Montachusett RVTSD

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DistrictMontachusett RVTSD
Shared Contract District
Org Code8320000
Type of DistrictVoc-Tech/Agricultural
Union AffiliationMTA
Most Recent DocumentContract
Expiring Year2011
Expired Status
Superintendency Union
Regional HS Members
Vocational HS MembersMontachusett RVTSD
CountyWorcester
ESE RegionCentral
Urban
Kind of Communityurbanized centers
Number of Schools1
Enrollment1355
Percent Low Income Students33
Grade Start9
Grade End12
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AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL

SCHOOL DISTRICT

-and-

MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION

(9/1/08 thru 8/31/11)

 

PREAMBLE

In entering this field of collective bargaining, it has been the intention of the parties by the consummation of this Agreement to continue their harmonious relations, to promote mutual cooperation and understanding, to formulate rules, to define and resolve the proper interest of the teachers in their rights of compensation and conditions under which they perform their duties, all with a goal to improving educational opportunities for the students enrolled in the Montachusett Regional School District.

The parties acknowledge that the Committee has complete authority, except as modified by this Agreement, over the policies and administration of the school which it exercises under law and that this vehicle of collective bargaining will continue to provide the teachers with, an opportunity to bring their knowledge and experience to bear on matters of professional concern together with that of the Committee with a goal of assisting in solving the growing problems inherent in the advancement of education.

ARTICLE I

RECOGNITION

Subject to any applicable provision of state or federal law or regulation now or hereafter in effect, the Committee recognizes the Association as the exclusive bargaining representative of employees in the following unit:

UNIT: All duly appointed, full-time, professional shop and day classroom teachers including guidance personnel, the Librarian, and the Social Worker.

BUT EXCLUDING:  The Superintendent-Director, Assistant Director/Principal, Director of Student Services, Director of Academic Programs, Director of Vocational Programs, Business Manager, Dean of Students, School Nurse, Director of Technology, Vocational Supervisor, Coordinator of Post Graduate and Continuing Studies, Director of Facilities, substitute teachers, part-time and other employees of the Montachusett Regional Vocational School District and all others not identified as included.

For the purpose of this Agreement, references herein to "teacher," "professional staff member," "staff member" and "employee" are synonymous and constitute references to members of the bargaining unit.

ARTICLE II

RIGHTS OF COMMITTEE

The Committee is a public body established under, and with the power provided by, the statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As the legislative body charged with the responsibility for the quality of education in, and the efficient and economical operation of, the Montachusett Regional School District, it is acknowledged that the Committee has the final responsibility of establishing the educational policies of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.

Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to derogate or impair the powers and . responsibilities of the Committee under the statutes of the Commonwealth or the rules and regulations of any agencies of the Commonwealth. Except as expressly modified herein, said rights and powers include, but in no way are construed as limited to, the subjects mentioned in the table of contents of this Agreement

As to every matter not expressly covered by this Agreement, and except as directly modified by a specific provision of this Agreement, the Committee retains exclusively to itself all rights and powers and responsibilities that it has or may hereafter be granted by law, and may exercise the same at its discretion without such exercise being made the subject of a grievance-arbitration proceeding.

ARTICLE III

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Section A

1.   A "grievance" is hereby defined as a misinterpretation or misapplication of a specific section of this contract to an individual teacher. The grievance shall be in writing setting forth the specific section of the contract misinterpreted or misapplied and the relief sought.

2.   A "grievant" is the person or persons or the Association itself making the claim or complaint.

3.   A "party in interest" is the person or persons and/or Association making the claim and filing the grievance and any person who might be required to take action in order to resolve the grievance.

Section B - Purpose

1.     The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, equitable solutions to the problems which may from time to time arise affecting the welfare or working conditions of bargaining unit and covered by this contract Both parties agree that these proceedings will remain confidential throughout these proceedings (except by mutual agreement).

2. Nothing herein contained will be construed as limiting the right of any teacher having a grievance to discuss the matter informally with any appropriate member of the administration. Teachers shall be entitled at their request to the presence of MTA field staff beginning with Level Three.

Section C - Procedure

Since it is important that grievances be processed as rapidly as possible, the number of days indicated at each level should be considered as maximum, and every effort should be made to expedite the process. However, the time limits specified may, except for the initial filing period, be extended by mutual agreement in writing. In the event a grievance is filed on or after June 1st, which, if left unresolved until the beginning of the following school year, could result in irreparable harm to a party in interest, the time limits set forth herein will be reduced so that the grievance procedure may be exhausted prior to the end of the school term or as soon thereafter as is practicable.

1.    Level One - An aggrieved teacher directly shall present the grievance in writing to his/her Area Director not later than six (6) school days after the act or omission complained of or had knowledge or should have had knowledge thereof. Should the teacher be physically unable to present the grievance, then a union representative may deliver the grievance. Failure to present a grievance within this time limit shall constitute a waiver of the right to file same. The grievance shall be orally discussed by the Area Director, the aggrieved teacher and/or the representative of the Association Grievance Committee who shall attempt to settle it in three (3) school days.

2.    Level Two -

(a)   If not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level One, or if no decision has been rendered, either immediately after the last mutually agreed upon time extension for same or within three (3) school days after the presentation of the grievance, whichever is longer, the aggrieved person may thereafter file the grievance with the Assistant Director/Principal within two (2) school days after the decision of the Area Director at the end of the mutually agreed upon time extension, whichever is longer.

(b)   The Assistant Director/Principal will meet with the aggrieved person and/or a representative of the Association within five (5) school days after receipt of the grievance in an effort to resolve it.

3.  Level Three

(a)   If not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level Two, or if no decision has been rendered within five (5) school days after the aggrieved person has first met with the Assistant Director/Principal he/she may refer it to the Superintendent-Director or his/her designated representative within two (2) school days after either the decision of the Assistant Director/Principal or immediately upon expiration of the mutually agreed upon time extension, whichever is longer.

(b)   The Superintendent-Director or his/her designated representative will meet with the aggrieved person and/or a representative of the Association within five (5) school days after receipt of the grievance in an effort to resolve it.

4.    Level Four

(a)   If not satisfied with the disposition of the grievance at Level Three, or if no decision has been rendered within five (5) school days after the aggrieved person has first met with the Superintendent-Director or his/her designated representative, the aggrieved person may refer it to the School Committee within five (5) school days after either a decision by the Superintendent-Director or his/her designated representative or immediately upon expiration of the mutually agreed upon time extension, whichever is longer.

(b)   Within ten (10) school days after receiving the written grievance or at its next regular School Committee meeting, a subcommittee of the School Committee (herein referred to as the "Subcommittee") or the full Committee will meet with the aggrieved person and an Association representative, if the aggrieved person so desires, for the purpose of resolving the grievance. The ultimate decision on the grievance at this level, however, will be rendered by the full School Committee.

Section D - Miscellaneous

1.  Any grievance not submitted to a higher step in the grievance procedure within the time limits provided above shall be deemed settled on the basis of the decision of the School Committee or applicable member of the administration of the Montachusett Regional School District in the last level in which the grievance was discussed and shall not thereafter be subject to further processing.

2.  All documents and material related to the processing of grievances shall be filed separately from personnel files.

3.  Whenever an aggrieved teacher contests a misinterpretation or misapplication of a specific section of the contract by an administrator above the level of Area Director or by the School Committee, the Area Director may refer the grievance to another level, if appropriate, in lieu of answering within three (3) school  days. If the grievance is referred to another level, the applicable provisions for the level to which it is referred and any succeeding levels will apply.

Section E - Right to Representation

The employer shall inform employees of their right to be represented by the Association before any disciplinary meeting or any meeting from which discipline may result

ARTICLE IV

ARBITRATION

Section A

In the event that the grievance had not been satisfactorily disposed of at Level Four, or in the event that no decision has been rendered within five (5) school days after the Level Four meeting, the Association may refer in writing within five (5) school days of the disposition under Level Four, the unsettled grievance to arbitration and shall advise the Superintendent-Director of this decision in writing at the same time. The arbitrators shall be selected by agreement between the parties. If the parties are unable to agree upon the arbitrator, the selection shall be made by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its rules and regulations.

Section B

The arbitrator shall be without power or authority to add to, subtract from, or modify in any way the provisions of this contract.

Section C

The decision of the arbitrator shall be in writing setting forth his/her conclusion and the reasons therefor. This decision shall be binding as provided by law. The cost of arbitration shall be borne equally by the Committee and the Association.

Section D

The decision of the arbitrator shall rule only on the interpretation of the grievance as it applies to the contract

Section E

No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by the School Committee or the administration against any party or representative in connection with use of the grievance machinery.

ARTICLE V

PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS

Section A

The committee agrees to deduct from each teacher's salary a deduction for dues as authorized by each teacher individually and voluntarily and to transmit such monies deducted to the Treasurer of the Association (M.R.T.A.), 1050 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on a monthly basis. The Association agrees to submit to the Committee a written dues authorization card duly signed by each individual member authorizing this deduction prior to October 1. This authorization card shall be in accordance with the requirements of applicable law. Authorization cards may be withdrawn and no further dues shall be deducted provided the individual staff member gives the Business Manager notice sixty (60) days in advance in writing with a copy to the Association. Dues shall be deducted for MRTA, MTA, NEA, and MVA/AVA. The procedure for deductions shall be mutually agreed upon between the Association and the Business Manager.

Section B

Effective September 1,1983 or thirty (30) days after employment, whichever is later, as a condition of employment, an agency service fee equal to that portion of Association dues used for collective bargaining and contract administration purposes shall be deducted from the salaries of members of the bargaining unit who are not members of the Association. Said fee shall be handled in the same manner as dues in Section A above. Said deduction shall be made and such fee required in accordance with Section 12 of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 150E and shall be made if a service fee authorization card has been duly signed by the bargaining unit member involved.

Section C

The Association agrees to indemnify and to hold the Committee harmless against any and all claims, demands, suits or other forms of liability that shall or may arise out of or by reason of any action taken by the Committee for the purpose of complying with the provisions of Section A or for the purpose of complying with the provisions of Section B in connection with the making of payroll deductions.

Section D

When authorized individually and voluntarily by a teacher, payroll deductions shall be arranged to permit the making of payments to a credit union or bank and to pay for the teacher's share of insurance benefits provided for in Article XVIII of this Agreement

Section E

Nothing contained within this Article shall preclude payments made pursuant to this Article by means other than payroll deductions provided that the School Committee shall have no responsibility for collecting dues or fee assessments.

ARTICLE VI

SALARY

Section A

The salaries of all persons covered by this Agreement are set forth in Appendix "A" which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.

Section B

1.   All persons on the teacher salary schedule will be paid in twenty-six (26) consecutive equal installments. Payments shall be made by direct deposit to the bank or credit union of the employee's choice.

2.   Upon written application made to the Superintendent-Director, at least thirty (30) days prior to the last day of school, a teacher may choose to be paid the remainder of his/her salary in a lump sum in the last pay period in June.

Section C

Annual increments will be granted by the Superintendent-Director provided the teacher displays satisfactory teaching performance as determined by the administration through the evaluative procedure established after consultation with and input from representatives of the Association. If a teacher is to have an increment withheld, he or she shall be so notified in writing before the end of the school year, preferably by April 15. Said teacher shall be given an opportunity to personally discuss with the Superintendent-Director or his/her designee the reasons therefor. Such meeting shall be scheduled no later than five (5) school days after notification. If not satisfied after any such discussion(s), said teacher may file a grievance in accordance with Article III directly with the School Committee at Level Four, not later than six (6) school days after said discussion.

Section D

The Committee may, in its discretion, grant credit toward lateral movement on the salary schedule to nonacademic teachers for attendance and completion of MAVA or equivalent workshops held for professional improvement The Committee will determine at its discretion whether credit will be given for a particular workshop, and, if so, how much credit. All requests for credit must be submitted to the School Committee through the Superintendent-Director sufficiently in advance of the scheduled workshop to permit Committee review and action and must include, for a non-MAVA workshop, a brief written rationale for taking a non-MAVA workshop credit. The Committee may, in its discretion grant credit toward lateral movement on the salary schedule to registered allied health professionals for professional improvement, including continuing education credits taken to maintain their licensure or registration when courses for such credits are taken during non-working time. Credit shall be given as provided by the Accredited Boards of Registration (15 CEU's = 1 credit). The Superintendent-Director may recommend Committee approval or denial of the particular request if he/she wishes, but such recommendation will not be binding on the Committee.

Section E Longevity

A.    Effective September 1, 2002, after completion of the number of years of creditable service as indicated in the table below, members of the bargaining unit shall receive the corresponding annual longevity payment

2008-2009

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

15

395

20

620

25

845

30

1069

35

1069

16

395

21

620

26

845

31

1069

36

1069

17

395

22

620

27

845

32

1069

37

1069

18

395

23

620

28

845

33

1069

38

1069

19

395

24

620

29

845

34

1069

39

1069

2009-2010

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

15

407

20

638

25

870

30

1101

35

1101

16

407

21

638

26

870

31

1101

36

1101

17

407

22

638

27

870

32

1101

37

1101

18

407

23

638

28

870

33

1101

38

1101

19

407

24

638

29

870

34

1101

39

1101

2010-2011

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

Year

Amount

15

419

20

657

25

896

30

1134

35

1134

16

419

21

657

26

896

31

1134

36

1134

17

419

22

657

27

896

32

1134

37

1134

18

419

23

657

28

896

33

1134

38

1134

19

419

24

657

29

896

34

1134

39

1134

Said longevity payments shall be made on the first pay period of December of each year, with the amount of payment calculated based on the previous year completed.

B 1. A bargaining unit member with at least fifteen (15) years of service completed at Monty Tech may elect longevity payments of $3,200 (for a total of $9600) in each of three consecutive years in addition to any applicable longevity pay provided for in Section A above.

In the event the bargaining unit member elects payment under Section B1 of this Article and his/her employment is terminated, for any reason, prior to completion of the three (3) year employment period referenced in said Section Bl, such member shall receive a lump sum payment upon termination of the difference between $9600 and any amounts already collected by the member under said Section Bl.

The above longevity pay will be paid to a surviving spouse or other beneficiary in the event of death of the employee, provided application as referenced in Section B2 of this Article has been made.

B 2. Bargaining unit members must apply for the longevity payment on or before January 1 preceding the academic year in which they wish to begin collecting said benefit. The Superintendent-Director may, at his sole discretion, waive the application time line in specific instances.

B 3. Application is required to receive payments provided under Section Bl of this Article and immediate placement is not insured, since the system retains the right to set budget limits.

B 4. In the event that Monty Tech determines, in its sole discretion, that an abnormally high number of members (in excess of 10) elect payment provided under Section Bl of this Article in a specific year and there are insufficient budgetary resources to support all such payments, the following sequence of events will take place:

a.  A request will go to all members who have elected this option seeking members willing to delay the start of this option to the next school year. Members will have five (5) school days to respond to this request.

b.   If a budgetary problem still exists after voluntary delays are sought, members electing this option will start in order of seniority, with the most senior being placed first and the remainder placed at the top of the list for the next school year. It is understood that the School District will fund a minimum of ten (10) applicants, or all applicants who apply in any year, if said number of applicants is less than ten (10).

B 5.      No bargaining unit member will be denied immediate placement as provided in Section Bl of this Article for any reason other than specified in Section B3 or B4 of this Article.

B 6.      The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District School Committee and the Montachusett Regional Teachers' Association will review this Article prior to the ratification of all subsequent contracts to increase/decrease or leave unchanged the longevity payment provided in Section Bl of this Article, however, consensus and separate agreement between the School Committee and the Teacher's Association is required for a change to become effective.

B 7.       Implementation of Longevity: The Longevity plan described above will replace the district's obligation under Article XIX - Separation Pay and the longevity table presently attached to the teacher salary schedule, appendix 'A.'    However, employees may opt out of Section B of the longevity plan and continue to qualify for Article XIX - Separation Pay, subject to the following conditions: Within 60 days of the date of ratification of the contract (successor to 9/1/99 thru 8/31/02) as indicated in Article XXV - Duration -

(1)  The employee must be within 5 years of retirement.

(2)  Each employee desiring to opt out of longevity section B must inform the District, in writing, of his/her desire to remain under the terms of separation pay.

Notice of intent to retire must be provided concurrently.

Any employee failing to provide such notice as indicated above shall be automatically enrolled in the longevity plan and lose all rights and privileges associated with Article XIX 'Separation Pay.' It is further understood that the decision to remain on the current separation pay, or participate in the longevity plan is final and irrevocable once the 60 day decision period has expired.

Section F Merit Pay and Mentor Teachers

The Superintendent-Director, at his/her sole discretion, may recognize and compensate deserving teacher(s) for outstanding performance.

Mentor teachers shall receive a compensation of $700.00 per provisional teacher. Mentor coordinator(s) shall receive a compensation of $1500.00

ARTICLE VII

TEACHER EVALUATION

Section A

All observations by any means for purposes of evaluation of professional performance of a teacher will be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the teacher. Supervision of teachers will be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the teacher.

Section B

The Teacher Evaluation will be in conformance with the attached Teacher Evaluation Agreement (See Appendix D).

Section C

The contents of evaluation reports are not subject to the grievance and arbitration procedures of this Agreement except that any contention that an "unsatisfactory" evaluation is arbitrary or without foundation may be raised through the grievance procedure to the level of the School Committee.

ARTICLE VIII

SICK LEAVE

Section A

Teachers shall be entitled to fifteen (15) days sick leave granted in the following manner:

1.   Teachers with zero to one (0-1) year of service: eight (8) days granted on the first official day of the school year provided that they work that day and seven (7) additional days granted on January first of that school year.

2.   All other teachers: fifteen (15) days sick leave granted on the first official day of the school year, provided that they work that day.

3.   Teachers not reporting on the first day shall be entitled to all sick leave for the coming academic year pro-rated from the first day that they report to work, unless excused by the Superintendent-Director or his/her designee, or unless on extended sick leave.

a. Teachers leaving the system will be credited with sick leave which is pro-rated for the actual time worked.

4. Unused sick leave will accumulate to one hundred eighty (180) days for staff hired after September 1, 1998.

Section B

Sick leave may accumulate without limit from year to year for those teachers employed prior to the school year beginning September, 1998.

Section C

The School Committee may grant extended sick leave in its sole discretion with or without pay.

Section D

Sick leave may not be used for any other purpose except illness or injury to the teacher. A doctor's certificate may be required upon return from an absence exceeding five (5) consecutive days. The teacher must notify the designated representative of the Superintendent-Director on or before the first day of the absence due to illness or injury, and inform him/her as to the nature of the illness, and as to when the teacher expects to return to work. The teacher is expected to keep the designated representative of the Superintendent-Director reasonably informed during such absence. Abuses of sick leave will be treated as individual disciplinary cases by the Superintendent-Director.

Section E

The Superintendent-Director shall provide, by September 30 of each school year, or as circumstances permit, a written notice of the number of accumulated days of sick leave available to each teacher.

ARTICLE IX

PERSONAL LEAVE

Section A

It is recognized by all that absences by regular teachers from the classroom interrupt the educational process and must, therefore, be held to an absolute minimum.

Section B

In each school year, the teacher shall be entitled to three (3) days personal leave for only imperative personal business or legal obligations which cannot be conducted outside of school hours. Requests for such leave must be made in writing to the Superintendent-Director as early as possible for his/her approval, but not less than three (3) school days before such absence occurs, except in emergencies. No request for personal leave will be submitted so as to extend a holiday or vacation period, nor shall personal leave be taken during the first two weeks or the last two weeks of the school year unless in an emergency.

Personal leave days are not cumulative. The teacher shall be notified in writing of approval or denial not later than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the requested absence.

Employees who use any combination of personal or sick leave, totaling less than three (3) days will be compensated for those days at the rate of fifty (50%) percent of the individual's daily rate.

Used Sick Days

Used Personal Days

Bought Back

3

0

0

2.5

0

0.5

2

0

1

1.5

0

1.5

1

0

2

0

0

3

0

0.5

2.5

0

1

2

0

1.5

1.5

0

2

1

0

2.5

0.5

0

3

0

1

1

1

2

1

0

1

2

0

Section C

Nothing in this section shall preclude the Superintendent-Director from granting additional personal leave with or without pay for reasons which he/she deems urgent In cases of personal leave without pay, deductions from salary will be made on the basis of the daily equivalent of the teacher's salary for each such day. The "daily equivalent" will be derived by dividing the teacher's salary on an annualized basis by one hundred eighty-three (183) days.

Section D

Leaves of absence with pay will be granted for purposes of the following special religious observances:

a.  Good Friday

b.  Rosh Hashanah (2 days)

c.  Yom Kipper (1 day)

d.  Eastern Orthodox Good Friday

Section E

Temporary leaves may be granted for time necessary for appearances in any legal proceeding connected with the teacher's employment or with the school system.

Section F - Extended Leaves of Absence

A leave of absence without pay for one academic year may be granted, upon request, to full-time staff members who have completed seven (7) continuous years of service in the system as full-time staff members.

a.    The Superintendent-Director may recommend such leave for the individual staff member concerned and the School Committee may approve such leave.

b.    No more than two (2) staff members may be out on a leave of absence at any one time under the terms of this Article.

c.    The Superintendent-Director's recommendation shall be based on the total professional work performance at the School District (i.e., experience, attendance, evaluations, etc.).

d.    All benefits to which a staff member was entitled under the collective bargaining agreement will be restored to the staff member upon return to service, and the staff member will be placed on the applicable step of the salary schedule he/she attained when the leave commenced.

e.    Leave under this section shall not be taken more frequently than every seven (7) years provided that no other qualified applicants who have not had such leave are seeking said leave.

f.    A request for a leave of absence must cover one complete school year and shall not overlap school years.

g.    The seven (7) years referred to above shall be broken by sixty (60) days absence for any reason other than sick leave (i.e., sabbatical, extended maternity leave, etc.).

h.    Applications for leave under this section may not be filed until January 1 of any year and must be submitted by February 28 of that year.

i.     The provisions of this section are separate from the provisions of other sections of this Agreement under which leave is granted; e.g., Section G, Maternity Leave. However, if a staff member is granted a leave of absence pursuant to this section to begin immediately before or after or to run concurrently with any other leave, the total time of that staff member's absence will not exceed one academic year unless the Committee in its discretion specifically approves otherwise.

j.     Unused accumulated sick leave shall be restored to the teacher upon his or her return and he or she will be assigned to the same position that the teacher previously held at the time of the leave, if available, or as required by applicable statute. If the same position is not available, the teacher will be assigned to the most nearly equivalent position that is available for which the teacher is certified and qualified. The Superintendent-Director shall be the sole judge of the equivalency of the available position and the qualifications of the teacher.

k.    The Superintendent-Director may recommend a third extended leave of absence under this Article to the School Committee for its approval provided that emergency conditions or compelling reasons exist for granting said leave.

Section G - Maternity Leave/Military Leave/Non-Discrimination

The School Committee will comply with Federal and State statutes in connection with military leave, maternity leave, and unlawful discrimination.

a.  Section 105D, Chapter 149, of the General Laws. (Maternity Leave)

b.  Section 4 of Chapter 151B of the General Laws.

c.  Selective Service Act of 1940, as amended.

Section H - Jury Duty

1. Teachers who serve jury duty shall be paid in accordance with Massachusetts law. If school is in session while a teacher serves jury duty, a teacher who serves as a juror shall be paid the difference between his/her regular salary and all payments received for jury service, exclusive of any travel allowances.

2.   In order to receive pay from the District under Section 1, a staff member must present written proof acceptable to the Superintendent-Director or his/her designee that he/she tried to postpone his/her jury duty until school was not in session.

ARTICLE X

SABBATICAL LEAVE

Section A

Any member of the full-time teaching staff who has served continuously in the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School for a period of at least six (6) full years may, upon recommendation of the Superintendent-Director, be granted sabbatical leave not exceeding one (1) year for advanced study in an area of particular advantage to the school system or for study in a Doctoral program.

Section B

A teacher on sabbatical leave shall receive compensation equal to the difference between his/her annual salary and the total amount or amounts of any grants or financial assistance he/she may have received from outside sources for the purposes of his/her sabbatical leave, provided, however, that in no event shall the amount of the salary to be paid to such teacher exceed one-half (1/2) the annual salary to which he/she would have been entitled had he/she remained in the school system that year. The term "grants or financial assistance" shall not include the cost of required tuition or book expense where such can be verified.

Section C

Requests for sabbatical leave must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent-Director by January 1 of the calendar year for which the request is made and approval or disapproval will be made in writing by April 1.

Section D

Before beginning the sabbatical leave, the teacher shall enter into contract to return to active service in the Montachusett Regional Vocational School District for a period of at least two (2) years after the expiration of such leave. A teacher who defaults in completing this service shall repay to the School District an amount equal to such proportion of salary received while on leave as the amount of service not actually rendered as agreed bears to the whole amount of service agreed to be rendered; provided, however, that the teacher shall be released from such payment if his/her failure to serve the two years as stipulated be due to his illness, disability, or death.

Section E

A teacher returning from sabbatical leave shall be placed on the step of the salary schedule he/she would have attained had he/she remained in the school system.

Section F

A member of the professional staff who has been given a sabbatical leave shall serve for an additional six (6) years before being eligible for a consideration for another sabbatical leave.

Section G

Not more than one member of the bargaining unit shall be on sabbatical leave at any one time.

ARTICLE XI

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Members of the bargaining unit will be allowed up to four (4) consecutive work days (but not to extend beyond seven (7) calendar days from the date of death) of leave during the school year in any case of death in the immediate family. Immediate family shall mean spouse, child, parent or sibling, parent-in-law, grandparent or any relative living within the household. One day, subject to the approval of the Superintendent-Director, shall be granted for other deaths. In the event of hardship caused by death in the immediate family, the Superintendent-Director may, upon request of an affected teacher, within his/her discretion, grant additional bereavement leave with or without pay.

ARTICLE XII

TEACHERS' LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Section A

Teachers will immediately report in writing all cases of assault suffered by them in connection with their employment to the Superintendent-Director or his/her designee.

Section B

The teacher's report of assault will be forwarded to the School Committee.

Section C

The School Committee shall comply with the General Laws concerning Workmen's Compensation and will notify the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board as required by the General Laws, Chapter 32, Section 7, and will provide a copy of such notification to the teacher.

ARTICLE XIII

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Section A

The Association shall appoint an Educational Development Committee which will consider the future development of curriculum, teaching methods, teaching materials, teaching facilities and all aspects of educational methodology intended to encourage improvement of the educational program. This committee will cooperate with the administration in the implementation of educational revisions and will periodically meet with the administration, except at meetings during budget sessions, and make recommendations to the Superintendent-Director. These recommendations will be submitted to the School Committee on a mutually agreed upon agenda.

Section B

A study committee consisting of three persons designated by the Association and three persons designated by the Committee shall be created during the term of this Agreement for the purpose of reviewing the evaluation procedure in effect for members of the bargaining unit. The Committee will meet periodically during the term of this Agreement, and any recommendations made by the study committee will be submitted to the Superintendent-Director and the School Committee, but shall be advisory only.

Section C

Proposed changes to the teachers  handbook will be given to the teachers prior to School Committee approval.

ARTICLE XIV

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Section A

The contract of an employee will not be terminated by the School Committee except for cause and in accordance with the provisions of the General Laws.

Section B

Teachers, in conjunction with students and parents, will provide for conferences when necessary at mutually agreeable times.

Section C

The Association and the Committee recognize that participation in and attendance at school-oriented programs outside of normal teaching hours are part of the duties of the professional teacher. Therefore, teachers may be required to attend monthly meetings after school. Agendas will be posted at least two (2) school days in advance of the meeting. In addition to these monthly meetings, teachers attendance at additional functions is necessary for efficient operation of the school. However, the parties recognize that attendance at all evening functions may not be possible, therefore, active participation to the fullest extend is encouraged and attendance at evening meetings other than one (1) Open House, which may be on a weekend, two (2) Parents' Nights and one (1) other night as may be requested by the Superintendent-Director shall be on a voluntary basis. In addition, it is strongly encouraged that all teachers attend graduation.

Section D

Flu shots shall be provided at the school without cost for those members of the staff who wish them, provided that the Superintendent-Director is able to secure the services of a qualified physician, or school nurse, to administer such shots at the school.

Section E

No teacher shall be obliged to obtain his/her own substitute. In the event no substitute can be found it is understood that the Superintendent or his designee, utilizing a pre-assigned rotation schedule, may assign teachers then having an administrative assigned period to class coverage. It is further understood that if it is necessary to utilize a teacher during his/her preparation and evaluation period, that such teacher shall not be required to surrender another preparation period within the next thirty (30) days. Teachers required to surrender a preparation period shall be compensated at a rate of pay of $13.50 (2008-2009) $13.91 (2009-2010) $14.33 (2010-2011) for each such period.

Section F

Teachers may be asked to collect or transmit money, such as, but not limited to, money for uniforms, books and supplies, materials or equipment damaged by students. However, teachers will not be held liable for monies collected or transmitted.

Section G

There shall be no dress code for teachers, however, teachers will be expected to dress in conformity with socially acceptable standards and in conformance to safety codes. Teachers are expected to dress in a way that is a credit to the teaching profession. Teachers must ensure proper dress at all times. Teachers are a role model for students-and their dress should reflect the professional role they fill. Vocational-Technical instructors shall dress in a manner reflective of the standards of their industry and in conformance with all safety and health codes. Academic instructors and office-based technical instructors shall dress in a manner reflective of the standards of professionals in an office setting.  This does not preclude the opportunity of dress down days when appropriate.

The Committee shall supply laboratory coats or uniforms (coveralls) to staff members (in positions agreed upon by the Committee and the Association) who request coats or uniforms subject to the following conditions:

a.  In order to receive a uniform or coat, a staff member must request one in writing prior to the end of the first week of the school year.

b. Staff members who request a uniform or coat are expected to wear the uniform or coat at appropriate times to the extent possible. Staff members who do not wear uniforms and coats will not be issued uniforms and coats in the future.

c.  Uniforms or coats will be supplied in duplicate once every three years.

d. Coats and uniforms which are worn out or destroyed may be turned in on a one-time basis for a replacement uniform or coat.

e.  Staff members are not entitled to replacements if their uniforms are lost, stolen or negligently destroyed unless they replace such uniforms at their own expense or unless excused by the Superintendent-Director in writing.

f.  The Committee may utilize the service of a rental supply company if it chooses.

Section H

Initial placement on the professional salary schedule step shall be based on the individual applicant's background and experience, as determined by the Superintendent-Director.

Section I

Employees covered by this Agreement who use their personal vehicles in the performance of official school business may do so only with the prior written approval, or at the request of the Superintendent-Director. Such authorized employees using their personal vehicles for school-related reasons shall be reimbursed for such mileage at the current IRS rate.

Section J REDUCTION IN STAFF AMONG TEACHERS IN THE BARGAINING UNIT

I.  General Statement of Policy

It is recognized that it may become necessary to eliminate certified staff positions in certain circumstances, such as a decrease in enrollment, a decrease in revenues, or for other reasons. It is hereby recognized that it is within the sole discretion of the School Committee to reduce the educational program and staff.

II.  Guidelines

When it becomes necessary to reduce the number of teachers, the Committee shall first determine and identify the area(s), position(s) or curriculum part(s), in which the reduction(s) shall take place. In determining the identity of teachers who shall thereafter be released, the following guidelines shall apply, except in unusual circumstances which the parties recognize may arise from time to time due to the character and needs of a vocational-technical institution.

1.     Retirements, resignations, non-renewals and terminations among the teaching staff will first be reviewed to determine if the staff is reduced in sufficient number in this manner to avoid further release of teachers.

2.     If additional teachers must be released, a review will be made of the performance and ability, as well as length of service as a member of the school's staff of the non-professional status teachers in the positions to be reduced, non-professional status teachers being those staff members duly elected by the Committee who have not yet received tenure under the General Laws.

3.     Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent-Director, and if in the judgment of the School Committee, compelling or specialized educational needs do not exist which require retention of a non-professional status teacher, teachers who have received professional status under the provisions of the General Laws shall not be released until all non-professional status teachers within the position(s) designated for reduction have first been released. If it becomes necessary to reduce the number of professional status teachers and if the performance and ability among professional status teachers in the area of reduction is substantially equivalent, the teacher having the longest length of service in the school system shall be given preference. However, where there is a difference in performance and ability as determined by the Committee, or where the Committee determines that specialized job requirements or needs exist, the more capable or skilled teacher shall be retained. Certification, academic degree status, and additional course (Graduate) credits shall also be considered where appropriate. Further, in cases of staff reduction caused by declining student enrollment, professional status teachers shall be permitted to displace non-professional status teachers in other positions in the school, provided that they are qualified and certified to fill the position.

III.  Policy Provisions Not Applicable To Promotions

Nothing herein shall be construed or interpreted to require the promotion of a teacher to a position of higher rank, authority or compensation.

IV.  Notification

The School Committee shall provide written notice to the employee(s) to be affected by any reduction in staff stating the reasons for said reduction as far in advance of the effective date of the reduction as is feasible under the circumstances but not later than June 15 preceding the start of a school year.

V.  Benefits

A.  An employee who has been separated due to reduction in force (RTF) may continue to participate in any group insurance program for the recall period specified in VI below, provided he/she pays the full cost of the program and provided, further, that the provisions of the appropriate group policy permit such continuation.

B.  Upon return from reduction (recall), an employee shall be granted any sick-leave benefits he/she had accrued up to the point of his/her termination.

VI.  Recall

A.  Any employee terminated pursuant to this article shall have recall rights to any position which becomes vacant and for which he/she is qualified for a period of one (1) calendar year and two (2) years after ten (10) cumulative years of service from the effective date of termination.

B.  In the event of recall, the employee shall be placed on the salary schedule at the level he/she had attained at the time of termination, unless the position which the recalled teacher fills specifically pays a lesser compensation.

C.  No new employee shall be hired into the bargaining unit while any teacher qualified and certified to fill a vacancy possesses recall rights and wishes to fill said vacancy. The effective date of such qualification and certification will be determined in accordance with subdivision D below.

D.  If a teaching position within the bargaining unit becomes open during such period and a teacher on the reappointment list is certified and qualified to hold that position, then the teacher will be notified in writing by registered mail, sent to the teacher's last address appearing on Committee records, prior to the anticipated date of reemployment Any teacher so notified must accept or reject any offer of appointment in writing within six (6) days after receipt of the notification and in no event later than eight (8) days after the notification is sent If such teacher rejects any appointment offered or does not respond in writing within the eight-day period according to this procedure, the teacher's name will be removed from the possible reappointment list, and he/she shall forfeit all such recall rights. Teachers shall be recalled in their inverse order of termination, to positions for which they are certified and qualified, unless, in the judgment of the School Committee, compelling or specialized educational needs or skills are present which justify departure from inverse recall. Such qualification and certification referred to in this section will be determined as of the effective date of the teacher's separation, provided that any teacher who obtains additional qualification(s) and certification(s) during the one-year period set forth in subdivision A above will be offered appointment in this new area if:

1.  The teacher submits satisfactory proof of new qualification(s) and certification(s) to the Committee, and

2.  Every teacher who had certification and qualification for this position as of the effective date of his/her separation has rejected or failed to respond to an offer of appointment

E.      During the period in which they are subject to recall, professional status teachers shall be given preference on the substitute list if they so request in writing.

Section K

Staff members involved in vocational programs outside of school facilities for educational purposes may be required to transport students. If such transportation occurs in vehicles that require Class II Licenses, staff members shall:

1.   Not be required to pay for the cost of obtaining a Class II license for this purpose.

2.   Not be required to drive vehicles that are larger than the present District-owned minibuses (16 seats or less).

3.      Not be subject to dismissal solely because of the loss of their driver's license or because they are unable to drive due to a physical condition except as noted in 8 below.

4.      Be covered by the Committee's umbrella liability insurance policy.

5.      Continue to receive their 30-minute duty-free lunch period.

6.      Be reimbursed for the cost of a physical examination if required or, at the School Committee's option, take a physical examination by the School Committee's physician at no cost.

7.   Take an eight (8) hour refresher course on their own time as a group at the Committee's expense.

8.   The failure of a staff member to exert a reasonable effort to obtain and/or retain such a license shall be grounds for disciplinary action.

Section L - Safety and Health

The Employer shall provide a safe and healthful working environment. Employees shall not be subjected to unsafe or hazardous conditions in the course of their employment or be required to perform tasks that endanger their or their student's health, safety or well being.

The Employer and the Association shall form a Safety & Health Committee. It shall be comprised of members representing teachers, maintenance personnel, administration, students and other stake holders as deemed appropriate to the Monty Tech community. The committee shall forward recommendations regarding Safety & Health issues to the Superintendent-Director.

ACTICLE XV

TEACHING HOURS AND LOAD

Section A

When required, changes in the scheduling of the school day shall be made by the Superintendent-Director as he/she deems necessary in light of current conditions. Except in emergencies as determined by the Superintendent-Director, teachers will be consulted concerning any schedule changes in the school day.

Section B

No teacher will be required to teach outside the areas for which he or she is qualified by experience and professional training, as determined by the Superintendent-Director.

Section C

Each academic/special education teacher shall have one period each day for the preparation and evaluations of curricula, one period for work correlation, conferences, or assignments made by the Superintendent-Director or his/her designee and one period for assignments under the Common Learning Period (one semester or week) and teaching assignment (one semester or week).

Examples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common

 

 

 

Instructional

 

 

Admin. Prep

Learning

 

 

 

Periods

Prep Periods

Periods

Periods

Total

Teacher

Week

Week

Week

Week

Week

Week

Week

Week

Week

Week

 

A

B

A

B

A

B

A

B

A

B

A

6

7

1

1

1

1

1

0

9

9

B 1st Semester

7

7

1

1

1

1

0

0

9

9

B 2nd Semester

6

6

1

1

1

1

1

1

9

9

C

7

6

1

1

1

1

0

1

9

9

During the term of this Agreement, each shop-related teacher will have one period or its equivalent per day for preparation as scheduled by the Superintendent-Director.

Within the bounds of good educational practice a reasonable effort will be made to schedule the preparation period for teachers with known Monty Tech coaching duties during the last period of the day.

Section D

The scheduled work day for professional staff members shall be from 7:45 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Professional staff members shall report ten (10) minutes prior to start of and remain ten (10) minutes after their scheduled workday. The ten (10) minute period after school shall be waived on Fridays, days preceding holidays or vacations, or if otherwise excused by the Superintendent-Director.

1.   Every subject area or shop for which there are three or more teachers must be covered by at least one teacher from that area or shop until 3:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. In any event, every teacher must remain after school until 3:15 p.m., one of the three days, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, to be available to students. Except as noted in Section 4 below, on other days teachers must remain until 2:50 p.m.

2.   No two teachers from the same subject area or shop may stay on the same afternoon unless that subject area or shop is fully covered on the other two days of the week or unless permitted in writing by the Superintendent-Director.

3.   For each school year, the Superintendent-Director or his/her designee will develop a schedule that conforms with these provisions. A copy of this schedule will be posted in each shop/classroom.

4.   This section shall not apply to ancillary responsibilities such as bus duty or after-school teacher meetings such as on Tuesdays.

Section E

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 80 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, all teachers shall be granted a thirty (30) minute duty-free lunch period each work day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Section F

While recognizing the broad spectrum of circumstances which may prevent the achievement of their goal, the Committee and the Association recognize that a teacher's primary responsibility is to teach and that the main focus of his/her energies and professional assignment should be in actual classroom/student instruction.

Section G

The Committee shall not require of teachers the covering of administrative detention halls.

Section H

With the exception of teachers new to the Montachusett Regional School District, the work year of previously employed classroom teachers covered by this Agreement will begin no earlier than the week beginning August 25, and terminate no later than June 30th, and shall be one hundred eighty-eight (188) days, of which one hundred eighty (180) days will be scheduled teaching days, unless the State Board of Education shall require greater time, five (5) days shall be scheduled for snow days or emergencies, and three (3) other days. The five (5) days scheduled for snow or emergencies, if not utilized for that purpose, shall be rescinded. The school year shall consist of one-hundred eighty-three (183) days. All references to the amount of school days shall reference this article and section.

Section I

On the day preceding Thanksgiving school shall be in session one-half (1/2) day.

Section J

Up to three (3) days for Professional Development shall be added to teacher school calendar, commencing with the 1999-2000 school year. These professional days will be identified on the school calendar as approved by the School Committee and shall not occur during scheduled school year vacations. It is not the intent to schedule professional days on Saturdays, Sundays, evenings or holidays.

Teachers will be compensated $150 per day. Teachers excused from participation by the Superintendent-Director will not be paid. In cases of unexcused absence, teachers will not be paid and in addition, a deduction from the teacher's salary will also be made at a rate of $150 per day.

Professional Development days will include participation in industry sponsored programs as approved by the Superintendent-Director.

ARTICLE XVI

CLASS SIZE AND GUIDANCE COUNSELORS

Section A

The parties recognize that the size of classes is an important factor in the quality of education afforded students, in the efficient and effective use of available space, personnel, and learning equipment and in achieving the goal of educational excellence.

Section B

1.   The School Committee shall attempt to maintain a student/counselor ratio no higher than two hundred fifty to one (250/1).

2.   Consistent with the physical limitations of the existing plant and available funds, the School Committee will make every reasonable effort to insure the following:

Each counselor shall be provided with his/her own individual office.

3 A . The Superintendent-Director shall be entitled to require the attendance of Guidance Counselors for a period of up to twenty (20) school days beyond the scheduled school year though this shall not be construed as a guarantee thereof. The Superintendent-Director shall schedule such days after consultation with the Guidance Counselors. Guidance Counselors so employed shall be compensated at the daily rate of 1/183 of their regular annual salary.

B.   The Superintendent-Director, for Special Education purposes, shall be entitled to require the attendance of one (1) or more Special Needs teacher for a combined total of ten (10) teacher days beyond the scheduled school year though this shall not be construed as a guarantee thereof. It is further understood that no one teacher will be required to attend more than two (2) of said days but may volunteer to exceed this number and shall be compensated at the daily rate of 1/183 for all days attended.

Such days will be offered on a voluntary basis to all Special Needs staff. After consultation with the Special Needs Staff, the Superintendent-Director will schedule such days at mutually agreed upon times and for mutually agreed upon duties. If necessary, an equitable distribution of days will be developed

ARTICLE XVII

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

Section A

Teachers shall be reimbursed for a maximum of six (6) credits per contract year (except as noted in #3 below) for courses taken in their educational fields provided:

1.   That such courses are specific to an approved degree program, Vocational Certification, or individual courses submitted to and approved by the Superintendent-Director prior to the beginning of any such course. The teacher shall be notified in writing of approval or denial as early as possible but not later than three working days prior to the close of registration for such course, provided the request is submitted at least six working days prior to the close of registration for such course and such request is accompanied with all appropriate backup material.

2.   That such courses are taken at an accredited college or university or a recognized professional training school.

3.   During an individual's first five years of employment up to nine (9) credits per contract year may be taken to fulfill certification requirements for vocational instructors or for the attainment of a master's degree for academic instructors.

4.   Further, six (6) earned credits shall be interpreted for vocationally approved teachers to be equal to one hundred fifty (150) hours of approved seminar/workshops or paid/non-paid new on-the-job experience.

Payment shall be made upon evidence of successful completion of the course with a minimum grade of C or Pass (in a Pass/Fail Course) for undergraduate courses and B or Pass (in a Pass/Fail Course) for graduate courses. Reimbursement shall be one hundred percent up to the current Fitchburg State College rate (Note: C in graduate course shall not be refunded).

Teachers shall be reimbursed for 50 percent of required out-of-pocket expenses actually incurred in conjunction with courses for which tuition refund is approved as above limited to required library fees, laboratory fees, and required course registration fees.

Section B

1.    Teachers attending conferences, workshops, seminars or other professional improvement sessions at the written request of the Superintendent-Director shall receive 100 percent of the reasonable costs incurred thereby, including fees, lodging and/or transportation costs provided, however, that they may be required to substantiate such costs by appropriate documentation. No reimbursement shall be permitted for alcoholic beverages.

2.    Teachers attending conferences, workshops, seminars or other professional improvement sessions with the prior written approval of the Superintendent-Director shall receive a 50 percent refund of the attendance fee or similar cost Teachers may be required to substantiate such costs as necessary by appropriate documentation. The teacher shall be notified in writing of approval or denial not later than the day prior to the requested attendance, provided such request is made three (3) days prior to the workshop, seminar or other professional improvement session.

3.    Reimbursement for travel will be at the current IRS rate. These limits apply to both subsections 1 and 2 above of this section.

Section C

Each Staff member shall be required to obtain three (3) earned credits, or approved professional development, within each five (5) year period, starting September, 2002, provided that such credits are earned pursuant to the completion of courses which satisfy the requirements of Section Al, A2 and A4 above or courses required for certification. It is understood that additional courses may be required of any staff member receiving a majority of unsatisfactory rating(s) in any of the 8 major category areas on his/her performance evaluation. It is further understood that the requirement of a staff member to participate in specific course work as defined in this section must be agreed to by the Superintendent-Director.

Section D

Teachers who have completed the qualifications for advancement to the next column in the salary matrix must make application for said advancement to the Superintendent-Director within thirty (30) days of such completion or will forfeit such advancement for one (1) calendar year.

Teachers entering the system who feel they were not placed appropriately in the salary matrix will either accept the placement or must file a grievance within sixty (60) days of initial hire. The placement thus determined will not be grievable in the future.

Lateral movement on the salary schedule will be accorded to teachers for courses taken in their educational field or courses that will enhance the teachers ability to serve students at Monty Tech provided that:

a)      Prior approval for course to be taken has been obtained from the Superintendent-Director.

b)      Courses are taken at an accredited college, university or professional training institute with earned credits which are transferable to other accredited colleges, universities or professional training institutes and

c)      Teachers present evidence of successful completion with a minimum grade of C or passed for undergraduate courses or B or passed for graduate courses.

Section E

The School Committee shall offer all teachers the opportunity for professional development sufficient to meet state standards for re-certification and at no cost to the teacher.

Section F

All fees required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to maintain or renew professional teaching certificate or license shall be paid in full by the School District, provided all activities (courses, PDPs, self-directed, etc.) used for recertification have been approved by the Superintendent-Director

Section G

Professional development shall be part of the evaluation process. Failure to meet the professional development requirements of the Department of Education and/or the contract shall be cause for dismissal.

ARTICLE XVIII

INSURANCE

Section A

The Committee, pursuant to Chapter 150 of the Acts of 1962, shall assume 3/4 of the cost of a life insurance policy. The value of the policy shall be equal to the base salary of the employee, rounded to the nearest thousand or $50,000, whichever is less.

Section B

The Committee shall assume 3/4 of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield or other comparable insurance plan approved by the School Committee for coverage for employees, including master medical coverage approved by the Committee during 1974. The Committee shall assume 50% of the dental plan. The Committee shall assume 85% of the HMO insurance plans for current employees. For all new employees, hired after July 1, 2008, the Committee shall assume 75% of the HMO insurance plans.

Section C

The Committee shall provide Workmen's Compensation as specified in Chapter 152 of the General Laws.

Section D

The District shall pay $43.00 of the premium on a $l,000,000/$3,000,000 professional liability policy for Allied Health Instructors who elect such coverage.

Section E

The District shall pay seventy-five (75%) percent of medical insurance for members retiring on or after September 1, 1998.

ARTICLE XIX

SEPARATION PAY

Section A

For members maintaining separation pay benefit as delineated in Article VI section B7, upon notification of retirement, one year in advance from the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, salary adjustment for final year before retirement will be: A credit of .0012 over and above a teacher's scheduled salary shall be granted and shall constitute regular compensation for his/her final year of service before retirement for every day of attendance in excess of 168 days in each regular ten-month year of service to the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School System. If the number of days worked in any given ten-month year of service is less than 168 days, these days shall be deducted from the total number of days credited. Days off for educator's conference, visiting days, or other days allowed by the Superintendent-Director shall be considered as days in school. Sick leave, personal days, bereavement leave, jury duty (as limited below) and any unauthorized absences are not considered days of service. Jury duty of one (1) day will be counted as a day of attendance for purposes of accruing separation days. Absences of more than one day will not count as days of attendance for purposes of accruing separation days, except when jury duty is for sixteen (16) days or more. In those instances, the last fifteen (15) days of jury duty shall count as days of attendance for purposes of accruing separation days..

The intent is that current employees shall be credited with the number of attendance days as documented in August, 1997 and this amount shall be held harmless from any and all reductions for any reason. After September 1, 1997, days taken which reduce the number of days worked below one hundred sixty-eight (168) shall be deducted from the total number of days accrued from August 1997 and after.

The above separation pay will be paid to a surviving spouse or other beneficiary in the event of death of the employee, provided notice has been submitted of his/her intent to retire one year in advance from the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.

Section B

The Superintendent-Director shall provide by September 30 of each school year, or as circumstances permit, a written notice of the number of accumulated separation days as of June 30 of that same year.

ARTICLE XX

POSTING OF PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Section A

Whenever any vacancy in a professional position which the Committee intends to fill occurs during the school year, it will be adequately publicized by the Superintendent-Director by means of a notice placed on the Association bulletin board and a copy of same sent to the President of the Association. Adequate publication shall mean that the notice of the vacancy shall be posted at least five (5) consecutive school days prior to the filling of the position. A second bulletin board will be placed in the school at a point other than the original Association bulletin board on which a notice will also be posted.

Section B

During the months of July and August, written notice of any such vacancy will be given to the Association President (Teachers who wish individual notice may leave stamped, self-addressed envelopes with the Superintendent-Director.)

Section C

In notices for job vacancy, the notice shall set forth the qualifications for the position, its duties and the rate of compensation.

Section D

When, in judgment of the Superintendent-Director, the qualifications of applicants for the publicized vacancy are equal, preference will be given to the teacher already employed by the system.

Section E

The qualifications set forth for a particular position shall not be changed when such future vacancy occurs unless the Association has been notified in advance of such change.

ARTICLE XXI

CONTINUITY OF EMPLOYMENT

The Montachusett Regional Teachers' Association agrees, pursuant to Chapter 150E, Section 9A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, that it shall be unlawful for any employee to engage in, induce, or encourage any strike, work stoppage, slowdown, or withholding of services by such employees.

ARTICLE XXII

ASSOCIATION PRIVILEGES

Section A

The Association will be granted one-half (1/2) school day once a year for two (2) delegates of the Association to attend the MTA annual convention without loss of salary or charge to sick or personal leave. Attendance at other professional meetings may be granted at the discretion of the Superintendent-Director.

Section B

The Association will have the privilege of using school buildings at reasonable times for business meetings provided such use places no additional financial cost on the School Committee. The regular procedure for application for use of school buildings, as required of other public groups in the community, must be followed; and subject to schedule availability, the Superintendent-Director and/or the Assistant Superintendent-Director shall make arrangements for such Association use of school facilities.

Section C

The official agenda of School Committee meetings and copies of minutes of official Committee meetings will be made available at the office of the Superintendent-Director as soon as practicable.

Section D Association Business

The MRTA President or one representative (and testifying witnesses if necessary) and the aggrieved party called to participate in a grievance meeting, an arbitration meeting or a hearing before the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, shall be excused from his or her teaching duties for the purpose of attending said meeting or hearing without loss of pay.

ARTICLE XXIII

SUMMER WORKSHOPS AND EVENING SCHOOL

Section A

All summer workshops and evening school will be voluntary.

Section B

When two or more teachers who have, in the judgment of the Superintendent-Director, substantially similar qualifications, are seeking positions on the evening school faculty and one of them is regularly employed on the day faculty and the other(s) on the night faculty of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, the teacher regularly employed on the day faculty shall be granted the position. The summer school rates shall be $28.62 per hour for the 2008-2009 school year, $29.48 per hour for the 2009-2010 school year and $30.36 per hour for the 2010-2011 school year. Evening school and after school rates shall be at the discretion of the Superintendent-Director.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to require the appointment of day faculty members to evening school positions outside of academic and shop subjects taught during the regular school day.

ARTICLE XXIV

EFFECT OF AGREEMENT

Section A

This Agreement contains the full and complete agreement between the Committee and the Association on all bargainable issues and supersedes all prior understandings, practices, procedures, and policies for the employees covered by this Agreement, whether oral or written.

Section B

The parties further acknowledge that, during the negotiations which resulted in this Agreement, each had the unlimited right and opportunity to make demands with respect to any subject matter not removed by law from the area of collective bargaining, and that the understanding and agreements arrived at by the parties, after the exercise of that right and opportunity, are set forth in this Agreement Therefore, the Committee and the Association, for the life of this Agreement, each voluntarily and unqualifiedly waives the right and each agrees that the other shall not be obligated to bargain collectively with respect to the subject matter not specifically referred to, or covered in, this Agreement even though such subject or matters may not have been within the knowledge or contemplations of either or both parties at the time that they negotiated or signed this Agreement.

Section C

No provision of this Agreement shall be retroactive to the effective date unless otherwise specifically stated below:

1.    Salary

2.    Course reimbursement.

Section D

If any provision of this Agreement or any application thereof shall be found contrary to law, then such provision or application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting, except to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications will continue in full force and effect.

ARTICLE XXV

DURATION

The terms of this contract shall be in effect from September 1, 2008 through August 31, 2011, except as otherwise indicated.  The contract, including Appendix "A" through Appendix "D" automatically renews itself for periods of one (1) year thereafter unless either party notifies the other in writing by September 15 of the academic year prior to expiration that it wishes to open negotiations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereunto set their hands this _____________________day of  ____________________, 2008.

MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL                     MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL

VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL         TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION

DISTRICT COMMITTEE

Chairperson

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INDEX

 

longevity, 7

administrative period, 17, 22

longevity bonus, 8

after school coverage, 23

lunch period, 23

agency service fee, 5

 

annual increments, 7

medical insurance, 28

arbitration, 4

mentor teachers, 9

assault, 16

merit pay, 9

association privileges, 30

mileage reimbursement, 19, 26

 

monthly meetings, 17

bereavement leave, 15

 

 

observations, 10

class II license, 21

 

common learning period, 22

payroll deduction, 5

conference

personal leave, 11

professional improvement, 26

preparation period, 17, 22

student-parent, 17

 

 

right to representation, 3,4

direct deposit, 6

 

dress code, 18

scheduled work day, 23

 

sick leave, 10

evening functions, 17

buy back, 12

extended sick leave, 11

special needs extra days, 25

 

surviving spouse, 8, 29

fees, 27

 

flu shots, 17

teachers' handbook, 17

 

transport of students, 21

grievance, 2

 

guidance counselors extra days, 25

uniforms, 18

 

unit, 1

laboratory coats, 18

 

lateral movement, 7, 27

work year, 24

leave of absence, 12

workmen's compensation, 16, 28

life insurance, 27

 

 

Appendix A1

Professional Salary Schedule   2008-2009

Vocational

CERT

CERT + 15

CERT + 30

CERT + 45

CERT + 60

CERT + 90

BS

Masters

Academic

BS

BS + 15

BS + 30

Masters or

M + 15

M + 30

M + 45

CAGS

 

 

 

 

BS + 45

 

 

 

 

Step

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

1

38979

40023

41061

42103

42619

43396

44180

45739

2

40532

41576

42613

43658

44174

44949

45735

47293

3

42085

43131

44167

45209

45726

46505

47288

48848

4

45599

46644

47681

48726

49241

50020

50805

52990

5

47557

48596

49636

50676

51197

51976

52758

54319

6

49110

50152

51190

52231

52750

53531

54313

55873

7

51063

52106

53145

54186

54703

55484

56268

57826

8

52619

53659

54700

55741

56259

57038

57819

59380

9

54569

55612

56650

57691

58210

58992

59772

61333

10

56123

57163

58203

59243

59764

60543

61326

62885

11

58077

59121

60159

61202

61718

62498

63283

64841

12

59627

60671

61707

62754

63269

64047

64832

66391

13

61588

62629

63668

64710

65227

66007

66790

68351

14

64700

65742

66780

67822

68341

69122

69904

71462

15

65875

66915

67951

68992

70423

71206

71987

73546

16

 

 

 

 

71595

72375

73160

74718

 

The Superintendent-Director may annually appoint Department Liasons with a stipend of:    1,520

Appendix A2

Professional Salary Schedule   2009-2010

Vocational

CERT

CERT+15

CERT + 30

CERT + 45

CERT + 60

CERT + 90

BS

Masters

Academic

BS

BS + 15

BS + 30

Masters or

M + 15

M + 30

M+45

CAGS

 

 

 

 

BS + 45

 

 

 

 

Step

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

1

40148

41224

42293

43366

43898

44698

45505

47111

2

41748

42823

43891

44968

45499

46297

47107

48712

3

43348

44425

45492

46565

47098

47900

48707

50313

4

46967

48043

49111

50188

50718

51521

52329

54580

5

48984

50054

51125

52196

52733

53535

54341

55949

6

50583

51657

52726

53798

54333

55137

55942

57549

7

52595

53669

54739

55812

56344

57149

57956

59561

8

54198

55269

56341

57413

57947

58749

59554

61161

9

56206

57280

58350

59422

59956

60762

61565

63173

10

57807

58878

59949

61020

61557

62359

63166

64772

11

59819

60895

61964

63038

63570

64373

65181

66786

12

61416

62491

63558

64637

65167

65968

66777

68383

13

63436

64508

65578

66651

67184

67987

68794

70402

14

66641

67714

68783

69857

70391

71196

72001

73606

15

67851

68922

69990

71062

72536

73342

74147

75752

16

 

 

 

 

73743

74546

75355

76960

 

The Superintendent-Director may annually appoint Department Liasons with a stipend of:    1,566

Appendix A3

Professional Salary Schedule   2010-2011

Vocational

CERT

CERT + 15

CERT + 30

CERT + 45

CERT + 60

CERT + 90

BS

Masters

Academic

BS

BS + 15

BS + 30

Masters or

M + 15

M + 30

M + 45

CAGS

 

 

 

 

BS + 45

 

 

 

 

Step

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

1

41352

42461

43562

44667

45215

46039

46870

48524

2

43000

44108

45208

46317

46864

47686

48520

50173

3

44648

45758

46857

47962

48511

49337

50168

51822

4

48376

49484

50584

51694

52240

53067

53899

56217

5

50454

51556

52659

53762

54315

55141

55971

57627

6

52100

53207

54308

55412

55963

56791

57620

59275

7

54173

55279

56381

57486

58034

58863

59695

61348

8

55824

56927

58031

59135

59685

60511

61341

62996

9

57892

58998

60101

61205

61755

62585

63412

65068

10

59541

60644

61747

62851

63404

64230

65061

66715

11

61614

62722

63823

64929

65477

66304

67136

68790

12

63258

64366

65465

66576

67122

67947

68780

70434

13

65339

66443

67545

68651

69200

70027

70858

72514

14

68640

69745

70846

71953

72503

73332

74161

75814

15

69887

70990

72090

73194

74712

75542

76371

78025

16

 

 

 

 

75955

76782

77616

79269

 

The Superintendent-Director may annually appoint Department Liasons with a stipend of: 1,613

Appendix B1

COACHING SALARIES

2008-2009

Initial Placement of coaches at the time of hire will be by the Superintendent -

Director on recommendation of the Athletic Director with approval of the School Committee

 

 

 

1-4

5-9

10-14

15-19

20-24

 

 

 

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football

(Head)

(V)

5,087

5,478

5,944

6,493

7,041

Football

(Assistant)

(V)

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Football

(Assistant)

(V)

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Football

(Assistant)

(JV)

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Football

(Assistant)

(JV)

2,974

3,522

3,989

4,380

4,771

Football

(Assistant)

(F)

2,974

3,522

3,989

4,380

4,771

Boys Soccer

 

(V)

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Soccer

 

(JV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Girls Soccer

 

(V)

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Girls Soccer

 

(JV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

X-Country

(Head)

(BV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

X-Country

(Assistant)

 

1,956

2,346

2,739

3,128

3,522

Field Hockey

(Head)

(V)

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Field Hockey

 

(JV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Girls Volleyball

 

 

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Girls Volleyball

 

(JV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Golf

 

 

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Golf

(Assistant)

 

1,956

2,346

2,739

3,128

3,522

Cheering

 

(V)

1,839

2,190

2,543

2,739

3,128

Cheering

 

(JV)

1,487

1,799

2,186

2,346

2,660

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Basketball

 

(V)

3,989

4,696

5,046

5,438

5,789

Boys Basketball

 

(JV)

2,974

3,522

3,989

4,380

4,771

Boys Basketball

 

(F)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Girls Basketball

 

(V)

3,989

4,696

5,046

5,438

5,789

Girls Basketball

 

(JV)

2,974

3,522

3,989

4,380

4,771

Girls Basketball

 

(F)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Ice Hockey

(Head)

 

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Ice Hockey

(Assistant)

 

2,346

2,817

3,206

3,599

3,989

Wrestling

(Head)

 

3,989

4,696

5,046

5,438

5,789

Wresting

(Assistant)

 

2,974

3,522

3,989

4,380

4,771

Cheering

 

(V)

1,839

2,190

2,543

2,739

3,128

Cheering

 

(JV)

1,487

1,799

2,190

2,346

2,660

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball

 

(V)

3,599

4,067

4,538

5,006

5,478

Baseball

 

(JV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Baseball

 

(F)

1,956

2,346

2,739

3,128

3,522

Softball

 

(V)

3,599

4,067

4,538

5,006

5,478

Softball

 

(JV)

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Track & Field

(Head)

 

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Track & Field

(Assistant)

 

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Track & Field

(Assistant)

 

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Girls Track & Field

 

 

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Boys Volleyball

 

 

3,287

3,754

4,223

4,696

5,243

Tennis

 

 

2,505

2,896

3,287

3,754

4,223

Athletic Director

 

 

7,199

7,824

8,292

8,842

9,738

Appendix B2

COACHING SALARIES

2009-2010

Initial Placement of coaches at the time of hire will be by the Superintendent -

Director on recommendation of the Athletic Director with approval of the School Committee

 

 

 

1-4

5-9

10-14

15-19

20-24

 

 

 

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football

(Head)

(V)

5,240

5,642

6,122

6,688

7,252

Football

(Assistant)

(V)

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Football

(Assistant)

(V)

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Football

(Assistant)

(JV)

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Football

(Assistant)

(JV)

3,063

3,628

4,109

4,511

4,914

Football

(Assistant)

(F)

3,063

3,628

4,109

4,511

4,914

Boys Soccer

 

(V)

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Soccer

 

(JV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Girls Soccer

 

(V)

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Girls Soccer

 

(JV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

X-Country

(Head)

(BV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

X-Country

(Assistant)

 

2,015

2,416

2,821

3,222

3,628

Field Hockey

(Head)

(V)

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Field Hockey

 

(JV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Girls Volleyball

 

 

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Girls Volleyball

 

(JV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Golf

 

 

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Golf

(Assistant)

 

2,015

2,416

2,821

3,222

3,628

Cheering

 

(V)

1,894

2,256

2,619

2,821

3,222

Cheering

 

(JV)

1,532

1,853

2,252

2,416

2,740

Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Basketball

 

(V)

4,109

4,837

5,197

5,601

5,963

Boys Basketball

 

(JV)

3,063

3,628

4,109

4,511

4,914

Boys Basketball

 

(F)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Girls Basketball

 

(V)

4,109

4,837

5,197

5,601

5,963

Girls Basketball

 

(JV)

3,063

3,628

4,109

4,511

4,914

Girls Basketball

 

(F)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Ice Hockey

(Head)

 

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Ice Hockey

(Assistant)

 

2,416

2,902

3,302

3,707

4,109

Wrestling

(Head)

 

4,109

4,837

5,197

5,601

5,963

Wresting

(Assistant)

 

3,063

3,628

4,109

4,511

4,914

Cheering

 

(V)

1,894

2,256

2,619

2,821

3,222

Cheering

 

(JV)

1,532

1,853

2,256

2,416

2,740

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball

 

(V)

3,707

4,189

4,674

5,156

5,642

Baseball

 

(JV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Baseball

 

(F)

2,015

2,416

2,821

3,222

3,628

Softball

 

(V)

3,707

4,189

4,674

5,156

5,642

Softball

 

(JV)

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Track & Field

(Head)

 

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Track & Field

(Assistant)

 

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Track & Field

(Assistant)

 

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Girls Track & Field

 

 

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Boys Volleyball

 

 

3,386

3,867

4,350

4,837

5,400

Tennis

 

 

2,580

2,983

3,386

3,867

4,350

Athletic Director

 

 

7,415|

8,059

8,541

9,107

10,030

Appendix B3

COACHING SALARIES

2010-2011

Initial Placement of coaches at the time of hire will be by the Superintendent -

Director on recommendation of the Athletic Director with approval of the School Committee

 

 

 

1-4

5-9

10-14

15-19

20-24

 

 

 

(A)

(B)

(C)

(D)

(E)

Fall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football

(Head)

(V)

5,397

5,811

6,306

6,889

7,470

Football

(Assistant)

(V)

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Football

(Assistant)

(V)

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Football

(Assistant)

(JV)

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Football

(Assistant)

(JV)

3,155

3,737

4,232

4,646

5,061

Football

(Assistant)

(F)

3,155

3,737

4,232

4,646

5,061

Boys Soccer

 

(V)

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Soccer

 

(JV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Girls Soccer

 

(V)

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Girls Soccer

 

(JV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

X-Country

(Head)

(BV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

X-Country

(Assistant)

 

2,075

2,488

2,906

3,319

3,737

Field Hockey

(Head)

(V)

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Field Hockey

 

(JV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Girls Volleyball

 

 

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Girls Volleyball

 

(JV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Golf

 

 

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Golf

(Assistant)

 

2,075

2,488

2,906

3,319

3,737

Cheering

 

(V)

1,951

2,324

2,698

2,906

3,319

Cheering

 

(JV)

1,578

1,909

2,320

2,488

2,822

Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Basketball

 

(V)

4,232

4,982

5,353

5,769

6,142

Boys Basketball

 

(JV)

3,155

3,737

4,232

4,646

5.061

Boys Basketball

 

(F)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Girls Basketball

 

(V)

4,232

4,982

5,353

5,769

6,142

Girls Basketball

 

(JV)

3,155

3,737

4,232

4,646

5,061

Girls Basketball

 

(F)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Ice Hockey

(Head)

 

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Ice Hockey

(Assistant)

 

2,488

2,989

3,401

3,818

4,232

Wrestling

(Head)

 

4,232

4,982

5,353

5,769

6,142

Wresting

(Assistant)

 

3,155

3,737

4,232

4,646

5,061

Cheering

 

(V)

1,951

2,324

2,698

2,906

3,319

Cheering

 

(JV)

1,578

1,909

2,324

2,488

2,822

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball

 

(V)

3,818

4,315

4,814

5,311

5,811

Baseball

 

(JV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Baseball

 

(F)

2,075

2,488

2,906

3,319

3,737

Softball

 

(V)

3,818

4,315

4,814

5,311

5,811

Softball

 

(JV)

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Track & Field

(Head)

 

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Track & Field

(Assistant)

 

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Track & Field

(Assistant)

 

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Girls Track & Field

 

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Boys Volleyball

 

 

3,488

3,983

4,481

4,982

5,562

Tennis

 

 

2,657

3,072

3,488

3,983

4,481

Athletic Director

 

 

7,637

8,301

8,797

9,380

10,331

Appendix C1

Extra-Curricular Activities

2008-2009

Yearbook         Advisor

2,366

Assistant

1,588

1/2 Assistant

793

Student Counci Advisor

1,936

Student Advisory to Sch Comm

1,417

Senior Class     Co - Advisors

1,845

Junior Class     Co - Advisors

1,673

Sophomore Cla Co - Advisors

1,417

Freshman Clas: Co - Advisors

1,417

V I C A             Co - Advisors

1,954

Student Activity &

 

Student Fund Treasurer

3,409

National Honor Society

1,500

S A D D           Advisor

1,417

School Newspa Advisor

1,417

 

 

 

Director

Assistant(s)

(if needed)

Total

Drama

3 Act Play

 

 

 

 

 

2 or more act Musical

2,419

1,207

403 *

3,627

 

2-Act Play

1,613

808

270 *

2,421

 

1-Act Play

808 **

 

 

3,230

Drama Club Advisor

 

403

 

 

403

Other Productions

 

270

 

 

810

 

 

 

 

 

10,491

* may be paid to the director if no assistant is hired, and is approved by the Superintendent-Director

**(for each director) could be up to four (4) plays, ie - competitive plays with four directors Procedure for initiating new activities.

1  A proposal for the new activity will be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director / Principal

2  The Assistant Director / Principal will organize a meeting between himself/herself, the prospective advisor, the Student Activity Chairman, the Superintendent - Director or designee, and the chairman of the P R & R Committee or his/her designee to discuss the feasibility and salary of said activity.

3  The School Committee retains the right to approve said activity and proposed salary.

Appendix C2

Extra-Curricular Activities

2009-2010

Yearbook         Advisor

2,437

Assistant

1,636

1/2 Assistant

817

Student Counci Advisor

1,994

Student Advisory to Sch Comm

1,460

Senior Class    Co - Advisors

1,900

Junior Class     Co - Advisors

1,723

Sophomore Cla Co - Advisors

1,460

Freshman Gas Co - Advisors

1,460

VI C A             Co - Advisors Student Activity &

2,013

Student Fund Treasurer

3,511

National Honor Society

1,545

S A D D           Advisor

1,460

School Newpap Advisor

1,460

 

 

 

Director

Assistant(s)

(if neede)

Total

Drama

3 Act Play

 

 

 

 

 

2 or more act Musical

2,492

1,243

415 *

3,735

 

2-Act Play

1,661

832

278  *

2,493

 

1-Act Play

832**

 

 

3,328

Drama Club Advisor

 

415

 

 

415

Other Productions

 

278

 

 

834

 

 

 

 

 

10,805

* may be paid to the director if no assistant is hired, and is approved by the Superintendent-Director

** (for each director) could be up to four (4) plays, ie - competitive plays with four directors

Procedure for initiating new activities.

1  A proposal for the new activity will be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director / Principal

2  The Assistant Director / Principal will organize a meeting between himself/herself, the prospective advisor, the Student Activity Chairman, the Superintendent - Director or designee, and the chairman of the P R & R Committee or his/her designee to discuss the feasibility and salary of said activity.

3  The School Committee retains the right to approve said activity and proposed salary.

Appendix C3

Extra-Curricular Activities

2010-2011

Yearbook         Advisor

2,510

Assistant

1,685

1/2 Assistant

842

Student Counci Advisor

2,054

Student Advisory to Sch Comm

1,504

Senior Class -   Co - Advisors

1,957

Junior Class     Co - Advisors

1,775

Sophomore Cla Co - Advisors

1,504

Freshman Clas Co - Advisors

1,504

VICA             Co - Advisors

2,073

Student Activity &

 

Student Fund Treasurer

3,616

National Honor Society

1,591

SADD            Advisor

1,504

School Newspa Advisor

1,504

 

 

 

Director

Assistant(s)

(if needed)

Total

Drama

3 Act Play

 

 

 

 

 

2 or more act Musical

2,567

1,280

427 *

3,847

 

2-Act Play

1,711

857

286 *

2,568

 

1-Act Play

857 **

 

 

3,428

Drama Club Advisor

 

427

 

 

427

Other Productions'

 

286

 

 

858

 

 

 

 

 

11,128

* may be paid to the director if no assistant is hired, and is approved by the Superintendent-Director

**(for each director) could be up to four (4) plays, ie - competitive plays with four directors

Procedure for initiating new activities.

1  A proposal for the new activity will be submitted in writing to the Assistant Director / Principal

2  The Assistant Director / Principal will organize a meeting between himself/herself, the prospective advisor, the Student Activity Chairman, the Superintendent - Director or designee, and the chairman of the P R & R Committee or his/her designee to discuss the feasibility and salary of said activity.

3  The School Committee retains the right to approve said activity and proposed salary.

MONTACHUSETT  REGIONAL  VOCATIONAL  TECHNICAL  SCHOOL

Fitchburg, MA.    01420

TEACHER   EVALUATION  AGREEMENT

1.1       Evaluation and observation of personnel shall be the responsibility of the administration. The formal evaluation report form and the observation form shall be made available to all teachers. Observations may be formal and informal. All formal observations by any means for purpose of evaluation of professional performance of a teacher shall be conducted openly and with full knowledge of the teacher. The general criteria for evaluation are set forth in the document entitled "Performance Standards for Teacher Evaluation " which shall be made available to all members of the bargaining unit. The professional standards by which teacher performance will be evaluated are identified and described on the formal evaluation documents. Attached to this contract are copies of the evaluation instruments.

1.2       A teacher who has attained professional teacher status shall be formally evaluated at least .  once every two (2) years: All other teachers who have not yet attained professional teacher status shall be evaluated annually. The purpose of evaluation is to assess professional competency and to provide a record of facts and assessments for personnel decisions. Observation and evaluation can occur at any time during the school year. The evaluation process shall include the following.

A.         Formal Observation

All formal shop/classroom observations shall be for an entire class period.

Observations shall occur at least twice per year (but not before October 1st or after May 15th). Observations after May 15 shall be done at a mutually agreeable time/period. Twenty-four (24) hour written notice shall be given to the teacher being evaluated for one (1) of at least two (2) formal observations.

Any negative observations shall be brought to the attention of the teacher within five (5) school days. The evaluator shall reduce the observation to writing and shall be available to meet with the teacher and to offer specific written suggestions for improvement This meeting shall take place within a period of five (5) school days from the time the teacher was made aware of the negative observation.

The teacher shall acknowledge that he/she has had the opportunity to review such observation reports by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof. The teacher shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such material within five (5) days of meeting, and his/her answer shall be attached to the file copy.

B.         Informal Observation

From time to time, an evaluator may make informal classroom observations of teacher performance. Any negative observations so made shall be brought to the attention of the teacher within one (1) school day. The observer shall reduce the observation to writing and shall be available to meet with the teacher and to offer specific written suggestions for improvement within a period of five (5) school days from the time the teacher was made aware of the negative observation.

The teacher shall acknowledge that he/she has had the opportunity to review such observation reports by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicated agreement with the contents thereof. The teacher shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such material within five (5) days of meeting, and his/her answer shall be attached to the file copy.

C.        Formal Evaluation Report

A written formal evaluation report shall be produced at the conclusion of the observation process. The formal evaluation report shall be completed no later than seven (7) school days prior to the end of the school year.

1.3       Any teacher receiving an overall rating of "Unsatisfactory" on the formal evaluation report shall be required to develop an Improvement Plan with the assistance of the evaluator and shall be placed in a one-year focused evaluation cycle, evaluated annually, consistent with the provisions contained in Sections 1.2 (A), 1.2 (B), and 1.2 (C). This plan must be reviewed and approved by the Assistant Director/Principal prior to its implementation. The teacher must choose from one (1) of two (2) options to satisfy this requirement. To develop an Improvement Plan:

IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Option A: The teacher may opt to work with his/her evaluator and the Assistant Director/ Principal or:

Option B: The teacher may opt to work with his/her evaluator and an individual chosen and agreeable to the teacher and the Assistant Director/Principal to assist in the development of the Improvement Plan (whenever possible, the selected individual should work in the same department as the teacher responsible for the plan development). This Improvement Plan must contain specific observable, measurable behaviors which the teacher must do to meet the performance standards in the area(s) of concern identified by a rating of (3) "Unsatisfactory" on the formal evaluation report.

REMEDIAL PLAN

Should the teacher receive an unsatisfactory evaluation from the Improvement Plan, the teacher shall be given the opportunity to designate a second evaluator from among those administrators with the responsibility for the evaluation of teachers. In the event that the teacher declines to so designate an evaluator, or fails to designate an evaluator within ten (10) school days of being given written notice of his/her right to do so, the Superintendent shall make the designation.

1. The teacher shall be placed on a Remedial Plan which shall be in effect for one additional successive evaluation phase.

2.    Said Remedial Plan shall set forth the areas of performance which must be improved and the expectations of satisfactory improvement.

3.    Before any Remedial Plan goes into effect, it must be reviewed at a conference by the teacher, the evaluator(s) and the Superintendent-Director. The teacher may be represented by the Union at the conference. The Remedial Plan may only be modified by the Superintendent-Director.

4.    Upon satisfactory completion of a Remedial Plan, the bargaining unit member shall be returned to the normal cycle of supervision during the next school year.

5.    Failure to successfully complete the Remedial Plan shall be grounds for discharge in accordance with Chapter 71, Section 42.   A teacher with professional teacher status, pursuant to section forty-one, shall not be dismissed except for inefficiency, incompetency, incapacity, conduct unbecoming a teacher, insubordination or failure on the part of the teacher to satisfy teacher performance standards developed pursuant to section thirty-eight of Chapter 71 or other just cause.

1.4       Teachers shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of their personnel file. Upon written request, which expressly releases the Committee or its Agents from all liability for any unauthorized disclosure of confidential information , a teacher will be entitled to have a member of the MRTA as an observer during such a review. Excluded from such reviews would be any "confidential" documents received prior, or in the course of initial employment.

No new material derogatory to the teacher's conduct, service, character, or personality will be placed in his/her personal file unless the teacher has had an opportunity to review that material and an opportunity to affix his/her signature to the copy to be filed. It is expressly understood that a signature is • required, the purpose of which is to document that the teacher has read and is aware of the contents of the material. If the teacher so desires an additional statement following his/her signature may be included indicating either approval, disapproval, or no comment regarding the material. The teacher will have the right to submit a written answer to such material and his/her answer shall be reviewed by the Superintendent-Director and attached to the file copy. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit the rights of the School District to add letters of reprimand or praise regarding the professional performance or conduct of a teacher.

A copy of any written evaluative document will be given to the teacher within ten (10) days of its preparation which, under normal circumstances, should be within ten (10) days of the observation, except as noted in Section 1.2 (A). The teacher shall review the evaluation and within ten (10) days of the receipt of such evaluation, inform the immediate supervisor in writing with a copy to the Superintendent-Director of the affirmative action which will be taken to remedy deficiencies outlined in the evaluation. Failure to remedy such deficiencies within one (1) academic year or to make such progress to that end as is satisfactory to the immediate supervisor and the Superintendent-Director, may result in withholding of increment, as provided in Section C of Article VI, supra.

1.5      The Association recognizes the authority and responsibility of the Superintendent-Director and his Assistants for maintaining the highest possible level of professional performance by the teachers, including therein the authority  and responsibility of disciplining or reprimanding teachers for delinquency in professional performance. Said disciplining or reprimanding shall be done in private. If the Superintendent-Director or Assistant Director/Principal requires a teacher to meet with him/her for the imposition of a serious disciplinary sanction, such as a written warning or suspension without pay, such teacher shall be entitled upon request to have a representative of the Association present. This entitlement shall not delay the orderly administration of such disciplinary sanction.

Private/Agreement/MRTA/District-reEval.

Revised 11/6/96 Revised 8/99

MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL

1050 Westminster Street Fitchburg, MA.    01420

CLASSROOM TEACHER EVALUATION INSTRUMENT

Teacher:                       ________________________________________

Subject & Grade:         _________________________________________

It has been the aim of the Teacher Evaluation to improve the skills, procedures and instruments used by those involved in the process of teacher evaluation under the mandates of the Ed Reform Act of 1993.

The evaluation report is intended to reflect an accurate assessment of the degree to which a teacher has successfully fulfilled his/her professional duties. Its primary purpose is to identify ways a teacher can improve in the performance of these duties. In this respect, the Committee has intended to depict evaluation as a means by which a teacher and an evaluator can share ideas in a positive, cooperative fashion so as to enhance learning among those students entrusted to their care.

The teacher who benefits from the evaluation process will be one who seeks more effective ways of diagnosing students' abilities and needs and presenting subject matter in ways designed to correspond to those needs and abilities. Such a teacher will also strive to stimulate students' initiative, creativity, and enthusiasm. The teacher will seek new insights into the complexity of students' growth and behavior and will constantly weigh his/her own personal and professional impact on the student

Evaluation Period:_________________ to ________________

MONTACHUSETT  REGIONAL   VOCATIONAL   TECHNICAL  SCHOOL

1050   Westminster Street Fitchburg, MA.     01420

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS EVALUATION FORM FOR TEACHING STAFF

School Year:_________________________________________________________

Name: _____________________________________________________________

Subject_____________________________________________________________

Date of Evaluation: ___________________________________________________

 

 

Exceeds Expectations

Meets Expectations

Unsatisfactory

 Not Observed

I.

Currency in the Curriculum

 

 

 

 

A

The teacher is up-to-date regarding curriculum content

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

II.

Effective  Planning  &  Assessment of Curriculum & Instruction

 

 

 

 

A.

The teacher plans instruction effectively.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

B.

The teacher plans assessment of student learning effectively.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

C.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

III.

Effective Management of Classroom  Environment

 

 

 

 

A.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

B.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

IV.

Effective   Instruction

 

 

 

 

A.

The teacher makes learning goals clear to students.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

B.

The teacher uses appropriate instructional techniques.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

C.

The teacher uses appropriate questioning techniques.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

D.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

V.

Promotion of High Standards and Expectations  for  Student  Achievement

 

 

 

 

A.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

B.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

VI.

Promotion of Equity and Appreciation of Diversity

 

 

 

 

A.

The teacher strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

B.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

VII.

Fulfillment   of  Professional   Responsibilities

 

 

 

 

A.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

B.

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

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

C.

The teacher is a reflective and continuous learner.

(  )

(  )

(  )

(  )

VIII.

Other   Responsibilities

 

 

 

 

A.

Teacher fulfills obligations as delineated in Faculty Handbook.

(  )

(  )