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ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER:  3
POLICY CODE: GCFC

 

TO:                Superintendents of Schools and Directors of CTE Regions

FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:            September 14, 2006

RE:                National Board Certification Salary Supplement for Teachers

 

On March 29, 2006, Governor Baldacci signed Public Law, Chapter 519 Part AAAA-1, which includes a provision for a salary supplement for national board certified teachers. The law provides that a public school teacher who has attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards shall receive an annual salary supplement of $3,000 for the life of the certificate. The salary supplement must be added to the calculation for contributions to the Maine State Retirement System. The Department of Education is required to provide the salary supplement to eligible teachers no later than February 15th of each year and the Maine State Retirement System (MSRS) shall provide the required contribution to (MSRS).

If a nationally certified teacher becomes no longer employed as classroom teacher in the field of that teacher’s national certification, the supplement ceases.  

Effective Date of Chapter 519:

The Act included an Emergency Preamble and took effect immediately on March 29, 2006.

Teacher Eligibility for National Board Certification Salary Supplement: 

Any public school teacher who has attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as of July 1, 2006, and is a classroom teacher in the field of their certification is eligible to receive the annual supplement for the 2006-2007 school year. Teachers who receive their certification in November 2006 will become eligible for the annual supplement during the 2007-2008 school year if they are classroom teachers in the field of the certification. As long as the eligibility requirements are met and the certificate is valid, the annual salary supplement must be provided.

 

Method of application by a school administrative unit employing a classroom teacher who has attained national board certification:

By October 15th of each school year, the superintendent of schools of a school administrative unit (SAU) or the Director of a CTE Region must file with the commissioner a certified list of national board certified teachers employed by the SAU or CTE Region that are eligible to receive the salary supplement. The list must include the following for each teacher:

            1. Teacher name
            2. MEDMS I.D. number
            3. Classroom field of teaching
            4. Copy of each teacher’s National Board Certificate

Please send this information to:

Management Information Systems Team
Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Method of payment to a qualifying school administrative unit:

Once the eligibility has been verified for each teacher and the total calculated for each school administrative unit (SAU) or CTE Region, a separate payment will be issued to the eligible SAU or CTE Region. The annual salary supplement must be paid to eligible teachers before February 15th of each fiscal year. A provision in the law allows for receipt of additional state funds and payment of those funds to eligible teachers without approval by the local governing body. 

Method of payment to eligible National Board Certified teachers:

The amount of the annual salary supplement required for each National Board Certified teacher should be added to the locally established salary and must be distributed to teachers by February 15th of each year of eligibility. It is subject to all normal withholding requirements for tax and retirement purposes.