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AGREEMENT


BETWEEN THE

AUBURN SCHOOL COMMITTEE

AND

AUBURN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

THIS AGREEMENT IS MADE AND ENTERED INTO

 

on the 20th day of May 2015 by and between

 

AUBURN SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND THE AUBURN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

  

 

AUBURN SCHOOL COMMITTEE                        AUBURN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

 

 

___________________________                        ______________________________

George Scobie, Chairperson                                 Chris Lajoie, President

 

 

___________________________                        ______________________________

Wayne Page, Vice Chairperson                            Jennifer DiMeglio, Vice President

 

 

___________________________                        ______________________________

Gail Holloway                                                            William Wright, Lead Negotiator

 

 

___________________________                        ______________________________

Jessie Harrington                                                     Barbara Allaire, Secretary

 

 

___________________________                        ______________________________

Dorothy Sutton                                                         Denise Collins, Treasurer

 

 

___________________________

           Board of Selectmen Representative

 

 

 

AGREEMENT

 

between the

 

AUBURN SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

and the

 

AUBURN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

 

July 1, 2015

 

THROUGH

 

June 30, 2018

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PREAMBLE             ..................................................................................................................... 4

 

ARTICLE I               Recognition................................................................................................ 5

 

ARTICLE II              Management Rights................................................................................. 5

 

ARTICLE III             Administration Rights............................................................................... 6

 

ARTICLE IV             Negotiation Procedure............................................................................. 6

 

ARTICLE V              Teaching Hours & Teaching Load  ......................................................  7

 

ARTICLE VI             Assignment and Transfer .................................................................... 11

 

ARTICLE VII            Class Size............................................................................................... 14

 

ARTICLE VIII           Non-Teaching Duties............................................................................. 14

 

ARTICLE IX              Vacancies and Promotions................................................................... 15

 

ARTICLE X              Summer Session.................................................................................... 16

 

ARTICLE XI             Member Use of Schools........................................................................ 16

 

ARTICLE XII             Members’ Children Enrolling………………………………………….17

 

ARTICLE XIII           Professional Improvement.................................................................... 18

 

ARTICLE XIV           Evaluation................................................................................................ 19

 

ARTICLE XV            Member Protection................................................................................. 21

 

ARTICLE XVI           Sick Leave............................................................................................... 22

 

ARTICLE XVII          Sick Leave Bank..................................................................................... 23

 

ARTICLE XVIII         Temporary Leaves of Absence............................................................ 25

 

ARTICLE XIX           Leaves of Absence................................................................................. 26

 

ARTICLE XX           Sabbatical Leaves.................................................................................. 29

 

ARTICLE XXI           Extended Retirement Benefits............................................................. 30

 

ARTICLE XXII          Protection:  Assault and Accident........................................................ 32

 

 

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ARTICLE XXIII         Dues Deduction/Agency Fee................................................................ 33

 

ARTICLE XXIV         Grievance Procedure............................................................................. 34

 

ARTICLE XXV         No Strike - No Lockout.......................................................................... 39

 

ARTICLE XXVI        Saving Clause......................................................................................... 40

 

ARTICLE XXVII       Stability of Agreement........................................................................... 40

 

ARTICLE XXVIII      Reduction in Force................................................................................. 40

 

ARTICLE XXIX        Standard Rate....................................................................................... ..42

 

ARTICLE XXX         Extended Session Rate ……….…………………………..…………..42

 

ARTICLE XXXI        Health Insurance ……………………………………………………....43

 

ARTICLE XXXII       Terms of Agreement............................................................................ ..43

 

APPENDIX A           Basic Salary Schedule Placement...................................................... 44

 

APPENDIX C           Extra Stipendiary Positions ................................................................. 47

 

                                 Members’ Salary Agreement………………………………………....52

 

                                 Side Letter - Impact of School Construction .................................... 55

 

                                 Side Letter – Members’ Schedules…………………….……………55

 

                                 MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT – Health Insurance……..…..56

 

                                 MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT – Educator Evaluation……...58

 

PREAMBLEa

 

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

 

A. Under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Auburn School Committee, as elected by the citizens of Auburn, has final responsibility for establishing the educational policies of the public schools of Auburn.

 

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

 

C. The teacher group of the Auburn Education Association has the responsibility for providing, in the public schools of Auburn, a full instructional program of the highest possible quality.

 

D. Except as specifically excluded, those articles and sections which pertain to working conditions as negotiated under the ASC/AEA Agreement and currently in force shall apply equally to all members of the teacher group.  The term member and Association shall be interchangeable where appropriate and applicable.

 

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

  

ARTICLE I

 RECOGNITION

 

The Auburn School Committee recognizes the Auburn Education Association for the purpose of collective bargaining as the exclusive representative of the members' group.

 

A. The member group shall consist of all professional employees of the Auburn School System who are members of the Massachusetts Retirement Fund excluding the Superintendent of Schools, Directors, Principals, Assistant Principals, members of the administrative and supervisory group who teach less than fifteen (15) periods/mods per week, substitute teachers and all other non-certified personnel.

 

B.  The Committee recognizes the right of the Auburn Education Association to represent the member group through their Negotiating Committee.

 

ARTICLE II 

MANAGEMENT RIGHTS

 

The Management of the Auburn School System and the direction and control of the staff including the right to plan, direct and control system-wide operations; to determine the number and location of operations; to determine the means, methods, schedules of operations; to alter, rearrange, change, extend, curtail, or discontinue its operations partially or completely; to determine the methods of educational delivery to be used and services to be rendered; to determine the size, scheduling and assignment of the staff; to establish standards and maintain quality of performance;  to establish and require employees to observe the publicized rules and regulations and reasonable standards of conduct; to maintain order and discipline or discharge employees, shall be the right, solely and exclusively, of the Auburn School Committee and/or, as provided by law, the Superintendent of the Auburn School System.  The foregoing enumeration of Management's rights are not intended to be all-inclusive, but indicate the type of matters or rights which belong to and are inherent to Management, and shall not be deemed to exclude other rights of Management not specifically set forth.  The Auburn School Committee and/or the Superintendent of the Auburn School System, therefore, reserve all rights, unless they are limited by the language of a provision of this Agreement.

 

Any of the rights, powers, authority and functions the Auburn School Committee and/or the Superintendent of the Auburn School System have prior to the negotiation of this Agreement are retained by them, except as expressly abridged by a specific provision of this Agreement.  The Auburn School Committee and/or the Superintendent of the Auburn School System not exercising rights, powers, authority and functions reserved to them, or their exercising them in a particular way, shall not be deemed a waiver of said rights, powers, authority and functions or of their right to exercise them in some other way not in conflict with a specific provision of this Agreement.

  

ARTICLE III 

ADMINISTRATION RIGHTS

 

All administrative rights and functions, except those which are abridged by this Agreement, are vested exclusively in the Auburn School System Administration.

 

 ARTICLE IV 

NEGOTIATION PROCEDURE

 

A. COMMITTEE PREROGATIVES

The parties recognize that the Committee has and will continue to retain, whether exercised or not, the sole and unquestioned right, responsibility and prerogative to direct the operation of the public schools in the Town of Auburn in all their aspects, including but not limited to the following.  To maintain public elementary and secondary schools and such other educational activities as in the judgment of the Committee will best serve the interests of the Town of Auburn; to give the children of Auburn as nearly equal advantages as may be practicable; to advise the Town as to the need for school facilities; to determine the care, maintenance and operation of buildings, lands, apparatus and other property used for school purposes; to determine the number, age and qualifications of the pupils to be admitted into each school; to employ, assign and transfer teachers; to suspend or dismiss the teachers of the schools in the manner provided by statute or applicable rule; to designate the schools which shall be attended by the various children within the Town; to make such provisions as will enable each child of school age residing in the Town to attend school for the period required by law and provide for transportation of children wherever it is reasonable and desirable; to prescribe rules for the management, studies, classification and discipline for the public schools; to decide the textbooks to be used; to make rules for the arrangement, use and safe-keeping of the school libraries and to approve the books selected therefore and to approve plans for school buildings; to prepare and submit budgets to the Town Meeting and, in its sole discretion, to expend monies appropriated by the Town for maintenance of the schools, and to make such transfers of funds, within the appropriated budget as it shall deem desirable.  These rights, responsibilities and prerogatives are not subject to delegation in whole or in part, except that the same shall not be exercised in violation of any of the specific terms and provisions of this Agreement.  No action taken by the Committee with respect to such rights, responsibilities and prerogatives, other than as there are specific provisions herein elsewhere contained, shall be subject to the grievance and arbitration provisions of this Agreement.

 

B.  JOINT FUNCTION

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

 

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

 

3.  The School Committee and the Association will arrange for a mutually satisfactory time and place for a meeting to negotiate over such proposal within fifteen (15) days after receipt of the proposal, unless they mutually agree to an extension of time for such meeting.

 

4.  When an agreement is reached, it will be presented as a joint recommendation of the School Committee and the Association.

                                                                                                           

5.  The duration of this Agreement shall include the school years 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. During the effective time span of this Agreement, any and all articles may be opened for negotiations only by mutual agreement and subject to conditions noted for negotiations in this Article.

 

6. The Committee and the Association agree to enter into negotiations relative to a successor agreement not later than November 15th of the calendar year prior to that in which the negotiated salary and differential payments are to become effective.  Any agreement so negotiated will apply to all duly appointed members who are under contract, and will be reduced to writing and signed by the Committee and the Association.

  

ARTICLE V 

TEACHING HOURS AND TEACHING LOAD

 

The Committee and the Association agree that the members' responsibility to their students and their profession generally entails the performance of duties and the expenditure of time beyond the normal working day, but that members are entitled to regular time and work schedules on which they can rely in the ordinary course and which will be fairly and evenly maintained to a maximum extent throughout the school system.

 

A.  WORK DAY

1.  Classroom teachers shall not be required to report to their assignment more than fifteen (15) minutes before the start of the students' day and, except for properly scheduled meetings, shall not be required to remain longer than thirty (30) minutes after the close of the students' regular school day. Prior to the first day of school each year, the students’ start and end times shall be clearly defined and shared with the membership.

 

2.  The length of the required members' normal work day shall be no more than seven (7) hours and five (5) minutes and it shall not be changed during the life of this Agreement.  The work day shall include a duty-free lunch period.

 

3.  It is recognized that the proper performance of professional personnel who serve as Department Heads, Curriculum Coordinators and/or Supervisors, or those members who receive Appendix C stipends, shall require these persons to work longer than the normal working day.  The schedule shall be worked out by the individual; such schedule shall be subject to the approval of the Principal.

 

4.  Members will be excused one (1) day per week five (5) minutes after all students are dismissed and buses have departed from school.  Friday will be the day designated.

 

5.  Members will be available to provide a student helping period four (4) days per week (excluding Fridays) for a minimum of twenty (20) minutes following the students' regular day.  In the event no students appear for the extra help within ten (10) minutes following the official school dismissal time, members will not be required to remain beyond the (10) minute period.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be designated days for student helping periods.

 

(a)  Members will maintain a record of students who stay after school, which may be subject to review.

 

 (b) Members will provide instructional reinforcement materials that address particular problems in major subject areas. These materials will be made available during extra help periods and/or be sent home.

 

B. WORK YEAR

1.  The school year shall begin no earlier than the Monday before Labor Day and terminate no later than June 30, but in no event be longer than one hundred eighty-five (185) days.  The first day of the school year for staff shall be designated for general meetings and teacher preparation.  When the school year begins prior to Labor Day, the first week will include a minimum of two (2), maximum of three (3) days of student attendance and Friday will be a non-work day.

 

2.  Coordinators, Supervisors, and/or Guidance Personnel may be required to begin their work year up to ten workdays before the first day when pupils are in attendance and terminate their work year up to twenty workdays after the last day when pupils are in attendance, provided, however, that they will be compensated at the Summer Pay Schedule.

 

C. MEETINGS

1. Teachers will be required to set aside one day per week to attend meetings. The day selected will be by mutual agreement and on the same day within the District but will not be Fridays.

 

(a)  A building meeting held for a special reason on a day other than the designated meeting day shall replace requirements for the regular meeting day. Teachers may be excused from these meetings for valid reasons, with the prior approval of the building principal.

(b)   If there is no school on the designated meeting day, another day may be designated as the meeting day.

 

2.  All meetings shall consist of professional matters and shall begin promptly.  Following the start of meetings, which will be within fifteen (15) minutes of the end of the students’ day, teachers shall be required to stay no longer than sixty (60) minutes.  Members may be excused from these meetings for a valid reason, with the prior approval of the building principal.  There will be a maximum of twenty-eight (28) after-school building meetings per year.

 

Meeting formats will vary but the focus will be on continuous improvement for our students and for our District. While some meetings may be for full faculty discussions/input, others may be more beneficial in focused groups, such as by grade level or department.  At the elementary level, one meeting per trimester will be designated for report card work and one meeting per trimester will be designated for data entry/DDM work. Members’ active and positive engagement will benefit students, their achievement and our educational program.

 

3.  At the direction of the central administrative staff, each member shall be required to attend no more than five (5) meetings per year for the purpose of curriculum improvement, professional workshops and/or other professionally oriented activities.  Each member of the staff shall devote the professional skill, additional time, and extra effort required to insure that state and/or regional accreditation programs are accomplished.  Each meeting will begin no later than twenty (20) minutes after the students’ day and each meeting will not exceed one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes and will not be on a Friday.  The meeting days shall be scheduled by September 30 of the present school year and announced to the members.

 

4. In addition to the above, members will be required to attend up to  four (4) beyond the school day/evening meetings each school year.  Members’ participation in these meetings will not exceed two (2) hours and will not occur on a meeting day. Such meetings shall relate directly to community/parental involvement, including but not limited to Parents’ Nights, Reading/Writing or Family Math Night, Parent Conferences, School Success Night, and Parent Orientations.  Members who attend more than four (4)  meetings beyond the normal school day at the request of the administrative staff shall be compensated at the standard rate (Article XVIII).  Members shall receive due notice and may be excused for valid reason by the principal or his/her designee.

 

5.  When evening attendance of members is necessary at a school sponsored activity other than those related to parent consultation and/or program interpretation, and beyond the four that may be required, the members at the school or schools involved will be given the opportunity to volunteer for such duty by notice posted five (5) school days prior to the event.  In the event that there are insufficient volunteers, members may be assigned such duty on a rotating basis.  Members will receive due notice and may be excused for valid reason by the principal or his designee.  Members shall be compensated for such duty at the standard rate (Article XXIX).

 

D.  WORKING CONDITIONS

Exceptions to the provisions of this section may be made only if the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee determines that it is necessary to do so in the best interests of the educational process.  A disagreement over whether an exception is justified will be subject to the grievance procedure and will be initiated at Level Two.

 

1.  Members will have a duty-free lunch period equivalent to the length of the students’ lunch period.  At the elementary level, said lunch period shall not be less than 25 minutes.  Lunch periods shall be set by the building administrator and shall separately note the recess and lunch periods.

 

2.  All members shall, in addition to their duty free lunch period, be guaranteed at least one (1) preparation period each day, equivalent to a class or specials period, during which they shall not be assigned to any other activity.

 

3.  Middle and senior high school teachers will not be required to teach in more than two (2) subject areas nor be responsible for more than a total of four (4) preparations by course titles at any given time unless agreed to by the teacher and building principal.

 

4.  Guidance counselors shall not be assigned an average of more than twelve (12) Group Guidance Instructional Assignments per week.

 

5.  Members shall wear a visible photo I.D. with the teacher’s proper name (no first name).

 

6.  The Administration and the Auburn Education Association agree that with the implementation of any new program, training, professional development and/or support should be provided.

 

7.  In arranging schedules for members who are assigned to more than one school, an effort will be made to limit the amount of inter-school travel.  Such members will be notified of any changes in their schedules as soon as practicable.  Members who are assigned to more than one school in any one school day will receive a mileage reimbursement for all inter-school driving per the IRS Standard Mileage Rate.

 

8.  Assignments to extra-curricular activities shall be voluntary.  In the event no qualified applicants apply for positions listed under Section I of Appendix C (Related Academic Positions), a teacher may be appointed by the administrator, provided that no member shall be required to accept such appointment for two (2) consecutive years.

 

9.  If an additional section of a class at the secondary level is required due to student enrollment or other reasons, and there is no staff member available to teach such section within his/her normal work day (Article V, D, 4 (a)), such position shall be posted for all qualified applicants to apply.  Such compensation for teaching said full class for the year shall be $6150 (or $2,050 per trimester) to include preparation, assessments, teaching and the time necessary to meet with colleagues and parents of students assigned.  Payment for teaching an additional section of a class will only be made if the member is required to give up his/her preparation period.  Such compensation shall increase along with the Appendix C schedule.  Such pay shall be added to the teacher’s salary through the salary agreement and subject to all other regular withholdings.

 

(Since this is a stipendiary position, it assumes that much of the work takes place beyond the regular school day.)

  

E.  SUBSTITUTING

1.  In those cases where a regular substitute is not available and a member agrees to serve as a substitute during his or her preparation period, said member will be paid at the standard rate (Article XXIX). In an emergency, the principal may assign a member as a substitute under the conditions noted below.

 

2.  All persons covered by this contract may be assigned to substitute.  The substituting procedure shall be accomplished on an equitable and rotating basis and be publicly posted.

 

3.  In an emergency situation when a regular substitute is not available, any personnel under this contract may, without compensation, be assigned to substitute if their teaching load, non-inclusive of lunch and preparation periods, allow.  In all other situations, the standard rate will apply.

                                               

 

ARTICLE VI

 ASSIGNMENT AND TRANSFER

 

Staff transfers are of two (2) types:  voluntary and involuntary. The Committee and the Association recognize that some transfers of members from one school to another are unavoidable.  In addition, the Committee and the Association recognize that frequent transfer of members disrupts the educational process and interferes with optimum member performance.

 

It is recognized that the Superintendent, in the best interest of the educational needs of the system, shall have the responsibility to assign members.

 

A. VOLUNTARY TRANSFER

 When a vacancy occurs in a teaching position, the Superintendent shall give due weight to the  following criteria in determining transfers from within the District to fill said vacancies: appropriate DESE certification, educational preparation, and quality of performance within the education profession and other relative factors. A general posting of vacancies shall be made on or before May 1, whenever practicable.

 

Priority of transfers will be given to those teachers required to seek involuntary transfer as a result of the R.I.F. process.

 

1. Member initiated requests for voluntary changes in grade assignment or in subject assignment will be contingent upon the best interests of the students and the school program.  The following general principles therefore shall apply:

 

a) A member's area of competence, major and/or minor field of study, quality of teaching performance, and length of service in the Auburn School System will be considered in determining which member is to be transferred.

 

b) Members desiring a transfer will submit a written request to the Superintendent stating the assignment preferred.  All requests will be acknowledged in writing by the appropriate supervisor.

 

c) Members seeking to transfer within their current discipline and grade level assignment will not be required to provide a demonstration lesson.  The Interview Committee, or representatives thereof, may visit the teacher’s classroom while he/she is teaching to assist them in making their decision of whom to hire.

 

d) All other factors being substantially equal, preference will be given in filling open positions on the basis of length of service in the Auburn School System.

 

e) The final decision regarding hiring at the building level rests with the building principal and is not subject to the grievance procedure.

 

B.  INVOLUNTARY TRANSFER

It is recognized by both the Committee and the Association that situations may arise where involuntary transfers may become necessary to support the operational needs of the school district such as changes in educational programs, changes in enrollment, or reductions in staff. 

 

1.  In the case of an involuntary transfer, a member’s area of competence, DESE certification, major and minor fields of study, quality of teaching performance, and length of service in the district will be considered.

 

2.  Members will be notified in writing as to any changes in the schools to which they will be assigned and the grades and/or subjects that they will teach as soon as feasible, whenever possible, subject to the best information available from the staff and the best interests of the school system.

 

3.  Any members whose assignment for the ensuing school year involves a change of buildings or class shall be given written notice of such changes as soon as practicable and, if possible, by May 15th, unless emergency or extenuating circumstances arise. 

 

4.  Any involuntary transfer shall be made only after a meeting between the member and the Superintendent. Such meeting will take place within two (2) school days of receipt of the transfer letter, or as soon as practicable.  At the meeting, the member shall be apprised of the reasons for the transfer.

 

5.  If the member disagrees with the involuntary transfer he/she may file a written notice of appeal with the Superintendent within five (5) school days. Said transfer is not subject to the grievance procedure.

 

6.  The Superintendent shall require the member's principal or immediate supervisor to be present at the appeal.  The member may be represented by the Association at the appeal, but the member involved must be present.  If the member is not present, it will be deemed as a waiver of the appeal.  The Superintendent shall render a decision within five (5) school days following the close of the appeal.  The Superintendent’s decision is not subject to the grievance procedure.

 

F.  JOB SHARING

Job-Sharing consists of a team of two (2) members who have taught in the system for at least one (1) year and who wish to share one (1) full-term teaching position.  The term of the teaching position shall be for one (1) school year.

 

(a) As a team, both interested members shall prepare and submit a single detailed proposal for job-sharing assignment. This proposal shall be submitted to the appropriate principal and special area supervisor on or before February 15th.  The proposal will be acknowledged in writing by the Principal and/or Special Area Supervisor.

 

(b) The Principal and appropriate Special Area Supervisor shall make a recommendation regarding this proposal to the Superintendent of Schools on or before March 15th.

 

(c) The Superintendent shall render his/her decision in writing to the applicants on or before May 1st.

 

(d) An appeal of the decision of the Superintendent may be made to the School Committee.  The decision of the School Committee is specifically exempted from the Grievance Procedure.

 

(e) Each job-sharing member shall work 1/2 (3 hours 32 minutes) of the prescribed members’ work day (7 hours 5 minutes) as noted in the ASC/AEA Agreement.  For the purpose of R.I.F., each member shall receive 1/2 day credit for each day of assignment.

 

(f) Job-Sharing members will receive one (1) year of salary credit and one year of longevity for each two years of service in a job-sharing position.

 

(g) Salary compensation for each member shall be 1/2 of the appropriate placement on the current teacher salary schedule.

 

(h) Job-Sharing members will receive pro-rated sick leave, sick bank, and personal day benefits.  These benefits are noted in the ASC/AEA Agreement.

 

(i)  The members' responsibilities to their students and their profession generally entail the performance of duties and the expenditure of time beyond the normal working day.  The job-sharing members will be subject to the requirements of the ASC/AEA contract (e.g. building meetings, curriculum meetings, parents' night, professional workshops).  Non-attendance at these meetings is subject to the Principal and/or Subject Area Supervisor approval.

 

(j)  If for some good cause, one member of the job-sharing team must end the job-sharing arrangement, then that teacher should:

 

1.  Give advance notification of at least two (2) calendar months except in the case of an emergency.

 

2.  The job-sharing partners will work with the administration to find a suitably certified teacher replacement.

 

3.  In the event a suitably certified replacement as determined by the School Committee or its designee is not employed within six (6) calendar weeks following the aforementioned notice, the remaining partner will have the option of assuming the full-time position at the appropriate step and level of the salary schedule or taking an unpaid leave of absence for the remainder of the school year or until such time as the first job-sharing partner returns to his/her assignment.

  

ARTICLE VII 

CLASS SIZE

 

The Committee recognizes the importance of creating classroom environments that are both rigorous and engaging for all students.  Maintaining appropriate class size, among other factors, is important, and the Committee has, therefore, established desirable parameters as outlined below.  The District will make strong efforts to maintain these maximum class sizes and the AEA recognizes that due to scheduling challenges, they may not always be possible.  Any deviation from these desirable class sizes is not subject to the grievance procedure.

 

A.  It is agreed that class size limits as set forth below are desirable.  To the extent possible, such limits will be made within existing facilities.

 

            1.       Elementary School

 

                        Grade K-5                                                        25 Pupils per Class

 

           2.        Middle and Senior High School

 

Academic/Elective Subjects                                 30 Pupils per Class

Science Laboratories                                          24 Pupils per Class

Computer Lab                                                   Based on number of computers/devices

Physical Education                                             30 Pupils per Class

 

B.  Exceptions to the suggested class size as indicated may be made if the School Committee or its designee determines that it is necessary to do so in the best interest of the educational process.  A disagreement over whether an exception is justified will be subject to the Grievance Procedure.

 

ARTICLE VIII

NON-TEACHING DUTIES

 

A.  The Committee and the Association acknowledge that a member’s primary responsibility is to teach and that his/her energies should be utilized to this end.  Therefore, members may be required to collect and transmit money used for educational purposes including Student Insurance, but they will not be required to maintain school registers, distribute milk in the cafeteria, or to weigh and measure pupils for health services.  Members also shall not be required to drive pupils to activities which take place away from the school building.

 

B.  Members at the elementary level will be required to monitor the lunch room only in the event that sufficient numbers of Instructional Assistant positions cannot be retained to maintain the lunch room arrangement with the remaining Instructional Assistants.

 

C.  Members may be required to perform bus duty on a rotating basis.  A member who either agrees to or is required to perform bus duty that regularly extends beyond the regular school day will be entitled to compensation at the standard rate.

 

D.  Non-teaching duties will be apportioned equitably and distributed among all members assigned to the respective buildings.  Each building principal shall maintain and post an updated roster of non-instructional assignments.

 

1.  Non-teaching duties performed before or after the defined normal work day (seven hours and five minutes) schedule shall be compensated at the standard rate.

 

2.   The President of the Auburn Education Association will not be assigned non-teaching duties.

 

ARTICLE IX

VACANCIES AND PROMOTIONS

 

A.  Whenever any vacancy in a promotional position, new position, or existing position occurs during the school year (September through June), it will be publicized by the Superintendent by means of a notice placed on the bulletin board in every school.  During the months of July and August, written notice of any such vacancy will be forwarded to members who have expressed previous written interest in such positions within the past year.  The Committee may leave a position vacant but is required to give notice of any position it does not intend to fill.

 

B.  Promotional positions are defined as follows:  Positions paying a salary differential and/or positions on the administrator-supervisory level.

 

C.  Vacancies, except in existing positions or those to be filled on a temporary basis, will be filled within fifteen (15) calendar days but in no event less than six (6) school days from the date the notice is posted in the schools or notice is given to the interested member.  A shorter posting period may be allowed in the case of emergencies.

 

D.  Vacancies in existing positions that are to be filled by a member already employed in the system may, at the sole discretion of the Superintendent, be filled at any time, but no later than September 1st subsequent to the date the vacancy occurred.

 

E.  The qualifications for the position, its duties, the rate of compensation, and the final date of acceptance of applications will be clearly set forth.

 

F.   All qualified members will be given adequate opportunity to make application for such positions, and the Committee agrees to give due weight to the professional background and attainments of all applicants, the length of time each has been in the school system and other relevant factors.  In filling such vacancies, careful consideration will be given to qualified members already employed by the Committee, and each member applicant not selected will, upon request, receive an explanation from the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

ARTICLE X

EXTENDED SESSION

 

A.  The Committee and the Association recognize that the extended session program may vary substantially from year to year.  It offers the opportunity for experimentation and calls for flexibility in approach.

 

B.  The Committee will post all extended session positions as early in the year as feasible.

 

C.  Subject to special requirements of the program (e.g. in-service training for new personnel), position openings shall be filled on the basis of competence and experience, and careful consideration shall be given to applicants from the regularly appointed teacher staff in the Auburn School System.

 

D.  Compensation shall be at the Extended Session Rate of $40/hour.  Such rate recognizes the need for members to plan and execute lessons, assess student progress and convey the same in writing and/or verbally to the Summer School Director, Director of Pupil Services, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Curriculum, Building Principal and/or the students’ parents.

 

E.  Other contract provisions, except as noted in this Article, shall not be in effect during the extended session.

 

ARTICLE XI 

MEMBER USE OF SCHOOLS

 

A. The Association will have the right to use school buildings without cost at reasonable times for professional meetings if custodians are on duty.  The principal of the building in question will be given reasonable notice in advance of the time and place of all such meetings.

 

B. The Association will have the right to use school buildings with reasonable notice without cost, except nominal custodian charges, if events are scheduled beyond the custodians’ normal work hours, for appropriate events to raise funds for scholarships or other educational purposes.

 

C.  The Association will have the right to place notices, circulars, and other Association material in the faculty room and in teachers' mailboxes.  The Association may make announcements over the public address system during the regular announcement period.

 

D.  Where practical and possible, each school will have the following facilities:

1.  A teacher work area containing adequate equipment and supplies to aid in the preparation of instructional materials.

 

2.  An appropriately furnished room as a faculty lounge. Said room will be in addition to the aforementioned teacher work area.

 

3.  A private, student-free dining area for the use of staff members during the school day.

 

4.  An adequate portion of the parking lot at each school reserved for member parking.

 

ARTICLE XII 

MEMBERS’ CHILDREN ENROLLING IN THE AUBURN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Members who live outside of the Town of Auburn but wish to enroll their child or children in the Auburn Public Schools may do so per the following criteria:

 

A.  Annually, by May 15th, the Superintendent of Schools will notify the membership of available slots for the following school year.

a.  The determination of available slots will be made based on class sizes at each grade as well as other factors as determined by the Superintendent.

 

B.  Members must notify the Superintendent in writing by May 25th of their request to enroll their child or children in an available slot(s).

 

C.  If the number of requests to enroll exceeds the number of available slots, the Superintendent will conduct a random lottery.

 

D.  By May 30th, the Superintendent will provide written notification to all members who submitted a request to enroll their child or children.

 

E.  By June 4th, any member whose child or children have been accepted through this opportunity will need to complete registration paperwork with the appropriate school.  Such notification to the receiving school will allow ample time for any additional paperwork to be completed as well class assignments and notifications made for the followin

 
 
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