition of this Agreement.

 

C.                    As to all matters not covered by this Agreement, the Committee retains the powers, rights and duties that it has by law and may exercise same without any such exercise being made the subject of arbitration.

 

ARTICLE III:                        SCOPE

 

            For the purpose of collective bargaining with respect to wages, hours, other conditions of employment, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and any question arising thereunder, the Committee recognizes the Association as the exclusive bargaining agent and representative of all professional employees (as such employees are defined in Chapter 150E of the General Laws of Massachusetts) of the Committee, excepting, however, every such employee who on the effective date of the Contract is, or thereafter shall be, designated by the Committee as a representative of it for the purpose of such bargaining.

 

ARTICLE IV:                        SOURCE OF RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

 

            The provisions of this Contract set forth the entire agreement of the School Committee and Association on wages, hours, conditions of employment and all other matters.  Other than statutorily conferred rights and imposed obligations, this Contract is the exclusive and controlling source of reference for determining the rights and obligations of the parties.

 

            Wages, hours, conditions of employment or any other matter covered by this Agreement may not be unilaterally terminated or modified during the term of this Agreement.

 

            The Committee agrees to amend the Rules, Regulations and Policies of the Milford School Department in effect on September 1, 1994 so that such Rules, Regulations and Policies will conform to any changes made by this Contract.

 

ARTICLE V:              AGENCY FEE AND PAYROLL DEDUCTION

 

A.        Payroll deductions will be made for members of the Association who have a tax-sheltered annuity and for such other purposes as the School Committee or the Town make deductions from the salaries of other employees.

 

1.         The Committee agrees to deduct from the salary of each teacher who authorizes the Committee to do so the Association’s dues and/or assessments.

 

2.         For any teacher who is not a member in good standing of the Association, it shall be a condition of employment during the life of this collective bargaining agreement that, on or after the thirtieth day following the beginning of such teacher’s employment or the effective date of this Agreement, whichever is later, he shall pay an agency service fee to the Association which shall be in an amount equal to the amount required to become and remain a member in good standing of the Association subject to the provisions contained in Chapter 150E, Section 12,l of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Any such agency service fee may be deducted from the salary of any such employee who signs an authorization for permitting such deductions and shall be transmitted to the Association together with the regular dues transmitted pursuant to Section C.  (infra).            

 

3.         If, at the end of the aforementioned 30 days, any employee has not paid the agency fee, the Association shall so notify the School Committee and will request the School Committee to take appropriate action. 

 

4.         Within three weeks of such notification, the School Committee will write to the employee and demand immediate payment of the agency service fee and inform the employee that failure to pay the agency service fee will result in the institution of termination proceedings.

 

5.         If the agency service fee has not been paid by any employee within five weeks of the original notification of non-payment by the Association as provided for in Paragraph 3, the Association will write to the School Committee so informing the School Committee and request the School Committee to initiate termination proceedings against such employee or employees.

 

6.         The School Committee agrees to initiate termination proceedings against any employee who has failed to pay the agency service fee as required by the Contract at the first School Committee meeting following the receipt of notification of non-payment and the demand for termination as provided for in Paragraph 5 unless the employee(s) exercise their right as provided in 17.06 (1 – 3) of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission Rules and Regulations.

 

B.        The School Committee shall certify to the Treasurer of Milford all payroll deductions for the payment of dues to the Association that have been duly authorized by employees covered by this Contract.

 

            The Committee’s obligation to make such deductions shall terminate automatically upon termination of the employee who submitted the authorization, or upon receipt of a timely and properly written notice revoking such authorization, except that deductions shall be resumed if any employee, terminated by layoff, is recalled and no period of revocation intervened during his layoff period.

           

The Association agrees that it will indemnify and save the Committee harmless from any and all liability, claims responsibility damage or suit which may arise out of any action taken by the Committee in accordance with the terms of this article, or in reliance upon authorization described herein, in an amount not to exceed the sum described herein, in an amount not to exceed the sum received by the Association on account of the deductions made from the earnings of such employee or employees.

 

C.        In accordance with Chapter 292 of the Acts of 1970 (G.L. c.149, Sec. 178B),l the Committee will when a teacher so requests, make regular payroll deductions on the second pay period of each month of the school year and submit such funds to the treasurer of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association Credit Union.  The Committee shall be exempt from all liability concerning such deductions.

 

D.       The parties recognize and agree that the power to terminate employees may lie with the Superintendent or other Administrator.  It is therefore agreed that notwithstanding the foregoing references to the Committee, such reference shall be deemed to be to the employer generally and to the appropriate employee or officer  of the employer empowered to act under the particular circumstances.

 

ARTICLE VI:                        GRIEVANCE MACHINERY

A.         DEFINITION

 

            A grievance is a complaint by any member of the bargaining unit, the Association, or the School Committee, that is based on an alleged violation of or variance from the provisions of this Agreement or the interpretation and application thereof.

 

B.        PURPOSE

 

            The purpose of the procedure set forth hereinafter is to produce prompt and equitable solutions to those problems which from time to time arise and affect the conditions of employment covered by this Contract.  The Committee and the Association desire that such procedure shall always be as informal and confidential as may be appropriate for the grievance involved at the procedural level involved.

 

C.        PROCEDURE

 

Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days at each step shall be the maximum allowed for taking a grievance to a higher step.  The time limits so specified may only be extended by written mutual agreement.

 

            Grievances submitted in written form shall be responded to in writing.

 

The Committee will, upon request, make available to all parties in interest, school department records and documents in its possession, necessary to the processing of any grievance.

 

Formal meetings provided for in the Grievance Procedure will be held during non-school hours whenever possible to allow participants to be available for their contributions to the proceedings.

 

Nothing in this article shall prevent either party from instituting any proceedings toward obtaining any legal or equitable remedy to which it may be entitled before any court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction.

 

A grievance in order to be timely filed at Step 1 below, must be presented within ten (10) days after the occurrence of the matter from which the grievance arose or within ten (10) school days after being made aware of such occurrence.  A school day for grievance purposes is defined as a day when school is in session.

 

STEP I:           A grievance by unit personnel or the Association shall be presented orally or in writing, as the grievant shall elect, to the principal to whom the employee grievant is assigned or who the Association faults.  If the grievance is not settled by the principal to the grievant’s satisfaction within five (5) school days after such presentation, then

 

STEP II:          The grievant may within five (5) days thereafter present a written grievance (signed by him and an officer of the Association) with the Superintendent of Schools.  The Superintendent or his designee and any other administrator selected by the Superintendent, shall hereafter meet with the grievant and the President of the Association.  If the grievance is not settled within five (5) school days after its receipt by the Superintendent, then

 

STEP III:        The Association may within five (5) school days thereafter present the grievance in writing to the School Committee.  If the grievance is not settled within fourteen (14) school days after its receipt by the School Committee, then

 

STEP IV:        The Association may within ten (10) days thereafter present the grievance to the American Arbitration Association.  A copy of its written submission shall be forwarded by registered mail to the School Committee.

 

When the grievant is the School Committee or the Superintendent, the grievance will be filed with the Association in writing at the third step.  In the absence of settlement, it may be processed to arbitration within the time frame allowed to the Association under Steps 3 and 4.  Any grievance initiated by the Association itself may be submitted directly at Level II (the Superintendent of Schools).

 

D.        ARBITRATION

 

1.         Grievances for arbitration shall be submitted to the American Arbitration Association for disposition in accordance with the applicable rules of said Association.

 

2.         The arbitrator shall have no power to add to or subtract from or modify in any way any of the terms of this Agreement.

 

3.         The fee and expenses of the arbitrator shall be divided equally between the School Committee and the Milford Teacher’s Association.

 

E.         PERSONNEL RECORD

 

            No written communication, other document, or record relating to any grievance shall be filed in the personnel file maintained by the School Department of Milford for any employee involved in presenting such grievance, unless they were initiated and made part of the personnel file prior to the grievance being presented at LEVEL TWO and constitute the subject matter of the grievance.  Should the grievance, however, be resolved at any level of the grievance steps in favor of the aggrieved individual, all such material contained in his personnel file will, in the absence of an agreement between the Committee and the Association or its designated agents to the contrary, be removed.

 

ARTICLE VII:           SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

            The School year calendar will be developed by the School Administration and in compliance with State Laws and rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Education.  Prior to its submission to the School Committee, it will be given to the Milford Teacher’s Association for comment and/or suggestions for modification.  Should any comments or suggestions be received by the Administration within five (5) calendar days after the calendar is submitted, they will be presented to the School Committee for its serious consideration.

 

ARTICLE VIII:         WORK YEAR

 

            A.        The work year of all classroom teachers on a ten-month contract (exclusive of principals, department heads, supervisors and new teachers who may be required to attend additional sessions) shall begin not more than one week before Labor Day nor more than two (2) days prior to the opening day of school for students in September and terminate after being signed out by immediate supervisors after the close of school for students in June, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.

 

B.        It is agreed that the work year of ten-month personnel shall not exceed 180 teaching days plus a maximum of two (2) days (for new teachers 4 days) that may be devoted to orientation, in-service workshops or other non-classroom functions that are related to enhancing the quality and manner of education provided by the teaching professionals of the Milford School System. On the last day of school each year, sessions shall be one half (1/2) day.

 

C.        All classroom teachers will attend two (2) meetings with parents to discuss the progress of their children’s educational development.  Additional meetings or conferences with parents may be held by teachers during early release days.  The format of said meetings shall be determined at each school level, i.e. High School; Middle School and Elementary Schools, by a majority vote of teaching staff.

 

                        D.        It is further agreed that the length of the school year shall be in compliance with the law, rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts notwithstanding any provisions of this Contract to the contrary.

 

ARTICLE IX:                        TEACHERS HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD

 

A.        1.         The normal starting time for students may not begin less than ten minutes after the starting time of teachers and the dismissal time for students may not occur less than fifteen minutes before the end of a teacher’s normal work day.

 

2.         The work day of Pre-School, elementary (including kindergarten), middle and high school teachers will begin and end as follows:

 

            Pre-School                               8:05 AM to 3:05 PM

                    Friday                              8:05 AM to 2:50 PM

 

                                    Elementary School                  8:15 AM to 3:15 PM

                                            Friday                              8:15 AM to 3:00 PM

 

                                    Middle School                                    7:35 AM to 2:35 PM

                                            Friday                              7:35 AM to 2:20 PM

 

                                    High School                            7:40 AM to 2:40 PM

                                             Friday                             7:40 AM to 2:25 PM

 

Changes may be made to the above schedule only upon consultation with the Association.  No major changes may be made except upon mutual agreement by the parties.

 

It is understood, however, that variations to such schedule are permissible to allow teachers to present courses, instructions and/or assistance to students which could not otherwise be given under the existing schedule.  It is further understood by the parties that no teacher will be expected or required to work in excess of thirty-seven (37) hours a week (Monday through Friday).

 

3.         Teachers will provide office hours for 45 minutes each week for the purpose of offering extra help to students.  Such time can be offered to students before student arrival time, after student dismissal, or a combination of both.  Teachers are expected to remain for the duration of their scheduled office hours and may use the time as additional preparation time if no students elect extra help.  Office hours will be determined in consultation with the school administration.

 

4.         Superintendent, Principals and Supervisors may call meetings of classroom teachers during or at the end of their work day for conducting in-service workshops or for any other reason that may serve to effectively operate the Milford Public Schools.  Meetings that are conducted at the end of the work day will not exceed one (1) per month and will not normally exceed sixty (60) minutes in duration.  When a teacher is not provided advance notice that a meeting may exceed sixty minutes, a teacher will be excused at the end of sixty minutes provided the request to be excused is based upon a valid reason.

 

            It is further understood that the meeting referred to in this article does not involve meetings regularly conducted between Principals and Department Heads, or Department Heads and Classroom Teachers.  All workload practices, including but not limited to Department Head meetings, which are not expressly prohibited by this Agreement, may continue.

 

B.        In the absence of other arrangements agreed to by the Association, all teachers shall have a 30-minute duty-free lunch period each work day between the hours of 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM, beginning with the opening day of the high school.  Teachers shall be allowed to leave the school premises during the lunch period.  Teachers shall sign out upon leaving and sign in upon return.

 

C.        Except for Department Heads and Curriculum Team Leaders, each member of the bargaining unit in the high school, middle schools and elementary schools will have one (1) preparation period per day of at least forty (40) minutes in length.   Elementary classroom teachers will also be free for preparation during recess when, and if, a teacher aide assigned to the building is available.

 

            Teachers shall be allowed to leave the school premises during preparation periods, unless requested by the building principal to be present during a certain preparation period to tend to specific educational matters.  The Association shall cooperate with the school administration in assuring that there is no abuse of the right to leave during preparation or lunch periods.

 

            One block shall be available as a preparation period at the high school.  It is agreed and understood that one half (1/2) of such block shall be available per the second paragraph above.  The Association agrees that members will continue to undertake student and parent-related functions within the preparation period as in the past.  If the block schedule at the High School is eliminated, the High School preparation period shall be the length of the typical High School instructional period.  In the event the Block Schedule is eliminated, the Committee recognizes its obligation to bargain under G.L. c. 150E.  Up to two ½ blocks per week may be devoted to collaborative planning at the High School, and further, if deemed necessary by the administration, one of such ½ blocks may be assigned as a supervision.

 

D.        The current unofficial preparation time for itinerant teachers shall not be reduced to the point where they will receive less preparation time than non-itinerant teachers of the level (elementary or middle school) where itinerants do most of their teaching.

 

ARTICLE X:              TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS

 

A.        Teachers will be notified in writing of their assignments for the coming year, including the schools to which they will be assigned, the grades and/or subjects that they will teach, and any special or unusual classes that they will have, if such new assignment reflects a change in the teacher’s current assignment, before the end of the school year, except for unforeseen circumstances.

 

B.        Teacher aides, students or interns on cooperative programs, or any other person not qualified by education and/or experience, will not be given any teaching duties or made responsible for the education or development of any group of students, except as stated in Federal guidelines for Title I teacher aides, and except such volunteers as the Association and the School Administration agree would make positive contributions to the education of children.

 

C.        In order to assure that pupils are taught by teachers working within their area of competence, teachers will not be assigned, except temporarily and for good cause, outside the scope of their teaching certificates and/or their major fields of study.

 

ARTICLE XI:                        TEACHING DUTIES

 

A.        The School Committee and Association acknowledge that a teacher’s primary responsibility is to educate children and to help them learn, and the main focus of his energies and professional assignment should be those school day activities that deal directly with education and learning.  The Committee and Association mutually recognize, therefore, that teachers should be primarily utilized in the following areas:

 

            1.         The preparation, presentation and evaluation of lessons;

 

2.         The management of their classrooms and the care of equipment and material contained therein;

 

            3.         The supervision of students placed in their charge;

 

            4.         The maintenance of records directly related to classroom instruction;

 

5.         The counseling and guidance of students, especially those within their classes;

 

6.         The performance of all other duties relevant to the development of systems and programs related to a teacher’s area of instruction.

 

ARTICLE XII:                       MISCELLANEOUS WORKING CONDITIONS

 

A.        No studies shall be assigned to take place within classrooms during instructional periods.

 

B.        Every effort will be made to obtain qualified personnel to serve as substitutes whenever a faculty member is absent.  If it is not possible, however, and staff members are asked to devote their preparation time to covering for absent colleagues, they shall be paid 1/1300 of the mean salary on the salary schedule for each of the first ten days and 1/1300 of a teacher’s current salary for each day thereafter.  The principal shall arrange such coverage.

 

C.        Teacher participation in extracurricular activities will be voluntary and compensated under the extra duty compensation schedule included in Article XXIX of this Contract.

 

D.        A principal or supervisor may discuss marking procedure with a teacher, but a teacher will not be required to change a student’s grade.

 

E.         All classroom teachers will not be required to maintain attendance registers.

 

F.         Decisions by the School Committee to appoint or reappoint Department Heads and team leaders will be made annually.  An incumbent need not, if he so desires, submit a new application each year.  In the absence of notice to the contrary, a team leader’s former application will be treated as a new application for appointment.  Notice of whether a teacher has been appointed, or not appointed will be given on or before June 1 of each year.

 

G.        Students who are part of the Special Education Program may be allowed into regular classrooms only when the teacher has been given sufficient information on the case, and appropriate materials and guidance are provided.  The classroom teacher’s cooperation will be sought, but nothing in this article shall be construed as giving the classroom teacher the right of refusal of any student.

 

H.        Membership on all Ad Hoc Committees within the school system shall be voluntary and the nominee requested to participate in such activities will be so advised.

 

I.                   The Committee states that its goal is to try to keep class size at or below an average of 24 students per regular classroom, particularly at the elementary level.  To this end, the Committee will, subject to available funds and resources, make an effort to achieve such class size.

 

J.                   Teacher Resignation.  Before the start of any school year, a teacher voluntarily resigning must give thirty (30) days notice of such resignation.  During the school year, two (2) weeks notice must be given prior to the effective date of any resignations.

 

K.        Technology

 

The Parties recognize that the implementation of new technologies into the educational setting may impact on working conditions of unit members.  Prior to the adoption of new technology related policies and procedure, it is agreed that the Administration will consult with the Association and afford the Association opportunity for input.

 

There shall be standing Technology Review Committee.  Said Committee shall consist of the Superintendent or his/her designee and one other designee of the School Committee and two members of the Teachers Association to be named by the Association President.  The Committee shall meet on a regular basis, as necessary, but not less than once per month other than during summer months.  The Committee shall hear, discuss and consider issues raised by Teachers, the Administration or other concerned parties relating to the introduction of and/or use of technology, and particularly as such introduction and/or use may impact members of the Teachers Association.

           

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE XIII:                     VACANCIES AND PROMOTIONS

 

A.        Whenever any vacancy in a professional position occurs within a position with the unit and a position within Milford School Administrators unit it will be adequately publicized by the Superintendent by means of a notice to the Association and bulletin boards in each school throughout the system at least 10 school days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays; a school day is considered to be a day when the Superintendent’s Office is open), prior to the appointment being made.  During the months of July and August, written notice of any vacancy will be given to the Association.  The qualifications for the position, its duties, and the range of compensation (including lower and upper levels of the range), will be clearly set forth.  Notification of appointment will be made by letter to all applicants within ten (10) school days after the appointment has been made.

 

B.        Teachers currently employed by the Milford School System will be given preference when their qualifications are equal to competing candidates, in the filling of positions within their respective bargaining unit.  Seniority will be reviewed when considering qualifications.  Teachers desiring transfers may submit a written request to the Superintendent stating the desired assignment.  Such request must be submitted between September 1 and June 30 of each year.  Requests must be renewed each year.  Teachers who have submitted a request for a transfer will be given preference, if qualified, over teachers who respond to the vacancy posting.

           

C.        Appointments will be made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex or marital status.

           

D.        All available positions in Summer School, Evening School and Federal Programs will be posted by means of notification to the President of the Association in order to afford an opportunity to apply for such positions.

 

E.  1.    A “transfer” is defined as a movement from one grade level assignment to another or a movement from one school building to another.  (Movement of an entire grade from one building to another shall not be considered a “transfer”).

 

2.   When involuntary transfers are necessary, a teacher’s area of competence, major, and/or minor field of study, quality of teaching performance, and years of service in the system will be considered in determining which teacher is to be transferred.  Teachers being involuntarily transferred will be transferred to comparable positions as far as is reasonably possible. 

 

ARTICLE XIV:                     SICK LEAVE           

 

A.        Sick Leave will be granted on the basis of fourteen (14) days per year with unused sick leave accumulating to a maximum of two hundred (200) days.

 

The written policy of the Milford School Committee regarding sick leave which is presently in force is hereby incorporated by reference as if set out in full at this point, except where inconsistent with the Sick Leave Bank provisions of this Agreement.

 

B.        After 4 consecutive days of absence (reduced to 3 consecutive days, when 4 consecutive days have been used already in the same year), or 8 cumulative days of absence within a school year because of illness, a certificate from a licensed, practicing doctor of medicine or doctor of dentistry as the case may be, with a valid state license, may be required before any further sick leave usage is allowed during such year or such consecutive period.  The certificate shall be presented to the Superintendent of Schools and the School Principal, and shall indicate that the absence is caused by a legitimate illness of the teacher.  Any teacher who has accumulated 8 absences with a school year shall be advised of these provisions in writing by the School Principal or Superintendent, with a copy of the notice to the Association President.

 

C.        Each teacher will receive an accounting of the number of sick leave days accumulated by the first day of school of each contract year.

 

D.        Accumulated sick leave, not to exceed one hundred (100) days, shall be paid in a lump sum to the spouse or beneficiary or any employee eligible for such leave whose services are terminated by death.

 

E.         Individuals shall, as soon as possible, notify the principal or his/her Designee, of the school where assigned, or the Department Head or his/her designee in the case of specialists, of the individual’s illness and intent to utilize sick leave.

 

            Failure to make personal contact may result in a non-allowance of sick leave and loss of pay unless the individual submits a statement to the Superintendent of Schools explaining the reason(s) why personal contact could not be made.

 

F.         Up to ten (10) days of sick leave per year may be used for illness in the immediate family, meaning the employee’s spouse, child, parent, or other relative or significant other who resides permanently in the employee’s immediate household.

 

G.        Incentive Program

 

            All teachers who use sick leave as follows will receive a bonus at the end of the year as hereinafter set out:

                                    0 days -  $325

                                    1 day -    $200

                                    2 days -  $150

                                    3 days -  $125

                       

            1.         If the system-wide mean average sick leave use for all teachers (excluding all usage of those with 25 or more consecutive days) reaches 4 days, all teachers using 6 days or less of sick leave will receive a $50 bonus.

 

            2.         In addition to the foregoing, a teacher who uses three or fewer sick leave days in a school year shall, in the following school year, be allowed an additional personal day for use in that subsequent year, notwithstanding anything to the contrary within Article XVII hereof.

 

ARTICLE XV:                       SICK LEAVE BANK

 

A.        The School Committee shall establish a Sick Leave Bank for use of eligible personnel.

 

B.        At the beginning of each school year, the Committee shall set aside in the Bank a number of sick leave days equal to the number of professional personnel employed in the bargaining unit until 750 days have been deposited.  Subsequent to this number, the Committee shall replenish the Bank at the beginning of each school year with whatever number of days are required to maintain the 750 maximum.

 

C.        Employees may be eligible to receive the benefits of the Sick Leave Bank subject to the following conditions:

 

1.         An applicant must have had accumulated at the beginning of any prolonged illness for which benefits are sought at least twenty (20) percent of the maximum accumulated sick leave available to the applicant since his/her employment, or at least twenty (20) percent of the maximum accumulated sick leave available to the applicant since his/her last prolonged illness.  All such accumulation shall be utilized before there is any allowance from the Bank.

 

2.         Application for benefits shall be in writing to the Superintendent of Schools accompanied by a certificate from a licensed, practicing doctor of medicine as to the physical inability of an employee to resume his/her teaching and/or administrative duties.  The School Committee reserves the right to invoke a medical panel to substantiate the certification of the employee’s physician.  After twenty-five (25) days of use of time from the sick bank for any one illness or condition, the School Committee shall have the right to require the employee to submit further medical certification.

 

3.         Once an employee has drawn any number of days from the Bank, he shall be required to re-accumulate the required number of days and to meet the conditions of Paragraphs 1 and 2 above before he may use the Bank again.

 

4.         The Bank may only be used for what the Committee (infra) determines to be a legitimate long-term medical condition that needs immediate attention, not otherwise provided for by the Agreement, School Committee policy or law.  Total number of days that may be drawn for any one illness or disability may not exceed two hundred (200) days.

 

D.        Sick days drawn from the Bank shall be actual work days in which school was in session excluding weekends, holidays, school closing and vacation periods.

 

E.         A five member committee composed of two unit employees, one Administrator, and the School Superintendent or his designee, and one School Committee member shall administer the Sick Leave Bank in making determinations on eligibility for entitlement to draw from the Bank.  The maintenance of records of the days deposited and withdrawn shall be maintained by the Central Office and made accessible to members of the Joint Committee.

 

            The Association may appeal the decision of the Joint Committee on denial of eligibility for use of the Sick Leave Bank at Level IV of the grievance procedure.

 

ARTICLE XVI:                     FUNERAL LEAVE

 

            In the event of death in the immediate family of an employee he will be granted leave with pay not to exceed four (4) consecutive working days, and such leave shall not be charged to sick leave or vacation leave.  For the purpose of this section, immediate family shall mean:

 

            MOTHER, FATHER, BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER-IN-LAW, FATHER-IN-LAW, SONS, DAUGHTERS, WIVES, HUSBANDS, OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER RESIDING IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD, GRANDCHILDREN, OR ANY OTHER RELATIVE WHO LIVES IN THE IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD, OR SUCH INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR RAISING THE EMPLOYEE IN THE PLACE OF A PARENT.  (PARENTS AND/OR CHILDREN TO INCLUDE THOSE THROUGH ADOPTION).

 

            In the event of the death of a teacher’s grandparent, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, or son-in-law or daughter-in-law, the teacher will be granted leave of two days with pay.

ARTICLE XVII:                    ADDITIONAL LEAVES

 

A.        Personal emergency leave.  Teachers will be allowed two (2) days per year of personal emergency with pay, not cumulative, subject to the following conditions:

 

1.         Such leave shall only be for compelling personal business which the employee is unable to complete outside of the regular non-working days.

 

 

2.         At least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the day sought for leave, application for such leave shall be made to the Superintendent.  If less than twenty-four (24) hours notice is given, an explanation must be given for not meeting the time requirement.  The Superintendent may deny such leave if the event for which the leave is sought could have been scheduled on non-working time.

 

3.         The day for which leave is sought does not immediately precede or follow holidays or vacations.  However, the Superintendent may, upon written request grant such leave in the exercise of his absolute discretion.

 

4.         The Committee agrees that all reasons provided to the Superintendent in accordance with this Section are confidential and shall remain confidential unless otherwise necessary in any legal proceeding, including grievance and arbitration. 

 

5.         If an employee uses no personal days in any school year he/she may carry the day into the following school year for use in that year, notwithstanding any other provision hereof.

 

6.         Personal leave must be taken as a full day of leave.

 

B.        In addition to leaves of absence for personal use, teachers are entitled to said leaves of absence for:

 

1.         Time necessary for Association representatives to attend Mass. Teachers Association and/or National Education Association and conventions.

 

2.         Leave to allow a teacher to accept summer study grants when such programs commence not more than ten (10) school days prior to the last day of school may be granted subject to the approval of the Superintendent, which approval will not be unreasonably withheld.  Not more than five (5) teachers in one school year will be granted this leave, with preference to be given to the first five (5) applicants.  Decisions of the Superintendent hereunder may be appealed only to Step 3 of the grievance procedure.

 

3.         A leave of absence without pay or increment of up to one (1) year will be granted for the purpose of caring for a sick member of the immediate family.  Additional leave may be granted at the discretion of the Committee.

 

4.         Additional personal leave to be granted at the discretion of the Superintendent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE XVIII:                  PARENTAL LEAVE

 

A.        Leave without pay shall be allowed to all female teachers for reason of pregnancy.  Such leave shall not be for more than eighteen (18) months from time of departure.

 

B.        Notification of pregnancy shall be given in writing to the Superintendent of Schools when pregnancy has been verified by a physician, such notice shall be given not later than the third month of such pregnancy, except in extenuating circumstances.

 

C.        The pregnant teacher and her physician shall determine the date on which leave will be granted.  Except for a situation beyond a teacher’s control, a two (2) week advance notice, in writing, shall be given to the Superintendent prior to the commencement of pre-natal leave.  The notice shall also include the amount of post-natal leave sought.  Should the teacher request an increase or decrease in parental leave following a successful termination of pregnancy, she shall be granted such request at the discretion of the School Committee.  In case of an unsuccessful pregnancy, a teacher may return to her employ, prior to the termination of the post-natal leave previously granted, provided that a two 92) week advance notice is given, and she complies with Paragraph D below.

 

D.        Before the teacher returns to her employ, she shall provide the Superintendent of Schools with a medical statement from her physician attesting to her fitness to resume her duties.

 

E.         All benefits to which a teacher is entitled at the time of her leave of absence, including unused accumulated sick leave and personal leave, will be restored to her upon her return, and she will be assigned to the same position which she held at the time of such leave, if available and/or as required by applicable statute.  If the same position is not vacant, the teacher will be assigned to the most nearly equivalent position which is available (i.e. vacant) at the time of her return and for which she is certified and qualified.

 

F.         Parental Leave shall not be considered equivalent to teaching time as time relates to the salary schedule or tenure when a teacher is on parental leave for more than a total of four months of the school year.  If such leave totals four months or less, the teacher shall be permitted to progress to the next step of the salary schedule on the following year and given credit for the year in which she was absent for the purpose of tenure.

 

G.        Male teachers shall be permitted leave without pay, under the same conditions of Section E and F above, for a period of the eighteen (18) months immediately following the birth of a child, which child is resident with him.  Notice of pregnancy of such teacher’s spouse must be given to the Superintendent, together with the intention to take such leave, not later than thirty (30) days prior to birth, except in extenuating circumstances. 

 

H.        Either parent/employee shall be eligible for leave without pay, under the same conditions as Section E and F above, where such employee has accepted a child as part of legal adoption procedures.  Such leave shall commence at acceptance of such child or up to two weeks prior to such acceptance.  Notice of intention to take such leave must be given not later than thirty (30) days prior to commencement, except for extenuating circumstances.

 

I.          Where both the mother and father of a child are teachers eligible for leave without pay under this Article, only one such leave shall be granted.

 

 

 

ARTICLE XVIII-A:              FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

 

Section 1.                    Applicability

 

            The parties hereby agree and recognize that the “Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993”, as codified at 29 USC 2601, et seq., (hereafter referred to as “the Act”) is and will be applicable in accordance with its terms to any member of the bargaining unit who qualifies as an “eligible employee” within the meaning of the Act.  The parties further recognize and agree that except as is set forth herein, the Act shall not be deemed to alter any other leave provision of this agreement.

 

Section 2.                    Use of Other Benefits

 

            In situations where the twelve (12) work weeks of leave under the Act is to be applied because of a birth or placement for adoption, or foster care, or to care for certain relatives of the employee because of a serious health conditions within the meaning of the Act, the employee shall be required  to use accrued vacation leave and personal leave as part of the twelve (12) work week leave period.

 

            In the event the twelve (12) work week leave period is because of a serious health condition of certain family members, as set forth in the Act or of the employee, the employee shall be required to use accrued vacation, personal and sick leave for any part of the twelve (12) work week period of leave.

 

Section 3                     Certifications

 

            Any request for leave under the Act because of a serious health condition of the employee or his/her eligible relative under the Act shall be supported by the certification of a health care provider in accordance with the Act.  The employer shall have the right to a second opinion in accordance with the terms of the Act and in the event of a conflict in opinions, the issue will be resolved in accordance with the Act.

 

            The employer shall have the right to demand that eligible employees obtain subsequent re-certifications on such basis as is reasonable under the circumstances.

 

            Any employee on a twelve work week leave under the Act shall be required to report periodically to the employer on the status and intention of the employee to return to work.

 

Section 4         Nothing herein shall be deemed to supersede or void any other benefit provided in this Agreement.           

 

ARTICLE XIX:                     SABBATICAL LEAVE 

 

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Sabbatical Leave, in a teacher’s area of certification, which would increase the employee’s professional ability, may be granted for study or research subject to the following conditions:

 

A.        Not more than two (2) percent of the teaching staff will be absent on sabbatical leave at any one time.

 

B.        Requests for sabbatical leave must be received by the Superintendent in writing, in such form as may be required by the Superintendent of Schools, not later than December 31, and action must be taken on all such requests not later than March 1, of the school year preceding the school year for which the sabbatical leave is requested.

 

C.        The teacher must have completed at least seven (7) consecutive full school years of service in the Milford School System.

 

D.        Teachers on sabbatical leave will be paid at one hundred (100) percent of their regular salary rate for six (6) months, or fifty (50) percent of their regular salary for future members provided that such pay, when added to any program grant, will not exceed their regular salary rate.

 

E.         Prior to granting sabbatical leave, a teacher shall enter into a written agreement with the Milford School Committee that upon termination of such leave, he will return to the service of the Milford School System for a period equal to twice the length of leave.  In default of completing such service, he shall refund to the School Committee the salary received by him while on leave, unless such default is due to illness, disability, discharge, death, or other circumstances beyond the control of the individual.

 

F.         Prior to the beginning of a sabbatical leave, a teacher shall, after consultation with the Superintendent or his designee, identify an educational need of the Milford Public Schools, and address himself to that need during his year of study.  This may include, but not be limited to research projects, term papers, or an equivalent activity, which should be compatible to his program of studies.  Such work should be submitted to the Superintendent upon the teacher’s return to his teaching duties in the Milford School System.

 

ARTICLE XX:           PROFESSIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT (Leave) 

 

A.        Teachers shall be permitted to attend one meeting, conference or seminar per year that will serve to enhance their professional growth and development, subject to appropriation within the School Department Line Item budget.  Any decision of the Administration to grant or not to grant such leave may be subject to the grievance procedure, but not to arbitration.

 

B.        There shall be a district wide Professional Development Committee to make recommendations to the Superintendent as to goals to be included in the district wide Professional Development Plan.  The Committee shall be composed of two teachers from each level (High School, Middle School and Elementary) and two Administrators.  The Professional Development Committee will at least annually report to the Superintendent as to its recommendations.  The Superintendent shall respond in writing to the recommendations.

 

Association designees from each of the three school levels shall meet with the principals of each building to make written recommendations on the content or subject matter of the in-service days at their respective levels.

 

ARTICLE XXI:                     MILITARY LEAVE

 

A.        A teacher who is required as a member of the National Guard or as a reserve member of one of the United States Armed Forces to be absent from his position for the purposes of active annual training duty or encampment for a period of not more than seventeen (17) days in a calendar year shall be granted pay for those days which he is absent from his duties.  In addition, such leave with pay will be granted in those instances where such teacher is involuntarily called to serve during declared emergencies by virtue of decree or order of the President of the United States or the Governor of the Commonwealth.

 

The amount of pay will be the difference between the teacher’s regular salary and the compensation received from the military during said period.  Reconciliation of pays shall take place as soon as possible after completion of military leave and receipt of military pay.

 

B.        A teacher (other than one on temporary status) who leaves the employment of the Milford School System for the purpose of entering the Armed Forces of the United States shall be re-employed by the Committee in accordance with the provisions of the Selective Service Act of 1948, as amended by the Universal Military Training and Selective Service Act of 1951, the Armed Forces Reserve Act of 1955, and as such Acts may be hereafter amended.

 

ARTICLE XXII.        USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

 

A.        The Association will have the right to use school buildings without cost at reasonable times for meetings and programs.  The principal of the desired building will be notified in advance of the time and place of all such meetings and programs.  The cost of any extra custodial service required because of Association activities will be borne by the Association.

 

B.        There will be one (1) bulletin board in each school building, to be provided and maintained at the expense of the School Committee, which will be located in the faculty lounge for the purpose of displaying notices, circulars and other Association materials.  Copies of all such material will be given to the building Principal so long as the submitted material is in good taste.  The Association shall keep the bulletin boards in good shape and be responsible for posting the material.

 

ARTICLE XXIII:                  SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS

 

 

                        The Milford School Committee agrees to make available to the President of the Association copies of its official agenda and approved minutes of meetings.

 

ARTICLE XXIV:                  PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS OF SALARY GUARANTEE

                                                INSURANCE

 

            Provisions for payroll deductions of salary guarantee insurance will be made provided that the Association certifies, in writing, to the Superintendent that a majority of the members of the Association will participate, effective September 1, prior to the beginning of the school year.

 

ARTICLE XXV:                    TEACHER EVALUATION

 

A.        The purpose of evaluation is to provide information to improve and recognize staff effectiveness and to provide a record of facts and assessments for personnel decisions.  Evaluation should be a continuous and cooperative process between the evaluator(s) and the evaluatee.

 

The evaluation should place major emphasis on assisting the evaluatee to achieve professional and creative growth that is consistent with vision, mission, and core values of the Milford Public Schools.

 

B.        Evaluation of teachers shall be in accordance with the “Milford Public Schools Evaluation and Process and Procedures” and will seek to measure the teacher’s performance in relation to the Performance Standards adopted pursuant to G.L. c. 71, Section 38, and other applicable law and regulations.

 

C.        The form for reporting of evaluation will be mutually agreeable to the Association and the Administration.

 

D.  1.   Teachers will have the right, upon making an appointment and a written request, to review the contents of their personnel file.  A teacher will be entitled to have a representative of the Association accompany him during such review.

                                   

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

           

E.         No teacher will be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation, or deprived of any professional advantage without just cause.

 

ARTICLE XXVI:                  PAYMENT FOR COURSES

 

            A.        Conditions for payment

           

The School Committee will pay the full tuition cost of courses (and registration fees and mandatory student fees) taken by teachers or the difference between the total tuition costs and any grants or G.I. Bill of Rights payments received by teachers for payment of such tuition costs (but only for courses taken after the teacher’s fifth anniversary of employment) subject to the following conditions:

 

1.         The School Committee’s obligation to pay for the full tuition cost of courses is limited to fifty (50%) percent of the actual tuition  cost or the tuition cost of courses of equal credits at Massachusetts State Colleges, whichever is higher.

 

2.         There will be no payment of courses that exceed three (3) in number for any given year between September 1 and August 31.  The Superintendent, in his discretion, may approve reimbursement for accelerated Masters programs.  (Accelerated Masters programs, where more than three courses are completed in one year, will be reimbursed at the rate of three courses per year, each year, until all approved courses are reimbursed.  Under no circumstances will more than three courses be reimbursed for the same teacher during any one year.)

 

3.         The dates and times of day the course or courses are given cannot conflict with the designated work day of the teacher.

 

4.         Courses are to be taken in a program working toward an earned Masters, Ph.D. degree and/or a program of study approved by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee.

 

5.         Courses are to be taken from an accredited college or university, approved by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee.

 

6.         A grade of 80 percent, its equivalent, or higher, must be received by the teacher in each course for which payment is sought, or where no grades are given, evidence of satisfactory completion; provided a teacher in a graduate degree program may receive a total of two grades of less than 80 percent, or its equivalent, if the college or university where the courses are taken recognize such grades as passing for the graduate degree program.

 

7.         There will be no payment for courses taken by a teacher who is at the first step of the salary schedule during his/her first year of employment.

 

8.         Any teacher desiring eligibility for course reimbursement hereunder shall, as a condition of eligibility and in consideration of any reimbursement, execute an Agreement assuring reimbursement under Section D, infra, which Agreement shall be in the form appended hereto as Addendum “A”.  Issues arising under said Agreement, or Section D infra, shall not be subject to grievance or arbitration under Article VI hereof.

 

B.        Recertification Courses.

 

Notwithstanding the limitations within Section 4 above, after a teacher’s fifth year of employment, during such teacher’s 5 year recertification cycle(s), such teacher(s) may take and be reimbursed for a total of two (2) courses working towards his/her recertification requirements.  Such courses must be in such teacher’s area of certification or recertification, and current assignment.

 

C.        Payment of Courses

 

Payments for each course is to be made to the teacher upon duly authorized receipt of payment by the teacher.  To be eligible for payment, a teacher must file a written request for such payment within thirty (30) days of eligibility for payment in accordance with Section A above.

 

D.        Reimbursement

 

Should a teacher voluntarily leave the school system within a full school year following the completion of courses, such teacher is required to reimburse the School Committee for the tuition of all courses that had been previously paid by the School Committee during that period.  After completion of a degree program, should a teacher leave the Milford School system voluntarily within one (1) year after such completion, the reimbursement shall be for all courses taken over the previous two years.

 

E.         CAP on Reimbursements.

 

There shall be a total CAP on yearly reimbursements hereunder at $250,000 (increased by 2% in the second year and a further 2% in the third year of this Agreement).  Reimbursement shall be on the basis of first applying teachers to be reimbursed first until the CAP amount is depleted.

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE XXVII:     SALARY SCHEDULE

 

 

1A.      Salary Schedule for September 1, 2012 through 91st  day of 2012/2013 School Year. (First 13 Payrolls)

 

STEP  BACHELOR/   BACHELORS   MASTERS   MASTERS   MASTERS   MASTERS  MASTERS  PHD

          NON-DEGREE        +15                                           +15                            +30              +45            +60

__________________________________________________________________________________________

1         44,615              46,334             48,001                49,105              51,408         52,448           53,489    55,548

2         45,729              47,417             49,105                50,134             52,565         53,574           54,582    56,599

3         49,285              51,015             52,735                53,850             56,238         57,268           58,308    60,378

4         51,822              53,637             55,431                56,567             58,934         59,921           60,909    62,851

5         54,168              55,888             57,554                58,934              61,015         62,066           63,127    65,208

6         57,066              58,807             60,548                61,503              63,976         64,995           66,014    68,074

Hurdle

7          59,465             61,174             62,904                63,976              66,163         67,787          68,243    70,324

8          63,037             64,985             66,938                67,898             70,213         71,561           72,325    74,469

9          66,609             68,795             70,971                71,821              74,262         75,334           76,406    78,614

10        67,564             69,751             71,927                72,776              75,217         76,290           77,362    79,570

 

1B.      Salary Schedule for 92nd  day of 12/13 School Year through 8/31/2013.  (Second 13 Payrolls)

 

STEP  BACHELOR/   BACHELORS   MASTERS   MASTERS   MASTERS   MASTERS  MASTERS  PHD

          NON-DEGREE        +15                                           +15                            +30              +45            +60

_________________________________________________________________________________                

1          45,061             46,798             48,481             49,596             51,922             52,973     54,024     56,103

2          46,186             47,891             49,596             50,636             53,091             54,109     55,128     57,165

3          49,778             51,526             53,262             54,388             56,800             57,840     58,891     60,982

4          52,340             54,174             55,986             57,133             59,523             60,521     61,518     63,480

5          54,710             56,447             58,130             59,523             61,625             62,686     63,758     65,860

6          57,637             59,395             61,153             62,118             64,616             65,645     66,674     68,754

Hurdle

7          60,060             61,786             63,533             64,616             66,825             68,465      68,926      71,027

8          63,667             65,635             67,607             68,577             70,915             72,276      73,048      75,214

9          67,275             69,483             71,681             72,539             75,005             76,088      77,170      79,400

10        68,240             70,448             72,646             73,504             75,970             77,052      78,135      80,365

 

1C.      Salary Schedule for September 1, 2013 through 91st  day of 2013/2014 School Year.  (First 13 Payrolls)

 

STEP  BACHELOR/   BACHELORS   MASTERS MASTERS       MASTERS   MASTERS  MASTERS  PHD

          NON-DEGREE        +15                                           +15                            +30              +45            +60

_______________________________________________________________________________________

1          45,511             47,266             48,966             50,092                52,441          53,503     54,564     56,665

2          46,648             48,370             50,092             51,142                53,622          54,650     55,679     57,737

3          50,276             52,041             53,795             54,932                57,368          58,419     59,480     61,591

4          52,864             54,715             56,545             57,704                60,119          61,126     62,133     64,114

5          55,257             57,011             58,711             60,119                62,241          63,313     64,396     66,518

6          58,123             59,989             61,765             62,739                65,262          66,302     67,341     69,442

Hurdle

7          60,660             62,404             64,169             65,262                67,493          69,150       69,615   71,737

8          64,304             66,291              68,283            69,263                71,624          72,999     73,779     75,966

9          67,948             70,178             72,398             73,264                75,755          76,848     77,942     80,194

10        68,922             71,153             73,373             74,239                76,729          77,823     78,917     81,169

 

1D.      Salary Schedule for 92nd day of 2013/2014 School Year through August 30, 2014.  (Second 13 Payrolls)

 

STEP  BACHELOR/   BACHELORS   MASTERS  MASTERS     MASTERS   MASTERS  MASTERS  PHD

          NON-DEGREE        +15                                           +15               +30              +45            +60

__________________________________________________________________________________   

1          45,966             47,738        49,455      50,593             52,966             54,038      55,109     57,231

2          47,115             48,854        50,593      51,653             54,158             55,197      56,236     58,314

3          50,779             52,561        54,333      55,481             57,942             59,003         60,075     62,207

4          53,392             55,263        57,111      58,281             60,720             61,737       62,754     64,756

5          55,809             57,581        59,298      60,720             62,863             63,946       65,040     67,183

6          58,795             60,589        62,382      63,367             65,915             66,965       68,015     70,136

Hurdle

7          61,267             63,028        64,810      65,915             68,168             69,841       70,311      72,455

8          64,947             66,954          68,966    69,956             72,340             73,729       74,516      76,726

9          68,627             70,880        73,122      73,997             76,512             77,617       78,722      80,996

10        69,611             71,864        74,106      74,981             77,497             78,601       79,706      81,981

 

1E.       Salary Schedule for September 1, 2014 through the 91st day of the 2014/15 School Year.  (First 13 Payrolls)

           

STEP  BACHELOR/   BACHELORS   MASTERS  MASTERS     MASTERS   MASTERS  MASTERS  PHD

          NON-DEGREE        +15                                           +15                            +30              +45            +60

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1          46,426             48,216       49,950       51,099             53,496             54,578      55,661      57,803

2          47,586             49,342       51,099       52,170             54,700             55,749      56,798      58,897

3          51,286             53,087       54,876       56,036             58,521             59,593      60,675      62,829

4          53,926             55,815       57,682       58,864             61,327             62,354      63,382      65,403

5          56,367             58,157       59,891       61,327             63,492             64,586      65,690      67,855

6          59,383             61,195       63,006       64,000             66,574             67,634      68,695      70,838

Hurdle

7          61,879             63,658       65,458       66,574             68,849             70,539       71,014      73,179

8          65,596             67,623       69,656       70,655             73,063             74,466       75,262      77,493

9          69,313             71,589       73,853       74,737             77,277             78,393        79,509     81,806

10        70,307             72,583       74,847       75,731             78,272             79,387        80,503     82,800

 

1F.       Salary Schedule for the 92nd day of the 2014/15 School Year through August 31, 2015.  (Second 13 Payrolls)

           

STEP  BACHELOR/   BACHELORS   MASTERS   MASTERS   MASTERS   MASTERS  MASTERS  PHD

          NON-DEGREE        +15                                           +15                            +30              +45            +60

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1          46,890             48,698       50,449       51,610             54,030             55,124      56,217      58,381

2          48,062             49,836       51,610       52,692             55,247             56,306      57,366      59,486

3          51,799             53,618       55,425       56,596             59,107             60,189      61,282      63,458

4          54,466             56,373       58,259       59,453             61,940             62,978         64,015      66,057

5          56,931             58,738       60,490       61,940             64,127             65,232         66,347      68,534

6          59,977             61,807       63,636       64,640             67,240             68,311         69,382      71,546

Hurdle

7          62,498             64,294       66,113       67,240             69,538             71,245         71,725      73,911

8          66,252             68,300       70,352       71,362             73,794             75,211         76,014      78,268

9          70,006             72,305      74,592       75,484             78,050             79,177         80,304     82,624

10        71,011             73,309       75,596       74,488             79,054             80,181         81,308     83,628

 

1B.      Lane changes will be acknowledged only in the beginning of a school year, with the exception of lane changes resulting from completion of summer school courses where the grade is received after the start of the school year, in which case the lane change will be made retroactive to the start of the school year.  A teacher who has been employed less than one full year, shall not receive his/her first step advancement at the beginning of the next school year after the first year of his/her employment, unless that teacher shall have worked at least ninety (90) days during that first year.

 

2.         The hurdle as indicated in the Salary Schedule requires six (6) credit hours.  The credit hours are to be for courses taken in the realm of certification, or the teacher’s current field of instruction, and approved by the Superintendent and the School Committee.  Any teacher proceeding from Bachelor to Master, from Master to Master plus 15, from Master plus 15 to Master plus 30, or from Master plus 30 to Masters plus 60 or Ph.D. at the 6th Step will proceed to the 7th Step without hurdle requirement.  Upon completing the hurdle requirement, however long it may take, a teacher can only advance to the 7th Step.

 

3.         Directors shall in consideration for teaching a maximum of three classes (K-12) during the regular work day and other duties outside the regular work day, receive $2,150.00 per year (base).  Each Director shall receive an additional $80.00 for each teacher he or she must supervise.  Directors will be responsible to formally observe each teacher assigned to his/her department no less than one observation per semester.  The administration will retain the discretion to change the frequency of observations when situations arise that deem it necessary.

 

            Training will be provided on an annual basis to ensure consistency with Article XXV.

 

3A.      Any employee appointed as Title I Director, in consideration of the duties of said Director, shall receive an additional stipend of $5,000 for each year together with the sum of $80 for each teacher supervised.  Further, the Title I Director will receive a per diem rate based upon his/her annual rate of compensation for up to ten (10) additional days of work which may be required outside of the regular school year.

 

4.         The salary for Curriculum Team Leaders is $2,050 in recognition of additional duty assignments.  Curriculum Team Leaders will teach a full load.

 

5.         Guidance Counselors will receive, in addition to their base salary, a per diem rate based on their annual salary for up to ten (10)  days that they may be required to work before and/or at the end of the regular school year.  Should they be required to attend evening events, they will be paid an hourly rate commensurate with their annual salary (i.e. pro-rated).  Counselors will be paid such hourly rate for attendance at defined evening events (in accordance with the list appended hereto), unless directed by administration that their attendance is not required.

            Evening Guidance Programs:

           

            Stacy Middle School: Spring Orientation

 

            Middle School East:   7th Grade Parent Orientation

                                                8th Grade Parent Orientation

 

High School:              Going Right On – Early College

Planning for grades 5 – 8

8th Grade Parent Orientation

Freshman Parent Orientation

Junior Parents Night – College Bound

Senior Parents Night – College Application Process

Senior Financial Aid Night

 

6.         Effective 9/1/2000 Nurses will be paid on the same salary schedule as teachers.  Nurses shall receive the same amount of fringe benefits as teachers, with respect to Personal Leave, Funeral Leave, Sick Leave, Sick Leave Bank, Vacations and Holidays.

 

7.         The Audio Visual Services Coordinator shall receive an annual stipend of $1,680.00.  The Media Supervisor shall receive an annual stipend of $1,500.00.

 

8.         Designated Teacher Mentors shall receive a stipend of $1,070 at Tier 1, $750 at Tier 2, and $535 at Tier 3.  The Mentor Coordinator shall receive a stipend of $535.  Teachers designated as Science Coordinator-Foss shall receive a stipend of $1,000.

 

9.         SPED Chairpersons will receive, in addition to their base salary, a per diem rate based on their annual salary for up to eight (8) days that they may be required to work before and/or at the end of the regular school year.

 

ARTICLE XXVIII:               OVERTIME

 

            Bargaining unit personnel who are required to work beyond their regular work day on core evaluation assignments shall be compensated at an hourly rate that is based upon their actual salary.

 

ARTICLE XXIX:                  JURY DUTY

 

            An employee called to jury duty will be placed on leave with full pay, less any compensation received for such duty.

 

ARTICLE XXX:                    METHOD OF PAYMENT

 

            All unit personnel shall be paid in twenty-six (26) equal installments except that teachers may be paid in one lump sum on the last day of school or before the last day of school. 

           

ARTICLE XXXI:      PAYMENT FOR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

                                                            NUMBER OF                        ANNUAL RATE OF

                                                            TEACHERS                           COMPENSATION

                                                                                                                       

Activity Advisors – High School

Freshman Class Advisors                                2                                              $   838.00

Sophomore Class Advisors                             2                                              $   922.00

Junior Class Advisors                                     2                                              $1,006.00

Senior Class Advisors                                     2                                              $1,173.00

Student Council Advisors                              2                                              $1,672.00

National Honor Society Advisors                   1                                              $1,672.00

National Art Honor Society Advisors                        2                                              $1,672.00

Auditor-School Activities                               1                                              $   838.00

O.L.I. Yearbook Advisors                              2                                              $2,307.00

Academic Decathlon Advisors                       2                                              $2,026.00

CARE Advisor                                               1                                              $1,332.00

SAAD Advisor                                               1                                              $   999.00

School Store Advisor                                      1                                              $1,617.00

Interest Club Advisors – High School   (up to 7)                                           $531.00

(only one person for each Interest Club)

Activity Advisors – Stacy

Student Council Advisor                                2                                              $769.00

Newspaper Advisor                                        1                                              $769.00

Stacy Activity Advisor                                   1                                              $637.00

Interest Club Advisors – Stacy                 (up to 7)                                        $449.00

(only one person for each Interest Club)

Activity Advisors – East

Student Council Advisor                                1                                              $769.00

Interest Club Advisors – East       (up to 7)                                                    $445.00

(only one person for each Interest Club)

Interest Club Advisors – Woodland     (up to 3)                                            $445.00

(only one person for each Interest Club)

Interest Club Advisor – Memorial                  1                                              $445.00

Interest Club Advisor – Brookside                 1                                              $445.00

Activity Advisors – Elementary

Science Fair Advisor                                       1                                              $1,125.00

Assistant Science Fair Advisors                     3                                              $   999.00

School Yearbook Advisor                              1                                              $1,221.00

Theater

Musical Directors                                            2                                              $2,298.00

Musical Choreographer                                   1                                              $1,303.00

Musical Accompanist                                      2                                              $1,303.00

Musical Stage Manager                                   1                                              $1,303.00

Musical Technical Director                             1                                              $1,303.00

Play Director                                                   1                                              $2,298.00

Stage Manager Play                                        1                                              $ 1,303.00

Technical Director Play                                   1                                              $   996.00

Theater Workshop Advisors                           2                                              $   537.00

Music

H.S. Marching/Concert Band                         1                                              $2,913.00

Assistant Marching Band                               1                                              $1,064.00

H.S. Choral ensemble                                     1                                              $1,991.00

H.S. Stage Band                                             1                                              $1,991.00

MS East Band                                                 1                                              $1,079.00

MS East Jazz Band                                         1                                              $1,455.00

MS Musical Director                                       1                                              $1,991.00

MS Chorus                                                      1                                              $1,325.00

MS Orchestra                                                  1                                              $1,325.00

MS Jazz Band Stacy                                       1                                              $1,839.00

MS Beginners Band                                        1                                              $   996.00

Elementary School Orchestra                         1                                              $1,226.00

Elementary School Chorus                             1                                              $1,226.00

All School Orchestra                                       1                                              $1,992.00

Fifth Grade Chorus                                         1                                              $1,226.00

 

In the event that only one Advisor is available for the position where two are specified, the one Advisor will receive 1.5 times the rate for one.

 

ARTICLE XXXII:     DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS SALARY SCHEDULE

 

            The following is the pay schedule.  STEP 1 will be for coaches with 1 to 3 years of experience within the Milford Athletic Department; STEP 2 for coaches with 4 to 7 years of such experience, and STEP 3 for coaches with more than seven years of such experience.

 

 

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

 

 

 

 

Director of Athletics

$11,365

$15,092

$18,819

Faculty Manager

$3,269

$3,466

$3,675

Baseball Head Coach

$5,532

$5,890

$6,243

Baseball Asst. Coach

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Baseball JV. Coach

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Baseball Freshman Coach

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Basketball Head Coach (Boys)

$5,532

$5,890

$6,243

Basketball Asst. Coach (Boys)

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Basketball JV Coach (Boys)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Basketball Freshman Coach (Boys)

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Basketball Head Coach (Girls)

$5,532

$5,890

$6,243

Basketball Asst. Coach (Girls)

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Basketball JV Coach (Girls)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Basketball Freshman Coach (Girls)

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Cross Country Head Coach (Boys)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Cross Country Head Coach (Girls)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Fall Cheerleading Head Coach

$3,000

$3,179

$3,370

Fall JV Cheerleading Coach

$1,875

$1,988

$2,108

Field Hockey Head Coach

$5,435

$5,760

$6,106

Field Hockey JV Coach

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Field Hockey Freshman Coach

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Football Head Coach

$7,570

$8,025

$8,506

Football Head Assoc. Head Coach

$4,735

$5,018

$5,319

Football Asst. Varsity

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Football Asst. Varsity II

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Football JV Coach

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Football Head Freshman Coach

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Football Asst. Freshman Coach

$2,943

$3,121

$3,307

Golf Head Coach

$3,200

$3,390

$3,595

Golf Asst. Coach

$1,875

$1,988

$2,107

Ice Hockey Head Coach

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Ice Hockey Asst. Coach

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Ice Hockey JV Coach

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Indoor Track Head Coach

$4,468

$4,711

$4,994

Indoor Track Asst. I Coach

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Lacrosse JV Coach (Boys)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Lacrosse JV Coach (Girls)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Soccer Head Coach (Boys)

$5,435

$5,760

$6,106

Soccer JV Coach (Boys)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Soccer Freshman Coach (Boys)

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Soccer Head Coach (Girls)

$5,435

$5,760

$6,106

Soccer JV Coach (Girls)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Soccer Freshman Coach (Girls)

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Softball Head Coach

$5,557

$5,890

$6,243

Softball Asst. Coach

$3,976

$4,216

$4,468

Softball JV Coach

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Softball Freshman Coach

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Swimming & Diving Asst. Coach (Boys)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Swimming & Diving Head Coach (Boys)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Swimming & Diving Head Coach (Girls)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Swimming & Diving Asst. Coach (Girls)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Tennis Head Coach (Boys)

$4,046

$4,288

$4,546

Tennis Head Coach (Girls)

$4,046

$4,288

$4,546

Track & Field Head Coach (Boys)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Track & Field Asst. Coach (Boys)

$3,510

$3,722

$3,947

Track & Field Head Coach (Girls)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Track & Field Asst. Coach (Girls)

$3,510

$3,722

$3,947

Volleyball Head Coach (Boys)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Volleyball JV Coach (Boys)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Volleyball Freshman Coach (Boys)

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Volleyball Head Coach (Girls)

$5,066

$5,369

$5,691

Volleyball JV Coach (Girls)

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

Volleyball Freshman Coach (Girls)

$2,993

$3,144

$3,332

Winter Cheerleading Head Coach

$3,000

$3,179

$3,370

Winter JV Cheerleading Coach

$1,875

$1,988

$2,108

Wrestling Head Coach

$5,333

$5,653

$5,992

Wrestling JV Coach

$3,232

$3,458

$3,700

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE XXXIII                HEALTH INSURANCE

 

A.    The contribution toward the premiums for HMO plans shall be on the basis of 70% Town contribution towards premiums and 30% Employee contribution towards premiums, for both Individual and Family plans.

 

B.     The contribution toward premiums for PPO plans (or any replacement Indemnity Plans) shall be 50% for the Town and 50% for the Employee, both Individual and Family plans.  All other insurances shall be subject to the same contribution rate of 50% for the Town and 50% for the Employee, for Individual or Family plans, as appropriate.

 

C.     Effective May 1, 2007, to the extent permitted by law, present and future retired employees who retire(d) as members of the Milford Teachers Association bargaining unit and who participate in the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System, and who are otherwise eligible to choose and participate in HMO plans, shall be entitled to participate in said plans on the basis of 70% contribution towards premium for the Town and 30% for the retiree.

 

In the event that action by any town body or other agency causes contributions by such retirees towards HMO plans to increase above 30% for such retirees, than at such time the rates for HMOs for active employees described in Subsection A above shall return to a 75% contribution for the Town and 25% contribution for the Employee.

 

D.        Effective May 1, 2007, to the extent permitted by law, present and future retired employees who retire(d) as members of the Milford Teachers Association bargaining unit and who participate in the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System, and who are otherwise eligible to choose and participate in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO plans or Fallon Senior HMO plans, shall be entitled to participate in said plans on the basis of 70% contribution towards premium for the Town and 30% for the retiree.

 

            In the event that action by any town body or other agency causes contributions by such retirees towards the Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO and Fallon Senior HMO plans to increase above 30% for such retirees, then at such time the rates for HMOs for active employees described in Subsection B above shall return to a 75% contribution for the Town and 25% contribution for the Employee.

 

E.         Employees hereunder may establish Flexible Spending Accounts through voluntarily authorized payroll deductions through a third party administrator selected by the Milford Town Treasurer.  Said Flexible Spending Accounts may be utilized in accordance with applicable Internal Revenue Service regulations and employees voluntarily participating shall be responsible for all administrative costs.

 

ARTICLE XXXIV:               CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

 

                        The Association may have a representative on all curriculum committees established by the Superintendent.  The Association will insure that such representative will have a background and expertise in the particular curriculum field at issue.

 

ARTICLE XXXV:                 WORKER’S COMPENSATION

 

                        Whenever a teacher is absent from school as a result of personal injury (caused by accident or assault) arising out of or in the course of the teacher’s employment, the teacher will be paid the difference between the teacher’s full salary and payments received under worker’s compensation, provided, however, if such teacher has sick leave accumulated, such sick leave shall first be exhausted to pay such difference.

ARTICLE XXXVI:               SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

                        Alcoholism and drug abuse are recognized by the parties to be treatable illnesses.  Without detracting from the existing rights and obligations of the parties recognized in the other provisions of this contract, management and the union agree to cooperate in encouraging employees afflicted with alcoholism or drug abuse to undergo a program designed to rehabilitate the employee.

 

ARTICLE XXXVII:              NO STRIKES

 

            Neither the Association nor its members will unlawfully engage in, induce or encourage any strike, work stoppage, slowdown or withholding of services by any employees covered by this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE XXXVIII:                        REDUCTION IN FORCE

 

                        A “reduction in the work force” for the purpose of this Article, is understood by the parties to mean a release of a teacher or teachers (i.e., Unit A employees) for more than twenty (20) school days from employment due to a reduction in student enrollment and/or economic considerations.

 

                        Some recognized examples of situations that do not meet the above definition of a R.I.F. are the removal of a teacher for disciplinary purposes and/or unsatisfactory work performance, removal of a teacher without professional status as permitted by statute, removal of a teacher serving under a temporary appointment, and the removal of a teacher to make place for another teacher exercising re-employment, restoration or return rights to the position occupied by the teacher being removed.

 

                        Prior to initiating reduction in force, an attrition process will be instituted.  Attrition is “that process whereby the number of positions are reduced as a result of the voluntary and unilateral decision of a member of the school system to leave permanently via retirement or resignation.”  Such attrition can also occur due to the death of such a member.  By extension, “attrition” can occur temporarily when a member of the school system asks for a leave or absence.  His/her position can remain unfilled during the life of his/her leave, with the explicit understanding that when he/she returns from said leave, a similar position will be available to her.

 

A.        DEFINITIONS

 

            (1)        Seniority:  Seniority as used herein shall mean length of continuous teaching service in the Milford Public Schools except for time spent as a substitute teacher and Title I teachers prior to September 1, 1980.  Authorized leave of absence as used herein shall mean the approval of a teacher’s voluntary absence from his/her 180 day plus work year commitment by the Milford School Committee in the exercise of its discretionary authority.  A few examples of authorized leaves of absence are leaves requested by teachers and approved by the School Committee to care for a sick member of the teacher’s immediate family and to remain on maternity leave beyond the period of actual disability.

 

            (2)        Authorized leaves of absence shall not be viewed  as an interruption or break in continuous teaching service but will be applied toward seniority in accordance with #3 below.

 

            (3)        Authorized paid leaves of absence shall be credited toward seniority.  Unpaid leaves of more than four (4) months will not be counted toward seniority.

 

            (4)        Subject Area Classifications:  The Subject Area Classifications for the purpose of applying the reduction in force rules, as hereinafter set forth, shall be as follows:

                        (A)       Elementary (K-8)

                        (B)       Secondary (7-12)

                        (C)       Specialists:  (K-12

                                    1.         Music

                                    2.         Physical Education

                                    3.         Art

                                    4.         Each separate special needs certification

                                                area (learning disabilities, emotionally

                                                disturbed, etc.)

                        (D)       School Nurses

The reduction in force rules, as hereinafter set forth, shall not be applicable across the subject area classifications except as hereinafter specifically provided.

 

B.        REDUCTION IN FORCE RULES

 

            The following rules shall apply in the determination of which teachers are to be dismissed in the event a reduction in the number of teachers is deemed advisable by the employer (including, without limitation, a dismissal under M.G.L. Chapter 71, whenever an actual decrease in the number of pupils in the schools of the Town renders such action advisable.)

 

            (1)        Teachers with professional status shall not be dismissed if there is a teacher without professional status whose position the professional status teacher is qualified to fill.

 

            (2)        The Committee shall determine which professional status teachers shall be dismissed in accordance wit the following rules:

 

                        (A)       Elementary Subject Area Classification (K-8)

 

                                    1.         Seniority, subject to certification.

 

2.         In the event seniority is equal, the teacher with the greater length of continuous service in the elementary subject area classifications in Milford shall prevail.  In the event such length of continuous service is equal, the teacher with the higher degree status shall prevail.  In the event degree status is equal, total graduate credits (excluding credits earned in obtaining degree) shall govern.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status, and total graduate credits are all equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

            (B)       Secondary Subject Areas Classification (7-12)

 

1.         Step One:        Seniority shall first be applied in the particular subject area in which the Employer determines there are excess teachers.  For example, if there are four (4) French teachers and the Employer determines it only needs three (3) French teachers, the French teacher with the least seniority shall be declared excess.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status, and total graduate credits are all equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

2.         Step Two:        In the event the teacher(s) declared excess in Step One are certified in another subject area at the secondary level, they shall be reviewed with such other teachers to determine which teacher(s) shall be declared excess.  The standard shall be seniority.  For example, if the least senior French teacher is certified to teach Spanish, he shall be reviewed with the Spanish teachers and the least senior Spanish teacher shall then be declared excess.

 

3.         In any case where seniority is equal, the teacher with the greater length of continuous service in the subject area discipline involved i.e., Foreign  Language, English, Science, etc., shall prevail.  In the event such length of continuous service is equal, total graduate credits (excluding credits earned in obtaining degree) shall govern.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status, and total graduate credits are equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

 

            (C)       Specialists (K-12)

 

1.         Step One. Seniority shall first be applied within the specialist are in which the Employer determines there are excess teachers.  For example, if there are three Music teachers and the Employer determines it needs only two (2) Music teachers, the Music teacher with the least seniority shall be declared excess.

 

                        2.         Step Two.

 

(a)        Rules applicable in the event the excess teacher in Step One was a Music, Physical Education or Art teacher, the excess teacher(s), if certified in another area at the level at which the teacher spends the majority of his/her time (K-12), shall be reviewed with teachers in such area and level to determine which teacher(s) shall be declared excess.  The standard of review shall be seniority.  For example, if the excess Music teacher (Step 1) is certified as an elementary teacher and has spent the majority of her time as a Music teacher at the elementary level, she shall be reviewed with the other elementary teachers and the elementary teacher with the least seniority shall then be declared excess.

 

(b)        Rules applicable in the event the excess teacher in Step One was a Special Needs teacher, the excess teacher(s), if certified in another Special Needs area, shall be reviewed with teachers in such area to determine which teacher(s) shall be declared excess.  The standard of review shall be seniority.  In the event Step One (1) Special Needs teacher is not certified in another Special Needs area or, if certified, is not senior to any other teacher in such area, then if certified in another area at the level at which the teacher spends the majority of his time (K-12), the teacher shall be reviewed with teachers in such area and level to determine which teacher shall be declared excess.  The standard of review shall be seniority.  In any case where greater length of continuous service in the subject area discipline involved .or subject area classification involved, as the case may be, shall prevail.  In the event such length of continuous service is equal, the teacher with the higher degree status is equal, total graduate credits (excluding credits earned in obtaining degree) shall govern.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status, and total graduate credits are all equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

(D)       In the event of a layoff, Nurses with the least amount of seniority shall be laid off first.

 

C.        RECALL 

 

            All professional status teachers who have been released pursuant to a reduction in work force action shall be recalled before any non-professional status teachers.  The order of recall in either category shall generally be on a last-out first-in basis.  The right to recall shall exist for a period of three years from the date of dismissal.

 

1.         Elementary Subject Area Classification (K-8)

 

            (A)       The order of recall shall be based on seniority, subject to certification.

 

(B)       In the event seniority is equal the teacher with the greater length of continuous service in the elementary subject area classification in Milford shall prevail.  In the event such length of continuous service is equal, the teacher with higher degree status shall prevail.  In the event degree status is equal, total graduate credits at the time of layoff (excluding credits earned in obtaining degree) shall govern.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status, and total graduate credits are all equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

2.         Secondary Subject Area Classification (7-12)

 

(A)       The order of recall shall be based on seniority in the particular subject area where a vacancy exists.

 

(B)       A teacher who has been reassigned in another subject area in which he is certified, as a result of a reduction in work force, will return to his original position where a determination is made by the Employer to fill the position, the vacancy created by the reassignment will then be filled pursuant to paragraph (A) above.

 

(C)       In any case where seniority is equal, the teacher with the greater length of continuous service in the subject area discipline involved, i.e., Foreign Language, English, Science, etc., shall be the first to be recalled.  In the event such length of continuous service is equal, the teacher with the higher degree status shall be first to be recalled.  In the event degree status is equal, total graduate credits at the time of layoff (excluding credits earned in obtaining degree) shall govern.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status, and total graduate credits are all equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

3.         Specialists

 

(A)       A teacher who has worked as a specialist a majority of the time prior to a reduction in the work force and/or is a certified specialist (Music, Physical Education or Art) shall be recalled to fill a vacancy in his area of specialty at the level (K-12) prior to the reduction in work force.  Seniority shall govern the order of recall respecting vacancies in either the area the teacher worked and/or the area he is certified.

 

(B)       A Special Needs teacher shall be recalled at the level where the teacher spent the majority of his time (K-8 or 7-12) prior to the reduction in work force.  Seniority shall govern the order of recall respecting vacancies in either the area the teacher worked and/or the area he is certified.

 

(C)       In any case where seniority is equal, the teacher with the greater length of continuous service in the subject area discipline involved or subject area classification involved, as the case may be, shall be the first to be recalled.  In the event such length of continuous service is equal, the teacher with the higher degree status shall prevail.  In the event degree status is equal, total graduate credits at the time of layoff (excluding credits earned in obtaining degree) shall govern.  In the event that length of continuous service, degree status and total graduate credits are all equal, then date of appointment shall govern.

 

4.         Nurses

 

            Nurses shall be recalled in the inverse order of their layoff.

 

                        Both parties acknowledge that an evaluation procedure pursuant to negotiations may become part of the permanent Reduction in Force Policy, upon expiration of the agreement.

 

                        In the event of a RIF of administrative personnel, Administrators shall be given full credit toward seniority for time spent in the Milford School System as Administrators and Teachers.  It is recognized that Administrators so affected may retreat into teaching positions (i.e., Unit A) subject to the requirements of seni11ority certification and any other requirements set forth in the RIF provisions applicable to Teachers.  It is further recognized that a retreat into a teaching position will not displace a Unit A Teacher employed at the time of such retreat.

 

            Upon recall of a teacher subject to the recall procedure and during the recall procedure, such teacher shall have restored all benefits to which he/she was entitled a the time of separation.

 

            Teachers separated from service may continue group health and life insurance coverage during the recall period as provided to members of the bargaining unit by reimbursing the Town for premium costs as directed by the School Committee, subject to the provisions and limitations, if any, within the relevant policies and/or the Massachusetts General Laws.

 

ARTICLE XLIX:                               DURATION

 

            This Agreement shall remain in effect to and including August 31, 2015.  The Agreement shall thereafter automatically be renewed for successive terms of one (1) year unless by January 15 of the year preceding the termination date, the Employer or the Association shall have given the other written notice of its desire to modify or terminate the Agreement.

 

 

ARTICLE XL                                                NOTICE

 

 

            Written notices by either party to reopen the contracts or to modify or terminate the contracts will be transmitted by registered mail.

 

 

AGREEMENT


            AGREEMENT made this            day of                    , 20     between                       (hereafter the “teacher”) and the Milford School Committee, acting by and through its Superintendent of Schools duly authorized.

            WHEREAS, the teacher desires to be eligible for reimbursement for taking courses as otherwise authorized under the Collective Bargaining Agreement in effect between the Milford School Committee and the Milford Teachers Association; and

            WHEREAS, in accordance with such Collective Bargaining Agreement the Committee as a condition providing any reimbursement, seeks assurance of its ability to enforce any obligation on the employee to reimburse for any tuition reimbursement under the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement;

            NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of mutual covenants contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the teacher and the Milford School Committee agree as follows:

 

1.         Having executed this Agreement, the teacher will thereafter be eligible to receive reimbursement for courses taken as provided within Article XXVI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement currently in effect between the parties, and similar provisions of any successor Agreements.

 

2.         Teacher agrees that he/she is obligated to reimburse the School Committee under conditions now set forth within Article XXVI C of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and acknowledges that responsibility as his/her personal contractual obligation.

 

3.         In the event of any failure to comply with the requirements for reimbursement of the School Committee for courses taken, the teacher acknowledges and agrees that the Committee may enforce its contractual rights in relation to said teacher in any court of competent jurisdiction.

 

            Witness our hands and seals this              day of                     , 20

 

Milford School Committee                                                    

By:

_____________________________                                      _____________________________

 

Superintendent/Secretary of the School Committee              (Teacher Name)

 

Addendum “A”

SIDE LETTER TO AGREEMENT

BETWEEN THE MILFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND

THE MILFORD TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

 

 

            In supplementation of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the parties hereto of even date herewith, the parties agree to the following:

 

TEACHER EVALULATION

 

            Notwithstanding the provisions of Article XXV of the Collective Bargaining Agreement of even date herewith, the parties agree that the Collaborative Bargaining Subcommittee on Evaluation, as authorized in the course of collaborative bargaining undertaken in the winter/spring of 2012, shall continue to meet and consider possible modifications of, and alternative provisions to, said Article, including evaluation instruments adopted thereunder.

 

            Said joint Subcommittee shall meet on a regular and consistent basis and shall work towards a consensus on alternatives.  The results of the efforts of such Subcommittee shall be reported to the School Committee and the Association as soon as possible after such results are achieved and the Association Bargaining team and the School Committee shall meet in collaborative session to determine whether or not the contract should be amended as proposed by said Subcommittee.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE

 

            Consistent with Article IX, Section C of the Collective Bargaining Agreement the parties are working towards significant changes in the current “block schedule” at the Milford High School through a Collaborative Scheduling Committee composed of High School Faculty members and members of the High School Administration.  Their work looking towards alternatives to the current block schedule has been ongoing and it is agreed between the parties hereto that work will continue looking towards collaboratively derived changes in the block schedule to be implemented no later than the 2013/2014 school year.  It is agreed that the Scheduling Committee referred to above will continue to work diligently towards resolution and will report in full as to its efforts to the School Committee and Teachers Association bargaining team, in joint collaborative bargaining session, to be scheduled in June of 2012.

 

PAYMENT FOR COURSES

            Notwithstanding anything to the contrary within the provisions of Article XXVI of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the parties hereto, it is agreed that all teachers employed in permanent positions as of the date of execution hereof shall be considered to be “grandfathered” in relation to their right to receive course reimbursement during the first five (5) years of their employment.

 

 

Witness our hands and seals this               day of                             , 2012.

 

MILFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE                                   MILFORD TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

 

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