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Adoption Leave
Health Insurance

Maternity Leave
Retirement
Seniority
Sick Bank
Tenure

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Adoption Leave

Q: How much paid release time can I receive if I am adopting a child?

A: Up to (2) days of paid release will be granted for necessary application and court procedures for adoptive parent(s).  An additional (5) paid days will be may be granted upon request to the Superintendent. 

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Health Insurance

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Maternity Leave

Q: How long is the paid disability leave for maternity?

A: Six weeks paid LOA for natural birth, Eight weeks paid LOA for Cesarean Section.  These are the general time frames, your doctor my prescribe a shorter or longer disability. 


Q: How are are health insurance premiums paid if I enroll in a health care plan through the District?

A: See below:

  • First 6 weeks, paid LOA - You are on a paid LOA and are still receiving a paycheck so money will be deducted from your paycheck for premiums exactly the way it was before you went on leave.
  • Next 6 weeks, unpaid LOA – You are now on a unpaid LOA and are no longer receiving a paycheck from the district.  You need to submit payment to the district for the amount that would normally have been deducted from your pay check if you were still receiving one. Payments can be done via a check.  Contact HR office for more info
  • Beyond 12 weeks, unpaid LOA – You are still on a unpaid LOA, but must now make payments to the district for the full amount of the insurance plan.
     

*Note: the length of paid LOA may be different based on your doctors recommendation.

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Retirement

Q: When is the deadline for submitting by retirement letter to the district?

A: If you are planning on retiring, you need to submit a firm letter of intent at least 150 "calendar" days before the effective retirement date.  For most people that would be February 1 if you are planning on retiring at the end of a school year with an effective date of July 1.  If you are retiring on a date different than July 1, then simply subtract 150 calendar days from that effective date. 


Q: What is the retirement incentive?

A: Payment into a 403(b) money equal to $1,000 per year of service starting at year 15 and up to a maximum of $25,000.


Q: What are the requirements in order to receive the incentive?

A: Must be a full time WCSD 10 month employee with 15 years of continuous service in the district, and be within the first year of eligibility to retire from the NYS Teacher Retirement System.


Q: Do I get health insurance when I retire?

A: If you have completed 15 continuous years of service in WCSD and are between the ages of 55 and 65 the district will pay 100% of a single health care and dental care premium up to the maximum cap.  At the time of retirement you may also opt out receiving paid healthcare from the district and instead receive $75 for each sick day that you have accumulated with no maximum into a qualified 403(b) account.


Q: What should I take the 100% health insurance paid by the district or the buyout of $75 per unused sick days?

A:  You should take what ever would pay you more money.  You would potential use the money from the buyout to buy health insurance from the district.

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Seniority

Q: Do part time teachers receive seniority credit?

A: Part-time service does not qualify a teacher for seniority, except in the case of part-time kindergarten teachers.  However, part-time service is included if the districts requests a change in position from a full time position to a part time position, but is not included if the request to go from a full time position to a part time position is the request of the teacher.


Q: If I am on a paid leave of absence do I continue to incur seniority?

A: Yes
 


Q: If I am on a unpaid leave of absence do I continue to incur seniority?

A: No
 


Q Do substitute teachers (long or short) acquire seniority?

A: No

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Sick Bank

Q: Participation in the Sick Bank is "Negative Elect", what does that mean?

A: You are automatically enrolled to participate in the sick bank contributing 1.5 of your sick days, unless you inform the district at the start of the year that you do not wish to participate.  If you do not wish to participate in the sick bank you need to complete the form stating such by the first payroll period of October.

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Tenure

Q: Do I receive addition payment for achieving tenure?

A: Yes.  People who are appointed tenure shall receive a one time only payment (not part of salary) of $500 to be paid within 30 days of the member's effective date of tenure. (ref: contract - Article III, A.6f; page 8)

Q: What happens if I go on a paid leave of absence while in a probationary appointment?  Does it extend the length of my probationary period?

A: If you go on a paid leave of absence while in a probationary appointment the school district has three options regarding the length of your probationary period.  {options below assume 3 year probationary period, if you are a transfer and are on a 2 year probationary period that the 2 year time period would apply}

  • Grant you tenure at the end of three years at the exact time as they normally would have had you never been out on paid leave.
  • Deny you tenure at the end of three years at the exact time as they normally would have had you never been out on paid leave.
  • Enter into a Juul agreement at the end of your three year probationary period.  A Juul agreement is a signed agreement by both parties (district and member) to extend the length of the probationary period to a set time period that is longer than three years.
     

Q: If I am a probationary (non-tenured) teacher when will I find out if I am not going to be granted tenure or renewed for the next school year?

A: The school district will begin written notice of around April 1 and no later than May 20.  The teacher has the right to request an informal interview with the building principal with (10) days of the written notice and may at their choice bring a building rep to the interview. (ref: contract - Article XI, F; page 27-28)

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VOTE-COPE

Q: What is VOTE-COPE and why should I donate money to it?

A: VOTE-COPE is NYSUT's non-partisan political action fund. It pools the voluntary contributions of members from across the state to make contributions to pro-education candidates and to support political action that aims to protect our incomes and careers, health and safety, retirement changes, and health care. As public employees, almost all conditions affecting our professional environment, working conditions and pension rights are determined by the actions of New York State Legislature, the Governor, and the U.S. Congress. If we wish to have a positive influence on our professional future, we must take an active part in the political process.


Q: How much money should I donate to VOTE-COPE?

A: The WTA is recommending that you sign-up for Payroll deduction for the 2009-2010 school year and give at least $1 per pay period.   


Q: When does this year's VOTE-COPE drive start?

A: May


Q: Are VOTE-COPE donations tax deductible?

A: No political donations are not tax deductible.

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