What are stipends?
- Definition in the Master Agreement: “All remuneration paid a teacher in addition to the regular contract salary for extra work performed as set forth in Article XV.”
- Article XV: “Stipends are intended to focus some of teacher compensation on ancillary activities that teachers perform and that CSEA and the Board of Education have identified as valuable to District 11. These include providing support to the educational mission, enrichment opportunities to students, and supplementary services and activities beyond the normal contract.”
- Stipends are teacher monies for specific, voluntary activities performed outside the normal scope of a defined position and sometimes during non-work hours (e.g. before/after school, planning, or lunch). This may include the duties of department chairs, building leadership teams, coaching, sponsoring clubs, and more,
- Stipends often differ among high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools based on functions of each education level.
Stipends during COVID
- Since stipend money is teacher money, CSEA strongly encourages virtual clubs while we follow COVID restrictions. This money should go to teachers, not be allowed to revert to the general fund, at the end of the year.
- Many schools did not payout their first semester club and activity stipends this year. These schools should payout both semesters’ stipends at the end of the school year, even though teachers will be earning more money for clubs then normal. Again, this is teacher money.
Clubs and Activities – XV.D
- Schools receive specific amounts of money each year for clubs and activities. Clubs and activities are defined as being enrichment, such as craft club or coding club, as opposed to an extension of the instructional day, like homework club.
- Again, stipends are teacher money, so bargaining unit members should sponsor the clubs and only teachers may create stipended clubs and activities. Waivers for non-teachers to receive stipends for running clubs are strictly temporary, intended to bridge a gap between teachers, and must be approved by the CSEA Board of Directors.
How are elementary club and activity stipends determined?
- Deciding how club and activity money is distributed is defined in the Master Agreement as a collaborative process achieved in one of two ways:
- The entire bargaining staff along with the principal may decide on criteria for clubs, activities and distribution.
- The bargaining staff may appoint a committee to decide criteria for clubs, activities and distribution.
- Schools typically distribute stipends one of two ways:
- Based on the number of hours a sponsor works with students outside the defined school day, which can include lunch time, or planning time.
- Prorated based on the number of students in the club in relation to the number of students times the hours a sponsor works with students.
- Note that hours must be contact hours, not planning hours.