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DistrictEaston
Shared Contract District
Org Code880000
Type of DistrictMunicipal K12
Union AffiliationMTA
Most Recent DocumentContract
Expiring Year2015
Expired Status
Superintendency Union
Regional HS Members
Vocational HS MembersSoutheastern RVTSD
CountyBristol
ESE RegionSoutheast
Urban
Kind of Communityresidential suburbs
Number of Schools7
Enrollment3906
Percent Low Income Students7
Grade StartPK or K
Grade End12
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PREAMBLE

 

The Easton School Committee and the Easton Educators’ Association recognize that, in a democratic society, education must be a continuous evaluation and active promotion of all universal truths; that each child is entitled to an educational program designed to meet his/her specific educational needs;  that each child is entitled to instruction by Personnel professionally qualified and adequate in number in order that education of the highest quality may be the effective result; that more attention should be devoted to the constructive guidance of leisure time and in-school time activities of students; that commensurate with quality education is the need for good morale within the teaching staff; that both the Committee and the Association view the consideration of matters of mutual concern as a joint responsibility.  The Committee and the Association further recognize that class size can be an important factor in good education and the Committee will, subject to space availability and all other educational considerations, ensure that class size is conductive to an effective teaching-learning atmosphere.

 

ARTICLE I - RECOGNITION

 

The Committee recognizes the Association for the purpose of collective bargaining as the exclusive representative of units consisting of all professional employees of the Easton School System falling into any one of the following categories:

 

Unit A

All classroom teachers or teachers of remedial or special education, including department heads, professional guidance personnel serving pupils directly in a counseling capacity, Oliver Ames High School librarian, and nurses.

 

ARTICLE II - NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURES

 

A.        This Agreement is a complete Agreement between the parties.  No other agreements, understandings, or practices shall be controlling or construed in any way to add to, subtract from, or otherwise modify the provisions of this Agreement.

 

B.        The failure by the Committee or any of its agents or by the Association in one or more instances to observe or enforce any specific provision of this Agreement shall not be construed to be a waiver or modification of said provision.

 

C.        Not later than February 15, 2015, of the last year of this contract, the Committee agrees to enter into negotiations with the Association over a successor Agreement reached with the Committee and the Association will be reduced to writing, and will be signed by the Committee and the Association.

 

ARTICLE III - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

 

A.        DEFINITION

A grievance is hereby defined as a written complaint from an individual or group that there has been a violation or misinterpretation of a specific provision or provisions of this Agreement.  Any matter which is not covered by the provisions of this Agreement shall not be subject to a grievance.

 

B.        PURPOSE

The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible administrative level, equitable solutions to problems or disputes, which may arise from time to time.  Both parties agree that these proceedings should be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of this procedure.

 

A grievance which affects a group of teachers from more than one building may be submitted in writing by the Association, to the Superintendent directly, and the processing of such grievance shall be commenced at Level Two.

 

Nothing herein contained will be construed as limiting the right of any individual or group having a grievance to discuss the matter with any appropriate members of the administration; and the grievance may be adjusted without intervention of the Association, provided that the adjustment is not in conflict with the provisions of this Agreement, and that the Association has been given the opportunity to be present at such conference.

 

No reprisals of any kind shall be taken by any party of this contract against any party-in-interest, any witness, or any other participant in the grievance procedure for reason of such participation.

 

A grievance not initiated within the time specified below shall be deemed waived.  Failure to appeal a written decision on a grievance within the time limits specified below, unless an extension of time is mutually agreed upon, will mean the grievance shall be considered settled on the basis of the decision made, and shall not be eligible for further appeal.

 

C.        PROCEDURES

1.         LEVEL ONE

An individual or group with a grievance shall, with or without representation of the Association, file it with the appropriate Principal or immediate Supervisor within ten (10) school days (or when school is not in session, fifteen (15) working days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays) from the day of the event upon which the grievance is based, or from the date when the individual or group had or should have had knowledge of the event.  Any meeting with reference to the above shall be held during non-teaching hours.

 

 

2.         LEVEL TWO

a.         In the event that the grievance shall not have been disposed of to the satisfaction of the aggrieved individual or group at Level One, or in the event that no decision has been reached within eight (8) school days (or when school is not in session ten (10) calendar days after filing the grievance at Level One), the grievance shall be referred, in writing, to the Superintendent of Schools within four (4) school days (or when school is not in session, five (5) calendar days) of the disposition under Level One.

 

b.         Within eight (8) school days (or when school is not in session ten (10) calendar days), after the receipt of the written grievance by the Superintendent or designee from the administration, the Superintendent or designee shall meet with the aggrieved individual or group and said President and/or members of the Association designated by him/her, in an effort to settle the grievance. 

 

3.         LEVEL THREE

In the event that the grievance shall not have been disposed of at Level Two, or in the event that no decision has been rendered within eight (8) school days (or when school is not in session ten (10) calendar days) after the Level Two meeting, the grievance shall be referred in writing to the School Committee.  At its next regular School Committee meeting or at a special meeting called for the purpose of considering the grievance, the School Committee shall meet with the Association in an effort to settle the grievance.  In the event that either the Association or the Committee elects to retain counsel to present its views at the Level Three meeting, the party so electing shall inform the other at least four (4) school days prior to the Level Three meeting.

 

4.         LEVEL FOUR

In the event that the grievance shall not have been settled to the mutual satisfaction of the Association and the Committee at Level Three, or in the event that no decision has been rendered within eight (8) school days (or when school is not in session ten (10) calendar days) after the Level Three meeting, either the Association or the Committee may elect to submit the grievance to arbitration by submitting written notice to the other party under the following procedures and conditions:

 

a.         The arbitrator is to be mutually selected by the Committee and the Association.  If the Committee and the Association cannot agree on arbitrator selection within twelve (12) school days or sixteen (16) calendar days after receipt of written intent to seek arbitration, either party may request the American Arbitration Association to provide a panel of arbitrators, said arbitrator then to be selected according to the rules of the American Arbitration Association.

 

b.         The fees of the American Arbitration Association and of the arbitrator and the expenses of any required hearings shall be shared equally by the Committee and the Association, but each party shall bear the expense of its own representatives, participants, witnesses, and for the preparation and representation of its case.

 

c.         The arbitrator's decision shall be in writing and shall set forth his/her findings of fact with reasons and conclusions.  The Arbitrator shall arrive at the decision solely upon the facts, evidence, and contentions presented by the parties through the arbitration proceedings.  The arbitrator shall have no power to add to, subtract from, or modify any of the provisions of this Agreement, and in reaching his/her decision shall interpret the Agreement in accordance with the commonly accepted meaning of words used herein and the principle that there are no restrictions intended on the rights or authority of the Committee other than those expressly set forth in this Agreement.  Subject to the foregoing, the decision of the arbitrator shall be submitted to the Committee and the Association and shall be final and binding upon the Committee, the Association, and the individual or group who initiated the grievance.

 

d.         Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, no dispute or controversy shall be the subject for arbitration unless it involves the interpretation or application of one or more specific provisions of this Agreement.

ARTICLE IV - SALARIES

 

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

 

B.        Pay adjustment for all schedules will be made in September and February.   Personnel will be required to submit official transcripts at a time, which will allow sufficient time for pay adjustments to be made.

 

C.        Effective September 1, 2012, all Unit A members shall be required to have their regular

            and longevity paychecks directly deposited to a banking institution of their choosing.

 

D.        Definition of Degrees and Advanced Graduate Study:

 

1.         Bachelor’s Degree is defined as a Baccalaureate Degree earned at an accredited college or university.

 

2.         Bachelor’s plus 15 hours shall be defined as fifteen (15) semester hours of credit beyond the Bachelor’s Degree earned at an accredited college or university and which satisfies one but not a combination of the following conditions:

 

a.         Courses which add to the skills or knowledge of the teacher and which the teacher can apply directly to his/her current major assignment.

 

b.         Courses in a Degree program which is directly related to a teacher’s current major teaching assignment.

 

3.         Master's Equivalency shall be defined as thirty-nine (39) semester hours of credit beyond the Bachelor’s Degree earned at an accredited college or university and which satisfies one but not a combination of the following conditions:

 

            a.         Courses which add to the skills or knowledge of the teacher and which the             teacher can apply directly to his/her current major assignment.

     

b.         Courses in a Degree program which is directly related to a teacher’s current major teaching assignment.

 

4.         Master’s Degree is defined as a graduate degree earned at an accredited college or university.

 

5.         Master's plus 15 hours shall be defined as fifteen (15) semester hours of graduate credit beyond the Master's degree, earned at an accredited college or university, and which satisfies one but not a combination of the following conditions:

 

a.         Courses which add to the skill or knowledge of the teacher and which the teacher can apply directly to his/her current major assignment. 

 

b.         Courses in a degree program which are directly related to the teacher’s current major assignment.

           

6.         The Master's plus 30 hours shall be defined as thirty (30) semester hours of graduate credit beyond the Master's Degree earned at an accredited college or university, and which satisfies one but not a combination of the following conditions:

 

a.         Courses which add to the skills or knowledge of the teacher and which the teacher can apply directly to his/her current major assignment.

 

b.         Courses in a degree program which are directly related to the teacher’s assignment.

 

7.         Master’s plus 45 hours shall be defined as forty-five (45) semester hours of graduate credit beyond the Master’s Degree earned at an accredited college or university and which satisfies one but not a combination of the following conditions:

 

            a.         Courses which add to the skills or knowledge of the teacher and which the teacher can apply directly to his/her current major assignment.

 

            b.         Courses in a Degree program which are directly related to a teacher’s current major teacher assignment.

 

8          A second (double) Master's is defined as the completion of a program separate from an individual's first Master's Degree.

 

9          The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study and Certificate of Advanced Study is defined as the completion of a specific graduate program beyond the Master's Degree at an accredited college or university.

 

10.       The Doctoral Program is defined as the completion of a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours toward the Doctorate, and acceptance and continuance in a bona fide Doctoral Program at an accredited college or university.

 

11.       The Doctorate is defined as the completion of a Doctor's Degree at an accredited college or university program beyond Master's Degree.

 

*Major teaching assignment is defined as sixty percent (60%) or more of the current assignment at the secondary level.

 

E.         Committee of Academic Review

 

A committee consisting of six (6) members will meet to review pertinent information for the following reasons:

 

1.         By request of an interested party in the event of disqualification of application for placement in an advanced credit salary column.

 

2.         To approve undergraduate courses to be taken for advanced credit. The Committee will consist of the following:  the Superintendent of Schools, two (2) representatives of the Easton School Committee, two (2) representatives of the Easton Educators’ Association, and the President of the Easton Educators’ Association.

 

F.         Experience Credit for Salary Schedule Placement:

 

1.         Teachers who have full-time teaching experience in elementary or secondary schools prior to joining the faculty of the Easton Public Schools will receive credit for salary schedule placement as follows:

 

a.         Teachers who have been teaching full-time during school year prior to joining the Easton faculty, and teachers who have been away from teaching one (1) year or less will receive one (1) step credit for each year of full-time teaching experience.

 

b.         Teachers who have been away from teaching more than one (1) year, but less than six (6) years, will receive one (1) step credit for each two (2) years of full-time teaching experience.

 

c.         Teachers who have been away from teaching six (6) or more years will receive one (1) step credit for each three (3) years of full-time teaching experience.

 

2.         Teachers who have had full-time teaching experience at the college level will receive half of the step credit given under provisions 1a, 1b, and 1c above.

 

3.         Teachers who have served on active duty in military service for one (1) year or more will receive one (1) step credit on the salary schedule.

 

4.         The maximum credit for previous experience is six (6) years, and no teacher new to the school system may be placed higher than Step 7 on the salary schedule, unless the School Committee decides such placement is in the best interest of the School System.

 

G.        Experience as a part-time teacher for more than half of the teacher work year shall qualify for step credit on the salary schedule.  More than half time shall be defined as follows:

 

1.         Elementary teachers – based on six (6) hour day four (4) or more hours per day.

 

      2.         Secondary teachers - based on six (6) periods four (4) or more periods per day.

 

3.         Regarding the six (6) day cycle at the Easton Middle School, an average of more than fifty percent (50%) of the time.

 

4.         A workload of at least three (3) full days per week on a full-time basis.

 

5.         The benefits received by part-time teachers working more than half-time as defined above are:

 

a.         Full Health benefits.

b.         Movement to next step on salary schedule.

c.         Prorating of salary and all other benefits provided in the Contract except funeral leave.  All teachers will receive the same funeral leave benefits.

 

More than half of a work year for a full-time teacher shall be defined as being in pay status for ninety-two (92) or more workdays in a work year.

 

Experience as a part-time teacher who is not more than half-time, or a full-time teacher who has not been in a pay status for more than half of a work year, as provided above, shall not qualify for step credit on the salary schedule.  It is the intent of the Committee to employ full-time professional employees wherever possible.

 

H.        Easton School Nurses will start no higher than Step 2 of the applicable degree column.  In the second year of the agreement (2013-2014), nurses without a Master’s degree who are on Step 9 shall receive an increase equivalent to one half of the increment between Steps 9 and 10.  In the third year of the agreement (2014-2015), nurses shall attain Step 10.  Nurses with a Master’s degree have a maximum attainment of Step 11.

 

 

APPENDIX A

 

A.        It will be the policy of the School Committee to grant increments on the following basis.  Increments will be granted to those teachers who:

 

1.         Show a spirit of cooperation with fellow members of the instructional staff and those charged with the administration and supervision of the school program.

 

2.         Show evidence of continued efforts to improve their daily work in the classroom.

 

3.         Continue to keep abreast of modern developments in their field.

 

B.        Incremental pay increases shall become effective on September 1st of that year.

 

C.        The payment of annual salaries will be in either of the following methods:

 

1.         Current payment 26 payments, however all staff must take a lump sum payment for pay periods 22-26.

 

2.         Staff may elect to have their salary in 21 equal payments, September through June.

 

3.         The payroll office will develop a form to be distributed to staff in May, preceding the next contract.  This will enable staff to make their selection in a timely manner.

 

D.        A teacher who served less than one (1) full school year is entitled to receive as basic salary only an amount that bears the same ratio to the established annual basic salary as the time he/she served bears to the annual school term.  Example: A teacher whose basic salary is $10,000 and who teachers only one hundred twenty (120) days; his /her salary for the year will be 120/182 of $10,000 or $6,593.

 

E.         In adopting this schedule, the School Committee expresses a policy, which it expects to follow in fixing salaries.  The School Committee will make every reasonable effort to maintain this schedule, but it reserves the right to deviate when it appears to be in the best interest of the school children of Easton.

 

APPENDIX B

 

A.        Guidance Ratio Salary Schedule

 

            Director of Guidance              1.29

            Guidance Counselors              1.19

            School Psychologist                1.13

 

B.        Maximum Annum Salary Adjustment

 

1.         Effective 2012-2013, after eleven (11) years of service in Unit A in the Easton Public Schools, employees shall receive an annual stipend of five hundred and fifty dollars ($550).

 

            Effective 2013-2015, after eleven (11) years of service in Unit A in the Easton Public Schools, employees shall receive an annual stipend of six hundred dollars ($600).

 

2.         Effective 2013-2015, after sixteen (16) years of service in Unit A in the Easton

            Public Schools employees shall receive an annual stipend of one thousand dollars

            ($1,000).

 

3.         Effective 2012-2013, after twenty-one (21) years of service in Unit A in the Easton Public Schools, employees shall receive an annual stipend of one thousand one hundred dollars ($1,100).

 

            Effective 2013-2015, after twenty-one (21) years of service in Unit A in the Easton Public Schools, employees shall receive an annual stipend of one thousand four hundred dollars ($1,400).

 

4.         Effective 2012-2015, after twenty-six (26) years of service in Unit A in the Easton Public Schools, employees shall receive an annual stipend of two thousand seven hundred dollars ($2,700).

           

5.         Effective 2012-2015, after thirty-one (31) years of service in Unit A in the Easton Public Schools, employees shall receive an annual stipend of three thousand two hundred dollars ($3,200).

 

6.         The above stipends shall not be cumulative.

 

7.         Bargaining unit members shall have the option of having Maximum Annum Salary Adjustments added to their annual salary or receiving such compensation in a lump sum separate check on the Wednesday next following the first pay period in September.

 

Note 1:      The maximum salary for non-degree teachers is Step 10 Bachelor’s Level.

 

Note 2:      Teachers with Master’s Equivalency status can move to Master’s Maximum and can move to Master’s Plus 15 and Master’s Plus 30 levels after completing appropriate course work.

 

 

APPENDIX C

 

A.        Factors to be considered in determining Department Head Salaries:

           

1.         Basic salary for Department Heads:

                       

                        Effective September 1, 2012 - $3,054.00

                        Effective September 1, 2013 - $3,115.00

                        Effective September 1, 2014 - $3,209.00

 

2.         In addition, Department Heads shall be paid by the following amounts for each teacher in the department or fraction twenty percent (20%) or larger thereof:

           

            Effective September 1, 2012 - $136.00

            Effective September 1, 2013 - $139.00

            Effective September 1, 2014 - $143.00

 

3.         The X-factor shall be as follows:

 

            Effective September 1, 2012 - $1,196.00 - $2,866.00

            Effective September 1, 2013 - $1,220.00 - $2,923.00

            Effective September 1, 2014 - $1,256.00 - $3,011.00

           

This is to be determined by performance, responsibility, supply and demand, inventory, equipment, books, material, and safety.  This sum would be determined by the Easton School Committee upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools after consulting with the particular Department Head.

 

 

 

 

2012-2013

A.

Home Teaching (per hour)

36.61

B.

Workshop Presentation

80.00 per ws

C.

Lead Nurse

4,204

D.

School Technology Facilitators

(7) each

777

E.

Ticket Gate Manager

2,220

F.

Senior Class Advisor

2,874

G.

Junior Class Advisor

2,395

H.

Sophomore Class Advisor

1,197

 

 

2012-2013

I.

Freshman Class Advisor

1,197

J.

OAHS Student Council

2,874

K.

OAHS National Honor Society

1,197

L.

OAHS Yearbook Advisor

2,242

M.

OAHS Yearbook Financial Advisor

982

N.

Innisfree

840

O.

Olivian

1,436

P.

OAHS Math Team

1,197

Q.

Audio-Visual Club

1,917

R.

OAHS Art Club

621

S.

OAHS Architectural/Engineering Club

621

T.

Future Business Leaders

1,197

U.

Future Teachers of Am. Club

1,197

V.

OAHS Gay Straight Alliance

621

W.

Best Buddies Advisors

628

X.

OAHS Green Team

621

Y.

Science League Competition

1,197

Z.

Science Olympiad

1,197

AA.

Environthon Advisor

628

BB.

OAHS Spanish Club

621

CC.

OAHS French Club

621

DD.

Foreign Exchange Advisor

paid

EE.

Foreign Travel Advisor

777

FF.

Washington Close Up Advisor

628

GG.

EMS Student Council

1,197

HH.

EMS National Junior Honor Society

841

II.

EMS Math Team

599

JJ.

EMS Yearbook Advisor

564

KK.

EMS Student of the Month Program

621

LL.

HANDS Advisor

628

MM.

Peer Mediation Coordinators (4)

777

NN.

Peer Assistant Leader (PAL) Coordinators (4) each

777

OO.

Social Competency Leader –

Open Circle

628

PP.

Elementary Math/Science Literacy Event Coordinator(s) – per building

701

QQ.

Drama Coach

2,395

RR.

Oliver Ames Musical

3,083

SS.

Musical Director

1,197

TT.

TRI-M Music Director

621

UU.

Marching Band Director

4,783

VV.

Percussion Coordinator

2,282

 

 

2012-2013

WW.

Marching and Maneuvering

1,797

XX.

Marching Band Visual Designer

2,282

YY.

Color Guard Coordinator

2,282

ZZ.

Color Guard Assistant

1,797

AAA.

Assistant Music Advisor

1,797

BBB.

Concert Band/Jazz Director

5,982

CCC.

Full Chamber Orchestra

2,395

DDD.

Pit Band Director

1,139

EEE.

Show Choir

2,282

FFF.

OAHS Show Choir Choreographer

2,304

GGG.

EMS Jazz Band

3,442

HHH.

EMS Show Choir Director

1,139

III.

FLO/HHR Jazz Band

422

JJJ.

6th Grade Show Choir

422

 

 

If more than one teacher fills any of the above positions, the stipend shall be divided among those teachers.

 

Activities covered:  Evening and weekend activities except afternoon athletic events and graduation activities.

 

 

AT THIS TIME, THE STIPEND SCHEDULE CONTINUES TO BE NEGOTIATED. MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A PRINTED PAGE TO INSERT IN THE CONTRACT AT A LATER TIME.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE V-PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS

 

A.        Dues

The Committee agrees to deduct from the salaries of its employees dues for the Easton Educators’ Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the National Education Association as said employees individually and voluntarily authorize the Committee to deduct and to transmit the monies promptly to such association or associations.  Employees’ authorization will be in writing in the form set forth by the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

 

B.        Financial Institution

Upon written request by teachers payroll deductions will be made for membership and participation in any financial institution authorized by specific agreement between the School Committee and the Easton Educators’ Association and authorized by Massachusetts statutes. 

ARTICLE VI-TUITION PAYMENT

 

A.        The Easton School Committee will reimburse nine hundred and fifty dollars ($950) for courses which show a direct relationship to the individual’s current assignment or courses in a Degree program, which are directly related to the employee’s current major assignment.  These courses must be approved by the Superintendent of Schools prior to their being taken and a transcript from the college, along with a receipt of tuition paid, must be presented upon completion of the course in order to qualify for payment.  Available vouchers can be used for any course.

 

B.        Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Psychologists may access seven hundred dollars ($700) per school year (September 1st to August 31st) in order to acquire the Continuing Education Units necessary to maintain a license.

 

C.        The provision of this article should not exceed the budgeted amount for that fiscal year, nor shall less than fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) be budgeted in any fiscal year.

 

D.        If a course is taken for degree credit, it must meet the requirements of the college or university, and the grade must insure continuation in the program.

 

E.         Voucher courses are subject to the same conditions as tuition courses in order to qualify for reimbursement of fees and to insure horizontal movement on the salary schedule.  However, during the last period before expiration, vouchers may be used for courses, which do not relate to an individual’s assignment.  In the event voucher courses are not approved for salary credit, Article IV, Section D, may be invoked by the party denied horizontal movement on the salary schedule.

 

F.         All courses must be taken at accredited institutions, and in order to insure a high degree of quality, no persons will be permitted to enroll in more than one (1) three (3) credit course at a time when schools are in session.

 

            This applies to the regular school year of the Town of Easton and does not restrict the number of courses, which may be taken during the summer.  Any courses taken during the summer will not be reimbursed until after the start of the school year in September and the employee has resumed his/her assignment in Easton.

 

ARTICLE VII-VACANCIES AND TRANSFERS

 

A.        Definitions

1.         Vacancy – a newly created position or a position vacated by a member of the bargaining unit, by reason of resignation, death, transfer or leave of absence.  A bargaining unit position to which a professional employee has recall rights shall not be considered a vacancy.  Therefore, recall takes precedence over requests for transfer.

 

2.         Transfer – is the movement of a teacher in one school and placement in a similar or comparable position to another school building on the same status and salary level.

 

B.        Notice of all vacancies during the school year shall be posted for at least ten (10) days on a bulletin board provided for such notices in each school building and to bargaining unit members’ EPS email address.  Such notices shall include the job title and the closing date for applications.  If vacancies occur during the summer recess, an email notice shall be sent to the President of the Association and to the bargaining unit members’ EPS email address. 

 

C.        When the only applicants for a vacancy within the bargaining unit are members of the bargaining unit, and qualifications and other relevant factors are substantially equal, members of the bargaining unit with professional teacher status shall be given preference for the position based on seniority.  When applicants include persons outside the bargaining unit and qualifications and other relevant factors are substantially equal, bargaining unit members with professional teacher status shall be given preference for the position on the basis of seniority. 

 

D.        In case of involuntary transfer or when transfer becomes necessary because of a reduction in staff, the department(s), teaching areas, involved grades, or qualified volunteers shall be considered before any directed transfer is made.

 

E.         An involuntary transfer will only be made after a meeting between the employee involved and the Superintendent, at which time the employee will be notified of the reason(s) for the transfer.

 

F.         In the event of a change in the number of sections at a grade level within a school building, volunteers from the staff at the grade level(s) affected within the building shall be considered for a change in assignment before any directed transfer is made. 

 

G.        The terms of Section D shall also apply to any qualified teacher being involuntarily transferred or reassigned.

 

H.        Except as specifically provided in this Agreement, involuntary transfers are not subject to grievance.

 

ARTICLE VIII - WORKDAY AND YEAR

 

A.        Personnel covered under Unit A, with the exception of Guidance Counselors and Psychologists, will begin no earlier than the Monday before Labor Day and terminate no later than June 30th, but in no event will the work year be longer than one hundred eighty-two (182) days.  The last day for teachers will continue to be the day after the last day for students, but will be a two (2) hour check out instead of a full day.

 

The work year will include days when pupils are in attendance, orientation days at the beginning of the school year, conference days, and any other days on which teacher attendance is required.  Orientation days for new teachers are not to be included in the above provision.

 

B.        Guidance personnel shall work the work year as defined for Unit A personnel plus an additional twenty-six (26) days.  These shall include one (1) week before the opening of school and one (1) week after the close of school.  All other days will be scheduled by the Administration after consultation with the individual involved.

 

Guidance counselors who receive a ratio of 1.19 will work the work year as defined for Unit A personnel plus an additional twenty-six (26) days.  These shall include one (1) week before the opening of school and one (1) week after the close of school.  All other days will be scheduled by the Director of Special Services.

 

School psychologists who receive a ratio of 1.13 will work the work year as defined for Unit A personnel plus an additional eighteen (18) days.  The days worked will include one (1) week before the opening of school and one (1) week after the close of school.  All other days will be scheduled by the Director of Special Services.

 

C.        The length of an employee’s workday is six (6) hours and fifty-five minutes Monday through Thursday and six (6) hours and forty (40) minutes on Friday and before vacations and holidays. 

 

The workday for Guidance and Psychological staff shall be:

 

A half hour before school and one hour after school Monday through Thursday, and a half hour before school and a half hour after school on Friday.  When school is not in session, the work day will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

It is recognized that Department Heads may be required to spend a reasonable amount of time in excess of the workday for meetings related to Department Heads’ duties.

 

The starting and dismissal times shall be established by the School Committee.  In the event of any change in such starting and dismissal times the Superintendent shall, within a reasonable time, give written notice to the President of the Association stating reasons for such a change.  

 

D.        Teachers assigned to Kindergarten through Grade Eight are required to attend no more than one (1) Parent Night (Back to School Night) per school year. Three released time days and one evening shall be scheduled for parent conferences each fall for Grades Kindergarten through Grade Eight and again each spring for teachers assigned to Kindergarten through Grade Five. Such teachers shall schedule parent conferences and meet with all parents who desire conferences during such times. During such parent conference times, teachers shall not be required to be present except during the times in which such teacher has scheduled conferences with parents.

 

Teachers assigned to Grade Nine through Grade Twelve may be required to attend up to two (2) evening parent conferences per school year.  During such parent conference times, teachers shall not be required to be present except during the times in which such teacher has scheduled conferences with parents.

 

E.         Except for unusual circumstances, personnel in Unit A shall be required to attend one (1) meeting per month during the school year.

 

ARTICLE IX – TRAVEL FUNDS

 

The Easton School System will provide sufficient funds so that two (2) department heads may attend at least one convention each year out of state providing this convention is east of the Mississippi River.  If the convention is west of the Mississippi River, funds will be provided so that one (1) department head may attend.

 

Approved travel will be reimbursed at the prevailing rate set by the Town of Easton.

 

ARTICLE X-PROTECTION

 

If civil proceedings are brought against a unit member alleging that he/she committed an assault in connection with his/her employment, the Committee will furnish legal counsel to defend him/her in such proceedings, if he/she requests such assistance.  If an administrator desires to bring civil proceedings in connection with the alleged assault suffered by him/her, such administrator may request the Committee to furnish legal counsel to represent him/her in such proceedings.  If the Committee does not provide such counsel and the administrator prevails in the proceedings then the Committee will reimburse the administrator for reasonable counsel fees incurred by him/her.

 

ARTICLE XI - LEAVES

A.        Sick Leaves

Personnel in their first year of employment in Easton will be entitled to five (5) sick days and one (1) additional sick day for each additional month of active employment thereafter for a total of fifteen (15) days per year.  (Active employment is construed to mean days worked.)  Sick leave may be accumulated from year to year at the rate of fifteen (15) days per year.

 

All other personnel will be entitled to fifteen (15) days of sick leave each school year as of the first official day of said school year whether or not they report for duty on that day.  If a person completed the previous school year using Sick Leave Bank days, he/she will not be entitled to accumulate sick days the following year until he/she returns to work, at which point sick days will be pro-rated for that year.  Sick leave may be accumulated from year to year at the rate of fifteen (15) days per year without limit.  Upon request of the Superintendent a medical certificate shall be required to be filed with the Superintendent of Schools after five (5) consecutive days of sick leave and filed monthly for consecutive sick leave after the first five (5) days.  Five (5) days per year will be allowed for critical illness in the family.  Such days will be deducted from accumulated sick leave.

 

B.        Personal Business Leaves

Employees shall be entitled to three (3) additional days of leaves of absence without loss of pay for religious, personal, legal, business, household, or family matters which require absence during school hours.  Notification for such leave will be delivered to the Superintendent’s office prior to the close of business two (2) working days prior to the requested personal leave day, except in case of emergency.  (Example: a request for a personal leave day on Wednesday must be filed in the Superintendent’s Office before the close of business on the previous Monday.)  Such leave, except for emergency and religious reasons, will not be granted so as to extend a holiday or vacation period.  Employees shall not be required to state the reason for taking such leave other than that such leave is taken under this Section.

 

C.        Association Leave

In each school year, the Association will be granted up to five (5) days to be used by witnesses and participants only in hearings before an arbitrator under Article III, Level IV, or hearings before the Labor Relations Commission.  Any fractional day used for these purposes shall be counted as a full day.  (One witness equals one day).

 

D.        Funeral Leave

In the event of a death, up to five (5) days of leave may be granted by the Superintendent of Schools.  The Superintendent may grant additional days in extenuating circumstances.

 

E.        Jury Duty Leave

An employee required to serve on jury duty shall be paid by the Committee the difference between his/her regular compensation and the compensation received for jury duty, upon presentation of certification of compensation paid by the court.  Travel allowance shall not be included in the compensation paid by the court.

 

ARTICLE XII-SICK LEAVE BANK

 

1.         The Sick Leave Bank will be maintained by the Association for use of bargaining unit members who voluntarily contribute accumulated sick leave.  The maximum number of days a Sick Leave Bank member may access the Bank is one hundred eighty-two (182) days within any five year period.  Members of Unit A may join and access the sick leave bank in their third year of employment. 

 

            The Sick Leave Bank shall be administered by a Sick Leave Bank Committee comprised of five (5) members.  Three (3) members shall be designated by the Association and two (2) members designated by the Superintendent.

 

2.         The Sick Bank Membership shall be voluntary.  Bargaining unit members shall be eligible to join by signing the Sick Bank Authorization card and donating one day from their accumulated sick leave and thereafter as necessary by assessment of the Sick Leave Bank Committee.

 

3.         All requests for Sick Leave Bank Days shall be in writing and using the attached “Sick Leave Bank Request Form”, forwarded to the Sick Leave Bank Committee.  The request shall include a written statement from the professional employee’s physician indicating the nature and the extent of the illness or injury and the estimated time that the employee will need to make a full recovery.

 

4.         Subject to the foregoing requirements, a majority of the Sick Leave Bank Committee will determine the eligibility for the use of the Bank and the amount of leave to be granted.  The Sick Leave Bank Committee may grant no more than twenty (20) days per request per member.  After the initial request, the employee may apply for additional days.

 

5.         A majority of the Sick Leave Bank Committee will determine the eligibility for the use of the Bank and the amount of leave to be granted, subject to the foregoing requirements and as stated herein.

 

6.         In administering the Bank and determining the amount of leave, the following general criteria shall be applied by the Committee:

 

                        a.         medical evidence of serious extended illness;

b.         other factors as a majority of the Sick Leave Bank Committee may deem appropriate

 

No days may be withdrawn from the Bank for any illness other than prolonged illness or accident.  Days may not be withdrawn to permit an individual to stay at home or to care for other members of the family.

 

7.         The decision of the Sick Leave Bank Committee with respect to eligibility and entitlement shall be final and binding and not subject to appeal. 

 

8.         Whenever the number of days in the Sick Leave Bank falls below one hundred (100) days, the Sick Leave Bank members shall be assessed one (1) sick leave day from their accumulated sick leave.  Within thirty (30) days thereafter, the Sick Leave Bank Committee shall deposit the days into the Sick Leave Bank until the Bank reaches four hundred (400) days. 

 

9.         Days granted but not used by the applicant will be returned to the Bank.

 

            Sick Leave Bank Request Form is attached as an Appendix; Physician Form attached as an Appendix.

ARTICLE XIII – WORKERS’S COMPENSATION

 

Whenever an employee is absent from school as a result of personal injury (caused by an accident or assault) arising out of and in the course of the employee’s employment, the employee will be paid by the school department a salary that will, when combined with Worker’s Compensation, be equal to the regular take home pay.  The employee will not benefit and make more money, nor take home less pay, while collecting Worker’s Compensation.  The employee shall use sick leave for the first ten (10) days.

 

ARTICLE XIV – MATERNITY/CHILD REARING LEAVE

 

A.        Subject to the conditions set forth in this Article, a member of this Unit who is pregnant shall be entitled to elect one (1) of the following types of maternity leave:

 

1.         Upon receipt of at least two (2) week’s written notice of her anticipated date of departure and intention to return, a teacher shall be granted an eight (8) week maternity leave of absence without pay.  A female employee who takes a leave under this paragraph may apply her sick leave benefits under Article XI A for the period of disability caused or contributed to by pregnancy, childbirth and the recovery therefrom as verified by a physician’s statement.

 

            However, if such employee does not return to her position for at least one (1) complete school year following the termination of the leave, the sick leave benefits paid shall be repaid to the Committee or the Town of Easton, unless such return is not possible because of circumstances that were not known at that time that the leave commenced and that are beyond her control.  In accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), FMLA runs concurrently with the guidelines outlined in this Maternity Leave Article.

 

2.         Upon receipt of at least four (4) weeks written notice of her date of departure and intention to return, a female employee with professional status may take leave commencing at a time corresponding with the beginning of the school year, the beginning of a semester, or vacation period, and ending on either the September 1st following the birth, or the next September 1st.  The return date must be elected at the time the notice of date of departure and intention to return is given.  In addition, the person must notify the Superintendent in writing by March 15 in the calendar year in which her leave expires, of her intention to return to the school system.  Failure to comply with this requirement will be considered as a resignation.  A person who takes a leave under this paragraph shall not be entitled to sick leave pay.

 

B.        1.         An adopting parent shall, upon arrival of the child in the home of the child to be adopted, be granted a leave of absence without pay or paid leave if there is accumulated sick leave to take care of such child up to five days with pay.  The employee shall have the option of taking a leave of absence of up to eight (8) weeks, or an extended leave.  In the case of an extended leave, the employee shall return to duty on the September first immediately following the commencement of the leave, or the next September first.  The return date shall be elected at the time such leave commences.  Written notice of intent to take leave under this section shall be submitted to the Superintendent as early as possible, and in no case, later than thirty (30) calendar days next prior to the commencement of the leave. 

 

2.         A male bargaining unit member may be granted a leave of absence without pay to care for his child.  The employee shall have the option of a leave of absence of up to eight (8) weeks, or an extended leave.  The male bargaining unit member shall be granted paid leave up to five (5) sick leave days out of his accumulated sick leave due to delivery of a newborn child by his spouse.  The Superintendent may grant additional leave at his discretion in extenuating circumstances.  In the case of an extended leave, the employee shall return to duty on the September first immediately following the commencement of the leave, or the next September first.  The return date shall be elected at the time such leave commences.  Written request for leave under this section shall be submitted to the Superintendent as early as possible, and in no case later than thirty (30) calendar days next prior to the commencement of the leave.

 

C.        In the event of miscarriage or death of the child prior to termination of the leave, the person may make written application for reinstatement prior to the previously established date.  Such application may be granted by the School Committee upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools.

 

D.        A person with professional status returning from a leave under paragraph A2 will be placed on the next step of the schedule if she had been actively employed by the Easton School System for more than ninety-one (91) days in the school year during which the leave commenced.  Upon return, all benefits that were accumulated on the date the leave began shall be restored. 

 

E.         A person returning from a maternity/child rearing leave less than one (l) year in length shall have a right to return to the grade level or department as well as the school to which he/she was assigned at the commencement of the leave, unless there has been an elimination of courses or programs, reduction in force, or other change that makes such as assignment impossible, in which case the assignment shall be to as nearly comparable a position as possible.

 

F.         A person returning from an extended maternity/child rearing leave of at least a full year, unless there has been a reduction in force that would have affected him/her, will be returned to the same or a similar position to which he/she was assigned at the commencement of the leave with all benefits (including seniority) that he/she has accrued at the commencement of the leave.

 

1.         Similar means when an employee leaves as a full-time employee the employee returns as a full-time employee.

 

2.         The leave will not break seniority but will not be included to determine one’s total length of service.

 

G.        It is recognized that once an employee elects a particular type of leave provided for in this Article, that election may not be revoked. 

 

ARTICLE XV-CLERICAL AIDES

 

A.        The School Committee will provide one (1) full-time clerical aide to be shared by the Easton Middle School and the Oliver Ames High School, and one (1) clerical aide for each elementary school.  The primary duty of these aides will be to provide clerical assistance for teachers, and these aides will be given administrative duties only when all work for teachers has been completed.  Nurses shall receive clerical assistance only to the extent of actual practice prior to June 1, 1988.

 

B.        At the secondary level, the School Committee will provide one (1) full-time clerical aide for Department Heads.  This clerical aide will be scheduled in the respective departments by the High School Principal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE XVI – PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT LEAVE

& CAREER CHANGE LEAVE

 

A.        Professional Improvement Leave

Upon written recommendation by a Professional Improvement Committee consisting of three (3) persons chosen by the Easton Educators' Association, three (3) members chosen by the Easton School Committee, and the Superintendent of Schools acting as a chairman, professional leaves will be granted for study to a member of Unit A or Unit B by the Easton School Committee subject to the following conditions:

 

1.         The program of professional study must be in a discipline that, in the opinion of the Professional Improvement Committee, shall further enhance the value of the individual within their current assignment, or that, in the opinion of the Professional Improvement Committee, is such a program that will benefit the Easton School System.

 

2.         No more than two (2) of the personnel mentioned above will be absent on Professional Improvement Leave at any one time.  Leave will also be granted to a teacher or administrator who is within one (1) year of in his/her Doctorate Program, providing he or she must spend one (1) year in residency to complete such a program.

 

3.         Requests for Professional Improvement Leave must be received by the Superintendent of Schools in writing in such form as may be required by the Superintendent of Schools as early as possible, and no later than April 15th; and action must be taken on all requests no later than May 1st of that school year preceding the school year for which the Professional Improvement Leave is requested.  A letter of intent must be filed with the Superintendent of Schools on or before December 15 of the previous year.

 

4.         The person has completed at least five (5) consecutive full school years with the Easton Public Schools.

 

5.         Personnel on Professional Improvement Leave will be paid at the following rates, provided such pay, when added to any Program Grant, will not exceed the regular salary rate:

 

50 percent after 5 years

60 percent after 6 years

75 percent after 7 years or more

 

6.         Upon completion of the Professional Improvement Leave, a person will be placed on the Salary Schedule on the step as if he/she were teaching.  No loss of step will result from a person using this leave.

 

7.         A person, upon completion of their leave, will agree to return to the Easton School System for a period of two (2) years.  If the person fails to fulfill two (2) years of service after his/her return, he/she shall return to the Town of Easton a sum of money which shall bear the same proportion to the salary paid during the Professional Improvement Leave as the amount of unfilled service bears to the two-year obligation; said sum of money to be paid within a one-year period commencing on the day of termination of employment.

 

B.        Career Change Leave

 

1.         Subject to the conditions set forth in this Article, a leave of absence will be granted to bargaining unit members to explore the possibility of a career change.

 

2.         To be eligible, an employee must have eight (8) or more years of seniority at the time the written application for the leave is filed with the Committee. 

 

Self-employment is considered to be employment, for purposes of this Article, only if it is bona fide.

 

            The application will state the name of the potential new employer and the capacity in which the applicant is to be employed.  Such employment must be on a full-time basis for the period of the leave, except as provided in Section 3, below.

 

3.         An employee may also explore the possibility of retirement under the terms of this provision. In such case, the employee must be vested under the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Plan.  An employee exploring the possibility of retirement shall not be required to be employed for the period of the leave.

 

4.         All leaves will be for a period of one (1) year commencing on September 1 and ending on August 31.  An employee shall be eligible for only one (1) such leave during the term of his/her service in Easton.

 

5.         In case of a large number of applicants, the Committee reserves the right to establish a ratio in the best interest of the Easton Public Schools.  The ratio shall be as follows:

 

No more than ten percent (10%) of the persons covered under this Agreement may be granted leave at one time.  The Committee reserves the right to deny the leave if it feels the department, school, and/or grade level will be seriously affected by the leave.  Seniority should be a consideration but not the deciding factor in determining the recipients of leave requests.

 

6.         A person returning from a leave under this Article, unless there has been a reduction if force that would have affected him/her, will be returned to the same or a similar position to which he/she was assigned at the commencement of the leave with all benefits (including seniority) that he/she has accrued at the commencement of the leave.

 

a.         Similar means when an employee leaves as a full-time employee the employee returns as a full-time employee.

 

b.         The leave will not break seniority but will not be included to determine one’s total length of service.

 

7.         Employees taking this leave may continue group health and life insurance coverage during the time of the leave as provided by the Committee for full premium cost.  Failure to forward full premium payments to the Committee and to comply with all other conditions imposed by the insurance carrier will terminate this option.

 

 

 

 

8.         Notification Requirements

 

a.                   The Committee must be notified in writing of the request no later than the January 1 directly preceding the year in which the leave is to be taken.

 

b.                  The Committee must notify the applicant in writing of its decision regarding the request no later than the February 1 directly preceding the year in which the leave is to be taken.

 

c.                   If approval is granted to the applicant, the leave will not be rescinded after the seventh (7th) day from the date of approval.

 

d.                  If the employee, taking the leave, does not notify the Committee of his/her intent to return by the March 15 directly preceding the end of the leave, the absence of notification will be considered a resignation.

 

ARTICLE XVII – TEACHING LOAD

 

A.        All teachers in Grades Six (6) through Twelve (12) will be guaranteed at least one (1) individual planning period per day (unless being compensated for teaching an additional class).  A preparation period shall be the same length as the normal teaching period.  Travel from one school to another school shall not be considered preparation time.  Such preparation periods shall be in addition to the teacher’s duty-free lunch period.

 

           

            Secondary level English Teachers for Grades Nine (9) through Twelve (12) shall teach five (5) classes per day, one of which shall be a writing seminar. 

 

B.        The teaching load of certain Department Heads (science, social studies, English, mathematics, and world language) will be reduced by two (2) classes as described in paragraph A in order to provide adequate time for supervision and evaluation.  For the English Department Chair, this will result in a schedule of 3 regular classes, but no Writing Seminar.  The teaching load of other Department Heads who supervise no more than ten (10) teachers will be reduced by one class.  The non-teaching time is to be used for duties related to the function of Department Head.

 

C.        Additional classes for secondary teachers above the numbers specified in A and B of this Article shall be voluntary and shall be compensated at the rate of fourteen percent (14%) of their salary.  Compensation will be prorated for the duration of the assignment.  Teachers volunteering to teach an extra period will remain in the non-teaching duty rotation and will have duties assigned as other secondary teachers.

 

D.        Secondary administrators shall make every effort to arrange teaching schedules so that no teacher has more than three (3) preparations daily.  A preparation shall be defined as a preparation for a different course.  Preparation for a different group or level of the same course shall not be counted as additional preparation.  Double periods shall count as one (1) preparation and classed under C above shall not be counted in determining the number of daily preparations.  In the event that it is necessary to schedule academic teachers for more than three (3) daily preparations, these teachers shall be paid six hundred dollars ($600) for each daily preparation above three (3).

 

E.         All bargaining unit members assigned to Kindergarten through Grade Five shall have a duty-free preparation period of at least forty (40) consecutive minutes during the student day for four (4) days each week.  Teachers shall have a thirty (30) minute lunch period and a thirty (30) minute planning period exclusive of lunch duty days.  (See Article XVIII) Student passing, supervision, and traveling time from school to school shall not be considered preparation time.

 

F.         Both the Easton School Committee and the Easton Educators’ Association recognize that teachers, to perform effectively, need ample advance notice of the subjects or grades they will be teaching each school year.  However, both parties recognize that circumstances may arise requiring late changes in teaching assignments prior to the start of a school year.  Balancing these interests, the procedures below are to be followed in assigning teachers their regular teaching duties:

 

1.         When changes in these tentative assignments become necessary after the close of the school year and before the second week of August, principals are to send written notices promptly to the teachers involved.

 

2.         Whenever possible, principals should avoid making changes in teaching assignments after the second week of August and generally such changes should be made only to accommodate sudden changes in enrollment or available classroom space or unexpected resignations.  Furthermore, principals should make every effort to have assignment changes after the second week in August accepted voluntarily by the teachers involved.

 

G.        No teacher will be required to take more than one (1) student teacher in a three (3) year period.  Supervising teachers should not be required to substitute for a teacher who is absent for a day.

 

H.        Class Size

 

1.                  Kindergarten through grade six (6).

 

a.         Wherever possible at the beginning of each school year, the size of all classes, system wide, at each grade level shall be equal.  Prior to the beginning of each school year, wherever possible, teachers will be assigned to provide equalization of class size throughout the system.  The transfer or reassignment of teachers to achieve such equalization shall be as provided in Article VII of this Agreement.

 

b.         Wherever possible after the beginning of the school year, any additional scheduling of students to any classes shall be done in a manner, which will continue to equalize class size.

 

2.                  The equalization of class size shall be subject to existing teaching staff and available space.

 

I.          This Article is subject to renegotiation as an individual Article if a change in the present school schedule should be necessitated.

 

J.          Whenever possible, a Professional Employee shall not be removed from his/her regular assignment to substitute for another Professional Employee who is absent from his/her class.

 

K.        When teachers are involved in inclusion (integrated, clustered, or co-taught classes), where Special Needs students are scheduled into the regular education classes, the following should be part of the process:

 

1.         Volunteer teachers shall be sought first.

 

2.         All teachers should have adequate training.

 

3.         Attempts will be made within the buildings to provide common planning time specifically designated for facilitating the learning of integrated students.

 

L.         Whenever a physically challenged student is assigned to a class, a procedure will be established to address the needs of the student as a result of the I.E.P.  The input of the classroom teacher is necessary to address student needs in the mainstreaming effort for physically challenged students.

 

M.        Bargaining unit members shall not be required to substitute, including supervisory duties, for other teachers except in the case where a teacher leaves during the school day because of illness, injury, or other emergency.

 

N.        Grades shall be due three (3) school days following the close of the grading period for the term. 

ARTICLE XVIII – LUNCH BREAK

 

At the Kindergarten to Grade Five (5) level, in order to give each teacher adequate time for lunch, a sufficient number of teacher aides shall be employed by the Easton School system to relieve the teachers of all cafeteria, classroom and playground duties during the noon hour so that each teacher will have thirty (30) minutes for lunch and a thirty (30) minute planning period exclusive of lunch duty days. (See Article XVII Section 5)  It is further agreed that there shall be no addition to the kinds of duties performed by elementary teachers during the school lunch time to those which had been performed prior to March 1, 1984.

 

ARTICLE XIX – REGULAR DUTIES

 

A.        Where possible all regular duties will be assigned equally on a rotating basis to all bargaining unit members within a building, except for guidance counselors, school psychologists, and as otherwise provided in Article XVII, Section A second paragraph and Section B.

 

B.        Teachers assigned to grades seven through twelve, who travel between buildings, will not be assigned homeroom duty.  In the event the monthly faculty meeting has to be re-scheduled, the Principal will provide five (5) calendar days notice of the re-scheduled date.

 

C.        Regular duties are those duties that occur regularly and are ancillary or supportive of the administration of the school day, but not inclusive of the seven (7) student periods daily at the secondary level or during student instructional periods at the elementary level.

 

D.        The E.E.A. member who serves as President of the Easton Educators’ Association shall not be assigned regular duties.

 

 

 

ARTICLE XX – CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

 

A.        In general, it is the responsibility of all teachers to participate as part of their regular duties during the school year, in assessing needs for curriculum revision.  When Department Heads or Subject Area Supervisors have been appointed, persons holding these positions have responsibility, as part of their regular duties during the school year, to provide leadership in assessing needs for curriculum revision.

 

B.        When teachers write curriculum guides during vacation periods, according to the guidelines established by the Curriculum Coordinating Council, they will be compensated eighty-eight dollars ($88.00) per day.

 

 

ARTICLE XXI - NO STRIKE

 

The Association agrees that it will not cause, condone, or take part in any strike, walkout, slowdown, sanction, or work stoppage including extracurricular services, while this Contract is in effect.

 

The Association and its members, individually and collectively, agree that if there is a violation of this clause, any or all members violating this clause will, at the discretion of the School Committee, be subject to disciplinary action.

 

ARTICLE XXII - EVALUATIONS

 

A.        All formal classroom visits for the purpose of preparing evaluation reports for the Office of the Superintendent of Schools will be conducted openly.  Teachers will be given a copy of these formal evaluations.

 

B.        Any evaluation report made as a result of an informal observation will be given to the teacher concerned within two (2) school days of such observations.

 

C.        Teachers will have the right to discuss all evaluation reports with their supervisors before they are filed.

 

D.        Teachers have the right, upon request, to review the contents of their personnel file in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools

 

E.         No material derogatory to a teacher’s performance including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, a teacher’s conduct, service, character, or personality, will be placed in his/her personnel file unless the teacher has had the opportunity to review such material and affix his/her signature to the copy to be filed, with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof.

 

F.         Any complaint concerning an employee made to any member of the Administration will be promptly called to the attention of such employee and the complainant will be clearly identified.  A teacher shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association present during any meeting to discuss a complaint.

 

G.        No employee shall be disciplined, reprimanded or suspended, reduced in rank or compensation, or terminated without just cause.

 

H.        The parties agree to form a joint Task Force comprised of a teacher representing each grade figuration, a principal representing each grade figuration, a member of the School Committee and the Assistant Superintendent who shall chair the Task Force.

 

            The Task Force will prepare recommendations for the parties concerning implementation of the DESE Educator Evaluation System to go into effect in July, 2013.

 

 

ARTICLE XXIII - COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGENCY SERVICE FEE

 

Under the provisions of Chapter 150E and Chapter 180, Section 176 of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 463 of the Acts of 1970, and as accepted by the Selectmen of the Town of Easton on March 1, 1971, it is agreed that:

 

A.        As a condition of his/her continued employment while this Agreement shall continue in effect, every employee covered by this Agreement, if and when not a member of the Association by failure to pay the established dues of the Association and the dues of any other professional organization required for Association membership, shall pay, or by payroll deduction shall have paid to the Association, an Agency Service Fee equal to costs for the negotiation and administration of the Agreement up to one hundred percent (100%) of the dues to the Easton Educators' Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association. 

 

B.        Payment of the Agency Service Fee shall be in accordance with the schedule established for payment of Association dues and the dues of other professional organizations required for Association membership; provided, however, that in no case shall such payments be required before the thirtieth (30th) day next following the date of the beginning of the employee's employment.

 

C.        The amount of the Agency Fee shall represent the best efforts of both parties to establish a fee, which is proportionately commensurate with the cost of collective bargaining and contract administration. 

 

D.        The revision of this Article shall become effective on September 1, 1975, or on the date of its acceptance by a majority vote of all employees covered by the Agreement and present and voting, whichever is later.

 

 

ARTICLE XXIV - SCHOOL COMMITTEE RIGHTS

 

The Committee is a public body established under and with the powers provided by the Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  As elected representatives of the citizens of Easton, charged with the responsibility for the quality of education in, and the efficient and economical operation of, the Easton School System, it is acknowledged that the Committee has final authority for the determination and administration of educational policy, the direction, employment and reemployment of staff members, and the operation and management of the public schools in Easton.

 

Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to derogate or impair the powers, rights, or duties conferred upon the Committee by the Statutes of the Commonwealth or the Rules and Regulations of any pertinent agency of the Commonwealth.

 

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

 

 

ARTICLE XXV-REDUCTION IN FORCE (LAYOFF)

 

When it becomes necessary to reduce the number of employees included in the bargaining unit, the following procedure shall apply:

 

A.        The Committee shall make every attempt to accomplish said reductions by attrition.

 

B.        A teacher on professional status shall not be laid off if there is a non-professional status teacher whose position the professional status teacher is certified to fill.

 

C.        “Certified” shall mean that the employee has on file with the Office of the Superintendent evidence that he/she possesses a certification from the State Department of Education or can obtain such certification by the effective date of such layoff.  The effective date of such layoff shall be defined as the last scheduled workday of the employee reached for layoff.

 

D.        For individuals who were employed in the Easton Public Schools in the 1995-1996 school year, the following procedures shall apply:

     

In case of a layoff, the least senior teacher within an area of certification shall be laid off first.  A teacher who has been reached for layoff in his/her area of employment shall be allowed to bump the least senior teacher in another subject area for which he/she is certified.  In the case where the teacher reached for layoff is certified in more than one (1) area, such teacher must bump the least senior teacher.

 

E.         For those employees who begin employment on September 1, 1996, the following procedures shall apply:

 

1.                  In order to bump into an area outside the department to which they are currently assigned, teacher must have one (1) year of teaching experience in that area.  The experience must have occurred within the previous five (5) years within the Easton Public Schools.

 

F.         1.         Seniority shall mean the employee’s total length of continuous service from the initial date in this bargaining unit.  In cases of identical date of entry into the bargaining unit, the employee with the highest level of education in their field or specialization of the position he/she will hold shall be the most senior.  In cases where the level of education is also identical, seniority shall be determined by the drawing of lots by such employees.

 

2.                  Leaves of absence shall not constitute an interruption in continuous service, except as provided herein.  Any employee who takes one (1) extended, unpaid leave of absence under the terms of this Agreement or approved by the Committee shall not experience an interruption in continuous service.  After the first extended unpaid leave of absence, any subsequent extended unpaid leave(s) of absence taken by any individual employee shall be construed to be non-active service and shall not be included in determining the total length of service.  However, such leave(s) shall not be construed to break active service; and seniority for such employee shall mean the total amount of service preceding such leave(s) added to the total amount of service after resuming active duty following such leave(s) of absence.  For the purpose of this provision, extended leave of absence shall mean a leave of absence in excess of ninety-three (93) consecutive workdays.

 

3.                  An updated Seniority List shall be supplied by the Committee annually not later than September 15 each year.  If the Association does not challenge the updated list within thirty (30) days, the updated list shall stand as written.  If there is a challenge, the Committee and the Association shall meet forthwith in an effort to resolve the challenge.  If the challenge cannot be resolved within thirty (30) days next following the challenge, the matter shall be submitted to arbitration in accordance with Article III, Section C level four of this Agreement.

 

G.        When it is necessary to reduce the schedule of a position resulting in less than a full time teaching position the reduction shall be considered a layoff under the terms of this Article.  Personnel who have a less than full-time assignment will be subject to salary reductions and reduction of all other benefits, except health and life insurance coverage.  Reduction of salary and other benefits will show a direct relationship to the reduction of assignment.  Supervisory duties shall also be on a prorated basis.

 

H.        1.         Professional status teachers who are affected by a reduction in staff will be notified within two (2) school days, after the determination is made but in no event later than the last day of the school year.  Said notice shall include the reason for and the effective date of the layoff.  Such personnel shall be entitled to recall rights for a period of three (3) years from the effective date of their respective layoffs. 

 

                        At the discretion of the Administration, a teacher who is being RIF’d may be placed in another position for which that teacher is certified without the need of posting such position. 

     

2.         During the recall period, laid off personnel will be notified by certified mail to their last address of record in the Superintendent’s Office and given preference for positions for which they are certified as they develop in the inverse order of their respective layoff.  Failure to accept an offer of full-time employment according to the provisions of this Article in writing within eighteen (18) calendar days from the receipt of such notification shall terminate the teacher’s recall rights.  All benefits, including salary and tenure to which an employee was entitled at the time of the layoff, shall be restored in full upon reemployment within the recall period.  However, during the recall period there will be no accumulation of benefits.  On return, the individual will be placed on the salary step next above their step position at the time of the layoff.  During the recall period teachers who have been laid off shall be given preference on the substitute list, if they so desire.

 

I.          Laid off employees may continue group health and life insurance coverage during the recall period as provided by the Committee to members of the bargaining unit by reimbursing the Committee for full premium cost.  Failure to forward full premium payments to the Committee and to comply with all other conditions imposed by the insurance carrier or refusal to return to employment upon recall will terminate this option.

 

J.          While members of the bargaining unit continue on layoff, the Committee agrees not to hire any new personnel to fill an open position unless:

 

1.         No person on layoff is certified to fill the position nor will become certified by the fifteenth (15th) day next prior to the beginning date of the open position; and

 

            2.         All certified personnel on layoff have declined an offer to fill the position.

 

 

ARTICLE XXVI – HEALTH INSURANCE

 

 

a.         The current “HMO Value Plan” will be available to unit members in accordance with the attached.  The Town will continue to contribute seventy-five percent (75%) annually to the cost of the premium, with the employee contributing twenty-five (25%) of the premium cost.

 

b.         The current “Blue Care Elect Value Plan” will be available to unit members in accordance with the attached.  The premium contribution rates for the PPO Plan will be adjusted, effective July 1, 2009, so that the Town’s premium will be the actual cost equivalency to the HMO plan premium offered by the Town.  This premium rate will be adjusted each July 1, in order to maintain this equivalency.

 

 

ARTICLE XXVII – SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

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

 

ARTICLE XXVIII – MISCELLANEOUS

 

A.       Senior High School teachers whose classes are reduced by June graduation may be reassigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee to serve as substitute teachers in the High School or the Middle School

 

B.       When elementary principals are absent from their buildings for a full school day, their duties will be performed by one (1) or more administrative assistants appointed for each elementary district.  A substitute teacher will be employed to cover the class of the administrative assistant so that he or she may perform the duties of the principal during the principal’s absence.

 

C.       The Middle School Guidance Office will be staffed to provide the counselors with full-time clerical assistance.

 

E.       (Changed 9-1-75) Courses taken after September 1, 1973 and prior to receiving an advanced degree may be credited toward higher preparation levels unless the courses were prerequisites for the degree received or the courses were required to meet basic certification requirements.

 

F.       The Central Office Administration will prepare job descriptions for all positions.

 

G.       The Administration will develop plans to enable teachers to access school buildings for work during non-school hours.

 

The Committee reserves the right to implement an eight (8) period day provided however, that such is not in violation of any of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The committee will seek input from the Association in any implementation of an eight (8) period day.

 


 

ARTICLE XXIX - DURATION

 

Except where stated differently in this Agreement and as provided herein the conditions of this Agreement will be effective as of September 1, 2012 and will continue and remain in force and effect through August 31, 2015.

 

 

 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE COMMITTEE HAS CAUSED THIS AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED IN ITS NAME AND BEHALF BY ITS CHAIRMAN, OR HIS/HER DESIGNEE ON THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE, HERETO DULY AUTHORIZED, AND THE ASSOCIATION

HAS CAUSED THIS AGREEMENT TO BE SIGNED IN ITS NAME AND BEHALF BY ITS PRESIDENT, HERETO DULY AUTHORIZED, ON THE DAY AND YEAR BELOW WRITTEN.

 

 

For the Easton School Committee

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

For the Easton Educators’ Association Unit A

 

 

 

                                                                                   

 

 

Date:                                      


SALARY SCHEDULE

 

1% September 1, 2012         

2012 – 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DBL MA

 

STEP

BA

BA+15

MA

MA+15

MA+30

MA+45

MA+60

DOC

1

41375

42913

44553

45315

46160

46942

47721

50362

2

43290

44819

46468

47212

48042

48835

49626

52273

3

46856

47091

50089

50873

51717

52516

53316

56022

4

49014

50579

52245

53030

53863

54675

55487

58181

5

51269

52826

54515

55292

56128

56939

57751

60453

6

53614

55188

56874

57650

58499

59303

60105

62813

7

56094

57659

59327

60119

60954

61773

62588

65283

8

58664

60235

61921

62698

63542

64354

65166

67873

9

61359

62931

64607

65412

66250

67058

67866

70580

10

68879

70510

71160

71808

72453

72776

73100

73887

11

 

 

75465

76277

77185

78054

78922

81794

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2% September 1, 2013

2013 - 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DBL MA

 

STEP

BA

BA+15

MA

MA+15

MA+30

MA+45

MA+60

DOC

1

42203

43771

45444

46221

47083

47881

48675

51369

2

44156

45715

47397

48156

49003

49812

50619

53318

3

47793

48033

51091

51890

52751

53566

54382

57142

4

49994

51591

53290

54091

54940

55769

56597

59345

5

52294

53883

55605

56398

57251

58078

58906

61662

6

54686

56292

58011

58803

59669

60489

61307

64069

7

57216

58812

60514

61321

62173

63008

63840

66589

8

59837

61440

63159

63952

64813

65641

66469

69230

9

62586

64190

65899

66720

67575

68399

69223

71992

10

70257

71920

72583

73244

73902

74232

74562

75365

11

 

 

76974

77803

78729

79615

80500

83430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3% September 1, 2014

2014 - 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DBL MA

 

STEP

BA

BA+15

MA

MA+15

MA+30

MA+45

MA+60

DOC

1

43469

45084

46807

47608

48495

49317

50135

52910

2

45481

47086

48819

49601

50473

51306

52138

54918

3

49227

49474

52624

53447

54334

55173

56013

58856

4

51494

53139

54889

55714

56588

57442

58295

61125

5

53863

55499

57273

58090

58969

59820

60673

63512

6

56327

57981

59751

60567

61459

62304

63146

65991

7

58932

60576

62329

63161

64038

64898

65755

68587

8

61632

63283

65054

65871

66757

67610

68463

71307

9

64464

66116

67876

68722

69602

70451

71300

74152

10

72365

74078

74760

75441

76119

76459

76799

77626

11

 

 

79283

80137

81091

82003

82915

85933

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EASTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

EASTON, MA

 

 

CORI POLICY/PROCEDURES FOR EMPLOYEES

 

BACKGROUND:  Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002, an Act Further Protecting Children, requires school systems to obtain criminal offender records information (“CORI”) on all current employees, applicants for employment, volunteers, individuals who provide transportation services to students on a regular basis, and independent contractors and laborers hired to perform work on school grounds.

 

SCHOOL SYSTEM APPROVAL PROCESS: Even though a school system has been authorized to receive CORI data on new employees, it must resubmit a certification application with the Criminal History Systems Board (“the Board”).  Upon re-approval by the Board, the school system will be assigned a CORI code which allows the Board to track CORI requests and deliver information efficiently and accurately.

 

AUTHORIZED DISTRICT EMPLOYEES:  The school system must identify the individuals who will be authorized to receive CORI data, and include this information as part of the application process.  As part of an Agreement of Non-Disclosure, each person who is identified by the school system to receive CORI data must sign and submit an agreement that CORI information will not be released to any individual other than the Superintendent of Schools, and the individual for whom the CORI data was sought.

 

CENTRALIZED STORAGE LOCATION:  Copies of the CORI request forms, and all CORI data that is received from the Board will be stored in a locked file cabinet in the office of the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent.  Copies will not be included in Personnel Files, nor will anyone other than the Administrative Assistant and the individual himself/herself have access to the information.

 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  It is a condition of continued employment that an employee, upon request, sign the CORI form that allows the school district to receive the CORI data from the Criminal History Systems Board pursuant to Massachusetts law (Chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002).

 

FREQUENCY OF CORI SUBMISSIONS:  CORI checks for individual employees will be conducted not more than every three (3) years without good cause during an individual’s term of employment.  Upon the receipt of the new CORI data, the previous CORI data will be destroyed.

 

USE OF CORI INFORMATION:  Each CORI case is different, and determinations will therefore be made on a case-by-case basis.  Among the factors to be considered will include, but not be limited to when the conduct occurred, the type or nature of the conduct, the relationship of the conduct to the employee’s present position, the penalty imposed, whether the charge resulted in a conviction, whether the individual has been arrested subsequently, and post-conviction conduct.

 

COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEE:  Once the CORI data has been received by the school system, it will be filed in the office of the Administrative Assistant.  A determination will also be made whether or not the information delineated necessitates a meeting between the employee and the Superintendent.  If such a meeting is indicated, the employee has the right to be represented by counsel and/or union representation.

 

DUE PROCESS:  Any and all personnel actions resulting from a CORI report shall be conducted pursuant to the provisions of the respective collective bargaining agreement and the General Laws of the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Nancy De Luca                                   Date                Michael Green                                    Date

E.E.A. President                                                         Superintendent


JOB SHARING AGREEMENT

 

 

Memorandum of Agreement on Job Sharing entered into by the Easton School Committee and the Easton Education Association.

 

1.         Job Sharing means two teachers sharing one full time teaching position on a 50/50 basis.

 

2.         All job sharing arrangements shall be on a voluntary basis.

 

3.         Both teachers shall work the first three and the last three days of the contractual year.

 

4.         Both teachers shall attend the Open House in the fall, as well as parent conferences.  Teachers are expected to attend the IEP meetings of their students on a mutually agreed upon schedule.

 

5.         In the event that one of the teachers is absent, the partner teacher shall make every effort to cover the class.  The teacher who covers will be paid the regular day substitute rate.  With the Principal’s prior approval, the teachers may also trade days.

 

6.         In all situations where one job-sharing teacher is working with a substitute, daily or long term, the teacher will be responsible for all lesson plans.

 

7.         Leave Benefits will be prorated.

 

8.         If either partner is unable or unwilling to complete the school year, the remaining partner agrees to assume full-time responsibility for the position for the remainder of the year.

 

9.         If the job-sharing program is discontinued, the job-sharing teachers shall return to open positions on the basis of current contract language.  An open position is one that is not held by any teacher with or without professional teacher status and otherwise would be posted as a vacancy.

 

10.       Both teachers shall arrange meeting times to evaluate students and to mark report cards.

 

11.       The two job-sharing teachers shall share the preparation/planning time.  There is however, no guarantee that the preparation/planning time shall be equally divided on the split day (Wednesday).

 

12.       Because the intent is that the job share will not exceed the cost of one full-time teacher, the one teacher to receive insurance benefits must be identified at the outset.

 

13.       Both teachers shall share the responsibility to attend monthly meetings.  At least one teacher will attend each meeting.

 

14.       Half days and in-service programs shall be shared with the two teachers taking turns at coverage and reporting to each other.

 

15.       The Administration shall notify all elementary teachers by March 1, that any teachers interested in a job share for the following school year should give a written request to the Superintendent by March 15.  It is strongly recommended that the requesting teacher have a preliminary discussion with the Principal.

 

16.       The Superintendent shall make the final decision on the acceptance of any job share.

 

17.       Only teachers with Professional Teacher Status shall be eligible for job sharing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODIFIED DOUBLE BLOCK AND DROP WITH STUDENT ADVISORY SCHEDULE

At Oliver Ames High School

 

1.         The language in Article XVII – Teaching Load in paragraphs A and D is waived as necessary, and replaced by the Modified Double Block and Drop with Student Advisory Schedule attached to this Memorandum as Appendix A.

 

2.         The parties have agreed to include an “Advisory Period” as part of this schedule.  The terms and conditions of the “Advisory Period” are as stated herein.

 

3.         The Advisory Period Description:

A.        The Advisory Period shall be scheduled for twelve (12) minutes each day and replaces the current duty periods as stated in Article XIX – Regular Duties.  The Advisory Period responsibilities include taking attendance and distribution/collection of school paperwork and information as needed.  In addition, daily announcements will be forwarded via email each day.  The Advisory teachers will display  or printout copies for the advisory students, as needed.

 

B.        All members of the bargaining unit at Oliver Ames High School

            will be assigned an Advisory Period.  The guidance department

            members, two (2) school psychologists and one (1) school

            adjustment counselor may elect to be assigned an Advisory Period. 

            X2 will randomly generate the assignments for each advisory and

            all efforts will be made to ensure successful interaction within the

            advisory group. Compatibility is important for the success of an

            advisory program and all efforts to maintain compatibility between

            everyone within an Advisory group will be made. Any

            recommended changes must be approved by the principal.

          

C.        The Advisory teachers will lead their students in setting academic and personal goals within the context of education for the school year (this means explaining what goals are and why setting goals is an important life skill.  *Refer to definition below).  Each Advisory teacher will remain with their assigned advisory students until the student graduates from Oliver Ames High School or in the event the teacher leaves the district or retires from employment. 

 

D.        Advisory teachers will conduct Mid-Year and End-of-Year meetings with each advisory student to assess the student’s progress towards goal achievement and perhaps may involve goal adjustment.

 

E.         The Advisory teacher will check on his/her students’ academic progress at the mid-point and end of each marking period using X2 in order to make sure that his/her students are making good academic progress.  If a student appears to be struggling, the advisory teacher will talk with the student and see what help the teacher may offer from encouragement, to suggestions on how to organize their time of study.  If necessary, the teacher may encourage the student to stay for extra help with the teacher of the course they are having difficulty with or suggesting a tutor, or perhaps seeking out help from the guidance department. The Advisory teacher is not expected to communicate with the students’ parents.

 

F.         Each Advisory teacher will schedule time with individual students on a continuous basis. The purpose will be to check in with their advisory students (asking them how things are progressing in school, how their clubs, music, sport team etc. is doing). The Advisory teacher will be given materials that will effectively promote communication. (It may take three weeks of advisory periods to make contact with all students individually before the cycle of meetings would begin again).  During individual meetings the other students may review the daily announcements, socialize with their advisory peers, or work on academics, etc.

 

 

G.        The Advisory Period is one of the professional responsibilities of the teachers within the contractual work day.  Therefore, this period will be considered no differently than the current duty assignments (Article XIX) in reference to the educator evaluation, and may be subject to comment in describing fulfillment of the professional responsibilities of the educator.

 

H.        This Memorandum of Agreement will be in effect for the 2012-2013 school year and will expire on June 30, 2013.  The parties will meet prior to expiration to make any needed changes for a future Memorandum of Agreement.

 

*Personalization:  A learning process in which schools help students assess their own talents and aspirations, plan a pathway toward their own purposes, work cooperatively with others on challenging tasks, maintain a record of their explorations, and demonstrate their learning against clear standards in a wide variety of media, all with the close support of adult mentors and guides.  (Clarke, 2003, p.15)