Appendix B: Application of Salary Schedule


Section 1 – Rules Governing Step Placement

A. Upon initial employment, a unit member not having previous paid, directly related experience shall be placed on step one (1) of the salary schedule.

B. Upon initial employment, a unit member having previous paid, directly-related experience shall be given credit of one (1) step for each year of directly related experience, up to a maximum of fifteen (15) years. Only credentialed experience shall be credited. In addition, in the case of high school experience, the school must have been accredited. Paid related experience in the San Bernardino City Unified School District as a substitute, regular part-time, and adult teacher shall be credited. A year of previous teaching experience shall be defined as not less than seventy-five percent (75%) of the teacher's work year. All experience must have been attained within the past fifteen (15) years.

C. Upon initial employment, a school nurse may be given credit of one (1) step for each year of full-time employment as a registered nurse, up to a maximum of fifteen (15) years. The experience must have been attained within the past fifteen years.

D. Upon initial employment, a speech therapist may be given credit of one (1) step for each year of full-time employment as a speech therapist in the private sector, up to a maximum of fifteen (15) years. The experience must have been attained within the past fifteen (15) years.

E. Upon initial employment, a unit member having previous directly related experience at an accredited public or private college or university may be granted credit on the basis of two (2) years of college-level experience equivalent to one (1) year of experience. All experience must have been attained within the past fifteen (15) years. The determination of experience credited shall be made by the District.

F. Upon initial employment, a vocational unit member may be granted credit for non-teaching work experience directly related to the assignment. The experience must have been attained within the past ten (10) years. Credit shall be granted on the basis of one (1) year of credit for two (2) years of experience. Previous paid teaching experience may be granted as set forth in "B" above. Combined teaching and non-teaching experience shall not exceed ten (10) years' credit for step placement.

G. A tenured unit member who resigns and is re-employed within thirty-nine (39) months shall be reinstated on the same step the unit member was on at the time of departure or as set forth in either "B" or "C" above. The method for step placement shall be selected by the unit member.

H. Upon initial employment, a unit member shall receive credit for one (1) year of experience for two (2) or more years of verified full-time service in the military, Vista or Peace Corps. The experience must have been attained within the last ten (10) years.

I. It is the unit member's responsibility to timely submit letters of verification from previous employers and other required evidence in order to receive experience credit for step placement. Failure to submit proof within ninety (90) days of reporting to work will result in the step placement not being granted.

J. Claims that the unit member's initial salary placement is incorrect must be submitted in writing by the unit member within forty-five (45) days after the first (1st) pay period.

K. Once placed on the salary schedule, a unit member shall advance one (1) step each year, unless a step increase is denied, until the maximum step on the column is reached. The step increase shall be effective on either July 1 or January 1. Unit members with appointments effective April, May, June, July, August, or September shall have a July 1 anniversary date for step advancement. Unit members with appointments effective October, November, December, January, February, or March shall have a January 1st anniversary date for step advancement. A unit member must work seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the preceding assigned work year to be eligible for a step increase. This Section applies to unit members appointed on or after July 1, 1990.

L. Unit members have an obligation to exercise due diligence by checking their pay warrants to insure that their salary placement is correct. Errors in salary schedule placement that result in an underpayment to the unit member will be corrected. The unit member will receive from the District the amount of underpayment, not to exceed one year of underpayment.

Section 2 – Rules Governing Column Placement

A. Unit members will receive column placement, unless column placement has been denied.

B. All units must be upper-division or graduate units earned after completion of the bachelor degree. Credit shall be given for lower-division units if the class is approved in advance by Personnel Services. Upper-division or graduate units earned prior to the completion of the bachelor degree shall be credited if the college or university certifies the units as postgraduate.

C. All units must be earned from an accredited college or university that is recognized by the American Association of Colleges and Universities or by the University of California. Units are semester units. Quarter units are prorated on the basis that one (1) quarter unit is equal to two-thirds (2/3) of a semester unit.

D. It is the unit member’s responsibility to timely submit official transcripts in order to receive credit for additional training. In order to receive credit for additional training, the course work must be completed prior to September 1, and the unit member must file official transcripts on or before November 15 of that same calendar year. Payment at the higher column shall not be made until the following school year if the official transcripts are not received by November 15.

E. Teachers who complete fourteen (14) hours of District sponsored technology in-service training will receive one (1) upper division semester hour of salary credit for column placement. Time spent in the technology in-service training must be unpaid and during hours when the teacher is not required to provide service to the District. Additional credit will not be given for any course that is repeated.

Section 3 – Denial of Step and/or Column Increases

A. Unit members who receive an overall rating of “Improvement Needed” will receive a warning that their step and/or column increase will be denied if the following year’s overall rating is either “Improvement Needed” or “Unsatisfactory.” If a unit member’s overall evaluation rating is “Improvement Needed” or “Unsatisfactory” the year following the warning, the next scheduled step and/or column increase will be denied.

B. Unit members who receive an overall rating of “Unsatisfactory” on their most recent evaluation shall have their next scheduled step and/or column increase withheld.

C. Unit members denied a step and/or column increase resulting from a failure to achieve an overall rating of “Meets or Exceeds Acceptable Performance” shall have their denied increase reinstated if their next evaluation results in an overall rating of “Meets or Exceeds Acceptable Performance.” The reinstatement shall include the prior year’s increase that had previously been denied, plus the current year’s increase.