Support Staff

WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN?

Pendergast School District offers a professional growth plan for all support staff employees. It is an opportunity to earn extra money in two (2) ways:

  1. The Increment Plan
  2. The Incentive Grant Plan

SUPPORT STAFF INCREMENT PLAN

An increment is a 25 cent increase to your hourly wage for as long as you are employed with the district. Once an increment is earned, it is an increase in your hourly wage even if you transfer to a different position.

Increments are earned by taking college level classes. You can earn up to a total of six (6) increments during employment with the district, but only one (1) increment per year while employed.

The increments are as follows:

Remember, these classes MUST be PRE-APPROVED by Human Resources. To obtain pre-approval, submit to Human Resources a Course Approval Form. Human Resources will return the form to you indicating if the course has been approved.

Download the Course Approval Form

Longevity Credit (must be used in conjunction with the increment plan)

Longevity credit is granted to employees who have completed three (3) consecutive years of employment. For each consecutive year thereafter, you earn one (1) longevity credit. Three (3) longevity credits may be used toward each increment. Example: you have eleven (11) credit hours and have been employed by the district for four (4) consecutive years - you earn one (1) longevity credit hour for a total of twelve (12) credit hours.

SUPPORT STAFF INCENTIVE GRANT PLAN

An incentive grant is a $500 payment granted to employees for completing 50 clock hours of District staff development activities. These activities must be identified in advance as contributing to an incentive grant and relate to the employee's major or minor work assignment.

HOW DO I EARN INCENTIVE POINTS?

District-sponsored classes or workshops, individual or a related series, totaling one (1) or more hours may be identified as incentive points contributing to an incentive grant. These classes and workshops are approved by the Educational Services Department.

Unused PTO will be applied to the incentive grant at the rate of two (2) incentive points for each eight (8) hours of unused Paid Time Off (PTO) per year. Employees will not lose the unused PTO, but will continue to accrue PTO from one fiscal year to the next. Accrual begins with the current school year.

REMEMBER: In order to take advantage of these professional growth oportunities, you must indicate your intent on the Intent to Advance Form that is issued to every employee in February of each year.

Per governing board policy, an employee who resigns or whose work agreement is not renewed will be ineligible to apply for or receive the incentive grant. An employee who is on a leave of absence will not be eligible to receive an incentive grant until they return to work.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT (NCLB) REQUIREMENTS

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires that any paraprofessional (Instructional Assistant) employed in a Title I school must have one of the following:

PARAPRO ASSESSMENT TEST

For your convenience, the district is offering the opportunity for you to take the PARAPRO Assessment test online with the district.

If you need additional information, please contact Human Resources.