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DistrictSouthbridge
Shared Contract District
Org Code2770000
Type of DistrictMunicipal K12
Union AffiliationMTA
Most Recent DocumentContract
Expiring Year2017
Expired StatusCurrent
Superintendency UnionSouthbridge
Regional HS MembersSouthbridge
Vocational HS MembersSOUTHERN WORCESTER
CountyWorcester
ESE RegionCentral
Urban
Kind of Communityurbanized centers
Number of Schools5
Enrollment2186
Percent Low Income Students61
Grade StartPK
Grade End12
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Contractual Agreement

 

between the

 

SOUTHBRIDGE SCHOOL COMMITTEE

and the

 

SOUTHBRIDGE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

SOUTHBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Southbridge, Massachusetts

 

July 1, 2015 - June 30,2017

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ARTICLE 1 PREAMBLE                                                                                                         1

ARTICLE 2 FAIR PRACTICES                                                                                                2

ARTICLE 3 UNIT RECOGNITION                                                                                         2

ARTICLE 4 SCHOOL COMMITTEE RIGHTS AND AUTHORITY                                        3

ARTICLE 5 DURATION                                                                                                         4

ARTICLE 6 IMPACT BARGAINING                                                                                      4

ARTICLE 7 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE                                                                                4

ARTICLE 8 ARBITRATION                                                                                                    6

ARTICLE 9 EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS                                                                            7

ARTICLE 10 TEACHER PROGRAMMING                                                                            8

ARTICLE 11 SCHOOL CALENDAR                                                                                       11

ARTICLE 12 SENIORITY                                                                                                       11

ARTICLE 13 STAFF REDUCTION                                                                                         11

ARTICLE 14 GUIDELINES FOR RECALL                                                                             12

ARTICLE 15 TRANSFERS                                                                                                      13

ARTICLE 16 VACANCIES, PROMOTIONS AND EXTRA PAY ASSIGNMENTS                 14

ARTICLE 17 TEACHER EVALUATION                                                                                15

ARTICLE 18 NON-TEACHING TASKS                                                                                  15

ARTICLE 19 ACCIDENT WHILE TEACHING                                                                       16

ARTICLE 20 SICK LEAVE                                                                                                     16

ARTICLE 21 SICK BANK                                                                                                       16

ARTICLE 22 LEAVES OF ABSENCE                                                                                     17

ARTICLE 23 BEREAVEMENT LEAVE                                                                                  19

ARTICLE 24 PERSONAL DAY LEAVE                                                                                 20

ARTICLE 25 SABBATICAL LEAVE                                                                                      21

ARTICLE 26 ASSOCIATION LEAVE                                                                                     22

ARTICLE 27 SUMMER SCHOOL AND INSTITUTES                                                            23

ARTICLE 28 HEALTH AND SAFETY                                                                                    23

ARTICLE 29 SUBSTANCE ABUSE                                                                                        23

ARTICLE 30 WORK STOPPAGE/STRIKE                                                                              23

ARTICLE 31 PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS                                                                                 23

ARTICLE 32 SICK DAY BUY-BACK                                                                                     25

ARTICLE 33 TUITION REIMBURSEMENT                                                                           25

ARTICLE 34 SALARY                                                                                                            26

ARTICLE 35 STABILITY OF AGREEMENT                                                                          30

ARTICLE 36 TEACHER MENTORING PROGRAM                                                               30

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBITS

 

EXHIBIT I                   SALARY SCHEDULES                                                                       31

EXHIBIT II                  ATHLETIC STIPENDS                                                                        33

EXHIBIT III                 ACADEMIC STIPENDS                                                                      35

EXHIBIT IV                CLUB STIPENDS                                                                                36

EXHIBIT V                  ADVISOR STIPENDS                                                                          37

EXHIBIT VI                BEFORE-TAX HEALTH PLAN                                                           38

EXHIBIT VII               PROCEDURE FOR TUITION REIMBURSEMENT                             39

EXHIBIT VIII              FMLA POLICY                                                                                    40

EXHIBIT IX                SNLA POLICY                                                                                    41

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT REGARDING HEALTH INSURANCE                         44

EXHIBIT A - HEALTH INSURANCE CO-PAYS AND DEDUCTIBLE CHANGES FY 16     50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AGREEMENT

 

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 150E of the General Laws of Massachusetts, this Agreement is made by the SCHOOL COMMITTEE of the TOWN of SOUTHBRIDGE (hereinafter referred to as, the "Committee") and the SOUTHBRIDGE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (hereinafter referred to as, the "Association").

 

ARTICLE 1

PREAMBLE

 

Recognizing that the prime purpose of the Committee is to provide education of the highest possible quality for the students of the public schools of Southbridge, and that good morale within the teaching staff at Southbridge is essential to achievement of that purpose, the Committee and the Association, the undersigned parties to the Agreement, agree that:

 

1-1       Under the laws of Massachusetts, the Committee, elected by the citizens of Southbridge, has final responsibility for establishing the educational policies for the public schools of Southbridge;

 

1-2       The Superintendent of Schools of Southbridge (hereinafter referred to as, the "Superintendent") has responsibility for carrying out the policies so established;

 

1-3       The teaching staff of the Southbridge Public Schools recognizes their responsibility to provide quality education to our students;

 

1-4       Fulfillment of those respective responsibilities can be facilitated and supported by consultations and free exchanges of views and information among the Committee, the Superintendent, and the teaching staff in the formulation and application of policies relating to wages, hours, and other conditions of employment for the teaching staff.

 

1-5       To give effect to those declarations, these principles and procedures are hereby adopted:

 

1-5.1    The Office of the Superintendent shall, upon written request, furnish to the Association approved information concerning financial records of the Southbridge School District.

 

1-5.2    With a minimum of 24 hours' notice, the Association may request, through the Superintendent, the use of a building for Association meetings after regular school hours. There will be no charge for such use during times when custodians are on regular duty.

 

1-5.3    The Committee shall permit the President of the Association or his/her designated representative to visit any individuals for any purpose relating to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If conferences with teachers are necessary, they shall be scheduled before or after regular school hours or during lunch.

 

1-6       The terms of this Agreement shall not apply where inconsistent with constitutional, statutory, or other legal provisions. If any provision of the Agreement is found to be contrary to law by the Supreme Court of the United States or by any court with competent jurisdiction from whose judgment no appeal has been taken within the time provided for doing so, such provision shall be

 

 

 

 

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modified forthwith by the parties hereto to the extent necessary to conform thereto. In such case, all other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in effect.

 

1-7       The parties agree that no provisions of this contract shall be deemed to be a limitation of any rights or powers otherwise provided to the parties by law.

 

ARTICLE 2

FAIR PRACTICES

 

2-1       There shall be no discrimination against any teacher on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, disability, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, military service, gender identity or membership and/or lawful participation in the Association.

 

ARTICLE 3

UNIT RECOGNITION

 

3-1       The Committee agrees and hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive representative of all the "professional employees" (as such employees are defined in Chapter 150E of the General Laws of Massachusetts) to whom this Agreement applies for the purpose of bargaining with respect to wages, hours, standards of productivity and performance, class size, workload, and other conditions of employment. Such obligation shall not compel either party to agree to a proposal or make concession. The above recognition excludes all Superintendents, Directors, Supervisors, Principals, Assistant Principals, Academic Dean, Day to Day Substitute Teachers, and Permanent Substitute Teachers.

 

3-2       All salary requests by individuals governed by this Agreement will be considered by the Committee only if they come through the Association.

 

3-3       The agenda of the Committee shall be provided to the President, Vice-President, and Treasurer/Membership Chair of the Association prior to every regular Committee meeting along with the approved minutes of the previous meeting. Additional copies of each shall be posted in the teachers' room of each building during the regular school year.

 

3-4       The Association shall be provided bulletin board space in the faculty room of each school for the posting of official notices and other official materials relating to Association activities.

 

3-5       The Association shall have the right to place business related material in the mailboxes of teachers, subject to prior notification to the Superintendent. Placement will be made by the building representatives or their designee. In addition the Association may use School Email subject to the SC acceptable use policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3-6       The Association shall notify the Committee of the identity of its president, agents, and officers within five (5) working days of any change of such positions upon election/appointment of said persons.

 

3-7       The District shall provide the Association not later than October 1 of each school year with a list of the names, home addresses, home telephone numbers and current assignment and primary work location of all bargaining unit members. The Association acknowledges that such information is confidential, will be used for Association purposes only and not disseminated outside of the Association.

 

3-8       During the course of the school year, the District shall notify the Association of all changes to the list. Such notice shall include the names of any unit members who resign, retire or go on leave and the names, home addresses, and home telephone numbers of any persons hired during the school year. This notice shall be provided to the Association within two (2) weeks of any changes in the composition of the bargaining unit. The Association acknowledges that such information is confidential, will be used for Association purposes only and not disseminated outside of the Association.

 

ARTICLE 4

SCHOOL COMMITTEE RIGHTS AND AUTHORITY

 

4-1       The Southbridge School District and Southbridge School District Administration have the following rights and authority: the management of the Southbridge school system and the direction and the control of the staff, including the right to plan, direct and control System Wide Operations; to determine the number and location of operations; to determining the means, methods, schedules of operations; to alter, rearrange, change, extend, curtail, or discontinue its operations particularly or completely; to determine the methods of educational delivery to be used and services to be rendered; to determine the size, scheduling and assignment of the staff; to establish standards and maintain quality of performance; to establish and require employees to observe the publicized rules and regulations and reasonable standards of conduct; to direct, supervise, and evaluate employees; to conduct mandatory professional improvement programs; to evaluate and determine the educational curriculum; to schedule and cancel classes and schools; to determine the level of student competency; to assign and transfer employees; to promote; to layoff or relieve employees due to lack of work, lack of funds, or for other lawful reasons; to determine class size; to institute technological change; to maintain order and discipline or discharge employees, shall be the right, solely and exclusively, of the Southbridge School District. The foregoing enumeration of management's rights are not intended to be all-inclusive, but indicate the type of matters or rights which belong to, and are inherent to, management, and shall not be deemed to exclude other rights of management not specifically set forth.

 

The Southbridge School District, therefore, reserves all rights, unless they are limited by the language of a provision of this Agreement. Any of the rights, powers, authority and functions of the Southbridge School District has prior to the negotiations of this agreement are retained by the School District, except as expressly abridged by a specific provision of this agreement.

 

The Southbridge School District not exercising rights, powers, authority and functions reserved it or its exercising them in any particular way, will not be deemed a waiver of said rights, powers,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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authority and functions of its rights to exercise them in some other way not in conflict with a specific provision of this Agreement.

 

The exercise of the rights contained in this Article will not be a matter subject to grievance or arbitration, except to the extent that such rights are expressly limited by a specific provision in this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 5

DURATION

 

5-1       This Agreement shall be in effect from July 1, 2015, to and including June 30, 2017, except as provided below and shall thereafter automatically renew itself for successive terms of one (1) year, unless by November 1, prior to expiration of this Agreement, either the Committee or the Association shall have given the other written notice of its desire to modify or terminate it.

 

5-2       It is agreed that the Committee and the Association will meet at the request of either party. The time, date, and location of said meeting will be determined by mutual agreement.

 

ARTICLE 6

IMPACT BARGAINING

 

6-1       The Committee shall afford the Association opportunity to impact bargain on contemplated changes in past practices, wages, hours, and other conditions of employment. The Association must request impact bargaining within ten (10) working days of receiving written notification from the Committee to the President of the Association. Failure to request such impact bargaining shall constitute forfeiture of the right of the Association and its individual members to bargain or grieve the change.

 

ARTICLE 7

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

 

7-1       PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, solutions to the problems of interpretation which may arise regarding the wages, hours, and other conditions of employment of employees covered by this Agreement. The District and the Association desire that such procedures shall be as informal and confidential as may be appropriate for the grievance involved and at the procedure level involved.

 

7-2 DEFINITIONS

 

7-2.1 A grievance is any claim by a teacher or the Association, in writing, that there has been a violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of the terms of the Agreement.

 

7-2.2 A working day is defined as a day on which teachers are required to report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7-3  GENERAL PROVISIONS

 

7-3.1 If in the judgment of the Association, a grievance affects a group or class of teachers, the Association may submit such a grievance in writing to the Superintendent directly and the processing of such grievance will commence at Level 2.

 

7-3.2 While both parties may maintain files of grievances and disposition thereof, the District shall not make any entry or file any paper in the personnel file of any teacher involved in a grievance except as may be required to implement the disposition thereof, subject to State Law.

 

7-3.3 No reprisals of any kinds shall be taken by any party hereto against any person or party who participated in any grievance proceeding by reason of participation.

 

7-3.4 For any grievance not resolved by the last working day of the school year, the phrase "working days" shall no longer apply and the phrase "calendar days" shall apply until the first working day of the next school year. In the event the Principal and/or Superintendent or the grievant cannot meet said schedule, the parties agree to be reasonably flexible during the summer on the processing of a grievance.

 

7-3.5 All grievances under consideration must be processed in accordance with the terms of the Agreement in effect at the time the incident which gave rise to the grievance occurred.

 

7-3.6 Association representatives shall not process teacher grievances during hours scheduled for student instruction or supervision.

 

7-3.7 The failure of the District to respond at any level shall be considered a denial and the grievant and/or the Association may then move the grievance to the next level.

 

7-4  GRIEVANCE LEVELS

 

In the event the teacher believes he/she has a grievance, it shall first be discussed by the teacher or the teacher and a representative of the Association and the building principal wherein the alleged incident occurred. Such informal discussions, if they occur, shall not operate so as to extend the time limits set forth herein. If no satisfactory settlement is made, then the matter shall be settled in the following manner:

 

LEVEL 1 The grievant or the Association shall have up to twenty-one (21) working days from the date that individual or the Association should have been aware of the event leading to the grievance to present the grievance, in writing, to the principal of the building wherein the alleged violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of this Agreement occurred. The grievance shall state the nature of the alleged violation, the exact section(s) of this Agreement on which the grievance is based, the specific section(s) of this Agreement allegedly violated by the District and the remedy sought. It must be signed by the teacher or the Association Representative. The building principal shall answer, in writing, within ten (10) working days of actual receipt of the grievance by the principal.

 

LEVEL 2 If no satisfactory settlement is agreed upon as provided in Level 1, the grievant and/or the Association shall have up to five (5) working days to refer the matter to the Superintendent who

 

 

 

 

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shall meet with the parties within five (5) working days to review the grievance and give a written decision within ten (10) working after said meeting.

 

LEVEL 3 If no satisfactory settlement is agreed upon as provided in Level 2, the grievant and/or the Association shall have up to five (5) working days to refer the grievance to the Chairperson of the Committee. The grievance will be scheduled on the executive session agenda for a closed Level 3 meeting during the next regular Committee meeting. If the grievance is not within the jurisdiction of the School Committee and has not been resolved at the Principal or Superintendent level, as applicable, the Association may submit the grievance to arbitration. If the District determines that a grievance is not within the School Committee's jurisdiction, it shall so notify the Association at which point the Association shall have the option to file for arbitration as set forth in Article 8.

 

The Chairperson of the Committee shall give the Committee's written decision within ten (10) working days after the Level 3 meeting.

 

(a)        If no satisfactory settlement of the grievance is reached as provided in Level 2 or Level 3, as applicable, the matter may be submitted to arbitration only if the Association President shall so notify the District, in writing within ten (10) working days of receiving the Level 2 written decision of the Superintendent or the Level 3 written decision of the Committee, as applicable.

 

(b)        Time limits contained in levels of grievance procedure may be extended by written mutual agreement.

 

(c)        If a grievance is not appealed to the next level within the specified time limits, including those specified extensions, it shall be considered settled on the basis of the answer of the building principal in Level 1, the Superintendent in Level 2, or the Committee in Level 3.

 

(d)        If any employee covered by this Agreement shall present any grievance without representation by the Association, the disposition, if any, of the grievance shall be consistent with the provisions of this Agreement; and if the Association shall so desire, it shall be permitted to be heard at each level of the procedure, beginning at Level 2, under which the grievance shall be considered.

 

The resolution of all formal grievances shall be in accordance with procedures of this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 8

ARBITRATION

 

8-1       The Association, after all steps of the grievance procedure have been properly utilized and desiring to submit the matter to arbitration, shall notify the District, in writing, within the aforementioned ten (10) day period. Within ten (10) working days of notifying the District in writing that it desires to arbitrate the grievance, the Association shall file with the American Arbitration Association (AAA or the Department of Labor Relations).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8-1.1    The arbitrator shall consider only the particular issue or issues presented to him/her in writing by the District and the Association as submitted in writing at Level 2 or Level 3 as applicable.

 

8-1.2    The authority of the arbitrator shall be limited to the interpretation and/or application of this Agreement, and the arbitrator shall have no power to add to, subtract from or modify this Agreement.

 

8-1.3    The arbitrator shall have no power to establish salary ranges, differentials, stipends, pay levels, or longevity payments of any kind. The arbitrator shall not render a decision contrary to state or federal law.

 

8-2       The written decision of the arbitrator, so made, shall be final and binding on both parties.

 

8-3       The cost of the services of the arbitrator(s), including per diem expenses, if any, and the actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses will be borne equally by the District and the Association, but each party shall bear its own expenses for the presentation of its case.

 

ARTICLE 9

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

 

9-1       Annually, teachers will be notified as soon as possible, by letter from the Superintendent or his/her designee, of the following:

 

(a)        Notification of building assignment for the next school year by the building principal before the last day of school;

 

(b)        Notification of teaching assignment for the next school year by the building principal before the last day of school;

 

(c)        Teacher's degree status, base salary, differential for the upcoming year, date of hire and years of service in Southbridge, on or before July 31st of the current school year.

 

9-2       By the third Monday of August, teachers will receive a further letter with their program for the coming school year. This letter will note:

 

(a)        Teaching schedule

 

(b)        Student class/bus* lists

 

(c)        Duty schedule (if applicable)

 

*Bus lists may not be available in August, but will be provided when available.

 

9-3       Each teacher shall notify the Superintendent as soon as possible of his/her intention to accept employment elsewhere. Teachers who have accepted a contract in another district and will not be returning to the Southbridge School District shall notify the Superintendent before the close of school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9-4       Teachers may resign with a thirty (30) day notice. The Superintendent reserves the right to accept a resignation with less than thirty (30) days if he/she so desires.

 

9-5

1.         Upon receipt by November 1 of an irrevocable letter to the superintendent of the intent to retire at the end of the school year, the teacher will receive a retirement bonus of $2000. This bonus will be paid by August 15 in the next fiscal year. The teacher must complete the school year in order to receive the bonus. If extenuating circumstances arise, the Superintendent may allow revocation of such letter.

 

2.         As a professional courtesy and to ensure the continuation of instruction by a highly qualified teacher, anyone not taking advantage of the above retirement bonus should provide notice of their intent to retire at least 30 school days in advance.

 

ARTICLE 10

TEACHER PROGRAMMING

 

10-1     The teacher's work year shall consist of one hundred eighty-three (183) days, two (2) of which are Professional Development days, and one (1) staff preparation/orientation day preceding the opening day of school. A teacher's per diem rate shall be calculated at 1/183rd of his/her annual salary.

 

The Professional Development and Staff Preparation/Orientation days will occur as follows:

 

•           There shall be two professional days scheduled each academic year by the Superintendent.

•           Staff Preparation/Orientation Day on the day preceding the opening day of School.

 

10-2     A reasonable effort will be made to rotate teacher assignments for study halls, lunch rooms, lunch duties, etc. among the staff on an annual basis. All guidance personnel, nurses, and occupational and physical therapists shall be exempt from such assignments.

 

10-2.1  The Southbridge Middle/High School daily schedule will consist of 6 (six) periods of approximately sixty (60) minutes. All teachers will have one (1) duty free period daily for preparation. Depending on the schedule rotation, teachers will teach four (4) or five (5) classes daily. On days when the teacher has four (4) classes a duty period will be assigned.

 

10-2.2  Preps for HS: No High School academic teacher (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies) will be required to teach and prepare for more than three (3) different courses concurrently.

 

10-3     Release time for in-service workshops, curriculum revisions, and parental conferences may be made available at the discretion of the Superintendent. Use of this time shall be determined by the Superintendent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1              The teacher work year for 2009-2010 consisted of 184 days.

 

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10-4

STUDENT DAY          TEACHER DAY          HELP SESSION

 

Middle/Senior              7:40 to 2:15                 7:20 to 2:25*               2:15 to 3:15

Elementary                  8:30 to 2:45                 8:15 to 3:30                 2:45 to 3:30

 

The work day for school nurses will be one half hour before the start of the student day and end one half hour after the student day.

 

*except on staff meeting, dept. meeting and help session days

 

The Superintendent has the right to vary the opening and closing times of the school day by one half hour for teachers depending upon the educational and operational needs of the District on an annual basis.

 

All teachers, regardless of building assignment, will be required to work a day consisting of seven (7) hours and fifteen (15) minutes. (A half day is half of the seven hour and fifteen minute work day); the total student instructional time shall not be increased in the elementary schools and the remaining time is building based. It will be used according to the current practice for things such as parent contact, preparation, co-planning with other teachers, grade level meetings and SBST meetings.

 

10-4.1  Exception: On Fridays, Open House, Parent Conference days, and days before vacation periods, teachers may leave ten (10) minutes after dismissal.

 

10-4.2  However, teachers recognize that additional time may be required from time to time as circumstances warrant.

 

10-4.3  All bargaining unit members, except for school nurses, shall designate at the beginning of each marking period, one day per week to provide extra help to students.

 

(a)        The MS and HS help session will run from 2:15-3:15.

 

(b)        The Elementary help session will run from 2:45-3:30. The teacher will have no other obligations after school on the designated help night.

 

(c)        If the teacher's scheduled day for help session falls on a day that school is not in session (holiday or PD day) the teacher shall schedule an additional help session within 10 school days.

 

10-5     Length of teacher duty-free lunch shall be equivalent to the length of the pupil lunch at the school where the teacher works as scheduled by the building principal.

 

10-6     Except in unusual or emergency situations, a reasonable effort will be made to provide high school and middle school teachers with five (5) duty free preparation periods per week, and said period will be of the same duration as the regular classroom period.

 

10-6.1  Except in unusual or emergency situations, elementary teachers (Grades K-5) will be entitled

 

 

 

 

 

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to five (5) duty free preparation periods per week, and said period will be equivalent to the amount of time the teacher's class spends in art, music, health, physical education and library. If there is a reduction in force of special area teachers, teachers will be scheduled for five (5) duty-free preparation periods per week at a 15 minute reduction of the normal preparation period per day in that school.

 

10-6.2  In those cases where regular substitutes are not available and a regular teacher voluntarily agrees to serve as a substitute during his/her non-teaching time, said teacher will be paid an additional stipend for each period substituted at the rate of $26.76/period. If no volunteer is available, involuntary loss of preparation period(s) will be compensated at the rate of $26.76/period.

 

10-6.3  It is the responsibility of the building Principal to notify the proper department to confirm teacher compensation for said substitution period.

 

10-6.4  Teacher will not be required to find substitute coverage for classes or non-teaching duties if they are absent with an excuse. No teacher will be assigned coverage for an absent teacher with non-teaching duties.

 

10-7     All unit members will attend one (1) faculty meeting and one (1) department meeting each month. Each meeting will last approximately one (1) hour. Elementary faculty meetings will begin at 3:05. A calendar of scheduled meetings will be given to staff at the beginning of the school year. The Pupil Personnel Director will determine which meetings therapists will attend if they service more than one building. It is recognized that from time to time further meetings may be required at the discretion of the building principal. Any staff member who cannot attend a meeting must notify the principal in writing with the reason for their absence. They are also responsible for obtaining information covered in the meeting.

 

10-8     There shall be two (2) evening parent-teacher conferences scheduled at the discretion of the Superintendent at each of the District's schools. The conferences for all district schools shall take place from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

 

These parent-conferences are in addition to the Parent Open House held by the District for the purpose of parent orientation referenced in Article 11.

 

In exchange for the additional time the parties agree that the last day of school shall be a half day for both students and staff. No teacher shall be made to stay longer than fifteen minutes past the student dismissal time. If a teacher is made to stay longer they will be paid the teacher stipend rate of $26.76 for every period they stay.

 

10-9 In order to meet the curricular deficits which arise from time to time, the Superintendent may post, in accordance with Article 16-1.1 the availability of an extra class of instruction in lieu of a preparation period. Compensation for such instruction will be $8,000, pro-rated if less than a full year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE 11

SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

11-1     The school year calendar will be developed by the school administration and in compliance with State laws and rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Education. Prior to its submission to the School Committee, it will be given to the Southbridge Education Association for comment and/or suggestions for modification. Should said comments or suggestions be received by the Administration within five (5) calendar days after the calendar is submitted, they will be presented to the School Committee for its serious consideration. The school calendar will indicate National Education Week and Parent Open House at the different schools and will be made available to the parents.

 

ARTICLE 12

SENIORITY

 

12-1.1  Seniority is defined as length of continuous service as a licensed teacher in Southbridge Public Schools.

 

12-1.2  Seniority shall accumulate during an authorized leave of absence if the teacher receives salary credit for the year.

 

12-1.3  If a group of teachers had identical length of service, seniority will be determined by the date and time of hire identified in the letter of employment issued by the office of the Superintendent.

 

12-1.4  Seniority lists will be posted in the office of each school and given to the SEA president prior to November first of each year. The list will show the teachers' years of service and areas of licensure. The Association will submit corrections and changes by December 1st. A corrected list will be given to the Association by January 15th .

 

12-1.5  Leaves of absence granted in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement shall not constitute an interruption in continuous service.

 

12-2     Seniority shall not accumulate during an authorized leave of absence except as provided by Section 21-2.2 of this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 13

STAFF REDUCTION

 

13-1     In the event it becomes necessary for the Employer to reduce the teaching staff because of financial limitations, declining enrollments, reasons of economy, changes in curriculum, or other similar reasons, the procedures set forth in this Article will govern the layoff of teachers with professional status (PTS) who are to be affected by such reduction.

 

 

 

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13-2     Before the layoff of any teacher takes place, all reasonable measures such as normal attrition, leaves of absence, long-term illnesses, new positions, etc., shall be employed to minimize, delay, or eliminate the need for layoffs.

 

13-3     The Employer shall have the sole discretion in determining which position or positions are to be eliminated, reduced, or redefined.

 

13-4.1  Professional status teachers shall have the right to replace any non-professional status teacher holding a position for which the professional status teacher is licensed.

 

13-4.2  Professional status teachers to be dismissed due to a R.I.F. shall be dismissed within affected areas of licensure in inverse order of seniority as defined in Article 12.

 

13-4.3  Professional status teachers may bump less senior teachers within their current areas of licensure, however, Administration has the right to determine placement.

 

13-5     Absent unusual circumstances, the Superintendent will provide written notice to each employee who may possibly be affected by reduction, no later than June 15, preceding each school year.

 

ARTICLE 14

GUIDELINES FOR RECALL

 

14-1.1  Professional status teachers who have been laid off will have recall rights for one year from the effective date of their respective layoffs.

 

14-1.2  During the recall period, professional status teachers will be given preference for positions for which they are licensed and qualified, as position openings occur, in the inverse order of layoff, and all benefits to which a professional status teacher was entitled at the time of layoff will be reinstated upon reemployment within the recall period;

 

14-1.3  Written notice of recall will be sent to the professional status teacher by registered mail;

 

14-1.4  The professional status teacher shall exercise the recall right within two (2) weeks of receipt of the notification. Failure of the teacher to respond to the two week notification for recall will result in the elimination of the teacher from the recall list;

 

14-1.5  Teachers who have been laid off will be given preference on the substitute teacher list, if they notify the Superintendent, in writing, of their availability;

 

14-1.6  During the year of lay-off, teachers must notify the School Department of any change of address and provide a home email address and phone number.

 

14-1.7  During the recall period, teachers will be allowed to continue their health insurance coverage for a period authorized by federal law

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE 15

TRANSFERS

 

15-1     Although the District and Association recognize that some transfer of teachers from one school to another is unavoidable, they also recognize that frequent transfer of teachers is disruptive of the educational process and interferes with optimum teacher performance.

 

15-2     INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS

 

15-2.1  Whenever any vacancy in an academic position occurs during the school year that the School District intends to fill, the Superintendent or her/his designee will notify all school staff by an all staff e-mail and written notice to the Association President.

 

15-2.2  First, when a reduction in the number of teachers in the school system necessitates transfers, volunteers will be considered for transfer first. Any volunteer teacher who applies for such a position and is not chosen may request a written explanation from the Superintendent.

 

15-2.3  Next, a teacher's evaluations, and length of service in the system will be used to determine which teacher is to be transferred.

 

15-2.4  An involuntary transfer will be made only after a meeting with the teacher involved and the appropriate administrator or principal, at which time the teacher will be notified of the reasons for the transfer. This meeting shall take place within two (2) weeks of said notification.

 

15-3     VOLUNTARY TRANSFERS

 

15-3.1  Any teacher who desires to change grade, school, and/or subject assignments shall file a written statement of such desire with the Superintendent between September 1 and April 1 of the prior school year.

 

15-3.2  The Principal will consider the following factors regarding a teacher in his/her determination of voluntary transfer of teacher(s): the teaching experience in the transfer grade and/or subject area; the concentration of the teacher's degree in the transfer grade and/or subject area; the level of the teacher's degree; the prior evaluations of the teacher; the teacher's in-service development; recommendations from the teachers' current Department Head and Department Head of the subject area of the transfer; and if the Principal establishes an Interview Panel, the recommendation from the Interview Panel, with such Panel being composed of Department Heads, a faulty member and an administrator.

 

15-3.3  The final decision for selection of personnel for transfer rests with the receiving principal, in accordance with the Education Reform Act, 1993.

 

15-3.4  Notice of transfer will be given to teachers as soon as practicable.

 

15-3.5  All transfers will be governed exclusively by this section and not any past practice.

 

15-4     The reassignment and utilization of teachers within a school building, by the principal, will not be considered a transfer, and the current practice of the Principal meeting with the teacher to be reassigned will continue.

 

 

 

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15-5     This section is subject to the provisions of Chapter 71, Section 59B of the Massachusetts General Laws.

 

ARTICLE 16

VACANCIES, PROMOTIONS AND EXTRA PAY ASSIGNMENTS

 

16-1.1  Whenever any vacancy in a professional position occurs during the school year, if the School District intends to fill the position, it will be adequately publicized by the Superintendent by means of a notice placed on the bulletin boards in the schools of Southbridge, an all staff e-mail, the District Website and a written notice to the Association President. During the months of July and August, written notice of any vacancy will be sent to the Association President. In both situations, the qualifications for the position, its duties, and the rate of compensation will be clearly set forth.

 

16-1.2  When vacancies exist that the School District intends to fill, the Superintendent shall look at all levels in his/her search for licensed and qualified personnel to fill such positions (i.e. he/she shall operate on a system-wide basis).

 

16-1.3  All licensed and qualified teachers, currently employed within the system, will be given an adequate opportunity to apply for such positions.

 

16-1.4  The Employer agrees to give due weight to the professional background, attainments of the applicants, lengths of service in the system, other relevant factors of applicants for any positions.

 

16-1.5  All openings for positions under federal programs will be publicized by the Superintendent as early as possible. Payment of any earnings for such positions shall be according to federal/state regulations.

 

16-1.6  Appointment will be made without regarding to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, as defined by law, sex, handicap, or marital status, sexual orientation, as defined by law, genetic information, military service, or gender identity.

 

16-2.1  All extra-pay assignments will be posted each year. If a vacancy occurs in an extra-pay assignment between regular appointment times, and if the School Committee intends to fill it, the Superintendent will post notices of the vacancy where position notices are usually posted. Each applicant will be notified in writing of the appointment decision. No vacancy will be filled less than ten (10) calendar days after the posting, except in an emergency.

 

16-2.2  An employee who holds a position and who is not reappointed to it in accordance with

16.2.1 will be afforded an opportunity, upon request within ten (10) calendar days of such non-reappointment, to meet with the Superintendent to discuss the reason(s) for the decision.

 

16-2.3  When more than one (1) person indicates an interest in an extra pay assignment and all other qualifications, in the judgment of the School District are equal, seniority in the Southbridge Public Schools will become the deciding factor, and the person with the greatest seniority will be given preference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16-2.4  Southbridge Public School personnel will be given preference over persons not employed by the Southbridge Public School District, when all other qualifications in the judgment of the School District are equal.

 

16-2.5  All stipendiary positions (athletic, co-curricular and academic) are for one year appointments and will be posted annually. It is understood that the School Committee is under no obligation to fill a stipendiary position.

 

ARTICLE 17

TEACHER EVALUATION

 

17-1     The new Teacher Evaluation Instrument is hereby incorporated into this agreement by reference. The new evaluation instrument and the forms that were bargained and agreed upon for the entire process will be posted on the Southbridge School District website. The evaluation instrument shall be subject to revision as state law shall require from time to time. Only substantive changes in the Evaluation Protocol need to be ratified by the School District and the Association.

 

17-2     Teachers will have the right, upon written request, for an appointment, to review the contents of their individual personnel file, and to make copies thereof. The Superintendent or the Superintendent's agent shall monitor the personnel file review process.

 

17-3     No material derogatory to a teacher's conduct, service, character, or personality will be placed in his/her file unless the teacher has had an opportunity to review the material. The teacher will acknowledge that he/she has had opportunity to review such material by affixing his/her signature on the appropriate line of the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof

 

17-4     Any written complaint regarding a teacher made to any member of the Administration by any parent, student, or other person will be promptly called to the attention of the teacher.

 

17-5     No teacher with professional status will be disciplined, reprimanded, reduced in rank or compensation, or deprived of any professional advantage without just cause.

 

ARTICLE 18

NON-TEACHING TASKS

 

18-1.1  Teachers will not be required to perform the following duties:

 

18-1.2  Drive pupils to activities or functions that take place away from a school building.

 

18-1.3  Perform clerical functions for insurance companies and picture companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE 19

ACCIDENT WHILE TEACHING

 

19-1     If a teacher is absent from school as a result of an accident occurring on school property or while in performance of a sanctioned school function, including physical assault caused while in the performance of his/her teaching duties, the teacher's salary will be maintained by the following: total pay will equal workers' compensation and/or other salary protection plans, and any difference will be made up by the use of whole or accrued whole or partial sick days. No other loss of sick days shall occur. It is understood and agreed by the Association that the Committee or its authorized representatives shall have the authority to verify the above salary claim.

 

ARTICLE 20

SICK LEAVE

 

20-1     Sick leave is to be used in instances when the teacher is unable to perform his/her usual duties because of illness or injury.

 

20-2     Teachers will be entitled to fifteen (15) sick leave days (which may be taken in half day increments) each school year. Nonprofessional status teachers will be credited at the rate of one and one half (1 1/2) days per month of service. Professional status teachers will be credited with the full fifteen (15) days as of the first day of the school year. Sick leave days may be accumulated from year to year with no maximum limit. This policy became effective September, 1969. However, those teachers who commence working during the 1988-89 school year or later may accumulate up to a maximum of one hundred eighty-four (184) days. This policy also applies to any teacher who previously terminated employment in the Southbridge Public Schools and subsequently returned in the 1988-89 school year or later.

 

20-2.1  Family leave: In cases of illness of a family member, birth of a child or adoption, a teacher may use up to fifteen (15) days of their accumulated sick leave. Appropriate documentation may be requested after three consecutive days or if a pattern exists. The superintendent may grant at his/her discretion, additional use of accumulated sick leave on a case by case basis.

 

20-3     After three (3) consecutive days of absences, or if patterns of absences exist, a physician's certificate may be required at the Committee's expense. The teacher shall submit to examination by a physician mutually acceptable to the Committee and the teacher, if requested to do so in writing by the Committee or its agent.

 

20-4     Upon expiration of accumulated sick leave, a teacher's pay shall be deducted at the daily rate of 1/183rd of his/her annual base salary.

 

20-5     Each teacher can access his/her accumulated sick leave electronically.

 

ARTICLE 21

SICK BANK

 

21-1     In the event that a member of the Association has exhausted his/her sick leave due to a critical or long term illness or accident of said member, the Association must notify the superintendent, in writing, of its intent to activate the following provision:

 

 

 

 

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The Association will solicit sick day donations from members to cover the absent employee. No member is obligated to make a donation nor may the member donate more than 10 days per solicitation. The Association will then assemble and provide the administration with a 30 day list (if that many days were donated) of donors in the order in which they will be charged. (i.e. Day 1 teacher A, Day 2 teacher B, Day 3 teacher C) When the first round of donated days is exhausted and if more are needed, another request for donations will be made and another 30 day list provided. This process may be repeated but will be capped at 90 days per year unless both parties agree to continue. The Association will take full responsibility for soliciting the days and providing the 30 day list to the superintendent's office. The Administration will provide the Association with the total number of days charged at the end of the year.

 

Unless special circumstances exist, a request to activate this provision must be made in writing to the Superintendent at least two weeks before the expected implementation. Subsequent 30 day extension should also be forwarded to the Superintendent's office two weeks in advance.

 

ARTICLE 22

LEAVES OF ABSENCE

 

22-1     The provisions listed below shall govern leaves of absence. Any request for leave of absence must be in writing to the Superintendent of Schools:

 

MILITARY SERVICE LEAVES

 

22-2     A teacher who is required as a member of the National Guard or as a reserve member of one of the United States armed forces to be absent from his/her position for the purpose of active annual training duty or encampment for a period of not more than seventeen (17) days in a calendar year shall be granted pay for those days which he is absent from his duties. In addition, such leave with pay will be granted in those instances where such teacher is involuntarily called to serve during declared emergencies by virtue of decree or order of the President of the United States and Governor of the Commonwealth.

 

22-2.1  The amount of pay will be the difference between the teacher's regular salary and the compensation received from the military during said period. Reconciliation of pays shall take place as soon as possible after completion of military leave and receipt of military pay.

 

22-2.2  During military leave, the teacher shall continue to accrue seniority and shall be placed on the appropriate step on the salary schedule as though the teacher had never been on leave.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT LEAVES

 

22-3     A leave of absence, without pay, may be granted to any teacher who accepts an appointed position with the United States Government. Said leave, cannot exceed two (2) years.

 

22-3.1  Said leave, if granted, shall be in accordance with the term of the position.

 

 

 

 

 

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MTA/NEA LEAVES

 

22-4     A leave of absence, without pay, shall be granted to any teacher elected to the office of President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association or the National Education Association.

 

22-4.1  Said leave shall be in accordance with the term of office.

 

MEDICAL LEAVES

 

22-5     A leave of absence of up to one (1) calendar year (365 days) may be granted, without pay, for medical reasons to any teacher or to any teacher for illness in his/her immediate family.

 

MATERNITY LEAVES

 

22-6     Maternity leaves of absence shall be given to a female teacher who has been employed by the District for at least three (3) consecutive months as a teacher, and who shall give at least two (2) weeks notice to the District of her anticipated date of departure and intention to return. Such employee shall be entitled to eight (8) weeks of leave.

 

22-6.1  The teacher who is physically unable to work because of disability connected to pregnancy, as certified by a physician, may use accumulated sick leave (to the extent covered by accumulated sick leave) to cover those days when she is disabled and unable to work.

 

22-6.2  The parties agree to comply with federal and state statutes governing maternity leave.

 

CHILD REARING LEAVES

 

22-7     Upon completion of a child-bearing leave, a teacher may request a parenting or child-rearing leave which shall be granted without pay. The amount of leave granted will be as follows:

 

(a)        If there are more than 90 days remaining in the school year the parenting leave will not exceed the remainder of that school year.

 

(b)        If there are fewer than 90 days remaining, the teacher may take that year and an additional full school year.

 

(c)        Anyone who requests childrearing leave beyond the time allowed by FMLA, may only return at the start of a school year.

 

(d)        The teacher on childrearing leave must send written notification to the Superintendent by June 1st verifying their intent to return to work at the beginning of the next school year.

 

ADOPTION LEAVES

 

22-8     In cases of adopted children, the parent of the adopted child shall be entitled to use his/her 15 days of accumulated family sick leave (20-2.1) prior to a leave of absence without pay.

 

 

 

 

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22-8.1  Said leave shall be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Adopting Agency.

 

22-8.2  Said leave shall be in accordance with the provisions of Section 22-7 above.

 

PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT/TEACHER EXCHANGE LEAVES

 

22-9     Leaves of absence, without pay, may be granted by the Superintendent, to any teacher for (a) professional improvement, and (b) teacher exchange program.

 

22-9.1  Said leave shall be for a period of one (1) school year.

 

JURY DUTY

 

22-10   Any teacher required to serve on jury duty on a regular school day shall receive his/her regular compensation minus any jury duty pay. Any teacher required to serve on jury duty shall submit the juror service certificate to the Superintendent for proof of attending jury duty.

 

CONTINUATION OF BENEFITS AFTER LEAVE

 

22-11.1            Upon completion of his/her leave, the teacher will return to the same step in the salary schedule which he/she held prior to his/her leave of absence. However, upon completion of his/her leave, the teacher shall be placed on the next successive step on his/her salary schedule if the teacher had worked and/or been on paid leave more than fifty percent (50%) of the school year in which the leave was granted.

 

22-11.2            Leaves of absence granted in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement shall not constitute an interruption in continuous service. Seniority shall not accumulate during an authorized unpaid leave of absence except as provided in Section 22-2.2.

 

22-11.3 Any benefits which a teacher was entitled to under this Agreement will be restored to the teacher upon return from a leave of absence.

 

22-11.4 The Association accepts the reality that the District cannot guarantee the return of any teacher to a specific building, grade level, or special assignment at the conclusion of a period of leave.

 

22-12 The School District shall grant Federal Family and Medical Leave in accordance with School District Policy. (See Exhibit VIII)

 

22-13   The School District shall grant Small Necessities Leave in accordance with School District Policy. (See Exhibit IX)

 

ARTICLE 23

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

 

23-1     Each teacher shall be granted up to seven (7) consecutive calendar days, at full salary, for bereavement leave in each case of the death of the teacher's spouse, child, parent, or step-parent.

 

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year in the case of death of the teacher's sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or other person living in teacher's household. One (1) calendar day per fiscal year bereavement leave shall be granted in case of death of a teacher's other relative, in-law, or close friend.

 

23-1.2  Any additional days listed in Section 23-1.1 due to multiple deaths shall be deducted from the teacher's accumulated sick leave, if any. Any paid extension to these limits (as may be required by travel) shall be made only by the Superintendent, and if granted, shall be taken from the teacher's accumulated sick leave, if any.

 

ARTICLE 24

PERSONAL DAY LEAVE

24-1

24-1.1  Each teacher may be granted two (2) days of personal leave of absence for religious, personal legal or business matters which require absence during school hours. Any application for personal leave shall state the reason for said leave and this leave is subject to the approval of the building principal.

 

24-1.2  Application for personal leave will be made in writing at least seven (7) calendar days before taking such leave (except in case of emergencies in which event the approval of the Principal may be given orally). A request for personal leave will be deemed approved if the Principal does not respond within 48 school-day hours that the personal leave was approved or denied.

 

24-1.3  Personal leave cannot be taken before or after a holiday or vacation period, during the first ten (10) days of the school year or during the last ten (10) days of the school year. Personal leave cannot be taken during the last thirty (30) days of the school year, except for teachers who request and are approved for use of such time during this 30-day blackout period by the building principal, in accordance with Section 24-1.4.

 

A teacher may appeal a Principal's denial of a request for personal leave during the 10-day and the 30-day blackout periods to the Superintendent. The decision of the Superintendent shall be final and not subject to the grievance or arbitration provisions of this Agreement.

 

24-1.4  During the last thirty (30) days of the school year, each building will have a quota system for the use of Personal Days. The limits are as follows:

 

High school: two (2) total personal days to be granted per day

Middle School: two (2) total personal days to be granted per day

West Street: two (2) total personal days to be granted per day

Charlton Street: two (2) total personal days to be granted per day

Eastford Road: one (1) total personal day to be granted per day

 

Approval of personal days during the last 30 days of school will be on a first come basis.

 

Use of these days by Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, Team Leaders and Instructional Resource Specialists shall not be included in the quota system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24-1.5  Appeals to the Superintendent made after the quota is filled will be considered by the Superintendent on a case by case basis. Denials of such requests shall not be subject to the grievance or arbitration provisions of this Agreement.

 

24-1.6  A teacher who has exhausted his/her two (2) days of personal leave may appeal in writing to the Superintendent for an additional paid emergency day leave. The decision of the Superintendent will be final and not subject to the grievance or arbitration provisions of this Agreement.

 

24-1.7  Personal leave may be taken in half-day increments.

 

24-1.8

(a)        Any teacher who does not use any sick or personal days during a school year will be allowed flexible use of their two (2) personal days during the following school year.

 

(b)        Any teacher who uses no more than five (5) sick days and no personal days during a school year will be allowed flexible use of one (1) of their personal days during the following year.

 

(c)        Use of flexible personal days will not be counted against attendance requirement of (a) and (b) above.

 

(d)        Flexible personal days may be taken for any reason and at time not currently allowed. The following procedures and limitations however will be in effect:

 

1.         All requests for flexible use of personal days must be made to the superintendent in writing.

 

2.         Flexible personal days may not be taken during the first or last two days of the students' school year. Requests for exceptions may be made to the Superintendent and will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

 

3.         The quotas per school listed in 24-1.4 will apply.

 

4.         Approval will be on a first come first served basis.

 

ARTICLE 25

SABBATICAL LEAVE

 

25-1     Sabbatical leave may be granted to teachers of the Southbridge Public Schools by the Superintendent for purpose of study, educational research, or other work of professional or educational value subject to the following conditions:

 

25-1.1  Request for sabbatical leave must be received by the Superintendent in writing in such form as required by the Superintendent no later than January 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which the sabbatical leave is requested. Action must be taken on all requests by the Superintendent no later than March 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which sabbatical leave is requested.

 

 

 

 

 

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25-1.2  To be eligible for sabbatical leave privileges, a teacher, prior to application, must have competed at least five (5) consecutive years of full-time employment in the Southbridge Public Schools.

 

25-1.3  Teachers on sabbatical leave will be paid 3/4 of their annual salary rate, provided that such pay when added to any program grant or stipend shall not exceed the teacher's full annual rate.

 

25-1.4  The teacher shall agree to return to employment in the Southbridge Public Schools for two (2) full years in the event of a half (1/2) years leave or four (4) full years in the event of a full years leave. Upon his/her return, the teacher shall be placed on the appropriate step of the salary schedule as though such teacher had not been on leave.

 

25-1.5  No more than three (3) members of the teaching staff shall be absent on sabbatical leave at any one time.

 

25-1.6  Before a teacher is awarded sabbatical leave, he or she must present a performance bond or its equivalent to the Superintendent.

 

25-1.7  If a teacher does not return or remain the required time in the Southbridge Public Schools, the teacher will reimburse the full amount of money paid to him/her while on sabbatical leave to the Town of Southbridge.

 

25-1.8  The teacher, within sixty (60) days following the termination of sabbatical leave, shall submit a written report to the Superintendent of the experiences gained during the sabbatical leave.

 

ARTICLE 26

ASSOCIATION LEAVE

 

26-1     The Association President will be released from teaching and non-teaching duties two (2) days per year. When an elementary teacher is President, he/she will be relieved of all administrative duties and released from teaching duties one day per month to attend to Association business. When a Middle School or High School teacher is President, he/she will be relieved of all administrative duties which will result in one duty-free period per day to attend to Association business. Scheduling of the President's release day shall be arranged between the President and his/her immediate administrator.

 

26-2 A maximum of twelve (12) school days will be allowed for Association Representatives to attend meetings, conferences, and/or conventions of the Massachusetts Teachers' Association and/or National Education Association. The Association will notify the Superintendent in writing which representatives are to attend. The Association will pay for the cost of substitutes for their representatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE 27

SUMMER SCHOOL AND INSTITUTES

 

27-1     Persons granted approval by the Superintendent for early dismissal at the end of the school year, or late arrival at the beginning of the school year, to attend a summer institute or for educational growth, will receive full pay for the entire length of the leave.

 

27-2     After five (5) days, the teacher will either make a personal arrangement to pay a substitute or will have the amount of the substitute's pay deducted from his/her salary.

 

ARTICLE 28

HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

28-1     The District shall provide a safe and healthful workplace, maintaining conditions of employment free of hazards that cause, or are likely to cause, illness or injury to teachers. This Article shall be limited to items over which the School Committee has authority to expend funds (maximum of $5,000).

 

ARTICLE 29

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

29-1     The use of illicit drugs and/or the abuse of ethical drugs constitutes a hazard to oneself, fellow employees, students, and an impairment to one's productivity, as well as being a violation of the law.

 

29-2     No teacher shall use, possess, or distribute alcohol or a controlled substance, excluding prescription medications, while on school property or while performing professional activities.

 

ARTICLE 30

WORK STOPPAGE/STRIKE

 

30-1     During the duration of this Agreement, the Association shall not cause or sponsor, and no teacher shall cause or participate in any strike or work stoppage as defined in Chapter 150E, Section 9A (a) as follows: "No public employee or employee organization shall engage in a strike, and no public employee or employee organization shall induce, encourage, or condone any strike, work stoppage, slowdown, or withholding of services by such public employees."

 

ARTICLE 31

PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS

DUES

 

31-1     The District hereby accepts the provisions of Section 17C and 17G of Chapter 182 of the General Laws of Massachusetts and, in accordance therewith, shall certify to the Treasurer of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Southbridge all payroll deductions for the payment of dues to the Association duly authorized by employees covered by this Agreement.

 

ANNUITIES/TAX DEFFERRED INSTRUMENTS

 

31-2     The District hereby accepts the provisions of United States Public Law 87-370 Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3) and, in accordance therewith, shall certify to the Treasurer of Southbridge all payroll deductions for payments to the "Tax Sheltered" Annuity plans and/or other allowable tax deferred instruments as offered by the Town of Southbridge. Participants are permitted to make changes to their 403 (b) provider and/or salary reduction agreement at any time during the school year with the understanding that any changes made will be implemented within 30 days of receipt of the signed agreement to allow time for processing. Changes to providers will be pursuant to the Southbridge Public Schools Provider List that is in effect at the time of the change request. It is further understood that the 457 deferred compensation plan will be in accordance with the plan as is provided by the Town of Southbridge.

 

BANKS

 

31-3     The District agrees to make payroll deductions for payments into the financial institution selected by the teacher for deposit, provided advanced notice is given by the teacher to the Superintendent and the Town Treasurer.

 

VOICE OF TEACHERS FOR EDUCATION

 

31-4     The School Committee will vote to accept the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 182, Section 171. Employees may authorize the District to deduct from their salary a contribution to Voice of Teachers for Education of an amount which the employee shall specify in writing. The District will certify on the payroll the amount to be deducted by the Treasurer. Such amounts shall be transmitted to the Massachusetts Teachers Association within thirty (30) days.

 

HEALTH CARE

 

31-5     Members of the bargaining unit shall be eligible to participate in the Town of Southbridge Group Health Insurance Plan subject to the Town's Group Insurance Plan rules and regulations.

 

AGENCY SERVICE FEE

 

31-6     Agency service fee. All members of the bargaining unit who are employed but are not members of the Southbridge Education Association as of the ratification date of the Agreement and all new employees hired after said date shall be required as a condition of their employment to pay an agency service fee. Said fee shall be in an amount and be implemented as prescribed under M.G.L.c. 182 Section 17G and the regulations of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission.

 

31-6.1  For such employees, the sole and exclusive remedy for non-payment of the fee shall be for the Association to proceed for collection of the fee. The District shall not be responsible for the implementation, collection or enforcement of the Agency Service Fee, except that it will supply any required documentation establishing that a person is a member of the bargaining unit subject to the fee. The Association agrees that it will indemnify and hold the District harmless for any action

 

 

 

 

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taken against an employee as a result of this Agency Service Fee Agreement, including, but not limited to any legal expenses incurred.

 

ARTICLE 32

SICK DAY BUY-BACK

 

32-1     Sick-day buy-back shall be a $30 per unused day after a minimum of fifteen (15) years service in Southbridge Public Schools immediately upon retirement from such. This emphatically means:

 

32-1.1 Resignation or termination is not applicable.

 

32-1.2  Within thirty (30) days after retirement, evidence must be submitted to the Superintendent's Office that earned benefits through the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board will commence within six (6) months. Such evidence shall consist of a letter from the Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Board as requested by the teacher concerned.

 

32-1.3  Payment: Second fiscal year following date of retirement.

 

32-1.4  In the event a teacher dies, such monies accumulated from sick days will be paid to the teacher's estate.

 

32-2     Professional status teachers with a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service in Southbridge Public Schools who are laid off due to reduction in force and are not rehired within the one (1) year period (as covered under Section 14-1.1), and do not refuse to be rehired under this section, will be awarded their accrued sick days at the prevailing rate of buy-back at the end of the one (1) year eligible-for-recall period. Timing of payment and eligibility for sick day buy-back are subject to Sections 32-1.3 and 32-3, respectively.

 

32-3     Employees hired after execution of the Memorandum of Agreement for the 1994-1997 Collective Bargaining Agreement are not eligible for this Sick Day Buy-back.

 

ARTICLE 33

TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

 

33-1     The District and the Association will abide by the terms of the "Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators," January 2000, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

33-2     Tuition reimbursement for graduate level courses at the current rate of state college tuition will be provided as follows: (See Exhibit VII for procedure.)

 

33-2.1  Beginning July 1, 2010, tuition reimbursement will be provided for one graduate course per teacher per year under the following circumstances:

 

1)         Each course will be reimbursed up to $600 per course per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2)         A cap of $30,000 will be set as the total amount of funding budgeted for graduate course reimbursements per year.

 

33-2.2  Reimbursement will be provided after successful completion of said graduate course(s) at a letter grade of "B" or above.

 

33-2.3  Reimbursement will be provided after the teacher hand-carries the grade report to the Superintendent's office for verification.

 

33-2.4  Reimbursement will be provided only for courses which lead to a teacher's recertification in his/her area of primary licensure or current teaching assignment.

 

33-3.1  Tuition reimbursement will be provided for non-credit courses/workshops taken for the sole purpose of recertification in the teacher's primary area of licensure or current teaching assignment.

 

33-3.2  Courses/workshops must be offered through a state-approved PDP provider and must be taken for a minimum of 10 hours/PDPs.

 

33-3.3  Reimbursement will be provided solely for registration and tuition does not include studio/material fees.

 

33-3.4  Reimbursement will be provided after the successful completion of the course/workshop. PDP certificate from provider to be submitted in place of course grade.

 

33-3.5  Professional Development certificates will be issued within fifteen (15) working days of a District-sponsored workshop.

 

ARTICLE 34

SALARY

 

CURRENT INCREASES

 

34-1     The new salary grid, effective as of July 1, 2015, located under Exhibit I shall govern the wages of the bargaining unit members during the term of this Agreement.

 

The base wage adjustment shall not apply to coaching positions, extra duties, curriculum stipends, differentials, longevity or any other stipend in the Agreement.

 

The hourly professional development rate will be $26.76/hr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PRO-RATING DEGREE CHANGES

 

34-2     Salary for degree change completed during the school year for teachers not on the salary schedule will be computed as follows:

 

(a)        find the difference between the old column and the new column on the salary scale;

 

(b)        prorate the difference for remaining year and add that amount to old base, this will be the new salary for the remainder of that year;

 

(c)        the next year's salary will be computed as follows:

 

(1)        take the base before degree change and add any raises;

 

(2)        add the full difference between that year's columns this is the new base salary for that year

 

34-2.1 Salary for degree change completed during the school year for teachers on the salary schedule will be computed as follows:

 

(a)        find the new degree change on the salary schedule;

 

(b)        prorate the difference for the remaining year and add that amount to the old base; this will be the new salary for the remainder of the year.

 

NOTIFICATION FOR DEGREE CHANGE

 

34-3     Teachers planning to receive additional differential salary credit in the next fiscal year for courses taken must notify the Superintendent in writing by February 1. Salary credit will be awarded upon official notification to the Superintendent by submission of transcripts. In cases where credit is not completed during the specified year, a new notice must be submitted by the following February 1.

 

34-3.1  If a teacher is unable to get an official transcript, but has completed the degree requirements, the Superintendent will accept a letter from the college confirming the completion of said degree requirements. The Superintendent will then be authorized to make a salary credit adjustment in accordance with this Agreement. This adjustment, however, is subject to the teacher filing an official transcript from the college by the beginning of the next school year confirming the completion of the degree requirements.

 

COURSES FOR DEGREE CHANGES

 

34-4.1  All teachers will follow the Massachusetts Department of Education requirements for licensure.

 

34-4.2  Teachers who are in a recognized degree program and having earned fifteen (15) credits will be placed on the Bachelor +15 step. All teachers must receive prior approval of the principal of the building and the Superintendent in order to have credits count toward fulfilling this requirement.

 

 

 

 

 

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34-4.3  All professional study, if it is to be considered for salary credit, must have advanced approval of the building principal and the Superintendent of Schools. This statement is not intended to prohibit teachers from pursuing licensure in other areas, pursuing advance degrees in other areas, or pursuing worthwhile knowledge through legitimate courses. It is required that teachers submit course approval forms within two (2) weeks prior to registering for such courses; it is urged that teachers submit said forms at earliest possible date. The Superintendent will notify the applicant within seven (7) days after receipt of the form of his/her approval or disapproval. If such notification is not received within seven (7) days, then the course shall be considered approved. Any late changes in course elected must be reported immediately to the Superintendent's Office.

 

34-4.4  To be considered, degree and course credits must be earned at an accredited College or University and be relevant to public education.

 

34-4.5  No professional incremental credit may be granted for educational activities undertaken prior to the beginning of service in the Southbridge Public Schools. Only credits taken after the date of receipt of a Master's Degree shall be applicable to the salary schedule for M+15, M+30, M+45, M+60, Double Masters/CAGS, and Ph.D.

 

34-4.6  It is understood that in-service courses offered by the Southbridge Public Schools will be accepted only toward meeting the requirements set forth in 34-4.1 above. The Superintendent may require that a teacher, desiring to take a course outside of Southbridge, provide a written description of the course including the number and length of meetings for the course, and the system of giving the course. It is understood that such courses, if accepted, will meet requirements in 34-4.1 above.

 

34-5     Guidance Counselors, Special Education team chairs, and Instructional Resource Specialists may work a total of up to ten (10) additional mutually agreed upon full days either at the beginning or the end of the regular teachers' work year, or a combination thereof, at the discretion of the building principal and/or the Superintendent of Schools. Said personnel shall be compensated for such additional time beyond the school year at 1/183rd of their yearly rate for each day worked.

 

34-5.1  Any other unit member (not listed in 34-5) who is required to work beyond the 183rd day of the teacher work year shall be compensated at 1/183rd of their yearly rate for each day worked. No unit member shall be required to work in excess of ten (10) days. Participating/facilitating in professional development does not constitute "work" for the purpose of this Article.

 

LONGEVITY

 

34-6.1  Members of this bargaining unit shall receive longevity compensation at the beginning of their 11th, 16th, 21st, 26th, 31st, and 36th year of service in the Southbridge Public Schools. This longevity compensation will be added to the qualifying teacher's salary and will be treated as regular earnings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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34-6.2 The longevity schedule is as follows:

 

Service Year

 

 

11-15

 

$735

16-20

 

$1,320

21-25

 

$1,743

26-30

 

$2,063

31-35

 

$2,516

36 & over

 

$2,850

 

34-7     METHOD OF PAYMENT. Teachers shall have the option of choosing one of the following methods of payment:

 

(a)        Twenty one equal pay checks received during the school year;

 

(b)        Twenty one pay checks, with a lump sum after completion of the required number of work days;

 

(c)        Twenty six equal pay checks received at two (2) week intervals with no lump sum payment.

 

34-8     DIRECT DEPOSIT.

 

(a)        All employees shall enroll in Direct Deposit beginning in the 2015-16 school year. For any employee who cannot participate in Direct Deposit due to not having a bank account, the district will provide an alternative method of payment.

 

(b)        The district will be responsible for any fees incurred as a result of a deposit error, however the employee must notify the district within twenty-four (24) hours of the incorrect deposit.

 

34-9     REIMBURSEMENT. Counselors and school psychologists will be reimbursed for out of town mileage when using their private vehicles on approved school business. The reimbursement rate will be consistent with the amount allowed for mileage to other employees of the Town of Southbridge.

 

34-10 ATHLETIC STIPEND SCHEDULE (Exhibit II).

 

34-11 ACADEMIC STIPEND SCHEDULE (Exhibit III).

 

34-12 EXTRA CURRICULAR STIPEND SCHEDULE (Exhibit IV and V).

 

34-12.1 Extra curricular activities will be administered in the following manner:

 

34-12.2            The assigned numbers of personnel per activity and the stipends for the extra curricular activities in this contract will be strictly adhered to by the School Committee and the Southbridge Education Association.

 

 

 

 

 

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ARTICLE 35

STABILITY OF AGREEMENT

 

35-1     The failure of the District or the Association to insist on any one or more incidents, or upon performance of any of the terms or conditions of the Agreement, will not be considered as a waiver or relinquishment of the right of the District or the Association to future performance of any such terms or conditions, and the obligations of the District and the Association to such future performance will continue in full force and effect.

 

ARTICLE 36

TEACHER MENTORING PROGRAM

 

36-1     The District will establish a teacher mentoring program with designations by the Superintendent in each school in the District. The mentoring program will be in accordance with guidelines established by the Southbridge Public Schools Mentoring Handbook. For the purposes of this Article, the middle/high school shall be treated as two separate schools in connection with the number of mentoring teachers.

 

 

 

Signed this _____ day of _____________, 2015.

 

SOUTHBRIDGE SCHOOL COMMITTEE                   SOUTHBRIDGE EDUCATION

ASSOCIATION

 

 

_______________________________                                  __________________________

Lauren McLoughlin, School Committee Chair                        Maria Murray SEA President

 

 

_______________________________                                  __________________________

Erin Quinney, SC Bargaining Chair

 

 

_______________________________                                  __________________________

Kara Donovan

 

 

_______________________________                                  __________________________

Brent Abrahamson

 

 

_______________________________                                  __________________________

 

 

 

_______________________________                                  __________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT I

TEACHERS SALARY SCHEDULE

 

Nurses who are Nationally Board Certified meet the State requirement for a professional license and will be placed on the Masters column. They will not however be able to advance beyond that column unless they earn a Masters Degree.

 

Effective July 1, 2015

2015-16           1%

 

BA

BA+15

MA

MA+15

MA+30

MA+45

MA+60

CAGS

PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM

 

1

43268

45329

47389

49450

51510

53570

55631

57691

59752

2

45329

47389

49450

51510

53570

55631

57691

59752

61812

3

47389

49450

51510

53570

55631

57691

59752

61812

63872

4

49450

51510

53570

55631

57691

59752

61812

63872

65933

5

51510

53570

55631

57691

59752

61812

63872

65933

67993

6

53570

55631

57691

59752

61812

63872

65933

67993

70054

7

55631

57691

59752

61812

63872

65933

67993

70054

72114

8

57691

59752

61812

63872

65933

67993

70054

72114

74174

9

59752

61812

63872

65933

67993

70054

72114

74174

76235

10

61812

63872

65933

67993

70054

72114

74174

76235

78295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2015-16           Day 92 1%

 

BA

BA+15

MA

MA+15

MA+30

MA+45

MA+60

CAGS

PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM

 

1

43701

45782

47863

49944

52025

54106

56187

58268

60349

2

45782

47863

 

52025

54106

56187

58268

60349

62430

3

47863

49944

52025

54106

56187

58268

60349

62430

64511

4

49944

52025

54106

56187

58268

60349

62430

64511

66592

5

52025

54106

56187

58268

60349

62430

64511

66592

68673

6

54106

56187

58268

60349

62430

64511

66592

68673

70754

7

56187

58268

60349

62430

64511

66592

68673

70754

72835

8

58268

60349

62430

64511

66592

68673

70754

72835

74916

9

60349

62430

64511

66592

68673

70754

72835

74916

76997

10

62430

64511

66592

68673

70754

72835

74916

76997

79078

 

 

 

 

 

Effective July 1,2016

 

2016-17           2%

 

BA

BA+15

MA

MA+15

MA+30

MA+45

MA+60

CAGS

PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DM

 

1

44575

46698

48820

50943

53066

55188

57311

59433

61556

2

46698

48820

50943

53066

55188

57311

59433

61556

63679

3

48820

50943

53066

55188

57311

59433

61556

63679

65801

4

50943

53066

55188

57311

59433

61556

63679

65801

67924

5

53066

55188

57311

59433

61556

63679

65801

67924

70047

6

55188

57311

59433

61556

63679

65801

67924

70047

72169

7

57311

59433

61556

63679

65801

67924

70047

72169

74292

8

59433

61556

63679

65801

67924

70047

72169

74292

76414

9

61556

63679

65801

67924

70047

72169

74292

76414

78537

10

63679

65801

67924

70047

72169

74292

76414

78537

80660

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT II

ATHLETIC STIPENDS

Athletic Director                                                                            $       8,000

Athletic Trainer                                                                             $       5,250

nonMIAA                 MIAA

FALL:

Girls JV Volleyball Coach                                                             $       2,200                 $   2,700

Head Girls Varsity Soccer Coach                                                  $       3,300                 $   3,800

Boys Varsity Soccer Coach                                                           $       3,300                 $   3,800

Boys JV Soccer Coach                                                                  $       2,200                 $   2,700

Girls JV Soccer Coach                                                                  $       2,200                 $   2,700

Boys Cross Country                                                                      $       2,200                 $   2,700

Girls Cross Country                                                                       $       2,200                 $   2,700

Golf Coach                                                                                   $       2,200                 $   2,700

Girls Varsity Field Hockey                                                            $       3,300                 $   3,800

Head Varsity Football Coach                                                        $       4,500                 $   5,000

Assistant Football Coach (3)                                                          $       2,500                 $   3,000

Freshman Football Coach                                                              $       1,900                 $   2,400

Football Cheering Coach                                                               $       1,400                 $   1,900

Girls MS Soccer Coach                                                                 $       1,400                 $   1,900

Boys MS Soccer Coach                                                                 $       1,400                 $   1,900

WINTER:

Girls Varsity Basketball Coach                                                      $       4,300                 $   4,800

Girls JV Basketball Coach                                                             $       2,400                 $   2,900

Boys Varsity Basketball Coach                                                     $       4,300                 $   4,800

Boys JV Basketball Coach                                                            $       2,400                 $   2,900

Boys Freshman Basketbal Coach                                                  $       1,900                 $   2,400

Girls Freshman Basketball Coach                                                  $       1,900                 $   2,400

Indoor Track Coach                                                                     $       3,100                 $    3,600

Indoor Track Assistant Coach                                                      $       1,500                 $    2,000

Varsity Cheerleading Coach                                                          $       1,400                 $   1,900

MS Cheerleading Coach                                                                $       500                   $   1,000

Head Girls MS Basketball Coach                                                  $       1,400                 $   1,900

Head Boys MS Basketball Coach                                                  $       1,400                 $   1,900

SPRING:

Girls Varsity Softball Coach                                                          $       3,300                 $   3,800

Girls JV Softball Coach                                                                 $       2,200                 S   2,700

Boys Varsity Baseball Coach                                                        $       3,300                 $   3,800

Boys JV Baseball Coach                                                               S       2,200                 $   2,700

Boys Tennis Coach                                                                       $       2,200                 $   2,700

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Girls Tennis Coach                                                                       $         2,200               $   2,700

Boys Track Coach                                                                        $         3,100               $   3,600

Girls Track Coach                                                                         $         3,100               $    3,600

Head Middle School Baseball Coach                                            $         1,400               $    1,900

Head Middle School Softball Coach                                             $         1,400               $    1,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT III

ACADEMIC STIPENDS

 

The following Department Heads will receive a base stipend of $500 and $250 per person in their department, including themselves:

 

Special Education

English

Wellness*

Social Studies

Math

Art*

Music*

World Languages

Science

Head Nurse

 

*District-wide Department Heads will receive an additional $250 stipend.

 

The following positions shall receive $1000 stipends:

Team Leaders

Grade Level Leaders

Instructional Resource Specialist

 

Mentor coordinators (up to 3) will be paid a stipend of $1500.

 

Mentors will be paid $500 per mentee.

 

Members of an approximately 20 hour Curriculum Ad hoc Committees shall receive a $550 stipend. Committees will consist of up to 10 members. There may be up to three (3) 20 hour committees in a year.

 

Members of an approximately 40 hour Curriculum Committees shall receive a $1100 stipend. Committees will consist of up to 10 members. There will be a limit of one (1) 40 hour committee per year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT IV

CLUB STIPENDS

 

Approximately 17 hours/club at a rate of $510

 

16 - Approximately 17 hour clubs at the elementary schools (8 half year clubs)

 

22 - Approximately 17 hour clubs at SMHS (11 per semester)

 

There is a 10 student minimum participation for all clubs.

 

Club coordinators must meet with building principal within the first 3 weeks of the school year to establish club start dates.

 

The club list will be forwarded to the Superintendent who will request approval of clubs by the School

Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT V

ADVISOR STIPENDS

 

Advisors:

Freshman Class Advisor                                                                                       $        500

Sophomore Class Advisor                                                                                    $         750

Junior Class Advisor                                                                                            $      1,000

Senior Class Advisor                                                                                            $      1,250

Graduation Coordinator                                                                                        $         500

HS Graphics Coordinator                                                                                     $      2,000

HS Student Council                                                                                              $      1,800

HS Band Drill team                                                                                              $      1,250

HS Jazz Band                                                                                                       $      1,250

HS Yearbook Manager                                                                                         $         500

HS Yearbook Editor                                                                                             $      1,500

HS Marching Drill Team                                                                                       $      1,250

NHS                                                                                                                     $      1,000

Thespian Honor Society                                                                                       $         250

Art Honor Society                                                                                                $         250

Grade 8 Coordinator                                                                                            $      1,000

MS Student Council                                                                                              $      1,000

MS Music coordinator                                                                                          $         500

MS Jazz/Band/Wind                                                                                             $      1,250

MS Yearbook Manager                                                                                        $         250

MS Yearbook Editor                                                                                            $         750

NJHS                                                                                                                    $      1,000

Not advisor not club:

Music for major drama (up to 2 per yr)                                                                $         500

Set construction (up to 3 per yr)                                                                           $         500

Drama Director (up to 3 per yr)                                                                            $      1,000

VHS teachers per semester (2)                                                                             $      2,000

VHS site manager per semester                                                                            $      1,000

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT VI

TOWN OF SOUTHBRIDGE

BEFORE-TAX HEALTH CARE

PREMIUM PAYMENT PLAN

 

 

Eligible employees may participate in the Town of Southbridge Before-Tax Health Care Premium Payment Plan in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Plan, as may be amended by the Town from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT VII

PROCEDURE FOR TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

December 5, 2000

 

The following is a clarification of Article 33, Tuition Reimbursement of the contract.

 

Proof of payment demonstrated by:

Canceled check (both sides)

Credit card statement

Only statement header, name, date, course title, and payment amount

(All information not relevant to be whited out)

Receipt from college

 

Reimbursement will be at whatever that state college charges for Registration and Tuition, subject to Section 33-2.1.

 

Courses taken outside the state college system will be reimbursed at the maximum state college rate, subject to Section 33-2.1.

 

Reimbursement does not include any other fees or costs associated with attending the course.

 

Reimbursement will not be provided for attending classes outside the teacher's primary licensure or current teaching assignment.

 

Steps for reimbursement:

 

1.         Fill out Course Approval Form (blue form) prior to enrollment in course.

 

2.         Fill out Reimbursement Form (yellow form) after completion of the course.

 

This form has to be at the Superintendent's Office BEFORE JUNE 30 even if you do not have your grade yet.

Hand carry this form to the Superintendent's Office along with proof of payment and college grade report.

Put a copy in your personnel file and keep the original for your records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT VIII

 

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE

 

The District shall provide Family and Medical leave for eligible employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the District's FMLA Policy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT IX

 

SOUTHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

SMALL NECESSITIES LEAVE ACT POLICY AND PROCEDURES

 

 

I.          POLICY

 

A.        Eligibility

 

Employees that have been employed by the Southbridge Public School District ("the School District") for at least twelve (12) months and have provided 1250 hours of service to the School District during the previous twelve (12) month period of time and qualify for Family Medical Leave status are eligible for leave under the Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act ("SNLA").

 

B.         Purpose and Amount of Leave

 

An eligible employee is entitled to 24 hours of SNLA leave for any of the following purposes:

 

(1)        to participate in school activities directly related to the educational advancement of the eligible employee's son or daughter[i], such as parent-teacher conferences or interviewing for a new school4;

 

(2)        to accompany the eligible employee's son or daughter to routine medical or dental appointments, such as check-ups or vaccinations; or

 

(3)        to accompany the eligible employee's elderly relative5 to routine medical or dental appointments or appointments for other professional services related to the elder's care, such as interviewing at nursing or group homes.

 

 

C.         Twelve Month Period

 

The twelve (12) month period shall be consistent with that established under the School District's Family and Medical Leave Act Policy.

 

D.        Intermittent Use of Leave

 

Eligible employees may use SNLA leave in increments of time of one (1) hour or more.

__________________________

3              A "son or daughter" is defined as a biological, adopted or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis. Further, the son or daughter must be under 18 years of age or 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.

4              A "school" is a public or private elementary or secondary school, a Head Start program assisted under the Head Start Act, or a licensed children's day care facility.

5              An "elderly relative" is an individual that is at least 60 years of age and who is related by blood or marriage.

 

 

 

 

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E.         Use of Accrued Leave

 

Eligible employees that have accrued vacation, personal or sick leave (for medical appointments only) at the time they use SNLA leave will be required to use such accrued leave during the time they are on SNLA leave.

 

Eligible employees that do not have accrued vacation, personal or sick leave (for medical appointments only or as otherwise permitted by School District policy or collective bargaining agreement) at the time they use SNLA leave will receive unpaid leave.

 

F.         Return to Work

 

An employee that receives SNLA leave will be restored to the position he or she held when the SNLA leave commenced.

 

II.        Procedures

 

A.        Notice

 

Eligible employees must request SNLA leave at least seven (7) days in advance of the time for which SNLA leave is requested whenever the need for SNLA leave is foreseeable. If the need for SNLA leave is not foreseeable, an eligible employee must give the School District notice as soon as practical. All notices to the School District shall be made in writing unless circumstances prohibit written notice.

 

B.         Certification

 

Each time an eligible employee takes SNLA leave, the eligible employees must complete a certification. Certification forms are available in the Superintendent's office. As required by law, the certification will be maintained in the eligible employee's personnel file for three (3) years.

 

 

 

This policy was adopted by the Southbridge School Committee on____________________

____________ , 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

 

________________________

CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SMALL NECESSITIES LEAVE ACT

 

Employee Certification

 

I certify that on ____________________ I will/did take _________________________ hours of leave for the following purpose:

 

[ ]         to participate in school activities directly related to the educational advancement of my son/daughter.

 

[ ]         to accompany my son/daughter to a routine medical or dental appointment.

 

[ ]         to accompany an elderly relative to a routine medical or dental appointment or appointment for other professional services related to the elder's care.

 

 

 

 

Employee Name: _____________________________________      Date:   _________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorandum of agreement

(Health Insurance)

 

WHEREAS, Town Council ("Town Council") of the Town of Southbridge (the "Town") voted unanimously on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, to accept Sections 21-23 of Chapter 32B of the Massachusetts General Laws (the "Statute"); and

 

WHEREAS, the Town provided its Insurance Advisory Committee with notice of its intention to make changes to the Town's group health insurance co-pays and deductibles under the process authorized by the Statute; and

 

WHEREAS, the Town has negotiated the changes, within the 30-day negotiation period allowed by the Statute, with the Town Unions and School Unions (the "Unions") through the Public Employee Committee ("PEC"), as authorized by the Statute; and

 

WHEREAS, the Town and the PEC wish to enter into a mutually acceptable agreement relative to the implementation of the changes in the Health Insurance Plan of the Town of Southbridge;

 

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to Chapter 32B, §§ 21-23, of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Town and the PEC agree as follows with respect to changes to the Town's group health insurance plans, to be effective July 1, 2015:

 

 

1.         Implementation. The Town will implement changes to its group health insurance plans in accordance with this Memorandum of Agreement (the "Agreement"), effective July 1, 2015.

 

2.         Co-Pays and Deductibles.

 

2.1.      The PEC agrees to the changes in the co-pays and deductibles for active employees and non-Medicare retirees, as set forth in Exhibit A to this Agreement, and waives any right to further bargain over them during the term of this agreement.

 

 

 

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2.2.      The parties acknowledge that the new co-pays and deductibles as set forth in Exhibit A do not exceed those of the "benchmark" GIC plans.

 

3.         Percentage of Premium Contribution. The Town agrees to increase its percentage of premium contribution for active employees from 50% to 60%, effective July 1, 2015.

 

4.         Reimbursement of Costs Exceeding Certain Thresholds. The Town also agrees to reimburse employee and non-Medicare retiree subscribers for costs that exceed the thresholds set forth below:

A.        Medical:

 

1.         Family - after reaching 50% of out-of-pocket maximum costs for family coverages (currently $2,500) in a plan year, the Town will reimburse the subscriber employee for any additional out-of-pocket costs (above $2,500), up to the annual out-of-pocket maximum (currently $5,000).

 

2.         Individual - after reaching 50% of out-of-pocket maximum costs for individual coverage (currently $1,250) in a plan year, the Town will reimburse the subscriber employee for any additional out-of-pocket costs (above $1,250), up to the annual out-of-pocket maximum (currently $2,500).

 

N.B., reimbursement under Section 4(A) will be reduced by any reimbursement made under Section 4(C), below.

 

B.         Prescriptions:

 

1.         Family - after reaching 50% of out-of-pocket maximum costs for family coverage (currently $1,000) in a plan year, the Town will reimburse the subscriber employee for any additional out-of-pocket costs (above $1,000) up to the annual out-of-pocket maximum (currently $2,000).

 

2.         Individual - after reaching 50% of out-of-pocket maximum costs for individual coverage (currently $500), the Town will reimburse the subscriber employee for any additional out-of-pocket costs (above $500) up to the annual out-of-pocket maximum (currently $1,000).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

___________________________

1              This Agreement does not affect the premium contribution for retired employees

 

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C.         Co-payments:

 

1.         Outpatient surgical - after the co-pay amount (currently $250) is paid by the subscriber, the Town will reimburse the subscriber employee for any second or subsequent co-pays incurred during the same plan year.

 

2.         Inpatient hospital (tiered) - after the co-pay amount (currently $275) is paid by the subscriber, the Town will reimburse the subscriber employee for any second or subsequent co-pays incurred during the same plan year. Reimbursement will be for the lowest co-payment amount, only (i.e., for the Low Cost Facility as set forth in Exhibit A).

 

D.        Reimbursement: In connection with the health care plan reimbursements discussed in this Section 4, the Town shall have the right to prepare and promulgate health care reimbursement plan(s), to establish the conditions of reimbursement, and to make any plan adjustments necessary to comply with state and federal requirements concerning health care plan reimbursements.

 

5.         Term.   The parties agree that this Agreement shall have a term of three years, starting July 1, 2015.

6.         Notices.

6.1.      The PEC agrees to waive the 60-day notice period under 801 CMR 52.04(5). The Town will send out notices as soon as practicable after the signing of this Agreement.

 

6.2.      Each Union that is a signatory to this Agreement agrees to waive the 60-day notice period for its bargaining unit members under 801 CMR 52.04(5). The Town will send out notices as soon as practicable after the signing of this Agreement.

 

7.         Acknowledgments.

7.1.      The parties acknowledge and agree that this Memorandum of Agreement shall prevail over any conflicting language in any of the Town Unions' or School Unions' Collective Bargaining Agreements.

7.2.      The parties further acknowledge that with the negotiation of this Agreement fulfills the bargaining obligations of the Town under M.G.L. c. 32B, §§ 21-23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7.3.      The parties further acknowledge that this Agreement complies with all notice requirements under the Statute.

8.         Binding Effect. The parties agree that this Agreement is binding on all health insurance subscribers and their dependents.

9.         Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement reached by the parties pertaining to this matter. No other agreement, oral or otherwise, will be considered to exist or to bind any of the parties. No representative of any party to this Agreement had, or has, any authority to make any representation or promise not contained in this Agreement, and each of the parties to this Agreement acknowledges that such party has not executed this Agreement in reliance upon any such representation or promise. This Agreement cannot be modified, except by a written instrument signed by all parties. The parties acknowledge that they have thoroughly read this Agreement, that they understand it, and that they are entering into it of their own free will.

 

10.       Authorization to Sign Agreement. Each signatory to this Agreement is authorized to bind the entity he/she represents.

 

TOWN OF SOUTHBRIDGE                                        PUBLIC EMPLOYEES COMMITTEE

 

___________________________                              ________________________________

Kevin Paicos                                                                Ryan Roettger

Interim Town Manager                                                 Southbridge Police Association,

Local 153, MCOP

 

 

__________________________                                ________________________________

Date                                                                              Date

 

________________________________

Derek Lamica

Local 2194, International Association of Firefighters

 

_________________________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

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____________________________________

John Alicea

Local 888, Service Employees International Union (DPW)

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

____________________________________

Maria Murray

Southbridge Education Association (Teachers)

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

____________________________________

Maria Murray

Southbridge Education Association - Unit C (Educational Assistants)

 

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

____________________________________

Ernesto Sanelli, President

Local 888, Service Employees International Union (Custodians)

 

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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____________________________________

Karen Milani

Southbridge Public Schools Food Service Workers

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

____________________________________

Ramonita Brunelle

Southbridge Public Schools Secretaries Association

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

____________________________________

Martena Shea Southbridge Retirees

 

____________________________________

Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Care Elect PPO

EXHIBIT A

Town of Southbridge

FY16 Health Insurance Co-Pay and Deductible Changes

Benefit

Current

Blue Care Elect PPO

Effective 7/01/2015

Blue Care Elect PPO

Tier

Enhanced

Standard

Basic

Low Cost Facility

High Cost Facility

Medical Out-of-Pocket Max (per Plan year)

$2,500/$5,000 (Member/Family)

$2,500/$5,000 (Member Family)

Deductible (Member/Family)

$0 in Network ] $150/$300 Out of Network

$300/$900

Preventive Care Copay

$0

$0

Physician, Clinic Visit Copay

$10

$15

$20

$20

Specialist Copay

$25

$60

Outpatient Mental Health & Substance Abuse Copay

$10

$20

Physical & Occupational Therapy Copay

$15

$20

Chiropractic Copay

$15

$20

ER Copay

$100

$100 after deductible

Diagnostic X-rays and Imaging Tests

$0

$0 after deductible

Diagnostic Lab Test

$0

$0 after deductible

High Tech Imaging

$100

$100 per service after deductible

Inpatient Hospital Copay

$200

$400

$400

$275 after deductible-Low Cost Facility

$1,500 after deductible - High Cost Facility

Inpatient Mental Hospital or Substance

Abuse Facility Copay

$200

$275 no deductible

Outpatient Surgical Copay

$150

$250 after deductible

RX out-of-Pocket Max (per Plan Year)

N/A

$l,000/$2,000 (Member/Family)

Retail Rx Copay (30 Days)

$10/$25/$50

$10/$30/$65

Mail Order Rx Copay (90 Days)

$20/$50/$110

$25/$75/$165

 

 

____________________________

* Plan Year Rx Out-of-Pocket Max is new change upon renewal due to ACA Regulations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Network Blue New England [HMO]

Benefit

Current

Network Blue New England

Effective 7/01/2015

Network Blue New England

Tier

Enhanced

Standard

Basic

Based on Options tiers

Medical Out-of-Pocket Max (per Plan year)

$2,500/$5,000 (Member/Family)

$2,500/$5,000 (Member/Family)

Deductible (Member/Family)

$0

$300/$900

Preventive Care Copay

$0

$0

Physician, Clinic Visit Copay

$10

$15

$20

$20

Specialist Copay

$25

$60

Outpatient Mental Health & Substance Abuse Copay

$10

$20

Physical & Occupational Therapy Copay

$15

$20

Chiropractic Copay

$15

$20

ER Copay

$100

$100 after deductible

Diagnostic X-rays and Imaging Tests

$0

$0 after deductible

Diagnostic Lab Test

$0

$0 after deductible

High Tech Imaging Copay

$100

$100 per service after deductible

Inpatient Hospital Copay

$200

$400

$400

$275 after deductible-Low Cost Facility

$1,500 after deductible High Cost Facility

Inpatient Mental Hospital or Substance Abuse Facility Copay

$200

$275 copay, no deductible

Outpatient Surgical Copay

$150

$250 after deductible

RX out-of-Pocket Max (per Plan Year)

N/A

$l,000/$2,000 (Member/Family)

Retail Rx Copay (30 Days)

$10/$25/$50

$10/$30/$65

Mail Order Rx Copay (90 Days)

$20/$50/$110

$25/$75/$165

 

_________________________

*Plan Year Rx Out-of-Pocket Max is new change upon renewal due to ACA Regulations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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