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PACT Charter School

7250 E. Ramsey Parkway
Ramsey, MN 55303

 404_Teacher Assignment and Pay Structure Policy

 Date created: 

 Committee Approval by: 

 Date Approved:

 19960610

 PRS

 20140304

 BRD

 20140403


POLICY STATEMENT

PACT Charter School wants to ensure that all employees are compensated similarly to their peers, in accordance with their educational achievement, and years of experience. To accomplish this, the salary schedule will be evaluated at a minimum every three years and revised as appropriate by the Human Resources department. Recommendations will be reviewed by the Personnel Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee and approved by the School Board.

 

PRACTICE – TEACHING PROFESSIONALS

SALARIES

Teacher salaries are determined by the currently approved PACT Charter School Teacher's Salary Matrix. Some subject areas that require additional education or hard to find licensure may be granted additional compensation.

All teachers at a .75 FTE or higher will advance annually on the Teacher Salary Matrix.

PACT Charter School does not offer payroll advances.

 

LANE CHANGE ADVANCEMENT

Returning teachers may be eligible for lane change advancement upon completion of a Master’s degree.  Application for lane change advancement needs to be accompanied by an official transcript(s) covering the total credits being used for the lane advancement.  Lane change advancement will occur after degree has been conferred, and all transcripts and proper documentation have been completed. The main purpose of the MA Lane is to encourage teachers to complete academic study which enhances their content area knowledge and instructional skills. The Master’s degree should be in the subject the teacher teaches, education, curriculum, instruction, or a similar concentration normally offered through the graduate program of a college of education.

Course work primarily intended to prepare a teacher for another profession or trade outside of education will not be applied toward any lane change. Exceptions may be granted by the Program Director after a review of the individual circumstances.

A grade equivalent of “C” or higher, or “P” when pass/fail method of grading is used, is required to apply toward lane advancement. All credits for lane advancement must be graduate credits.  

Degrees earned prior to September 1 and received in the HR Office by October 31, shall become effective from the start of the school year. Any degrees earned prior and submitted after October will be effective the following fiscal year.


CONTRACT HOURS

Teachers are required to work the contracted calendar days each school year (refer to the School Calendar for the actual dates required during the current school year). Contract hours are defined as follows:

Teaching Hours

On school days, full time teachers are to be at school ½ hour before the student day begins and remain for ½ hour after the student day ends. Every effort will be made to provide full-time teachers with a ½ hour duty-free lunch period per day. Part-time teachers’ before and after school time will depend on scheduling needs.

Prep Time

Good faith effort will be made to provide teachers with scheduled daily preparation time during the school day for teachers greater than 0.5 FTE (full time equivalent). In cases where the teacher is 0.5 or less, scheduling arrangements will be made with the Program Director and the Personnel Committee for prep time. The amount of time per student contact hour is detailed in the Employee Handbook.

Non-Teaching Hours

On those Fridays when students are not scheduled to be in school, full-time teachers are required to be at the School for five hours, the remaining three hours of non-school Fridays will be spent on other teacher responsibilities (e.g. committee meetings). Part-time staff should prorate their time on Fridays according to their FTE. In addition to other individual professional duties, teachers will participate in staff meetings, and parent-teacher conferences. Each teacher will participate on one or two committees as assigned. Teachers are encouraged to attend the all-school events and the all-Parent meetings.

Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences

General conferences are scheduled periodically throughout the school year. Refer to the School Calendar for the actual dates required during the current school year. Conferences are scheduled with the assistance of the School office.

Teachers are encouraged to maintain continuing open communication with parents and students. They are expected to be available, with reasonable notice, to hear concerns of parents and students outside of or during normal school hours.

Summer Hours

During the summer, teachers are encouraged to maintain their teaching skills through curriculum development and course preparation. All Curriculum Development projects (content and compensation) must be pre-approved by the Curriculum Committee and must conform to the approved guidelines. Information about summer curriculum development will be distributed at Program Steering Committee meetings before the end of the prior school year.  

Attendance at designated workshops is encouraged. Good faith effort will be made to schedule by March 15 those workshops to be held during the summer. Good faith effort will be made to schedule workshops during non-teacher workdays. The amount of funding available and the specific requirements for the current year are determined by the Program Steering Committee (Refer to Policy 5.5 for additional details).

Professional Development

Educational course work fees, professional association dues, and licensure fees are to be paid by the teachers.  With prior approval from the Program Steering Committee, education-related courses may be reimbursed by the School. (Refer to Policy 5.5 for details.) One (1) paid day is allotted for staff development workshops approved by the Program Director for an individual or group of teachers.  This day will not be considered in the tally of leave days.

 

TEACHER PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS

Teacher performance appraisal evaluations will be completed by the Program Director(s) annually, prior to the April meeting of the Personnel Committee.  The performance appraisals will be made available to the Personnel Committee for further input.

 

TEACHER REHIRE AND REASSIGNMENT

Rehire

Teachers who desire to be rehired by PACT Charter School for the next school year are expected to file an “Intent to Return” form on or before March 1.  Rehiring decisions will be based upon the school’s staffing needs and the teacher’s performance appraisal evaluations.

The performance appraisal evaluations will be reviewed by the Program Director(s) and the Executive Director.  Performance appraisal evaluations will also be reviewed at the Personnel Committee in a summary format appropriate for an open public meeting and made available in their entirety for review by Personnel Committee members. The Program Director(s), Executive Director and Personnel Committee will work together to determine whether or not they will recommend to the Board offering the teacher a position for the following school year (see PRS Committee Description for proper procedure).  Every effort will be made to adhere to the time guidelines listed below, although these may be subject to change based on the meeting schedule for required approval.

Rehire communications will be made as follows:

    1. “Intent to Rehire” forms will be distributed to teachers the School would like to rehire on or before May 15.
    2. Rehire contracts will be issued to teachers for their acceptance and signature on or before June 1. 
      √ Human Resources should receive signed contracts by June 15 or the position may be considered open.
    3. Some rehire contracts may be delayed due to scheduling issues or staff reassignment.

 

CONTRACT TERMINOLOGY

Contracts will be issued annually and reflect the status of the employee’s rehire.

    1. Teachers new to PACT Charter School will be issued contracts that state either party may terminate the contract upon at least 30 days notice with or without cause.
    2. Returning teachers on a probationary status will be issued contracts that state that either party may terminate the contract upon at least 30 days notice with or without cause.
    3. Returning teachers will be issued contracts that state that either party may terminate the contract upon 30 days notice with cause.

Reassignment

Any PACT Charter School Teacher who wishes to change their teaching assignment may apply for any open position. They will receive consideration, along with other qualified applicants, during the hiring process to fill these vacancies.

 

PROCEDURE

ACTION 1 – TEACHING PROFESSIONS, CONTRACT HOURS

The Steering Committee will work with administration to determine the number of contract hours/days for the upcoming year.

They will determine the number of:

    1. Teaching hours
    2. Prep time hours
    3. Non-teaching hours
    4. Parent-Teacher-Student conference hours
    5. Summer hours
    6. Professional development hours

 

ACTION 2 – LANE CHANGE ADVANCEMENT

The salary schedule will be evaluated every three years and revised as appropriate by the Human Resources department. Recommendations will be reviewed by the Personnel Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee and approved by the School Board.

 

ACTION 3 – TEACHER PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS

The Program Director(s) will complete teacher performance appraisal evaluations prior to the April meeting of the Personnel Committee in each school year.  Once complete, the Personnel Committee members will be notified that they are available for review. The Program Director(s) will present to the Personnel Committee at the April meeting their teacher evaluations in a summary format appropriate for an open public meeting. The Personnel Committee may give input to the Program Director(s) who will present the evaluation to the teachers.

 

ACTION 4 – TEACHER REHIRE AND REASSIGNMENT

The Human Resources department, with review of the Personnel Committee, will ensure that the Intent to Rehire and Intent to Return practices are followed each school year. Any changes to current practices must be presented to the School Board for their approval.