School Board Gives Green Light to Contract for Administrators, Support Staff

January 23, 2015
 

By Lynne Ober

The new contract approved by the Hudson School Board for principals, assistant principals, school counselors, psychologists, department heads and media specialists will go to the voters.

The contract provides that staff at the top step of their salary schedules will receive a $1,000 lump sum payment and that all employees covered by this contract will move up one step.  In addition, staff covered by this contract who supervise school events or lead a student group will be paid at the same rate as teachers (those rates are specified in the teachers’ contract with the district).

The school year is defined as 190 days in the contract.  The contract specifies work length as “High School and Middle School Assistant Principals, High School Department Heads, High School Counselors, School Psychologist, Transition Coordinator, K-12 and Community and Business Liaison – School year plus ten (10) days.  Elementary Special Education Department Heads – School year plus 20 days.  Media Specialists – School year plus five days.  Middle School Counselors, Elementary Counselors, and Middle School Department Heads – School year.”

However, “the School District may request a Leadership Team member to work additional days or vacation days, for which he/she will be paid at a per diem rate.”

Principals work the full year and will earn 25 vacation days every year.  With 20 work days in most months, this group is paid for a full year but works less than 11 months a year.  “Up to ten (10) days of vacation may be carried over until the first day of school of the employee’s next contract year.  Unused vacation time as of the first day of school shall be lost.”  So, unlike many town employees, there is no banking of unused vacation time, and thus the school district does not need to develop a fund to pay out unused vacation time at the time of retirement.

Holidays are paid and the contract specifies, “Full-year members of the bargaining unit shall be entitled to eleven (11) paid holidays per year.  Those holidays are: New Years (sic) Day; Martin Luther King/Civil Rights Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day, Veterans Day; Thanksgiving and the day after; and Christmas and the day before.  Two (2) of these days may be used as floating holidays; and may be taken at such times when students are not in school.”

The district will continue to pay 80 percent of medical insurance premiums of the HMO plan offered to employees.  Dental insurance will be paid entirely by the district with no contribution by employees.

Full tuition reimbursement remains in the contract.  However, if an employee leaves the district within three years of using this benefit, the district may ask for reimbursement of the paid tuition.

The school district continues to pay all costs for collecting union dues and for transmitting those dues to the union.

Other leaves may be granted and the contract specifies details for each.

 

Salary Schedules 2014-2015

Category I – High School Principal (full year)

Step      2014-15

1          $91,487

2          $94,689

3          $98,003

4          $101,433

5          $104,983

Category II – Middle School Principal (full year)

Step      2014-15

1          $88,477

2          $91,573

3          $94,778

4          $98,095

5          $101,529

Category III – Elementary School Principals, High School Assistant Principals and Deans, Vocational Director (full year)

Step      2014-15

1          $82,588

2          $85,479

3          $88,471

4          $91,567

5          $94,772

Category IV – Middle School Assistant Principals, Elementary School Assistant Principals, Athletic Director, Counseling Director, Director of Music (full year)

Step   2014-15

1       $77,459

2       $80,171

3       $82,977

4       $85,881

5       $88,887

Category V – School Psychologists (200 days)

Step   2014-15

1       $58,797

2       $60,855

3       $62,984

4       $65,188

5       $67,470

6       $69,831

7       $72,276

8       $74,805

Category VI – High School, Middle School, Elementary Department Heads, Transition Coordinator, K-12 (190 days)

Step   2014-15

1       $58,983

2       $61,047

3       $63,184

4       $65,395

5       $67,684

6       $70,053

7       $72,505

8       $75,042

Category VII – School Counselors, Media Specialists (190 days)

Step   2014-15

1       $37,734

2       $39,184

3       $40,631

4       $42,081

5       $43,528

6       $44,976

7       $47,270

8       $49,564

9       $51,129

10      $52,381

11      $53,635

12      $54,887

13      $56,534

14      $57,998

15      $ 59,885

16      $ 61,383

17      $ 62,918

18      $ 64,491

 

  1. Base salaries are for a master’s degree ($1,000 less for bachelors)
  2. Stipend of $1,000 for 30 credits beyond master’s degree
  3. PhD. will receive an additional $750 stipend
  4. Salaries to be adjusted on a per diem basis for employees whose work year extends beyond the work year for his/her category.