In accordance with the North Reading Education Association/ North Reading School Committee Contract a process for Tuition Reimbursement will be implemented beginning on July 1, 2016. Educators are encouraged to review the applicable provision in the aforementioned contract for specific details and information.
In order to prepare for this implementation, and for subsequent years, this form should be completed to enter into the tuition reimbursement lottery. Entries will be weighted so that those who have not previously received reimbursement will have an increased opportunity to receive reimbursement. If entries are otherwise equal eligibility will be decided in the order received.
Educators can submit for reimbursement of up to $500 per course or C.E.U. bearing workshop prior to taking the course or C.E.U. bearing workshop. Educators must receive a grade of "B" or better in the course when a grade is applicable.
For Summer Courses (with a start date of July 1-August 31) this form should be submitted between on May 1-31 with notification on or around June 1. Monies ($6,000) not encumbered by June 1 shall first be used to reimburse any eligible tuition form request made by August 31 for courses during this period.
For Fall Courses (with a start date of Sept 1- December 31) this form should be submitted between July 1-31 with notification on or around August 1. Monies ($4,500) not encumbered by September 1 shall first be used to reimburse any eligible tuition form request made by December 31 for courses during this period.
For Spring Courses [including "winter" courses] (with a start date of January 1- June 30) this form should be submitted between November 1-30 with a notification on or around December 1. Provided that monies for this period ($4,500) have not been encumbered, a second window for this period for submission will begin between February 1-March 1 with notification on or around March 1. Monies ($4,500) for the spring period not encumbered by March 1 shall first be used to reimburse any eligible tuition form request made by March 1 for courses during this period.
All monies (original total $15,000) not requested by March 1 will be used first to support those educators who were waitlisted in previous periods. In order to be eligible, these waitlisted educators will need to have previously submitted this tuition reimbursement form within the period(s) noted above. Eligible employees will be reimbursed, as funds allow, in the order their submission was received unless the employee has subsequently received reimbursement in another period. In that case, the reimbursement would be given to the next eligible employee who has not received reimbursement. If there are funds still available those employees who have received reimbursement will be reimbursed in the order in which their submission was received.
After this process, monies not encumbered for tuition reimbursement will be used for other professional development expenses at the discretion of the Superintendent or his designee.
In each lottery, priority will be given to the following:
*Full traditional graduate courses (as defined below and as opposed to workshops with graduate credit add-ons)
*SEI MTELs or Endorsement Courses
*Consideration of whether an employee has previously received reimbursement during this FY (to ensure equity)
*Consideration of whether an employee has applied previously within the lottery window during the FY and not received reimbursement (to ensure equity)
If I am approved for reimbursement during the lottery window what do I need to provide in order to receive reimbursement?
Upon completion of the course you should provide the following:
--Transcript (unofficial) highlighting the class you are seeking reimbursement for showing a grade of B or better.
--Credit card or bank statement highlighting the payment to the college (you may black everything else out) the statement needs to show your name and last 4 digits of your card. If paying by check then we would need the cancelled check.
--College invoice proving the balance of the class and that it was paid
Please note: The reimbursement must be made to an employee of the North Reading Public Schools. Proof of payment cannot belong to a spouse, parent, or be associated with a loan.
Further information, including letter templates and lottery forms, is available here and will be sent via email to all NREA members.