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SYRACUSE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
SYRACUSE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION,
Unit 1, Teachers and Ancillary Services
July 1, 2014
June 30, 2019
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Lunch and Playground Program
Rights and Responsibilities
Article 7 Curriculum and Professional Development Page 18
Article 8 Induction Programs Page 22
Article 9 Employment Page 24
Article 10 Assignments and Transfers Page 26
Article 11 Vacancies Page 29
Article 12 Teaching Load Page 30
Article 13 Students with Disabilities Page 35
Article 14 Evaluation Page 38
Article 15 Temporary Leaves of Absence Page 41
Article 16 Extended Leaves of Absence Page 49
Article 17 Freedom from Non-Instructional Responsibilities Page 55
Article 18 Fringe Benefits Page 55
Article 19 Instructional Supplies, Materials and Equipment Page 60
Article 20 Building Facilities Page 61
Article 21 Summer School and Adult Evening School Page 62
Article 22 Association and Board Rights Page 65
Article 23 Teacher-Administrator Liaison Page 70
Article 24 Use of School Facilities Page 72
Article 25 Dues Deduction Page 72
Article 26 Grievance Procedure Page 73
Article 27 Miscellaneous Page 79
Article 28 Duration Page 81
Appendix 1 Salary Page 82 Appendix 2 Extracurricular Activities Page 92 Appendix 3 Summer School and Hourly Rates Page 98 Appendix 4 Coaching Page 99 Appendix 5 Health Insurance Rates Page 106
In order to effectuate the provisions of the Public Employees Fair Employment Act
(otherwise known as the Taylor Law), to encourage and increase effective and harmonious
working relationships between the Syracuse Board of Education (hereinafter referred to as
the Board) and its professional employees represented by the Syracuse Teachers
Association, Incorporated (hereinafter referred to as the Association) and to enable the
professional employees to more fully participate in and contribute to the development of
policies for the School District so that the cause of public education may best be served in
THIS AGREEMENT IS MADE AND ENTERED INTO on this 1st day of July, 2014 by
and between the Board and the Association through June 30, 2019.
As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the respective meanings set forth
A. Association Syracuse Teachers Association, Incorporated.
B. Association Labor Management Team a committee of not more than three
(3) Association members in each school selected in a manner to be determined by the
Association to represent the Association in that school.
C. Board of Education or Board Board of Education of the Syracuse City
D. Budget Year/School Year July 1 through June 30 of each year.
E. District Syracuse City School District.
F. Holiday a day specifically identified in the official school calendar on which
schools are closed and staff members are not required to be present for duty, but for which
they receive a normal and full days pay.
G. In-service training a planned program which may include, but is not
necessarily limited to, training in teaching skills and techniques, curriculum
orientation, human relations, etc., conducted by personnel of the District or its
consultants, for which no academic credit is awarded by a college or other institution
of higher learning.
H. Part-time Adult Program Employee (Vocational Instructors, Counselors, Job
Developers, Remedial Instructors, Case Managers, Nurse Assistant Instructors, and Adult
Education Teachers) an employee who works less than thirty-five (35) hours. Salary will be
prorated by dividing the number of hours worked by thirty-five (35) hours.
I. Part-time Teacher a teacher who is assigned and paid for a teaching load
which constitutes less than the normal teaching duty equivalent(s).
Teaching Duty Equivalent for purposes of prorating salary shall be defined as follows:
1.0 = 5 teaching periods or 2.5 blocks average* per day, homeroom and duty assignment
0.9 = 4 teaching periods or 2 blocks average per day, homeroom and duty assignment
0.8 = 4 teaching periods or 2 blocks average per day
0.7 = 3 teaching periods or 1.5 blocks average per day, duty assignment
0.6 = 3 teaching periods or 1.5 blocks average per day, homeroom
0.5 = 3 teaching periods or 1.5 blocks average per day
0.4 = 2 teaching periods or 1 block average per day, homeroom or duty assignment
0.3 = 2 teaching periods or 1 block average per day
1. Average means for a full-time teacher any combination that equals 2.5
average blocks. Examples: 3 blocks per day first semester and 2 blocks per day
second semester; 2 blocks Day 1 and 3 blocks Day 2. Part-time averages will be
2. Duty Assignment = 1 full period.
3. Homeroom = as determined by school.
J. Preparation Period an assigned period for planning and preparation of
materials related to the area of instruction and other professional purposes. Other
professional purposes shall not be interpreted as meaning scheduling of other activities on a
prolonged or regular basis.
K. Regular Substitute a teacher who is employed for assignment to a regular
teaching position in place of a regular teacher who is away from his/her position on a
leave of absence, and specifically named as such by resolution of the Board. Provisions of
this Agreement applicable to regular substitutes are defined in Article 9D (Employment).
L. Representative Assembly the meeting of the elected representatives of the
Syracuse Teachers Association, Inc., normally held the second Wednesday of each school
M. School Calendar The District and Association will jointly develop yearly school
calendars that will conform to the current number of student and staff days. Staff days shall
be at least, but no more than, one hundred eighty-four (184) days. Such calendar(s) will
follow the established procedures for Board and Association approval.
N. School Week Monday through Friday including evening activities and events
except as otherwise excluded by this Agreement.
O. Seniority length of continuous service within the Syracuse City School
District. Length of continuous service is from the most recent date of hire in Unit 1 in
the teachers current tenure/certification area.
P. Summer School Calendar a school calendar covering the period of the
Q. Superintendent Superintendent of Schools of the Syracuse City School District.
R. Teacher an employee unless the context suggests or implies otherwise,
in the negotiating unit, as defined in Article 2 (Recognition).
S. Teachers School Day:
1. Elementary School shall mean Grades K-6. Secondary School shall
mean Grades 7-12, including those schools operating as middle schools.
2. Beginning July 1, 2009 the normal workday for elementary and
secondary schools shall not exceed six (6) hours and thirty (30) minutes. The
normal workday for adult programs (Vocational Instructors, Counselors, Job
Developers, Remedial Instructors, Case Managers, Nurse Assistant Instructors, and
Adult Education Teachers) shall not exceed seven (7) hours. Each such normal
school day, however, shall be exclusive of a thirty (30) minute duty free lunch
3. The beginning of the normal workday may vary from school to school
depending upon transportation requirements such as bus schedules and/or other
factors. Should unusual circumstances require a major deviation from the normal
schedule, the parties will reduce their understanding to writing by means of a
Letter of Understanding to be executed by both parties.
4. The schedule may also be varied by an individual school teaching staff in
joint agreement with the principal and with the approval of the Superintendent.
When a significant change in schedule is so adopted in any building, the principal
shall promptly notify the Association.
5. The parties mutually agree that teachers professional duties and
responsibilities extend beyond any specific school day. In specifying the normal
workday, it is not intended to diminish the nature or extent of such professional
responsibilities including, but not limited to, curriculum development, attendance at
faculty meetings, lesson planning, and assisting students in need of help.
6. An employee shall not be required to attend a school function if such
attendance would be in violation of the employees religious beliefs and
convictions. Employees shall not be required to attend functions on non-school
calendar days as defined in subsection N hereof, except for obligations arising out