Certified Salary Advancement Guidelines

For courses to count for salary advancement for either newly hired or current employees, they must be graduate-level courses from a college or university accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies; if not accredited by one of the six agencies, then prior approval must be obtained from the superintendent or personnel administrator.  Undergraduate courses and courses bearing the same course number and/or course title will not count toward salary advancement unless submitted to the site council of the school and approved by the site council.

The Equivalency Credit Committee shall be the first step for appeals from Paragraph 1 above.  The next step shall be the Board of Education.

All District requests for course work to be taken by a staff member shall receive automatic approval, assuming Paragraph 5 is met.

All State Department of Education requirements, if earned at a college or university, shall receive automatic approval, assuming Paragraph 5 is met.

A letter grade of C or above on a letter grade system, or S on an S/U system, shall be required for credit(s) to be approved.

Official transcripts must be submitted to the Human Resources Office by September 30 of the school year in which horizontal advancement is to be granted.

Each 15-hour increment is exclusive of previous or subsequent increments.

Credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree for newly hired staff members will be subject to these guidelines for placement on the salary schedule.

All other District policies governing salary placement and/or credit approvals are in addition to these guidelines.

In the case of credit hours earned at a foreign university, the Equivalency Credit Committee shall determine whether or not such credit will count toward horizontal salary advancement.

District-sponsored, PTSB-approved workshops shall count toward salary advancement.  However, no more than ten of every fifteen hours may consist of a combination of PTSB credits and equivalency credit (no more than seven of every fifteen hours may be equivalency credit).  PTSB credit which is earned outside the District will not count toward salary advancement unless approved through the equivalency credit process.