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DistrictNorthampton
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Org Code2100000
Type of DistrictMunicipal K12
Union AffiliationMTA
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Expiring Year2013
Expired Status
Superintendency Union
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CountyHampshire
ESE RegionPioneer Valley
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AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

THE NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

(Teachers Unit)

AFFILIATED WITH\ THE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

AND

NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE

212 MAIN STREET NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01060

COVERING THE PERIOD JULY 1, 2010 THROUGH JUNE 30,2011

JULY 1, 2011 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2013

APPENDIX A*

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012 (FY12)

(Effective 9/1/2011)

FY11 +0%1

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

MA+ 60

 

 

BA**

MA

MA+ 30

CAGS

DOC

2

37,516

40,522

41,772

44,147

46,880

3

39,200

42,341

43,649

46,131

48,936

4

40,963

44,245

45,609

48,203

51,080

5

42,804

46,232

47,659

50,369

53,320

6

44,728

48,309

49,800

52,632

55,658

7

46,736

50,481

52,039

54,997

58,097

8

48,837

52,748

54,377

57,469

60,645

9

51,030

55,119

56,820

60,051

63,304

10

53,323

57,595

59,372

62,749

66,078

11

55,719

60,184

62,041

65,569

68,975

15**

56,266

60,730

62,587

66,115

69,521

20**

56,812

61,277

63,133

66,662

70,068

**Teachers on the BA lane as of September 1, 2005 only, shall be eligible for the BA lane 15 and 20 year steps.

STIPENDS:

 

GUIDANCE***

396

HEAD TEACHER

1,823

SPED

862

TEAM LEADER

2,413

DEPT. CHAIR

2,137

***Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement. The two elementary guidance counselors hired prior to the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement shall be red circled at $351.

______________________________________________________________________________________

* Arithmetic subject to verification by the School District and the Association.

1 No step increase.

______________________________________________________________________________________

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

APPENDIX A-la

CERTIFIED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2011 - 2012 (0%)2

 

9/1/2011

 

 

 

MA*

2

37,516

40,522

3

39,200

42,341

4

40,963

44,245

5

42,804

46,232

6

44,726

48,309

7

46,736

50,481

8

48,835

52,748

9

51,030

55,119

10

53,323

57,595

11

55,719

60,184

* To be eligible, nurses must earn the masters' degree in a relevant nursing discipline.

____________________________________________________________________________________

2 No step increase.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

APPENDIX Alb

REGISTERED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2011 - 2012 (0%)3

 

9/1/2011

2

27,025

3

28,084

4

29,133

5

30,199

6

31,252

7

32,308

8

33,363

9

34,195

10

35,365

11

36,326

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3 No step increase.

___________________________________________________________________________________

SCHOOL YEAR 2012 - 2013 (FY13) (Effective 9/1/2012)

1 % increase

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

MA+ 60

 

 

BA**

MA

MA+ 30

CAGS

DOC

2

37,891

40,927

42,190

44,588

47,349

3

39,592

42,764

44,085

46,592

49,425

4

41,373

44,687

46,065

48,685

51,591

5

43,232

46,694

48,136

50,873

53,853

6

45,175

48,792

50,298

53,158

56,215

7

47,203

50,986

52,559

55,547

58,678

8

49,325

53,275

54,921

58,044

61,251

9

51,540

55,670

57,388

60,652

63,937

10

53,856

58,171

59,966

63,376

66,739

11

56,276

60,786

62,661

66,225

69,665

15**

56,829

61,337

63,213

66,776

70,216

20**

57,380

61,890

63,764

67,329

70,769

**Teachers on the BA lane as of September 1, 2005 only, shall be eligible for the BA lane 15 and 20 year steps.

STIPENDS:

 

GUIDANCE***

396

HEAD TEACHER

1,823

SPED

862

TEAM LEADER

2,413

DEPT. CHAIR

2,137

***Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement. The two elementary guidance counselors hired prior to the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement shall be red circled at $351.

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

APPENDIX A-la

CERTIFIED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2012 - 2013 (1 %)

 

9/1/2012

 

 

 

MA*

2

37,891

40,927

3

39,592

42,764

4

41,373

44,687

5

43,232

46,694

6

45,173

48,792

7

47,203

50,986

8

49,323

53,275

9

51,540

55,670

10

53,856

55,670

11

56,276

60,786

* To be eligible, nurses must earn the masters' degree in a relevant nursing discipline.

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

APPENDIX Alb

REGISTERED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013(1%)

 

9/1/2012

2

27,295

3

28,365

4

29,424

5

30,501

6

31,565

7

32,631

8

33,697

9

34,537

10

35,719

11

36,689

SCHOOL YEAR 20121 - 2013 (FY13)

(Effective 8/31/2013)

1 % increase

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

MA+ 60

 

 

BA**

MA

MA+ 30

CAGS

DOC

2

38,270

41,336

42,612

45,034

47,822

3

39,988

43,192

44,526

47,058

49,920

4

41,786

45,134

46,526

49,172

52,107

5

43,664

47,161

48,617

51,381

54,392

6

45,627

49,280

50,801

53,690

56,777

7

47,675

51,496

53,085

56,102

59,265

8

49,819

53,808

55,470

58,624

61,864

9

52,056

56,227

57,962

61,258

64,576

10

54,395

58,753

60,565

64,010

67,406

11

56,839

61,394

63,288

66,887

70,361

15**

57,397

61,951

63,845

67,444

70,918

20**

57,954

62,509

64,402

68,002

71,476

**Teachers on the BA lane as of September 1, 2005 only, shall be eligible for the BA lane 15 and 20 year steps.

STIPENDS:

 

GUIDANCE***

396

HEAD TEACHER

1,823

SPED

862

TEAM LEADER

2,413

DEPT. CHAIR

2,137

***Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement. The two elementary guidance counselors hired prior to the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement shall be red circled at $351.

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

APPENDIX Ala

CERTIFIED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2012 - 2013 (1%)

 

8/31/13

 

 

 

MA*

2

38,270

41,336

3

39,988

43,192

4

41,786

45,134

5

43,664

47,161

6

45,625

49,280

7

47,675

51,496

8

49,817

53,808

9

52,056

56,227

10

54,395

56,227

11

56,839

61,394

* To be eligible, nurses must earn the masters' degree in a relevant nursing discipline.

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

APPENDIX Alb

REGISTERED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013

 

8/31/13

2

27,568

3

28,648

4

29,719

5

30,806

6

31,880

7

32,957

8

34,034

9

34,882

10

36,076

11

37,056

APPENDIX A-2

A.       ATHLETICS

 

9/1/2011

Supervisor of Athletics and Intramurals

6,085

BOYS SPORTS - HEAD COACHES

 

Head Coach Baseball - Boys

3,798

Head Coach Crew - Boys

-

Head Coach Cross Country - Boys

2,357

Head Coach Basketball - Boys

4,283

Head Coach Lacrosse - Boys

3,619

Head Coach Soccer - Boys

3,709

Head Coach Swimming - Boys

3,280

Head Coach Tennis - Boys

2,468

Head Coach Track - Boys

3,315

Head Coach Football - Boys

5,543

Head Coach Wrestling - Boys

3,280

BOYS SPORTS - ASSISTANT COACHES

 

Assistant Coach Baseball -Boys

2,468

Assistant Coach Basketball - Boys

2,803

Assistant Coach Soccer - Boys

2,423

Assistant Coach Track - Boys

2,262

Assistant Coaches Football - Boys (3)

3,538

Assistant Coach Lacrosse - Boys

2,423

Assistant Coach Wrestling - Boys

2,262

GIRLS SPORTS - HEAD COACHES

 

Head Coach Field Hockey - Girls

3,709

Head Coach Basketball - Girls

4,283

Head Coach Lacrosse - Girls

3,619

Head Coach Soccer - Girls

3,709

Head Coach Swimming - Girls

3,280

Head Coach Tennis - Girls

2,468

Head Coach Track - Girls

3,315

Head Coach Softball - Girls

3,798

GIRLS SPORTS - ASSISTANT COACHES

 

Assistant Coach Field Hockey - Girls

2,423

Assistant Coach Basketball - Girls

2,803

Assistant Coach Lacrosse - Girls

2,423

Assistant Coach Soccer - Girls

2,423

Assistant Coach Track - Girls

2,262

Assistant Coach Softball - Girls

2,468

B.       SPORTS (CO-ED)

 

9/1/2011

Head Coach Diving - Coed

2,129

Head Coach Golf - Coed

1,995

Head Coach Skiing - Coed

2,748

Head Coach 9th Grade Basketball

2,144

C.       CLUBS

 

9/1/2011

Winter Track Club

823

Conditioning Club - Mini Gym

823

D.       INTRAMURAL SPORTS ACTIVITIES

* Per two (2) hour session based upon availability of facilities

 

9/1/2011

High School:

 

Fall

38/685

Winter

38/910

Spring

38/685

Middle School:

 

Fall

38/685

Winter

38/910

Spring

38/685

E.        EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HIGH SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL:

 

 

9/1/2011

Business Manager School Accounts

4,019

Booster Day Coordinator

273

Band Director

2,660

Choral Director

852

Orchestra Director

588

Musical Director

1,664

Costume Coordinator Musical

273

Talent Show

588

Marching Band Assistant - Majorettes

393

Advisor: Senior Class (2)

643

Advisor: Junior Class (2)

483

Advisor: Sophomore Class (2)

483

Advisor: Freshman Class (2)

483

Cheerleading: Varsity Fall Football

564

Cheerleading: JV Fall Football

564

Cheerleading: Varsity Winter Basketball

564

Cheerleading: JV Winter Basketball

564

Cheerleading: Varsity Soccer

564

Debate Coach (2)

530

or if only one person

968

Public Relations

683

Publications Coordinator

137

School Paper Devil's Advocate Advertising

546

School Paper Devil's Advocate Advisor

1,061

Advisor: Drama Club

273

Fall Drama Director

804

Winter Drama Director

804

Thespian Director

273

Student Council Advisor

977

Advisor: Yearbook

698

Advisor: Yearbook Advertising (2)

193

or if only one person does all Yearbook

1,483

Advisor: Match Wits (Round #1)

537

Advisor: Match Wits (Round #2)

293

Advisor: National Honor Society

511

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

 

Business Manager

1,204

Band Director

455

Chorus

393

Drama Director

393

per production, not to exceed 3 productions

 

Musical Director

852

Concert Director

272

Cheerleading Advisor

393

Public Relations

272

Student Council Advisor

393

Yearbook Advisor

1,286

School Paper Advisor

1,286

Outing Club Advisor

947

Photography Club Advisor

393

Science Club Advisor

947

Computer Club

589

if created by the Committee

 

Talent Show

393

if created by the Committee

 

 

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

AFFILIATED WITH THE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

AND

 

NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE 212 MAIN STREET NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01060

COVERING THE PERIOD JULY 1, 2007 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2010

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREAMBLE ..........................................................................................................................................1

RECOGNITION ....................................................................................................................................1

COMPENSATION AND OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT ............................................2

DURATION...........................................................................................................................................2

MANAGEMENT RIGHTS ...................................................................................................................2

ARTICLE I NEGOTIATING PROCEDURE .......................................................................................3

ARTICLE II GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE ..........................................................................................4

ARTICLE III EMPLOYMENT AND ASSIGNMENT OF UNIT A PERSONNEL ............................7 Character & Attitudes Non-Discrimination Applications of Employment Experienced Teachers Certification Notification of Employment Acceptance of Employment Continuing Appointment Teacher Evaluation Personnel File Vacancies & New Positions, Voluntary Transfer Summer Positions Supervisory Unit A Vacancies Summer Positions Supervisory Unit A Vacancies Involuntary Transfer Teacher Assignments Suspension Complaint Against A Teacher Homeroom Assignments Class Size Discharge Just Cause

ARTICLE IV DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF UNIT A PERSONNEL ..............................14 School Year & Hours of Duty Professional Development Days Professional Days Workshops Half-Days Payment for Curriculum Work Notification of Absence Leaving the Premises Emergency School Closing Student Records Detention of Pupils

Inventory
Suspension of Students
School Property
Teacher Meetings
Preparation Periods
Long-Block/Duties
Number of Preparations
Lunch Periods
Unassigned Periods
TEAM Meeting Compensation
School Committee Agenda & Minutes
Parent Conferences

ARTICLE V NON-TEACHING DUTIES ..........................................................................................21 Non-Required Duties Extra-Curricular Activities Driving Pupils Committee Assignments

ARTICLE VI Reserved (See Article XX) ...........................................................................................23 Conferences Visiting Days

ARTICLE VII LEAVES OF ABSENCE WITH PAY ........................................................................24 Sick Leave Sick Leave Bank Bereavement Leave Death Benefit Personal Days Religious Observance Court Appearances Jury Duty

ARTICLE VIII SPECIAL LEAVES ...................................................................................................28 Return from Leave Maternity Leave FMLA Small Necessities Leave Sabbatical Leave Military Leave Extended Family Leave Other Leave

ARTICLE IX SUBSTITUTE AND PART-TIME TEACHERS .........................................................31 Long-Term Substitutes Short-Term Substitutes Regular Teachers as Substitutes Part-Time Teachers

ARTICLE X DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS..........................................................................................................................33 Duties & Responsibilities

Areas & Grades Levels
Stipends
Selection
Evaluation

ARTICLE XI ASSOCIATION............................................................................................................36 Use of Buildings Non-Resident Students

ARTICLE XII WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ................................................................................37

ARTICLE XIII INSURANCE AND ANNUITY PLAN.....................................................................38 Group Life & Health Annuity Group Health - Accident Insurance Health Insurance HMO Dental Flexible Spending Account Disability

ARTICLE XIV DUES DEDUCTION.................................................................................................39 Association Dues Credit Union

ARTICLE XV SALARY .....................................................................................................................40 Schedules Extra Curricular Travel Super Maximum - Professional Increments Professional Study - Step Increments Approval Form Salary Adjustments Withholding Increments Approval by Superintendent Retirement Credit Payroll Periods In-Service Courses Teaching In-Service Guidance Personnel National Board Certification

ARTICLE XVI REDUCTION IN FORCE .........................................................................................44 Recall Seniority Unit B Fall-Back

ARTICLE XVII SAVINGS CLAUSE ................................................................................................46

ARTICLE XVIII HEALTH AND SAFETY .......................................................................................47

ARTICLE XIX PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ASSAULT ..................................................................48

 

 

 ARTICLE XX PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT  ......................................................................... 49
 Tuition Reimbursement
Joint Committee on Professional Development

 ARTICLE XXI REGISTERED NURSES ........................................................................................... 52  Applicability Evaluation Employment Status Professional Development Retirement Reduction in Force/Seniority Layoff & Recall Uniform Allowance Malpractice Insurance Salary Schedule Placement

 ARTICLE XXII AGENCY SERVICE FEE ........................................................................................ 57

 APPENDIX A Salaries (Teachers)  ...................................................................................................... 59

 APPENDIX A-la (Certified Nurses) .................................................................................................... 62

 APPENDIX A-lb (Registered Nurses) ................................................................................................. 63

 APPENDIX A-2 (Athletics & Extracurricular)  ................................................................................... 64

 APPENDIX A-3 (Personal Day Form) ................................................................................................ 68

 APPENDIX A-4 (Course Approval Form) .......................................................................................... 69

 APPENDIX A-5 (Evaluation) .............................................................................................................. 70

 SIDE LETTER:  Lead Technology Teacher ........................................................................................ 79

CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 150E of the General Laws of Massachusetts, this contract is made between the SCHOOL COMMITTEE of the city of Northampton (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) and the NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES (NASE) (hereinafter referred to as the Association).

PREAMBLE

1.             Recognizing that our prime purpose is to provide education of the highest possible quality for the children of Northampton, and that good morale within the teaching staff of Northampton is essential to achievement of that purpose, we the undersigned parties to this contract, declare that:

a.             Under the law of Massachusetts, the Committee elected by the citizens of Northampton, has final responsibility for establishing the educational policies of the public schools of Northampton,

b.             The Superintendent of Schools of Northampton (hereinafter referred to as the Superintendent) has responsibility for carrying out the policies so established,

c.             The professional staff of the public schools of Northampton has the responsibility for providing education of the highest possible quality in the public schools of the City of Northampton,

d.             Fulfillment of these respective responsibilities can be facilitated and supported by consultations and free exchanges of views and information between the Committee, the Superintendent, and the Association in the formulation and application of policies relating to wages, hours, and other conditions of employment for the professional staff, and so

e.             To give effect to these declarations, the following principles and procedures are hereby adopted.

 

RECOGNITION

2.             For the purpose of negotiations with respect to wages, hours, other conditions of employment, and any questions arising thereunder, the Committee recognizes the Association as the exclusive negotiating agent and representative of:

UNIT A:                All teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, educational coordinators, head teachers, Department Chairpersons, Supervisor of Athletics and Intramurals, Educational T.V. Coordinator, Registered Nurses, School Psychologist, Adjustment Counselors, (Social Worker), Coordinator of Out of District and Transitional Services, Speech Therapist, Elementary Science Specialist, Chapter I Coordinator, Early Childhood Coordinator, coaches and extracurricular personnel. Excluded are all other units in the Northampton School System.

 

COMPENSATION AND OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

3.       Subject to the provisions of this contract, and except as otherwise provided by Appendix “A” attached hereto and made a part hereof, the wages, hours and other conditions of employment applicable on the effective date of this contract to the employees covered by this contract shall continue to be so applicable.

 

DURATION

4.       This Agreement will be effective July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010 and will continue to remain in full force and effect to and including June 30, 2010 and shall thereafter automatically renew itself for successive terms of one (1) year each unless by November 1, next prior to the expiration of the contract year involved, either party gives written notice that it desires to negotiate a new contract or amendment thereto.  Upon receipt of such notice, the parties agree to meet for the purposes of negotiating a new or amended Agreement.  In the event either party desires to negotiate a new contract or amendment and one has not been agreed upon by June 30, 2010, this contract may be extended by mutual agreement.

 

5.     Following the formal re-opening of negotiations for a successor agreement, if the Committee and the Association shall have failed to reach agreement, either party shall have the right to petition the State Board of Conciliation and Arbitration to initiate mediation and fact finding proceedings in accordance with Section 9 of Chapter 150E of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

 

MANAGEMENT RIGHTS

Except as expressly provided otherwise by this Agreement, or by Chapter 736 of the Act of 1965 or any subsequent laws, the determination and administration of school policy, the operation of the schools and the direction of the teachers are vested, exclusively, in the School Committee or its statutory agents as defined in the Education Reform Act of 1993.  The administration and execution of the provisions of this paragraph will be carried out by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designees as the executive officer of the School Committee.  The management of the school system, and the direction of the working force, including the right to plan, direct and control operations; to schedule and assign duties to employees; to determine the curriculum, textbooks, instructional supplies and schedules; to establish standards and to maintain the efficiency of employees; to establish and require employees to observe School Committee rules and regulations; to hire, lay-off or relieve employees from duties; to maintain order and to suspend, demote, discipline and discharge employees, subject to just cause for teachers with professional status; are the recognized, reserved rights of management.  The foregoing enumeration of management rights shall not be deemed to exclude other rights of management, not specifically set forth; the employer, therefore, retaining all rights not specifically restricted by this Agreement.  The exercise of any of the foregoing rights shall not alter any of the specific provisions of this Agreement, nor shall they be used to discriminate against any member of the Association or Bargaining Unit.

 

ARTICLE I NEGOTIATING PROCEDURE

A.            1. During negotiation, the Committee and the Association will present relevant data, exchange points of view, and make proposals and counter-proposals.  The Committee will make available to the Association for inspection all pertinent public records of the Northampton School system.  Either party may, if it so desires, utilize the services of outside consultants and may call upon professional and lay representative to assist in the negotiation.

B.            1. If an agreement is reached, it will be presented to the Committee as a joint recommendation of the Superintendent and the Association if the matter is one upon which Committee action is necessary.  If the Committee disagrees with such joint recommendation, it will not reject it without further negotiation with the Association in a good faith effort to resolve the disagreement.

2. For the duration of this contract the Committee shall make no change in policy which affects wages, hours and other conditions of employment without negotiating such change with the Association.

 

3. Any agreement reached with the Committee will be reduced to writing, will be signed by the Committee and the Association, and will become an Addendum to this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE II GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

A.            Definition. Any claim by the Association or teacher that there has been a violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the terms of this Agreement, a violation of its or his/her right to fair treatment, or violation of any established policy or practice shall be considered a grievance.

B.            Time Limits. All time limits herein shall consist of calendar days exclusive of legal holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. The time limits indicated hereunder will be considered maximum unless extended by mutual agreement in writing.  In the event a grievance is filed which cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the Association or the aggrieved prior to the termination of this contract using the normal time limits set out herein, the Association may submit the grievance directly to arbitration in accordance with Level Four of this procedure.

C.            Level One. A teacher with a grievance will present it to his/her principal either directly or through the Association within thirty (30) days.  In the event that the teacher is not directly responsible to an individual principal, then he/she will present it to his/her immediate supervisor.

Level Two. If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the grievant or the Association within four (4) days after submission at Level One, the teacher or the Association may present the grievance in writing to the Superintendent within four (4) days.

Level Three. If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the grievant or the Association within five (5) days after submission at Level Two, the teacher or the Association may present the grievance in writing to the Committee within five (5) days.

Level Four. If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the Association within ten (10) days, or within three (3) days after the next regular meeting of the School Committee, whichever is later, the Association may submit the grievance to the American Arbitration Association for binding arbitration in accordance with their current rules within thirty (30) days. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding on both parties.

Should the nature of the grievance necessitate a decision which cannot be delayed, the ten (10) day provision shall apply.

D.            Expedited Grievance Resolution Process:

After a grievance has been appealed to Level Two, or, if the parties have agreed to initiate a grievance at Level Two, either the Superintendent or President of the Association may request that a Joint Labor Management Committee be convened.  The Committee will consist of at least two (2) individuals appointed by the Association, and at least two (2) individuals appointed by the Superintendent.  The parties agree that representatives at appropriate levels of the school department will be appointed to the committee.  Experts, resource people and others may also, at the request of either party, be asked to participate, and to provide information, but are not members of the Committee.

The Joint Labor Management Committee will discuss the grievance, will research and share relevant information, and will develop appropriate resolutions acceptable to the parties. All decisions will be made by consensus.

Any discussions between the parties pursuant to the work of the Joint Labor Management Committee will be considered confidential and will not be admissible at any subsequent level of the grievance procedure.

If a grievance that has been referred to the Joint Labor Management Committee remains unresolved after fifteen (15) days following submittal to the Superintendent, the parties agree that they will either, a) agree to extend the timelines, or b) the Association will, within four (4) days, resubmit the grievance to the Superintendent at Level Two. Thereafter, the timelines established at Level Three of the grievance procedure will be followed.

E.            General Provisions

1.                   The Association and the Committee shall have the right to use in its presentation of any level of this grievance procedure any representative or representatives of its own choosing.

 

2.                   The costs of the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses, will be borne equally by the Committee and the Association.

 

 

3.                   An employee under this contract may present a grievance to his employer and have such grievance heard without intervention by the exclusive representative of the employee organization representing said employee, provided that the exclusive representative is afforded the opportunity to be present at such conferences and that any adjustment made shall not be inconsistent with the terms of an agreement then in effect between the employer and the exclusive representative.

 

4.                   Provided the parties agree, Level One and or Level Two of the Grievance Procedure may be bypassed and the grievance brought directly to Level Three.

 

 

5.                   No reprisals of any kind will be taken by the Committee or the School Administration against any teacher because of his/her participation in this Grievance Procedure.

 

6.             The Committee and the School Administration will cooperate with the Association in its investigation of any grievance to the extent permitted by state law, and further will furnish the Association with such information from the personnel file of the aggrieved teacher as is necessary for the processing of any grievance. The Association will likewise cooperate with the Committee and the Administration.

                         

7.             All documents, communications, and records dealing with the processing of a grievance will be filed separately from the personnel files of the participants.

 

8.             If, in the judgment of the Association, a grievance affects a class or group of teachers, the Association may submit such a grievance in writing to the Superintendent directly and the processing of such grievance will be commenced at Level Two. However, in these cases, the time limit shall be extended by fifteen (15) days.

 

9.             All decisions rendered at Levels One, Two and Three of the Grievance Procedure will be in writing, setting forth the decision and the reasons therefore and will be transmitted promptly to the grievant and/or the Association.

 

When it is necessary, pursuant to Level Four of the Grievance Procedure for an aggrieved member(s) (or his/her representative) to attend a hearing held during a school day by the American Arbitration Association and/or Labor Relations Commission he/she/they will be released, without loss of pay, as necessary in order to permit participation in the foregoing activity.

 

ARTICLE III EMPLOYMENT AND ASSIGNMENT OF UNIT A PERSONNEL

All teachers, supervisors, counselors and special teachers shall qualify for a position in the Northampton Public Schools under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and such other regulations set forth by the Committee.

A.            Character and Attitudes. All Unit A personnel, while in the service of the Committee, shall affirm and accept their responsibility to practice their profession according to the highest ethical standard. They shall recognize the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, the encouragement of scholarship, and the promotion of democratic citizenship. They shall regard as essential to these goals the protection of freedom to learn and to teach, and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all.

B.            Non-Discrimination. In accordance with applicable federal and state laws, the Committee and the Association agree not to discriminate against any employees covered by this Agreement on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, color, creed, physical handicap, residence, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin.  The Committee further agrees that it will not discriminate against any employee for Association membership of Association activity or for adhering to any lawful provision of this Agreement.

C.            Applications for Employment. Candidates for all positions in Unit A shall apply for a position on the basis of professional and legal qualifications.  All letters of application shall be directed to the Superintendent.

D.            Experienced Teachers. Experienced teachers entering the Northampton Public School System will be allowed full credit for previous teaching experience up to five (5) years. Teaching experience beyond the five years may be credited at the discretion of the Superintendent.

E.            Certification. The Superintendent and/or Principal will hire personnel in accordance with the applicable provision of Chapter 71, Section 38G.

F.             Notification of Employment. All personnel shall be notified in writing within a reasonable period of time of their hire, said notification stating the length of time engaged and the salary.

G.            Period of Acceptance. Each candidate is given ten (10) days after receipt of notice (Sunday not counted) of employment to file acceptance in writing.  If such acceptance is not received at the end of ten (10) days, it shall be considered a declination on the part of the person.

H.            Continuing Appointments. All teachers shall be subject to the laws regarding continuing appointments and professional teacher status as defined in Chapter 71, Section 41 of the General Laws.

I.             Evaluation of Teachers. The purpose of the evaluation and assessment of each teacher is

(1) to provide information for the continuous improvement of the teacher’s performance through the exchange of information between the person being evaluated and the evaluator; and (2) to provide a record of facts and assessments for personnel decisions. The ultimate goal of teacher evaluation is the enhancement of professionalism and accountability so that students may be able to perform at high levels as students and, ultimately, as citizens.

All teachers employed by the Northampton Public Schools will be subject to evaluation. Each teacher, in a given year, will be informed in writing of the type of evaluation process s/he will be subject to and the identity of his/her evaluator by November 1.

All observations will be conducted openly and with the knowledge of the teacher. A formal observation will be preceded by a pre-observation conference, and will be followed by a conference between the evaluator and the teacher.  It is recognized that an evaluator may visit a teacher’s classroom on more occasions than the formal observations, and may consider what is observed during these visitations when completing the evaluation form, provided that the visitation occurred openly and with the knowledge of the teacher.

All Non-Professional Status Teachers must be evaluated annually through the formal evaluation process. Professional Status Teachers will be placed on a three-year cycle. 1 Year One, they will be formally evaluated.  Year two they will have a choice to participate in either an Individual Growth Year, Collaborative Year, or a formal evaluation. Year three is an Assimilation year.

1.            NON-PROFESSIONAL STATUS TEACHER EVALUATION PLAN

a.             The principal (or his/her designee)/assistant principal/Director of Pupil Services will conduct a minimum of one formal classroom observation with written notes per year of the teacher who has non-professional status.

 

b.             Additional classroom observations as deemed necessary by the principal or requested by the teacher will be completed by or about April 15th.

 

 

c.             The principal will complete teacher evaluations yearly, until the teacher reaches professional status.

 

2.             PROFESSIONAL STATUS TEACHER EVALUATION PLAN2

Year 1 Formal Evaluation Year:

a.             The principal (or his/her designee)/assistant principal/Director of Pupil Services will conduct a minimum of one formal classroom observation with written notes prior to or about May 15th.

1 At the discretion of the Principal a formal evaluation can be completed at any time. 2 At the discretion of the Principal a formal evaluation can be completed at any time.

Year 2 Individual Growth or Collaboration Year

a.             The teacher will submit an Individual Growth Plan (IGP) that includes personal growth goals based on the individual professional development plan and NPS, and school goals for principal (or his/her designee) approval.

 

b.             The teacher will submit a collaboration plan that includes collaborative goals with at least one other faculty member within the school/district that specifically describes the nature of the collaboration and the professional development plan that will occur and how the plan supports or promotes district and/or school goals.

 

Year 3 Assimilation Year

The teacher will consolidate knowledge gained during the previous three years and prepare for the next cycle of evaluation by identifying goals and areas of interest toward which to focus professional development.

3.             TEACHERS ON A REMEDIATION PLAN

A teacher who has been placed on a remediation plan will be placed in the Formal Evaluation process. An evaluation schedule, a series of formal and informal observations and a documentation process will be discussed between the teacher and the principal (or his/her designee). Remediation plans will be considered part of the evaluation document and will have the following elements:

.(1)       a statement of the deficiencies with respect to performance standards;

.(2)       a statement of the performance goal(s);

.(3)       an appropriate timetable for improvement, which may specify target dates for intermediate levels of improvement;

.(4)       suggestions for a program which will lead to improvement, which may include, but not be limited to modeling, practice, audio or video taping, reinforcements, formative supervision, counseling, therapy, environmental change and professional development activities;

.(5)       a directive that the plan must be followed;

.(6)       a monitoring system, including a schedule for observations and conferences;

.(7)       any specification of a time for a final assessment;

.(8)       a statement of the consequences of not attaining an acceptable level of performance, including possible termination of employment;

.(9)       signature of the evaluator and the teacher, including the date, for the purpose of establishing receipt and discussion only.

 

The teacher will remain in the Formal Evaluation process for the duration of the remediation period.

J.             Right to Review Contents of Personnel File. Members of the bargaining unit will have the right, upon request to the Superintendent in writing, to review the contents of their personnel files provided a twenty-four hour notice is given. A member of Unit A will be entitled to have a member of the Association accompany him/her during such a review.

No material originating after original hiring which is derogatory to an employee’s conduct, service, character, or personality will be placed in his/her personnel file unless the teacher has had the opportunity to review the material.  The employee will also have the right to submit a written answer to such material and his/her answer will be reviewed by the Superintendent and attached to the file copy.

A single personnel file will be kept in the Superintendent’s Office and will be kept up to date. No other official personnel file shall exist for any employee.

If an employee of the bargaining unit is to be disciplined or reprimanded by a member of the Administration, he/she will be entitled to have a member of the Association present.

K.            Vacancies and New Positions/Voluntary Transfers.

1.             For purposes of this Article, a vacancy in a position is created by the death, resignation, retirement, promotion, transfer of a teacher, or the non-renewal of the contract of a teacher without professional teacher status when such non-renewal is not caused by budgetary limitations, declining enrollment and/or program changes.

 

2.             When a vacancy occurs, and the Superintendent and/or the Principal determine that the vacancy should be filled, or when the School Committee creates a new position, the following procedure shall be employed:

 

.a.        Notice of such vacancies and new positions will be posted in each school, said notice to include a description of the available position and its location. Public advertisement of the position may occur at the same time as the posting.

 

.b.        Teachers desiring a transfer will submit a written request to the Superintendent within ten (10) days of the date of the posting, stating the assignment preferred. All requests will be acknowledged in writing.

 

.c.         In addition, a teacher may file a written general request for a transfer with the Superintendent, stating the assignment preferred, even when a position has not been posted.  Such request must be renewed each school year and will be acknowledged in writing. Such a request will be considered by the Superintendent when filling any posted position pursuant to Section 2(a) above.

 

.d.        If a vacancy or new position is posted during the school year, and the position is to be filled during the school year, the Superintendent may transfer a current teacher into that position during the school year, or may fill the position with an outside candidate for the duration of the school year.  At the end of the school year, any vacancy or new position filled by an outside candidate for the duration of the school year will be deemed to be a vacancy as of April 15 for the following school year. Teachers who submitted requests pursuant to Section 2 (b) and (c) above shall be considered for transfer into that position.

 

3.             Summer Positions

.a.        Teachers may apply for transfer to a vacancy that may occur, or a new position that may be created, from July 1 to the first workday of that school year. Teachers who wish to be informed of any such new positions or vacancies shall notify, in writing, the Superintendent of their interest no later than the last day of school. Such notification shall include their summer address.

 

.b.        A teacher transferred to a Summer Position or Vacancy on the basis of a written request submitted under paragraph (b) above will be given notice of the transfer by registered mail at the address of the teacher on file in the Superintendent’s office promptly after the transfer is authorized, and the teacher is obligated to accept the Summer Position or Vacancy.  Notice is deemed to be given when mailed.

 

L.            Vacancies in Supervisory Positions in Unit A.

1.             Effective the date of the signing of this Agreement, candidates for all supervisory positions in the Northampton Public Schools must possess a Master’s Degree or equivalent.

2.             Candidates for supervisory positions shall apply to the Superintendent of Schools. Formal written application shall then be made on forms appropriate to the position sought. The Superintendent will acknowledge the receipt of all applications for supervisory positions in writing within one week.

3.             All personnel in promotional positions within Unit A shall be appointed by the Superintendent or Principal.

4.             In the event that there are several equally qualified individuals for a position in the judgment of the Superintendent or Principal, preference will be given to teachers currently employed by the School District.

 

M.           Involuntary Transfers. Although the Administration and the Association recognize that some transfer of teachers from one school to another is unavoidable, they also recognize that frequent transfer of teachers is disruptive to the educational process and interferes with optimum teacher performance.

1.            When involuntary transfers are necessary, a teacher’s area of competence, major and/or minor field of study, quality of teaching performance, and length of service in the Northampton School System will be considered in determining which teacher is to be transferred. Teachers being involuntarily transferred will be transferred only to a comparable position, when available.  Any involuntary transfer will be made only after proper notification.

N.            Teacher Assignments.

1.            When a Principal contemplates a change of assignment within a building, he/she will so inform the staff, and in particular, will discuss the proposed change(s) with affected staff no later than May 1 of the year preceding the school year in which the change is to be made.

In proposing reassignments, a Principal shall consider, to the extent possible, voluntary request(s) of reassignment by teachers.

Changes in assignment will, to the extent possible, be made on a voluntary basis.

If the teacher disagrees with the Principal’s proposed reassignment, the affected teacher(s) may request the involvement of the Superintendent of Schools and a representative of the Northampton Association of School Employees.

2.             If a Principal believes an involuntary reassignment is still necessary, then in making such reassignment the Principal will consider a teacher’s area of competence, major and/or minor field of study, quality of teaching performance, and length of service in the Northampton School System in determining which teacher is to be transferred. Teachers being involuntarily reassigned will be transferred only to a comparable assignment, when available.

 

3.               A teacher who has been involuntarily reassigned will receive at least forty-five (45) calendar days notice prior to the effective date of the change.

 

O.            Suspension.

1.               Teachers may be suspended in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 42D of the General Laws.

2.               Complaint Against a Teacher. Any complaint against a teacher requires that the teacher must be informed of all details as promptly as possible in order to defend himself/herself.  The above information shall be furnished by the appropriate supervisor.

 

Any reprimand of a teacher by a supervisor or other administrator will be made in private and never in the presence of pupils, parents, citizens, other employees or at public gatherings.

P.             Homeroom Assignments.

1.               Whenever possible, floating teachers will not be assigned a homeroom.

2.               Traveling teachers will not be assigned a homeroom and every effort will be made not to have them assigned to study halls.

 

Q.            Class Size.

1a.          Whenever possible the School District will have classes of twenty-five (25) pupils per teacher. This pupil-teacher ratio will not apply to study hall assignments, homeroom assignments, physical education classes, band, extracurricular assignments.

b.          Reserved.

2.            Reserved.

a.           Reserved.

b.           Reserved.

 

3.            Whenever possible, secondary principals will not assign more than one hundred (100) students to English Teachers in four (4) classes at the high school and five (5) classes at the middle school.

R.            Discharge of Teacher. Discharge of teachers shall be in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 42 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

S.                   Just Cause Provision. No teacher with professional teacher status shall be disciplined, reduced in rank or compensation or deprived of fair treatment without just cause.

 

 

ARTICLE IV DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF UNIT A PERSONNEL

Each member of Unit A should exercise his or her employment in a manner consistent with the highest ideals of professional service.

All personnel shall familiarize themselves with this Contract and perform all duties according to this Contract. A copy of Appendix “A” will be distributed annually to all teachers by the Northampton Association of School Employees.

A.            All elementary teachers are under the general supervision of the Superintendent of Schools and directly responsible to their respective principals.

1.             All high school and middle school teachers are under the general supervision of the Superintendent of Schools and directly responsible to their respective principal, vice principals, and department chairperson.

2.             All nurses are under the general supervision of the Superintendent of Schools and directly responsible to the Director of Health.

 

B.            School Year and Hours of Duty

1.             Teachers will instruct students for not more than one hundred eighty days scheduled between September 1 and June 30.  Up to one non-instructional day may be scheduled for teachers the last business day before September 1.  In years when Labor Day falls on September 4th or earlier, an additional professional day, as described in subsection 5, may be rescheduled before September 1st. In addition, up to five (5) days may be scheduled as emergency days.  These days will be removed from the calendar if not used. The parties agree and acknowledge that if it becomes impossible to hold one hundred eighty instructional days for students prior to June 30, due to excessive snow days or other emergency circumstances beyond the control of the School Committee, the School Committee may schedule student instructional days during previously scheduled non-school or vacation days. In that event, the Association will be notified of the Committee’s intentions not later than March 20 of any school year, and will be consulted by the Committee prior to the finalization of any revised calendar.

a.             Effective July 1, 2001, the teacher work year will be one hundred eighty three (183) days, scheduled between September 1 and June 30, including one orientation day scheduled immediately prior to the opening of school (two days for teachers new in the system), and two (2) professional development days, defined in #5 below.

 

b.             Effective July 1, 2002, the teacher work year will be one hundred eighty four (184) days, scheduled between September 1 and June 30, including the orientation day(s), two professional development days, and one teacher professional day, as defined in #5(a), below.

 

c.             Effective July 1, 2006, the teacher work year will be one hundred eighty five (185) days, scheduled between the last business day before September 1 and June 30, including the orientation day(s), two professional development days, and two teacher professional days, one of which will be scheduled, along with the orientation day, before the start of school for students, as defined in #5(a) below.

 

d.             Nurses who perform authorized summer work as assigned to update and organize health records will continue to be paid at their applicable per-diem rate.

 

2.             In recognition of the requirements of the Education Reform Act of 1993, teacher reporting and dismissal times shall be as follows:

a.             Teachers at Northampton High School will report ten (10) minutes prior to the students and will be required to remain five (5) minutes after students are dismissed.

b.             Teachers at the Middle School will be required to report fifteen (15) minutes prior to the students and to remain ten (10) minutes after students are dismissed.

c.             Teachers at the elementary schools will be required to report ten (10) minutes before the students and to remain five (5) minutes after students are dismissed.

 

In addition, elementary teachers will report to school ten (10) minutes prior to the initial reporting time of the students (as opposed to the time of the first bell for students).  Said time to be included in the elementary day as defined in 3a.

3. a. The elementary school day will be six (6) hours and twenty (20) minutes, including lunch.

b. Elementary teachers will have a fifteen (15) minute duty free recess.

4.             The high school and middle school day will be six and one-half (6 1/2) hours, including lunch.

 

5.             Professional development days will include, but not be limited to, inservice training, curriculum related activities including review and assessment, and professional development, as determined by the Department Chairpersons, the District Council, the Professional Development Committee, the Superintendent or his/her designee responsible Curriculum, Instruction and Equity.

 

a.             Professional teacher days will include curriculum-related activities within grade level(s) in buildings or across the system, or within departments. One day, to be scheduled after the start of the student year, will provide opportunity for curriculum and student assessment such as by individual school, department, grade level, district wide, primary, upper elementary, middle and/or secondary.  A second day, to be scheduled before the start of the student year, will be at the building level and will focus on curriculum preparation, review, and implementation, the scheduling and coordination of services for students with specialists, the review of student cumulative record files and individualized education plans, and other such activities that facilitate the opening of school.  Both days will be coordinated and scheduled by the building principals.

 

b.             A teacher who presents a workshop to Unit A personnel on a designated professional development day shall be paid for preparation time with respect to such workshop at the rate of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per hour, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per workshop. The workshop rate effective September 1, 2008 shall be twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) per hour, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per workshop.

 

6.             Effective July 1, 2001, the day before Thanksgiving will be a half-day for teachers. One day as scheduled by the Superintendent, which will be a half-day for students, will be used for budget preparation.  The last day of school for students will be a half-day for students, and teachers will remain on that day in order to complete necessary professional responsibilities.

 

7.             Authorized curriculum work will be posted to allow interested teachers to apply. Curriculum work is defined as any project which yields a curriculum, or a part of a curriculum, to be used by other teachers in the school district.  Teachers will be compensated at the rate of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per hour for such authorized curriculum development work performed outside the regular teacher workday/work year.

 

C.            Absences.

Whenever possible, a teacher shall give notice of his/her absence as follows so that a substitute may be provided:

An elementary teacher shall notify the Elementary Substitute Teacher Coordinator, and a secondary teacher shall notify the Secondary Substitute Teacher Coordinator, up to

7:30 p.m.  (Sunday through Thursday) on the day before the absence or between

6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. (but not later than 7:00 a.m.) on the day of the absence.

D.            Leaving the Premises. Teachers may leave the school premises during an unassigned period after notifying the Principal’s Office.  The amount of time out of the building should not exceed the length of teachers’ unassigned periods.  Teachers having first or last period unassigned are responsible for the required fifteen minute period before and after school.

E.            Emergency School Closing. Whenever a school is closed during a term because of inclement weather or for any other reason, the teachers shall do any other work that may reasonably be expected of them under the direction of the Superintendent.

F.             Student Records. Student records shall be kept and revealed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 34D, E, and F, of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

G.            Detaining Pupils. For the purpose of study or discipline, teachers may require pupils to remain after the afternoon session up to the length of one (1) class period, if necessary. Any student entitled to free bus transportation shall be given one (1) day’s notice to enable the pupil to arrange for other transportation.

H.            Inventory. Teachers will make every reasonable effort to preserve and care for textbooks, apparatus, and other school property furnished for the use of their pupils. When requested by the Superintendent, Department Chairperson, Curriculum Coordinator, or Principal, they shall report the number of each kind of books on hand, the number unfit for use, the number needed for the ensuing year and also the amount and kind of supplies required.

In case of mutilation, defacement, or loss of a school book by a pupil, disciplinary action will be taken by the teacher. Any persistent neglect to return books which have been loaned to students shall be promptly reported to the principal.

I.             Suspension of Students. Any teacher may recommend to the Principal the suspension of a pupil for flagrant misconduct.  The Principal may take the necessary steps to carry out the suspension.

J.             School Property. Teachers shall be held responsible for the order and neatness of their respective rooms.  When an injury is done to school property, they shall give prompt notice to the Principal of the building. This does not imply that teachers will perform custodial duty.

K.            Teacher Meetings. It shall be the duty of the teacher to attend all meetings called by the Superintendent, Principal or Department Chairperson.  Teachers will be given adequate notice of such meetings and meetings will be limited to two (2) per month, except for one month wherein the Principal may schedule three (3) per month, and except for emergency or other very important reasons as determined by the Administrator responsible.  Said meetings will not be restricted in subject matter to be covered at the meeting.

Teachers will not be required to attend meetings scheduled before school hours, unless an emergency situation requires such a meeting, or by agreement of all concerned.

L.            Preparation Period.

1.            a. Middle School and elementary teachers in the departmental structure will, in addition to their duty-free lunch period, have one preparation period per day during which they will not be assigned to other duties. If a teacher, due to the organizational structure has other unassigned periods, the Principal may call on this teacher to perform professional duties. If substitute teaching is involved then the provisions of Article IX, Section D will apply.

b. Elementary teachers will have a daily preparation period four (4) days a week for a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes.  Effective July 1, 2009, the School District will provide a fifth elementary preparation period, which will not be mandated to be on the fifth day of the elementary school week, but may be, because of scheduling, provided on one of the existing four preparation days.  The School District will make an effort to prepare the elementary schedule to permit the fifth preparation period, if possible, to be on the fifth school day.

2.            a. Effective with the 1996-1997 school year, a long-block schedule will be implemented at Northampton High School, consisting of four (4) long blocks each full school day. Full-time teachers shall not be assigned more than three (3) teaching blocks each full school day. In addition, full-time teachers shall have one (1) preparation period each full school day; the preparation period shall be of the same duration as a teaching block.

2.            b. Teachers shall not be assigned any supervisory duties at the high school.

2.            c. When teachers at the high school are called upon to cover classes after the senior class terminates it academic year, teachers will be called according to the following formula:

i.              Teachers who had senior classes will be called first.

ii.              Teachers who have more than one (1) preparation period will be called next.

3.             Kindergarten teachers who teach two (2) half day Kindergartens per day shall have 100 minutes unassigned time per week, in the form of ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the afternoon.

 

4.             At the middle school, duties will be assigned on an equitable basis among all staff.

 

M.           Number of Preparations. Middle School and elementary teachers in the departmental structure will not be required to teach more than two major subjects. Middle School teachers will not have more than a total of three (3) teaching preparations at any one time.

Exceptions to the provisions of the first above paragraph may be made only if the Superintendent of Schools (or his/her designee) determines that it is necessary to do so in the best interests of the educational process.  (A disagreement over whether an exception is justified will be subject to the Grievance procedure and will be initiated at Level One thereof.)

At the High School, full-time teachers will not be required to teach more than two (2) major subjects, nor have more than a total of two (2) teaching preparations at any one time.  This provision shall not preclude a full-time teacher from agreeing to teach more than two (2) major subjects and/or more than two (2) preparations at any one time.

N.            Lunch Period. Teachers shall have a duty-free lunch period of the same length as the student lunch period in their school.

O.            Unassigned Periods for Elementary Teachers. Elementary teachers will not be required to remain in their classrooms while special teachers are presenting a lesson.

P.             Unit A Personnel, except for special education TEAM liaisons, will be remunerated at the following rates for each TEAM meeting which extends beyond the contractual work day:

Effective July 1, 2005 $20 per TEAM meeting

Special education TEAM liaisons will receive a $744 for 2004-2005, $766 for 2005-2006 and $789 for 2006-2007.

No special education TEAM meetings will be held prior to the time teachers are required to report in the mornings.

Q.            All agenda before subcommittee meetings of the Committee and all minutes following these meetings, as well as agenda and minutes for meetings of the full School Committee, will be posted on the official Northampton Public Schools Website.

R.            Parent-Teacher Conferences Elementary Schools.

1.             One week of early release day conferences will be scheduled in the fall, after consultation with the principals and faculty, concurrent with the time of report card distribution and when the Superintendent deems it would be most educationally sound. (5 days)

 

2.             Conferences will include three afternoon conferences (1 pm – 3pm) and two evening conferences (6 pm – 8 pm).

 

3.             Conferences will be scheduled for 20 minutes each.

 

4.             Teachers will use the eight remaining parent contact hours provided in the current contract for a variety of parent/teacher contacts during the school year. (Examples of contact: notes, letters, newsletters, updating websites, phone calls, informal meetings, child study meetings). (Examples of not included contacts: team meetings, Open House, and similar practices already addressed in the contract).

 

5.             The number of hours that teacher use to contact parents is not restricted to the parent/teacher conferences and the eight contact hours, but will be up to the teachers’ professional judgment.

 

ARTICLE V

NON-TEACHING DUTIES

A.            Special Assignments. In addition to teaching and supervision, each teacher is subject to assignments of reasonable added professional responsibilities by the principal.

The following are not professional responsibilities:

1.             *Checking and collecting health forms and/or emergency forms.

2.             Collecting and accounting for insurance money.

3.             Keeping the register.

4.             White Cards.

5.             Collecting and accounting for lunch money.

6.             Collecting and accounting for milk money.

7.             Duties related to a student’s personal hygiene.

 

*Note: The teacher will be responsible for initial distribution and collection of forms only and will not be required to conduct follow-ups.

B.            Extracurricular Activities.

1.             Teachers will be responsible for extracurricular activities on a voluntary basis.

 

2.             Any activity occurring after regular school hours shall be considered an extracurricular activity with the exception of professional responsibilities.

3.             Payment for all coaching and extracurricular activities will be made immediately following the completion of the coaching or extracurricular assignment.

4.             The Supervisor of Athletics and Intramurals will be paid in ten (10) monthly installments.

 

C.            Teachers will not be required to drive pupils to activities which take place away from the school building.

D.            Coaching/Extra Curricular.

1. Coaching appointments will be made for one (1) to three (3) year periods, subject to M.G.L. c. 71, s. 47A, after which each appointment will be considered automatically reopened for application and a notice of vacancies will be posted. Such notification will be posted within ten days after the season ends and applications will be received no later than four (4) weeks after the initial posting.

 

2. Assignments to extracurricular activities will be made for one (1) to three (3) year periods after which each assignment will be considered automatically reopened for application and a notice of vacancies will be posted.  Such notification will be posted within ten days after the activity ends and applications will be received no later than four (4) weeks after the initial posting.

 

E.            Years of experience in the position in the system will determine step placement, one step for each year.

F.             Committee Assignments.

1.             First consideration will be granted to teachers who volunteer to serve on committees.  Teachers will have the right to refuse committee service.

 

2.             Persons who are interested in and/or affected by the subject of a committee study will be able to volunteer for said committee membership.

 

ARTICLE VI Reserved (See Article XX) ARTICLE VII LEAVES OF ABSENCE WITH PAY

A.            Sick Leave

1. a. Full time teachers who begin work in a school year on the first day of such school year shall commence such school year with a sick leave credit of twelve and one-half (12.5) days (a day consisting of 7 hours).

b. Teachers who begin work in a school year after the first day of such school year, including without limitation a teacher who is an employee on the first day of such school year, will receive an initial credit of 1-1/4 days (8.75) for each full month remaining in the school year. Teachers who cease employment at any time during a school year or who take an unpaid leave of absence of more than ten (10) days or a leave of absence described in Article VIII B will have their initial sick leave credit for such school year reduced by 1-1/4 days (8.75 hours) for each month or portion thereof that they are off the payroll, plus the number of such initial sick leave days they have used during such school year.

 

c. For purposes of determining the length of an unpaid leave of absence, days granted pursuant to any such leave of absence that immediately follow the days granted pursuant to a prior unpaid leave of absence for the same purpose shall constitute a single leave of absence.

 

d. For purposes of determining the number of sick leave days provided under this subsection for a school year that are used in such school year, sick leave days provided under this subsection for such school year shall not be considered to be used until sick leave days accumulated in previous school years have been exhausted.

 

e. Unused sick leave days will accumulate without limit.

 

2.             Absence from work due to illness of the employee will be charged against that employee’s accumulated sick time.

 

3.             The employee may use his or her accumulated sick time for illness of a member of the employee’s immediate family as defined in Section B and other relatives of the employee who reside in the house hold of the employee to care for the ill person. This shall not be construed to mean a continuing absence but rather an emergency type of situation for a period of up to one week. A variation of the one week limit may be granted on the recommendation of the Superintendent.

 

4.             Sick Leave Bank

a.             There shall be a Sick Leave Bank Committee, consisting of the Vice-Chairperson of the Northampton School Committee, the Superintendent of Schools, and the President of the Northampton Association of School Employees.  The Sick Leave Bank Committee will administer the provisions of the Sick Leave Bank.

 

b.             The Sick Leave Bank will depend upon voluntary contributions from employees covered by this Agreement.

 

c.             Bargaining unit members may become a member of the Sick Leave Bank by donating two (2) days within ninety (90) working days of the date that she/he first reported for work, provided that she/he has accrued days available for this purpose.

 

d.             After the initial donation, each year one (1) day will be added to the Sick Leave Bank by each member of the Sick Leave Bank.  Any member of the Sick Leave Bank may withdraw from the Bank for a school year by giving written notice to the Sick Leave Bank Committee by September 15 of the school year during which she/he no longer desires membership.

 

e.             The number of days in the Sick Leave Bank cannot exceed four (4) times the number of employees in the bargaining unit.  If the sick leave days in the Bank exceed three-fourths (3/4) of the maximum number of days at the end of any school year, the members of the Bank will not be required to make the annual one (1) day donation at the start of the school year.  If the number of sick leave days in the Bank are depleted to one-half (1/2) or less of the maximum number of days, one (1) additional day for the Bank may be assessed each member.

 

f.             If an employee who has not become a member of the Sick Leave Bank decides to join in a year subsequent to the year in which she/he could first have become a member, his/her initial donation to the Bank must equal the total number of days that she/he would have donated through the years had she/he joined when first eligible.

 

g.             No member of the Sick Leave Bank will be denied continuation of membership in the Bank if a long-term illness has caused exhaustion of his/her individual sick leave benefits, thus preventing annual required donations to the Bank.

 

h.             A member of the Sick Leave Bank who has exhausted his/her individual sick leave benefits may apply for benefits from the Sick Leave Bank. Such benefits are intended to augment an employee’s sick leave benefit in cases involving catastrophic or long-term illness or accident not covered by Workers’ Compensation.  In assessing any application, the Sick Leave

 

Bank Committee may request such medical documentation as it deems appropriate and shall, in addition, consider the following criteria:

i.              Demonstrated need of the applicant

ii.             Prior sick leave usage

iii.            Relative needs of other applicants

iv.            Supply of days in the Bank.

i.              The Sick Leave Bank Committee’s decision on all applications and other matters within its jurisdiction shall be final and shall not be subject to the grievance/arbitration procedure contained in this Agreement.  Any employee whose application is rejected or modified will, upon request, be granted a meeting with the Sick Leave Bank Committee.

 

j.              By June 15 of each year, the Sick Leave Bank Committee will inform the Association and the School Committee of the number of days accrued in the Sick Leave Bank. The Sick Leave Bank Committee will also be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date list of the members of the Sick Leave Bank.

 

5.             Any employee whose personal illness extends beyond the period compensated under the terms of this Section A will be granted a leave of absence up to one (1) year without pay for such time as is necessary for complete recovery from such illness.

 

6.             The Superintendent may request a doctor’s certificate in the case of extended absences or unusual circumstances, whether or not Sections A 4 and A 5 of this Article VII are applicable. The Superintendent and Principal are the granting authorities for FMLA leave.

 

B.            Bereavement Leave. In the event of a death of a member of the immediate family, or of any person residing in the household (including a relative of the second degree), teachers shall be entitled to five (5) bereavement days.  Immediate family includes Husband, Wife, Domestic Partner, Father, Mother, Father-in-Law, Mother-in-Law, Child, Brother, Sister, Grandfather, Grandmother, Grandchild of the employee.  In the case of a death of a relative of the second degree (other than a relative of the second degree residing in the household), the teacher shall be entitled without loss of pay to the day or part thereof necessary to attend the funeral. Relatives of the second degree include Uncles, Aunts, Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, and in-laws other than mentioned above.  Bereavement Leave must be taken within five (5) days of the death of the relative or person residing in the household. This requirement may be waived by mutual agreement of the Superintendent of Schools and the President of the Association.

C.            Death Benefits. In the case of the death of a teacher, his/her estate shall receive the amount of money equal to the unused balance of his/her accrued sick leave, based on 1/200 of his/her current salary.

D.            Personal Days. Two (2) personal days are allowed each year.  These days are not subtracted from the employee’s accumulated sick leave.  These days may not be taken on a day preceding or following a vacation. Unused personal days will accrue as additional sick leave days. Any unused personal days in any school year will be added to a teacher’s sick leave days at the end of such school year or, in the case of a teacher who dies or retires during a school year, upon the death or retirement of such teacher.  A teacher will give written notice of a personal day to the Superintendent (using the form set forth in Appendix A-4) at least twenty-four (24) hours before the personal day is to be taken, except in the case of an emergency, when notification may be made by telephone to be followed by written notice.

E.            Up to a total of three (3) days during any school year will be allowed for religious observance. These days shall be deducted from sick leave or personal leave.  The teacher shall notify the Superintendent’s office whether he/she wants these days deducted from personal leave or sick leave.

F.             Employees will not suffer loss of pay, sick, or personal days for subpoenaed court appearances.

G.            Jury Duty.

An employee in the bargaining unit who serves on jury duty will continue to receive his regular pay from the City, provided the employee’s supervisor certifies on the payroll that the employee is absent for jury duty.  When payment by the court for such jury duty is made, such payment, exclusive of travel or any other allowances, shall be refunded to the City by the employee in the following manner: the employee shall present to the Superintendent’s Office either the check from the court endorsed over to the City of Northampton, or a certification from the court as to the amount paid together with employee’s personal reimbursement to the City.

An employee on jury duty shall be considered as being employed Monday through Friday.

It will be the responsibility of an employee who has been informed that his/her service will not be required on the following day to notify the School Department in time to cancel the need for a substitute.

H.            The Superintendent of Schools or the Superintendent’s designee will be responsible for the administration of the foregoing provisions of this Article, consistent with the terms of this Agreement.3

3 The Superintendent may place members of the Bargaining Unit with professional status on administrative leave with pay in connection with misconduct allegations.

 

ARTICLE VIII SPECIAL LEAVES

All teachers returned from leaves of absences granted in this Article shall, upon request, be restored to the same or similar position they held at the time the leave was granted, provided such position is still in existence.  All benefits to which a teacher was entitled at the time his/her leave of absence commenced, including unused accumulated sick leave (determined as provided in Section VII A 1), will be restored to him/her upon his/her return. A teacher who has been granted any leave of absence for a period of one year must notify the Superintendent before March 31 of his/her intention to resume work the following September.  The Superintendent shall notify the teacher by January 31 requesting a letter of intent by March 31.  Failure to give such notification will be considered as the teacher’s declination to return to work the ensuing year.

A.            Maternity Leave. Employees will be eligible for Maternity Leave in accordance with the provisions of Mass. General Laws c. 151B, §4 and c. 149, §105D as interpreted and enforced pursuant to c. 151B §4(11A).  Extension of Maternity Leave for medical reasons may be granted by the Superintendent of Schools.

B.            FMLA Leave. The parties hereby agree to incorporate by reference the City of Northampton’s policy on Family and Medical Leave, Appendix E, established pursuant to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, with the understanding that any benefit which may be established pursuant to this Agreement which is in addition to that available under the Family and Medical Leave Act (for example, short term family sick leave, leave for less than full time employees, extended leave) will not be limited by this policy.

C.            Small Necessities Leave. An employee eligible for FMLA leave shall be entitled to up to twenty-four (24) hours of leave per contract year as provided by G.L. c. 149, §52D; a copy of the law may be obtained from the Superintendent’s office.  When an eligible employee takes such leave, such leave shall be deducted from personal leave.

D.            Sabbatical Leave for Study or Travel. Teachers with professional teacher status who have served seven (7) years in the Northampton School System may, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and with the budgetary approval of the School Committee, be granted leave of absence for study or travel upon the following conditions:

1.             No more than one (1) per cent of the teaching staff shall be absent on sabbatical leave at one time.

 

2.             Request for sabbatical leave must be received by the Superintendent in writing in such form as may be required by the Superintendent not later than December 1 of the year preceding the school year in which the sabbatical leave is requested.  If the Superintendent recommends the request, it will be forwarded to the School Committee for approval or disapproval.

 

3.             Teacher on sabbatical leave will be paid at three-fourths (3/4) of the annual salary rate, provided that such pay when added to any program grant shall not exceed the teacher’s full annual rate.

 

4.             The teacher must file with the Committee a written agreement to remain in the service of the Committee for one (1) full year in the event of a half-year’s leave or two (2) full years in the event of a full year’s leave.  If a teacher resigns, within the year or the two-year period following the sabbatical, that teacher will refund to the City the sum of money proportionate to the unfulfilled period of time agreed to above.

 

5.             Teachers granted sabbatical leave of absence are required to report twice each semester to the Superintendent of Schools.  This report must indicate the extent of the study of school systems either at home or abroad in case of sabbatical leave for travel, or the nature of the courses taken at a university and the application of these to the work of the individual concerned in the case of sabbatical leave of absence for study. If such reports are unsatisfactory, the leave may be terminated by the Board at any time upon the recommendation of the Superintendent.

 

6.             In case the number of applications shall exceed one (1) per cent, selections shall be made in accordance with the following principles:

 

a.             Length of service, preference to be given to those longest in the service.

b.             Distribution by schools, care being taken that the number from any school should not be comparatively excessive.

c.             Nature of service, provisions being made that the benefits of such leave of absence shall be distributed as fairly as possible among all grades, high school and supervisory positions.

d.             the needs of the school system.

 

7.             Regular annual increments shall be given for time of leave, the same as for regular service in the school.

 

8.             A teacher may not be granted a second sabbatical leave of absence until seven (7) years after the date of return of the first leave.

 

E.            Temporary Leave of Absence.

Military Leave. Military leave will be granted according to the provisions of Chapter 33, Section 59 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

F.             Extended Leave of Absence.

1.            Leave of absence without pay or increment of up to one (1) year will be granted for the purpose of caring for a sick member of the teacher’s immediate family. Additional leave may be granted at the discretion of the Superintendent.

G.            Other leaves of absence without pay may be granted by the Superintendent.

H.            Notwithstanding any foregoing provision of this Article, the Superintendent of Schools or the Superintendent’s designee will be responsible for the administration of each of its provision, consistent with the terms of this Agreement.4

4 The Superintendent may place members of the Bargaining Unit with professional status on administrative leave with pay in connection with misconduct allegations.

 

ARTICLE IX SUBSTITUTE AND PART-TIME TEACHERS

A.            A substitute teacher will be eligible, after ninety plus one consecutive days in the same assignment, to be part of the bargaining unit (this will apply to a substitute appointed to work ninety plus one consecutive days in the same assignment and a substitute who has actually worked ninety plus one consecutive days in the same assignment), and such substitute teachers will only be eligible for sick leave and one personal day per semester. Said substitute teacher will be placed by the Superintendent on the Teacher salary schedule and will not be eligible for any other benefits, except sick leave and personal leave.

B.            Reserved.

C.            Reserved.

D.            Regular Teachers as Substitutes.

1.             No teacher shall be asked to substitute for another teacher except in case of emergency.  An emergency is understood to be no more than one (1) day in duration. In those cases where regular substitutes are not available and a regular teacher voluntarily agrees to serve as a substitute during his/her preparation time, said teacher shall be paid fifteen dollars ($15.00) for each period substituted and twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each long-block period substituted.  Such arrangements will be made by the principal of the school with the Superintendent’s approval.

 

2.             No teacher will be required to substitute for a coach or club advisor when said sport activity or club begins before the end of the regular school day. Teachers who volunteer to substitute will be paid twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) for each period substituted, pro-rated for a half a period ($6.25).

 

3.             Elementary classroom teachers will not be required to substitute for specialist teachers.

 

4.             No teacher will be allowed to assume the role of principal in the absence of the principal.

 

E.            Part-Time Teachers.

1.            (a) Part-time teachers may have a partial schedule every day, or a full schedule certain days only; part-time will be pro-rated for purposes of salary, service credit, and benefits.

1.            (b) At the high school level one (1) teaching period shall constitute 33 1/3%, two (2) periods - 66 2/3%, three (3) periods constitute full-time.  At the middle school, one teaching period shall constitute 20%, two periods - 40%, three periods

-60%, four periods - 80%, and five periods - 100%.

1.             (c) The formula for elementary teachers will be based on a percentage of the total length of the school day to the nearest tenth (1/10) exclusive of duty free lunch.

2.             Every effort will be made to provide continuity for teachers having a part-time schedule.

3.             Part-time teachers who are required to attend curriculum days, workshop days, parent-teacher conferences or other meetings (except for special education team meetings covered under Article IVP of this Agreement) held after their professional duties end will be compensated at an hourly rate based on their regular salary for the actual time of the meeting.

4.             Part-time teachers will be scheduled so that their teaching responsibilities and any professional assignments are performed in a single continuous block of time insofar as possible.

 

F.             Current policy regarding substitute nurses will continue to be applicable.

 

ARTICLE X

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS

 

A.             There shall be department chairperson positions with the following responsibilities:

 

1.             Communicate regularly, as requested, with the appropriate building principal  and/or the Superintendent or his/her designee responsible for Curriculum and Instruction.

 

2.             Complete orientation training by the Superintendent or his/her designee responsible for Curriculum and Instruction.

3.             Facilitate the already established curriculum development process and assigned department activities.

4.             Assist the principal in the budget process by coordinating resource and materials orders for the appropriate group or building.

5.             Facilitate department meetings.

 

6.              Advise principals on departmental course design and instructional needs.

 

B.             Department chairpersons will not have responsibility for teacher evaluation, nor will they be assigned any supervisory responsibilities. Chairpersons will have a full teaching load.

 

C.      Effective for the 2005-2006 academic year, the areas and grade levels of responsibility for department chairpersons are as follows: Performing Arts  PK-8

D.       

 Visual Art                                             PK-8

 P/E Health                                           PK-8

 Guidance                                              6-8

 Pupil Services                                      6-8

 Math                                                     6-8

 Reading                                                6-8

 Science                                                 6-8

 Social Studies                                      6-8

 World Languages  6-8

 English/Language  6-8

 Exploratory Block  6-8

 Math                                                     9-12

 Science                                                 9-12

 Social Studies                                      9-12

 English                                                  9-12

 Pupil Services                                      9-12

 Technology/Business  9-12

Guidance 9-12

World Language 9-12

PE/Health 9-12

Fine & Performing Arts 9-12

 

D.            The position shall receive an annual stipend, according to the following:

All department heads                         FY2008 FY2009 FY2010 $2,015 $2,075 $2,137

E.            1. Chairpersons will have the opportunity to visit other schools and attend conventions and conferences, whenever possible, in order to keep abreast of new books, new trends and practices in their respective fields.

2. Chairpersons will have full comprehensive membership in the national organization for their subject area paid for by the Committee.

F.             Reasonable notices of meetings will be given, and meetings will be limited to two (2) per month except for emergencies or other very important reasons as determined by the administrator responsible.

G.            Selection of Department Chairpersons:

1.             a. The position of Department Chairperson will be advertised as a vacancy (in accordance with Article III) every two (2) years.

b. If a vacancy occurs before the end of the two (2) year period, the replacement appointment will be for the remainder of such two (2) year period.

.Prior to the posting of vacancies, the Superintendent of Schools will provide an opportunity for a written survey of all members of the department and representative elementary teachers, where applicable, jointly selected by the Superintendent and the President of the Association, to establish department recommendations for the positions of the Department Chairperson.  These surveys will be reviewed by the Superintendent and the President of the Northampton Association of School Employees.

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H.            EVALUATION OF DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS

1.             Department Chairpersons will be evaluated annually by either the Superintendent or his/her designee or the building principal.  The evaluator will be designated at the beginning of each school year.

 

2.             Purpose. Evaluation is the ongoing process of defining goals and identifying, gathering, and using information as a part of a process: (a) to provide information for improving performance, and (b) to provide a record of facts and assessments for personnel decisions. The evaluation shall be free of racial, gender, religions and other discriminations or biases as defined in state and federal laws, and shall be based on direct observation. Such observations will be conducted openly and with the knowledge of the Department Chairperson.

 

3.             The evaluator will use an evaluation instrument mutually agreed upon by the Committee and the Association.

 

4.             The evaluation report must provide specific recommendations for improving performance in those areas identified as in need of improvement.

 

5.             Each Department Chairperson will be given a copy of his/her evaluation report to sign or initial and a copy to retain and shall have the right to discuss such report with the evaluator.

6.             Department Chairpersons shall have the right to respond in writing to an evaluation report. Such response will be attached to the evaluation report.

 

7.             Any Department Chairperson may appeal an adverse evaluation report through the grievance procedure, but only on the grounds of bad faith or discrimination.

 

8.             Each Department Chairperson shall have an annual conference of evaluation with his/her evaluator.

 

ARTICLE XI ASSOCIATION

A.            Use of Buildings. The Association will have the right to use school buildings without cost at reasonable times for meetings.  The principal of the building in question will be notified in advance of the time of all such meetings.  Request for such use must be made to and approved by the Superintendent of Schools.

B.            Availability of Educational Benefits. Northampton teachers, who are not residents of Northampton, will be allowed to send their children to the regular education program in the Northampton Public Schools on a space available basis at one-half the tuition charge. Such teachers may do so by agreeing in advance that their children may be transferred from class to class, or from school to school, should enrollment make this necessary.

Acceptance of a non-resident student will be subject to annual review and current policy.

 

ARTICLE XII

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

In the event an employee receives compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Committee agrees to pay the employee, if he/she so agrees, the difference between the compensation he/she receives and the usual weekly salary, such difference to be charged against the employee’s sick leave account to the extent of accumulated sick leave earned.

 

ARTICLE XIII INSURANCE AND ANNUITY PLAN

A.            Group Life and Health Insurance. Any teacher is eligible for enrollment in any insurance plan whether life or health offered to the employees of the City of Northampton.

B.            Annuity Plan. Teachers will be eligible to participate in a “tax sheltered” annuity plan established pursuant to United States Public Law No. 87-370.

C.            Group Health Accident Insurance. In addition to the above fringe benefits, health-accident insurance is available to a regular teacher through the Northampton Association of School Employees.

D.            During the term of this contract, the Committee agrees to pay at least 50% of health and life insurance premiums for plans offered to employees of the City of Northampton, except that, effective July 1, 2001, the Committee agrees to pay eighty-five percent (85%) and eighty percent (80%) effective July 1, 2002 of the premiums for hospital and medical coverage in the City of Northampton’s group health maintenance organization plan.

The Committee agrees to raise the current life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment policy amount from $2000 to $5000 effective either July 1, 2001, or when all bargaining units have executed a collective bargaining agreement with the City and School Department, whichever is later.

E.            Dental Insurance: The Committee agrees to implement a voluntary Dental Plan.

F.             Flexible Spending Account: The Committee agrees to offer a voluntary Flexible Spending Account.

G.            The Committee agrees to provide for payroll deduction of individual premium payments for MTA disability insurance; with premium costs to be paid by the employee.

 

ARTICLE XIV DUES DEDUCTION

A.            The Committee hereby accepts the provisions of Section 17A of Chapter 180 of the General Laws of Massachusetts and, in accordance therewith, shall certify to the Treasurer of Northampton all payroll deductions for the payment of dues to the Association duly authorized by employees covered by this contract.

B.            The Committee hereby accepts amended provisions (amended by Chapter 785 of the Acts of 1969) of Section 178B of Chapter 149 of the General Laws of Massachusetts and in accordance with, shall certify to the Treasurer of Northampton all payroll deductions for making deposits in any credit union operated by members of a state association of teachers, provided that these deductions are for a contract year.

 

ARTICLE XV SALARY

A.            Salary Schedule See Appendix A – 1 Nurse’s Salary Schedule See Appendix A - 1a & 1b

B.            Extracurricular See Appendix A - 2

C.            Department Chairpersons and teachers assigned to more than one (1) school in any one (1) day will receive either twenty dollars ($20.00) per month reimbursement5 for all inter-school driving done by them or they may elect to be reimbursed at the mileage rate authorized by the City. Such election must be made at the start of the school year in September.  For driving outside the City, reimbursement will also be at the rate authorized by the City.

D.            Super-Maximum -- Professional Increments. Four (4) professional increments of one hundred ($100) dollars each are available for professional study, other courses, workshops, and/or its equivalent in travel.

1.             Hours of Study: One three (3) credit course or more of approved study with credit for any professional work done, actual attendance at the required number of classes is necessary.

2.             First Increment: The first increment must be earned through study.

3.             Second, Third, Fourth Increment: The second, third and fourth professional increment may be earned through study or its equivalent in travel.

4.             Travel: Only two (2) increments may be earned through travel.  One increment may be earned for domestic travel only when the trip consists of at least five (5) consecutive weeks of travel and for foreign travel only when the trip covers at least four (4) weeks of travel in foreign countries.

5.             Time Limit on Courses: Only one (1) hundred ($100) dollar increment may be earned during any twelve-month (12) period except through full-time study.

6.             Time Limit on Increments: Once an increment is received for professional study, this increment remains as a part of the teacher’s salary as long as he/she is employed in the Northampton Public School System.

 

After receiving the fourth supermaximum increment the teacher, to continue to have the annual salary reflect this $400, shall take a three credit course or three in-service credits during each five year period. These three credits may also be earned by serving on

5 To qualify for this reimbursement, travel must actually occur during the same day between different schools in the District. curriculum committees, the In-Service Committee, Special Education Committees, or other recognized committees established in the school system and approved by the Superintendent. Three credits will be given for each year of service on such a committee.

 

During each five-year period, the School District agrees to offer or approve at least one in-service opportunity per year. Credit will be granted according to a formula of 15 classroom hours per in-service credit.  The cost of any in-service course given under the auspices of the School District will be shared equally between the School District and the participant.

Teachers with a Masters +15 and those who qualify under Article XV Section F of the current contract are exempt from this requirement.  The five-year period is to commence from the effective date of the 1981 contract.

7.             Professional Study:

a.             No teacher shall receive more than five (5) annual increments in salary unless he/she presents evidence of professional study in his/her field, or a related field, or a field which has a potential future relationship, or one which carries with it apparent self-improvement in either presentation or methodology, of work equal to six (6) college credits during each five (5) year period.

i.              If the ultimate course desired and approved requires a specific prerequisite, it shall be implied in the approval of said course that such prerequisite is automatically approved and that the credits given for these prerequisites shall count toward the total of the aforementioned six (6) college credits.

b.             As an alternative to obtaining six (6) college credits, as outlined in Paragraph A above, a teacher may participate in, and receive credit for, workshops, conferences or mini-courses presented by professional associations or certified profession development providers.  In order to have such credit count toward receiving the annual increment, the following procedures shall apply:

i.              Prior approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee is required;

ii.             Fifteen (15) clock hours of participation is such workshops, conferences and/or mini-courses shall be the equivalent of one (1) college credit;

iii.            Only workshops, conferences and/or mini-courses presented by established professional associations or certified professional development providers will be considered; and

iv.            The workshops, conferences, and/or mini-courses must be similar in quality and rigor as a college course.

v.             Unless said teacher has obtained a terminal degree, such as a Ph.D. or M.F.A., a teacher is not advised to rely solely on participation in such workshops, conferences and/or mini-courses for meeting this requirement.  However, each application will be judged on its own merits.

c.             (i) “Standard Request for Approval Form” (Appendix A-4) shall be submitted as soon as possible, and preferably at least twenty (20) days prior to the starting date of the course(s), workshop(s), conference(s) and/or mini-course(s).  The form should be submitted in duplicate and will be acted upon and returned within ten (10) days receipt of the form in the Superintendent’s Office.

 

8.             Advance Study Salary Adjustments: Changes in salaries due to advanced study will be made twice a year, each September and/or February, only as a result of teacher claims substantiated by college records.

9.             Withholding Increments: Any teacher whose work is judged unsatisfactory by the Superintendent of Schools and combined evaluation of the Department Chairperson, and the Principal in charge of his/her work shall have his/her salary increases withheld even though he/she may be a teacher with professional teacher status. This is, provided that the teacher has been given written notice of the reasons in advance of the awarding of contracts and provided that the teacher, when on professional teacher status, if he/she so desired, had been granted a hearing before the Superintendent.

10.          Approval: All courses, degrees, and travel must be approved in advance by the Superintendent of Schools. A teacher may advance laterally and vertically on the salary scale (whenever possible) and also receive a super-maximum increment, if applicable.

 

E.            Retirement Credit. A teacher meeting the following requirements shall be entitled to receive the sum of fifty-five dollars ($55.00) per day for one hundred (100) days of unused sick leave accumulated in the Northampton School System.

1.             The teacher must be retiring with fifteen (15) or more years of service with the Northampton School Department.

2.             The teacher must have at least one hundred (100) days of unused accumulated sick days.

3.             The teacher must advise the Superintendent of his/her intention to retire by January 15 immediately preceding the end of the school year he/she plans on retiring. This requirement may be waived by the School Committee.

 

F.             Method of Payment.

1.             Teachers will receive their salary in 26 equal installments every other Thursday, beginning with the second Thursday of the school year.

2.             Teachers may collect their salary for the summer months by notifying the School District in writing prior to the beginning of the school year.  Payment for the remainder of their salary shall be made on or before the final payday in June or over the summer months of July and August as may be elected by the teacher.

3.             New staff members hired prior to February 1 will be advanced on the salary scale as those who entered in September.  Those hired on or after February 1 will be advanced on the salary scale one year from the following September.

 

G.            In-Service Courses. In-service courses are considered a part of the professional growth of the staff.  In-service courses approved by the Superintendent will represent a minimum of fifteen (15) class hours.

H.            Payment for Teaching of In-Service Courses. A teacher who teaches an in-service course described in Section G of this Article will be compensated at the rate of fifty one dollars and fifty cent ($51.50) per hour for each hour of such teaching, up to a maximum of seven hundred seventy two dollars and fifty cents ($772.50) per course.  Effective September 1, 2008, the hourly rate of such teaching will be adjusted from fifty one dollars and fifty cent ($51.50) to fifty five dollars ($55.00), up to a maximum of seven hundred seventy two dollars and fifty cents ($772.50) per course.

I.             Reserved for future use.

J.             Guidance Personnel

1.             Reserved for future use.

2.             Designated Middle School and High School guidance personnel shall work up to a total of ten (10) extra days in addition to the regular teacher work year.  Such personnel shall be paid a per diem rate for each day worked and such pay shall be incorporated in to a July 1 to June 30 schedule for pay purposes.  This is in addition to the stipend listed in Appendix A.

3.             Elementary guidance personnel shall work the regular teacher work year and shall receive the stipend listed in Appendix A in addition to their regular teacher salary.6

 

K.            Teachers who have achieved National Board Certification will receive an annual stipend of one thousand dollars ($1,000).

Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement.

 

ARTICLE XVI REDUCTION IN FORCE

A.            Natural attrition and/or retirements shall be taken into account prior to invoking the provisions of this Article.

B.            When necessary to invoke the provisions of this Article due to a reduction in the number of teachers employed, changed in enrollment or distribution of students, or administrative reorganization, affected teachers will be notified, in writing sixty (60) calendar days prior to the time such a change will take effect.

1.            In the event of such reduction, teachers will be laid off in the reverse order of seniority.

C.            Any teacher whose position is eliminated shall:

1.             Be transferred into a vacant or newly created position for which he/she is qualified, certified or certifiable, such transfer to be given priority over those teachers who have requested a transfer pursuant to Article III, Section K.

If this is not possible, then:

2.             Replace an employee with lower seniority and where, within the School System, there is a position for which the employee whose position is eliminated is qualified, certified or certifiable.

3.             The teacher must be certified by the State Department of Education, either in writing or verbally, the latter being requested by the Superintendent or his designee.

 

D.            Seniority is measured in terms of a teacher’s length of service in years, months and days from the initial date of appointment.  Seniority of part-time teachers shall be pro-rated in implementing Section C, above.

E.            Cases of identical seniority in the same subject area shall be resolved by granting preference to the teacher with the highest level of formal educational training as recognized on the salary schedule then in effect.  If these are identical then preference will be given to the teacher with the most years of teaching experience.

F.             Teachers who have been laid off shall be entitled to recall rights for a period of twelve (12) months from the date the lay off is to take effect.

1.             During the recall period, teachers shall be notified by registered mail, return receipt requested, addressed to their last address of record, and given preference for positions for which they are qualified, certified or certifiable in the inverse order of their respective layoff.

2.             Teachers so notified shall have ten (10) calendar days (20 during the summer months) from the date the Committee places on the registered mail receipt to respond, in writing, to claim the position.

3.             The Committee shall not be held responsible for the failure of the postal service to deliver letters of notification or for failure of the postal service to deliver letters of reply within specified time limits.

 

G.            All benefits to which a teacher is entitled at the time of the layoff shall be restored in full upon re-employment within the recall period.

H.            During the recall period teachers who have been laid off shall be given preference on the substitute list. Their employment will be at the established substitute pay rate.

I.             Teachers on layoff may continue their group life and health insurance coverage during the recall period by reimbursing the School System for the total premium costs.  Failure to forward premium payments to the Committee in accord with a mutually agreed upon schedule or the refusal to return to employment upon recall will terminate this option.

J.             The Superintendent will provide a seniority list of teachers at the time Section B, above, is invoked (in writing) to the Association. Challenges to this list must be presented (in writing) to the Superintendent within ten (10) school days from receipt of said list. Yearly update of seniority list will be provided the Association by October 31 of each school year.

K.            When layoff action occurs, the Association shall be notified, in writing, of all teachers to be laid off.

L.            The Association shall be notified of any recall action taken by the Superintendent if there are people on layoff.

M.     Unit B Administrators will have replacement rights in Unit A based upon the total amount of Unit A Seniority accrued as of the latest date of appointment to a position in Unit B.

 

ARTICLE XVII SAVINGS CLAUSE

In the event that any provision of this Agreement is or shall be found to be contrary to law by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such clause shall be void and unenforceable, but all other provisions of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.  If any provision is found contrary to law, then, upon the request of either party, the parties shall enter into negotiations for the purpose of arriving at a mutually satisfactory replacement for such provision.

 

ARTICLE XVIII HEALTH AND SAFETY

A.            The School Committee recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace, free from hazards or conditions which cause, or which are likely to cause accident, injury or illness to the teaching staff.

B.            To this end, the School Committee agrees that it will take appropriate action to inform the Association and all affected teachers of hazards or conditions which cause or which are likely to cause accident, injury or illness, and that it will make a good faith effort to correct such hazards or conditions.

C.      The parties further agree that no member of the bargaining unit will be subject to restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal for filing a report or for attempting to ameliorate an unsafe or unhealthy working condition.

 

ARTICLE XIX PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ASSAULT

Principals and teachers shall be required to report any assault on a teacher related to the performance of the teacher’s duties to the Superintendent of Schools.  The principal may at his/her discretion also report any case of assault on a teacher occurring on school property to the appropriate police department for investigation.  The assault will also be promptly investigated by the principal and if necessary by the Superintendent, or his or her designee.  At the conclusion of the investigation, the teacher will be promptly informed of the results of the investigation and of any action to be taken against an individual involved in an assault on a teacher.

Nothing in this agreement shall prevent a teacher from himself or herself reporting a case of assault to the police or to the courts.

 

ARTICLE XX PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

THE PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT AGREE that continued growth and development of professional staff members is a top district priority and is necessary to conform to the letter and spirit of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993.  To that end the following provisions will be implemented:

1.             Each professional staff member will be eligible for paid leave for two (2) non-district professional development days per school year, in order to permit attendance at professional conferences, workshops, seminars, visiting days*, or other professional improvement sessions related to their individual professional development plans and to district and school goals. Attendance will require prior approval of the Principal and Superintendent. Requests shall be submitted to the Principal and Superintendent thirty (30) days prior to the event the staff member is to attend, and all requests are subject to availability of funds.

Teachers may obtain permission from the Superintendent for visiting schools in Northampton or schools in other districts.  The Principal and Superintendent must be consulted at least two (2) days before the proposed visit.

a.             Professional staff members will be reimbursed for reasonable expenses (including registration fees, lodging when necessary and transportation) incurred by them for attendance at these professional development programs, subject to the availability of funds.

b.             Professional development activities as described above shall be on a voluntary basis; provided, however, that attendance at other professional development activities may be required of professional staff members at the discretion of the Principal and Superintendent.

 

2.             The Committee will provide in its budget $25,000 for tuition reimbursement for unit members desiring to take courses as part of an individual program of staff development.

The courses must have prior approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee in accordance with the following guidelines:

A.           Tuition reimbursement for courses taken in satisfaction of requirements for a program leading to an advanced degree or certificate of advanced study will be approved by the Superintendent provided that they are consistent with a pre-approved plan of study on file in the Superintendent’s Office.

B.           Requests for prior approval of courses must be submitted by September 15 for the fall semester, January 1 for the spring semester, and June 1 for the summer session.

C.           Tuition reimbursement for other pre-approved courses will be authorized by the Superintendent or his/her designee if they are directly related to individual, school, or district professional improvement plans.

D.           Tuition will be reimbursed to a maximum of 50% of the University of Massachusetts tuition rate and fee schedule at the time of the request.  Such reimbursement will be limited to actual tuition and fees.  Payments will be made upon receipt of official transcripts from the college or university and proof of expenditures.

E.            Requests for tuition reimbursement will be approved on a first come first serve basis to a maximum total expenditure of $25,000.

No staff member will be eligible for reimbursement of tuition for more than two courses per year.

3.             There shall be a Joint Committee on Professional Development, composed of two co-chairpersons (a teacher designated by the Association, and the Superintendent or his/her designee), one (1) teacher from each elementary building, two (2) teachers from the middle school, two (2) teachers from the high school, one (1) elementary administrator, the Early Childhood Coordinator, the Director of Pupil Service or his/her designee, one

(1) middle school administrator, and one (1) high school administrator.  

In addition, the one (1) teacher from each elementary school, two (2) from the middle school and two (2) from the high school shall serve as members on the School Based Professional Development Committees, in their respective buildings, to collaborate with the Principal in an advisory role on building based professional development activities, and to assist in the development of the building Professional Development Plans.

A.           The members of the Committee shall serve for a term of (2) years, but may be reelected or re-appointed at the conclusion of their term.

B.           The duties and responsibilities of the Committee shall include the following:

1.             Recommending professional development goals for the district based on Massachusetts law and the Curriculum Frameworks;

2.             Planning and implementing professional development opportunities;

3.             Assisting in the development of the District’s professional development plan;

4.             Participating in reviewing the professional development portion of the District’s school improvement plan; and

5.             Reviewing and recommending the allocation of designated grants at the request of the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

C.            At the discretion of the Superintendent, requests for approval of courses, workshops, conferences, and/or mini-courses may be referred to the committee for its recommendation as to approval or disapproval.  The final decision, however, rests with the Superintendent.

D.            Teachers participating in the district-wide Joint Committee on Professional Development shall receive either three hundred fifty dollars ($350) or the equivalent of one (1) college credit.* In addition, teachers will be eligible for professional development points (PDPs) as approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

No stipend or credit is available for members of the on-site Professional Development Committee(s).  

 

ARTICLE XXI REGISTERED NURSES

A.            The following provisions of the Agreement will not apply to Registered Nurses:

1.             Article III (D), (H), (I), (L), (P), (Q), (S)

2.             Article IV (G), (L), (M), (O), (R)

3.             Article V

4.             Article VI

5.             Article VIII (B)

6.             Article X

7.             Article XV (B), (D), (F), (H)

8.             Article XVI

9.             Article XX

 

B.            The following provisions of this Agreement will apply ONLY to Registered Nurses:

1.             Evaluation: Nurses will continue to be evaluated by the Director of Health, in conformity with current practice.

2.             Just Cause: Registered nurses will be subject to a probationary period of three (3) years from the latest date of hire by the Northampton Public Schools.

 

A registered nurse who has been employed for more than three (3) years will not be disciplined, discharged or demoted except for just cause.

Notwithstanding the above, a registered nurse that has completed more than six (6) months of employment in the Northampton School District as of July 1, 2005, shall be deemed to have fulfilled the three (3) year requirement.

3.                            Professional Development: It is agreed that nurses should attend professional seminars from time to time in order to maintain awareness of current techniques in nursing and promote professional growth.  The governing principle will be the value to be derived from attending such sessions to both the nurse and the school system.

Nurses who attend such seminars will be reimbursed for the reasonable expenses (fees, meals, lodging, transportation, etc.) incurred by them.  Requests for attending workshops, seminars, conferences or other professional improvement sessions shall be initialed by the Director of Health Education and Health Services for prior approval by the Superintendent.

4.             Retirement: A nurse meeting the following requirements shall be entitled to receive the sum of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per day for one hundred (100) days of unused sick leave accumulated in the Northampton School System.

A.           The nurse must be retiring with fifteen (15) or more years of service with the Northampton School Department.

B.           The nurse must have at least one hundred (100) days of unused accumulated sick days.

C.           The nurse must advise the Superintendent of his/her intention to retire by January 15 immediately preceding the end of the school year he/she plans on retiring. This requirement may be waived by the School Committee.

D.           The maximum benefit to be paid is three thousand five hundred dollars ($3,500.00).

5.             Reduction in Force/Seniority

A.           Civil Service seniority shall be as defined in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 31. For purposes of breaking ties in seniority between nurses whose Civil Service appointments were simultaneous, especially in situations involving reductions or transfers to other positions, seniority shall be defined as the total service in years, months and days from the initial date of appointment by the School Committee.  Seniority for part-time nurses shall be prorated according to the percentage of full-time employment of their assignments in this instance.

Seniority will be lost by: a) Resignation; b) Discharge of Just Cause; c) Accepting employment while on leave of absence without express permission of the Committee; d) Failure to return from an approved leave.

B.           Layoff and Recall. Should the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 31 no longer apply to nurses, the parties agree to the following provisions:

(1) Should a reduction in force occur, registered nurses who are not licensed as School Nurses by the Department of Education will be laid off first, in reverse order of seniority.  Should further reduction be required, registered nurses who are licensed by the Department of Education as School Nurses will be laid off next, in reverse order of seniority.

 

(2) “Seniority” shall be the length of a nurse’s continuous service measured from the nurse’s most recent appointment date; provided a nurse’s seniority may be reduced for periods of unpaid leave, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Seniority for the part-time nurses will be prorated according to the percentage of his/her employment to full-time employment.

 

(3) If two or more employees have the same seniority, the nurse who has the shorter term of continuous employment with the School District shall be laid off. If there are two or more nurses with the same seniority and the same term of continuous employment with the School District, a part-time nurse shall be laid off before a full-time nurse.  If there are still two or more nurses, which nurse shall be laid off will be determined by a lottery conducted by the Superintendent of Schools.

 

(4) Nurses who have been laid off from employment are responsible for keeping the School District advised of their current address for the purpose of potential recall from layoff.

 

(5) Registered nurses will be eligible for recall for a period of twelve (12) months from the effective date of layoff.  Registered nurses who are licensed by the Department of Education as School Nurses will be recalled first, in inverse order of layoff; registered nurses who are not licensed by the Department of Education as School Nurses will be recalled next in inverse order of layoff.

 

(6) Any nurse who is recalled from layoff under these terms shall retain his/her seniority, less the period of the layoff.

 

(7) The School District will notify a nurse of a recall opportunity by certified letter (or other verifiable method of delivery) to the nurse’s last known address. A nurse who has been offered an opportunity to be recalled from layoff must advise the School District of his/her intention to accept recall within twenty (20) days.

 

(8) The determination of the necessity of layoffs, the number of nurses to be laid off and the filling of vacancies, are essential elements of management and, as such, are nongrievable and are not subject to the grievance or arbitration process. Similarly, the recall from layoff of nurses is an essential element of management and, as well, is nongrievable and is not subject to the grievance or arbitration process.

 

(9) These procedures shall apply only to nurses that have completed their contractual probationary period. Nurses without such status shall not have any layoff or recall rights.

 

6.             Uniform Allowance: Upon presentation of proof of purchase, each nurse will be granted a uniform allowance of $100 per contract year.

 

7.             Malpractice Insurance: The Committee agrees to reimburse each nurse the premium amount for the basic policy as recommended by the National Nurses’ Association, but not to exceed $100 per year.

 

8.             Salary Schedule Placement

a.             A school nurse who has earned a Bachelor’s degree and is certified as a school nurse under the Massachusetts Department of Education regulations, will be placed at the appropriate step of Appendix A-la in accordance with Paragraph b, below. Currently employed school nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree and who are certified as school nurses under Massachusetts Department of Education regulations will be placed at Step 1 of Appendix A-1a, effective July, 1, 2001 and will be entitled to annual step movement thereafter.  Other currently employed school nurses will be compensated according to Appendix A-lb.

 

b.             A beginning school nurse commencing at the starting salary shall not be given any credit for prior years worked as a school nurse unless such work was for the Committee, except that previous similar service and experience may be recognized by the Committee in determining the nurse’s starting salary.

 

c.             Certified registered nurses placed on Appendix A-la may work up to ten (10) days in addition to the teacher work year, the scheduling of said days to be approved by the Health Director and building principal.  A certified registered nurse that does work additional days will paid his/her per diem rate for all additional days worked.

 

9.             FMLA Leave. The parties hereby agree to incorporate by reference for the Nurses the City of Northampton’s policy on Family and Medical Leave, Appendix E, established pursuant to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, with the understanding that any benefit which may be established pursuant to this Agreement which is in addition to that available under the Family and Medical Leave Act (for example, short term family sick leave, leave for less than full time employees, extended leave) will not be limited by this policy.

 

10.          Small Necessities Leave. A nurse eligible for FMLA leave shall be entitled to up to twenty-four (24) hours of leave per contract year as provided by G. L. c. 149, §52D; a copy of the law may be obtained from the Superintendent’s office.  When an eligible nurse takes such leave, such leave shall be deducted from personal leave.

11.          Nurses Method of Payment.

a.             Nurses will receive their salary in 26 equal installments every other Thursday, beginning with the second Thursday of the school year.

 

b.             Nurses may collect their salary for the summer months by notifying the School District in writing prior to the beginning of the school year. Payment for the remainder of their salary shall be made on or before the final payday in June or over the summer months of July and August as may be elected by the nurse.

 

c.             New nurses hired prior to February 1 will be advanced on the salary scale as those who entered in September. Those hired on or after February 1 will be advanced on the salary scale one year from the following September.

 

12.          Payment for In-Service Courses.

a.             A nurse who teaches an in-service course (i.e., in-service courses which are considered part of the professional development of the staff, which are approved by the Superintendent, and which will represent a minimum of fifteen (15) class hours) will be compensated at the rate of fifty one dollars and fifty cents ($51.50) per hour for each hour of such teaching, up to a maximum of seven hundred seventy two dollars and fifty cents ($772.50) per course.

b.             Effective September 1, 2008, the hourly rate shall be increased from fifty one dollars and fifty cents ($51.50) to fifty-five dollars ($55.00) per hour for each hour of such teaching, up to a maximum of seven hundred seventy two dollars and fifty cents ($772.50) per course.

 

13.          Payment for Workshops.

a.             A nurse who presents a workshop to Unit A personnel on a designated professional development day shall be paid for preparation time with respect to such workshop at the rate of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per hour, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per workshop.

b.             Effective September 1, 2008, the hourly rate shall be increased from twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to twenty-eight dollars ($28.00) per hour, not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00) per workshop.

 

ARTICLE XXII AGENCY SERVICE FEE

The Committee and their agents, in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 150E, Section 12 shall require as a condition of employment for each teacher who is not a member of the Northampton Association of School Employees MTA/NEA, the payment of an agency service fee, said payment to be effective on or after the 30th day following the effective date of this Agreement or on or after the 30th day of initial employment, whichever is later.

The amount of the service fee shall be equal to the cost of collective bargaining and contract administration as certified by the Northampton Association of School Employees MTA/NEA. Teachers may have access to payroll deductions for the purpose of paying the agency service fee.  The NTA/MTA/NEA shall be responsible for notifying the Business Office of the amount to be deducted prior to the issuance of the first paycheck.  No demand for payment of the agency service fee will be made until the Association has completed an audit.

In the event that an employee fails or refuses to pay the agency service fee, the Association shall take appropriate legal action to collect the fee.  Any judgment against such an employee by a forum of competent jurisdiction as a result of such action shall include payment of the Association’s costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

The Association shall indemnify the Committee and its agents against any and all claims, demands, suits, damages, legal fees, or any other form of liability that may arise by reason of the Committee’s compliance with the Agency Service Fee provisions of this Agreement, upon the following conditions: (1) the Committee has complied fully and properly with these obligations under the Agency Service Fee provisions of this Agreement; (2) the Association retains the right to select or assign counsel of its choice in defending Committee in such matters provided that such counsel consults with and/or keeps the Committee’s regular counsel informed of litigation proceedings; (3) the Committee cooperates with counsel selected or assigned by the Association; and (4) the Association retains full control over the conduct of the case.  Failure to meet any of the foregoing conditions will relieve the Association of its obligation under this indemnification clause. Any dispute over the Committee’s compliance with these conditions is subject to arbitration under the provisions of Article II.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the parties to the Contract have caused these presents to be executed by their agents hereunto duly authorized and their seals to be affixed hereto, as of the date first above written.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF NORTHAMPTON

By Chairperson

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF      SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

By President

Signed the ______ day of ______________________, 200 City of Northampton, Massachusetts

APPENDIX A

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

SCHOOL YEAR 2007 - 2008 (Effective 9/1/2007)

**Teachers on the BA lane as of September 1, 2005 only, shall be eligible for the BA lane 15 and 20 year

***Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement. The two elementary guidance counselors hired prior to the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement shall be red circled at $351.

 Arithmetic subject to verification by the School District and the Association.

 

SCHOOL YEAR 2008 – 2009

**Teachers on the BA lane as of September 1, 2005 only, shall be eligible for the BA lane 15 and 20

***Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement. The two elementary guidance counselors hired prior to the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement shall be red circled at $351.

 

SCHOOL YEAR 2009 - 2010

**Teachers on the BA lane as of September 1, 2005 only, shall be eligible for the BA lane 15 and 20

***Stipend does not apply to any elementary guidance personnel hired after the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement. The two elementary guidance counselors hired prior to the execution of the 2004-2007 Agreement shall be red circled at $351.

 

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES APPENDIX A-la

CERTIFIED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR 2009-2010

CERTIFIED NURSES  

* To be eligible, nurses must earn the masters’ degree in a relevant nursing discipline.

NORTHAMPTON ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES APPENDIX A-lb

REGISTERED NURSES

SCHOOL YEAR 2007-2008 SCHOOL YEAR 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR 2009-2010

9/1/2007

2 25,474 3 26,472 4 27,461 5 28,465 6 29,458 7 30,453 8 31,448 9 32,232 10 33,335 11 34,240

9/1/2008 9/1/2009

26,238 27,025 27,266 28,084 28,285 29,133 29,319 30,199 30,342 31,252 31,367 32,308 32,391 33,363 33,199 34,195 34,335 35,365 35,267 36,326 Advisor: Match Wits (Round #1) Advisor: Match Wits (Round #2)

Advisor: National Honor Society

MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Business Manager

Band Director Chorus Drama Director

per production, not to exceed 3 productions Musical Director Concert Director

Cheerleading Advisor Public Relations Student Council Advisor

Yearbook Advisor School Paper Advisor

Outing Club Advisor Photography Club Advisor Science Club Advisor Computer Club

if created by the Committee

Talent Show

if created by the Committee

APPENDIX A-3

FORM FOR PERSONAL DAY NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT NOTIFICATION OF PERSONAL DAY

PERSON GIVING NOTIFICATION_______________________________________________ ASSIGNED SCHOOL___________________________________________________________ DATE OF NOTIFICATION______________________________________________________ DATE OF PERSONAL DAY_____________________________________________________ (Please notify at least 24 hours before the Personal Day is to be taken, except in the case of an emergency)

APPENDIX A-4

FORM FOR COURSE APPROVAL NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT COURSE APPROVAL

NAME

DATE OF REQUEST COURSE DESCRIPTION __________________________________________________

COURSE NUMBER

 

CREDITS GRADUATE UNDERGRADUATE

IS THIS COURSE PART OF A GRADUATE PROGRAM?

IN WHAT GRADUATE PROGRAM ARE YOU ENROLLED?

APPROVED DISAPPROVED

 

APPENDIX A-5 Northampton Public Schools

PROFESSIONAL STATUS TEACHER EVALUATION PROCESS*

 

Year 1      Year 2     Year  3

 

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b.

Additional classroom observations as deemed necessary by the principal

 

or requested by the teacher will be completed.

c.

The principal will complete teacher evaluations.

 

FY08 + 3%

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

MA + 60

 

 

BA**

MA

MA + 30

CAGS

DOC

2

35,362

38,195

39,374

41,613

44,189

3

36,950

39,910

41,143

43,482

46,126

4

38,612

41,705

42,991

45,436

48,147

5

40,347

43,578

44,923

47,478

50,259

6

42,160

45,536

46,941

49,611

52,463

7

44,053

47,583

49,052

51,840

54,762

8

46,034

49,720

51,256

54,170

57,164

9

48,101

51,955

53,558

56,604

59,670

10

50,262

54,289

55,964

59,147

62,285

11

52,521

56,729

58,479

61,805

65,016

15**

53,036

57,244

58,994

62,320

65,531

20**

53,551

57,759

59,509

62,835

66,046

 

 

 

steps.

STIPENDS:

 

 

GUIDANCE***

373

 

HEAD TEACHER

1,718

 

SPED

813

 

TEAM LEADER

2,274

 

DEPT. CHAIR

2,015

 

 

 

 

(Effective 9/1/2008)

 

 

FY09 + 3%

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

MA + 60

 

 

BA**

MA

MA + 30

CAGS

DOC

2

36,423

39,341

40,555

42,861

45,515

3

38,059

41,108

42,378

44,787

47,510

4

39,770

42,956

44,281

46,799

49,592

5

41,558

44,886

46,271

48,902

51,767

6

43,425

46,902

48,349

51,099

54,037

7

45,375

49,010

50,523

53,395

56,405

8

47,415

51,212

52,794

55,795

58,879

9

49,544

53,514

55,165

58,302

61,460

10

51,770

55,918

57,643

60,921

64,154

11

54,096

58,431

60,234

63,659

66,966

15**

54,627

58,962

60,764

64,190

67,497

20**

55,157

59,492

61,295

64,720

68,027

 

 

 

year steps.

STIPENDS:

 

 

GUIDANCE***

384

 

HEAD TEACHER

1,770

 

SPED

837

 

TEAM LEADER

2,342

 

DEPT. CHAIR

2,075

 

 

 

 

(Effective 9/1/2009)

 

 

FY10 + 3%

1

2

3

4

5

 

 

 

 

MA + 60

 

 

BA**

MA

MA + 30

CAGS

DOC

2

37,516

40,522

41,772

44,147

46,880

3

39,200

42,341

43,649

46,131

48,936

4

40,963

44,245

45,609

48,203

51,080

5

42,804

46,232

47,659

50,369

53,320

6

44,728

48,309

49,800

52,632

55,658

7

46,736

50,481

52,039

54,997

58,097

8

48,837

52,748

54,377

57,469

60,645

9

51,030

55,119

56,820

60,051

63,304

10

53,323

57,595

59,372

62,749

66,078

11

55,719

60,184

62,041

65,569

68,975

15**

56,266

60,730

62,587

66,115

69,521

20**

56,812

61,277

63,133

66,662

70,068

 

 

 

year steps.

STIPENDS:

 

 

GUIDANCE***

396

 

HEAD TEACHER

1,823

 

SPED

862

 

TEAM LEADER

2,413

 

DEPT. CHAIR

2,137

 

 

9/1/2007

 

9/1/2008

 

9/1/2009

 

MA*

 

MA*

 

MA*

2

35,362

38,195

36,423

39,341

37,516

40,522

3

36,950

39,910

38,059

41,108

39,200

42,341

4

38,612

41,705

39,770

42,956

40,963

44,245

5

40,347

43,578

41,558

44,886

42,804

46,232

6

42,159

45,536

43,424

46,902

44,726

48,309

7

44,053

47,583

45,375

49,010

46,736

50,481

8

46,032

49,720

47,413

51,212

48,835

52,748

9

48,101

51,955

49,544

53,514

51,030

55,119

10

50,262

54,289

51,770

55,918

53,323

57,595

11

52,521

56,729

54,096

58,431

55,719

60,184

 

APPENDIX A-2

 

 

A. ATHLETICS

 

 

 

 

 9/1/2007

9/1/2008

9/1/2009

Supervisor of Athletics and Intramurals 

5,736

5,908

6,085

BOYS SPORTS - HEAD COACHES

 

 

 

Head Coach Baseball - Boys

3,580

3,688

3,798

Head Coach Crew - Boys

-

-

-

Head Coach Cross Country - Boys

2,222

2,288

2,357

Head Coach Basketball - Boys

4,038

4,159

4,283

Head Coach Lacrosse - Boys

3,411

3,514

3,619

Head Coach Soccer - Boys

3,496

3,601

3,709

Head Coach Swimming - Boys

3,092

3,185

3,280

Head Coach Tennis - Boys

2,327

2,397

2,468

Head Coach Track - Boys

3,125

3,219

3,315

Head Coach Football - Boys

5,225

5,382

5,543

Head Coach Wrestling - Boys

3,092

3,185

3,280

BOYS SPORTS - ASSISTANT COACHES

 

 

 

Assistant Coach Baseball -Boys

2,327

2,397

2,468

Assistant Coach Basketball - Boys

2,642

2,721

2,803

Assistant Coach Soccer - Boys

2,284

2,352

2,423

Assistant Coach Track - Boys

2,132

2,196

2,262

Assistant Coaches Football - Boys (3)

3,335

3,435

3,538

Assistant Coach Lacrosse - Boys

2,284

2,352

2,423

Assistant Coach Wrestling - Boys

2,132

2,196

2,262

GIRLS SPORTS - HEAD COACHES

 

 

 

Head Coach Field Hockey - Girls

3,496

3,601

3,709

Head Coach Basketball - Girls

4,038

4,159

4,283

Head Coach Lacrosse - Girls

3,411

3,514

3,619

Head Coach Soccer - Girls

3,496

3,601

3,709

Head Coach Swimming - Girls

3,092

3,185

3,280

Head Coach Tennis - Girls

2,327

2,397

2,468

Head Coach Track - Girls

3,125

3,219

3,315

Head Coach Softball - Girls

3,580

3,688

3,798

 

9/1/2007

9/1/2008

9/1/2009

 

GIRLS SPORTS - ASSISTANT COACHES

Assistant Coach Field Hockey - Girls

2,284

2,352

2,423

Assistant Coach Basketball - Girls

2,642

2,721

2,803

Assistant Coach Lacrosse - Girls

2,284

2,352

2,423

Assistant Coach Soccer - Girls

2,284

2,352

2,423

Assistant Coach Track - Girls

2,132

2,196

2,262

Assistant Coach Softball - Girls

2,327

2,397

2,468

B.

SPORTS (CO-ED)

 

 

 

 

 

 9/1/2007

9/1/2008

9/1/2009

Head Coach Diving - Coed

2,006

2,067

2,129

Head Coach Golf - Coed

1,881

1,937

1,995

Head Coach Skiing - Coed

2,590

2,668

2,748

Head Coach 9th Grade Basketball

2,021

2,081

2,144

C.

CLUBS

 

 

 

 

 

9/1/2007

9/1/2008

9/1/2009

Winter Track Club

776

799

823

Conditioning Club - Mini Gym

776

799

823

D.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS ACTIVITIES

 

 

* Per two (2) hour session based upon availability of facilities

 

 

9/1/2007

9/1/2008

9/1/2009

High School:

 

 

Fall

36/646

37/665

38/685

Winter

36/858

37/884

38/910

Spring

36/646

37/665

38/685

Middle School:

 

 

Fall

36/646

37/665

38/685

Winter

36/858

37/884

38/910

Spring

36/646

37/665

38/685

 

E. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL:

 

 

 

 

9/1/2007

9/1/2008

9/1/2009

Business Manager School Accounts

3,788

3,902

4,019

Booster Day Coordinator

258

265

273

Band Director

2,507

2,582

2,660

Choral Director

803

828

852

Orchestra Director

554

571

588

Musical Director

1,569

1,616

1,664

Costume Coordinator Musical

258

265

273

Talent Show

554

571

588

Marching Band Assistant - Majorettes

371

382

393

Advisor: Senior Class (2)

606

624

643

Advisor: Junior Class (2)

455

469

483

Advisor: Sophomore Class (2)

455

469

483

Advisor: Freshman Class (2)

455

469

483

Cheerleading: Varsity Fall Football

531

547

564

Cheerleading: JV Fall Football

531

547

564

Cheerleading: Varsity Winter Basketball

531

547

564

Cheerleading: JV Winter Basketball

531

547

564

Cheerleading: Varsity Soccer

531

547

564

Debate Coach (2)

500

515

530

or if only one person

912

939

968

Public Relations

644

663

683

Publications Coordinator

129

133

137

School Paper Devil's Advocate Advertising

515

530

546

School Paper Devil's Advocate Advisor

1,000

1,030

1,061

Advisor: Drama Club

258

265

273

Fall Drama Director

758

781

804

Winter Drama Director

758

781

804

Thespian Director

258

265

273

Student Council Advisor

921

948

977

Advisor: Yearbook

658

678

698

Advisor: Yearbook Advertising (2)

182

188

193

or if only one person does all Yearbook

1,398

1,440

1,483

 

506

521

537

276

284

293

482

497

511

1,135

1,169

1,204

428

441

455

371

382

393

371

382

393

803

828

852

256

264

272

371

382

393

256

264

272

371

382

393

1,212

1,249

1,286

1,212

1,249

1,286

893

920

947

371

382

393

893

920

947

555

572

589

371

382

393

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

White 

Superintendent’s Office

 

Yellow

School’s Copy

 

Pink

Employee’s Copy

 

 

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN

NAME:_________________________________ SCHOOL:___________________

SCHOOL YEAR ________ EVALUATION YEAR    CYCLE PHASE: Please check one Date Submitted: _____________ ____ Individual Growth Year Date Accepted: _____________ ____ Collaboration Year By: _______________________ List names of collaboration faculty:

Principal                                                                                                   _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________

Check in Dates with Principal: _____________________________________

Will you need any resources?  Describe your proposed needs.

Number of anticipated hours toward the completion of this plan. _______

Approved/Not Approved (circle one)

Submitted by: Principal Teacher

APPENDIX A-5 (Continued)
NORTHAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS – PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN
GOAL

ACTIVITIES (Coursework, workshop presentations, independent study, study groups, experimentation with instructional practices etc)

IDENTIFY SCHOOL OR DISTRICT GOALS ADDRESSED

EVIDENCE OF COMPLETION

TIME PERIOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN

SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL GROWTH EXPERIENCE

NAME:_________________________________ SCHOOL:___________________

SCHOOL YEAR ________ EVALUATION YEAR    CYCLE PHASE: Please check one Date Submitted: _____________ ____ Individual Growth Year Date Accepted: _____________ ____ Collaboration Year By: _______________________ List names of collaboration faculty:

Principal                                                                                                    _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________ _____________________________

Dates of conference with Principal: _____________________________________

Number of hours applied toward the completion of this plan._____

Number of Professional Development Points (PDP) being requested for this activity. ______

Approved/Not Approved (circle one) Submitted by:

Principal                                                                                                              Teacher

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APPENDIX A-5 (Continued)

NORTHAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS – PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL GROWTH EXPERIENCE

Page 1 of 2

ACTIVITIES

STEPS TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THE

(Coursework, workshop

ACTIVITIES

GOAL

presentations, independent

 

 

study, study groups,

 

 

experimentation with

 

 

instructional practices etc)

 

 

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NORTHAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS – PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL GROWTH EXPERIENCE Page 2 of 2

Describe how this experience has benefited you professionally.

How many PDP’s you will ask for this activity.

Teacher Signature

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Name School Grade Evaluator  Date Unmet In Process Met Exceeded             Circle only ONE

I. Currency In The Curriculum

The teacher is up to date regarding curriculum content

U

IP

M

E

• Demonstrates a working knowledge of the core curriculum of the teacher's assignment. • Frames curriculum around essential questions in the discipline that provide opportunities for reasoning, logic, analysis and synthesis when planning units, lessons, and assessments. • Keeps current in the field and applies knowledge to the instructional program. • Contributes to the ongoing evaluation of the curriculum.

COMMENTS:

II. Effective Planning and Assessment of Curriculum and Instruction

The teacher plans instruction effectively.

U

IP

M

E

• Has a personal vision of committed, confident learners and uses that vision to guide learning goals, expectations, and standards for student work. • Sets short-term and year-long goals for curricular units which derive from unifying themes of fundamental importance to students' present or future lives. • Identifies individual and group needs and plans appropriate strategies, including those that involve the use of up-to-date technologies, to meet those needs. • Uses materials and resources, including technologies, that are appropriately matched to curricular goals and to students' needs and learning styles. • Frames curriculum around students' own prior knowledge and experience and identifies prerequisite skills, concepts, and vocabulary that are important for students to know in order to be successful at a task. • Seeks out and collaborates with school-based specialists, resource personnel, including technology specialists, and administrators to better design curricula or instructional modifications to meet the special learning needs of students and support all students to learn and apply a challenging core curriculum. • Plans engaging ways to introduce each unit of study. • Plans frequent instructional opportunities where students are interacting with ideas, materials, teachers and one another. • Designs curriculum experiences in which students take increasing responsibility for their own learning. • Integrates the teaching of reading, listening, writing, speaking, viewing and the use of appropriate learning tools (e.g., calculators, computers, etc.) within the discipline.

The teacher plans assessment of student learning effectively.

U

IP

M

E

• Determines specific and challenging standards for student learning. • Develops and uses authentic assessment which describes a student's learning process as well as his/her learning achievements. • Incorporates time for individual and interactive reflection including response journals, debriefings and group discussions.

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

U

IP

M

E

• Regularly uses a variety of formal and informal authentic assessments of students' achievement and progress for instructional revisions and decision-making. • Implements evaluation procedures which appropriately assess the objectives taught. • Communicates student progress to parents, students and staff members in a timely fashion using a range of information including portfolios, anecdotal records and other artifacts. • Prepares and maintains accurate and efficient record-keeping systems of the quality and quantity of student work. • Uses individual and group data appropriately; maintains confidentiality concerning individual student data and achievement.

COMMENTS:

 

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III. Effective Management of Classroom Environment

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

U

IP

M

E

• Implements instructional opportunities where students are interacting with ideas, materials, teachers and one another. • Implements curriculum experiences in which students take increasing responsibility for their own learning. • Demonstrates an openness to student challenges about information and ideas. • Uses classroom time and classroom space to promote optimal learning. • Understands principles and patterns of child growth and development and uses this knowledge in working with students. • Establishes classroom procedures that maintain a high level of students' time-on-task and that ensure smooth transitions from one activity to another.

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

U

IP

M

E

• Maintains systematic approach to discipline by establishing and administering a consistent and fair set of rules supporting appropriate expectations. • Manages routines effectively. • Maintains appropriate professional boundaries with students. • Serves as a positive role model for students.

COMMENTS:

IV. Effective Instruction

The teacher makes learning goals clear to students.

U

IP

M

E

• Makes connections between concepts taught and students' prior knowledge and experiences. • Regularly checks for students' understanding of content and concepts and progress on skills. • Identifies confusions and misconceptions as indicated by student responses and regular assessment strategies. Remediates, re-teaches, or extends teaching to meet individual and/or group need. • Communicates clearly in writing and speaking, using precise language. • Understands and shows students the relevance of the subject to life-long learning.

The teacher uses appropriate instructional techniques.

U

IP

M

E

• Uses a variety of teaching strategies, including cooperative, peer and project-based learning; audio-visual presentations, lecture, discussions and inquiry, practice and application; and the teaching of others. • Provides options for students to demonstrate competency and mastery of new material, including written work, plays, art work, oratory, visual presentations, exhibitions and portfolios. • Uses a variety of appropriate materials in order to reinforce and extend skills, accommodate learning styles and match instructional objectives. • Causes students to become cognitively active in summarizing important learnings and integrating them with prior knowledge. • Demonstrates working knowledge of current research on optimum means for learning a particular discipline.

The teacher uses appropriate questioning techniques.

U

IP

M

E

• Uses a variety of questioning techniques, including those which encourage and guide critical and independent thinking and the development of ideas. • Presents information recognizing multiple points of view; encourages students to assess the accuracy of information presented.

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

U

IP

M

E

• Regularly tries innovative approaches to improve instructional practices. • Continually evaluates, tries innovative approaches and refines instructional strategies, including the effective use of technologies, to increase student learning and confidence about learning. • Assesses instructional strategies in authentic ways by comparing intended and actual learning outcomes.

COMMENTS:

V. Promotion of High Standards and Expectations for Student Achievement

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

U

IP

M

E

• Regularly communicates objectives or learning outcomes to students. • Regularly provides feedback to students on their progress on goals and objectives. • Communicates standards, expectations and guidelines regarding quality and quantity of students' work, work procedures and interpersonal behavior to students and parents. • Responds to students' answers and work so as to keep students open, thinking, and willing to take risks and to persevere with challenging tasks. • Models the skills, attitudes, values and processes central to the subject being taught.

 

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

U

IP

M

E

• Uses prompt feedback and student goal setting in order to increase student motivation and ownership of learning. • Develops and supports students' awareness of themselves as learners and their ability to overcome self-doubts associated with learning and take risks. • Nurtures students' eagerness to do challenging work and provides incentive, interest and support for students to take responsibility to complete such tasks successfully. • Acts on the belief that all students can learn and that virtually all can master a challenging core curriculum with appropriate modifications of instruction. • Encourages and supports students to believe that effort is a key to high achievement and acknowledges and values student work, study and inquiry. • Regularly identifies students needing extra help and secures student cooperation and participation in extra help sessions. • Identifies students who are not meeting expectations and develops a plan that designates the teacher's and the student's responsibilities regarding learning. • Demonstrates attitudes of fairness, courtesy and respect that encourage students' active participation and commitment to learning. • Builds positive relationships with students and parents to enhance students' abilities to learn effectively. • Recognizes and responds appropriately when an individual student is having social and/or emotional difficulties which interfere with learning and/or participation in class.

COMMENTS:

VI. Promotion of Equity and Appreciation of Diversity

The teacher strives to ensure equitable opportunities for student learning.

U

IP

M

E

• Provides opportunities to include all students in the full range of academic programs and activities and extra-curricular activities. • Addresses the needs of diverse student populations by applying and adapting constitutional and statutory laws, state regulations and Board of Education policies and guidelines.

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

U

IP

M

E

• Demonstrates sensitivity to differences in abilities, modes of contribution, and social and cultural backgrounds. • Develops and implements educational and organizational strategies that are effective in meeting the needs of a diverse student body. • Functions effectively in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and economically diverse society.

COMMENTS:

VII. Fulfillment of Professional Responsibilities

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

U

IP

M

E

• Keeps parents informed of student's progress and works with them, in culturally appropriate ways, to aid in the total development of the student. • Maintains professional boundaries with parents.

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

U

IP

M

E

• Maintains professional boundaries with colleagues. • Works constructively with others to identify school problems and suggest possible solutions. • Works collaboratively with other staff in planning and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum, instruction and other school programs and shares expertise and new ideas with colleagues. • Participates in student or school activities. • Cooperates with other teachers about students' overall work load.

The teacher is a reflective and continuous learner.

U

IP

M

E

• Reflects about and acts on what students need to know and be able to do and about what the teacher can do to foster learning. • Uses available resources to analyze, expand, and refine professional knowledge and skills; resources can include professional organizations, academic course work, school-based staff, administrative and community resources, and other colleagues. • Participates in activities that demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession. • Seeks out information in order to grow and improve as a professional. • Is receptive to suggestions for growth and improvement.

 

OVERALL COMMENTS:

Signatures: EVALUATOR: TEACHER:

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SIDE LETTER

 

It is the understanding of the parties that the Technology Curriculum Integration (TCI) Committee is reviewing the system’s needs and the demands on the Lead Technology Teacher, and that the TCI will be issuing a report with recommendations.  Once that report and recommendations are received, the parties will convene a Joint Labor Management Committee, or submit the report and recommendations to an existing one, to consider any bargaining issues raised by the TCI report.

In the interim, the Lead Technology Teacher position and stipend ($1000) will be included in the appendix.