ARTICLE 37

Tuition Reimbursement

  1. Support Staff

    The Board will reimburse support staff employees' tuition charges for approved courses taken which are a benefit to the District. Such reimbursement shall be subject to the following requirements:

    1. Prior written approval at the discretion of the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee shall be required for all courses which the employee submits for reimbursement. The Superintendent or Superintendent's designee may waive the requirement for pre-approval.
    2. Reimbursement shall be made following submission of a transcript showing evidence of successful course completion.
    3. Reimbursement will be limited to One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00)
    4. The maximum payment by the Board in any single year shall be limited to $30,000 in total for all tuition reimbursements pursuant to this Article. Approvals will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until the cap is reached.
    5. The funds not distributed in the Support Tuition Reimbursement funds by June 30 will revert to the Professional Reimbursement Fund.
    6. Reimbursement shall be made following the submission of a transcript showing evidence of successful course completion with a "B" grade or above, or "Pass" if a pass/fail course, as well as evidence of payment for the course.

  2. Professional Staff

    The Board will reimburse professional staff tuition charges for graduate courses taken at fully accredited colleges and universities. Such reimbursement shall be subject to the following requirements:

    1. Prior written approval issued at the discretion of the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee shall be required for all courses that the employee submits for reimbursement. All courses must be education courses, courses taken for a new field of certification, or courses taken within a program for a higher degree in a certifiable area.
    2. Reimbursement shall be made following the submission of a transcript showing evidence of successful course completion with a "B" grade or above, as well as evidence of payment for the course.
    3. Reimbursement for graduate courses will be limited to 6 credits per year. The rate of payment will be up to the Pennsylvania State University graduate rate per semester hour. The maximum payment by the Board in any single year shall be limited to $275,000 in total.
    4. Funding will be divided into two application periods. Approval under each deadline shall be made on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for reimbursement courses must be completed between July 1 - June 30 the following year. The first application period shall open January 1 for funds available July 1 of the coming fiscal year. $175,000 shall be set aside for this application period and employees shall be limited to a maximum of three (3) credits for reimbursement. If the $175,000 should become encumbered, employees will be notified and there will be no wait list. However, if an approved course is not taken then funding for it will be added to the second application period. A second application period will begin September 30. $100,000 shall be set aside for this application period and employees may apply for up to six (6) credits for reimbursement. Once the total funding is encumbered, any additional applications will be wait-listed in the order they were received. The same employee may be approved under both deadlines for a different course(s) but total reimbursement will be limited to six (6) credits per year.
    5. During the term of the contract, the district will reimburse employees for costs associated with taking PRAXIS exams if done so at the district's request.