11:1 The Board recognizes that it shares with its staff responsibility for the upgrading and updating of
education performance and attitudes. The Board and the Association support the principle of
continuing training of the staff and the improvement of job performance and instruction.
11:2 To work toward the end stated above, the Board agrees to implement the following:
11:2.1 To pay the full cost of six (6) credits in any one school year, taken beyond the required Non-
Degree Certification or the Bachelor's Degree with the approval of the Superintendent. A school year for credit purposes shall be defined as the period between September 1 and August 31.
The cost of the credits shall be at the Stockton University rate.
Reimbursement shall be made to the Board by any employee who voluntarily leaves employment for the cost of any credit(s) paid within two full school/academic years. Reimbursement for employees who voluntarily leave within the first year shall be 100%, and reimbursement for employees who voluntarily leave within the second year shall be 50% of the cost. Reimbursement shall not be required when the teacher shall voluntarily leave the employ due to a significant documented life change.
This Article is subject to provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:6-8.5.
11:2.2 To pay the reasonable expenses (including fees, meals, lodging and/or transportation) incurred by unit members who attend workshops, seminars, conferences, in-service training sessions or other such sessions with the prior written approval of the Superintendent and the Board where policy so requires.
11:3 For Support Staff to be eligible for reimbursement, courses taken must be directly related to the
improvement of the employee's work skills.