Cairo Association of Teachers - Memorandum of Agreement



MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
2005-2008 SCHOOL YEARS

“Preface” – If “practices” are found to be in conflict with Board Policy and/or Contractual Terms, Board Policy and/or Contractual Terms shall take precedent.

Preparation Time – Every effort shall be made to incorporate music, art, and/or PE into the daily elementary curriculum in order to give teachers preparation time during the school day. Failing that, alternatives will be explored to provide additional preparation time during first/last week of school at the elementary level.

Class Size – Recognizing that a strong foundation is essential to future academic achievement, every effort shall be made to maintain small class size at the elementary level – i.e. twenty (20). Accordingly, if enrollment in an elementary classroom exceeds twenty-five (25), that situation shall be immediately bargained.

Extra Duty – The Cairo Association of Teachers confirms and supports well-organized and effective extra-curricular programs for Cairo students. The Cairo Association of Teachers' leadership will join with district administration and Board of Education to actively encourage and influence CAT professional staff to assist in improving extra-curricular programs by assisting, insofar as possible, in the coaching and sponsorship of the various athletic and club programs.

Participation In Extra Duty Programs – The Cairo Association Of Teachers confirms and supports well-organized and effective extra-curricular programs for Cairo students. Accordingly, the Cairo Association of Teachers will join with the administration (BOE) to recruit and develop a volunteer group of certified staff...willing to assist the District as supervisors and/or workers at athletic events and as chaperones on away events. In the event sufficient volunteers cannot be recruited...the CAT will support the administration (BOE) in implementation of the provisions included in Section 4.5 (Extra Duty Ball Game Work) of the Contractual Agreement.

Severance Pay I – Procedures for implementing Section 4.23:

If an employee notifies the District in writing prior to September 1st of his/her intent to retire at the end of the current school year, the employee shall have the option of having the severance payment paid in regular installments over his/her final year of employment. If an employee notifies the District in writing no later than January 2nd of his/her intent to retire at the end of the current school year, the employee shall have the option of having the severance payment paid in regular installments over his/her final semester of employment.

In case of the death of a teacher while in service to CSD #1, his/her estate shall be paid an amount equal to the amount of severance pay to which he/she was entitled at the time of his/her death.

In all cases, the severance pay shall be treated as part of the employee’s salary during his/her final year of employment. However, any additional required contributions (BOTH employee and employer) due to the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System because of said severance pay shall be deducted from said severance pay. The Board shall incur no financial liability due to payment of said severance pay beyond the $300 per year of eligible service to the District.

Severance Pay II – In the spirit of the proposed new agreement…in order to honor those employees who have provided long service to the youth of CSD #1 and not discourage retirement decisions made or pending for the current school year, employees who retire at the end of the 2004-05 school year (and meet the criteria of the proposed Section 4.23) shall be paid a severance bonus of $6,000. Said amount shall be paid to the employee in a lump sum on June 15, 2005, or within two weeks of the decision if the decision is made after June 15, 2005. Said lump sum payment shall be made to the employee without any TRS, federal, state, or local taxes being withheld. The amount of the severance pay shall be reported to the IRS on Form 1099. The District shall not report said severance pay to TRS, as the District considers said amount a performance award payment. It is further understood that the implementation of this paragraph is contingent upon two (2) or more current bargaining unit members retiring prior to the 2005-06 school year.