Overtime and Extra Duty Pay
Recent communications from the administration refer to "overtime." They are confusing "overtime" with "extra duty." What do these terms mean, and how may a teacher be asked to work extra hours?
Overtime refers to duties beyond the regular seven hour work day that are normally performed by administrators or clerical staff. A teacher may be paid $30 per hour for non-instructional duties (like clerical work or helping out at the regional office with enrollments). This is very rare and most teachers never are asked to do this.
Extra duty pay is how teachers are paid extra money for taking extra students and teaching extra hours.
The contract allows for a maximum of 38 students on a contract learning teacher's roster. 38 students in a 35-hour work week equals about an hour per student. Any additional student would require an extra hour of instructional time to maintain the same quality education. The contract details how teachers are to be compensated for any extra hours.
It is only possible to have 39 or more if there is a mutual agreement between the principal and teacher.
The principal has the prerogative to ask a particular teacher if they want to take more students than 38. The teacher is free to accept or decline. If the teacher accepts, he or she must complete a Personnel Action Notification form ("PAN") to be compensated with "extra duty" pay. The current rate is $48.59* per additional student per week that the student is on the teacher's roster, regardless of ADA. Although a teacher should not be given additional students prior to completing the form, it may be completed after the fact and extra duty pay will be given retroactively.
The number of students accepted is determined by mutual agreement between the principal and teacher. The teacher cannot demand more students and the principal cannot add an unlimited number. The principal decides whether or when to reduce the number of students on the roster.
It is legally possible for a principal to allow a teacher to have a huge roster, but both the principal and the teacher must consider how a high student-teacher ratio is likely to degrade the quality of instruction. At some point, more students need more teachers.
* Per Section 126.96.36.199 of the contract, the hourly rate of pay shall be the T/A-1 Range IV, Step 6 daily rate divided by seven (7). Link to salary schedule