COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775
MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MEMORANDUM

July 1, 2004

To: The Honorable Betty J. Sternberg, Commissioner
Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Subject: Contract Provisions - Local 61, American Federation of School
Administrators, AFL-CIO, Administrators of Connecticut
Vocational-Technical Schools

I. AUTHORITY

The recently approved Agreement between the State of Connecticut and the Local 61, American Federation of School Administrators bargaining unit, July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2007.

II. COMPENSATION (Article 29)

A. General Wage Increases (Article 29.2)

General wage increases will be paid in accordance with the salary schedules of Appendix B of the contract on the following effective dates: July 1, 2004, July 1, 2005, and July 1, 2006.

B. Stipends (Article 29.3)

Effective July 1, 2004, an administrator who has a Ph.D. or an Ed.D. from an accredited institution of higher education will receive an annual stipend of $1,000 payable in a lump sum on or about October 1 of the fiscal year. Documentation of the administrator's Ph.D.of Ed.D. degree will be submitted to the superintendent not later than August 1 of the first fiscal year in which the administrator is eligible for this stipend.

C. Longevity (Article 29.4)

Employees will continue to be eligible for longevity payments for the life of the contract. The longevity schedule remains unchanged.

D. Travel Reimbursements (Article 29.5)

Administrators will be eligible for mile and meal reimbursement at the same rates as are established for managerial employees by the Department of Administrative Services/Office of Policy and Management.

III. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Article 31)

Section Two of Article 31 provides for tuition reimbursement up to twelve credits per school year (July to June) at a reimbursement rate tied to the University of Connecticut rate. Approved, short-term, non-credit courses may be reimbursed up to $550 and may include fees up to $500 for Continuing Education Units.

Section Four of Article 31 provides that the Department will allocate $10,000 yearly through contract year ending June 30, 2003, to be used by the Principals or their designated Assistant Principals to attend national conventions, subject to approval of the Superintendent. Eligibility to participate will be determined on a school-by-school basis with one half the schools eligible yearly. At least 40 percent of the participants will be Assistant Principals.

The provisions of this Section will be suspended for fiscal year 2003-2004. Effective July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2007, the annual allocation for this purpose will be $5000.

A fund will be designated for the purpose of making these payments and will consist of the amount remaining in the unexpended carryover from the 1999-2003 collective bargaining agreement. During the first year (2003-2004) there will be $10,000 added to this fund. During each of the next three years (2004-2007), $15,000 per fiscal year will be added to the fund. There will be unlimited carryover of unused funds from one contract year to the succeeding contract years.

Reimbursement requests for approved tuition reimbursements will be made accordingly:

Fall Courses: Reimbursement requests must be made no later than March 1 of each year.
 
Spring Courses: Reimbursement requests must be made no later than August 1 of each year.
 
Summer Courses: Reimbursement requests must be made no later than November 1 of each year.

Failure to apply for reimbursement by the above deadline will result in the employee waiving any claim for reimbursement from the established fund.

IV. SALARY SCHEDULE (Article 35)

There will be no step increments for the first year of this Agreement (2003-2004).

In the second year of this Agreement (2004-2005) eligible full-time administrators will receive a full step increment, delayed by six months on the applicable salary schedule.

In the third year of this Agreement (2005-2006) eligible full-time administrators will receive a full step increment, delayed by six months on the applicable salary schedule.

In the fourth year of this Agreement (2006-2007) eligible full-time administrators will receive a full step increment on the applicable salary schedule.

A Principal or Assistant Principal who is on the 82 salary schedule and obtains a 92 certification will be placed on the same step of the 92 salary schedule as he/she held on the 82 schedule, effective the first full pay period following submission of proof of certification to the Director of Human Resources.

V. SCHEDULED PAYMENT DATES

A. General Wage Increases

Effective Date Period Covered Check Date
July 1, 2004 06/25/04 - 07/08/04 07/23/04
July 1, 2005 06/24/05 - 07/07/05 07/22/05
06/23/06 - 07/06/06 07/21/06

B. Annual Increments

There is no annual increment for the 2003-2004 contract year.

Effective Date Payable Date Pay Period Check Date
July 1, 2004 Jan. 1, 2005 12/24/04 - 01/06/05 01/21/05
July 1, 2005 Jan. 1, 2006 12/23/05 - 01/05/06 01/20/06
July 1, 2006 July 1, 2006 06/23/06 - 07/06/06 07/21/06

C. Stipends

Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
October 1, 2004 09/03/04 - 09/16/04 10/01/04
October 1, 2005 09/02/05 - 09/15/05 09/30/05
October 1, 2006 09/01/06 - 09/14/06 09/29/06

VI. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

A. Implementation of General Wage Increases and Annual Increments

New pay plans will be implemented centrally with the new hourly rate and bi-weekly salary effective with the pay period, at the proper time. 

B. Stipends

Amount; Time Reporting Code XMISA or Earnings Code MPS. 

VII. TUITION REIMBURSEMENT - Union Fund

All pre-approved tuition reimbursement requests should be forwarded to the Comptroller's Fiscal Policy Division - Tuition Unit for processing. All non-reportable tuition reimbursements must be submitted on an approved Application for Tuition Reimbursement, PERT-1 Form. All reportable tuition reimbursements must be submitted on the CO-17XP-PR, Employee Payroll Reimbursement Form and a PERT-1 Form must also be completed and attached. Please see Memorandum No. 2003-27dated June 27, 2003 and Memorandum No. 2003-47 dated October 15, 2003 for additional procedures. 

VIII. GENERAL

Please share this information with affected satellite divisions of your Department to ensure all payments are implemented in a timely manner.

You may direct requests for assistance as follows:

Payroll Procedures: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3462;

Contract Issues: Agency Personnel Officers;

Tuition Reimbursement: Office of the State Comptroller, Fiscal Policy Division, (860) 702-3344;

Memorandum Interpretation: Office of the State Comptroller, Fiscal Policy Division, (860) 702-3440.

NANCY WYMAN
STATE COMPTROLLER 

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