TALC Contract

ARTICLE 10.06 (CHANGES IN COMPENSATION)

1. Will there be an increase in my salary as a result of ratification of the FY19 TALC Contract?

Following Board approval, instructional staff eligible for a salary increase will receive an email notification informing them of the salary increases they will be receiving due to the ratification of the FY19 TALC Contract.

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 10.06)

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


2. What salary increases are available as part of the FY19 TALC Contract?

There are three (3) categories of increases for the FY19 TALC Contract: Performance Based Pay, Starting Salary Schedule, and Instructional Supplements. Florida Statute establishes requirements for school districts relative to Performance Based Pay.

See More: FY19 TALC Contract Information Session or FY19 TALC Contract (Article 10.06)

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


3. What salary increases are Grandfathered employees eligible for as part of the FY19 TALC Contract?

Grandfathered Salary Schedule employees are eligible for both the FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Base Salary Increase and the FY20 (2019-2020 school year) Base Salary Increase.  Both the FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Base Salary Increase and FY20 (2019-2020 school year) Base Salary Increase are increases to your base salary -- they are not one-time bonuses.

FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Base Salary Increase

Grandfathered employees that received a Highly Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY18 (2017-2018 school year) are eligible to receive a $1,400 increase to base salary retroactive to January 1, 2019 and paid on May 31, 2019.

Grandfathered employees that received an Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY18 (2017-2018 school year) are eligible to receive an $800 increase to base salary retroactive to January 1, 2019 and paid on May 31, 2019.

FY20 (2019-2020 school year) Base Salary Increase

Grandfathered employees that receive a Highly Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY19 (2018-2019 school year) are eligible to receive a $1,400 increase to base salary retroactive to July 1, 2019 and tentatively scheduled to be paid in December 2019, however timing of the payment is subject to receipt of student achievement data necessary to calculate VAM ratings from the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE).

Grandfathered employees that receive an Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY19 (2018-2019 school year) are eligible to receive a $800 increase to base salary retroactive to July 1, 2019 and tentatively scheduled to be paid in December 2019, however timing of the payment is subject to receipt of student achievement data necessary to calculate VAM ratings from the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE).


4. What salary increases are Career Ladder employees eligible for as part of the FY19 TALC Contract?

Career Ladder employees are eligible for both the FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Base Salary Increase and the FY20 (2019-2020 school year) Base Salary Increase.  Both the FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Base Salary Increase and FY20 (2019-2020 school year) Base Salary Increase are increases to your base salary -- they are not one-time bonuses.

FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Base Salary Increase

Career Ladder employees that received a Highly Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY18 (2017-2018 school year) are eligible to receive a $1,400 increase to base salary retroactive to January 1, 2019 and paid on May 31, 2019.

Career Ladder employees that received an Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY18 (2017-2018 school year) are eligible to receive an $800 increase to base salary retroactive to January 1, 2019 and paid on May 31, 2019.


In addition, Career Ladder employees that moved on the Career Ladder during the FY18 (2017-2018 school year) Career Ladder Movement are eligible to receive a $1,000 increase to base salary retroactive to January 1, 2019 and paid on May 31, 2019.  

FY20 (2019-2020 school year) Base Salary Increase

Career Ladder employees that receive a Highly Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY19 (2018-2019 school year) are eligible to receive a $1,400 increase to base salary retroactive to July 1, 2019 and tentatively scheduled to be paid in December 2019, however timing of the payment is subject to receipt of student achievement data necessary to calculate VAM ratings from the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE).

Career Ladder employees that receive an Effective Final Performance Evaluation in FY19 (2018-2019 school year) are eligible to receive a $800 increase to base salary retroactive to July 1, 2019 and tentatively scheduled to be paid in December 2019, however timing of the payment is subject to receipt of student achievement data necessary to calculate VAM ratings from the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE).


In addition, Career Ladder employees that move on the Career Ladder during the FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Career Ladder Movement are eligible to receive a $1,000 increase to base salary retroactive to July 1, 2019 and tentatively scheduled to be paid in December 2019.


5. Who is eligible for the increases available with the FY19 TALC Contract?

Instructional staff, employed by the District on the date of Board Approval (tentatively scheduled for April 23, 2019), are eligible for the salary increases included in the FY19 TALC Contract.

See More: FY19 TALC Contract

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


6. Are the salary increases in the FY19 TALC Contract retroactive?

The salary increases in the FY19 TALC Contract for FY19 (2018-2019 school year) will be a prorated amount retroactive to January 1, 2019, and will be reflected on your May 31, 2019 paycheck. The salary increases for FY20 (2019-2020 school year) will be a prorated amount retroactive to July 1, 2019 with the difference to be spread among remaining paychecks for FY20 (2019-2020 school year). The salary increases for FY20 (2019-2020 school year) are tentatively scheduled to be paid in December 2019, however payment is subject to receipt of student achievement data necessary to calculate VAM ratings from the Florida Department of Education (FL DOE).

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 10.06)

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


ARTICLE 10.05 (COMPENSATION - PAY DELIVERY)

7. How do I see my salary prior to the ratification of the FY19 TALC Contract?

Your salary prior to the ratification of the FY19 TALC Contract is listed on your paycheck stubs that can be accessed in PeopleSoft. The navigation path to access this information is: Employee Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > Employee Current Compensation.

See More:Payroll Sharepoint

Contact:  Payroll


8. When will I see an increase in my salary on my paycheck?

The salary increases in the FY19 TALC Contract for FY19 (2018-2019 school year), along with retroactive pay, will be included in the May 31, 2019, paycheck (pending TALC ratification and Board approval).

See More: Payroll Sharepoint

Contact:  Payroll


9. How will I see my salary increases on my paystub?

Salary increases will show on your paystub as follows:

  1. Base Salary increases and retro pay will show under the “Contract Pay Regular Earning;”

  2. Additional ½ hour earning and retro pay will show under the “Additional 30 Min Per Week;”

  3. Additional ½ hour earnings and retro pay will show under the “Extended Day” for applicable schools.

  4. Salary Supplement increases will show under each of the salary supplements beginning July 1, 2019.

See More: Payroll Sharepoint

Contact:  Payroll


10. What information is available on the PeopleSoft Employee Compensation page?

The PeopleSoft Employee Compensation page contains: Contract Salary Data and Earnings, Creditable Years of Experience, District Years of Experience, Salary Plan, Pay Group, Standard Hours, Supplement Earnings, and Projected Balance of Contract Amounts. Employees can also view past and present paychecks, information about supplements, and tax information.

Contact:  Payroll


11. How do I access the PeopleSoft Employee Compensation page?

The navigation path to the PeopleSoft Employee Compensation page is:  Employee Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > Employee Current Compensation. Contact:  Payroll


12. What if I was on a leave of absence during FY19 (2018-2019 school year)?

If you were on a leave of absence during FY19 (2018-2019 school year), you are eligible for the salary increases in the FY19 TALC Contract; however, your annual salary will be adjusted to reflect the amount of time you worked during FY19 (2018-2019 school year).

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management


13. How do I calculate my base rate of pay (hourly rate)?

The formula for calculating your base rate of pay (hourly rate) is:  Base Salary / Days Worked / Hours Per Day. Contact:  Payroll


14. Will the proposed changes to the Starting Salary Schedule impact current employees?

Yes, after the FY20 (2019-2020 school year) salary increases are applied to any employee who is below the starting salary for someone with a comparable number of years of creditable teaching experience will be given a “true-up” to ensure that they are not below the new starting salary. The Starting Salary Schedule “true-up” is tentatively scheduled for December 2019.


ARTICLE 10.03 (INCENTIVES AND BONUS PROGRAMS)

15. What is the State of Florida’s Best and Brightest Scholarship Program?

The State of Florida’s Best and Brightest Scholarship Program was created by the Florida Legislature in 2015 a bonus program for classroom teachers based upon their personal academic achievements.  This is a state-funded opportunity. The School District of Lee County is not responsible for funding the program or the program parameters.

See More:  Best and Brightest FAQ

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


ARTICLE 10.02 (SALARY SCHEDULES)

16. How do I know if I am on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule or Performance Salary Schedule?

Employees can find out which salary schedule they are on by visiting the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page. Instructional staff with Continuing Contract status or Professional Services Contract status are on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule. Instructional staff with Annual Contract status or Probationary Contract status are on the Performance Salary Schedule.  

See More: How to Find Your Salary Schedule  

Contact:  Payroll


17. What does it mean that instructional supplements were indexed?

Instructional supplements have been indexed, which means that they are no longer a fixed dollar amount, but are instead a percentage of the minimum base salary for instructional staff. This will prevent instructional supplements from remaining stagnant since the amount paid will increase any time that the minimum base salary increases. If the FY19 TALC Contract is ratified and Board approved, the minimum base salary for instructional staff will increase in FY20 (2019-2020 school year).

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


18. Will the Opportunity School Supplement Program (OSSP) be continued beyond FY19 (2018-2019 school year)?


No, due to the loss of Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant funding, the District is not able to continue to offer supplements as part of the Opportunity School Supplement Program (OSSP). A committee made up of instructional staff and administrators assigned to Opportunity Schools and Turnaround Schools met during FY19 (2018-2019 school year) to discuss how to support Tier III schools.


19. Will Turnaround School Supplements be available beyond FY19 (2018-2019 school year)?


FY19 (2018-2019 school year): A supplement of $5,000.00 is available for all instructional staff assigned to East Lee County High, Manatee Elementary, Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, Fort Myers Middle Academy, and Colonial Elementary for FY18 (2017-2018 school year) and FY19 (2018-2019 school year).


FY20 (2019-2020 school year) and FY21 (2020-2021 school year): A supplement of $4,000.00 is available for all instructional staff assigned to East Lee County High, Manatee Elementary, Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, Fort Myers Middle Academy, Colonial Elementary, James Stephens International Academy, and Mirror Lakes Elementary for FY20 (2019-2020 school year) and FY21 (2020-2021 school year).


20. Are there plans to continue the review of instructional supplements?

Yes, the bargaining teams have expressed an interest in continuing their comprehensive review of instructional supplements. Approximately half of all teachers in the District receive one or more instructional supplements for their additional contributions. The District and TALC recognize the need to appropriately compensate employees for these additional contributions. Included in this review is an update to the job descriptions for instructional supplements.


In addition, the Career Ladder Committee is reviewing supplements to ensure equity among schools of different sizes and different levels. Recommendations for the addition of supplements are being made based on the use of “At Large” supplements. Several supplements have been added recently including: ESE Peer Mentor Club Sponsor, Special Olympics Coach, PBS Contact Person, and GAT Chairperson.

See More: Job Descriptions;FY19 TALC Contract (Appendix D)

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


21. What is the “At Large” supplement?

“At Large” Supplements are now available upon Principal request and must be approved by the TALC Labor/Management Committee. The “At Large” Supplement is intended to allow for the piloting of new supplemental positions or for adding additional existing supplemental positions. Principals must submit a request to their HR Staffing Specialists with a Board approved job description attached or a list of assigned duties.

See More:  Job Descriptions; FY19 TALC Contract (Appendix D)

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


22. How do I know if a supplement will count toward the Participation Requirements for Career Ladder Movement?


The FY19 TALC Contract includes language that will allow instructional staff to know in advance if a supplement they’ve applied for will count toward completion of the Participation Requirements for Career Ladder Movement. Special Instructional Supplements do not count toward completion of Career Ladder Requirements, since they are tied to an individual's regular position. Updates to the Career Ladder page on PeopleSoft will allow individuals to see their progress toward completion of the requirements for Career Ladder Movement, including the Participation Requirements.

See More: FY19 TALC Contract (Appendix D)

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


ARTICLE 10.01 (EXPERIENCE CREDIT)

23. How can I find out how many Creditable Years of Experience and District Years of Experience I have?

Creditable Years of Experience and District Years of Experience can be found on the PeopleSoft Employee Compensation page.

See More: How to View the Employee Compensation Page

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management


24. What is the difference between Creditable Years of Experience and District Years of Experience?


Creditable Years of Experience are the years of experience creditable towards salary when an employee begins a position paid in accordance with the instructional salary schedule at the time of hire.  These years increment each year-end for active instructional staff who have worked at least one day more than half of the scheduled work year in an instructional position.


District Years of Experience are the years of teaching within The School District of Lee County  recorded for instructional staff with Professional Services Contract, Continuing Contract, Annual Contract, or Probationary Contract status.  These years increment each year-end for active instructional staff who have worked at least one day more than half of the scheduled work year in an instructional position.

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management


25. Is there a deadline to submit a work experience verification form in order to receive Experience Credit?


Yes, instructional staff will receive payment retroactive to their date of hire if experience credit is approved within the first 120 calendar days of their employment. Instructional staff must submit a work experience verification form within the first two years of their employment with the District in order to be eligible for Experience Credit.

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 10.01)

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management


26. I left the District and recently returned. Am I eligible for a Return to Rate of Pay?

In order to be eligible for a Return to Rate of Pay, you must have been re-hired in the current contract year, and your separation from the District must be within the required time frame.

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 10.01(1)(b))

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management

ARTICLE 5 (GENERAL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES)

27. What is being done to address changes in Florida Statute that prohibits Districts from offering automatic renewal of Highly Effective and Effective employees with Annual Contract status?

The FY19 TALC Contract includes proposed changes to contract language concerning Probationary Contract status and Annual Contract status to ensure employee needs are met and the District is in compliance with Florida Statute. The proposed language clarifies expectations for reappointment and non-reappointment recommendations, including outlining the process for an employee to request a review of non-reappointment recommendation.

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 5.01(1))

Contact:  Island Coast FEA (TALC)


28. Does the District do anything to support employees with prior military experience?

The FY19 TALC Contract includes proposed language to inform employees of legal requirements concerning Veteran’s Preference in employment.

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 5.09)


ARTICLE 6 (WORKING CONDITIONS)

29. Does the District do anything to support employees with concerns about workplace civility?

The FY19 TALC Contract includes proposed language to inform employees of School Board policies for reporting sexual harassment and discrimination. There is also proposed language referencing Florida Statute that addresses student discipline and expectations for classroom management.

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 6.02)


30. Does the District do anything to support employees who are nursing mothers?

The FY19 TALC Contract includes proposed language to inform employees of legal protections that exist for nursing mothers. The District offers additional support for nursing mothers and those who are expecting through Employee Wellness programs

See More: FY19 TALC Contract (Article 6.02), Employee Wellness programs

ARTICLE 7 (WORK SCHEDULE)

31. What is being done to address instructional staff concerns about lesson plan requirements?

The FY19 TALC Contract includes the removal of Domain (1)(a) from the instructional evaluation instrument; Domain (1)(a) requires school-based administrators to evaluate instructional staff based on their lesson plans. TALC Contract Article 7.01(4)(a)(1) still requires lesson plans, so the District can ensure compliance for students receiving ESOL or ESE accommodations, but lesson plans will no longer be part of the instructional evaluation

See More:Negotiation Materials

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


32. What was done to address unique teaching conditions at Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) locations?

Significant discussion of the concerns of instructional staff assigned to Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) locations resulted in status quo and a commitment to continue to resolve site-based concerns through the TALC Labor/Management Committee.

See More: Negotiation Materials

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


ARTICLE 8 (PERFORMANCE EVALUATION)

33. What rating did I receive on my FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Final Performance Evaluation?

Information about your Performance Evaluations is available to all instructional staff on PeopleSoft. The navigation path to review prior year evaluations in PeopleSoft is:  Employee Self Service > Performance Management > Evaluation Employee Select.

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management


ARTICLE 9 (DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES)

34. Are there any changes to Disciplinary Procedures for instructional staff?

The FY19 TALC Contract clarifies who is able to represent an instructional staff member in an investigatory meeting that may result in disciplinary action. The TALC Labor Management Committee will return with a recommendation regarding revisions to Article 9 (Disciplinary Procedure) in FY20 (2019-2020 school year).

See More:  FY19 TALC Contract (Article 9)

ARTICLE 13 (PARTICIPATORY DECISION MAKING)

36. What opportunities do instructional staff have to get involved in decision making?

The TALC Labor/Management Committee will be meeting soon to discuss recommendations for bargaining related committee appointments and to determine the schedule for committee meetings for FY20 (2019-2020 school year).  Recommendations by both TALC and the District will be considered; however, TALC has discretion in determining TALC-appointed members.


The schedule for bargaining related committee meetings and information from these meetings are now being posted on the District’s website. Contact TALC if you are interested in serving on a TALC Contract Committee.


See More:  Negotiation Materials

Contact:  TALC (Island Coast FEA)or Compensation & Labor Relations


37. Where can I find more information about FY19 Bargaining?

All of the minutes from FY19 TALC Bargaining are posted on the Compensation & Labor Relations page. Joint Communications and a video from the TALC Contract Information Session will also be posted on this page. In addition, several animations explaining the salary increases included in the FY19 TALC Contract are available.

See More:  Negotiation Materials

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations


38. What is being done to improve communication with instructional staff?

TALC and the District have worked diligently to improve communication regarding FY19 TALC Contract negotiations. In addition to complying with Florida Statutes for public notice and record keeping, the District and TALC have done several things to improve the clarity, consistency, and timeliness of communications. Since the end of FY19 Bargaining, the District and TALC have collected feedback from instructional staff through surveys and feedback provided by direct contact via email, phone calls, and in person. The District updated PeopleSoft to allow for a more user friendly display of information and continues to collaborate with TALC on how to improve customer service for all employees. A schedule of bargaining related committee meetings is now being published on the District website.

See More:Negotiation Materials

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations