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SKILL BLOCKS

Teachers are required to complete training in and demonstrate proficiency in one skill block per year, unless they have taught a skill block. Teachers will be paid four hundred dollars ($400) for completing training in a specific skill. Skill block training shall consist of fifteen (15) hours and payment for skill block training will be based upon completion of 15 hours of training. Teachers who teach a skill block will be paid eight hundred dollars ($800).

Teachers who demonstrate proficiency in specific skill described in paragraph 1 will be paid four hundred dollars ($400) demonstrated through implementation of the skill block training and documented in the skill block completion certification form. The District shall make that payment in the month following successful completion of the skill block.

Skill block training sessions offered during the summer will be announced on the electronic bulletin board before the end of the school year. Skill block training sessions offered during the school year will be announced on the electronic bulletin board before the start of each semester. Should additional skill blocks be offered, the District will post them on the electronic bulletin board. More than one skill block may be offered each year, but teachers will not be required to take training in more than one block per year. Teachers will be allowed to take a second skill block in a year and/or demonstrate proficiency in that second skill block at the sole discretion of the District Administrator. All costs associated with skill block training shall be paid by the District.

Teachers who have submitted a resignation effective at the end of the next school year or who have submitted a resignation with intent to retire at end of the next school year or year thereafter are not required to participate in the skill block program.

The Administration may work in conjunction with the staff to identify the specific skills and training to be scheduled as skill blocks. Teachers are encouraged to participate in the creation and design of skill blocks.

A teacher may, with the approval of the District Administrator, participate in an independent study in lieu of the requirement that they complete a skill block. The District Administrator may deny a requested independent study for any reason. The District Administrator may deny a request for an independent study if the District Administrator determines that the teacher should attend one of the scheduled skill blocks. The independent study shall consist of no less than fifteen (15) hours of training and study. The independent study shall not include seminars or workshops that the teacher regularly attends. Teachers will be paid four hundred ($400) dollars for completing the independent study.

 

PROFESSIONAL DAY

 

Each teacher will be granted one (1) day per year to attend a meeting relating to the teacher’s professional development plan under PI 34 or teacher’s professional growth plan or relating to the teacher’s particular teaching duties within the District. Additional days may be granted by the District. Teachers must submit requests in advance to the District Administrator in a timely manner for approval. If a substitute is hired, the District shall pay the substitute cost. The District will pay mileage at the IRS rate, meeting registration fees, plus up to $25 per diem, when planned and approved in advance. The teacher will receive the substitute rate of pay for the day if the meeting falls on a free day. Teachers who take a professional day shall be prepared at the next faculty meeting to share with his/her peers the benefits of the meeting attended.

REIMBURSEMENT OF ACADEMIC CREDIT

The District shall reimburse non-probationary teachers for academic credits completed in their approved professional growth plan on a prorated basis.

Teachers will be reimbursed for no more than six(6) graduate and/or undergraduate credits per year. Reimbursement for credits taken during the spring semester will be reimbursed on the July 20 payroll. Reimbursement for credits taken during the summer will be reimbursed with the September 20 payroll. Employees who have tendered a resignation from employment with the District prior to the July 20 or September 20 payroll dates are not eligible for credit reimbursement that would otherwise be paid on those dates. Credit reimbursement will be limited to the amounts specified below or the full course tuition, whichever is less. Teachers must include proof of the receipts for the expenses.

School Year Reimbursement Amount
2011-2012 $430

 

The Board shall pay the full cost of tuition and other reasonable expenses incurred in connection with any courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, in-service training sessions or other such sessions, which a teacher is requested to take by the Administration.

All courses must satisfy the following criteria:

1. The course is included in the professional growth plan or is part of a graduate degree program included in the professional growth plan.

2. The course is otherwise approved by the District Administrator.


Leg Ref: 121.02(1)(b), PI.8.01(2)(1)(b), PI 34
First Reading: June 29, 2011
Second Reading: July 19, 2011
Date Approved: July 19, 2011
For the Board: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member