Tenured teachers are eligible for Tuition and Textbook reimbursement. You must first complete a Course Approval Form, which can also be downloaded from the Staff Portal. This form has specific *criteria and deadlines.
Applications for course approval shall only be accepted from:
– July 1 to July 15 for the Fall Semester.
– November 1 to November 15 for the Spring Semester.
– April 1 to April 15 for the Summer Semester.
For final reimbursement approval, the required grade/s and proof of payment must be received by the Human Resources Department no later than June 20. The student’s name and the name of the college/university MUST appear on the proof of payment. Final grade/s must be submitted in the form of an official college/university transcript and received in a sealed envelope from the college/university.
Please contact Judy Foley in the Human Resource Department at the BOE for more information.
Taken from ARTICLE 17 of the SBEA Contract, p.22:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
D. Reimbursement of tuition and textbook costs Tenured teachers who take graduate level courses directly related to the assignment of the teacher at the time the course is taken or in one of the following areas: reading, library science, special education, guidance or computer science, shall be eligible to receive reimbursement for the costs associated with the enrollment according to the following provisions:
1. Maximum District cost: The tuition reimbursement pool is $100,000. A per teacher limit of $1000 for each of two courses tuition reimbursement will be available only to tenured teachers, per year.
2. Reimbursement shall be made for the first approved course up to the maximum per teacher per course limit set in D. 1. above. If there are insufficient funds for full reimbursement of the second course under the maximum District cost set in D. 1. above, the remaining monies shall be divided equally among all teachers who have a second approved course, but in no case shall an individual’s reimbursement be greater than the cost of the course.
3. Teacher requests for reimbursement shall be accepted for a two-week period starting: July 1, November 1, and April 1 each year. All requests for course approval and tuition reimbursement must be made on the appropriate forms.
4. The Superintendent will notify applicants of approval/denial of requests for courses prior to registration. Confirmation of acceptance of reimbursement shall be provided within two (2) weeks of the close of each application submission period.
5. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, a grade of “B” or better must be earned and the teacher must present the District with proof of enrollment, proof of payment and proof of grade.
6. Grade verification must be supplied to the District no later than June 20. Reimbursement shall be made by August 1.
7. Teachers, with the exception of those on approved leaves of absence, who do not return to the school district shall not be reimbursed for courses taken in the prior year unless the teacher has been reduced in force.
8. The parties agree to study the workings of these provisions annually in order to perfect this system.
9. Effective July 1, 2006, a teacher who receives reimbursement under D. and who then leaves the District’s employment, except in a retirement situation, a separation due to disability or a reduction-in-force shall reimburse the District as follows:
a. 50% of the reimbursed amount for the year prior to departure;
b. the application form for reimbursement shall contain an acknowledgement by the applying teacher that the provision of a. is in effect and that the teacher shall reimburse the District pursuant to it and that the above monies may be withheld from the last paycheck of the departing teacher.
c. All returned monies shall be placed back into the tuition reimbursement pool.