Article 5: Salaries

5.1 Salary Increases for 2014-2015 Effective July 1, 2014, there will be a 4.85% salary increase on all certificated bargaining unit salary schedules. This salary increase shall be applied to the 185-day teacher work year 2013-2014 salary schedule. (See Appendix A-1 through A-4)

A. Introductory Statement

The District and the Association have a mutual interest in maintaining the South Pasadena certificated bargaining unit’s total compensation, which includes salary and health benefits, at a competitive level while at the same time protecting the District’s ability to maintain a budget with an adequate and prudent reserve as determined by the SPUSD Governing Board. There is also a mutual interest to avoid a situation where the District must make costly catch-up corrections in salaries. The parties recognize that any procedure to establish a fair and equitable salary schedule must also include consideration of the District’s financial ability to fund that schedule.

In addition, both parties have expressed an interest to avoid the confrontation often associated with the salary negotiations. In keeping with the above interests, the District and the Association have as a goal for total compensation (salary and health and welfare benefits) a ranking of 5th among 15 selected districts* (including SPUSD), based on mutually agreed upon criteria.

The above interests and goals are stated for the purpose of reflecting the philosophical interests of the parties only and are not to be construed as contractual commitments. These interests and goals shall not be subject to the grievance procedures under Article 4 of this Agreement.

*Comparable Districts

The comparable districts for compensation purposes, will be the following: Alhambra City Schools, Arcadia USD, Burbank USD, Claremont USD, Duarte USD, Glendale USD, Glendora USD, La Canada USD, Monrovia USD, Pasadena USD, San Gabriel USD, San Marino USD, Temple City USD and West Covina USD.

5.2 Salary Adjustment Due to Increase in Work Year

See the February 20, 2014 Memorandum of Understanding in the Appendix regarding the addition of one additional work day added to the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Beginning with the 1999-2000 contract year, the certificated base salary schedule shall be increased by 1.27% to reflect the increase in the teacher’s work year by three (3) days. This increase and the corresponding increase in the work year shall continue in effect indefinitely so long as the funding for the staff development program continues in its 8 Board approved June 23, 2015 present form or becomes a permanent part of the District’s base revenue limit. Should this funding be discontinued, the work year of employees shall be reduced by these three days and the salary schedule reduced by 1.27%.

5.3 Mid-Term Negotiations

If there is a change in school funding by legislative or initiative action that increases incoming revenues in any year during this contract, the District and Association will meet to negotiate the impact on total compensation. This negotiation will occur whenever such revenues are to be received.

5.4 Longevity Pay

The District and Association agree to study and evaluate longevity compensation to determine what modifications are warranted in order to bring this portion of the salary schedule to a competitive level.

Longevity pay shall be in accordance with the certificated salary schedule attached in Appendix A.

Longevity pay is as follows:

1. At the beginning of the fifteenth (15th) consecutive year of service as a certificated employee in the South Pasadena Unified School District, a unit member shall receive an anniversary increment of $1000 in addition to the annual salary s/he would receive on the salary schedule for the school year.

2. An additional $200 will be added annually each year of consecutive service above fifteen (15) years of service.

3. Additionally, in the 20th, 25th and 30th years of consecutive service, the allocation will increase to $1000.

Salary Schedule Advancement

5.5 We recognize the importance and benefit of professional growth and development, including earning additional units that could be applied towards column movement across the salary schedule.

In order to move across the salary schedule, the following process must be followed:

1. The “Letter of Intent” that all returning employees complete in February must indicate that the certificated unit member plans to move across the salary schedule for the following school year.

2. The form entitled “Intent to Move Across the Salary Schedule” must be completed and submitted with the “Letter of Intent” in February.

3. A course approval form for each course that an employee intends to utilize toward salary movement should be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the 9 Board approved June 23, 2015 class commencing. All courses that meet the following criteria will be approved by the site administrator and Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources for advancement on the salary schedule:

a. Be graduate level;

b. Be from an accredited university;

c. Pertain to the education, teaching and learning of students.

4. Official transcripts must be submitted to the Human Resource Office by October 15 or February 15 of the school year in order to be considered for salary movement for that school year.

5. If official transcripts for column movement indicating successful completion of the approved coursework are received prior to the start of the school year, the salary movement will commence at the start of the school year. However, official transcripts received AFTER the start of the school year for column movement shall be effective either October 15 or February 15, depending upon the date of receipt of the official transcript in the Personnel Office.

5.6 For employees who possess only an emergency/provisional credential, units taken by the employees directly related to obtaining a credential will qualify for purposes of advancement on the salary schedule. All other units not creditable toward a credential will be held in abeyance until such time as the credential is issued to the employees. When this occurs, those units held in abeyance will also be counted for the purpose of salary schedule advancement consistent with current procedures.

District Service Credit

5.7 Part-time employees shall receive service credit in accordance with their percentage of assignment in any given school year as follows:

► Up to 49% FTE: No years of service credit shall be given;

► 50%-74% FTE: A half-year of service credit shall be given each year; thus, a full year of service credit shall be given every other year;

► 75%-100% FTE: A full year of service credit shall be given each year.

All benefits (health and welfare, sick leave, statutory, and STRS contributions) for less than full time (100%) certificated unit members is outlined in Article 6.3 and Article 6.6.