ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 19 (Sent by regular mail only)
POLICY CODE: GCB
TO: Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Career & Technical Education Regions
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: January 24, 2007
RE: Verification of Certified Teachers with a Salary below $27,000 for the 2006-07 School Year in “Qualifying School Administrative Units” – Due Date: February 2, 2007
In 2006-2007, the State will provide each qualifying school administrative unit with the funding needed to raise salaries from the levels in locally established salary scales to the statutory minimum amount of $27,000. A “qualifying school administrative unit” means a school administrative unit as defined in 20-A MRSA, section 1, subsection 26 or a career and technical education region as defined in 20-A MRSA, section 8301-A, subsection 6.
Enclosed with this letter is the “2006-07 Verification of Eligible Staff Salaries below $27,000” report that lists your school administrative unit’s or career and technical education region’s certified staff eligible for the minimum salary supplement. The information in this report is from the data that school administrative units have placed in the MEDMS Staff Information System. The “2006-07 Verification of Eligible Staff Salaries below $27,000” report should be verified, signed and returned to the Department of Education by February 2, 2007 to the address indicated on the report. Once the eligibility and adjustment have been verified, the total adjustment amount will be calculated for each school administrative unit or career and technical education region and payment will be as follows: (1) school administrative units will receive an adjustment to the unit’s subsidy printout (ED281) – therefore the salary supplement for the entire 2006-07 school year will be included in the remaining monthly subsidy checks; and (2) career and technical education regions will receive a payment in the amount of the total adjustment.
If the enclosed “2006-07 Verification of Eligible Staff Salaries below $27,000” report is incorrect or missing “eligible” staff, please indicate the appropriate corrections or missing staff (including MEDMS ID number) on the verification report and submit it to the Department of Education to the address indicated on the verification report. All corrections and changes will be verified against the information in the MEDMS Staff Information System. If corrections do not match the information in the MEDMS Staff Information System, the correction cannot be included in the calculation of the salary supplement.
Staff Eligibility for New Minimum Salary Requirements:
Eligible certified staff who are employed either full or part-time in a “qualifying school administrative unit” are eligible for an adjustment in their annual salary as necessary to achieve the minimum salary amounts spelled out in the new law. The minimum salary requirement applies to all certified staff positions listed below who are employed in a “qualifying school administrative unit”; they must be certified pursuant to 20-A MRSA section 13013 for the positions they hold. The following are the staff positions eligible for the minimum salary supplement:
- Classroom Teacher;
- Special Education Teacher;
- Literacy Specialists;
- Library/Media Specialists; and
- Guidance Counselors.
The requirement applies to all categories of certification including provisional (20-A MRSA section 13012), professional (20-A MRSA section 13013), conditional (20-A MRSA section 13011(10)), and targeted needs (20-A MRSA section 13011(9)) certificates.
If you have any questions, please contact Suzan Beaudoin via email: firstname.lastname@example.org