TEACHER REIMBURSEMENT/PREPAYMENT FOR STUDY
A. Reimbursement/Prepayment for Study: Teachers shall be reimbursed or a college or university shall be prepaid for courses of study as follows:
1. All courses eligible for reimbursement/prepayment under this contract shall require the written approval of the Superintendent.
2. To be eligible for approval a course must be granted academic credit by a college or university.
3. Approved courses shall be reimbursed/prepaid at the actual rate of the college or university granting such credit up to a maximum of 150% of the University of Southern Maine’s per credit rate. In exceptional circumstances, the Superintendent may authorize additional reimbursement for teachers who must pursue academic programs at more expensive institutions in order to satisfy Board, state or federal job requirements.
4. A maximum of 18 credit hours per year may be reimbursed/prepaid for courses that are part of a program leading to a master’s degree related to the field of education. Required textbooks and all academic fees will also be reimbursed/prepaid for such courses.
5. A maximum of 9 credit hours per year may be reimbursed/prepaid for courses that are not taken as part of a program leading to a master’s degree related to the field of education.
If a prepayment option is selected:
a. The teacher shall present an official transcript to the superintendent upon completion of the course.
b. The teacher shall repay the school board within thirty (30) days of the end of the course if the teacher (1) fails the course; or (2) does not complete the course.
c. If the teacher does not make repayment under (b), the prepayment amount shall be deducted from the teacher’s next pay check.
d. A teacher selecting the prepayment option who has not yet submitted proof of successful completion of a course for which prepayment has been made shall have the prepayment withheld from any lump sum salary payment in June until proof of completion.
e. A teacher who has selected a lump sum salary payment for the summer shall not be eligible for prepayment of expenses for courses taken June through August of that summer.
6. Teachers who must maintain state or national licensure in additional certification in order to carry out their professional duties, shall be reimbursed for that cost up to three hundred dollars ($300) biennially.
7. The Board agrees to make available $30,000 per year for classes over the three-year term of this agreement.
For more information, contact Sue Alexander.