NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 4117.51/4217.51
Northfield, New Jersey
Advancement on a salary guide, including annual increments and raises, shall not be considered automatic. Advancement on any such guide shall require favorable reports covering the employee’s competence and thoroughness in the performance of assigned duties; his/her record of attendance and his/her compliance with district regulations.
A. The Superintendent of Schools shall show, to the satisfaction of the board, that:
1. The standards by which an employee has been evaluated are not exceptional or unusual and are expected of all employees in a similar classification;
2. The employee has had ample opportunity to take remedial action;
3. The recommendation is based on a number of incidents or a single flagrant incident;
4. That the action proposed complies with the policies of the board;
5. Prior to voting on a recommendation to withhold a salary increment, the board shall offer the employee the right to a hearing before this board or a committee thereof to be held in accordance with the board’s rules for administrative hearings;
6. An increment which is withheld does not constitute an inequity in salary and is not expected to be paid as an adjustment in any future years.
B. The board shall, within ten (10) days of withholding an increment, give notice of such action together with the reasons to the employee concerned.
It is the purpose of this policy to point out to all non-instructional employees that advancement on a salary schedule, including annual increments and raises, is not automatic, but rests within the authority of the board.
Advancement on any salary schedule shall require favorable reports covering the employee’s competence and thoroughness in the performance of assigned duties, as well as the employee’s record of attendance and compliance with district regulations.
Delegation of Authority
The Superintendent of Schools shall base a recommendation for wage freeze on evaluations of the employee’s performance and conduct:
A. The Superintendent of Schools must also be able to show, to the satisfaction of the board, upon their request, that the standards by which an employee has been evaluated are not exceptional and unusual and are expected of all employees in similar classification;
B. A recommendation to freeze the wages of a non-instructional employee shall be subject to the grievance procedure adopted by the board or contained in any currently valid, negotiated agreement, as applicable.
Adopted: March 2, 1998
NJSBA Review/Update: November 2009; December 2010
Readopted: October 24, 2011
Increment, Withholding Increment; Salary; Performance Evaluation
Legal References: N.J.S.A. 18A:29-14 Withholding of increments; causes; notice of appeals
Cross References: *4115 Supervision
*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.