It is the intent of the tuition and fees reimbursement program to distribute available funds as equitably as possible in order to reimburse an amount to the greatest number of qualified applicants.
The Professional Growth Committee shall allocate at least $5000, but no more than $12,000 from the professional growth fund (Article 4.1) and award by lottery a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 24 teachers a minimum award of $500 per year per teacher for tuition and fees reimbursement. The Professional Growth Committee will determine how many teachers and the amount of reimbursement to be given prior to the lottery selection. Any unexpended tuition reimbursement funds will be returned to the Professional Growth Committee by May 5th of each tuition reimbursement year for reallocation to other district-funded professional growth within the same school year.
In order to be considered for tuition and fees reimbursement, teachers must have attained tenure status in School District No. 1. Persons utilizing appropriated money must return to the District the following contract year or repay the money received. Teachers who receive federal, state, or private grants for assistance in attending school shall not be eligible. As used herein, the term “tuition and fees” shall include workshop fees, tuition charges, registration fees, housing, other required fees, the cost of books, and other required course materials. Credits must be from an accredited college or university and pertain to the professional growth of the recipient. Recipients are not eligible to apply for tuition and fees reimbursement again for three years.
In order to qualify for reimbursement, the teacher applicant must meet certain procedural requirements. Letters of application should be addressed to the Professional Growth Committee by April 15 of each year. Once approved, the person has from May 1 of that same year until May 1 of the next school year to complete the course or in-service and submit appropriate documentation for a claim for payment. Payment shall be made to recipients upon receipt of proof of credits earned and upon receipt of proof of tuition and fees payment.