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Org Code2340000
Type of DistrictElementary
Union AffiliationMTA
Most Recent DocumentContract
Expiring Year2016
Expired Status
Superintendency Union
Regional HS MembersRalph Mahar
Vocational HS MembersMontachusett RVTSD
ESE RegionPioneer Valley
Kind of Communitysmall rural communities
Number of Schools1
Percent Low Income Students30
Grade StartPK or K
Grade End6
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                                                PETERSHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE




                                        PETERSHAM EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION


                                       MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION



                                                        July 1,2013  - June 30, 2016



                                                                     ARTICLE I



Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 150E of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this contract is made this date __________________ between the School Committee of the Petersham Center School (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the Committee and the School respectively) and the Petersham Educational Association (hereinafter sometimes referred to as the Association).


                                                                     ARTICLE II



In making this Contract, the parties to it affirm that it is their joint purpose to provide education of the highest possible quality to the children of Petersham and assert their recognition of the importance of harmonious relations between themselves in carrying out their responsibilities to the citizens of the town.  It is, moreover, their explicit intention that the responsibilities and authority of each of the parties to the Contract be understood by all.  They reaffirm their intention of working toward open consultation and the free exchange of views between professional staff, the Superintendent, and the Committee in the formation of and implementation of policies relating the wages, hours, and other conditions of employment.


                                                                    ARTICLE III

                                                        RECOGNITION CLAUSE


A.  The Petersham School Committee, hereinafter referred to as "the Committee", recognizes the Petersham Educational Association/Massachusetts Teachers Association/National Education Association, hereinafter referred to as "the Association", for the purposes of collective bargaining as the exclusive representative of a unit which consists of professional teaching employees, Counselor, and Librarian/Computer Technician who work twenty-one (21) or more hours per week, excluding the Principal,and nurse of the Petersham Public Schools.


B.  Unless otherwise indicated, the employees in the above unit will be hereinafter referred to as the "teachers".



C.  Membership in the Association is not a condition of initial or continued employment in the Petersham Public Schools.  There shall be no discrimination, interference, restraint, or coercion by the Committee, the Association or their representative agents against any teacher because of membership or non-membership in the Association.


                                                                    ARTICLE IV

                                                    NEGOTIATION PROCEDURE


A.  The Committee and the Association agree to enter into negotiations over a successor agreement in accordance with the procedure set forth herein in a good-faith effort to reach agreement concerning teachers' wages, hours, and other conditions of employment for the successor agreement, all matters subject to negotiations will be bargained for during a period beginning the first Monday of November of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the current agreement expires providing either the Committee or the Association gives written notice of its intent prior to the first Monday of October of the calendar year preceding the calendar year in which the current agreement expires.


B.  Any agreement so negotiated will apply to all teachers and will be reduced in writing and signed by the Committee and the Association.  The contract resulting from these negotiations will be final and binding upon both parties for the period of the agreement.


C.  The Committee agrees not to negotiate during the term of the Agreement with any teachers organizations other than that designated as the exclusive bargaining agent pursuant to Chapter 150E of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.


D.  If the negotiations described in this Article have reached an impasse, the procedure described in Chapter 150E of the General Laws of the Commonwealth will be followed.


E.  If a successor agreement is not reached before the expiration of the current agreement, the existing agreement shall remain in effect until such time as a successor agreement is reached.



F.  The Committee agrees to make available to the Association such school department records as filed with and are a part of the official minutes of the Committee or are otherwise public records.  Either party, may if it so desires, utilize the services of outside consultants upon prior notification to the other party.

                                                                    ARTICLE V

                                                      GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE


A.  The purpose of this Article is to provide an orderly method for the settlement of a dispute between the parties over the interpretation, application, or claimed violation of any of the provisions of this Agreement.  Such disputes shall be defined as a grievance under this Agreement and must be presented within ten (10) working days after the alleged violation arises or the employee had knowledge of the violation and be processed in accordance with the following steps time limits, and conditions herein set forth.  A working day will be defined as a week day exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and regular school year vacations.  The summer vacation period will not be excluded from the above working day exclusions.


LEVEL ONE:  The teacher shall first take up the grievance with the immediate supervisor, and the Association Representative shall be given an opportunity to be present at a time to be fixed by mutual agreement of the parties.


If the grievance is not settles, it shall, within five (5) working days thereafter, be set forth in writing, signed by the teacher, and given to the immediate supervisor, who shall, within five (5) working days after receipt thereof, give a written answer to the grievance to the Association and the Grievant.


LEVEL TWO:  If the grievance is not settled in LEVEL ONE, the Association and/or grievant may appeal it by giving a written notice of such appeal within five (5) working days after receipt of the immediate supervisor's written answer to the Superintendent of Schools, who shall discuss it with the Association Representative at a time to be fixed by the Superintendent of Schools subject to mutual agreement by the Association.



The Superintendent of Schools shall give a written answer to the grievance within seven (7) working days after the close of the discussion.


LEVEL THREE:  If the grievance is not settled in LEVEL TWO, the Association and/or grievant may appeal it by giving a written notice of such appeal, within five (5) working days after such receipt of the answer of the Superintendent of Schools to the School Committee, who shall discuss it with the Association Representative at a time to be fixed by the School Committee, subject to mutual agreement by the Association.  The School Committee shall give a written answer to the grievance within ten (10) working days after the close of discussion.

B.  The parties agree to each of the foregoing steps in the processing of the grievance; and if at any Level, the School Committee's representative fails to give a written answer within the time therein set forth, the Association may appeal the grievance to the next level at the expiration of such time limit.

C.  If the dispute or grievance is not settled in the foregoing steps and it involves the interpretation, application, or claimed

violation of any provision of this Agreement, then the Association may, upon written demand to the School Committee, within five (5) working days after receipt of the School Committee's answer to the grievance submit said dispute or grievance to binding arbitration as follows:


1.  Arbitration shall be invoked by filing a Demand for Arbitration with the American Arbitration Association, a copy of which shall be simultaneously provided to the Superintendent of Schools.  The arbitrator shall be selected in accordance with the procedures of the American Arbitration Association and will be under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and be bound by the provisions of the Grievance Procedure contained in this Article.


2.  The arbitration proceedings will be conducted under the rules of the American Arbitration Association.  The arbitrator shall not have the authority to add to, subtract from, modify, change, or alter any of the provisions of this Agreement.  The award shall be final and binding on the School Committee, the Association, and the Grievant.  Each party shall bear the expenses of its representatives and witnesses, and the fees and expenses of the Arbitrator shall be borne equally by the parties. The Arbitrator shall rule solely on the question or questions presented.


D.  The Committee acknowledges the right of the Association to participate in the processing of a grievance at any level.


E.  If in the judgment of the Association, a grievance affects a group or class of teachers, the Association may submit such grievance directly to Level Two.


F.  No reprisals of any kind will be taken by either party because of participation in this Grievance Procedure.


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


H.  Violations of substantial compliance with the totality of the evaluation process shall be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedures.  The arbitrator shall determine whether there was substantial compliance with the totality of the evaluation process.  When the evaluation process results in the termination or non-renewal of an Educator, then no financial remedy or reinstatement shall issue if there was substantial compliance.  The arbitrator shall have the authority to determine whether or not there was such substantial compliance; provided, however, the arbitrator shall not find that there was substantial compliance if any of the following has occurred:


1.  The Educator was not fully and fairly notified by the Evaluator of each deficit in his or her performance and/or the Educator was not given sufficient resources and time to improve as provided by the provisions of article X; and/or


2.  The violation in question affected the judgment of the evaluator; and or


3.  The District has not complied with the Educator Evaluation Regulations, 603 CMR 35.01, et seq, as amended from time to time.


                                                                    ARTICLE VI

                                        RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMITTEE


Under the Law of Massachusetts, the Committee elected by the citizens of Petersham has final responsibility for establishing the educational policies of the public school of Petersham and it is recognized that the Committee has and will continue to retain,

whether exercised or not, the sole and unquestioned right,

responsibility and prerogative to direct the operation of the elementary school in all its aspects, unless specifically

designated within the provisions of this Agreement.  No action taken by the Committee with respect to its rights, responsibilities and prerogatives shall be subject to the grievance procedures of this Agreement.


                                                                   ARTICLE VII

                                                     DISCIPLINE OF TEACHERS

No Professional Status Teacher shall be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation, or otherwise deprived of any professional advantage without good cause.


                                                                   ARTICLE VIII

                                       LENGTH OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND DAY

M.  The employment year shall consist of 185 days; 180 pupil contact days, 2 days before the school year commences, 1 day after the school year, 1 parent-teacher/conference day and one other professional development day.  One day before the school year commences and the day after school will be teacher directed. In addition there will be one administratively controlled early release day per month which will be utilized for collaborative work, curriculum development, cogent cross curricular and/or cross grade level projects, etc. as well as one parent/teacher conference half days and a half day before Thanksgiving.  The parent/teacher conferences shall occur in the Fall as follows:  Thursday (half day) the conferences shall occur from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday (full day) the conferences shall occur from 8a.m. to 3 p.m. During any parent/teacher conference dates, teachers may leave school immediately after their last scheduled/rescheduled conference each day.


B.  Each teacher shall report for duty fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the pupil's school day and remain at least  fifteen (15) minutes after the close of the pupil's school day.  Fifteen (15) minutes may be insufficient to meet with the principal, if requested to do so, to meet with parents if a conference is requested, or to give extra help to a student, if requested.  For such instances, the fifteen (15) minute limit does not apply.


C.  The beginning and ending of the school day will be 8:20 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. respectively for the life of this Agreement.  However, these times may be changed by the Committee to meet the needs of the school but any increase in the length of the school day will be negotiated with the Association.  Any increase in the length of the school day due to a change in statute shall supersede this Section.


D.  Each teacher will have a duty free lunch period of at least thirty (30) consecutive minutes.


E.  Any teacher required by the Committee to work beyond the normal 185 day employment year will be paid on a per diem basis. Per diem pay will be the teacher's annual salary divided by 185.


F.  Teachers will do recess, detention, and bus duty on a

rotating basis.  These duties will be distributed as equitably

as possible.  A five minute transition time between recess and lunch will be handled by non teaching staff. Once every five (5) weeks, the teacher will have a duty free week.


G.  The Association agrees that they will not cause, sanction, or take part in any strike, walkout, slowdown or work stoppage during school times.



H.  Personnel covered by this Agreement may be required to attend a maximum of two (2) in-service meetings per year which may extend the workday.


I.  Notice of staff meetings will be given to teachers as soon as possible, and under normal circumstances, at least one (1) week in advance.



J.  The teaching staff of the school has the general responsibility of applying its professional expertise and experience to provide education of the highest possible quality.


K.  Administratively, all teachers are responsible for implementing all rules and regulations concerning student conduct.


L.  The Committee agrees to provide for each teacher, in addition to a duty free lunch period, one forty-five (45) minute period four times per week; and whenever possible, a fifth forty-five (45) minute period each week.  These periods will occur when special subject teachers are assuming classroom responsibilities.


M.       Teachers will not be required to attend more than three (3) evening functions per year.  Open House will be considered one of the required evening functions. When teachers coordinate special evening programs such as art show, gym show, science fair, music concerts, etc., their attendance that evening shall be considered one of their three evenings on duty.


N. On the night of Open House, teachers may leave school immediately after student dismissal, provided teachers attend Open House.


                                                                    ARTICLE IX

                                                                LEAVE POLICY

A.  Sick Leave


1.         A teacher shall be entitled to fifteen (15) days of sick leave per year as of the first school day of said school year.  Sick leave may be accumulated up to one hundred ninety (190) days.  Sick leave is non-transferable and non-compensable.



2.         Sick leave shall be used for the following reasons:


(a)         Illness of the teacher.  The Committee reserves the right to require satisfactory proof of the medical necessity if the teacher shows a suspicious pattern of sick leave abuse.  

(b)        Serious illness in the immediate family that

requires the attendance of the teacher when no                                                           other arrangements are possible. Immediate family                                                                                      consists of father, mother, wife, husband, son,                                                                                                                 daughter, sister, brother, grandparents, parents-

in-law, foster parents, and in some cases other                                                            persons who have fulfilled one of the above role


(c)         Attendance at the funeral of other than members of the immediate family.

(d)        The Committee reserves the right to insist that teachers must take time off with sick leave pay under certain conditions.

(e)         At the beginning of each school year, each teacher shall receive a statement of the number of accumulated sick leave days as of the close of the previous school year.

B.  Other Leaves

1.         For death in the immediate family, as defined in Section A-2(b) of this Article, up to four (4) work days immediately following the death will be granted.  These days are not to be deducted from sick leave.  Additional days may be taken from accumulated sick leave with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.

2.         Two (2) days leave of absence shall be granted for business, religious, personal, legal, household, or family matters which require absence during school hours.  Notice of intent to take this leave must be made on the form provided and delivered to the Superintendent at least three (3) days prior to taking such leave (except in the case of an emergency).



It is not the intent of this policy that such leave be taken merely for personal convenience or as a matter of personal preference, but as a matter of pressing personal need.  Specifically excluded from absence leave with pay are absences caused by failure of transportation.  Normally leave for an extension of vacation will not be granted except under unusual circumstances and then only if approved by the Superintendent.


3.         A teacher absent for reasons other than specified will forfeit a day's pay (1/185) of the annual salary.


4.         Teachers will be allowed to accumulate personal days leave of absence up to five (5) days.  Once a teacher has accumulated five (5) personal days, any further unused personal days will be credited to the teacher’s accumulated sick leave.


C.  Maternity, Paternity Leave


1.         Paid Maternity leave shall be granted upon application

by an employee in accordance with regulations promulgated under MGL Ch. 151B, Section 3, P.5.


2.         Unpaid Maternity Leave shall be granted for a period not to exceed the remainder of one school year and the entire school year immediately following the one in which leave was initially granted.


3.         Teachers on leave described above may have the option of returning to work on the following school year provided the teacher so notifies such intent to the Committee by the preceding March 15.


4.         Teachers on an unpaid Maternity Leave of Absence shall accrue no benefits for such period but may remain a member of the medical insurance group provided the teacher pays the total premium costs.


5.         Unpaid Paternity Leave shall be granted consistent with provisions 2-4 above.


D.  Jury Duty


1.         A teacher will be entitled to time necessary for Jury Duty or appearances in any legal proceeding where the teacher is under court summons, subpoena, or the like connected with the teacher's employment or with the School System with full pay.


2.         In the case of Jury Duty, the teacher will be paid by the Employer for the first three days of Massachusetts


            Jury Duty and will be paid, by the Employer, the difference between the teacher's salary and that amount paid the teacher as a juror for the remaining days.


E.        Unpaid Leaves of Absence


1.         The Committee may grant a leave of absence without pay of up to two (2) years to a teacher who joins the Peace Corps as a teacher or serves as an exchange teacher, and is a full time participant in either of such programs.  Any teacher who desires to take such leave shall apply to the Superintendent prior to April 15, and shall be notified of the Committee's decision within thirty (30) days of receipt of the application.  Upon return from such leave, a teacher will be considered as if the teacher had been actively employed by the Committee during the leave and will be placed on the salary schedule at the level the teacher would have achieved if not for the absence.


2.         The Committee shall grant military leave to a teacher who is called to active duty by executive order of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the President of the United States of America, or a declaration of war by Congress.  Upon return from such leave, the teacher will be considered as if the teacher had been actively employed by the Committee during the leave and will be placed on the salary schedule at the level the teacher would have achieved if not for the absence.


3.         The Committee may grant a leave of absence without pay or increment for up to one year to a teacher for the purpose of caring for a sick member of the teacher's immediate family.


4.         All benefits to which a teacher was entitled at the time of the commencement of the leave of absence, including unused accumulated sick leave will be restored upon return.  The teacher will be assigned to a position equivalent to the position which the teacher held at the time said leave commenced.




                                                                    ARTICLE X

                                                       TEACHER EVALUATION


A.   The purpose of evaluation is to provide information for improving professional performance, and to identify teachers whose performance is unsatisfactory and non-responsive to demands for improvement.  Teacher evaluation is the ongoing process of defining goals and of identifying, gathering and using information as part of a process to improve professional performance.



B.  Refer to Appendix A for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Evaluation Language.



C.  The evaluation process shall be free of racial, sexual, religious and other discriminations and/or biases.






A.  A teacher will have the right, upon request, to review the contents of his/her personnel file.  The teacher will be entitled to have a representative of the Association present during such review.  The teacher, upon request, is entitled to a copy of any document in the personnel file, at the teacher's expense.


B.  No material derogatory to a teacher's conduct, service, character or personality will be placed in the teacher's personnel file unless substantiated by fact and unless the teacher has had an opportunity to review the material.  The teacher will acknowledge the opportunity to review such material by affixing his/her signature to the copy to be filed, with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicated agreement with the contents thereof.  The teacher will also have the right to submit a written response to such material, and the written response shall be reviewed by the Superintendent and attached to the file copy of such material.





A.  Any complaints regarding a teacher shall be made to the teacher, to the Principal and to the Superintendent in that order.  In the case of any complaint received by the Administration, the teacher will be promptly notified of the complaint, the source of the complaint and the written disposition of the complaint.


                                                                   ARTICLE XIII

                                      ASSIGNMENT, TRANSFER AND VACANCIES


A.  A teacher will be notified in writing of the grade assignment for the following school year by June 1, if possible.


B.  A teacher who desires a change in assignment shall file a written statement of such desire with the Principal prior to March 1 for the next school year.  The principal will review such requests and provide a written answer to the teacher by June 1.  All requests must be renewed annually.


C.  The following principles shall be applied to the reassignment or transfer of a teacher:


1.         A volunteer shall be given preference to the extent compatible with individual qualifications, instructional requirements, staff availability and recommendation of the Principal.


2.         When an involuntary transfer is necessary, quality of teaching performance and instructional requirements will be considered in determining which teacher will be transferred.


D.  Whenever any professional vacancy occurs, the Superintendent will notify the Association in writing prior to advertising the vacancy.  During the summer months when school is not in session,

notification will be sent to the President of the Association.  Any teacher interested in applying for said vacancy must notify the Principal or Superintendent, in writing, within forty-eight (48) hours.  The qualifications for the position, its duties, and the rate of compensation will be clearly set forth.



E.  The Committee agrees to give due weight to the professional background and attainments of all applicants and the length of service within the school system in filling such vacancies.


                                                                  ARTICLE XIV

                                                         REDUCTION IN FORCE


The Petersham School Committee retains the right to reduce the number of teachers on its staff based on considerations including reduced pupil enrollment, revision of curriculum, changes in educational philosophy, or fiscal constraints.


A.        In the event it should become necessary to reduce the number of Professional Status Teachers, the Committee will take into consideration the qualifications, experience, ability and length of service of the individual.


B.        Where possible, staff reductions will be accomplished through attrition.


C.        Non-Professional Status Teachers will be terminated prior to Professional Status Teachers in accordance with the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



D.        Teachers who have been laid-off shall be entitled to recall rights for a period of two (2) years. During the recall period, teachers shall be notified by certified mail and be given preference for positions as they

develop and their contractual benefits shall be restored in full, upon re-employment in the recall period.


E.         A list specifying the seniority of each member of the bargaining unit shall be prepared by the Committee and forwarded to the President of the Association within thirty (30) calendar days following the execution of this Agreement.  An updated "Seniority List" shall be supplied by the Committee annually prior to October 1, thereafter.


F.         Claims for correction in the "Seniority List" must be made to the Committee and the Association within thirty (30) days after receipt of the "Seniority List" by the President of the Association and after such time, the Seniority List will be regarded as correct.



                                                                   ARTICLE XV

                                                 PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES


A.  The Committee will provide up to two (2) days as part of the defined 185 day work year with the prior approval of the Principal or the Superintendent, for each teacher such that teachers may attend professional development conferences at no expense to the Committee.


B.  The Committee agrees to pay reasonable expenses incurred by a teacher who attends workshops, seminars, conferences, or other professional improvement sessions at the request of either the Superintendent or the Committee.


                                                                  ARTICLE XVI

                                                           SCHOOL CALENDAR


The school calendar will be submitted to the Association before approval by the School Committee.  Any suggestions made by the Association will be given preferential consideration.


                                                                  ARTICLE XVII



Teachers shall be involved in any curriculum development or textbook changes.  The Committee reserves the right and responsibility to make the final decisions concerning textbooks, other teaching materials, and curriculum.


                                                                 ARTICLE XVIII

                                                       ASSOCIATION MEETING


The Association will have the right to use the school building

without cost at reasonable times for staff and Association meetings.  The Principal of the building will be notified in advance of the time and the place of all such meetings.  Petersham Educational Association meetings may not be held during the school day for teachers.





                                                                  ARTICLE XIX

                                                        SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS


1.  The Committee agrees to provide a substitute in the event of a teacher's absence, whenever possible.


2.  Substitutes will be provided whenever a specialist is unable to meet with a class.  In any event that the classroom teacher is responsible for a specialist's class, he/she will receive compensation of twenty ($20.00) dollars.


3.  The Principal will nominate a Head Teacher to the School Committee at the start of each school year to serve for that year for a yearly stipend of $1000.00.


                                                                   ARTICLE XX

                                                    TUITION REIMBURSEMENT


Each full-time teacher shall be entitled to the cost of a three credit course at the rate charged by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  No more than one course will be reimbursed in a given fiscal year.  Such courses must be directly related to the teacher's assignment and must have administrative approval prior to the course being taken.  Transcripts must be provided indicating successful completion of the course.


                                                                  ARTICLE XXIa

                                                        SICK LEAVE BUY BACK


A.  The Committee agrees to pay to a teacher who is eligible for retirement under provisions of the Massachusetts Retirement Board and under Section C of this Article an amount equal to the teacher’s full pay per day for each of the teacher's accumulated sick days above 100, not to exceed a total of twenty-five (25) days.  Such payments, when added to the teacher's final paycheck, shall constitute full payment of the teacher's salary for that year.  A teacher planning to retire is required to send a written notice to the Superintendent on or before April 15th of the year of retirement.


B.  For the purpose of this Article, the per day pay rate shall be calculated by dividing the teacher's annual salary by the number of contract days as required by this Agreement for the final year of the teacher's employment.


C.  This Article shall apply to those teachers who have completed a minimum of twenty (20) years of teaching of which the last ten (10) years, consecutively, have been in the employment of the Committee and who have attained the age of fifty-five (55) at the date of retirement.

                                                                 ARTICLE XXIb

                                                             SICK LEAVE BANK


1.  Sick Leave Bank Committee.  There shall be established a joint six member Sick Leave Bank Committee to administer the provisions of this section.  The committee shall be composed of three employees appointed by the President of the Association and three persons appointed by the School Committee.  The Sick Leave Bank Committee shall act by majority vote of those members present and voting.


2.  Contributions to the Bank.

a.  Initial and Annual Contributions.  Each employee covered by this contract may become a member of the Sick Leave Bank by donating four (4) sick leave days to the bank within forty-five (45) days of the effective date of this contract or within forty-five (45) days of his/her employment by the Committee, whichever is later.  Thereafter, each year one (1) day will be added to the bank by each member of the bank, but the number of days in the bank cannot exceed five times the number of employees within the bank.  Any member of the Sick Leave Bank may withdraw from the bank for a subsequent school year by giving written notice to the Sick Leave Bank Committee by September 15th of the school year during which the employee no longer desires membership.


b.  Supplementary Contributions.  If at the end of any school year the number of sick leave days in the bank are depleted to one-half or less of the maximum number of days, one (1) additional day for the bank may be assessed each member.


If the sick leave days in the bank exceed three-fourths of the maximum number of days at the end of a school year, the members of the bank will not be required to make the annual one-day donation at the start of the following school year.


c.  Late Joining.  If an employee who once decided not to join the Sick Leave Bank decides to join in a subsequent year, the initial donation to the bank must equal the total number of days that would have been donated to the bank through the years had the employee joined initially.


d.  Continuation of Membership.  No member of the Sick Leave Bank will be denied continuation or membership in the bank

if a long-term illness has caused the member's individual                                sick leave benefits to be exhausted, thus preventing     donations to the bank as required by Section 2.a of this           Article.


3.  Granting of Benefits.  A member of the Sick Leave Bank who exhausts his individual sick leave benefits may apply for benefits from the Sick Leave Bank.  Such benefits are intended

for long-term and catastrophic illnesses.  In assessing any application the Sick Leave Bank Committee shall consider the following criteria:


(a)  demonstrated need of the applicant;

(b)  prior sick leave usage;

(c)  relative needs of other applicants; and

(d)  supply of days in the bank.


The Committee's decision on all applications and other matters within its jurisdiction shall be final and therefore not subject to the grievance procedure.  Any employee whose application is rejected in whole, or in part, shall, upon request, be granted a meeting with the Sick Leave Bank Committee.


Each member of the Sick Leave Bank may receive up to twenty-five (25) days of sick leave from the bank per school year on approval of the Sick Leave Bank Committee.  Additional days of sick leave from the bank may be granted by a majority vote of the membership of the Sick Leave Bank.  If it is not feasible to receive this approval or vote prior to a member's absence, the School Committee may withhold the salary of the employee for the days in question until such time as a decision has been made.  If the Sick Leave Bank Committee approves, the days shall be deducted from the bank's total and the employee shall be paid his/her salary in full for the days in question.


4.  Miscellaneous.

a.  By November 1 of each school year, the Sick Leave Bank Committee will inform the Superintendent's Office, in writing, of the number of sick leave days donated by each member to the bank and the number of days accrued by the bank itself according to its records.  The Superintendent's Office will advise, in writing, the Sick Leave Bank Committee the number of sick days accumulated.


b.  No payment from the Sick Leave Bank shall be made except on a regular warrant approved by the School Committee.


                                                                  ARTICLE XXII

                                                     LEGALITY OF PROVISIONS


If any provision of this Agreement is held to be contrary to law by an appropriate court of law, all other provisions of the         

Agreement will continue in full force and effect, and the Committee and the Association will meet for the sole purpose of amending the illegal provision to meet the requirements of the

law.  Any such amendments mutually agreed upon by the Committee and the Association will be reduced to writing and added to the Agreement as an addendum.

                                                                 ARTICLE XXIII

                                                        PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS


A.  The Committee agrees to deduct from the salaries of its employees dues for the Petersham Educational Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the National Education Association or any one of such as said teachers individually and voluntarily authorize the Committee to deduct, and to transmit the monies promptly to such Association or Associations.  Teacher authorizations will be in writing on a form agreed upon by the Association and the Superintendent of Schools.


B.  The Committee agrees to deduct from the salaries of its employees payroll savings deductions to be transferred to the employee's account with the M.T.A. Credit Union.  This amount is to be designated by the employee and authorization for such deduction is to be made in writing to the Superintendent.  Any changes in such amounts are to be made in writing on an annual basis unless an emergency situation occurs.


C. The Committee agrees to deduct from the salaries of its employees payroll deductions for employee participation in a tax-sheltered annuity plan or its equivalent.  This amount is to be designated by the employee and authorization for such deduction is to be made in writing to the Superintendent.  Any changes in such amounts are to be made in writing on an annual basis unless an emergency situation occurs.


D. The Committee agrees to allow for direct deposit to the bank of the employee’s choice.


                                                                 ARTICLE XXIV

                                            INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION


A.  For each employee, the Committee will pay 75% of the cost of the CMHC, or equivalent HMO of equal or lesser cost, health plan for the employees covered by this Agreement.  All health plan payments made by the employee will be considered to be made under a pre-tax Cafeteria Plan.     


B.  The Committee agrees to allow benefits for its employees under the Workmen's Compensation Act, as provided under S.34 of Chapter 152 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth.


C.  The Committee agrees to allow retired teachers who are receiving compensation under the Teachers Retirement System to purchase, at their own expense, insurance benefits as provided for employees under this Agreement.


D.  The Committee agrees to provide teachers who are on paid maternity leave the same insurance benefits as provided for employees under this Agreement.


                                                                  ARTICLE XXV



This contract shall be effective as of July 1, 2013 and shall continue in force until June 30, 2016.


                                                                 ARTICLE XXVI

                                                               ZIPPER CLAUSE


The parties acknowledge that during the negotiations that resulted in the Agreement, each party had the unlimited right and opportunity to make demands and proposals with respect to any bargaining, and that the understandings and agreement arrived at by the parties after the exercise of that right and opportunity are set forth in this Agreement.  Therefore, the Committee and the Association, for the life of this Agreement, each voluntarily and unqualifiedly waives the right to re-open negotiations on any subject or matter covered by this Agreement, and each agrees that the other shall not be obligated to bargain collectively with respect to any subject or matter not specifically referred to or covered by this Agreement, even though the subjects or matter may not have been within the knowledge or contemplation of either or both of the parties at the time that they negotiated or signed this Agreement.  However, this will not preclude the parties from mutually agreeing to amend this Agreement at any time.


                                                                        SALARY SCHEDULE

                                                                   July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

                                                                                   185 Days


Step   Bachelor  Bachelor +15  Masters   Masters +15                   Masters+30/CAGS


 1     $36159     $37348        $38530      $39421         $40309

 2      37598      38829                                  40065                        40956                          41846

 3      39094      40378                                  41658                        42550                          43441

 4      40650      41984                                  43320                        44210                          45102

 5      42270      43655                                  45048                        45937                          46826

 6      43955      45397                                  46840                        47731                          48622

 7      45705      47205                                  48702                        49595                          50486

 8      47524      49087                                  50647                        51538                          52429

 9      49420      51041                                  52665                        53554                          54445

10      52946      53851                                 54763                        55656                          56547

11      55596      56552                                 58509                        59400                          60291

12      58494      59447                                 61441                        62375                          63309

13                                                                 64775                        65732                          66690



                                                                        SALARY SCHEDULE

                                                                   July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

                                                                                   185 Days


Step   Bachelor  Bachelor +15  Masters   Masters +15                   Masters+30/CAGS


 1     $37153     $38375        $39590      $40505         $41417

 2      38632      39897                                  41167                        42082                          42997

 3      40169      41488                                  42804                        43720                          44636

 4      41768      43139                                  44511                        45426                          46342

 5      43432      44856                                  46287                        47200                          48114

 6      45164      46645                                  48128                        49044                          49959

 7      46962      48503                                  50041                        50959                          51874

 8      48831      50437                                  52040                        52955                          53871

 9      50779      52445                                  54113                        55027                          55942

10      54402      55332                                 56269                        57187                          58102

11      57125      58107                                 60118                        61034                          61949

12      60103      61082                                 63131                        64090                          65050

13                                                                 66556                        67540                          68524



WAGE Settlement:


Year #1:  2.75% applied to salary schedule


Year #2:  2.75% applied to salary schedule


Year #3:  Reopener for bargaining for:

                              a. Wages (the proposed salary reconfiguration will be

                                 considered to be part of the wage discussion).

                              b. Review of the new Evaluation Language

                              c. Any other item which is mutually agreed upon by the



B. Longevity pay will be applied as follows, based on continuous years of service to the Petersham School System:


                              After 15 years of service                              -  $ 750.00

                              After 20 years of service                              -  $1000.00

                              After 25 years of service                              -  $1250.00

                              After 30 years of service                              -  $1500.00


C. Teachers attending Nature’s Classroom will receive five hundred ($500.00)per week in addition to their regular salary.









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