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Verification of Minimum Teacher Salaries
ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER: 12
TO: Superintendents of Schools and Directors of Career & Technical Education Regions
In 2008-09, 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 $30,000. 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. Beginning 7/1/07, school administrative units must pay a salary of at least $30,000 to eligible staff (see Staff Eligibility for New Minimum Salary Requirements, below). The requirement to pay the $30,000 minimum is not contingent upon receipt of the State’s adjustment to subsidy. The minimum salary law does not distinguish between full-time and part-time teachers. Full-time teachers must be paid a minimum salary of $30,000. The minimum amount may be prorated for part-time teachers in proportion to their full-time equivalency.
Method of Application by a Qualifying School Administrative Unit:
A Minimum Teacher Salary Report is now available for verification on the Maine Educational Data Management System (MEDMS). Once you have verified the data on this report, please sign and return the “2008-09 Minimum Teacher Salary Report Confirmation of Verification Form” to the Department of Education by fax at 207-624-6791. This verification form is available by clicking on the following link:
Upon receipt of the signed Minimum Teacher Salary Report confirmation of verification form, 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 (ED279) – therefore the salary supplement for the entire 2008-09 school year will be included in the monthly subsidy checks; and (2) career and technical education regions will receive a payment in the amount of the total adjustment.
Verification of Minimum Teacher Salary Report Instructions:
The Minimum Teacher Salary Report that is available on the Maine Education Data Management System (MEDMS) is based on the staff data your unit(s) has entered into the MEDMS Staff Information Module.
Personnel with the role of “SAU Admin” may access this report in the MEDMS Information System by logging on to the MEDMS home page and implementing the following steps:
Step 1. Click on “MEDMS Log In”, type in Username and Password
Note: School administrative units that do not operate schools will have a blank report. School administrative units that do not have eligible staff that are being paid below $30,000 will have a blank report.
Please check that all of your unit’s eligible staff are listed on the report and then review the following for each eligible staff:
Correcting Errors in Minimum Teacher Salary Report:
If the Minimum Teacher Salary Report is incorrect, first please check that all information on eligible staff has been accurately reported in the MEDMS Staff Information Module based on the instructions in Administrative Letter #9 dated 8/21/08 – this letter is available at the following website:
More detailed staff reporting instructions are available in Administrative Letter #9, cited above. If any of the above is incorrect, please have your staff correct this information in the MEDMS Staff Module.
Please note that if you enter corrections into the MEDMS Staff Module, the Minimum Teacher Salary report is updated on a four hour schedule (12 Midnight, 4 AM, 8 AM, 12 Noon, 4 PM, 8 PM) so if the information or changes in information are not included in the report, please be patient and print the report again at a later time or even the next day.
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. School nurses and social workers are not covered by this requirement.
Local School Unit Eligibility for State Support to Meet New Minimum Salary Requirements:
Each “qualifying school administrative unit” is eligible to receive State reimbursement for the costs associated with meeting the new minimum salary requirements. A qualifying school administrative unit includes a municipal school unit, a school administrative district, a community school district, a regional school unit, an alternative organizational structure or any other municipal or quasi-municipal corporation responsible for operating or constructing public schools pursuant to 20-A MRSA Section 1, subsection 26. For the purposes of this law, a qualifying school administrative unit also includes a career and technical education region. The minimum salary law does not apply to private schools and State-operated schools.
Method of Payment to a Qualifying School Administrative Unit:
Once the eligibility and adjustment have been verified for each teacher and the total adjustment amount calculated for each unit, an adjustment to the unit’s subsidy printout (ED279) will be issued and payment included in the remaining monthly subsidy checks. The adjustment to subsidy must occur on or before February 1st of each fiscal year. A provision in the law allows for receipt of additional State funds and payment of those funds to certified teachers without approval by the local governing body.
Method of Payment to Eligible Certified Teachers:
The additional amount required for each certified teacher to meet the new salary minimum should be added to the locally established salary and distributed as regular salary in normal periodic pay installments. It is subject to all normal withholding requirements for tax and retirement purposes.
The law makes no reference to collective bargaining. Therefore, it does not change collective bargaining obligations that already exist, and adds no new collective bargaining obligations. For SAUs that have collective bargaining agreements that are effective through the 2008-09 school year or beyond and that cover salaries, there is no obligation to negotiate on salary changes to take effect during the contract period, unless the collective bargaining agreement itself includes such an obligation by its specific terms.
School boards and bargaining agents may mutually agree to engage in additional mid-term collective bargaining about salaries, if both parties elect to do so.
Where collective bargaining agreements are in effect for 2008-09 or beyond, and provide for salaries for some certified teachers that are below the statutory minimums, the law effectively supersedes those contract provisions that conflict with it. Salaries of affected teachers must be raised to the statutory minimum amount.
If you have any questions, please contact Karla Miller via email: email@example.com
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